Tacoma, Wash.-based Sprague Pest Solutions appointed three to new regional entomologist positions, expanding its technical services team as it grows its presence in the western U.S.
The move mirrors the company’s commitment to education and training that has seen nearly 15 percent of all Sprague employees earn advanced entomology degrees or designations. It will provide expanded and more flexible technical resources for clients and the Sprague Pest Solutions’ field staff.
Ashley Roden, BCE, a member of the company’s technical services team since 2013, will expand her current role and will serve as regional entomologist along the I-5 corridor from Seattle to Portland. She received her master’s degree in entomology from the University of Georgia.
Bobbie Orr, BCE, is an entomologist and educator who will support the company’s growing and diverse client base in California, Nevada and portions of Oregon. Orr received a degree in entomology from the University of California, Davis, and has worked for national and regional pest service companies.
Dr. Richard Houseman will bring his experience in pest control research, analysis and training, and education to his position as he supports the company’s service centers in Colorado, Idaho and Utah. He previously served as associate professor of urban entomology at the University of Missouri and was an instructor and post-doctoral research associate at Texas A&M University.
“All three of our regional entomologists bring a wealth of expertise to their roles,” said Ross Treleven, president of Sprague Pest Solutions. “These talented individuals not only allow us to provide expanded technical support and consulting to our clients but bring fresh eyes to technical issues across Sprague multi-state state service area.”
Jeff Weier, BCE, who recently retired as Sprague Pest Solutions’ technical director, will serve as a consultant to the technical services team. Known for his innovative approach to designing and implementing pest control programs, Weir has extensive client and institutional knowledge.
Alfie Treleven, CEO of Sprague Pest Solutions, said, “It speaks to our commitment to not only continue the legacy of innovation and exceptional client service that has been our trademark for more than nine decades, but to build on that in the years ahead for both the benefit of our internal team and clients.”
Sprague Pest Solutions services nine states, including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Nevada Wyoming, Montana and California. Founded in 1926, it counts many leading food processing and distribution, agriculture, commercial property, education, healthcare, and hospitality facilities as customers.
In early April, the company began offering disinfection services to its commercial clients to help combat the spread of COVID-19. The service, designed to complement a facility’s existing pest management, food safety and cleaning and sanitation programs, contributes to protecting clients’ facilities, employees and the public from harmful viruses, including human coronaviruses, bacteria and mold.
Other specialty technical services Sprague Pest Solutions offers include risk assessments and audit preparation, commodity fumigations and fumigation alternatives, a full suite of organic programs, large-scale bird exclusion and management, bed bug management services, and employee and food safety training.