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MEEK is technical services manager for Rollins Inc., Atlanta, Ga. He may be reached at

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The history and principles of HACCP Posted on 26 Apr 2021 in the Current Issue & Pest Talk categories.

The concept of a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) program was developed in the 1950s, when NASA looked to produce safe food for astronauts. Read more»

Why IPM complements a HACCP program Posted on 23 Apr 2021 in the Current Issue & Frank Meek & From the Magazine & Pest Talk categories.

Learn how the virtues and values of integrated pest management (IPM) helps with a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) program. Read more»

How to handle aggressive dogs Posted on 11 Jun 2018 in the Business & Pest Talk categories.

For pest management professionals, sometimes there’s no telling what you may encounter on a service call. When a customer has a dog that’s aggressive or unfamiliar to you, follow these... Read more»

Why mosquitoes are a historically interesting insect Posted on 19 Apr 2018 in the featured & Mosquitoes categories.

This small elegant and beautiful animal has been credited with good and bad works, both natural and human-driven. Read more»

Analyzing Insects to Help Your IPM Approach Posted on 24 Feb 2016 in the Business & featured categories.

The first step in an integrated pest management (IPM)-based solution is, of course, to identify the pest. What is it, where is it, why is it? If we pay attention,... Read more»

Time is Money: IPM for IMM Posted on 17 Jul 2015 in the featured & Moths & Technical & Time is Money categories.

A client with a large warehouse facility calls complaining of moths fluttering around. When asked to describe them, he says they’re small, about 0.5- to 0.75-in. long. Some looked like they... Read more»

Time is Money: To Mix, or Not to Mix? Posted on 25 May 2015 in the Technical & Time is Money categories.

Now here’s a tip that might sound strange: Do not be 100 percent prepared. When I was a Boy Scout, the motto “Be Prepared” was reinforced regularly. It’s a great... Read more»

Time is Money: Keep your Nozzle Clean Posted on 10 Feb 2015 in the Technical & Time is Money categories.

You’re on the job when, suddenly, you notice the pesticide isn’t coming out of the compressed air sprayer smoothly, evenly or at all. Perhaps the chemical stream is going in... Read more»

A flea, or not a flea? Posted on 20 Feb 2014 in the Fleas & Ticks & Technical categories.

Your customer calls and complains of small insects he thinks are fleas jumping around the house. You know they’re not fleas because it’s the wrong time of the year. While... Read more»

Busting up burrows Posted on 20 Jan 2014 in the Rodents & Technical categories.

Let’s say you have a rodent infestation indoors but can’t find any nesting or living sites. The building is in bad shape and has many holes and entry points. When... Read more»