See What You Missed! Legislative Day 2014 Recap

See What You Missed! Legislative Day 2014 Recap

We at FMC are so proud to be the 27-year title sponsor of NPMA’s Legislative Day, the industry’s most important lobbying and networking event. In 2014, more than 300 pest management professionals took time out of their busy schedules to travel to Washington for the two-day event. Their purpose? To thank their Congressmen and women for important legislative wins in 2013 and educate them on issues affecting the pest management industry. Take a look at what you missed, below. We hope to see you next...

Top Tweets: Bed Bug Information and Tips for Bed Bug Awareness Week

Check out the most popular @FMCpest and @FMCbedbug tweets from the past two weeks, including an explanation about why getting bed bugs is akin to catching a cold, a bed bug biology infographic shared in honor of Bed Bug Awareness Week and why, according to a survey, bed bugs aren’t going anywhere any time soon. 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. Quick tips from @SuburbanExterm for your commercial #pestcontrol accounts! http://t.co/BNuBhH5hxX — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) April 21, 2014 Cluster flies are currently making a mess in thousands of homes. http://t.co/TTHjtn09K7 Via @ModernPest #pestcontrol — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) April 14, 2014 What We’re Reading: This story illustrates how getting #bedbugs is as easy as catching a cold. http://t.co/DHNHDrbsrL Via @GriffinPest — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) April 16, 2014 Happy #BedBugWeek! Check out our infographic on the adult #bedbug anatomy! http://t.co/vmWo8roEPc — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) April 23, 2014 Yikes! A commuter train in CA was taken out of service after a rider reported finding #bedbugs on his leg! http://t.co/Z7jTS5loeM — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) April 14, 2014 Wow! Flies will evade predators with fighter jet-like moves! http://t.co/YiKBIYnIFC Via @SmithereenPest — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) April 15, 2014 The more you know about #bedbug biology the more effectively you can eliminate them! http://t.co/ie0PXnP1Bh #pestcontrol — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) April 16, 2014 Blog: There’s no reason why a small #pestcontrol company can’t achieve big success! http://t.co/Z1GRuKd3L5 — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) April 10, 2014 .@PMPmagazine lists the top 5 pests of 2014 for #pestcontrol professionals! Read...
Six Tips for Using Transport® Mikron™ in a Micro-Injector®, Actisol® Machine or B&G® Portable Aerosol System

Six Tips for Using Transport® Mikron™ in a Micro-Injector®, Actisol® Machine or B&G® Portable Aerosol System

Using Transport® Mikron™ insecticide in a Micro-Injector®, Actisol®, B&G® Portable Aerosol System (PAS) or other mechanical aerosol generator (MAG) is gaining in popularity with pest management professionals for tricky bed bug and cockroach jobs. We’ve heard of PMPs using it to treat not only the large voids behind walls and equipment but also small spots like the open runs of a bed frame, around switch plates, inside soda dispensers and even dishwasher control panels. Here are some tips for using Transport Mikron insecticide in a Micro-Injector, Actisol, B&G PAS or other MAG: First, ensure your MAG (or application equipment) is regularly maintained/serviced and functioning properly before each use. Find support and technical assistance on the manufacturer web site or by calling their 1-800 numbers. Remember that Transport Mikron in a MAG machine is labeled for crack and crevice, deep harborage, spot and general surface treatments, not for broadcast spray or turf treatments. Do not allow the product to enter any drain during or after application. This is especially important when treating equipment in commercial kitchens like dishwashers and sinks. Look closely to ensure the insecticide will not run off into a drain or be flushed down later. When using a MAG machine, wear long pants, a long sleeve shirt, protective eyewear, gloves and a respirator approved by NIOSH. When you are mixing the product, the respirator is not needed (unless you are in an unventilated space). Mix 1.25oz/gal of Transport Mikron in a clean pump sprayer before adding it to the MAG machine. Once mixed, transfer the finished dilution to the MAG machine. Double check the machine before you...

Pest In Focus: Pest Management Pro Gets Close to a Spider!

This month’s Pest In Focus was taken by a pest management professional at Peachtree Pest Control Co., Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia. Peachtree Pest Control tweeted this awesome photograph of a spider, showing how up-close and personal pest management pros often get with pests. One of the fun parts of pest management is that you never know exactly what insects (or arachnids) you’re going to encounter on a job! Look what one of our techs found today! pic.twitter.com/HpDic3Mn8I — Peachtree Pest (@PeachtreePestCo) March 19, 2014 Stay tuned for more pest control industry snapshots—if you have a photo as cool as this spider 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...

Bugs in Bermuda? You Bet

When Walter Saul moved to Bermuda from Florida 28 years ago, it was for a six-month gig as a pest control training supervisor…or so he thought. “Six months turned into a year, then the operations manager retired and I stayed on… more than two decades later, I’m still here,” says Saul, who has been operations manager for Bermuda Pest Control since 1988. Considered an island paradise by most travelers, Bermuda sits in the Atlantic Ocean southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C. Though isolated from the multitude of mainland U.S. insect pests, Bermuda still struggles with its share of pest problems. “Bermuda is predominantly volcanic limestone rock with about a foot and a half of soil sitting on top of it,” says Saul. “Basically, we are a 21- square mile ant mound in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean!” Using baits to control ants is out of the question, according to Saul. “It’s a giant ant colony — mostly Argentine ants,” he adds. “The colony is too big to eliminate – but with the right tools, we can control the ants.” Through the years, he’s used many different products with varying degrees of effectiveness. But when Talstar® XTRA featuring Verge™ granular technology came on the market a few years ago, he began using it exclusively for his ant-control program. Talstar XTRA with Verge contains bifenthrin with zeta-cypermethrin, designed for fast knockdown and accelerated control. In addition, it provides up to four months of reliable control of more than 75 insect pests. “It’s the best of all possible worlds – they’ve got the dual formulation on a good granule that applies evenly...