New York Pest Expo 2022

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November 10, 2022

The 2022 New York Pest Expo hosted by Bug Off Pest Control Center took place on Nov. 10 at the George Washington Bridge Doubletree Hotel in Fort Lee, N.J.

This year’s expo included about 500 attendees and nearly three dozen exhibitors. The first New York Pest Expo in 2003 had one exhibitor (sole sponsor Whitmire Micro-Gen, since acquired), and 104 attendees.

Over the years, Bug Off Pest Control Center — through the New York Pest Expo and countless other one-of-a-kind themed educational events — has educated tens of thousands of pest management professionals.

Check out some of the highlights from the Pest Management Professional magazine team.

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A staple at the annual New York Pest Expo: A table adorned with flowers and a touching photo of Andy Linares, owner of Bug Off Pest Control Center, and organizer of the expo, beside his beloved mother, Lucie Bilbao, who passed away a few years ago. PHOTO: PMP STAFF

 

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Lou Sorkin, BCE, a research entomologist with Entsult Associates, brought a few crawling creatures for his presentation: “In It For the Long Run — Long-Lived Organisms.” PHOTO: PMP STAFF

 

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Lou Sorkin, BCE, a research entomologist with Entsult Associates, brought a few crawling creatures for his presentation: “In It For the Long Run — Long-Lived Organisms.” PHOTO: PMP STAFF

 

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From left: John Murphy, CO2 development and implementation manager; Barry Pitkoff, northeast USA district sales and technical manager; and Matt Titshaw, business manager of structural pest control division, are at the Liphatech booth at the 2022 New York Pest Expo. PHOTO: PMP STAFF

 

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Misty Little, northeast U.S. sales manager at Kness, at the company’s booth at the 2022 New York Pest Expo. PHOTO: PMP STAFF

 

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Dale Baker, VP of sales J.T. Eaton, poses at the company’s booth at the 2022 New York Pest Expo. PHOTO: PMP STAFF

 

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From left: Workwave Kayla Romanelli, account manager for PestPac; Joseph McSwiggan, account executive for PestPac; and Paul Iannelli, account executive for PestPac, at the WorkWave booth at the 2022 New York Pest Expo. PHOTO: PMP STAFF

 

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Sheila Haddad, vice president East and Southeast regions, and John Phil, senior technical representative for New York metro and Puerto Rico, at the Bell Laboratories’ booth at the 2022 New York Pest Expo. PHOTO: PMP STAFF

 

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From left: Chris Phillips, Northeast U.S. and Eastern Canada regional manager, and Lisa Viscuso, executive assistant professional products division, represent Catchmaster at its 2022 New York Pest Expo booth. PHOTO: PMP STAFF

 

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Tommaso Garavaglia, sales and business development manager at Polti USA, demonstrates the Polticimex Eradicator. PHOTO: PMP STAFF

 

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From left: Karen Boniface, sales representative professional and specialty solutions, and Sylvia Kenmuir, BCE, technical service representative Western U.S. professional and specialty solutions, are the BASF booth. PHOTO: PMP STAFF

 

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From left: Jordan Brooks, executive vice president, and Frank Cerqueira, director of operations, represent Steri-Fab at the 2022 New York Pest Expo. PHOTO: PMP STAFF

 

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From left: Dr. Bill Robinson, of the Fountainhead Group, and Andy Linares, president of Bug Off Pest Control Center, before the start of the 2022 New York Pest Expo. PHOTO: PMP STAFF


“Twenty years, wow! Twenty years for an annual pest control event is quite an accomplishment,” Event organizer and MC Andy Linares said during his opening expo remarks.
“Pat yourselves on your backs for constantly reinvesting in yourselves,” Linares added. “Thanks for being loyal to Bug Off and the New York Pest Expo for so many years. Together, we continue grow in knowledge, potential and reality.”

 

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Event organizer and MC Andy Linares kicked off the 20th annual New York Pest Expo, held at the George Washington Bridge DoubleTree Hotel on Nov. 10 by recapping past expos past and spotlighting how the event’s number of attendees and exhibitors has continued to grow. PHOTO: PMP STAFF

 

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Event organizer and MC Andy Linares kicked off the 20th annual New York Pest Expo, held at the George Washington Bridge DoubleTree Hotel on Nov. 10 by recapping past expos past and spotlighting how the event’s number of attendees and exhibitors has continued to grow. PHOTO: PMP STAFF

 

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PMP Caroline Hilton was one of several attendees to be recognized by name by Andy Linares, and to be awarded a bottle of red wine, for attending the first New York Pest Expo in 2003 and the 20th expo this year. PHOTO: PMP STAFF


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Joe Barille, with Envu’s tech market development team, presented “It All Starts Here: Label Comprehension and Compliance.” PHOTO: PMP STAFF Fill Out The Following Fields.

Joe Barille, with Envu’s tech market development team, presented “It All Starts Here: Label Comprehension and Compliance.”

“The label is the law,” Barille reminded the hundreds of PMPs attending the expo. “Fully comprehending and complying with pest control product labels is the responsibility of each of us. Without a focus on product stewardship, we will lose our good public image and access to products and product uses that help us to protect public health.”
BASF’s Sylvia Kenmuir, BCE, MSC, presented “Shoo Fly!: Fly Management Solutions.”
She discussed how flies can develop resistance to certain products, so ensure fly management programs incorporate product rotation. Most flies are very mobile, quickly lay a large number of eggs, have fast lifecycles, and require little food to survive.
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BASF’s Sylvia Kenmuir, BCE, MSC, presented “Shoo Fly!: Fly Management Solutions.” PHOTO: PMP STAFF

“Thorough inspections and correct species identification are musts — but they’re also just the start of successful fly management programs,” Kenmuir said. “Fly management solutions comprise exclusion, sanitation, insect light traps, contact insecticides, residual insecticides, trapping and monitoring.”

Jeff McGovern, aka The Pest Coach, started in the pest control industry in 1973. The Palatka, Fla.-based technical consultant and frequent industry trainer presented “The Art of Exclusion.”

McGovern gave attendees the following tips:
  • Pest pressure is constant, everywhere.
  • Pest issues usually start with a hole.
  • Expandable foam, when used correctly, can be part of an exclusion solution.
“Assess and evaluate conducive conditions using all senses: sightings/signs, sounds and smells,” McGovern told the expo attendees.
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Jeff McGovern, aka The Pest Coach, presented “The Art of Exclusion” at the 2022 New York Pest Expo. PHOTO: PMP STAFF

McGovern’s 12 Key Factors Program:

  1. Remove access (entry points)
  2. Look underneath
  3. Clean
  4. Remove food sources
  5. Look around
  6. Ensure sound sanitation is practiced
  7. Remove water sources
  8. Look behind
  9. Ensure structures and equipment in it are properly maintained
  10. Eliminate potential harborages
  11. Look on top of
  12. Practice product rotation: first in, first out.
“If you’re proactive, you block out pests before they infest clients’ homes and businesses, and threaten public health, food stores and properties,” McGovern said.

Take a look at some more of the three dozen exhibitor booths at the New York Pest Expo.
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Neogen’s Territory Manager Northeast Region Peter Daniello at the company’s booth at the 2022 New York Pest Expo. PHOTO: PMP STAFF

 

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John Singletary, regional manager at Nisus, at the company’s booth at the 2022 New York Pest Expo. PHOTO: PMP STAFF

 

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Andrej Branc, Americas business manager at PelGar, at the company’s booth at the 2022 New York Pest Expo. PHOTO: PMP STAFF

 

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Jonathan Davis, professional pest management territory manager, represented Syngenta at the 2022 New York Pest Expo. PHOTO: PMP STAFF

 

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Gabriel Gliwa, regional sales manager, at the Central Life Sciences booth. PHOTO: PMP STAFF

 

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Eastern Regional Technical Expert Ray Olschewski at the Bird Barrier booth at the 2022 New York Pest Expo. PHOTO: PMP STAFF

 

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Jason Hart, key customer manager at FMC, at the 2022 New York Pest Expo. PHOTO: PMP STAFF

 

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Envu’s Northeast Area Sales Manager Eric Picard represented the company at the expo. PHOTO: PMP STAFF

 

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Select Insurance Agency President Frank MacDonald at the company’s booth. PHOTO: PMP STAFF

 

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Mattress Safe President Will Poston at the company’s booth at the 2022 New York Pest Expo. PHOTO: PMP STAFF

 

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Craig Martelle, Northeast regional sales at B&G/Pelsis, at the company’s booth at the expo. PHOTO: PMP STAFF


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John Murphy, CO2 development and implementation manager for Liphatech, presented “Are You Serious? Rodent Management for Grownups.” PHOTO: PMP STAFF

John Murphy, CO2 development and implementation manager for Liphatech, presented “Are You Serious? Rodent Management for Grownups.”

“Rodents prefer to nest near food, but they will travel far. Rodents are adaptable,” Murphy said. “Mice will live just about anywhere.”
PMPs Need to Know & Understand:
  1. Rodent biology and behavior
  2. Rodent control materials
  3. Rodent control tactics
  4. Rodent control rules and regulations
  5. PMPs’ own bad habits
Shared Commensal Rodent Traits:
  1. Excellent mobility
  2. Excellent senses, including kinesthetic sense
  3. Communication (pheromones, ultrasound)
  4. Nocturnal
  5. Omnivorous
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John Murphy, CO2 development and implementation manager for Liphatech, presented “Are You Serious? Rodent Management for Grownups.” PHOTO: PMP STAFF

Murphy’s Rodent Control Tips:

  • “Inspect and think three dimensionally.”
  • “Look high and low … and in-between.”
  • “Look inside and outside.”
  • “Be methodical and thorough.”
  • “Document what you see, hear and smell.”
Inspection Tools:
  • Probe cameras
  • Trail cameras
  • Electronic rodent monitoring
  • Exclusion materials and tactics

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Dr. William Robinson, of The Fountainhead Group, presented “Application Technologies: Where Are We and Where Are We Going?” PHOTO: PMP STAFF

Dr. William Robinson, of The Fountainhead Group, captivated nearly 500 New York Pest Expo attendees with his presentation, “Application Technologies: Where Are We and Where Are We Going?”

Dr. Robinson offered myriad applications tips — including several head-turning, data-driven don’ts — for everything from surface and baseboard applications, to dusting and baiting. Among Dr. Robinson’s tips:

  • Excess insecticide spraying: “Wetting the surface will not make pests more dead.”
  • Rotating control products: “If a pest control product is not failing, keep using it. If it’s not working, change it.”

(Editor’s note: Dr. Robinson will share more of his application tips in an upcoming feature in PMP’s print and digital editions.)

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