Five essential fly control steps for pest management professionals.

Flies carry a host of dangerous diseases that become more problematic as fly populations increase. Flies live, feed and breed in filth, where germs, bacteria and infectious diseases thrive. Filth flies can usually be grouped according to their habits and appearance as house flies and their relatives: flesh flies, blow flies and bottle flies, filter flies, soldier flies and vinegar (fruit) flies. Good hygiene is critical to keeping flies and other pest problems under control. Steps to fly control and management that pest management professionals should be aware of include sanitation, inspection, exclusion, mechanical and chemical controls. Sanitation Sanitation is still the best method of controlling filth files in and around the home, commercial facility or on the farm. Locate and thoroughly clean breeding sites. Eliminate feces or other animal excrement and dry and wrap organic waste before placing in the garbage. Do not let refuge accumulate and ensure garbage cans have sound bottoms and tight-fitting lids. Inspection Although sanitation is critical to fly control, inspection is also just as important. Like other pest problems, fly control begins with a thorough inspection of the premises, and by knowing where and what to look for. Once the breeding sites are found, identify the specific species involved and proceed accordingly. Exclusion Good-fitting screens on windows and doors are essential for exclusion and to prevent flies from entering structures. Air-curtains and fans placed above doors have been successful in excluding flies in commercial accounts. In areas with high humidity, aluminum screens last longer than plastic or fiberglass types. Treat and/or seal cracks and crevices around windows and doors to eliminate entry. Mechanical...
Installation and placement guidelines for the Verifi™ bed bug detector.

Installation and placement guidelines for the Verifi™ bed bug detector.

As an FMC Market Specialist, I’ve had the opportunity to spend a lot of time out in the field with our customers who have added the Verifi™ bed bug detector to their portfolio. It’s been very exciting to see what this detector is really capable of in a variety of different bed bug situations and locations. I recently visited a pest professional who wasn’t getting the kind of results he was hoping for, and it turned out to be due to improper placement of the detectors. For this reason, I wanted to share some guidelines for how to properly install the Verifi bed bug detector that should help professionals get the absolute best results possible. Interview your customers. Find out where they spend their time and where they suspect the bed bugs may be. Using that information, focus the installation of the detectors in these areas where bed bugs are mostly likely to harborage. Make sure the placement location is clean. The wall, headboard or other piece of furniture may look clean, but dust and other debris can limit the adhesion of the detector to a surface. Wipe the area off with a damp cloth and allow it to dry in order to help ensure proper adhesion so that Verifi can remain in place for extended periods of time. Use the proper amount of detectors. The Verifi™ bed bug detector can influence bed bugs from 4 to 5 feet away in every direction. Detectors should be placed in areas conducive to bed bug aggregation or introduction. Every room will present a different scenario, but for best results, FMC recommends...

Fall Changes, Challenges and Champions.

As the fall season approaches, it will bring many changes. For some, the crisp cool air will be a refreshing end to a blistering hot summer. Others will embark upon “Back-to-School” shopping sprees and all the joy that brings. Even though I hate to admit it, I enjoy the anxiety created by this task. New school schedules, clothing and supply shopping and home room assignments. It signals the promise of a new year with all of its challenges and rewards. Close your eyes and think about your own childhood and the excitement created by this time of year. The opportunity to reconnect with friends, see your teachers, participate in sports or music and, of course, new academic challenges. Setting these memories aside for a moment, the professional pest business will undergo a change this fall. The new Pyrethroid label regulations will usher in a new set of challenges for our industry. Whereas some pest management professionals have embraced the changes, others have expressed anxiety. High volume applications will become a thing of the past as PMPs adopt new strategies and techniques. Although this will cause anxiety for some, it’s an opportunity to embark upon new ways of doing things. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a fan of new restrictions and regulations, but when faced with past challenges, our industry has always rebounded. To provide product stewardship and to help educate our industry, FMC Professional Solutions has developed a series of videos. The videos cover the pyrethroid label changes and proper application techniques for liquid, granular and pre-construction termiticide treatments. The videos are available on the FMCpest YouTube Channel,...