Pro Bono Fire Ant Treatment Saves a School from Pests

Pro Bono Fire Ant Treatment Saves a School from Pests

Children in northern Florida are just returning to school and may find something more frightening than homework—fire ants. This summer’s excessive rains have caused fire ant populations to explode, just before the school year begins. But at one school, fire ants have been expelled. That’s because Trad’s Pest Control, a full-service pest control and turf management company in Jacksonville, teamed up with FMC to treat the grounds of San Juan del Rio Church and School in nearby St. John’s, Florida. The school’s fire ant problem has grown significantly over the summer, when turf was untreated and consistent rains caused the red imported fire ant (RIFA) population to boom. Trad’s donated the manpower while Philadelphia-based FMC Professional Solutions donated the ammunition, namely its Talstar® XTRA featuring Verge™ granule technology. Talstar XTRA is a new type of granular insecticide that controls fire ant mounds in as little as fifteen minutes while generating virtually no dust or odor when applied. “Verge technology is based on the same technology as kitty litter,” explained Denise Wartan, General Manager of Trad’s. “It’s a clay based granule that breaks down and disappears into to the soil quickly and stays there. This is great for schools that need help fast, but also need a solution that lasts.” Wartan adds that Trad’s is certified in ‘integrated pest management’ for schools, so the company uses approved, low-impact products and treats in a manner to limit children’s exposure. Red imported fire ants (RIFA) live in mounds in all types of turf, along driveways and sidewalks and just about anywhere there is ample soil and moisture. When disturbed, fire ants will...
Verifi™ bed bug detectors are donated to protect families at the New Orleans Ronald McDonald House.

Verifi™ bed bug detectors are donated to protect families at the New Orleans Ronald McDonald House.

Bed bugs are no joke but that didn’t stop everyone from enjoying Saints superfan “Mack the Quack” when he joined the Greater New Orleans Pest Control Association, Inc. on its annual day of service in November. FMC Professional Solutions traveled to New Orleans to help the association and Protect-A-Bed® donate Verifi™ bed bug detectors and mattress protection to the Ronald McDonald House of New Orleans, a respite for families of sick children being treated at area hospitals. The association members will return regularly to inspect the Verifi devices, and to recharge them every 90 days. “The house has not had a bed bug problem but the potential is there,” said Gary Whelen, association spokesperson. “With Verifi and the mattress encasements, we will be able to identify infestations when they are small and easy to handle. Our goal is to ensure that with all these families have to deal with, bed bugs are not one of them.” The house is an old Canal Street bungalow with 15 rooms for families. Luckily, Brian Mount, FMC pest product development lead, was on hand to guide the team on how many devices should be used and proper installation. Some of the association members had never used the devices before and were excited to see how they work. Saints superfan Mack the Quack—really Mack Cuenca, an entomologist by day and current president of the association—joked that “The Verifi devices are so easy to install, even a clown can do it!” Well, it does take some training, and FMC is happy to oblige. Visit www.verifibedbug.com for more information, including Verifi installation tips, or to find...
Biking for a Good Cause

Biking for a Good Cause

I’m just back from an exhilarating 60-mile ride from Yorktown to Glendale, Va., in support of Phil Across America. What a great time with a truly special group of people! As a former competitive biker and still an avid rider, I’ve been on many, many, many bike rides in my life, but this one was particularly meaningful to me. I know you’ve heard of Phil Cooper, CEO of Cooper Pest Solutions and BedBug Central. Phil and 17 other bikers are riding coast to coast as part of the Bike the US for MS TransAtlantic Ride. The ride started June 1 and will end on August 1 in San Francisco. Their mission: to raise money to help find a cure for multiple sclerosis. My father has MS and I’ve seen firsthand what it’s like to live with this crippling disease. FMC Professional Solutions is a Gold Sponsor of the ride and the primary sponsor of four legs — or days — of the journey. So, on behalf of FMC and the Verifi™ bed bug detector, I rode the first leg, along with my sister, Debbie, and boyfriend, Rob. It was awesome to be a part of a group working so hard to fund research to find a cure — or at least find new medications that will make the condition more bearable. And it was doubly awesome to make this ride with my sister, who cares as much as I do about fighting MS. We saw gorgeous scenery and made some outstanding new friends. But the best part was feeling like we are making a difference. We’ll be checking in...