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Posts Tagged ‘Public Health Professional’

It’s not always easy to be good or is that great!

 

There are those days when we all think we are good at what we do and along comes somebody to put us in our place. I’m often reminded that you are only as good as that weakest link, so training is important for everyone involved. The Entomological Society of America continues to update their certification programs.I’m thrilled that I had a chance to complete this process way back in 2010. No excuses but I should have spent my early years going to college but like many I had no idea what I really wanted to do.

Back in 1992 I found my cause and that was Pest Control, while not a clamor job it suited me fine. I quickly started learning everything I could about bugs because I knew I was more than a bug guy I  am a Pest Management Professional.

My previous job was great, I worked for FMC Corporation as a Technical person and I loved it. I had finally got my wish to be able to talk with people around the world about bugs. Now with ProBest Pest Management I get to talk with people in my neighborhoods about things that are pestering them. But everyday I’m alive I learn things and get a chance to help people.

God I love my job!

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Insects and their uncanny ways to survive.

Insects and their uncanny ways to survive.

I think many of us understand the complexities of adapting to change and many of us don’t like change at all. But if you’re a bug then its all about winning or at least staying alive long enough to mate. This story caught my attention “Adapt to survive” by Meghna Das Thakur, and it talks about a Botfly. I’ve seen these things on  ER stories and was grossed out, about people complaining that something was living in them. I guess I never thought about the process but its intriguing – the Botfly lays an egg on a mosquito which then transports in to a host’s body (which could be a wild animal or you). Quite the story, yuuuuck!

photo from Britannica Online Encyclopedia

Love your Job?

Love your Job?

I absolutely love my job, now I guess I would rather not kill things but it must be done. Many folks might say it doesn’t have to be done but I argue as a Public Health Professional that it is imperative to control bugs and vermin. Malaria continues to kill 1 million people a year = mosquitoes and rodents either damage or contaminate food up to about 20% of food supplies throughout the world.

Case in point is this article (link here) – I think this story is an exception to the rule that all manufacturers allow filth and pests to run amock (I love that word). I have been in many manufacturing plants and 99.99% have always been clean and have safeguards in place to prevent contamination to food products. ProBest abides my the (AIB) American Institute of Baking rules as it pertains to warehousing and storage. Recently the (AIB) and the (NPMA ) National Pest Management Association teamed up to set consistent standards. ProBest Pest Management continues to complete testing to stay current with new standards and are certified QualityPro including Schools, GREENPRO and Food Protection.

                

Public Health from NPMA! Part 1

Article from National Pest Management Association website news and communications.

Why the urban environmental pest management industry is important:

  • Pests destroy homes and buildings and their contents; termites alone cause over $5 billion in damage annually.
  • Pests can transmit as many as fifteen major disease-causing organisms including West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease, malaria, plague, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, hantavavirus, and encephalitis.
  • Insect stings force half-a-million people to the emergency room every year.
  • Rodents consume or contaminate about 20 percent of the world’s food supply. They carry fleas and ticks that potentially carry diseases. Rodents have also been implicated in fires across the country by chewing wires and spilling flammables.
  • Bed bugs have made a resurgence in the United States. While no one is sure of the exact reason, experts suggest it may be due to more targeted treatment practices and increased international travel.

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“People rarely succeed unless they
have fun in what they are doing.”
- Dale Carnegie

I love my job and honestly I enjoy going to work everyday, yes some are more challenging than others but all in all I love it. You see I don’t just think of it as killing bugs, I think of it as a Public Health Service. Without our service the bugs might actually win. So what makes me believe this?

  1. Beginning with one pair of house flies in April, there would be a total of 191,000,000,000,000,000,000 flies by August if all the descendants of this pair lived and reproduced normally.
  2. 95% of all the animal species on the earth are insects! Read the rest of this entry »
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