Top Tweets: Infographic of Spring Pest Management Facts

Check out the most popular @FMCpest and @FMCbedbug tweets from the past two weeks, including an infographic covering spring pest management facts, bed bug identification tips and news about a newly-discovered tick-borne illness. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for pest control industry news, expert advice and the very latest pest product updates from FMC Professional Solutions. “Why do silverfish like my home?” http://t.co/IIZwV3cyvs Via @MoyerServices #pestcontrol — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) March 17, 2014 A new #tick-borne illness has been discovered. http://t.co/ycSxLIWpe0 — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) March 13, 2014 Educate your customers with these #bedbug identification tips! http://t.co/zBR6THtjQh — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) March 24, 2014 Spring is here and so are pesky spring pests! Check out these little known facts about spring pests: http://t.co/BL7NFlC1q2 #pestcontrol — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) March 25, 2014 Hey PMPs! Did you choose a job in #pestcontrol, or did pest control choose you? http://t.co/zkYbOew2Fn — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) March 20, 2014 Did you know #ladybugs can fly as far as 74 miles at one time? Read about that and more fun ladybug facts here: http://t.co/UEvHjeqF6d — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) March 18, 2014 Congratulations to Wendell Codner for his award from @DebugtheMyths! Read about why Wendell was honored: http://t.co/9DMQHcqnNY — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) March 21, 2014 Watch as a #pestcontrol professional eliminates a bedroom #bedbug infestation with Transport Mikron. http://t.co/AWzp7iJ546 — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) March 12, 2014 Infographic: Even a trained #pestcontrol professional might mix up these #bedbug look-a-likes with the real thing! http://t.co/ERDFD2ViIs — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) March 20, 2014 Potential customers are likely considering these 4 areas when selecting a...

Pest Control Company Has Success with a New Ant Control Product

Nineteen years ago, Dave Novak answered a “help wanted” ad for a service technician and thought he was applying for a job as a fleet mechanic. Quik-Kill president Paul Baietto, Tim Baietto’s father, had hired him but failed to tell Novak what was in store. “The next day I was in a crawl space,” said Novak, now Quik-Kill’s service manager. “That was a surprise.” Today, Novak handles all service-related aspects for Quik-Kill, which includes providing his team with an array of items to get the job done, from insecticides to detection devices to handyman tools. He works on both residential and commercial accounts, often accompanying his eleven technicians in the field. Novak has seen bed bugs resurge, as well as mosquitoes, but cites ants as the new “number one” pest in Illinois. “Odorous house ants, Argentine, carpenter, pavement and citronella,” he said. “Bed bugs come and go, but ants are constant, even in winter.” Novak uses a variety of products for ants, from liquid sprays to granular products to aerosols. Recently, he’s begun using Transport® Mikron™ liquid insecticide, which leaves “no residue and is totally clear.” “Of course, nothing replaces a good, old fashioned ‘get-your-knees-dirty’ inspection,” Novak explained. “Many species can be ‘trailed’ to nesting sites, so I seek out the source and ask the question ‘Why are they here’?” “Exclusion is important because simple repairs can make a huge difference,” he added. “That coupled with a great insecticide means another ant problem solved.” Looking for more information about ant control? Sharpen your ant identification skills with our ant identification...

RISE Honors Wendell Codner with Award for Volunteering

Congratulations to our own Wendell Codner, who was awarded the Committee Chairman’s Service Award from Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE) in early January 2014. Wendell was honored for his eight years on the Programs and Membership Committee, two of them as committee chair. We spoke with Wendell about the importance of volunteering: First, you have an accent. Where are you from? I grew up on a farm in St. Ann, Jamaica. I came to the United States for college and then joined FMC. What’s your role at FMC? Currently, I’m the Business Manager for Consumer Solutions for our Professional Solutions division. We sell active ingredients to consumer marketers like Scotts and Central Garden & Pet who in turn sell their branded products to the consumers through stores like Home Depot, Lowe’s and Wal-Mart. Why did you start volunteering with RISE? I started working with RISE in 2006 after hearing a former president speak at an FMC meeting. I started on the Programs & Membership Committee, which works on member recruitment and retention as well as designing the program and speakers for the annual meeting. Now, I am co-chair of the Strategic Oversight Council, which has responsibility for the development and implementation of the RISE strategic plan. Why is involvement important? As an industry we have a message that needs to be heard so that everyone — regulators, lawmakers, the public — can be better educated about the chemical industry and its associated benefits. And we have to keep at it day after day, year after year. In this country, if you don’t get in front of the...

Pest In Focus: PMP Finds Large Termite Tube

This month’s Pest In Focus was taken by Keith Lewallen, owner of Union Exterminating in Monroe, North Carolina. Keith submitted this awesome photograph of a termite tube as a Pest In Focus contender and was chosen to be featured in this month’s blog! Homeowners may not be aware that termite tubes such as this one are signature indications of a termite infestation. @FMCpest How about this termite tube. pic.twitter.com/cz7lfGmJta — Keith Lewallen (@KeithLewallen1) March 7, 2014 Stay tuned for more pest control industry snapshots—if you have a photo as cool as this German cockroach cracker carnage that you’d like to be featured on In Focus, please send it our way. On Twitter? Share your photo with @FMCpest or just add the #PestInFocus hash tag to your tweeted photo! What is In Focus? As a pest management professional, you often come across interesting situations. Infestations that have spread out of control. Pests living in peculiar places. Bugs of unbelievable sizes. Many of you even take pictures to document these encounters, and as pest management enthusiasts, we want to see them and share them with the...
From Carpenter Ants to Carpentry: Midwest Pest Control Firm Adds Home Repair

From Carpenter Ants to Carpentry: Midwest Pest Control Firm Adds Home Repair

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. But, for one pest management professional, necessity became not only the mother of invention, but the mother of a whole new business venture. It all happened in 2010, when a client of Tim Baietto, owner of Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators, Inc. of Streator, Ill., needed help with a rodent infestation. The Quik-Kill team serviced her house, but the rodents kept resurfacing due to problems with the homeowner’s doors. “We suggested she install door sweeps and she eventually bought them, but every time we went back, they were not installed,” explained Baietto. “Eventually, she just asked us to do it.” Baietto installed the door sweeps and the idea of expanding Quik-Kill to include a handyman service was born.Tim Baietto and his brother Gary Baietto quietly launched All-Star Professional Home Services in January 2012, but didn’t begin to advertise it heavily until 2013. All-Star performs routine home maintenance, repairs, light carpentry, remodeling, masonry, tile work and small projects like childproofing, installing fire extinguishers and assembling swing sets. They also sell equipment and supplies directly to homeowners. “We are excited about it,” said Baietto. “It feels like a natural extension of our business because we already have that level of trust with our customers, and we are already in their homes.” Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators was founded by Baietto’s father in 1968, but has grown to multiple branches throughout Illinois and into Iowa. In 2011, Quik-Kill acquired Peoria Pest Eliminators of Peoria, Illinois, adding additional routes to its existing business. In February of 2013, Baietto’s son Brian joined the company, thus making it a third...