Tuesday, November 22, 2016

New ACEs and BCEs - including our 1,000th ACE

The ACE program crossed a milestone this month when the 1,000th person for the year earned his ACE. This is not the 1,000th person to ever earn the ACE, but the Rudy Ayala pushed our overall count of ACEs over 1,000 for the first time when he passed his exam on November 16 (the event was covered in the EntomologyToday blog). Please help us to celebrate all of the new ACEs and BCEs who passed their exams since mid-September.

New BCEs:
  • Mr. Paul M. Zarebicki, BCE, (State of Delaware, Division of Fish and Wildlife), Milford, DE  USA.  Certified on 9/15/2016
  • Mr. Wei Leong Chong, BCE, (Ikari Services PTE Ltd.), Singapore,   Singapore.  Certified on 10/10/2016
New ACEs:
  • Ms. Corinne Down, ACE-I, (Abell Pest Control), Cochrane, AB  Canada.  Certified on 10/24/2016
  • Mr. Juan Jose Higueros, ACE, (Orkin Pest Control), Anaheim, CA  USA.  Certified on 9/16/2016
  • Mr. William E. Reardon, ACE, (Royal Pest Solutions), West Chester, PA  USA.  Certified on 9/30/2016
  • Mr. Michael James Cook, ACE, (Ecolab), Mukwonago, WI  USA.  Certified on 9/30/2016
  • Mr. John Young, ACE, (Clark Pest Control), Lodi, CA  USA.  Certified on 10/5/2016
  • Mr. Matthew J Wise, ACE, (Clark Pest Control), Lodi, CA  USA.  Certified on 10/5/2016
  • Mr. Michael Biando, ACE, (Clark Pest Control), Lodi, CA  USA.  Certified on 10/5/2016
  • Mr. Todd Kirk, ACE, (Clark Pest Control), Lodi, CA  USA.  Certified on 10/5/2016
  • Mr. Tom Dunn, ACE, (Clark Pest Control), Lodi, CA  USA.  Certified on 10/5/2016
  • Mr. Jason Pugh, ACE, (Clark Pest Control), Lodi, CA  USA.  Certified on 10/5/2016
  • Mr. Jimmie D. McIntyre, ACE, (Clark Pest Control), Lodi, CA  USA.  Certified on 10/5/2016
  • Mr. Brian Keith Doyle, ACE, (Clark Pest Control), Lodi, CA  USA.  Certified on 10/5/2016
  • Mr. Dennis Ahchin, ACE, (Clark Pest Control), Lodi, CA  USA.  Certified on 10/5/2016
  • Mr. Lance Van Zant, ACE, (Clark Pest Control), Lodi, CA  USA.  Certified on 10/5/2016
  • Mr. Micheal D. Dirks, ACE, (Dirks Pest Management Specialist), Royersford, PA  USA.  Certified on 10/6/2016
  • Mr. Rock T Thweatt, ACE, (Roberts Termite and Pest Control, Inc), Austin, TX  USA.  Certified on 10/19/2016
  • Mr. Thomas L Wright, ACE, (Pest Pro Academy), Carrollton, TX  USA.  Certified on 10/19/2016
  • Mr. William Jay Beems, ACE, (Ecolab), Bel Aire, KS  USA.  Certified on 10/25/2016
  • Mr. Robert David Lockwood, ACE, (Rentokil/Ehrlich), Milford, CT  USA.  Certified on 10/29/2016
  • Mr. Jeffrey Ryan Schmidt, ACE, (Copesan Services Inc.), Menomonee Falls, WI  USA.  Certified on 11/7/2016
  • Mr. Nicholas Brian Fowler, ACE, (Applied Pest Management Inc), Vallejo, CA  USA.  Certified on 11/9/2016
  • Mr. Bobby Mullins, ACE, (Terminix), Charleston, WV  USA.  Certified on 11/11/2016
  • Mr. Rudy Ayala, ACE, (Spearhead Pest Control), Ventura, CA USA. Certified on 11/16/2016

Friday, September 16, 2016

Newly certified - thru Sept 14, 2016

Please join ESA in congratulating these PMPs for earning their ESA certification.

Ms. Heather King, BCE, (American Pest Control), Athens, GA  USA.  Certified on 8/26/2016
Mrs. Kristen Coleen Stevens, BCE-Intern, (University of Florida), Gainesville, FL  USA.  Certified on 8/15/2016

Mr. Michael John Jaurigui, ACE, (Alert Pest Control), Daly City, CA  USA.  Certified on 9/8/2016
Mr. Paul Walton, ACE, (Ecolab Pest Elimination), Hughson, CA  USA.  Certified on 8/31/2016
Mr. Sean Thomas Hannon, ACE, (Dirks PMS), Collegeville, PA  USA.  Certified on 8/25/2016
Ms. Dusana A. Bondy, ACE-I, (Abell Pest Control INC), Barrie, ON  Canada.  Certified on 8/18/2016

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

PestWorld East Review

ESA's Chris Stelzig meeting with attendees at
PestWorld East on August 29 in Panjim, Goa, India
I'd never been to India before, so was not sure what to expect from my first trip which was to attend PestWorld East at the Grand Hyatt in Goa, India on 27-29 August 2016. This meeting was a joint production of the Indian Pest Control Association and the NPMA.

To say that I was impressed is an understatement. 

From the impressive array of speakers, cultural programming, delicious food, interesting tour opportunities, and the high level of the attendees at the conference, this trip was a win by any standards.

The IPCA had an incredible attendance of about 525 (last count I heard) interested, attentive, professional, and dedicated PMPs. I honestly don't think I've ever attended a pest management conference where the audience in the training sessions paid attention like this group did. The speakers included (too many to list them all) included many ESA members, such as Chow-Yang Lee (BCE), Jim Fredericks (BCE), Su Yee Lim (BCE), Faith Oi, and Dini Miller. Jim and I contributed to a session on professionalism in pest management and credentialing possibilities that exist -- including ACE, ACE-I, and BCE. There are currently no ACEs in India, but that won't last for long. Especially with talented and dedicated BCEs like Jayant Dandawate and Ruparao T. Gahukar to serve as proctors.

I had the privilege to spend some time with Anil Rao, owner of PCI and some members of his professional team and family. PCI is the largest pest management firm in the nation and it shows in the quality that they bring to their work. They take a science-based approach to pest management, even operating a laboratory in-house for product research and development.

ESA ran an exhibit booth that frequently had attendees lined up to visit. I quickly ran out of business cards and made nearly five times as many contacts as I would normally make at a professional conference like this. Next time I'll pack more cards!

The takeaway for me is this -- India is a country where the pest management industry is in great shape and is growing rapidly in professionalism. I look forward to having an opportunity to return.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Newly certified

Please join us in congratulating these newly certified individuals who have earned their credentials in the past few months.

New BCEs:
  • Ms. Carrie Elizabeth De Jesus, BCE-Intern, (Delta Vector Control District), Rancho Santa Margarita, CA  USA.  Certified on 8/2/2016
  • Mr. Mark Janowiecki, BCE-Intern, (not provided), College Station, TX  USA.  Certified on 6/13/2016
  • Mr. Chong Chin Heo, BCE, (Texas A&M University), College Station, TX  USA.  Certified on 7/20/2016
  • Capt. Jordan McQuade Coburn, BCE, (United States Army), Killeen, TX  USA.  Certified on 6/27/2016
  • Mr. Travis J Gates, BCE, (ABC Home and Commercial), Lewisville, TX  USA.  Certified on 6/27/2016
  • Mr. Christopher A. Hohnholt, BCE, (NAVFAC ATLANTIC), Norfolk, VA  USA.  Certified on 6/13/2016
  • Dr. Bennett William Jordan, BCE, (Copesan Services, Inc.), Menomonee Falls, WI  USA.  Certified on 6/10/2016
  • Mr. Timothy McGonegal, BCE, (Scientific Coordination Inc.), Warrenton, VA  USA.  Certified on 5/15/2016
New ACE-Internationals:
  • Mr. Francis Aaron Soudant, ACE-I, (Abell Pest Controll), Etobicoke, ON  Canada.  Certified on 7/21/2016
  • Mr. Marcus F. Rezende, ACE-I, (Truly Nolen International), Orlando, FL  USA.  Certified on 7/18/2016
New ACEs:
  • Mr. Jonathan Roland Anderson, ACE, (Specialized Pest Control and Lawn Care), Hyde Park, UT  USA.  Certified on 8/12/2016
  • Mr. Pete Zimmermann, ACE, (Ecolab Pest Elimination), Spencer, IA  USA.  Certified on 8/11/2016
  • Mr. Joseph Adam Owens, ACE, (Bama Exterminating Company Inc.), Northport, AL  USA.  Certified on 8/4/2016
  • Mr. Andrew V. Mannino III, ACE, (Amco Ranger, Inc.), Saint Peters, MO  USA.  Certified on 7/26/2016
  • Mr. Derek Eugene Brigman, ACE, (Protex Lawn and Pest Control Inc.), Goldenrod, FL  USA.  Certified on 7/8/2016
  • Mr. Dominique Sauvage, ACE, (Copesan), Menomonee Falls, WI  USA.  Certified on 7/6/2016
  • Mr. Nathan Gary Goodson, ACE, (Ecolab), Albuquerque, NM  USA.  Certified on 6/29/2016
  • Mr. Adam Scott Vannest, ACE, (Northwest Exterminating), Marietta, GA  USA.  Certified on 6/20/2016
  • Mr. Todd L. Moeller, ACE, (Ecolab, Inc.), Round Rock, TX  USA.  Certified on 6/10/2016
  • Mr. H. Sam Kendrick, ACE, (Arrow Exterminators), Woodstock, GA  USA.  Certified on 6/6/2016
  • Mr. Daniel Rottler, ACE, (Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions), Saint Louis, MO  USA.  Certified on 5/31/2016
  • Mr. Kyle A Bond, ACE, (Terminix - Owner), Kerrville, TX  USA.  Certified on 5/17/2016
  • Mr. Walter Carson, Jr., ACE, (Terminix), Kerrville, TX  USA.  Certified on 5/17/2016

Vector Control

Ever since the public first started talking about the Zika virus, people have begun to pay attention to something that those of us in the arthropod control and management industry have been watching for years.

An underutilized way to help control vector-borne diseases is to manage the vectors.

Aedes aegypti:
You may or may not do mosquito work, but you probably get mosquito questions from your customers. Many people tend to group all insects as pests and -- since you are who they think of for pest control -- you are apt to get the questions.  Yet mosquito work remains a very small part of most PMPs overall business mix. In a supplement to the magazine, PCT reported that while nearly half of all pest management firms do mosquito work, for 45% of them the total revenue earned is under $5,000.

So it pays to learn a little bit about this insect that is known as the world's most dangerous animal. Mosquito management has been in the news a lot recently, particularly controlling the Ae. ae. mosquito, which is known to carry dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, and the Zika virus.

ESA's Executive Director C. David Gammel discusses the
importance of vector control during a March 2016
Aedes aegypti control summit in Brazil.
Too often the topic focuses on disease management and prevention. While this is an important aspect of the discussion, it does put us in a position of chasing symptoms. It is imperative that vector control becomes an increasingly large part of the search for solutions. In March 2016, ESA co-hosted a summit on controlling the Ae. ae. mosquito in the Americas. In the outcome statement, the attendees call for three actions that will help to turn the tide against the mosquito:
  1. Ensuring that those most affected by the mosquito receive accurate scientific knowledge on ways that they can help to control the insect.
  2. Funding the research needed to develop better tools and techniques for vector control.
  3. The vector control community must organize and speak in a unified way for us to speak locally and globally on the critical importance of vector control research and implementation. 
  • USAID is funding $30 million in grants to fight the Zika virus, much of it going toward control and surveillance tactics.
  • The US Department of Health and Human Services recently shifted $81 million from other priorities to focus on Zika.
  • A spokesman for the American Mosquito Control Association is calling for a national initiative to make mosquito breeding socially unacceptable.
Image courtesy of CDC
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a ton of great resources on their site about ticks, tick-borne disease, prevention, and --of course-- Lyme disease. (Side note: It is properly called Lyme disease, not "Lyme's disease" and it is named after the town in Connecticut (you guessed it -- Lyme, Connecticut) where the disease was first described in the 1970's). Research shows that Lyme is spreading southward. The blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis), which is responsible for most cases of the disease, is now found in almost half of all counties in the United States. And while research has been promising for learning more about the tick, we still have a long ways to go. For now, prevention remains the number 1 tool for reducing Lyme. For more information on the latest research, see this link from EntomologyToday that discusses an Integrated Tick Management Symposium held by ESA, CDC, and the IPM Institute (May 2016).

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Please join ESA in congratulating these pest management professionals who recently obtained their ACE or BCE.

BCE or BCE-Intern:

  • Mr. Bryan J. Vaughan, BCE-Intern, (Loyal Termite and Pest Control), Henrico, VA  USA.  Certified on 4/25/2016
  • Mr. Gregory Dean Burroughs, BCE, (Terminix), Columbia, SC  USA.  Certified on 4/28/2016
  • Mr. Gary Frazier, BCE, (SC Johnson), Racine, WI  USA.  Certified on 3/29/2016

ACE or ACE-International:

  • Mr. Ashfaq Ahmad, ACE-I, (Cannon Services, Inc), Markham, ON  Canada.  Certified on 4/30/2016
  • Mr. William Kelly Ryan, ACE-I, (The Steritech Group), Milton, ON  Canada.  Certified on 3/15/2016
  • Mr. Richard L. Weisman, ACE, BCE, (Orkin Pest Control), Houston, TX  USA.  Certified on 4/20/2016
  • Mr. Jonathan Brent Shiver, ACE, (Trutech), Marietta, GA  USA.  Certified on 5/5/2016
  • Mr. Robert M Henry, ACE, (Orkin), Westminster, CO  USA.  Certified on 5/4/2016
  • Mr. William Ellis, ACE, (Orkin), Westminster, CO  USA.  Certified on 5/4/2016
  • Ms. Brandi Reid, ACE, (Bruce Terminix Company), Asheboro, NC  USA.  Certified on 4/29/2016
  • Mr. Robert Kretchmer, ACE, (Probest Pest Management), Queen Creek, AZ  USA.  Certified on 4/28/2016
  • Mr. Josh B Bingham, ACE, (orkin), West Valley City, UT  USA.  Certified on 4/26/2016
  • Mr. William Milton Schultz, Jr., ACE, (Orkin Pest Control), Portage, MI  USA.  Certified on 4/22/2016
  • Mr. Blaine Edward Richardson, ACE, (Edge Pest Control), Orem, UT  USA.  Certified on 4/22/2016
  •  John W. Barnett, ACE, (Frontline Pest Professionals), Manassas, VA  USA.  Certified on 4/12/2016
  • Mr. John Giunta, ACE, ACE, (Orkin Pest Control), West Bridgewater, MA  USA.  Certified on 4/8/2016
  • Mr. Kevin M. Ignaffo, ACE, (Craig Thomas Pest Control), Hyde Park, NY  USA.  Certified on 4/8/2016
  • Mr. Stephen C. Hamilton, ACE, (Orkin Pest Control), Pittsfield, MA  USA.  Certified on 4/8/2016
  • Mr. Mark Freeman, ACE, (Orkin Pest Control), Hingham, MA  USA.  Certified on 4/8/2016
  • Mr. Dwayne Hosek, ACE, (Worldwide Pest Control), San Antonio, TX  USA.  Certified on 4/6/2016
  • Mr. Kenneth Dale Robertson, ACE, (Orkin Pest Control), Newtown Square, PA  USA.  Certified on 4/6/2016
  • Mr. Terry W. Groft, Jr., ACE, (Orkin Pest Control), Newtown Square, PA  USA.  Certified on 4/6/2016
  • Mr. Steven Daugherty, ACE, (Orkin Pest Control), West Grove, PA  USA.  Certified on 4/6/2016
  • Mr. Darrell E. Nankivell, ACE, (Orkin Pest Control), Woodland Park, NJ  USA.  Certified on 4/6/2016
  • Mr. George Ryan Carosello, ACE, (Presto-X), Memphis, TN  USA.  Certified on 3/24/2016
  • Mr. Robert Chase Cherrington, ACE, (Family Pest Control), San Antonio, TX  USA.  Certified on 3/24/2016
  • Mr. Ian P. Adams, ACE, (Adams Pest Control of LR Inc), Little Rock, AR  USA.  Certified on 3/23/2016
  • Mr. Michael A Amante, ACE, (Mead Johnson Nutrition), Zeeland, MI  USA.  Certified on 3/21/2016
  • Ms. Debbra Ann Thompson, ACE, (Dependable Pest Solutions), Rochester, NH  USA.  Certified on 3/17/2016
  • Mr. Michael Geiman, ACE, (Truly Nolen Pest Prevention), Lexington, KY  USA.  Certified on 3/17/2016
  • Mr. Matthew DeBettencourt, ACE, (Minuteman Pest Control and Problem Wildlife), Northampton, MA  USA.  Certified on 3/17/2016
  • Mr. Jared DeBettencourt, ACE, (Minuteman Pest Control), Northampton, MA  USA.  Certified on 3/17/2016

Monday, April 4, 2016

Newly certified

Please join ESA in congratulating the latest list of individuals who have obtained their ACE, ACE-International, or BCE certification. They are:

  • Mr. Brian Ellsworth, BCE, (Gemtek Pest Control Inc), Boise, ID  USA.  Certified on 2/11/2016
  • Mr. Stoney William Bachman, BCE, (Blackwater Consulting Services), Orangeburg, SC  USA.  Certified on 3/15/2016

 ACEs and ACE-International:
  • Mr. Marc Richard Charlton, ACE-I, (Abell Pest Control), Kitchener, ON  Canada.  Certified on
  • 2/11/2016
  • Mr. James K. Dienes, ACE, (Trius Pest Management), Boonton, NJ  USA.  Certified on 2/6/2016
  • Mr. Jonathan Schoppe, ACE, (Dial Pest Control Inc.), Roseland, NJ  USA.  Certified on 2/6/2016
  • Mr. Joshua A. Wilhelm, ACE, (Fumigation Service and Supply, Inc.), Westfield, IN  USA.  Certified on 2/12/2016
  • Mr. Frank Ellis, ACE, (Western Pest Services), Maple Shade, NJ  USA.  Certified on 2/15/2016
  • Mr. Michael Daniel Anderson, ACE, (not provided), Oceanside, CA  USA.  Certified on 2/22/2016
  • Mr. Jefferson A Rice, ACE, (Environmental Pest Mgmt Inc.), Indiana, PA  USA.  Certified on 2/25/2016
  • Mr. George Patrick Clemons, ACE, (George Washington University), Washington, DC  USA.  Certified on 2/27/2016
  • Mr. Jose Astrong Riano, ACE, (Orkin Pest Control), Lincolnton, NC  USA.  Certified on 2/29/2016
  • Mr. R. Brett Madden, Esq., ACE, (Alliance Commercial Pest Control, Inc.), Tinton Falls, NJ  USA.  Certified on 3/3/2016
  • Mr. Christopher August Davis, ACE, (Florida Pest Control), Gainesville, FL  USA.  Certified on 3/4/2016