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This year’s New York Pest Expo theme was “Shattering Myths!” Everyone has an opinion on the best way to perform pest management. Popular culture, urban tales and poor training have led to a lot of misconceptions and bad practices. We broke down the rumors and set the record straight with sound technical advice and key insights from some of the industry’s most outstanding talents.
*Photos and videos provided by Geronimo Show, and PMP Magazine.
Dr. Claudia Riegel
Dr. Claudia Riegel — director of the New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board — discussed several myths (and realities) of integrated pest management (IPM), concluding with “A lot of IPM is based on performing more-thorough pest inspections.”
Lou Sorkin, BCE
Lou will guide us through some of the more common lookalikes we deal with in urban pest management. Proper pest ID is the first step to success. We don’t want to collar the wrong culprit.
Dr. Tim Husen
Dr. Tim Husen, BCE, PHE, PCQI, technical services manager for Syngenta Professional Pest Management, informed and entertained attendees with his “Nuisance Ants — Fact vs. Fiction” presentation: “PMPs have a mean callback rate of 6.3 percent on ant jobs. Ever calculate the total cost of a callback of one ant job — factoring in labor time, fuel, vehicle wear and tear, and extra control materials, as well as the potential loss of a customer and his or her referrals, plus potential negative reviews on social media? The true cost of every callback is … a lot!”
Kim Kelley-Tunis, BCE
Kim Kelley-Tunis, ACE, BCE, PCQI, senior director of field services for Nisus, shared: “In the state of New York, believe it or not, cockroaches are considered the No. 1 pest. … Don’t overlook drains and pipes. They are the super highways cockroaches travel to go room to room, even structure to structure in connected buildings.”
Anna Berry, BCE
Are you prepared to deal with these pests? It may be a daunting task, but you’ll improve your game with this timely talk.
John Murphy, CO2 development and implementation manager for Liphatech, busted myths about rats, such as where they can be found. He urged PMPs to “Embrace a variety of control measures and step up your exclusion game. It works.”