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27 10, 2017

Tech Talk: Shedding Light on the Right Flashlight

by Mark D. Sheperdigian, BCE With so many quality flashlights on the market, it’s not worth trying to identify a single best-in-class model for service work. Let’s look at the important factors of selecting a flashlight so you can decide for yourself. The LEDs of today can produce amazing amounts of light efficiently and economically [...]

28 09, 2017

Tech Talk – Coping With Confusing Label Language

By Jay Bruesch From time to time, we all scratch our heads while reading pesticide labels that seem to contradict themselves, or that don’t make it clear what we can or cannot do with a product. Consider these pairs of seemingly contradictory statements from labels of commonly used pesticide products. (Disclaimer: The purpose of this [...]

28 08, 2017

Tech Talk – Avoiding Mistakes on Perimeter Treatments

By Bart Foster, ACE Perimeter treatments are essential to good pest management. But with many years of experience training technicians, I have seen mistakes made which can be easily corrected with explanation of why what is being done is not correct. Let’s discuss some of the issues: 1. Mixing directions may be different for perimeter [...]

25 07, 2017

Tech Talk – Working with Customers to Alleviate Stored Product Pests

By Jay Everitt, ACE Let me tell you a story about a “dog treat company” that has been a customer of ours for about 10 years. This dog treat company makes its treats using a process that starts with a meat/cheese-based product which is produced by another vendor, then packaged at our customer’s facility. This [...]

24 07, 2017

Reduce Pest Attractiveness with Lighting Scheme Modifications

By Bennett Jordan,Ph.D., BCE, excerpt from 2017 PRSM Best Practices CHALLENGE Retail stores need lighting schemes that make potential customers feel safe and welcome. The problem is that shoppers aren’t the only ones brought in by a sharp display; night-flying insects are highly attracted to most types of lighting commonly used in and around stores. [...]

1 06, 2017

Tech Talk The Perfect Spot — Ensuring Your ILTs Are Effective

By David Moore, BCE When you are installing Insect Light Traps consider the unit's attractiveness, maintenance, and how it impacts the environment in which it is installed. When you are installing Insect Light Traps (ILTs) as a part of a fly control program, where you install the unit has a great impact on its efficiency. [...]

1 05, 2017

Tech Talk – Fruit Fly Management In a Commercial Setting

By Daniel Hill When handling fruit flies, how many times have you said to a commercial customer, “It’s a sanitation issue,” pointed out some things that need to be fixed or cleaned and left? If so, you should never do it again after today! I’d like to give you some tips and selling points, as [...]

1 04, 2017

Tech Talk – Pest Control Math – A Necessity

By Cory Goeltzenleuchter Remember thinking to yourself in math class, “When am I ever going to use these formulas?” Training in our field is very important; we often train on topics such as spill control, the right personal protective equipment, laws and the label. But when was the last time you broke out a math [...]

1 03, 2017

Tech Talk – Documenting Conducive Conditions

By David Moore, BCE The bar for the pest management industry is constantly being pushed higher and higher, and documentation is one of those areas where there is little room for error. The conditions we report to our clients are scrutinized and hold both us and them accountable for what we document. This is especially [...]