Target Specialty Products

Target Specialty Products will become the exclusive distributor for several Leading Edge technology solutions. The strategic alliance allows both organizations to expand offerings across several industries and better serve customers, the company says.

Leading Edge’s flagship technology solutions include MapVision (geospatial data management system), PrecisionVision (unmanned aircraft systems and software) and DropVision (droplet analysis software). Leading Edge says it aims to make organizations more efficient, effective and safe and supports operations in vector, pest, agriculture, weed, forestry and aquatic management from coast to coast.

“Leading Edge provides some of the most advanced technologies in our industry and we are excited to be the exclusive distributor for their products,” said David Helt, president of Target Specialty Products, “These technologies will allow Target Specialty Products’ extensive sales network to offer unique integrated management solutions and application methods to our customers.”

“The partnership with Target Specialty Products is a great fit for our growing business,” said Bill Reynolds, CEO at Leading Edge. “Leading Edge will remain focused on enhancing our technologies and supporting operations where our products are active. The scale of the Target Specialty Products’ team ensures our products continue to be shared with organizations throughout North America.”



Azuga, a fleet telematics company, has launched a product enhancement to its original fleet dashcam, Azuga SafetyCam AI, that is designed to improve road safety by helping to predict and prevent commercial auto accidents. The company says at a time when the roadways are busier than ever with delivery drivers and service workers, driver and pedestrian safety has never been more important. Eliminating vehicle accidents involving auto fleet drivers can save lives while helping fleet operators maintain reasonable insurance costs, Azuga adds.

The Azuga SafetyCam AI dashcam addresses these issues with a combination of multi-sensor HD cameras, artificial intelligence and computer vision technology. The dashcam, which mounts to a vehicle’s dashboard, produces a livestream of the driver while alerting fleet managers to potentially dangerous activities, such as hard braking, sharp turns, distracted driving and rapid acceleration. Facial recognition technology in the dashcam can detect when a driver is distracted or drowsy, whether at night or during the day. The AI neural learning network analyzes each driver-facing video to look for possible distraction events and provides tags to help fleets identify underlying causes of risky events. Video is automatically stored for 30 days, and SafetyCam AI works with the Azuga Fleet and Azuga FleetMobile products to provide an integrated solution that reduces risk and improves safety, the firm says.

In addition to the artificial intelligence layer of the new dashcam technology, Azuga brings an additional layer of human intelligence with its premium offering. With the premium service, Azuga’s team of professional risk analysts tag the events that best illustrate risky driving behavior and prioritize them for driver coaching.

SafetyCam AI builds on the existing safety framework that Azuga already has starting with buzzers in GPS devices, gamification and driver rewards, driver coaching with Azuga Coach, and basic SafetyCam that records harsh driver events.


Bell Labs

Bell Labs’ Acute Fastrac Soft Bait is now registered in California. Made out of the acute active ingredient, bromethalin, Fastrac Soft Bait helps PMPs knock down rodent infestations at accounts. Technicians will use less bait versus anticoagulants and may see more effective results, as rodents may consume a lethal dose in a single night’s feeding, which reduces the amount of bait required to achieve control, the company says. Fastrac Soft Bait is available in 8-gram sachets, with a minimum mouse placement of one sachet and a minimum rat placement of four sachets. The sachets are packaged in a 4-pound pail, which features a purple lid for easy identification.



FMC will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Talstar insecticide throughout 2021 via multiple promotions, a sweepstakes for end users, an updated logo and bottle, and monthly training events for end users to earn Continuing Education Units (CEU). FMC says Talstar insecticide provides long-lasting, broad-spectrum control of the toughest pests in industrial, commercial, and food-handling areas as well as in lawns and ornamentals.

“We are proud to highlight the longevity of the Talstar brand,” says Sam Pass, Pest and Nursery market manager at FMC. “Pest management professionals and lawn care operators have built their businesses on a product like Talstar. We look forward to a yearlong celebration and offering additional resources for our end-user customers.”

In addition to its Spring and Fall Promotions, which will feature special pricing on Talstar, FMC will unveil its new Talstar logo and bottle in conjunction with its 25th Anniversary Talstar Sweepstakes at this month’s NPMA virtual Legislative Day. The Talstar Sweepstakes will feature a grand prize of two new Ford F-150 trucks, one for the pest control market and one for the lawn care market.

Finally, as part of the FMC True Champions end-user program, FMC will launch its First Friday Training Series, where end users can earn CEUs in select states. Each first Friday of the month, FMC will feature industry speakers on a variety of categories to help end users earn CEU credits towards their commercial applicator licenses. For more information, visit



Coxreels offers the Brawny option available for most 100 Series hose reels. The 100 Series reel can be mounted to a floor, wall, ceiling, bench or truck and is made of steel for strength and durability with a U-shaped frame for 2-point axle support to provide stability during operation, the company says. It has a brake assembly for braking or for locking the drum to a desired length of hose. The Brawny feature is an added option that adds strength to the drum, minimizing potential damage under increased or pulsing pressure usage. By adding the additional strength to the drum, these professional-grade reels are better prepared to tackle the toughest jobs in the industry. To order the brawny upgrade, simply add prefix “BX” to standard 100 Series reels. The Brawny option is available for the 8-, 12.5- and 18-inch drum widths.


Buzz Duster

Buzz Duster is a sleek, commercial grade, telescoping dusting pole for the elimination of flying insect pests, the manufacturer says. The product not only promotes jobsite safety but will help eliminate nuisance pests such as yellowjackets, wasps, carpenter bees and more all from a comfortable distance, the company says. The pole has a 20-foot reach and comes with multiple attachments. Buzz Duster is available now through Univar.