Archive for July, 2013

This article, Entomological Society of America Overhauls ACE Program, published by PCT Online is a nice follow up to our recent event, The Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) Preparatory Course, and the reason I did it. I knew the program would be revamped and the timing was right. Please continue reading. It’s a great article.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Entomological Society of America (ESA) recently announced several important improvements to its Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) program. They include
•    Requiring Continuing Education Units (CEU) for ACE renewal
•    ACE applications and renewals moving to a three-year renewal cycle
•    A new ACE exam to debut in January 2014
•    The debut of a new ACE Award


Most bugs we encounter are harmless. However, deadly insects and other creepy crawlies are a very real threat. Here are some of the most dangerous spiders and insects in North America and how to spot them.

1. Scorpions

With a crab-like appearance, scorpions are predatory and often come out at night. Scorpions like warm, dry climates and are often found in deserts. Take precautions when hiking and camping by keeping shoes, blankets, and towels secured indoors. Stings can feel much like a Honeybee sting with mild swelling or a rash, or may be more serious.


Improper handling and storage of equipment can lead to costly damage over time. The following article from Pest Control Technology online magazine, and, William H. Robinson, provides some great points to help PCO’s better maintain their equipment.  Damage to equipment isn’t just costly as far as replacement goes. Damage can also increase flow rates, application processes and effectiveness. All these factors ultimately may impact your reputation and repeat business. Here are some great tips to help save your equipment and your bottom line. Of course, if you have any questions about your equipment, please feel free to ask us at Bug Off Pest Control Center.


It’s ant season. We know you didn’t need us to tell you that. Your customers are probably doing a fine job as it is. However, when we saw this article, Five Ant Management Lessons Learned from the April issue of Pest Management Professional we thought it would be good to share. We all need a little reminder every now and again.