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...

Winter Household Pest Prevention Tips

As the cold weather starts to get closer, household pests will begin the process of looking for warm places to wait out the winter. If your home offers a convenient place to spend the cold, dark days of winter, then those pests will move right on in. Every homeowner should have a checklist of things that can be done to help prevent pests from moving in and spending the winter. As pest control professionals, it is our job to educate our customers on best practices regarding prevention of household pests. Share these tips with your customers to help them keep their homes pest free this winter. Protect Your FoodHousehold pests are drawn to warmth and food. If you offer a ready source of either, then you can expect to hear scratching noises in the walls all winter long. To eliminate the lure of food, make sure that your garbage can lids are secure every day. Instead of over-stuffing a garbage can and setting the lid on top of the exposed garbage, go out and buy a new can. Inside the house, you need to try to eliminate the scent and availability of staple foods to prevent insects and larger pests from being attracted. Put all of your perishable food in plastic storage containers that can be sealed. The sealed containers will douse the scent and the plastic protection will prevent rodents and bugs from getting into your grains and baking supplies. Seal the HouseIt doesn’t take much space for a pest to find its way into your household. Rodents can get into your home through a hole the size...
New Video:  How to Properly Apply Liquid Pesticides

New Video: How to Properly Apply Liquid Pesticides

Hi, I am Lauren Wilson, technical service representative at FMC. I’m excited to share a new video from FMC with you! It’s about how to safely and properly apply liquid pesticide products. In the video, I will take you step-by-step through preparing for an application of Talstar® Professional insecticide. I’ll demonstrate these guidelines: Removing children, pets and toys from the area Wearing appropriate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Storing pesticides away from children or pets in a locked cabinet Removing food and covering food preparation surfaces for indoor applications Using pesticides in well-ventilated spaces for indoor applications The video continues with an actual demonstration of using Talstar Professional insecticide in both outdoor and indoor applications. I show how to measure and mix the product, as well as: Making an outdoor perimeter treatment Making outdoor spot applications in problem areas Treating cracks and crevices around doorways and windows for indoor applications Wearing a NIOSH-approved respirator when applying in non-ventilated spaces NOTE: Shorter versions of this video are also available on the FMC YouTube channels: A new three minute video demonstrates how to safely and properly apply liquid pesticide products. View here: Liquid Pesticide Application Guidelines. A second new three minute video from FMC demonstrates how to make an ant-control application with Talstar® Professional insecticide — both outdoors and indoors. View here: Talstar Professional Liquid Pesticide Application Demonstration. Everyone at FMC is committed to safety and proper use of our pesticide products. We hope this video will help our customers correctly apply all liquid pesticides. For any questions concerning the use of FMC products, I’m available to answer them at 1-800-321-1362 extension...
Social Media Tip: How to Use Hashtags Effectively

Social Media Tip: How to Use Hashtags Effectively

Our latest social media tip for pest professionals emphasizes the value of hashtags in the world of social media. A hashtag is Twitter’s, and now Facebook’s, way of indicating the overarching topic of a tweet. Hashtags, are words within a tweet or post prefixed with a hash sign (#) which embeds the word as a hyperlink. Hashtags were created to categorize messages in a way that makes it easier for people to communicate about a specific topic. You can monitor activity on hashtags related to the pest industry by typing them into your Twitter discovery bar to see what others are posting. Once you’ve established a few hashtags that you wish to continue tracking, you can save your hashtag search by selecting the “save search” option located in the gear icon. If you are using Hootsuite, you can save your favorite searches as stacks, for easy access and continuous updates. For example, #pestcontrol is a popular hashtag used by those in the pest industry. By searching #pestcontrol, you can see a list of recent tweets featuring that hashtag.At their most basic function, hashtags are easy ways to get more people to view your content. Without using hashtags, the odds of your post quickly fading into obscurity without reaching an audience increases dramatically. Another helpful social media tip is to prudently select the hashtags you use; it is essential to research the types of people using, and content associated with, a specific hashtag before you use it. Words have different connotations and different applications, so it’s important to choose a hashtag that is as relevant to the message you’re trying...
Pest Industry Basic Blogging Tips

Pest Industry Basic Blogging Tips

Blogging about your experiences in the pest industry is a great way to spread the word about your business and become a respected online resource. Once your blog is live, take advantage of these blogging tips and you’ll soon be on your way to dominating the pest control blogosphere. Because there’s no point in writing a blog that no one will see, our first blogging tip has to do with writing your blog so that it is easily found on search engines. Search-engine optimization or, as it is commonly called, SEO, is the science of writing in such a way that search engines like Bing or Google will select your blog when a specific keyword is searched. Though SEO can get complex, a basic blogging tip involves carefully selecting a keyword and tailoring your text to it. Use the Google Keyword planner to select a keyword that best describes the theme of your blog post and incorporate it into the title and body as early, and often, as possible. If you’re unsure what you’re doing at first, there are plenty of SEO guides online. Another way to improve SEO is to increase the amount of organic traffic your blog gets. Writing well-researched, quality content and promoting it actively on your social media channels is a great way to beef up your blog’s search-engine visibility. Facebook and Twitter are useful in our second blogging tip on how to properly promote your blog using social media. When you post a blog, try to write at least five social posts encouraging people to view your latest blog. Concisely state the topic of...