Archive for December, 2014

Jeff McGovernThis was Jeff’s third appearance as a speaker at the New York Pest Expo and it was awesome! Jeff’s presentation focused on finding success through technique.

Jeff opened by emphasizing the value a PMP provides to the client. It has a price tag and should not be negotiated. Do not under-value yourself. Charge for your time and knowledge. Do an assessment and evaluation for your clients. That’s how you promote value.


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The Pest Management Career Training Course

  • Required training for those wishing to become licensed in New York
  • New York recertification credits
  • Apprenticeship training for new employees
  • Category-specific credits for Applicators wishing to add more categories
  • Category-specific credits for license upgrade


Next Course Begins:

January 17, 2015

If you can pass this course, you can pass the State Exam!

Students must be at least 16 years old to participate in this course. This course consists of classroom lectures, homework assignments and two exams. A minimum grade of 70 and attendance at all 5 sessions is required for  passing. Students who pass will receive a certificate which will allow them to take the state exams. PCOs may take individual certification sessions for credits. Please check Course Schedule below for credit breakdown. Space is limited. We encourage you to enroll soon so you don’t miss out.   Our Career Training Center is located at 1085 Saint Nicholas Ave, (164-165 St.),Manhattan.

The cost for the full course is $550.00. This fee includes the training manuals. There are no additional charges. Individual recertification sessions for PCOs are $125.00 each. (more…)

Dr. Bobby CorriganDr. Bobby Corrigan enthralled us all once again with another great presentation. His report on how climatic events affect rodents was fascinating. We know that climate can impact rat populations.   Hurricane Sandy relocated and reduced rat populations. Mild winters usually result in larger populations later in the season due to increased reproductive rates and lower mortality. There are reports around the world of increased rat activity. Could this be due to warmer weather patterns?

There’s been a lot of talk lately about how many rats are believed to be in New York City. Some reports indicate there’s 1 rat for every person. According to Dr. Corrigan, that statement cannot be supported. There is no science behind it. We can get a good idea of a rat population within a specific location in a neighborhood through proper monitoring, but a census cannot be determined for an entire city.


Joe BarileJoe Barile opened this year’s New York Pest Expo. His presentation, General Entomology for PMP’s focused on what the urban PMP needs to know about practical entomology. He is a great entomologist and outstanding educator. Joe was our instructor when Bug Off presented the first Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) Preparatory Course in 2008.

Joe started off with encouraging us all to become well-rounded entomological experts. Things are changing and we must change as well. We need to become more current and stop relying on treatments that are outdated. Always remember, you are the expert. Not your client. Rely on your knowledge not their assumptions. Investigate and confirm the problem. You must become more tactical and know the biology of the pest. You must predict what the outcome will be and decide if a treatment is necessary.


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