Can’t decide on what to get that special someone for Valentine’s Day? Sometimes the answer is all around us, and right where it’s been for millions of years—like cockroaches! How better to express your appreciation for that special someone than to name one of the Bronx Zoo’s 58,000 Madagascar hissing cockroach after them? Best of all, when you purchase this everlasting gift, you’ll help support the Wildlife Conservation Society and its five parks in New York City.
Mosquito-borne illnesses continue to plague communities throughout the United States. With recent outbreaks of mosquito-borne illnesses in Florida, homeowners everywhere should take steps to protect their family.
As evidenced by the increasing incidence of West Nile Virus, mosquito infestations continue well into the fall months.
Hulett Environmental offers the following advice on keeping mosquitoes out of homes:
- Eliminate potential mosquito breading grounds like birdbaths and baby pools by changing the water at least once per week.
- Remove excess vegetation around any standing water sources that cannot be changed, dumped or removed.
- Check your screens for any holes to keep them out of your house.
To learn more about mosquito-transmitted diseases, please visit www.bugs.com.
By Brad Harbison
This year’s winners are Gail Wiles, Hulett Environmental Services; John Dawson, Griffin Pest Solutions; and Rick Gaudreault, Orkin.
RICHFIELD, Ohio — Pest Control Technology (PCT) magazine, and sponsor BASF Pest Control Solutions, are proud to announce the 2011 Service Technicians of the Year. For the past 15 years, PCT has recognized a trio of standout service professionals in the residential, commercial and termite categories. This year’s winners are:
Residential Technician of the Year — Gail Wiles, Hulett Environmental Services, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Commercial Technician of the Year — John Dawson, Griffin Pest Solutions, Kalamazoo, Mich.
Termite Technician of the Year — Rick Gaudreault, Orkin, Collinsville, Ill.
Wiles came to Hulett Environmental Services after having served as head safety officer for 13 power plants. Her coworkers and clients regard her as a knowledgeable, friendly and reliable professional. Wiles works hard to connect with the community and earn the trust of her customers, many of whom now consider her a friend. In addition to her work at Hulett, Wiles has been involved helping more than 30 charitable organizations during the past 13 years.
Dawson, a 24-year veteran of Griffin Pest Solutions, has been an early adopter and patient teacher of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). He works hard to find solutions that are environmentally responsible and minimally invasive. As a teacher, he believes in thoroughly explaining to customers what he’s doing and why, what they can expect in terms of results and why IPM solutions are preferable to traditional solutions in many situations. Because Dawson services accounts with very low pest thresholds, mostly in the health care and pharmaceutical segment, this customer education is vital.
Gaudreault has become a leader at Orkin’s Collinsville, Ill. branch office due to his positive attitude and willingness to do the little things to meet and exceed customer expectations. A termite technician for the past seven years, Gaudreault has excelled at a job that requires problem solving and attention to detail. He serves as a model mentor to new service technicians, exhibiting patience and dedication necessary to train others.
“The 2011 Technicians of the Year are representative of the many outstanding service professionals in the pest control industry,” said PCT Managing Editor Brad Harbison. “Whether it’s mentoring new service technicians, assisting with training programs or growing their routes through sales efforts, each of this year’s winners truly goes above and beyond their job description.”
PCT received dozens of nominations for from pest control companies throughout the U.S. of various size and make-up. Managers/owners were asked to evaluate service technicians in several areas including: technical skills; communication skills; service to company/community; and their mentoring role within the company. All of the nominations were reviewed by a panel of pest control industry experts who determined the winners. Each winner will be profiled in an upcoming issue of PCT and recognized during special ceremony at NPMA Legislative Day 2012, in Washington, D.C.
We are all dependent to each other. Taken from TED Talks.
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) warns that flea populations are on the rise, especially during warmer months.
“Fleas are parasites that feast on any warm-blooded body, including humans,” said Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. “Fleas and flea-infested animals were the cause of the Bubonic Plague, which wiped out much of Europe during the Middle Ages.” While the plague is an extremely rare disease today, fleas also transmit a bacterial disease, murine typhus, to humans through infected rats. Most commonly, homeowners with flea infestations will find themselves with itchy, painful red bumps resulting from fleabites.
“If a person has a flea infestation, it is time to call a professional pest control company to treat the problem quickly and effectively. If someone has a severe reaction to flea bites, they should take precaution and seek immediate medical attention,” said Henriksen.
Hulett Environemntal offers these tips to help avoid flea infestations:
- Clean and vacuum frequently to help remove flea populations already in existence and discourage egg laying
- Keep your lawn groomed. Untended lawns provide hiding spots and food sources for rodents and other animals that may harbor fleas.
- Fleas hitch rides with mammals on the move, including rodents. If you have a rodent problem in your home or on your property, fleas may be soon to follow. Call a pest professional to rid your home of both.
- If you have pets, keep them leashed when outside. Visit a veterinarian annually, bathe and groom your pets regularly, and use flea treatments according to direction.
For more information, visit www.pestworld.org and www.bugs.com
Homeowner Advice on Keeping Ants Away
As of 2006 there are 9,000 to 10,000 known ant species and researchers believe that there may be more than 20,000 species worldwide. With this fact in mind it is no surprise that 25% of homeowners listed ants as their main pest concern according to research conducted in 2005 by the National Pest Management Association. This same study revealed that more than half of all homeowners have had problems with ants – making them the most prevalent pest nationwide.
Ants are social insects and form highly organized colonies with up to millions of members each having a role. Spotting one ant unfortunately signifies that the troops are somewhere close by.
Homeowners should particularly watch out for fire and carpenter ants. Fire ants, found mainly in the south, are vicious and can sting repeatedly if disturbed. Carpenter ants attack wood that is or has been wet or damaged by mold and can build tunnels through dry, undamaged wood causing costly property damage.
Hulett Environmental Services offers the following tips for minimizing invasion by ants:
- Keep wood and debris away from exterior siding
- Keep kitchen clean: seal containers, wipe counters frequently, empty the garbage religiously, and avoid leaving pet food dishes out for long periods of time.
- Eliminate sources of moisture or standing water.
- Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house.
- Seal up cracks and small openings along bottom of the house.
- Store sugar, syrup, honey, baked goods, and other sweets in closed containers that have been washed to remove residues from their exterior surfaces.
For more information on other ant species and preventative tips visit www.bugs.com
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PESP member since 2010, Hulett promotes IPM with a focus on pest prevention as a key component of our IPM services. We base our programs on IPM techniques with outside treatment strategies designed to stop infestation before they become a problem inside. Pesticides are used only when monitoring and inspection show that there is a problem.