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20 08, 2018

Tech Talk: Seven Tips for Aerosol Application Safety

By: Dena Berg-Castano, ACE Canned aerosol insecticides are a staple in many pest management programs. The convenience of these ready-to-use products and the ability to apply and get the product into crevices and voids where pests live make them a go-to in the field. In addition to considering the ease of product application, it is [...]

3 08, 2018

Tech Talk: Five Tips for a Successful Bed Bug Heat Treatment

By Jared Woerth As pest management professionals, we are not new to bed bugs. In fact, 99.6 percent of pest professionals have encountered bed bugs in the past year, according to research from NPMA and the University of Kentucky. As we have learned, heat treatments continue to be the most effective method when eliminating bed [...]

25 05, 2018

Tech Talk: The Invasive Turkestan Cockroach

By Christian Wilcox, ACE Dealing with invasive species in our industry has become more and more common. Some of the more notable ones, such red imported fire ants, Africanized honeybees, Asian lady beetles, brown marmorated stink bugs and Formosan subterranean termites, to name a few, have become common, if not even daily, occurrences for us [...]

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 [...]