Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Journal Access for ESA members


The "pest management science abstracting" email and blog post Certified Science is a good way to stay on top of the latest scientific research affecting your business. Clicking through from the abstracts to the journal articles the first time may require a login if you are an ESA member. To make that simpler, we asked ESA's Publications Director, Lisa Junker, CAE to give us a tutorial. Take it away, Lisa ....

All active ESA members have access to the full text of all ESA journal content, back to volume 1 of each journal. To access our journal content as an authenticated ESA member, you must first log in through www.entsoc.org.

Go to ESA’s home page at www.entsoc.org and click on “Member Log In” in the upper right of the screen. You should be taken to a login screen like the one shown below:



Once you log in, you should be taken to a page with the title “ESA Customer Menu” with two columns of options to choose from. Toward the bottom of the left-hand column, there is a Journals & Publications subhead. Click on “online journals” below that subhead:


This will take you to a page titled “Access ESA Journals.” Click on the link for the journal you wish to access. This will take you to the appropriate journal website and provide that website with authentication so it knows you are a member. You can bookmark this page for future direct access.

If you did come to the journal website as an authenticated user, you should see the following text in the upper right of the screen:



This shows that you are authenticated as an ESA member and have full-text access to our journals.

If you allow cookies on your computer, taking these steps should set a cookie in your system so that you will show up as an authenticated user without needing to log in through ESA’s website again, until that cookie expires. If you don’t allow cookies or your cookie has expired, you can bookmark the “Access ESA Journals” page as noted above.

Monday, March 16, 2015

New BCEs, ACEs, and our first ACE-International

It has been since mid-December that we listed our newly certified individuals on this blog. In the past few months we had:

  • 9 people pass their BCE
  • 2 ACEs added a "BCE" to their credentials
  • 2 people passed the BCE-Intern exam
  • 23 people passed the ACE exam, and
  • 1 person passed the new ACE-International exams -- the first one to do so (see press release here).
Please join me in congratulating these accomplishments. 
  • Mr. Ethan Kiger Estabrook, BCE-Intern, (Fumigation Service & Supply, Inc.), Westfield, IN  USA.  Certified on 2/12/2015.
  • Mr. Johnnie Erskine, BCE, ACE, (Colonel Exterminating Service), Mount Vernon, NY  USA.  Certified on 1/6/2015.
  • Mr. Glen C. Ramsey, BCE, (Allgood Pest Solutions), Duluth, GA  USA.  Certified on 12/16/2014.
  • Mr. Timothy J Ciarlo, BCE, (United States Navy), Newark, DE  USA.  Certified on 1/8/2015.
  • Dr. Gary Nielsen, BCE, (JP Pest Services), Milford, NH  USA.  Certified on 1/21/2015.
  • Mr. Jack Reynolds Brewer III, BCE, (Lewis Pest Control / Critter Gitter Pest Control), Thomasville, AL  USA.  Certified on 2/5/2015.
  • Ms. Gail M. Getty, BCE, (not provided), La Crescenta, CA  USA.  Certified on 2/6/2015.
  • Mr. James J Butler, BCE, (Us Army Public Health Command Region North), Fort Meade, MD  USA.  Certified on 2/12/2015.
  • Ms. Molly E. Moran, BCE, (Greenhow Inc.), East Walpole, MA  USA.  Certified on 2/12/2015.
  • Mr. Steven  Matthew Dykema, BCE, (Rose Pest Solutions), Grand Rapids, MI  USA.  Certified on 2/28/2015.
  • Mr. William M. Runkle, Jr., BCE, (Air Force), Cibolo, TX  USA.  Certified on 3/5/2015.
  • Mr. Patrick J. Kelley, ACE, BCE-Intern, (Insects Limited, Inc.), Westfield, IN  USA.  Certified on 2/12/2015.
  • Mr. Nicholas Umberto Raschella, ACE, (Ace Exterminators), Belington, WV  USA.  Certified on 12/16/2014.
  • Mr. Perry Russell Nettles, ACE, (Food Protection Services LLC), Bay, AR  USA.  Certified on 12/17/2014.
  • Mr. Vlad Apostolow, ACE, (Accurate Pest Control), San Antonio, TX  USA.  Certified on 1/5/2015.
  • Mr. Edward A. McConnell, ACE, (Western Pest Services), Paramus, NJ  USA.  Certified on 1/8/2015.
  • Ms. Kelly R. Wilden, ACE, (Home Team Pest Defense), Las Vegas, NV  USA.  Certified on 1/8/2015.
  • Mr. William Clay Schmidtke, ACE, (ABC Home and Commercial Services), College Station, TX  USA.  Certified on 1/8/2015.
  • Mr. James Richard Willix, ACE, (Viking Pest Control), Bound Brook, NJ  USA.  Certified on 1/21/2015.
  • Mr. Fred A. Willey III, ACE, (Invader Pest Management), Glendale, AZ  USA.  Certified on 1/27/2015.
  • Mr. E Jay Wells, ACE, (Atlanta Pest Control), Marietta, GA  USA.  Certified on 1/29/2015.
  • Mr. Paul Michael Stockton, ACE, (Woods Pest Control), Redding, CA  USA.  Certified on 1/30/2015.
  • Mr. David Alan Harmon, ACE, (Woods Pest Control), Redding, CA  USA.  Certified on 1/30/2015.
  • Mrs. Jacqueline Louise Harmon, ACE, (Woods Pest Control), Redding, CA  USA.  Certified on 1/30/2015.
  • Mr. David Alan Harmon II, ACE, (Woods Pest Control), Redding, CA  USA.  Certified on 1/30/2015.
  • Mr. Christopher Brian Zuckschwerdt, ACE, (Joshua's Pest Control), San Diego, CA  USA.  Certified on 2/4/2015.
  • Mr. Peter V. Hamill, ACE, (Ecolab Pest Elimination), Saint Paul, MN  USA.  Certified on 2/9/2015.
  • Mr. Jeffery Jean Waggoner, ACE, (Fumigation Service & Supply, Inc.), Westfield, IN  USA.  Certified on 2/12/2015.
  • Mr. Curtis A. Lilleodden, ACE, (Fumigation Service & Supply, Inc.), Westfield, IN  USA.  Certified on 2/12/2015.
  • Mr. Michael R Scimeca, ACE, (ChemTec Pest Control), Saddle Brook, NJ  USA.  Certified on 2/14/2015.
  • Mr. Robert Byer, ACE, (Terminix), Newtown, PA  USA.  Certified on 2/14/2015.
  • Mr. Richard Brill, ACE, (Advantage Pest Control), West Orange, NJ  USA.  Certified on 2/14/2015.
  • Mr. Thomas K. Davis, ACE, (Terminix International), Ocean, NJ  USA.  Certified on 2/14/2015.
  • Mr. Robert Corrado, ACE, (Advanced IPM), Roseville, CA  USA.  Certified on 2/16/2015.
  • Mr. Curtis Craig Pratt, ACE, (Western Pest Services), Newtown Square, PA  USA.  Certified on 2/20/2015.
  • Mr. Siu Ming Leung, ACE-I, (Christian Environmental Health Ltd.), Kowloon,   Hong Kong.  Certified on 2/12/2015.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Certified Science (2015 - #1)

This issue of Certified Science was emailed to all current ACEs and BCEs on November 7, 2014. The next issue will post to the blog in about 6-10 weeks. To receive the current issue as it publishes, please consider becoming ACE or BCE certified. 



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A Periodic E-mail Service to ACEs and Urban-Industrial BCEs

The Entomological Society of America is the #1 source of scientific information for the entomologically-focused urban professional. This email is a service of the ESA for all ACEs and any BCEs who specialize in urban and industrial entomology.

Certified Science is a summary of some recent articles in the ESA journals that relate to structural pest management and urban arthropod pests. The abstracts are freely available online for all articles, though access to the full text will generally require membership in the ESA.

The journal issues covered in this issue are:
  • Annals of the ESA, Volume 107, #5 and 6
  • Environmental Entomology, Volume 43, #5
  • Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 107, #5
  • Journal of Medical Entomology, Volume 51, #5 and 6
  • Journal of Integrated Pest Management, Volume 5, #3
  • Entomology Today blog (posts between July 17 and September 2, 2014)


Oviposition Site Preference for Natural Breeding Sites in Drosophila melanogaster (Diptera: Drosophilidae) Populations From Argentina
Authors:  Betti, María I. L.; Soto, Eduardo M.; Hasson, Esteban
Source: Annals of the Entomological Society of America, Volume 107, Number 5, September 2014, pp. 944-953(10)
Abstract:  Maternal decisions, like the choice of a site for laying eggs, have important ecological and evolutionary implications. In the current study, we investigated variation both within and between populations in oviposition site preference (OSP) in a collection of isofemale lines derived from three Drosophila melanogaster Meigen natural populations of western Argentina. In the oviposition preference assay, we used two resources that fruit flies use as egg-laying sites in nature. Results revealed ... (Full abstract

A Survey and Historical Comparison of the Megachilidae (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) of Itasca State Park, Minnesota
Authors:  Gardner, J. D.; Spivak, M.
Source: Annals of the Entomological Society of America, Volume 107, Number 5, September 2014, pp. 983-993(11)
Abstract:  The University of Minnesota Insect Collection holds a rich collection of bees from Itasca State Park, MN, from 1937 and 1938. This collection formed the historical baseline data for comparison with a new survey conducted from 2011 to 2013, to measure changes in bee species over the last 75 yr. Bees were collected with timed net surveys and trap nests at eight different sites within the park. Megachilidae were the focal family for the current study, due to their importance as commercial pollinators and... (Full abstract

Abundance and Distribution of the Invasive Ant, Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), in Cypress Savannas of North Carolina
Authors:  Kelly, L.; Sellers, J.
Source: Annals of the Entomological Society of America, Volume 107, Number 6, November 2014, pp. 1072-1080(9)
Abstract:  The ecological effects of invasive ants on ecosystems will depend largely on ant abundance. Cypress savannas of the southeastern United States have high conservation worth, supporting diverse and rare assemblages of species. Distance sampling was used to determine the abundance and distribution of colonies of the invasive ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren, in cypress savannas of two Carolina bays. Colonies were distributed throughout the savannas, save for areas of dense tree or shrub cover. Colony densities were much less ... (Full abstract

A Transmission Right-of-Way as Habitat for Wild Bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Anthophila) in Connecticut
Authors:  Wagner, David L.; Ascher, John S.; Bricker, Nelson K.
Source: Annals of the Entomological Society of America, Volume 107, Number 6, November 2014, pp. 1110-1120(11)
Abstract:  Transmission line corridors in forested landscapes provide important early successional habitats for a taxonomically rich array of invertebrates. In this study, we investigated the wild bee diversity at 19 sites along a transmission line right-of-way in southeastern Connecticut over a 2-yr period. One hundred sixty-three species representing 31 genera—roughly 50% of the state's bee species—were captured over the course of the study. Richness estimates suggest total faunas of ... (Full abstract

Predicting the Geographical Distribution of Two Invasive Termite Species From Occurrence Data
Authors:  Tonini, Francesco; Divino, Fabio; Lasinio, Giovanna Jona; Hochmair, Hartwig H.; Scheffrahn, Rudolf H.
Source: Environmental Entomology, Volume 43, Number 5, October 2014, pp. 1135-1144(10)
Abstract:  Predicting the potential habitat of species under both current and future climate change scenarios is crucial for monitoring invasive species and understanding a species' response to different environmental conditions. Frequently, the only data available on a species is the location of its occurrence (presence-only data). Using occurrence records only, two models were used to predict the geographical distribution of two destructive invasive termite species, Coptotermes gestroi (Wasmann) and Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki... (Full abstract

Water Transport by Coptotermes formosanus (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae)
Authors:  Gautam, Bal K.; Henderson, Gregg
Source: Environmental Entomology, Volume 43, Number 5, October 2014, pp. 1399-1405(7)
Abstract:  Subterranean termites are extremely vulnerable to desiccation, and high moisture makes their habitat and food favorable for survival and colony growth. Although there is a general perception that termites can manipulate moisture, documentation is surprisingly scanty with regard to how termites transport water and the factors that impact it. There has been no study of water transfer by Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki, a notoriously invasive termite in the southern United States... (Full abstract

Cold Tolerance of the Mediterranean Fruit Fly in Date and Mandarin
Authors:  Gazit, Yoav; Akiva, Ruti; Gavriel, Sagi
Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 107, Number 5, October 2014, pp. 1745-1750(6)
Abstract:  The Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann), is an endemic pest in Israel and there can be low levels of infestation of dates (Phoenix dactylifera L.). Because C. capitata is considered a quarantine pest by several major importing countries, the export of fresh dates requires the elimination of this pest. For mandarin, cold storage at 1.11°C for 15 d is considered to be an effective treatment for the elimination of C. capitata. In this study, we compared the cold tolerance of C. capitata in ... (Full abstract

myo-Inositol and Phytate Are Toxic to Formosan Subterranean Termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae)
Authors:  Veillon, Lucas; Bourgeois, Jared; Leblanc, Amanda; Henderson, Gregg; Marx, Brian D.; Muniruzzaman, Syed; Laine, Roger A.
Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 107, Number 5, October 2014, pp. 1800-1812(13)
Abstract:  Several rare and common monosaccharides were screened for toxic effects on the Formosan subterranean termite, Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki, with the aim of identifying environmentally friendly termiticides. myo-Inositol and phytic acid, which are nontoxic to mammals, were identified as potential termite control compounds. Feeding bioassays with termite workers, where both compounds were supplied on filter paper in concentrations from 160.2 to 1,281.7 ?g/mm3, showed ... (Full abstract

Exposure of Brown Recluse and Brown Widow Spiders (Araneae: Sicariidae, Theridiidae) to a Commercial Sulfuryl Fluoride Fumigation
Authors:  Vetter, Richard S.; Hoddle, Mark S.; Choe, Dong-Hwan; Thoms, Ellen
Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 107, Number 5, October 2014, pp. 1813-1817(5)
Abstract:  The body of pesticide research on spiders is sparse with most studies using topical or residual applications to assess efficacy. Data on the effects of fumigation on spider survivorship are scarce in the scientific literature. In this study, we exposed adult male and female brown recluse spiders, Loxosceles reclusa Gertsch & Mulaik, and female brown widow spiders, Latrodectus geometricus C. L. Koch, to a commercial fumigation event using sulfuryl fluoride directed at termite control... (Full abstract

Behavioral Effects and Tunneling Responses of Eastern Subterranean Termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) Exposed to Chlorantraniliprole-Treated Soils
Authors:  Saran, Raj K.; Ziegler, Melissa; Kudlie, Sara; Harrison, Danielle; Leva, David M.; Scherer, Clay; Coffelt, Mark A.
Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 107, Number 5, October 2014, pp. 1878-1889(12)
Abstract:  Intrinsic toxicities of chlorantraniliprole, fipronil, and imidacloprid were evaluated with topical applications on worker termites. Worker termites were exposed to substrates treated with formulated chlorantraniliprole to study contact toxicity, tunneling, and postexposure behaviors. The intrinsic toxicities (LD50, ng/termite) of chlorantraniliprole (1.25, 0.96, and 0.44) and fipronil (0.12, 0.11, and 0.13) at 11 d were similar for workers from three termite colonies. Imidacloprid toxicity (LD50) values were highly variable among ... (Full abstract

Field and Laboratory Evaluations of Chlorantraniliprole as a Termiticide in Southern Arizona
Authors:  Baker, Paul B.; Miguelena, Javier G.
Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 107, Number 5, October 2014, pp. 1890-1899(10)
Abstract:  The desert subterranean termite, Heterotermes aureus (Snyder), is the predominant termite of economic importance in the arid southwest. Chlorantraniliprole, a relatively new nonrepellent, slow acting termiticide has been shown to be capable of being transferred among colony members through social interactions, and thus may be effective beyond its original site of application. Using field grids, we evaluated the colony-level effects of chlorantraniliprole on H. aureus foraging activity. Repeated laboratory soil ...  (Full abstract

Effectiveness of Mosquito Magnet in Preserved Area on the Coastal Atlantic Rainforest: Implication for Entomological Surveillance
Authors:  Chaves, L.S.M.; Laporta, G. Z.; Sallum, M.A.M.
Source: Journal of Medical Entomology, Volume 51, Number 5, September 2014, pp. 915-924(10)
Abstract:  A variety of traps are used for sampling, surveillance, and monitoring of mosquito vector species associated with parasite and pathogen transmission. Here, we assessed the performance of the Mosquito Magnet Independence trap with Lurex3 (MMI), by comparing its effectiveness with those of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention light trap (CDC-LT) and CDC with CO2 and Lurex3 (CDC-A) in a dense tropical rainforest. Multivariate generalized linear models revealed significant differences among the traps ... (Full abstract

Molecular Detection of Knockdown Resistance (kdr) in Blattella germanica (Blattodea: Blattellidae) From Northwestern Iran
Authors:  Gholizadeh, S.; Nouroozi, B.; Ladonni, H.
Source: Journal of Medical Entomology, Volume 51, Number 5, September 2014, pp. 976-979(4)
Abstract:  Pyrethroid insecticides are highly insecticidal compounds that are widely used against the German cockroach, a significant household insect pest. In several insect species, there is a point mutation in the para-type sodium channel gene associated with knockdown resistance (kdr). In the current study, genomic DNA was analyzed in the region where the kdr and super-kdr (an enhanced form of pyrethroid resistance) mutations reside in Blatella germanica (L., 1767) (Blattodea: Blattellidae) collected from Iran. (Full abstract

Insecticidal Activity of Torricellia tiliifolia Extracts Against Musca domestica and Aedes albopictus
Authors:  Huang, Jiguang; Zhou, Lijuan; Zhao, Huanhuan; Xu, Hanhong
Source: Journal of Medical Entomology, Volume 51, Number 5, September 2014, pp. 989-992(4)
Abstract:  Insecticidal toxicity of extracts from leaves, stems, and bark of Torricellia tiliifolia de Candolle against adult Musca domestica L. and larval Aedes albopictus (Skuse) was evaluated in this study. Bark extract proved to be the most toxic to these two species with the chloroform fraction the most active with LC50 values of 306.15 ?g/g and 23.05 ?g/ml for the house fly and mosquito, respectively. At the same time, water fractions against M. domestica and petroleum ether against Ae. albopictus were comparatively less toxic... (Full abstract

Bed Bugs Are Back and Also Arriving Is the Southernmost Record of Cimex lectularius (Heteroptera: Cimicidae) in South America
Authors:  Faúndez, Eduardo I.; Carvajal, Máriom A.
Source: Journal of Medical Entomology, Volume 51, Number 5, September 2014, pp. 1073-1076(4)
Abstract:  The arrival and establishment of the bed bug Cimex lectularius L., 1755 in Magallanes Region (Chile) is reported. The present record is the southernmost for this species in America. The circumstances that provided for the species reaching this southern locality are discussed.
  (Full abstract

Survey of Ticks (Acari: Ixodidae) and Tick-Borne Pathogens in North Dakota
Authors:  Russart, Nathan M.; Dougherty, Michael W.; Vaughan, Jefferson A.
Source: Journal of Medical Entomology, Volume 51, Number 5, September 2014, pp. 1087-1090(4)
Abstract:  Ticks were sampled at nine locations throughout North Dakota during early summer of 2010, using flagging techniques and small mammals trapping. In total, 1,762 ticks were collected from eight of the nine locations. The dominant species were Dermacentor variabilis (Say) (82%), found throughout the state, and Ixodes scapularis Say (17%), found in northeastern counties. A few nymphal and adult I. scapularis tested positive for Borrelia burgdorferi (3%) and Anaplasma phagocytophilum (8%)... (Full abstract

Comparative Behavioral Responses of Pyrethroid-Susceptible and -Resistant Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae) Populations to Citronella and Eucalyptus Oils
Authors:  Sathantriphop, Sunaiyana; Thanispong, Kanutcharee; Sanguanpong, Unchalee; Achee, Nicole L.; Bangs, Michael J.; Chareonviriyaphap, Theeraphap
Source: Journal of Medical Entomology, Volume 51, Number 6, November 2014, pp. 1182-1191(10)
Abstract:  The objective of this study was to compare the behavioral responses (contact irritancy and noncontact spatial repellency) between susceptible and resistant populations of Aedes aegypti (L.) (=Stegomyia aegypti) to essential oils, citronella, and eucalyptus, Eucalyptus globulus, extracts, using an excito-repellency test system. N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET) was used as the standard reference repellent. Mosquitoes included two long-standing insecticide susceptible colonies ... (Full abstract

Protection From Mosquito Biting Provided by Permethrin-Treated Military Fabrics
Authors:  Frances, Stephen P.; Sferopoulos, Rodi; Lee, Bin
Source: Journal of Medical Entomology, Volume 51, Number 6, November 2014, pp. 1220-1226(7)
Abstract:  A study to evaluate the protection provided by permethrin-treated fabric following cold-water washing against biting by mosquitoes is reported. Australian Defense Force (ADF) disruptive pattern combat uniform (DPCU) shirt fabric and entire shirts were treated by dipping in a 0.6% emulsion (Perigen Defense, containing 500 g/liter permethrin), and commercial factory treatment in the United States (Factory A) and Europe (Factory B). Protection was recorded after 1, 3, 5, 10, 30, and 50 washes. The treated fabric provided ... (Full abstract

Development and Evaluation of a Proactive Bed Bug (Hemiptera: Cimicidae) Suppression Program for Low-Income Multi-Unit Housing Facilities
Authors:  Stedfast, Molly L.; Miller, Dini M.
Source: Journal of Integrated Pest Management, Volume 5, Number 3, 2014, pp. E1-E7(7). Abstract:  In 2012, a proactive bed bug (Cimex lectularius L.) suppression program was implemented in a 121-unit low-income housing facility in Harrisonburg, VA. The program consisted of common minimally toxic and inexpensive integrated bed bug management methods including a novel strategy for applying a perimeter barrier of diatomaceous earth in apartment units. The program was evaluated over the course of 1 yr, after which, mean treatment time, amount of product used, and application cost were calculated for each unit... (Full open access article

Biology, Ecology, and Management of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae)
Authors:  Rice, Kevin B.; Bergh, Chris J.; Bergmann, Erik J.; Biddinger, Dave J.; Dieckhoff, Christine; Dively, Galen; Fraser, Hannah; Gariepy, Tara; Hamilton, George; Haye, Tim; Herbert, Ames; Hoelmer, Kim; Hooks, Cerruti R.; Jones, Ashley; Krawczyk, Greg; Kuhar, Thomas; Martinson, Holly; Mitchell, William; Nielsen, Anne L.; Pfeiffer, Doug G.; Raupp, Michael J.; Rodriguez-Saona, Cesar; Shearer, Peter; Shrewsbury, Paula; Venugopal, P. Dilip; Whalen, Joanne; Wiman, Nik G.; Leskey, Tracy C.; Tooker, John F.
Source: Journal of Integrated Pest Management, Volume 5, Number 3, 2014, pp. A1-A13(13)
Abstract: Brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys Stål, is an invasive, herbivorous insect species that was accidentally introduced to the United States from Asia. First discovered in Allentown, PA, in 1996, H. halys has now been reported from at least 40 states in the United States. Additional invasions have been detected in Canada, Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy, and Lichtenstein, suggesting this invasive species could emerge as a cosmopolitan pest species. In its native range, H. halys is classified as an outbreak pest ...  (Full open access article

And don't miss the popular blog, Entomology Today, with near-daily stories of insects and their interaction with the world around us. Some recent stories include:
  • Scientists Find Mosquito Receptors that Make DEET Effective as Repellent (story)
  • The ACE International Program Launched Today During PestWorld in Orlando (story)
  • Researchers Have Sequenced the House Fly Genome (story)
  • Researchers Compare Efficacy of "Natural" Bed Bug Pesticides (story)
  • Harvestmen Use Glue to Capture Prey (story)
  • Add Sunspots to the List of Possible Causes of Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder (story)
  • Asian Camel Crickets are Displacing Natives in U.S. Homes (story)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

ACE -- Not just for structural control anymore?

As was discussed in the 2015 Certification Board Director's report earlier this month, the CB is actively investigating the possibility of creating a new version of the ACE program. The ACE-Turf and Ornamental Exploratory Committee has been meeting for the past few months to talk about what a new certification would look like and whom it would serve.

As such, they have developed a new tool to question the turf and ornamental marketplace. Please share this post broadly. We need your input to help decide if this is a venture that ESA should pursue.

The survey is only 12 questions long and should only take 3-4 minutes to complete.  Your response is needed and appreciated.

Click here to help ESA choose if we should offer a new ACE targeting the turf and ornamental market.

The survey closes on February 28th.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

2015 Director's Report

Thank you for your strong and continued interest in the ESA Certification programs. I am pleased and proud to serve as your 2015 Director of the ESA Certification Board. Continuing a tradition that was started by my predecessor, Pat Copps, my purpose in writing today is to report to you on the state of our Society's certification and credentialing programs (Pat's 2014 report is on the blog).


The BCE, ACE, and new ACE-International certification programs are strong and continue to provide a platform for personal credentialing in our industry. Last year continued a recent track record of record growth for ACE and BCE. Here are some of the highlights:
  • ACE grew at rate of 9%, closing the year with 833 ACEs.
  • BCE grew at a more modest 1%, but that is significant after several years of flat growth and small declines. Of note is that for the first time in recent history, BCE recorded back-to-back growth years, having also grown by 1% in 2013.
  • I am pleased to welcome a new member to the Certification Board with the addition of Robert Kunst, ACE, filling the ACE Representative role. He was elected last summer and will serve a three-year term.
  • ACE-International was successfully launched at PestWorld, NPMA's industry trade show, in October 2014. While ESA HQ has been receiving applications, as of this writing we have not yet had anyone pass both exams (read more about the launch). Zia Siddiqi, BCE, is Chairing the new ACE-I Support committee.
  • The Certification Board approved the process of beginning to update all of the BCE exams. Two of these are underway now. Harold Harlan, BCE, is chairing a task force to examine and update the BCE Qualifying (Core) exam and George Schoeler, BCE, is leading a similar group to review and revise the Medical and Veterinary Specialty exam.
  • Two other groups are currently and actively exploring alternative ACE designations with Nic Ellis, BCE, leading a group on ACE-Turf and Ornamental and Ed Bordes, BCE-Emeritus, leading a group investigating ACE-Public Health.
  • The long-discussed ACE Study Guide is nearing completion and a manuscript will go out for review by April 1st with a book expected for sale by late summer or early fall.
  • At the 2014 annual business meeting during the ESA Annual Meeting in Portland, OR, the group discussed the perennially low attendance at the business meeting. In an effort to have a wider impact, those assembled voted to try something new this year for the annual business meeting. Late this fall watch for the first ever virtual BCE business meeting to be held sometime after the ESA Annual Meeting. Details will be forthcoming.
And finally, last year new logos for ACE and BCE were unveiled. The new logos do a good job of portraying the prestige and purpose of our two proud credentialing programs.


As always, I am available to answer any questions you may have about BCE, ACE, or any of our related programs. 

Your Certification Board and staff are hard at work building these programs. If you would like to contribute, please consider either serving on a committee, running for an office, encouraging your peers and colleagues to become certified, and possibly serving as a proctor. This is YOUR program. Help make it a success for all of us by contributing.

Laura Higgins, BCE (Plant-related specialty)
2015 Director, Certification Board 
ESA Certification Corporation 


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

ACE CEUs

ESA gets a number of questions about how the CEUs for renewing ACEs work. Today I'll try and answer some of them and ease any lingering confusion.

First off, our intent in having CEUs is to ensure the rigor of the program is uniform. If you've earned your ACE, you know that the test is rigorous and really tests your knowledge of the program. You didn't earn your ACE without working for it. Similarly, you need to keep learning in order to keep your ACE. And documenting your CEUs is a part of that.

But at the same time we're not trying to recreate what the states do. Here in the USA, all states require a certain amount of education to maintain your pesticide applicator's license. Internationally, some provinces, states, and countries require recertification, but not everywhere. The standard needs to be uniform for all ACEs, regardless of geographic location.

Generally the US-state requirements are pretty strict and only certain activities will count toward renewal. Virtually any activity that counts for your state recertification credits will also count for ACE. And ESA has some allowable activities that most states won't allow.

The examples below are some less common ways to earn your ACE renewal CEUs. Bear in mind that the rules may change over time. These are allowable as of now, but you should click here to see the current table of eligible CEUs.

Reading trade publications: There are many great trade publications for pest control, including PCT, PMP, and NPMA's PestWorld. You can claim up to 2 hours per year by reading trade publications. We recommend that you simply keep a file of articles that you read as documentation. Some people keep a copy of the magazine in print form and put a checkmark on the Table of Contents of articles that they read.

Job-related examinations taken:  You can claim up to 3 hours per year for job related examinations, including the ACE exam, as long as it falls within the period you are submitting CEUs for.  This is of great value to those newer ACEs who are still gathering their first renewal CEUs.

Webinars:  NPMA, Univar, and others all put on some great webinars on pest control education. Some of these are free and some require a fee, but you can claim up to 7 hours per year for webinars.

Job-related community service:  You can claim a couple of hours per year simply by being a good steward of your knowledge in your community. Talk to a group of seniors about insects, speak at your local homeless center about ways to mitigate the likelihood of bed bugs, or maybe even help educate your community about the dangers of DIY pest control. You could even get credit simply by performing pro bono pest management services for a charity organization.

Articles authored and Pest control Blogs written:  Some ACEs find that starting a blog or authoring a column for their local newspaper is a great way to do some marketing outreach in addition to fulfilling their CEU requirement. YOu can claim 6 hours a year for articles and 2 hours a year for blogs.

Training attended and Professional conferences:  This is the primary way that most people earn their CEUs. You can get all that you need simply by attending a one full day session every year.

If you have any questions about what counts as a CEU, please contact us after clicking here to see the current table of eligible CEUs.  ESA wants to make the process as smooth as possible for everyone while still maintaining ongoing educational requirements.





Friday, January 23, 2015

Studying Paying Off

The ACE Exam is not easy. 

Some of the words and phrases I've heard PMP's use when describing the exam include:
  • "Rigorous, but fair"
  • "More broad-ranging than I thought it would be"
  • "Hard"
  • "Tougher than my state exam"
  • "A good overall assessment"
It is not at all uncommon for a person to take the ACE Exam and not pass it. In fact, more than half of the people who take it do not get through on their first attempt.  I think that a lot of the reason for this breaks down into one of two reasons:

1) A lack of preparation
2) A lack of understanding for the depth of the exam

This is not meant as an insult to anyone. I could easily see a person who has been in the industry for 25 years thinking that they can pass the exam with little to no preparation. And some have -- but not many. 

Preparation:
Pest management is a time-consuming business and it can be hard to imagine where you would be able to squeeze study time into an already jam-packed day. But, the ESA Certification Board recommends that an ACE applicant spends a minimum of 40 hours of self-study in preparation for the exam.  One good approach that some people use is to slot 15-20 minutes a day for study. Maybe when you first get up. Habits form quickly, and getting out your study materials while you're having your morning coffee can end up being a fairly simple way to prepare for the exam (not to mention learning how to better excel at your job!).

Exam Depth:
The ACE Content Outline is extremely broad. It can be hard to figure out exactly what to study based on the outline. I've asked a couple of our ACEs who did not pass the exam on their first attempt to share their study tips.

Robert Alarco, ACE works for Orkin, which has been a big supporter of personal credentialing for PMPs. While he took his first exam largely through studying by himself, he was part of a group study environment for his second attempt and was able to raise his score by 8 percentage points to a comfortably-passing grade. As he says, "Here at Orkin we had weekly conference calls as a group and we went over specific material i.e. termites 1 week, ants another etc.  And then we had 2 study sessions as a group off site before we ultimately took the exam.  That structure forced me to remain in an environment conducive to learning and definitely helped me brush up on my knowledge."

For Chris Clark, ACE, Service Manager for HomeTeam Pest Defense, he acknowledges that he came in unprepared for the first exam, thinking that his years of experience in the industry would carry the day. "Being a state certified GHP operator and 15 years in the industry.  I mistakenly went into the original ACE exam with the thought that this was going to be breeze.  I did take part in a study course with Dr. Baldwin at UF which was an eye opener that I was not studying solely for our FL pests, I was also looking at all North American pests.  So needless to say I gave the exam my best effort at that time and the results showed my preparation.  So with a bruised ego and a new determination I buckled down with a better idea of what to expect.  For my second attempt, a lot of my preparation was based off the content on the ESA website including the ACE Exam Content Outline.  Dr. Stephanie Hill created a worksheet (click here to access a free copy of Dr Hill's study sheet) for me to judge my knowledge of each potential pest.  So based on my perceived knowledge of each listed pest I utilized the Mallis/Internet/Dr. Hill/Featured Creature of UF to go over the areas I was not as familiar with. After the new date was set for my ACE exam attempt.  I set myself to have the week prior off to do make sure all information was read and reread.  This time after the proper preparation I was able to pass my ACE exam with a little breathing room. The first time, I went in almost expecting to pass based on my years of experience.  My preparation was horrible and so were my results.  The second time I just made sure to buckle down and study because it was important for me to achieve this accomplishment."

Here are my 5 favorite ways to prepare for the ACE exam:

  1. Form a study group. Studying with a peer set is a great way to prepare for the exam. You will be able to capitalize on each other's strengths and weaknesses and perhaps you can even share study books to save on costs. A study group will also help keep you on task.
  2. Dedicate 15 minutes a day to read study materials.  You are busy, I'm sure. We all are. But everyone has 15 minutes out of every day that they can spend. Make it a goal and it will become a habit. 
  3. Develop your own review materials. Just like in Chris Clark's story above, using a study worksheet that is personalized to you and your situation can help you prepare. Studies have shown that the act of writing information down helps increase memory retention. In other words simply by preparing the study worksheet you are training your brain to remember the information. 
  4. Find an ACE review course. A review course is like a souped-up study group. It will generally be led by a BCE or other qualified instructor and is designed to help you hone the knowledge you've accumulated over your years in the industry. But ...
  5. Don't count on the review course.  Remember that the ACE exam is testing on a body of knowledge. It is almost impossible to cram for it. You need to be diligent in preparing for it. Recall that a minimum of 40 hours of self-study is the recommendation, regardless of your length of time in the industry.