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30 04, 2018

Tech Talk: Bigger is Better! (Even When it Comes to Stinging Insects)

By Mark Vanderwerp A client calls in August complaining about bees all over the dumpster; a restaurant is haunted by bees intimidating patrons on the patio; or a technician is bragging about a large bee nest they’ve removed from the eaves of a house. Sound familiar? The only problem with these examples is that rarely [...]

30 03, 2018

Tech Talk: Beyond the Basics: Reading Glueboards

By Bennett Jordan, PH.D., B.C.E. Glueboards, sticky traps and insect monitors (or whatever you call them in your operation), provide an indispensable, and quantifiable, picture of what is going on at an account while you’re not there (when used appropriately, of course). Glueboards also can provide an early warning for emerging pest problems and help form [...]

27 12, 2017

Tech Talk: Game-Changing Technology: Remote Pest Monitoring

by Andrew Taylor & Caroline Kirby I remember a good friend of mine telling me that, in 5 to 10 years, I would look back at when I started in this industry and reminisce about the way it used to be. In some cases, this may be true. However, from a technological standpoint, I have [...]

7 12, 2017

Tech Talk: Winterize Your Equipment — and Yourself

by Shane McCoy, ACE Winter is coming — temperatures are declining, landscape is changing, and the world of insects and pest control have definitely slowed down. But, there’s still plenty of work to do for your equipment and for you. WINTERIZE YOUR TRUCK. Make sure your truck is ready for harsh and cold conditions. Check to [...]

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. [...]