Fall Changes, Challenges and Champions.

As the fall season approaches, it will bring many changes. For some, the crisp cool air will be a refreshing end to a blistering hot summer. Others will embark upon “Back-to-School” shopping sprees and all the joy that brings. Even though I hate to admit it, I enjoy the anxiety created by this task. New school schedules, clothing and supply shopping and home room assignments. It signals the promise of a new year with all of its challenges and rewards. Close your eyes and think about your own childhood and the excitement created by this time of year. The opportunity to reconnect with friends, see your teachers, participate in sports or music and, of course, new academic challenges. Setting these memories aside for a moment, the professional pest business will undergo a change this fall. The new Pyrethroid label regulations will usher in a new set of challenges for our industry. Whereas some pest management professionals have embraced the changes, others have expressed anxiety. High volume applications will become a thing of the past as PMPs adopt new strategies and techniques. Although this will cause anxiety for some, it’s an opportunity to embark upon new ways of doing things. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a fan of new restrictions and regulations, but when faced with past challenges, our industry has always rebounded. To provide product stewardship and to help educate our industry, FMC Professional Solutions has developed a series of videos. The videos cover the pyrethroid label changes and proper application techniques for liquid, granular and pre-construction termiticide treatments. The videos are available on the FMCpest YouTube Channel,...
How to Comply with the New Pyrethroid Insecticide Use Guidelines

How to Comply with the New Pyrethroid Insecticide Use Guidelines

By now, you‘ve probably heard about the new EPA guidelines for non-crop uses of pyrethroid products. These new pyrethroid regulations and labeling requirements affect how pest management professionals (PMPs) use liquid, granular and pre-construction termiticide pyrethroid insecticides. FMC Professional Solutions is in full compliance with the EPA guidelines, and we are in the process of making changes to our pyrethroid product labels. Still, we know that determining how to incorporate the changes into your day-to-day operations can be confusing. To make the process easier for you, we have developed “how-to” videos that help explain what the new guidelines mean. The videos – each three to four minutes long – take you step-by-step through the changes, showing you how to interpret the EPA wording and covering the following topics: These videos can be found on the FMC Pest YouTube channel, but the links are provided here for your convenience. At FMC Professional Solutions, we’re dedicated to providing products, services and support that make pest management easier and more effective for our customers. Want to be the first to know when a label has changed? Sign up for the FMC Label Notification Service. It’s fast, simple and totally free! Please call your FMC Market Specialist for further...
Pesticide safety tip: use registered and authorized pesticides.

Pesticide safety tip: use registered and authorized pesticides.

Using registered and authorized pesticides from an authorized supplier or distributor enables you to do your job effectively, maintain pesticide safety and stay in good standing with the law. It also helps eliminate the potential for human and environmental harm associated with illegal or unauthorized products. The Environmental Protection Agency requires registration applicants to submit more than 100 separate scientific studies and tests. Only pesticides that “meet the highest standards of safety to protect human health and the environment” receive EPA approval. Choosing only registered and authorized pesticides and carefully following label directions is essential to protecting your customers and the planet. Want more Applied Knowledge from FMC? Additional tips on safe and responsible pesticide use are available in our latest Stewardship...
Pesticide safety tip: dispose of products properly.

Pesticide safety tip: dispose of products properly.

Proper product disposal is not only key to finishing a job right, it’s critical to ensuring pesticide safety and protecting our environment. This is especially true when pesticides are involved, and it is important that the professionals who use them are educated on how to correctly dispose of empty containers. Plastic containers should be triple rinsed, squeezed and punctured before being taken to the nearest recycling center. Visit the Ag Container Recycling Council website for more information. Recycle empty aerosol containers and contact your local hazardous waste facility for safe disposal of containers that are not completely empty. Want more Applied Knowledge from FMC? Additional tips on safe and responsible pesticide use are available in our latest Stewardship...
Applied Knowledge™: a commitment to our customers and our planet

Applied Knowledge™: a commitment to our customers and our planet

FMC Professional Solutions is dedicated to developing new and improved solutions to help our customers meet the evolving demands of our industry. An absolutely paramount part of our mission is stewardship. In order to maximize benefits and minimize risks, FMC takes a life-cycle approach to stewardship, overseeing every product from discovery and development to use and final disposal. In addition to the creation of new and better solutions, we also strive to ensure our customers have all the information and support they need to use these products safely and responsibly. In an initiative we call Applied Knowledge™, FMC will be covering best practices regarding the use of professional products. It is our hope that through education, we can ensure that our customers achieve the best possible results in a way that promotes sustainability and public health. Each month, we will be sharing tips for successful and responsible work habits, from preparation to disposal and cleanup. If there is a topic you’d like to see covered, please contact us or send us a tweet. Remember, if you ever require emergency assistance during application — even if you’re not using our products — you can call FMC at (800) 331-3148. On behalf of everyone at FMC Professional Solutions, we hope that Applied Knowledge helps you achieve the highest level of success and safety on the job. Stay...