Posts Tagged ‘insecticides’

We had another great presentation from Dr. Bill Robinson, B&G Equipment at the 2012 New York Pest Expo. This year he shared with us his expertise in the use, and often, misuse of insecticides.

According to Dr. Robinson, monitoring the use of insecticides is one of the most important parts of professional pest control today. Tracking product use and monitoring its application can help to save an operation a lot of money and effort.

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This years New York Pest Expo is going to be the best yet! Our line up of speakers is outstanding as is our collection of exhibitors. Here’s a sneak peek at two more of our esteemed speakers. Keep checking back for more introductions and details on our exhibitors. 

Once again we will be hearing from Dr. Bill Robinson, B&G Equipment. Dr. Robinson will be presenting Tracking Insecticide Use: Avoiding waste, the under-application and over-application of pesticides through the proper use, maintenance and calibration of modern equipment. Employing tracking technology when using sprayers, foggers, dusters and bait guns.

Dr. Bill Robinson is the Technical Director of B&G Equipment Company. He has served as a Professor and Director of the Urban Pest Control Research Center at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He is also a Visiting Professor at Zhejiang University, China. Dr. Robinson is the author of over 200 papers in scientific and trade journals in the U.S., Europe and Asia. His most recent book Service Technician’s Field Manual, was published in 2011.

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According to a recent report in PCT Magazine, ant activity is on the rise. “PCOs were reporting a marked rise in ant work, with ants replacing cockroaches as the most economically important pest in many parts of the country. Research commissioned by PCT also indicated the ant segment tied or surpassed termite work as the largest growth segment for much of the decade. Early on, the ant increase was blamed on warmer weather patterns throughout the U.S. as well as an increase in homeowner watering systems.”

This report indicated not only warmer weather patterns being the cause but also an increase in worldwide trading. More shipments arriving in our ports are introducing a variety of new ant species to the US. Dr. Roger Gold, professor and endowed chair in urban and structural entomology at Texas A&M University is quoted in this article saying “The boom in ant work has been characterized by a number of invasive and problematic ant species having been introduced from other parts of the world. It just seems like in the last few years with a lot of trade going on internationally that we have a lot more introductions than I remember in my whole career.”

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Bug Off Pest Control Center has completed expansion of its headquarters in New York City. The warehouse space has more than doubled with greater access for shipping and receiving and now includes an equipment-repair center. The showroom and customer service area have been remodeled and reconfigured offering visitors more space and greater visibility of exhibited items. Clients can avail themselves of literature in the resource center and can watch training videos in the multimedia zone. The office suite has been reorganized and modernized with upgrades in the phone system and computer programs. In fact, the entire facility has been wired for Wi-Fi and is a hot spot for visitors.

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We know you’ve been chomping at the bit. That’s why Bug Off Pest Control Center is hosting The Termite Training Course. We’ll help you stop those termites from chomping everything else!

We hope you can join us April 28th and 29th for this event and to earn your credits. There will be 2 sessions available. Please see our web site for credit details.

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We have had a lot of interest in this series of posts. The fear of bed bug infestations are wide spread. From New York to Los Angeles and everywhere in between, no city is left untouched. They’re in our shopping centers, movie theaters and homes. Hopefully, our series of posts have provided some insight and useful information to protect yourself and your homes from these nasty, little, hitch hikers.

Before we go we want to leave you with this thought from a good friend of Bug Off Pest Control Center, Dr. Michael Potter at the University of Kentucky:

Bed bugs are making the headlines everyday. That’s why we had Dr. Ballard discussing them at the 2010 New York Pest Expo. That is also why the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the University of Kentucky’s Dr. Michael Potter conducted a survey to better understand the resurgence of these pests and their impact. Following is a report on that study.

Highlights Of The Global Bed Bug Study (2010)

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So, now you know what bed bugs look like, how you may have gotten them, and how to control them. Next we want to share with you how to treat an infestation and avoid any future ones. Please enjoy this next post in our series Invasion of the Body Snackers – Bed bugs are back supporting Dr. Ballards presentation at Bug Off Pest Control Center’s 2010 New York Pest Expo

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At Bug Off Pest Control Center’s 2010 New York Pest Expo Dr. Ballard reviewed the advances in bed bug controls from thermal techniques to insecticides, to detection tools. In part 4 of our series we will provide a detailed approach to controlling bed bugs.

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The control of bed bugs is a challenge even for the most experienced and talented pest control professional.  It requires thorough inspections and meticulous applications and even so, retreats are common.  Treatment options are not as wide as those for roaches or ants and the need for customer cooperation is greater.  The major reason for bed bug retreats is poor customer preparation.  The client must assist in allowing access to all areas, removing clutter, laundering bedding and clothing and in some cases, disposing of contaminated items.


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Bug Off Pest Control Center wanted to take some time to help Santa this year. Many of us have no idea what to get our loved ones and friends. If you have a PMP on your list this Holiday or want a little something for your own bug killing needs, we may have the perfect gift!

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