Top Tweets: Infographic of Spring Pest Management Facts

Check out the most popular @FMCpest and @FMCbedbug tweets from the past two weeks, including an infographic covering spring pest management facts, bed bug identification tips and news about a newly-discovered tick-borne illness. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for pest control industry news, expert advice and the very latest pest product updates from FMC Professional Solutions. “Why do silverfish like my home?” http://t.co/IIZwV3cyvs Via @MoyerServices #pestcontrol — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) March 17, 2014 A new #tick-borne illness has been discovered. http://t.co/ycSxLIWpe0 — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) March 13, 2014 Educate your customers with these #bedbug identification tips! http://t.co/zBR6THtjQh — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) March 24, 2014 Spring is here and so are pesky spring pests! Check out these little known facts about spring pests: http://t.co/BL7NFlC1q2 #pestcontrol — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) March 25, 2014 Hey PMPs! Did you choose a job in #pestcontrol, or did pest control choose you? http://t.co/zkYbOew2Fn — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) March 20, 2014 Did you know #ladybugs can fly as far as 74 miles at one time? Read about that and more fun ladybug facts here: http://t.co/UEvHjeqF6d — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) March 18, 2014 Congratulations to Wendell Codner for his award from @DebugtheMyths! Read about why Wendell was honored: http://t.co/9DMQHcqnNY — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) March 21, 2014 Watch as a #pestcontrol professional eliminates a bedroom #bedbug infestation with Transport Mikron. http://t.co/AWzp7iJ546 — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) March 12, 2014 Infographic: Even a trained #pestcontrol professional might mix up these #bedbug look-a-likes with the real thing! http://t.co/ERDFD2ViIs — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) March 20, 2014 Potential customers are likely considering these 4 areas when selecting a...

RISE Honors Wendell Codner with Award for Volunteering

Congratulations to our own Wendell Codner, who was awarded the Committee Chairman’s Service Award from Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE) in early January 2014. Wendell was honored for his eight years on the Programs and Membership Committee, two of them as committee chair. We spoke with Wendell about the importance of volunteering: First, you have an accent. Where are you from? I grew up on a farm in St. Ann, Jamaica. I came to the United States for college and then joined FMC. What’s your role at FMC? Currently, I’m the Business Manager for Consumer Solutions for our Professional Solutions division. We sell active ingredients to consumer marketers like Scotts and Central Garden & Pet who in turn sell their branded products to the consumers through stores like Home Depot, Lowe’s and Wal-Mart. Why did you start volunteering with RISE? I started working with RISE in 2006 after hearing a former president speak at an FMC meeting. I started on the Programs & Membership Committee, which works on member recruitment and retention as well as designing the program and speakers for the annual meeting. Now, I am co-chair of the Strategic Oversight Council, which has responsibility for the development and implementation of the RISE strategic plan. Why is involvement important? As an industry we have a message that needs to be heard so that everyone — regulators, lawmakers, the public — can be better educated about the chemical industry and its associated benefits. And we have to keep at it day after day, year after year. In this country, if you don’t get in front of the...
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...
The Pest Management Industry Teams Up to Help the Homeless

The Pest Management Industry Teams Up to Help the Homeless

Imagine a winter that begins with snow a week before Halloween. Imagine not one but two bouts of the "polar vortex," sending temperatures into the negative digits for days. And imagine a storm so heavy that there were reports of snow "tornadoes," plus massive power outages and clogged highways. Now imagine you are homeless. That’s what was on the minds of Kevin Behrens of Univar, Inc. and Arnold Ramsey of FMC when they decided to host a provisions drive to aid the homeless in December 2013. Behrens had invited Ohio-based pest management professionals to an annual Univar holiday event and mini-tradeshow, but wanted to include a charitable aspect to the event. Behrens knew Ramsey and his wife volunteer their time with a homeless outreach program, so he gave him a call. An idea was born. Knowing they couldn’t do it alone, Ramsey suggested they ask their friends in the pest management community for help. Between the two companies and the 65 guests, they were able to collect enough toiletries, sweatshirts, coats, blankets and scarves for 57 “provision packs,” and enough donations to afford turkey and ham dinners for more than 80 people.”This is a matter of life and death for some,” said Ramsey. “We’ve lost four homeless friends due to weather already this winter. It is a huge relief and comfort for them to receive even the most basic provisions.” “But it is more than just physical,” added Ramsey. “Most are extremely grateful for the simple fact that someone cares about them. One man wept when we gave him a new scarf. He had been using a worn out...

Top Tweets: Are These Pictures of Insects or Aliens?

Check out the most popular @FMCpest and @FMCbedbug tweets from the past two weeks, including a photography technique where pictures of insects look like pictures of aliens, why you should be blogging for your pest control business and an invasive pest that is decimating North Carolina forests. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for pest control industry news, expert advice and the very latest pest product updates from FMC Professional Solutions. Calling all pest photographers! @EntsocAmerica is looking for #insect photos for their 2015 calendar! http://t.co/J7cHVDjCXP — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) February 12, 2014 #Insects or aliens? With this new photography technique, it can be hard to tell! http://t.co/8Wdgz82mhl — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) February 17, 2014 Do you know what your state #insect is? Find out! http://t.co/aZumld2hZ9 — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) February 20, 2014 Looking for #pestcontrol industry links? We’ve got you covered! http://t.co/Q0E5SQzKvJ — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) February 20, 2014 If you’re not blogging for your #pestcontrol business, you should be. Here are some basic tips: http://t.co/GWi0GDVxHr — FMC Bed Bugs (@FMCbedbug) February 18, 2014 Western North Carolina is battling an invasive pest that is decimating forests. http://t.co/n7LnpcKT7p #pestcontrol — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) February 14, 2014 Looking for #pestcontrol industry links? We’ve got you covered! http://t.co/ZdEMCfj9Wl — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) February 19, 2014 According to an experiment, the polar vortex may have decimated stink bug populations. http://t.co/BQwspl1q23 #pestcontrol — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) February 21, 2014 How your customers can reduce spiders in their homes: http://t.co/VgJI3cNvgD Via @ThomasPestSvcs #pestcontrol — FMC Pest (@FMCpest) February 18, 2014 These five #insects have proven to be Olympians in their own ways....
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...