Waiter, There’s a Fly in my Soup…

Waiter, There’s a Fly in my Soup…

From a small fly problem so bad a restaurant had to close its soup and salad bar to a fruit fly problem in an empty apartment that “looked like a scene from a horror movie,” McCall Service in Tampa, Fla., deals with its share of commercial pest nightmares. “Often, restaurants have structural problems that can’t be fixed,” says Dave Johnson, branch manager of the mostly commercial operation. “But our customers still expect quick results – if their guests see even one cockroach, it’s a bad day for everyone!” Though cockroaches are the highest priority pest in commercial accounts, flies are the most persistent pest problem.  “People are just annoyed by flies,” says Johnson, who manages six technicians and handles accounts from horse farms to factories to apartment complexes. “And where there are flies, there are usually sanitation issues.” Because the McCall Tampa branch is largely commercial, they are often a test market for new products. So when EndZone™ insecticide stickers from FMC became available late last year, McCall was one of the first companies in Florida to try them out. EndZone stickers are 4″ x 4” clear adhesive squares that can be placed on windows, under counters, near floor drains or on other surfaces where flies congregate. An arrestant, Endzone contains a formulation of acetamiprid and a food source that kills flies as they feed on the sticker. Trial by Fire McCall technician Mark Hubbard first tested the product on an empty apartment. “The tenant had cleaned up the kitchen but unplugged the refrigerator without taking food out,” he explains. “Nobody knew there was a problem until they pulled...
FMC and Univar Expand Homeless Outreach to Three Cities

FMC and Univar Expand Homeless Outreach to Three Cities

One of the biggest challenges for the homeless, explained Arnold Ramsey of FMC, is keeping their belongings safe. Many homeless men and women work but have no permanent place to store clothes, toiletries, food and important papers. The simple gift of a duffle bag can be transformational. “Sometimes it’s the simplest things that make the biggest difference to those living on the street,” explained Ramsey, who, along with his wife Sonya, has been helping the homeless in Columbus, Ohio for more than five years. “If you can’t keep your belongings with you, then every day you have to ‘start over.’ So that’s why this year, we’re focusing on supplies, rather than food, in our holiday collection.” For the second year, Ramsey and his friend Kevin Behrens of Univar, Inc. have collected supplies and funds for the homeless in the Ohio area. The idea was born with Behrens approached Ramsey for input on how Univar could help give back to the community in conjunction with its annual holiday open houses. Ramsey suggested collections for the homeless as a way to make a direct and immediate impact. Behrens sent out the call to the pest management community and in 2013, the group collected 57 “provision packs” and more than 80 meals. In 2014, the two men expanded the drive to include Cincinnati and Cleveland (in addition to Columbus) and through the generosity of the pest management professionals, have collected hundreds of flashlights, batteries, socks and toiletries. “The supplies are very much appreciated, and will be used to keep homeless individuals a bit safer and warmer this year,” said Ramsey. “But even...

FMC Fall 2014 Pest Management Promotion is On!

Stock up on your favorite FMC insecticides this fall and save like never before! With the company’s new “Fall Into Savings” promotion, pest management professionals will earn rebates on qualifying products purchased November 1st through December 12th , 2014. No rebate forms or sign-ups are required because purchases are tracked electronically, with promotion rebates being issued by April 15th, 2015. In addition, Transport® Mikron™, Transport® GHP and Transport® TI are distributor priced products as of November 1, 2014, providing even more opportunities to save. Qualifying in the fall promotion are: CB-80® insecticide D-Force® insecticide EndZone™ insecticide sticker – New! Totality™ Wood Treatment – New! Transport GHP insecticide Transport Mikron insecticide Transport termiticide insecticide For details, visit the FMC promotions page or contact your local market specialist. Always read and follow label directions. FMC, CB-80, D-Force, EndZone, Totality and Mikron are trademarks of FMC Corporation. Transport is a trademark of Nippon Soda Co.,...

From Offices to Restaurants, EndZone™ Stickers Work!

Frank Mongiovi is used to fighting flies in commercial restaurant and bar accounts, but he didn’t expect to find house flies in a doctor’s office. “The patients were really bothered by them. We tried a lot of things to get rid of them and couldn’t find anything that helped,” says the owner of Best Pest Control in Tampa, Florida. “We even tried closing the building on the weekend and turning heat up as high as it would go to dry out any moisture problems. But the flies were still there on Monday. Then he experimented with new EndZone™ insecticide stickers from FMC. He put the 4-1/4-inch square stickers in different places within the office building where he saw the flies landing. “It worked! We checked back in a few days and the flies were gone,” he notes. Containing a formulation of acetamiprid and a food source that attracts flies, EndZone stickers are clear adhesive squares. They can be placed on windows, on walls, under counters, near floor drains or on other surfaces where flies congregate. “I never did find the source of the flies in the doctor’s office, but they didn’t come back,” adds Mongiovi. “The stickers are still working.”* Best Pest Control has been in business since 1978, when Mongiovi started opened shop as a single proprietor. Since then, it’s grown to cover not only Tampa but the five surrounding counties. He employs 35 technicians, who handle pest control, lawn care and termite fumigation. “We do a lot of restaurants and taverns — not all of them high-end,” jokes Mongiovi. “Food establishments attract a lot of flies….fruit flies,...
New Customers from the Ground Up with Totality™ Wood Treatment

New Customers from the Ground Up with Totality™ Wood Treatment

Looking for a way in with new residential customers? Belle Meade Exterminating, Co., an independent pest control firm based in Nashville, Tennessee, gets leads on hundreds of residential clients each year by offering termite pre-treatments for new housing, and then following up with those clients after the one-year guarantee expires. And according to Andrew Douglas, director of operations for the 55-year old firm, his new client pipeline has gotten even more efficient thanks to Totality™ Wood Treatment from FMC. Besides being easier to mix and store, Totality allows Belle Meade to perform termite pre-treatments year-round, which is important in central Tennessee, where the housing market is on the rise. Though wood treatments are approximately 15 percent of Belle Meade’s total termite sales, they offer a direct link to new families moving into the area. Each pre-treatment is guaranteed to keep the structure termite-free for a year, so after the one year mark Belle Meade technicians ask the customer to continue the termite protection program and add a general insect control program. Since most homeowners are new to the area and haven’t yet contracted with another firm, many sign up with Belle Meade. Belle Meade has performed termite treatments for new housing since 1974. And though they offer both wood treatments and liquid soil treatments, Douglas prefers treating the wood. “If we can mix one or two gallons of finished product and treat the wood of a structure rather than use hundreds of gallons applied to the soil in, under and around it, we have protected both the structure and the environment,” he said. “It is effective, quicker, easier and...