Posts tagged ‘pmp’

December 4, 2012

Stored Food Pests

by jteaton

      Stored Food Pests

By the time a stored food pest problem is reported, you may already be dealing with multiple generations of an infestation. It has always seemed to me that the tolerance level in a residential setting is higher than in a food production facility. A moth here and there isn’t a real problem for a homeowner, and is quite often mistaken for something else– that is until the larva start moving around in their cereal or oatmeal.

Pinpointing the source and zeroing in your treatments are the first part to resolving the problem quickly.  Your customer’s cooperation, or lack thereof, will determine your success rate.

Simply tossing out the infested product may not always yield results since some stored food pest larva will migrate away from the original infestation.

Giving a customer your “Preparation for Treatment” sheets prior to treatment or having downloadable forms is a good tool, but remember to keep it simple. Clear and concise checklists seem to work best.

Another effective tool is a passive monitoring system–simply put, a covered glue board (covered to protect from dust or accidental contact). These devices offer your customer peace of mind and give them the ability to monitor the success of your treatment. A covered glue board with or without pheromones will also catch other pests that may have not been seen or reported to you, like roaches or silverfish, which can lead to additional revenues if you include these pests in your warranty.

A trick that some PMPs have used in-between treating an infestation of moths was simply stapling paper glue boards near cracks and crevices in the rear portion of a cabinet.  This would catch emerging larva and is successful in catching flying insects in search of a resting place without getting in the way of your customer’s hands.

James Rodriguez

Territory Manager

J.T. Eaton Co.,  Inc.

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June 5, 2012

Trouble with Gophers?

by jteaton

Trouble with Gophers?

Gophers are non-social animals (except during breeding season) and have a territory range of 200 to 2200 sq. ft.–so one gopher can cause plenty of damage in a short period of time.

Let’s review a few facts:

  • Gophers do not hibernate and are active year-round
  • They can be active at all hours of the day
  • In irrigated areas a female can have up to 3 litters  per year
  • Females produce 5-6 per litter
  • Gophers reach sexual maturity at about 1 year of age and can live up to 3 years

A very important aspect of their biology is that they’re very territorial and will violently expel any intruder.  So what does this mean to a PMP doing a treatment?   If you bust through their vertical runs where the mounds (or holes) are, you’re essentially breaking down their front door.   The question I ask PMPs is “what would you do if someone broke down your front door”?  It’s fight or flight time! That said, probing gopher runs, treatments or trapping should, in most cases, always be 8-14 inches away from the mound.

What about bait selection?

Block baits are a little more labor-intensive (similar to trapping) on the first application, but require less applications because, as a block, the bait lasts longer in the soil.  The seeds within the block remain palatable for longer periods of time due to the paraffin binding the seed and bait matrix together. So there’s no real worry about seed going bad in dry or moist soils.

To learn more about gophers and block baits for gophers visit http://www.jteaton.com

James Rodriguez

Territory Manager

J.T. Eaton Co., Inc.

Direct (818) 640-4587