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07/12/2021

Knowledge of how and where to place traps can make or break your IPM.  Rodents aren’t limited in where they can travel—they are excellent climbers, jumpers, and swimmers, and they can gnaw through almost any material.  When conducting your inspection, keep an eye out for signs that indicate where rodents are traveling.  Sebum (rub marks), urine, feces, and gnaw marks are all great indicators of rodent run-lines/activity, and ultimately where you should be placing your traps.  Rodent run lines are not always in locations that are conventional or...

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06/09/2021

By any standard, 50 years is a significant milestone in the life of a company. By that time, you have history, character and culture. And if you're an organization like Corteva Agriscience, you also have something else: a tradition of delivering groundbreaking new products that raise the bar on efficacy, efficiency and sustainability.   For over half a century, we have been honoured to partner with professional vegetation managers to preserve Canada’s utility, roadside, rail and bareground rights-of-way. Backed by a leading research pipeline, innovativ...

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05/10/2021

Many environmental factors can impact the behavior of house mice. Availability of food, safe harborage points, predators, and more can positively or negatively affect their behavior and survival. An interesting new study looks at the effect of noise on house mice. The researchers played noise at 100 decibels for about four hours per day for 15 days. This level is slightly louder than shouted conversations, and not quite as loud as a car horn at close range. The sound was definitely about “normal” range even if you live in the heart of a city. What the researchers found ...

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05/01/2021

Water Quality and Herbicide Applications   Water quality for herbicide applications is defined by its hardness, pH, alkalinity and turbidity.     HARDNESS AND pH   Hard water is classified by high concentrations of positively charged atoms (cations)1. Hard water can be problematic because these cations can bind to herbicides causing a decrease in efficacy of the product2. Most research looking at herbicide antagonism with hard water has found Ca2+, Mg2+, Mn2+, Na+ and F...

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03/31/2021

The general public may have questions about vegetation management and its potential impact on pollinators. It can be difficult to answer questions if you are approached unexpectedly. To help vegetation managers and applicators manage these inquiries, here are a few key messages to convey if approached by a concerned citizen:    Why does vegetation need to be managed? Vegetation management is critical and necessary to control unwanted vegetation that may create a safety, health, occupational or environmental hazard. The safest and most cost-effe...

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03/01/2021

  Resistance Management in Canada: Best Practices for Industrial Vegetation Management   As a professional vegetation manager, it is important to understand how weeds develop resistance and what strategies can be implemented to delay resistance.   Proper application and stewardship of vegetation management herbicides are essential to controlling target weeds and brush, and ensuring environmental, wildlife and human safety. Corteva Agriscience™ is committed to providing vegetation management professionals with the produ...

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08/07/2020

  Take control of your inventory process   Every month, owners and managers across North America lose countless hours to inventory tracking. But with our automated Inventory Manager tool, businesses are saving time and money while freeing staff to focus on what counts. How does this intuitive new system work, and how much can it streamline your operations? From small businesses to large, pest control business owners are seeing a positive impact the tool has made for their business.   Still not convinced? Keep re...

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04/24/2020

  As a long-standing partner of Bayer, we are pleased to announce that Veseris Canada is now the exclusive distributor of VisionMAX® ® Silviculture Herbicide®. VisionMAX® is a Group 9 herbicide that contains 540 g glyphosate as potassium salt and a unique surfactant mixture in a proven formulation. VisionMAX® is water soluble, rainfast within 30 minutes of application and has no residual activity. Veseris will be responsible for the sales and logistics of the product for the Canadian forest industry with three sales representativ...

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04/07/2020

  "Reach out and touch someone"   Remember that advertising jingle from AT&T?   It premiered in 1979 and helped encourage a lot of people in the world to pick up the phone more often. And it worked. That was also about the same time my mother went to work for our local telephone company in my hometown of Rensselaer, Indiana where she was one of two or three ladies who worked in customer service and ran the front office until probably the mid-80’s. One of the perks of her job was ...

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02/20/2020

Customer feedback is important for every pest control company because it allows pest management professionals (PMPs) to make adjustments that will help ensure customer satisfaction. Fortunately, technology makes it easier than ever for customers to rate their experiences. Brad Jenson, executive vice president of business development for Podium Corp., outlined at an industry software user conference earlier this year six ways to bolster the number of online reviews your company receives, and thus your overall online rating. The Lehi, Utah-based software platform ...

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01/06/2020

Formerly a division of Univar Solutions, Univar Environmental Sciences has been sold to affiliates of AEA Investors.  With the ownership of AEA, the future remains bright for Environmental Sciences (ES), its customers and suppliers. AEA brings a solid understanding of the ES business and a strong appreciation and desire for growth through product distribution and services offerings across pest control and other specialty chemical markets. What hasn’t changed is the continued commitment and organizational focus on growing the business for customers and suppliers. &#x...

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12/16/2019

More than 3.5 billion searches are made on Google every day. It is the most used search engine on the internet across all platforms, although alternatives include Bing and Yahoo. If you want your pest management company to be ranked high with Google, focus on the following:    1. Website optimization. In pest control, that means organizing your site by pest. Although your business goal may be recurring revenue, the customer’s initial call almost always is driven by a pest problem he or she currently is experiencing. That means recurring revenu...

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09/26/2019

Cockroaches Managing cockroaches with bait formulations have become the norm for pest management professionals. The development of these products has provided the pest control industry with market-pleasing efficacy while creating value for PMPs by changing the culture of structural cockroach management. Few would want to return to the days of night service, clean-out teams and complicated preparation and clean-up requirements.   As research provides more information on gel bait aversion and insecticide resistance in cockroaches, conducting fundamental core pr...

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