Archive for October, 2010

Syncrude fined 3.2 million for duck deaths

Monday, October 25th, 2010

From the Vancouver Sun:

Syncrude pays $3.2-million penalty over duck deaths

An Alberta provincial court judge has accepted a $3.2-million creative sentence on Syncrude Canada over federal and provincial charges stemming from the deaths of more than 1,600 ducks on one of its oilsands tailings pond two years ago. Under the proposal, the oil company must pay an $800,000 fine by Nov. 1. This file photo shows two dead mallard drakes floating in a bitumen mat in the Syncrude Aurora Tailings Pond in April 2008 near Ft. Mc Murray, Alberta.
By Darcy Henton, Postmedia News
October 22nd, 2010

An Alberta provincial court judge has accepted a $3.2-million creative sentence on Syncrude Canada over federal and provincial charges stemming from the deaths of more than 1,600 ducks on one of its oilsands tailings pond two years ago. Under the proposal, the oil company must pay an $800,000 fine by Nov. 1. This file photo shows two dead mallard drakes floating in a bitumen mat in the Syncrude Aurora Tailings Pond in April 2008 near Ft. Mc Murray, Alberta.

Photograph by: Todd Powell, Handout
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Add-On Services Should Be On Your Horizons – Article from PCT

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

From PCT Magazine:

New Tech Talk article  suggests Bird Control as an add on service to bring in extra income.

[Tech Talk]

10/21/2010

Add-On Services Should Be On Your Horizons

One possible way to grow your pest management business is to institute annual price increases. But consider this: you also could sell more services in your commercial marketplace to grow your business. Researching new service opportunities and then creating one as an add-on could pay your pest management firm handsome dividends.

In today’s highly competitive marketplace, you must differentiate your organization and look better and perform better than your competition to move on to the next level. But if you are keenly aware of today’s business climate and listen to your customers’ needs, you can unearth some new opportunities to enhance your service offerings.

When considering a new service, be sure to do your research and understand what you are taking on in terms of capacity and investment. Ask the following questions:

  • Can your current employees perform the service effectively?
  • Is additional training and/or certification required?
  • What are the costs of materials, labor and overhead?
  • Will the new service be profitable in your market?

What add-on opportunities exist today for the commercial sector? The possibilities include small fly control, mosquito control, bed bug treatments, nuisance wildlife management, bird control and lawn care, to name a few. New services along with a strong commitment to providing superior service and exceeding your clients’ expectations can help you grow your bottom line.

BED BUGS. As I see it, bed bug control could be a viable business opportunity for pest professionals. In recent months, bed bugs have received media attention nationwide — they’re showing up everywhere from apartment complexes, public housing, assisted living and nursing homes to hotels and even office buildings. There are a variety of detection and treatment options available, including bed bug scent-detecting dogs, cryogenic freezing and heat treatments (which Rottler has found to be the most successful). Bed bug scent-trained dogs have proven to be highly accurate in sniffing out live bed bugs and their viable eggs vs. a visual inspection by a service technician. When bed bugs or their eggs are found, your service technicians can successfully eliminate them.

SMALL FLY CONTROL. Small fly control could be another growth area for you. To successfully eliminate small flies in commercial accounts, such as health-care facilities, schools and restaurants, it’s important to initiate an IPM program that includes biodegradable products that remove the scum (organic debris) where larvae develop. If detailed sanitation and proper cleaning efforts are performed, they can help prevent or alleviate a fruit or drain fly infestation in kitchens or other areas. However, maintenance staff may overlook problem areas such as drains, floor cracks, missing grout lines and underneath dishwashers where organic materials build up in moist environments. Your add-on service could involve examining these areas for organic matter, cleaning and treating them with appropriate biomaterials. Steaming infested mats and kitchen equipment could also fill an important need for your existing or potential customers.

MOSQUITO CONTROL. Consider, too, mosquito control. It’s an important and needed service since some mosquito species carry serious diseases that affect humans. They also can transmit several diseases and parasites that can infect dogs and horses. The Culex mosquito, for example, is a particular species that is a vector for West Nile virus, which triggers encephalitis. Anytime you can position your company as being in the public health arena, that’s good for your image. Mosquito control for municipalities, through misting or conventional treatments, allows people to safely use parks, golf courses and swimming pools for recreation.

BIRD CONTROL. There are also a number of bird control options to consider such as exclusion work involving nets, misting systems, OvoControl for pigeons, and installing bird deterrents such as spikes, shock tracks, lasers and audio devices. These are all designed, of course, to keep birds from roosting and nesting in your commercial customers’ locations.

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Bird-B-Gone Launches Spanish Website

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Mission Viejo, CA – Bird-B-Gone, Inc, the world’s largest manufacturer and supplier of professional bird control products, would like to announce the launch of their new Spanish language website.  Bird-B-Gone offers a complete line of effective and humane bird control products for the professional bird control industry.

Bird-B-Gone’s new Spanish language site will offer the same in-depth information, products and includes installation tips, species-specific solutions, specifications, CAD details and more. A press section details recent pest bird jobs and bird control news, and forms allow customers to give feedback on products, or receive help quoting jobs.

Bird-B-Gone looks forward to being able to better serve the Spanish speaking community and hopes the new site will make purchasing of bird control products, that much easier. The new website will feature a full range of products available in an online store for easy ordering to anywhere in the United States.

At Bird-B-Gone our expertise, training and customer service set us apart. Our products carry the longest industry guarantees, and are made in the United States. The new website was designed to help our customers choose the products that they need with confidence, and set the standard of information for the bird control industry. Visit the new site today! www.birdbgone.com/es/ or call us at 1-800-392-6915 for more information.

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Pigeons gamble like people

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

From MSNBC:

New study finds birds feed in a way similar to gambling behavior

By Stephanie Pappas

If you had a choice, would you press a button that gave you an evenly spaced $3 per push, or would you choose the button with the big, but rare, payoff of $10 — even if that meant you got only $2 per push on average?

The answer may seem obvious, but anyone who gambles gives up a sure bet of money in their pocket in hopes of a big, unlikely win. Now, a new study finds that pigeons make similar bad choices.

The research, published Oct. 13 in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, found that pigeons given the choice to peck a light that would give them three food pellets each time almost universally preferred a light that would give them a payout of 10 pellets 20 percent of the time. Averaged out, that meant pigeons were choosing to get two pellets per peck instead of three.

The reason could be that pigeons are motivated by a surprising change from their expectations, according to study author Thomas Zentall, a psychologist at the University of Kentucky. The same phenomenon could explain why human gamblers ignore their losses and focus on their rarer, but more surprising, wins.

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Panel tentatively passes bill banning PCOS’s from using Avitrol in D.C.

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

From The Washington Post:

“D.C. Council tentatively approves bill on animal- and pest-control firms”

By Tim Craig

Tuesday, October 5, 2010; 11:38 PM

Furry critters across the District – with the exception of rats and mice – soon could be getting a reprieve from animal-control specialists who rid homes and properties of wild animals.

The D.C. Council gave tentative approval Tuesday to a bill to impose some of the nation’s strictest standards for how animal- and pest-control companies can remove raccoons, opossums, foxes, snakes and other nuisance animals from lawns, attics and basements.

The bill, sponsored by council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), prohibits wildlife-control operators from using glue, leg-hold, and “body-gripping” or “body-crushing” traps or snares when capturing unwanted animals.

The measure, which the council must vote on a second time, also bans the use of poison to control pigeons and sparrows.

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Bird-B-Gone, Inc.

Help your customers keep facilities pest bird free by installing permanent bird control products such as netting or bird spikes. Bird deterrents are the humane and effective alternative to poisons, and will have lasting effects that will keep your clients satisfied. To learn more about the bird control products available in today’s market, visit http://www.birdbgone.com. Need help choosing the right product for a job? Give us a call at 1-800-392-6915, our Bird Control Specialists can help you choose the right product and give tips on installation and clean up. Bird-B-Gone also just made ordering bird control products easier, by creating an online bird control store. Visit  http://www.birdbgone.com/bird-control-store/.

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