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Fiechter Earns IPM in Excellence Award for Bed Bug Advocacy

Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas (left) and René Fiechter (right), assistant DA in Nassau County — both advocates for a wide range of quality of life issues in their jurisdiction.

The year: 2008. The place: Nassau County, New York — the Village of Hempstead in particular. As Nassau’s assistant district attorney (ADA) for community affairs, René Fiechter wanted to address issues that most affected quality of life in Hempstead. 

Conversations with community leaders revealed that bed bugs ranked high among issues that tenants often felt powerless to control. So Fiechter lost no time in convening a 60-member Bed Bug Task Force to help landlords and tenants better understand and manage this scourge. Task force members included Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann, community IPM coordinator for the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program (NYS IPM) at Cornell University.

Now, for nine years of focused leadership on the Bed Bug Task Force and his commitment to Hempstead and Nassau County — as well as IPM — Fiechter received an Excellence in IPM award.

“René wasted no time in learning everything he could about bed bugs,” said Gangloff-Kaufmann. “He’s also just a thoughtful, friendly person. Those are attributes you need if you’re going to bring together such an array of tenants, landlords, pest professionals and community agencies, then make it work.”

The public’s knowledge of bed bugs often is based on myths and misconceptions. Helping people get past these was among the most important issues the task force faced, said Bryan Matthews, director of environmental investigation with the Nassau County Department of Health. Myth number one? If you have bed bugs your house is a mess. Not so. Anyone, anywhere is fair game. Bed bug control requires a comprehensive approach and the involvement of community leaders is critical.

“René is a shining example of how one person can serve and protect his community using IPM,” said Jim Skinner, president of A & C Pest Management. “Under his leadership over the years, the task force held public events that drew hundreds of people and promoted IPM as key to coping with this growing crisis.”

Fiechter received his award on March 24 at the annual meeting of the Community IPM Coordinating Council.

TPMS Provides Early Bed Bug Detection

Delta Five Systems offers a Telemetered Pest Monitoring System (TPMS) that provides early detection of pests, including insects and rodents. TPMS is a remotely monitored pest detection system that will alert pest management professionals the instant a pest is encountered. The lure-agnostic and placement-agnostic device maximizes PMPs’ ability to capture pests while minimizing cost, the firm says. Features include: Real-time alerts, including photos; discreet and compact; WiFi enabled; helps eliminate infestations; and proven 98% effective at capturing bed bugs and other insects before a customer/guest encounter, the company reports. For more information visit TheBedBugSolution.com.

The Bugo Launches New Product: The Bugo Tape

The Bugo, a simple-to-use adhesive disc-shaped device that lasts up to eight weeks, is virtually invisible and acts as a barrier against bed bugs and as a detector to infestations, the manufacturer says. The Bugo disc sticks on the floor around the bottom of the bed legs to prevent bed bugs from getting into the bed. New from the manufacturer is the The Bugo Tape, a product for floor beds and beds with no legs. Each packet of The Bugo Tape is available in rolls of 32.8 feet, which is enough for one application around a king-size bed, the firm says. Like the original Bugo Discs, the tape acts as a barrier against bed bugs and as a detector. It is virtually invisible, lasts up to eight weeks and uses no pesticides. The Bugo Tape is easy to apply and discard, and it is available in soft floor application for surfaces such as carpets and rugs, or hard floor application for surfaces such as floor boards and tiles.

The Bugo is available through its distributors, which can be found on The Bugo website thebugo.co.uk/where-to-buy.

Bed Bug Fix is Now Scent-Free

Bed Bug Fix, which eliminates and prevents bed bug infestations, is now scent-free, the manufacturer reports. Formulated to be 100 percent natural, non-toxic, non-flammable, non-staining, and used around children and pets, this product is approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration as Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS). It’s also approved as a 25b product by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) BioPreferred program. Octopamine, the insect’s equivalent to adrenaline, regulates their heart rate, movement, behavior and metabolism. Bed Bug Fix targets and blocks octopamine neurotransmitter receptors, and kills on contact, according to the manufacturer. To place an order, call 800/825-9973.

P.E.S.T. Relief International Provides Disaster Relief in N.C.

P.E.S.T. Relief International embarked on its first disaster relief project in Kinston, N.C. in February. The Kennedy Home for Children was hit hard by Hurricane Matthew, and many of the homes were left vulnerable to flooding. P.E.S.T. Relief International responded to the call to partner with Bed Land located in Shallotte, N.C., to provide encasements for 48 new mattresses that were donated to improve the home’s livable conditions.

A team of P.E.S.T. Relief Responders, including Marty and Cindy Jones of Prestige Pest Control and Kevin Yow with Seaira Global, visited the home to deliver and install mattress and box spring encasements which were donated by Mattress Safe.

P.E.S.T. Relief International was created for the pest management industry to bring comfort and relief to orphaned, abused, and at-risk individuals in-order to give hope and enable life-transformation. For more information, visit the organization at www.pestreliefinternational.com.