All posts in “Associate Certified Entomologist”

Entering bugs

Entering bugs like scorpions, roaches and whatever else can enter.

Entering termites, scorpions et all. Termites can make their way through the smallest of a crack or hole. Scorpions can enter under a door, or a  crack under a window or fireplace. Home-sealing is the absolute best method to keep them out, second to that is pest control and third is black lighting your property frequently.

One call to do it all, 480-831-9328 ProBest Pest Management. Sounds like ProBest could be in the wizardry world, nope nothing magical we just know our business. We train often, we read and attend seminars to be up to date on new products. What makes us different is our knowledge – 2 staffers who are A.C.E. Associate Certified Entomologists.



Trust of customers ProBest Pest Management

Trust is an important word in any business along with integrity.

  1. 93% of our business is from referrals, that speaks volumes on the integrity and trust of ProBest.
  2. In business since 1981.
  3. QualityPro – QualityPro Schools, Food Protection and GreenPro, since 2005.
  4. Rated A+ with the BBB.
  5. Termite and pest services to residential and commercial – one stop shopping options.
  6. Gold member of the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP)since 2010 – Gold membership is reserved for PESP’s outstanding environmental stewards. These members’ demonstrated commitment to pesticide risk reduction makes them models for other PESP members. Gold members may develop an IPM strategy, demonstrate significant and sustained progress in reducing pesticide risks, and independently measure the progress of their IPM implementation.
  7. On staff Associate Certified Entomologist

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Talk buggy to me baby, why Bed Bugs might be resistant to pesticides?

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All the bugs are talking about it, and it turns out a lot of Entomologist/Scientists are talking as well. “How Bed Bugs shrug off pesticides and simple measures to deal with it.” I don’t care how much we complain but the EPA will never let certain pesticides come back, gone are DDT, Chlordane and all of its little partners. Once gone from their books and it’s never coming back, trust me on this one.

“Every living thing on Earth has a unique set of strategies to adapt to life-threatening situations in the environment,” said Fang Zhu, Ph.D., a leader of the research who spoke at the meeting.”The surprise discovery we never expected is that most of the genes responsible for pesticide resistance in the bedbug are active in its outer skin-like shell or cuticle. This is the unique adaption that has not been discovered in cockroaches, termites, ants or other insects.”

It is research like this that will continue to be the mainstay of pest control, using their bug weakness to fight them. The pest control industry can still use their super powers daily to combat these little blood suckers.

Is knowledge really important?


Do you really care whether someone has all the right knowledge on a given subject? I think that it is important to continue to gain knowledge. In my industry there are some that never let their employee’s go to class or other events because someone might steal that employee. I’m just the opposite – if they were looking and then left, they were looking anyway. So you need to figure out why they left.

I have always encouraged my employee’s to learn new stuff. One employee has his Qualifying Party license and he is excited that in just 6 months he can take his A.C.E. (Associate Certified Entomologist) test. I insist that each month they take an additional Continuing Education unit from a site like Univar and the best part is that it is FREE. Here in Arizona we are required to earn 6 CEU’s and in Florida where I also have a Certified Pest Control Operator Pest License I’m required to earn 2 for each category that I have and 2 for Core. On average I think I always have about 30 or so, you can earn them at places like Pestworld (which will be held in October 2013 in Phoenix) and other events sponsored by various groups throughout the year.

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Shouldn’t you be calling ProBest Pest Management to handle all those bug issues or at the very least recommending us to those that do have some bug issues. Why should you call us:

  1. Full time Associate Certified Entomologist on staff.
  2. A+ rating with the BBB.
  3. Hundreds, possibly thousands of satisfied customers according to reviews posted on the Internet and we believe everything we read on the Internet.
  4. 30+ years of service to the Valley.
  5. Customer service experts, we have a Contract Post Office and understand excellent customer service.

On the road again with Dr. Bug

  On the road again with Dr. Bug



 Explore a real, live collection of bugs with a certified Entomologist! Learn about beneficial bugs, such as butterflies and ladybugs. Learn which insects are considered pests and how to avoid them. Discover good spiders and bad spiders, roaches, beetles, and even scorpions! Each child will receive a free coloring book. Classes with an age fee is per child with 1 unpaid adult permitted.

Instructor: Keith Birkemeyer, ProBest Pest Management
Location: Chandler Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park


No matter the locale, wildlife continue to work their way into our homes…

(answer to yesterday’s what is it – false chinch bugs – straight from the AZ IPM Site)

No matter the locale, wildlife continue to work their way into our homes…

Howling Coyote Wildlife Services of Ft Worth, Texas

Nuisance Wildlife Removal and Animal Damage Control Specialist. Howling Coyote Wildlife Services of Dallas/Fort Worth has been your leading specialist in Humane Wildlife Control Methods. We are known and respected In the Greater DFW/Arlington and surrounding areas such as Mineral Wells, Trophy Club, Waco for our thoroughness and Customer Satisfaction. We eagerly strive to make our customers MORE than happy with our services. Whether it be a Odor Removal Treatment, Wildlife Proofing, Consultation or a simple Humane Animal Extraction. Respecting our Texas clients homes and property is our #1 priority. We know how hard the times have gotten and we expect our customers to demand top notch service. Give Cory Sandy a call at 817-330-9453 if you need a critter removed and taken away, or if you need some wildlife repairs done. We also want to thank Cory for taking all the pictures and sharing them with us. I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with some great wildlife and pest professionals through FaceBook and just want to give a shout out to those men and women that fight the good fight with bugs and wildlife each day. Hopefully we will have some pictures, because this week another raccoon family got stuck in a pipe and its wonderful to see the action that takes place.
So if you live in Cory’s service area, give him a call 817-330-9453

Is it really FREE? Come on are you really going to fall for that same ole trick!

Is it really FREE? Come on are you really going to fall for that same ole trick!

I think we all know the saying “If something sounds to good to be true its probably isn’t” and for some reason I’ve been hearing it more and more these days. So here are some pointers that I will suggest to un-complicate your life.

  1. A Termite job done right cannot cost $299 unless the house is the size of a shed.
  2. A Bed Bug treatment on a 4000 square foot home cannot be done for $500.
  3. Always check to see if the vendor has the proper licensing and insurance!
  4. Check out the company’s review online if possible.
  5. Are they members of National Pest Management Association, what about the Better Business Bureau and/or the Chamber.
  6. Go with your gut feeling, cause if it sounds to good to be true – maybe it’s not the company you want to use.


Meet the ProBest Blogger… STINGER

The Bio of Dr. Bug, Owner of ProBest Pest Management


If you have a bug problem and you are looking for someone who can solve it, please read on…

Keith V. Birkemeyer aka Dr. Bug has been in the business of pest management for over 20 years. His interest in bugs began at an early age when he delighted(?) his parents with an infestation of Praying Mantis. He had brought some egg cases in from the cold one winter in Ohio and when they hatched there were baby Praying Mantis everywhere. Keith’s formal training began in Florida, a state well known for a hearty bug population, especially termites. He continued his career with a chemical manufacturing company as a Technical Specialist.

Keith has traveled the world speaking to various groups about bugs, termites and comprehensive pest management. He is an Associate Certified Entomologist and he shares stories and facts daily on his home seal seal. He is the owner of ProBest Pest Management which has been named a “Quality Pro” company and awarded the “Mark of Excellence in Pest Management” by the National Pest Management Association. Keith may be a grown kid at heart and his company allows him to pursue his passion. No one knows bugs like Keith does. That is the number one reason to call ProBest Pest Management for all your insect prevention needs.

Keith may be reached at 480-831-9328 or


Associate Certified Entomologists (ACEs) are those who have passed at least one rigorous examination to test their knowledge. They generally specialize in pest control. ACEs also agree to ascribe to a code of ethical behavior, and – as part of their certification renewal process – must annually provide a copy of a current pesticide applicator’s licenses.

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United States Green Building Council (USGBC) updates LEEDS Standards

 United States Green Building Council (USGBC) updates LEEDS Standards

LEED is now in the process of developing it’s 2012 revisions to the standards and will publish their 3rd draft revision shortly

LEED has also accepted in their latest draft a provision for companies who have earned the GreenPro designation, allowing them to automatically qualify for LEED points as long as a GreenPro service is provided. 

ProBest Pest Management Earns EPA’s PESP Gold Level Designation

Altriset is a new reduced-risk non-repellent termiticide that provides excellent control of subterranean termites with minimal impact on the environment.

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