How Pest Professionals Tackle Problem Pests in Texas

How Pest Professionals Tackle Problem Pests in Texas

During his 35 years in the Texas pest management industry, Bill Patterson has seen it all — cockroaches, mosquitoes, scorpions, bed bugs and lots and lots of ants. “Ants are our Number One problem throughout the state of Texas,” says Patterson, technical director and staff entomologist for Worldwide Pest Control in San Antonio. “We have 10 or 11 different species of problematic ants – both outdoor and indoor. Fire ants, carpenter ants, rover ants and tawny crazy ants, just to name a few.” A board-certified entomologist with degrees in botany and zoology from Texas A&M at Commerce, Patterson worked for the state as an urban wildlife expert before turning his attention to urban entomology. He’s been with Worldwide for 11 years. “My role is primarily designing protocols and training, but there is no typical day for me,” notes Patterson, who manages a team of 60 technicians in San Antonio and another 15 at Worldwide’s Austin location. “I am constantly out in the field, diagnosing problems and prescribing solutions. It’s always interesting and different.” In addition to quarterly residential accounts, Worldwide handles a variety of commercial customers, which generally require monthly treatments. “We go from hospitals to restaurants to office buildings to churches and day care centers,” says Patterson. “New problems keep me hopping on a daily basis.”Problem Pests Lately, scorpions have become a major challenge. As urban areas sprawl farther into the countryside, scorpions crawl into more and more houses. “They like rocks and dirt more than the inner city,” Patterson adds. “They sting like a bee and can be hard to control since they hide in recesses. We’re...
Bed Bug Insecticide Review: Pest Professional Reveals his Weapon of Choice

Bed Bug Insecticide Review: Pest Professional Reveals his Weapon of Choice

Want to hear a pest control professional wax poetic in an insecticide review? Get Rich Ramirez, technical director of Dial-a-Bug Pest Control, Inc. talking about his bed bug insecticide of choice, Transport® Mikron™ from FMC Professional Solutions. “It’s a great all-around product,” Ramirez said. “It gives us fast knockdown and the flexibility to go anywhere. Plus, it’s got a great label… a wide spectrum of pests, several ways to apply and options for food-handling areas.” Ramirez uses Transport Mikron as his go-to bed bug insecticide for several reasons. “With the new labeling, we can treat the room’s perimeter as well as the mattress and the box spring without having to change actives,” he said. “It’s quicker for the technician and quicker for the customer.” Ramirez also likes that the insecticide is non-repellant. “We’ve used to it treat roaches in restaurants that were closed by the Board of Health,” he said. “In a few hours, they were roach free and getting ready to reopen. Amazing.” To begin using Transport Mikron insecticide on bed bugs, roaches, termites and other pests, visit the FMC Professional Solutions website or contact your FMC Market...
XTRA CHEMISTRY helps make this granular insecticide fully equipped.

XTRA CHEMISTRY helps make this granular insecticide fully equipped.

If you’re an avid reader of FMC Pest Wire, you’ve already seen our recent features about the XTRA consistency, XTRA versatility and XTRA speed that make Talstar® XTRA featuring Verge™ granular technology a fully-equipped granular insecticide. But it’s the product’s XTRA chemistry that helps Talstar XTRA go above and beyond what a typical granular insecticide can do. Over the years, Talstar has become one of the industry’s most trusted brands of insecticides. Like all Talstar products, Talstar XTRA has been formulated with FMC bifenthrin for dependable performance and up to four months of residual protection. Talstar XTRA also features zeta-cypermethrin which enhances the speed and knockdown of this granular insecticide. The combination of FMC bifenthrin and zeta-cypermethrin enables Talstar XTRA to deliver fast-acting and long-lasting pest control performance against many lawn pests, including chinch bugs, fleas, ticks, mole crickets, earwigs, crane flies and most ants (including fire ants). As you can see from the chart below, Talstar XTRA delivers reliable residual control of fire ants plus unsurpassed speed. Interested in learning more about the many XTRAS that come standard with Talstar XTRA featuring Verge granular technology? Contact your FMC Market Specialist for more on this revolutionary granular...
Not All Bifenthrin Products are Created Equal: Discover the Talstar® Difference

Not All Bifenthrin Products are Created Equal: Discover the Talstar® Difference

Bifenthrin was first introduced to the pest control industry by FMC Corporation under the Talstar® Brand in 1990. Talstar, from FMC Professional Solutions, is the original bifenthrin brand, and as such it has undergone the most rigorous efficacy and quality assurance testing of any bifenthrin product. From formulation technology to packaging ease of use, Talstar is the number one trusted brand on the market today. Bifenthrin is a fourth generation pyrethroid with several unique characteristics. When looking at the chemical structure of bifenthrin, a few key characteristics stand out versus other pyrethroids. Unlike permethrin, cypermethirn, deltamethrin, cyfluthrin and cyhalothrin, bifenthrin does not have a phenoxy-benzyl bridge that can quickly hydrolyze (break down). This results in bifenthrin’s longer residual activity. Bifenthrin also has a trifluoro group which adds true miticidal activity to this insecticide. Perhaps even more important, bifenthrin does not have an alpha-cyano group, thus making it less irritating to the skin than other pyrethroids such as; cypermethirn, deltamethrin, cyfluthrin, cyhalothrin and others. All pyrethroids are synthetic compounds similar to naturally occurring pyrethrum, an extract from chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum cinerariaefolium and C. coccineum). Pyrethroids are used widely due to their wide range of pest activity and stability under UV light. Pyrethroids work on insects by keeping the sodium channels open in their neuronal membranes. When the sodium channels are kept in an open state, the nerves rapidly fire and cannot de-excite, leading to paralysis and eventually, death. It’s important to note that not all bifenthrin products are created equal. FMC bifenthrin has a long track record of consistent quality and formulation. Some non-FMC bifenthrin products can vary widely in key...
Get XTRA CONSISTENCY with a Fully-Equipped Granular Insecticide

Get XTRA CONSISTENCY with a Fully-Equipped Granular Insecticide

When it comes to controlling outdoor pests like ants, including fire ants, chinch bugs, fleas, ticks, scorpions, earwigs and mole crickets, you need a reliable insecticide that delivers fast and effective results. At FMC Professional Solutions, we developed a granular insecticide featuring many XTRAS that will optimize your outdoor pest control. With Talstar® XTRA featuring Verge™ granule technology, all the XTRAs, including speed, versatility and consistency, come standard without the added cost. The highly advanced clay-based formulation of the Verge granule was created by Oil-Dri®, the leading experts in micro particles and mineral processing. Each granule is engineered to be uniform in size and shape for improved ballistics and consistent, dependable control. More consistent insecticide coverage Granules disintegrate rapidly upon watering in, delivering the AI to the desired area Non-staining granules blend into the landscape with no unsightly mess Virtually odorless formulation with significantly less dust which means you won’t wear the product home The images below show granules poured into spreading equipment from a height of four feet. As you can see, the Verge granule produces up to 137 times less dust than competitive granules. This reduces the potential for applicator exposure and off-target drift. Contact your FMC Market Specialist to learn more about how this fully-equipped granular insecticide can kick your outdoor pest control into high gear. Biodac is a trademark of Kadant GranTek Inc. EcoGranule is a trademark of Cycle Group, Inc. Verge is a trademark of Oil-Dri Corporation of...
Guest Post: Maximize earwig control with a granular insecticide.

Guest Post: Maximize earwig control with a granular insecticide.

Here in north Florida, earwig control really started getting heavy a few years ago. In the past, our customers used to see a few dead earwigs at their door step every now and then, but they started seeing them throughout the house – sometimes all the way into the second-floor bathrooms! I even started seeing them in my own home, too. Every morning, the parade of earwigs would begin in my kitchen. In general, this starts happening in late spring when it gets a little dry outside. They follow the pipes and electric lines inside the house looking for moisture. Earwigs are easily recognized by a pair of prominent appendages resembling forceps at the tail end of their bodies. They feed most actively at night and seek out dark, cool, moist places to hide during the day. Common hiding places are under loose clods of soil, in mulched garden areas, in dense growth of vines or weeds and under the loose bark on trees. While their name indicates they seek out human ears, there is little evidence to support these stories! However, they do prefer warm dark areas. Since the products we were using didn’t seem to be working on earwigs, we decided to try a new product, Talstar® XTRA featuring Verge™ granule technology. Our technicians began using it on call-backs for earwigs, applying it around pipes and the perimeters of houses. We discovered that it really rocks on earwigs! Our customers went from seeing numerous earwigs in the house everyday to seeing none – almost overnight. But what we didn’t expect were the super results we got on...