We skipped a week or two, but we’re finally back. This week, Patrick and Steve talk about creative ways grow your business through the use of email.
This week, we have a treat! Frank and Sandy Honess (founders of Ladybug Pest Management) are best known for their highly trained and certified bed bug scent detection beagles, Daisey, Dolley and Dixie.
Join them and the Arthropodcast team as they discuss K9 certifications, training, inspection techniques, and much, much more.
For the latest episode of Arthropodcast, we had the privilege of speaking with Joseph Latino, President of Allergy Technologies. In this episode, Joseph talked about active ingredients, repellency, formulations, bed bug preventative strategies and a unique product called ActiveGuard(TM) Mattress Liners.
Here’s the clip of John DiDomenico as Donald “ActiveGuard” Trump.
Trust me, You DON’T want to miss this episode!!!
What Does It Take To Become an Associate Certified Entomologist?
To become an A.C.E. in the United States, you must:
- Hold a current pesticide applicator’s license issued by a state, federal, military, or tribal authority.
- Have a minimum of 5 years experience in the structural pest control industry.
- Submit two letters of reference from professional colleagues (ACEs, BCEs, employers, past employers, major clients, government officials, etc).
- Sign the ACE Code of Ethics
- Submit your application 30 days in advance of taking the test (and pay membership fee $355-$395).
- Pass the examination with a score of 75% or higher.
The certification board recommends a minimum of 40 hours study time and discourages “Cramming”. The following suggestions have proven helpful to past applicants:
- Start with the Content Outline
- Spend 15 minutes per day
- Form a study group
- Consider a review course
- Read, Read, Read
- Start studying early
Don’t worry about the scientific names, the common name will be listed on the test as well as the scientific.
Difficulty- Many claim the ACE exam will be the most difficult structural pest exam you will ever take. There are 150 questions that will be randomly pulled from a pool of several hundred. For every six questions, two will be considered easy, three will be of medium difficulty, and one question will be of high difficulty.
- Inspection and Identification is 45% of the exam
- Selection/Implementation of Control Methods is 28% of the exam
- Monitoring is 12% of the exam
- Evaluation is 18% of the exam
What Pests Could Appear on the Exam?
One hundred and thirty-one pests are categorized into eight different groups: Biting and Stinging, Flies, Ants, Cockroaches, Stored Product and Fabric Pests, Wood Destroying Insects, Occasional Invaders, and Common Commensal Pests. Each category is equally likely to be found on the exam, but the pests beneath the headers indicate the likelihood of presentation. For example, Bed bugs are much more likely to appear on the exam than Chigger mites.
BITING AND STINGING (33 Total)
Bed and bat bugs (Cimex spp.)
Yellowjacket wasps (Vespula, Paravespula and Dolichovespula maculata (The bald faced hornet)
Paper wasps (Polistes spp.)
Mosquitoes (family Culicidae)
Honey bee, (Apis mellifera)
Black widow spiders (Latrodectus spp.)
Brown recluse spiders (Loxosceles spp.)
Hornet (Vespa crabro)
Cat flea (order Siphonaptera)
Brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus)
American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis)
Scorpions (class Arachnida: order Scorpiones)
Wolf spiders (family Lycosidae)
Bumble bees (Bombus spp.)
Black legged tick (Ixodes spp.)
Solitary bees (Members of the families Apidae, Andrenidae, Megachilidae, Halictidae and Colletidae)
Flesh flies (family Sarcophagidae)
Mites (rodent and bird)
Stable fly (Stomoxys calcitrans)
Black & yellow mud dauber (Sceliphron spp.)
Lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum)
Sac spiders (family Miturgidae; previously Clubionidae) including Cheiracanthium
Hobo spider and other funnel weaver spiders (family Agelenidae)
Soft ticks (Argasidae)
Cicada killer, (Sphecius speciosus)
Ground spiders (family Gnaphosidae)
Jumping spiders (family Salticidae)
Organpipe mud dauber (Trypoxylon spp.)
Head louse (Pediculus humanus capitis)
Dust mites (Dermatophagoides spp.)
Body louse (Pediculus humanus humanus)
Crab louse (Pthirus pubis)
Chigger mites(family Trombiculidae)
FLIES (ORDER DIPTERA) (13 Total)
Small fruit (vinegar, pomace) flies (Drosophila spp.)
House fly (Musca domestica) and lesser house fly (Fannia canicularis)
Moth (drain, filter, sewer) flies (family Psychodidae)
Phorid (humpbacked, scuttle, mausoleum) flies (family Phoridae)
Fungus gnats (families Mycetophilidae (formerly Fungivoridae) and Sciaridae)
Blow flies (family Calliphoridae)
Cluster flies (Pollenia rudis)
Flesh flies (family Sarcophagidae)
Stable fly (Stomoxys calcitrans)
Horse and deer flies (family Tabanidae)
Small dung flies (family Sphaeroceridae)
Crane flies (family Tipulidae)
Soldier flies (family Stratiomyidae)
ANTS (FAMILY FORMICIDAE) (14 Total)
Carpenter Ants (Camponotus spp.)
Odorous house ant (Tapinoma sessile)
Red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta)
Pavement ant (Tetramorium caespitum)
Pharaoh ant (Monomorium pharaonis)
Argentine ant (Linepithema humile)
Little Black Ant (Monomorium minimum)
Acrobat Ants (Crematogaster spp.)
Crazy ant (Paratrechina longicornis)
Ghost Ant (Tapinoma melanocephalum)
White Footed Ant (Technomyrmex albipes)
Big Headed Ants (Pheidole spp.)
Field Ants (Formica spp.)
Harvester Ants (Pogonomyrmex spp.)
COCKROACHES (ORDER DICTYOPTERA; ALT. BLATTARIA) (9 Total)
German cockroach (Blattella germanica)
Asian cockroach (Blattella asahinai)
American cockroach (Periplaneta americana)
Brownbanded cockroach (Supella longipalpa)
Smokybrown cockroach (Periplaneta fuliginosa)
Oriental cockroach (Blatta orientalis)
Australian cockroach (Periplaneta australasiae)
Woods cockroach (Parcoblatta spp.)
Surinam cockroach (Pycnoscelus surinamensis)
STORED PRODUCT AND FABRIC PESTS (22 Total)
Indian meal moth (Plodia interpunctella)
Cigarette and drugstore beetle (Lasioderma serricorne and Stegobium paniceum)
Carpet/domestic beetles (Anthrenus and Attagenus spp.)
Clothes moths (family Tineidae)
Flour beetles (Tribolium spp.)
Sawtoothed and merchant grain beetles (Oryzaephilus spp.)
Warehouse & Cabinet Beetles (Trogoderma spp.)
Psocids (Order Psocoptera)
Rice Weevil (Sitophilus oryzae) and Corn Weevil (Sitophilus zeamais)
Hide and larder beetles (Dermestes species)
Angoumois Grain Moth (Sitotroga cerealella)
Mediterranean Flour Moth (Ephestia kuehniella)
Foreign Grain Beetle (Ahasverus advena)
Plaster Beetles (family Lathridiidae)
Spider beetles (family Ptinidae)
Mealworm Beetles (Tenebrio spp.)
Dust mites (Dermatophagoides farina)
Bean Weevil (Acanthocelides obtectus)
Flat Grain Beetle (Cryptolestes pusillus)
Cowpea Weevil (Callosobruchus maculatus)
Red Legged Ham Beetle (Necrobia rufipes)
Cadelle (Tenebroides mauritanicus)
WOOD DESTROYING INSECTS (12 Total)
Subterranean termites, (Reticulitermes and Coptotermes spp.)
Carpenter ants (Camponotus spp.)
Formosan termite, (Coptotermes formosanus)
Carpenter bee (family Xylocopidae)
Drywood termites (Kalotermes approximatus, Incisitermes and Cryptotermes spp.)
Lyctine powderpost beetles (formerly lyctids in the family Lyctidae) (family Bostrichidae, subfamily Lyctinae)
Old house borer, (Hylotrupes bajulus)
Anobiine beetles (formerly anobiids in the family Anobiidae) (family Ptinidae, subfamily Anobiinae)
Bostrichid (false powderpost) beetles
Long horned beetles (Cerambycidae)
Dampwood termites (Zootermopsis and Neotermes spp.)
Metallic wood boring beetles (family Buprestidae)
OCCASIONAL INVADERS and GENERAL HOUSEHOLD PESTS (20 Total)
Silverfish (order Thysanura)
Springtails (order Collembola)
Earwigs (order Dermaptera)
Brown marmorated stink bug (Halymorpha halys)
Millipedes (class Diplopoda)
Centipedes (class Chilopoda)
Boxelder bug, (Boisea trivittata)
Sowbugs and pillbugs (order Isopoda)
House cricket, (Acheta domesticus)
Cellar spiders (family Pholcidae)
Multicolored Asian lady beetle (Harmonia axyridis)
Ground Beetles (family Carabidae)
Field cricket, (Gryllus spp.)
Clover mite (Bryobia praetiosa)
Firebrat (order Thysanura)
Comb footed (cobweb) spiders (family Theridiidae)
Camel (cave) cricket (Ceuthophilus spp.)
Thrips (order Thysanoptera)
Elm Leaf Beetle (Xanthogaleruca luteola)
Aquatic Insects Adults (Trichoptera, Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera)
COMMON COMMENSAL PESTS (NON-ARTHROPOD) (8 Total)
Pigeon (rock dove)
Commensal bats (Chiroptera)
For this edition of Webster Wednesday, Patrick and Steve cover their favorite apps.
Patrick lists Bayer Pest, Gmail, Google Calendar, Facebook Pages, Facebook Ads, Slack, GroupMe, Trello, Waze, Pipedrive and, or course, PestWorks.
Steve lists the National Pest Managment Association’s (NPMA) Field Guide App and Dispatch.Me.
This week, Bryan and Steve cover a CDC report about a few acute illness cases involving Nuvan Pest Strips. Steve also shares the story of Ben Feldman and Bryan reminds us the importance of keeping your axe sharp.
Here’s the link to the CDC report on Nuvan Pest Strips.
Social media, from time to time – somebody will post a pic of Nuvan Strips misuse.
One thing that I just became aware of was that the CDC has had some reports of consumers becoming ill after using those strips. It was mostly headaches, maybe a few some respiratory issues, maybe even some upset stomachs.
It’s almost always label misuse, usually when the consumer is exposed to the product for four hours a day or more.
But these strips, the active ingredient is Dichlorvos (Die-klore-vos) which is an organophosphate.
That being said, If you see a customer misusing Nuvan Strips, consider it your duty to alert them of these issues.
How do I pronounce acetylcholinesterase? asseedol-koleen-ess-ter-ace
Hope that helps!
Each week, Jerry Schappert and Bryan Baird recap some of the most interesting posts from the Pest Cemetery Facebook Group.
If you’re not a member, you can join here: PestCemetery.com
Here’s the bad news: there’s no home run. You have to put the work in. Buying “Likes” is not an option.
The good news? Patrick gives two AWESOME tips! One is an app and the other is a new Facebook feature.
What are they? Check out this episode of Webster Wednesdays and find out!
What’s the difference between spying and observing from afar? Is it possible to maintain your tech’s trust if you practice either method? Bryan and Steve share their thoughts on the topic.
In addition, Bryan shares his findings on his Altriset research. Thanks to Daniel Dye for supplying a TON of information we would not have found elsewhere!
Jerry sits down with Daniel Dye to discuss discontinued products, roaches, termites, how to become better at identification and much, much more.