FMC Professional Solutions names Brian Mount as the Pest Product Development Lead.

FMC Professional Solutions names Brian Mount as the Pest Product Development Lead.

We are very excited to announce that Brian Mount will step in as the Pest Product Development Lead today, November 1st. Prior to this, Brian held several positions within FMC Professional Solutions since 2000, including Technical Service Representative, Field Technical Service Representative, and Turf and Ornamental Market Specialist in Florida. With nearly 12 years of FMC knowledge, he has demonstrated critical thought, knowledge of our industry and ability to communicate complex ideas simply. In his new role, Brian will focus on the development of products for the General Household Pest, Termite and Consumer segments of FMC. He will develop and implement research protocols as well as foster relationships with university and private cooperators and key industry influencers. In addition, Brian will participate in internal research activities at FMC and affiliated facilities to relay technical knowledge to valued FMC customers. Congratulations on your new position, Brian. We’re very excited to have you on our Pest Product Development...

Tackling Ticks and Fighting Fleas

Summer has arrived, which means your customers and their pets are outside enjoying the sunny weather. Unfortunately, the recent mild winter has created ideal conditions for the early emergence of fleas and ticks. In fact, you may already be getting calls from customers needing your help to fight this potentially dangerous duo.   Flea Facts: Though cat fleas (Ctenocephalides felis) are capable of transmitting disease to humans, they are primarily a nuisance to pets. Unlike other fleas, adult cat fleas can remain on their host for extended periods. Females require a fresh blood meal to produce eggs, which can fall from the host and onto floors, bedding or lawns. Flea eggs will develop in areas protected from moisture and sunlight and usually hatch within two days. The developing larvae will often feed on dandruff, food particles and skin flakes. Fecal matter from adult fleas consists of relatively undigested blood, which also serves as food for newly hatched larvae. Tick Truths: Ticks have four life stages: egg, larva, nymph, and adult. Adult female ticks can lay clusters of hundreds or even thousands of eggs in protected cracks and crevices. Eggs develop into larvae, which crawl onto a host animal and begin feeding on its blood. After a larva is engorged, it drops off of the animal, eventually emerging as a nymph. The nymph then repeats the process. Ticks spend most of their lives outdoors. Off-host ticks usually live under leaves, rocks, inside rodent burrows and within crevices. Get Control: For optimal results, apply a residual insecticide application to structure perimeters and areas most likely to harbor fleas and ticks. If...
Biking for a Good Cause

Biking for a Good Cause

I’m just back from an exhilarating 60-mile ride from Yorktown to Glendale, Va., in support of Phil Across America. What a great time with a truly special group of people! As a former competitive biker and still an avid rider, I’ve been on many, many, many bike rides in my life, but this one was particularly meaningful to me. I know you’ve heard of Phil Cooper, CEO of Cooper Pest Solutions and BedBug Central. Phil and 17 other bikers are riding coast to coast as part of the Bike the US for MS TransAtlantic Ride. The ride started June 1 and will end on August 1 in San Francisco. Their mission: to raise money to help find a cure for multiple sclerosis. My father has MS and I’ve seen firsthand what it’s like to live with this crippling disease. FMC Professional Solutions is a Gold Sponsor of the ride and the primary sponsor of four legs — or days — of the journey. So, on behalf of FMC and the Verifi™ bed bug detector, I rode the first leg, along with my sister, Debbie, and boyfriend, Rob. It was awesome to be a part of a group working so hard to fund research to find a cure — or at least find new medications that will make the condition more bearable. And it was doubly awesome to make this ride with my sister, who cares as much as I do about fighting MS. We saw gorgeous scenery and made some outstanding new friends. But the best part was feeling like we are making a difference. We’ll be checking in...