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Why pest IDs are so important

December 4, 2019 By
The common names of pests do matter, but they can be confusing. Dr. Jim Fredericks explains why it is so important to correctly identify pests. Read more»
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PMPs prevail in tough regulatory year

December 4, 2019 By
During 2019, the members of the National Pest Management Association’s State Policy Affairs Representative program worked hard to ensure legislation would not adversely affect pest management professionals. Read more»
Stink bugs. PHOTO: MARK SHEPERDIGIAN, BCE

Industry suppliers share stored product pest control solutions

December 4, 2019 By
Product manufacturers share what’s new — and their five-year forecasts. We spoke with seven industry suppliers about their strategies and products to assist pest management professionals (PMPs) at stored product pest (SPP) accounts. Read on for their insights and announcements.... Read more»
The possible sources of these Dermestid beetle larvae found in a customer’s kitchen cabinets are as diverse as they are numerous. Fortunately, you likely will not need to look far. Photo: Mark Sheperdigian, BCE

Ask the Expert: The link between Dermestids and rodents

December 4, 2019 By
Q: Little insects keep showing up in the kitchen cabinets of a home I service. The home is spotless, and the owners just moved in, so there isn’t much food in the home yet. What’s the best thing to do?... Read more»

Rodent tales with Jeff Hansen

November 26, 2019 By
When your customer mix is nearly 80 percent dairy farms, you deal with a lot of cows. They lick off your rodent station labels. They back up and step on your monitors. They are not exactly genius-level creatures. If you’re... Read more»
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Microclimate’s role in flea control

November 13, 2019 By
The difference between what customers “want” in an outdoor flea treatment and what they “need” can be big. Outdoor flea treatments have a distinct place as part of an integrated flea management program. Pest management professionals (PMP), however, face a... Read more»
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5 steps to figuring out ‘phantom phorids’ — and what to do next

November 5, 2019 By
Peanut butter and jelly. Peas and carrots. Bacon and… well, anything. Allow me to submit: Food and Phoridae. Phorids are small, humpbacked flies that lurk in the nightmares of even the best pest control technicians, and can cause health inspector... Read more»
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Rodent control solutions

November 4, 2019 By
Product manufacturers share what’s new — and their forecasts for 2019-2025. We spoke with nine industry suppliers about their strategies and products to assist pest management professionals (PMPs) at rodent accounts. Read on for their insights and announcements. We also... Read more»
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Bed bugs: Proactive programs prevent poor performance

October 30, 2019 By
Reactive bed bug programs in multi-family accounts cost more. Never underestimate your influence on client expectations. Do your clients think bed bugs can be eliminated? Do they think they can be managed? Bed bug programs for multi-family housing are either... Read more»
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Inspection and protection are critical when performing commercial pest control work. (PHOTO: ISTOCK.COM/HEDGEHOG94)

Cultivate a mindset for commercial accounts

October 2, 2019 By
Pest management professionals can answer these questions to help them decide if they want to venture into commercial work. Read more»