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Toblan Pest Management Industry Loses a Legend: Vern Toblan
Vern Toblan, longtime executive director of industry fraternity Pi Chi Omega, died Aug. 23 at age 84. He was born in Zurich, Switzerland and attended school there, studying agriculture, his obituary says. He used this knowledge while working in the chemical industry, educating and training those in the herbicides and pesticides fields. [ read more ]

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Complete the 2015 PMP State of the Industry survey and the 2015 Ant Management survey and receive two complimentary books for your time: "Bug People to Business People," by Lloyd Merritt Smigel & "Marketing Matters" by Harvey F. Goldglantz. But you better hurry; the deadline is Friday. [ read more ]

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Bird B Gone Repeller Receives Patent
Bird B Gone was granted a U.S. patent for its Repeller 360° Bird Deterrent, a wind-powered device to keep pest birds off boats, docks, air conditioning units, light posts, signs, rooftops, skylights and more. Check out how it works. [ read more ]
Killroy Wins PCOC Banner Contest
Pest Control Operators of California named the winners of the 11th annual Fumigation Banner Bonanza Contest, sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, the manufacturer of Vikane gas fumigant. Take a look at the winning banner. [ read more ]

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Featured Photo Ants and Climate Change
An Arizona State University study finds that ants are “changing the environment” with their foraging behavior. Discover how limestone plays a role. Photo: Elizabeth Cash/ASU.

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NPMA Diversity Committee Seeks Input
As part of a long-term plan to understand members' needs in the areas of diversity and inclusion, the National Pest Management Association's Diversity Committee has created a short survey. Learn how to participate. [ read more ]
RISE Elects Board Members, Officers
During its 24th annual meeting, Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment announced the officers and members newly elected to the 2014 Governing Board. Find out who will serve the organization. [ read more ]

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DeChirico DeChirico Joins BASF Sales Team for Florida, Georgia 
Brian DeChirico has assumed the position of sales representative for BASF’s Pest Control Solutions business in northern Florida and southern Georgia. Find out how he will serve customers. [ read more ]
Massey Massey Acquires Green Pest Services 
Massey Services purchased Green Pest Services, an Austin, Texas-based pest management company, in a move that expands its residential pest-prevention services footprint throughout the Longhorn state. [ read more ]
Kalik Specialty Products Consultants Hires Kalik 
Rich Kalik joined Specialty Products Consultants. He brings more than 20 years’ experience in the specialty (non-crop) market segments to the market research firm. [ read more ]
Kolbe Kolbe Celebrates 40 Years in Urban Entomology 
Bill Kolbe, BCE, technical director for Viking Termite and Pest Control, has been in urban entomology and the structural pest management industry since 1974. Check out his most notable accomplishments.
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