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...
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 Control Company Has Success with a New Ant Control Product

Nineteen years ago, Dave Novak answered a “help wanted” ad for a service technician and thought he was applying for a job as a fleet mechanic. Quik-Kill president Paul Baietto, Tim Baietto’s father, had hired him but failed to tell Novak what was in store. “The next day I was in a crawl space,” said Novak, now Quik-Kill’s service manager. “That was a surprise.” Today, Novak handles all service-related aspects for Quik-Kill, which includes providing his team with an array of items to get the job done, from insecticides to detection devices to handyman tools. He works on both residential and commercial accounts, often accompanying his eleven technicians in the field. Novak has seen bed bugs resurge, as well as mosquitoes, but cites ants as the new “number one” pest in Illinois. “Odorous house ants, Argentine, carpenter, pavement and citronella,” he said. “Bed bugs come and go, but ants are constant, even in winter.” Novak uses a variety of products for ants, from liquid sprays to granular products to aerosols. Recently, he’s begun using Transport® Mikron™ liquid insecticide, which leaves “no residue and is totally clear.” “Of course, nothing replaces a good, old fashioned ‘get-your-knees-dirty’ inspection,” Novak explained. “Many species can be ‘trailed’ to nesting sites, so I seek out the source and ask the question ‘Why are they here’?” “Exclusion is important because simple repairs can make a huge difference,” he added. “That coupled with a great insecticide means another ant problem solved.” Looking for more information about ant control? Sharpen your ant identification skills with our ant identification...
From Carpenter Ants to Carpentry: Midwest Pest Control Firm Adds Home Repair

From Carpenter Ants to Carpentry: Midwest Pest Control Firm Adds Home Repair

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. But, for one pest management professional, necessity became not only the mother of invention, but the mother of a whole new business venture. It all happened in 2010, when a client of Tim Baietto, owner of Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators, Inc. of Streator, Ill., needed help with a rodent infestation. The Quik-Kill team serviced her house, but the rodents kept resurfacing due to problems with the homeowner’s doors. “We suggested she install door sweeps and she eventually bought them, but every time we went back, they were not installed,” explained Baietto. “Eventually, she just asked us to do it.” Baietto installed the door sweeps and the idea of expanding Quik-Kill to include a handyman service was born.Tim Baietto and his brother Gary Baietto quietly launched All-Star Professional Home Services in January 2012, but didn’t begin to advertise it heavily until 2013. All-Star performs routine home maintenance, repairs, light carpentry, remodeling, masonry, tile work and small projects like childproofing, installing fire extinguishers and assembling swing sets. They also sell equipment and supplies directly to homeowners. “We are excited about it,” said Baietto. “It feels like a natural extension of our business because we already have that level of trust with our customers, and we are already in their homes.” Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators was founded by Baietto’s father in 1968, but has grown to multiple branches throughout Illinois and into Iowa. In 2011, Quik-Kill acquired Peoria Pest Eliminators of Peoria, Illinois, adding additional routes to its existing business. In February of 2013, Baietto’s son Brian joined the company, thus making it a third...
Suburban Exterminating Makes the Pest Industry Fun for Kids

Suburban Exterminating Makes the Pest Industry Fun for Kids

Does a tarantula sting? What does a roach eat? These are only a few of the pest industry-related questions that the children in Suburban Exterminating’s summer library events ask. Looking to get more involved in the community, Suburban Exterminating found a way for their entomologists to give back: educating children on animals, insects and the pest industry. “Suburban Exterminating was looking to become more involved with the community,” Bill Somerville, entomologist and General Manager at Suburban Exterminating, said. “We decided to start a children’s library program since many Long Island libraries double as community centers.” Entering its fourth year, the library events aim to share the pest industry professionals’ love of insects while entertaining and educating the children. At each session, the children have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the insects, hamster and other animals that Suburban Exterminating brings along. Lynn Frank, entomologist and Technical Director, said, “The children learn about animal and insect characteristics. We talk about their basic survival skills and how they adapt.”Many children come to the program with knowledge about the pest industry. Jacob, age 10 from Southampton, told us that a carpenter ant’s scientific name was Camponotus pennsylvanicus. Arielle, age 9 from Huntington, knew that a hamster was nocturnal. Though the purpose of the shows is educational, they’re enjoyable for both the child and the pest industry professionals. “We seem to have as much fun as the children do,” Somerville said. Currently booking shows for 2014, Suburban Exterminating will likely be educating children on insects, animals and the pest industry for a long time. Established in 1960, Suburban Exterminating is...
EndZone™ Insecticide Sticker Voted “Best New Product” at 2014 Florida Pest & Lawn Care Expo

EndZone™ Insecticide Sticker Voted “Best New Product” at 2014 Florida Pest & Lawn Care Expo

FMC is proud to announce that its latest offering in fly control technology, the EndZone insecticide sticker, has been voted the best new product at the Florida Pest & Lawn Care Expo. A four-and-one-quarter inch square sticker coated with an acetamiprid bait matrix, EndZone is the latest in FMC pest control technologies. EndZone is proven to kill house flies in less than one minute and also aids in the control of phorid flies, fungus gnats, blow flies, bottle flies, flesh flies, little house flies and vinegar (fruit) flies. EndZone provides up to seven months of residual action indoors, and four months of residual outdoors (when not exposed to rain, excess moisture, dirt and dust). Insecticide product manager for FMC, Steve Mora shares his reaction to the honor. “We are very excited to learn that EndZone insecticide sticker won the ‘Best New Product’ award at the Florida show,” Mora said. “EndZone is an easy-to-use product which provides a solution to the fly problems PMPs in Florida – and throughout the country – are facing. “We are happy to know the industry is as excited about EndZone as we are” EndZone was chosen after a careful review of the exhibited products. On hand to accept the award was Florida Market Specialist and long-time FMC employee, Bruce Ryser. “What a nice surprise,” Ryser said. “On behalf of everyone at FMC who helped bring this product to the market, I want to say thank you to the Florida Pest Management Association.” EndZone insecticide stickers are available through pest management distribution channels. For more information check out a two-minute video of the pest control...