Stoy Hedges grew up in a small town in Indiana
where he developed an early fascination of insects. By the time he was
12, he knew he wanted to study entomology and planned to attend
college at Purdue University to do just that. While attending Purdue,
Hedges was introduced to the structural pest control industry by
working as a termite technician during the summers. Upon graduating
from Purdue in 1981 with a degree in urban and industrial pest
control, his initial experience was gained by working as a service
technician, sales representative and supervisor.
In 1983, Hedges began working in a purely technical
capacity. His career path led him to positions with nationally known
companies in the capacity of technical manager and director of technical
services. Currently he is employed by Terminix as its Manager of
Technical Services. One of his most significant achievements at Terminix
has been the development of a comprehensive Basic Training Program for
new service technicians.
Hedges is a Board Certified Entomologist (B.C.E.), a registered
sanitarian, and a member of Pi Chi Omega. He has authored more than 125
articles on pest management, plus five PCT Field Guides. In addition,
Hedges served as editorial director for the 8th and 9th
Edition revision of the Mallis Handbook of Pest Control. In 1997,
he was named PCT’s Professional-of-the-Year, and in 2000 PCT named
Hedges one of the 25 Most Influential People In The Industry. He was
also recognized as part of the PCT/Syngenta Leadership Class of 2000.Top
Judy Black, technical director for The Steritech Group, Inc., received both her M.S. in entomology and her B.S. in agriculture, with an emphasis in environmental protection, from West Virginia University.
An expert in urban and structural entomology, Black is a Board Certified Entomologist and member of Pi Chi Omega, the national pest management fraternity. She also holds the National Environmental Health Association’s Certified Professional — Food Safety credential.
Black began her career with Terminix International, serving in sales, service, and technical positions in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area for six years.
In 1994, she joined Steritech, holding a variety of service roles before being appointed regional technical manager for the mid-Atlantic region in 1995. In the spring of 2000, Black relocated to Denver, Colo., where she quickly graduated roles, working as regional technical manager, operations manager, and general manager of the Pacific Northwest branch. In 2003, Black was awarded Steritech’s highest honor, the Achievement Award, for the superior performance of her branch operation. Soon after, she was promoted to the technical director role, in charge of all technical program specifications for the company’s pest prevention programs. Black runs the technical department within the Steritech Institute and is responsible for developing service protocols and training updates, providing field support, and assisting in product research and recommendation.
Since joining Steritech, she has played an integral role in shaping the company’s EcoSensitive® System, a program twice awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for reducing the risks associated with pesticide usage. She remains dedicated to developing procedures for pest elimination using integrated techniques and minimal pesticides.
An industry advocate and active participant, Black previously served as the director of the Entomological Society of America’s Certification Board (2007) and has worked on the boards of the Colorado and Pennsylvania state pest management associations. Recognized for her expertise in both pest prevention and food safety, Black has been invited to speak at meetings hosted by the National Pest Management Association, The Entomological Society of America, the Southwest Food Safety Association and NEHA, as well as various state associations.
In 2007, Black became the first woman to be awarded the PCT/Syngenta Professional Products Crown Award for Technical Excellence, an honor given to an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary technical contributions in the pest management industry.
Dr. Gary Braness
Dr. Gary Braness grew up in a family pest management business in Minnesota and later went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in biology at St. Cloud State University, a master’s degree in entomology at North Dakota State University, and a Ph.D. in urban and industrial entomology at Purdue University.
After completing his master’s degree, Braness worked as an assistant entomologist at the University of Illinois. He then returned to the family pest management business, where he learned valuable lessons about business management and customer service from his father. In 1986, Braness moved with his young family to Indiana to study at Purdue University under the direction of Dr. Gary Bennett. After completing his studies at Purdue in 1990, Braness joined the research and development team at Bayer Corporation. He has held various positions in field research and development and also served as a product development manager. Braness currently serves as a technical service representative for Bayer CropScience in central California. During his career, Braness has participated in the development and technical support for many products currently used by pest management professionals.
Braness is a member of the Entomological Society of America and Pi Chi Omega, the professional pest control fraternity. He and his wife, Ann, have four children and a growing number of grandchildren.
Jay Bruesch earned his bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1977. After a brief career as a secondary-school teacher, Bruesch followed his brother Ted Bruesch into the pest management profession in 1982, found a new career direction, and has been teaching
and training pest management professionals ever since. He has worked for Plunkett’s Pest Control, Inc. since 1982, and has served Plunkett’s in many capacities, including duties as a service technician, in full-time sales, and as a supervisor. He has been technical director of Plunkett’s, a partner firm of Copesan Pest Solutions, Inc., since 1989.
Bruesch’s duties at Plunkett’s include designing and conducting the training and education of new technicians, experienced personnel, and client-service staff; designing solutions to complex pest problems; creating educational activities for clients; providing technical support to technicians, supervisors, sales staff, and clients; designing Web-based instructional activities; and overseeing Plunkett’s safety and health programs. Known within his company and nationwide as a hard worker and willing helper, he received the Crown Leadership Award in 2001.
Bruesch is a member of the Entomological Society of America and Pi Chi Omega, a professional fraternity that promotes scholarship and research in the field of pest management. He is a board member of the Minnesota Pest Management Association, which honored him with its Hall of Fame Award in 2006. He is active in the affairs of the National Pest Management Association, and serves on the Copesan Technical Committee, which is comprised of the technical leadership of affiliated pest management firms throughout North America. He serves as a presenter and on planning committees for numerous structural pest control, food processing, and grain management training conferences, and has authored many articles and book chapters on topics related to pest management.
In reviewing and revising this chapter of the Handbook of Pest Control, Bruesch gratefully acknowledges the fine work of the authors and revisers of previous editions of the chapter, including Judy Black, Harry Katz, and Carl Hinderer.
Richard Cooper is vice president of BedBug Central and technical director of Cooper Pest Solutions, a family-owned pest control business based in Lawrenceville, N.J. A graduate of the University of Delaware, Cooper earned his master’s degree in entomology from Rutgers University in 1991, authoring a thesis
titled, “Effect of Feeding and Nutrition on the Development and Reproductive Physiology of German Cockroaches.”
He is a frequent speaker at industry educational events, including the Purdue University Pest Control Conference, and has published technical articles in such well-known trade journals as Pest Control Technology and Pest Management Professional magazine, as well as the Journal of Economic Entomology. Cooper has made contributions to both the 8th and 9th editions of the Handbook of Pest Control and is a co-author of the comprehensive text, Bed Bug Handbook – The Complete Guide to Bed Bugs and Their Control. He is recognized as one of the leading experts in the United States on the subject of bed bugs. In addition to his responsibilities at Cooper Pest Solutions, he also consults with a variety of industries and serves as a legal expert in cases dealing with bed bugs.
Cooper is a member of numerous organizations including the New Jersey Pest Management Association, National Pest Management Association, Associated Pest Services, Entomological Society of America, New Jersey Environmental Federation, and Pi Chi Omega, a pest control industry fraternity.
Dr. Robert Corrigan
Robert Corrigan is a native of Brooklyn, N.Y. He was inspired to pursue a career in pest control after taking an introduction to entomology class taught by Dr. Austin Frishman at the State University of New York at Farmingdale. After completing an associate’s degree in pest control, he worked three years for Fumex Sanitation, Inc., first as a termite control operator, and then as a pest control technician running a route specializing in cockroach and rodent clean outs in New York City and on Long Island.
In 1976, he attended Purdue University, studying with Dr. Gary Bennett, and completed his bachelor’s degree in urban and industrial pest control, and his master’s degree in vertebrate pest management. Corrigan later joined the staff at Purdue as an extension specialist, teacher, and researcher at Purdue’s entomology department for 16 years in vertebrate pest management, with an emphasis on rodent control, ultimately earning a Ph.D. in rodent pest management.
Corrigan is the author of Rodent Control: A Practical Guide For Pest Management Professionals, and co-author of the 5th, 6th, and 7th Editions of Truman’s Scientific Guide To Pest Management Operations along with Gary Bennett and John Owens. During the past 25 years, Corrigan has published more than 100 articles focusing on structural pest control, and was the author of the Vertebrates column for Pest Control Technology magazine from 1996 until 2009. He continues writing periodically for the industry’s trade journals and lectures on a global scale about rodent IPM. Corrigan was presented an urban IPM award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2007.
As a consultant, Corrigan performs problem solving services for pest control companies and some of the largest food companies on a global scale, as well as establishing IPM and green rodent control for city governments. He prefers to spend as much time in the field working with rodents in real-world scenarios and developing progressive IPM templates for rodents and other pests. He has conducted pest management training and consulting services in more than 44 states, as well
as in Europe, Canada, Asia, and South America.
Corrigan served as the 1997-1999 president of Pi Chi Omega, the honorary fraternity of pest management professionals. Presently, Corrigan divides his time between his farm in rural Indiana and various alleys and subterranean tunnels beneath New York City pursuing rats. Corrigan was elected into the Pest Management Professional Hall of Fame in 2008.
Dr. Hanif Gulmahamad
Dr. Hanif Gulmahamad is an urban and structural entomologist and consultant based in Southern California. He has more than 30 years of real-world field experience in urban and structural pest management. This experience was gained while working for three termite and pest control companies and the Los Angeles Unified School District. His field experience spans the spectrum from structural pest management, subterranean termite control, structural fumigation, commodity fumigation,
ornamental, turf, and urban forestry pest management, vertebrate pest management, and arthropods of medical and veterinary importance.
He holds structural pest control applicator licenses in the states of California (Branch 1, 2, and 3) and Arizona.
He also holds a qualified applicator license and a pest control advisor’s license in California. He formerly held teaching positions at California State University, Pomona, and the University of Guyana, Turkeyen, Georgetown, Guyana.
Gulmahamad is listed in Marquis’ Who’s Who in Science and Engineering. He is a 20-year member of the Entomological Society of America and a Board Certified Entomologist. He has published 72 technical and scientific papers including two chapters in books. He is a frequent speaker at structural and urban pest management seminars and conferences in Southern California.
He received his Ph.D. in entomology from the University of California, Riverside, where he received the Harry Scott Smith Memorial Fund Student Award as the outstanding graduate student in the division of biological control. He earned his BSc. degree in agricultural biology from California State University, Pomona, where he received the outstanding student award in the department of agricultural biology and the Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture, outstanding senior in agriculture, award of merit. Gulmahamad is a poet and a short story writer who recently published a book entitled, Stories and Poems by a Guyanese Village Boy.
Dr. Jerome Goddard
Dr. Jerome Goddard, a frequent editorial contributor to Pest Control Technology magazine, is a medical entomologist at Mississippi State University and an affiliate assistant professor of medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in biological science from the University of Mississippi in 1979 and 1981, respectively, and his Ph.D. in medical entomology from Mississippi State University in 1984.
A veteran of the United States Air Force, Goddard has authored or co-authored more than 160 scientific publications in the field of medical entomology and is the author of the Physician’s Guide to Arthropods of Medical Importance and Infectious Diseases and Arthropods.
Goddard has been featured in a number of consumer publications including Reader’s Digest and has appeared on a series entitled, “Living With Bugs” on the
Learning Channel. He is a member of the Entomological Society of America, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Mississippi Mosquito and Vector Control Association.
Gene Harrington is the director of government affairs for the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), having served in that position since late 2004. He was hired as NPMA’s manager of government affairs in 1994.
In his current capacity, Harrington is responsible for representing the views of the pest management industry before state legislatures, members of Congress and their staffs, and state and federal regulators. He also serves as the executive director for the Pest Management Foundation, a 501 (C)(3) organization
closely affiliated with NPMA.
Harrington is widely recognized for his knowledge of state laws and regulations regarding the use of pesticides in schools and day care centers and is often consulted by federal and state officials, state and federal legislators and their staffs, pest control operators, the media, and many others about such requirements. He has spoken at numerous meetings, workshops, and conferences on the subject. He also has had Letters to the Editor published in papers throughout the country, including The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Washington Times, Santa Fe New Mexican, San Francisco Examiner, and Wyoming Tribune Eagle.
Prior to NPMA, Harrington worked as a legislative correspondent for U.S. Senator Byron L. Dorgan, handling agricultural, animal rights, energy, environmental, natural resource, and trade issues. He also worked for former U.S. Senator Robert Kasten and U.S. Representative Timothy Penny.
Harrington graduated with a bachelor of science degree in journalism from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1992.
Dr. Nancy Hinkle
Dr. Nancy Hinkle received her Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Florida. She is currently professor of entomology at the University of Georgia, responsible for research and public education on the parasites of domestic and companion animals and pests of livestock and poultry. Previously, she was an extension veterinary entomologist with the University of California, Riverside
Hinkle is a prolific author who is well known throughout the industry for her research on fleas, flies, and delusory parasitosis (i.e., Ekbom Syndrome). She has published a number of articles in Pest Control Technology magazine and has been quoted in or has appeared in various print and electronic media, including the Los Angeles Times, Science News, USA Today, Discovery Channel, National Public Radio, and NBC News. In 2001, the Entomological Society of America awarded Hinkle the Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension. She is a member of Pi Chi Omega and the Entomological Society of America, and in 2009 served as president of the Society for Vector Ecology.
Patrick J. Kelley, vice president of Insects Limited, Inc., earned his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., in 1985. Joining Insects Limited in 1986, Kelley has spent his professional career focusing on pheromones for stored-product insects. In his capacity as vice president, Kelley oversees the manufacturing process and distribution of pheromone traps and lures. He also works closely with the research and development of pheromones, bringing new traps and lures to the commercial market.
An Associate Certified Entomologist and a member of Pi Chi Omega, the pest management fraternity, Kelley’s passion for working in museum environments has led to his expertise in museum pest management. He is currently the chair of the identification aids subgroup for the integrated pest management working group. Kelley also is a consultant to the museum industry on pest management issues and has conducted training and performed lectures on pheromones and museum pest management throughout North America and Europe.
Scott McNeely is a second-generation pest control operator who would often ride with his father, Robert E.T. McNeely, or Uncle Hal McNeely on service calls. McNeely grew up with a love of the outdoors, enjoying camping, hunting, fishing, and trapping. During the summers of both high school and college, McNeely was employed at Raven Knob Boy Scout Reservation where he eventually held both the ecology conservation director and wilderness camp director positions. The summers working at Raven Knob allowed McNeely the opportunity to work closely with a wide variety of wildlife.
Following graduation in 1980 from North Carolina State University with a bachelor’s degree in entomology, McNeely began work at Wilson Pest Control, the company that Robert E.T. McNeely began with Walter H. Wilson in 1946. During his 19-year career at Wilson Pest Control, McNeely served in a wide variety of positions ranging from branch office manager to technical director. Following the sale of Wilson Pest Control, he started McNeely Pest Control in 1999.
McNeely is a member of the Entomological Society of America, Pi Chi Omega, the Copesan Services Technical Committee, and has served on the board of directors of the North Carolina Pest Management Association. He is a North Carolina wildlife damage control agent, an active member of the North Carolina Trappers Association, and has served on the board of directors of the North Carolina Wildlife Damage Control Agents Association. McNeely has provided presentations for numerous regional and national pest management seminars and regularly contributes articles to Pest Control Technology magazine. He is currently president and CEO of McNeely Pest Control and lives in Winston-Salem, N.C., with his wife Cindy and three daughters — Elizabeth, Sarah, and Ashley.
Frank Meek started his career with Orkin in 1986 as a termite service sales inspector in College Park, Ga. After several years of success in both sales and service, he was promoted to the management ranks of Orkin. Since 1990 he has worked in branch, region, and division management positions. At one time he even lived in the Bahamas running the company’s Caribbean operation. In 1999, Meek was moved into the technical services department as the technical manager for commercial pest control operations. In 2003, the company promoted Meek once again to the position of technical director, where he was responsible for product and equipment selection for all of Orkin’s pest control operations. He also provided research into new chemistries and concepts for potential use by the company. Additionally, he provided technical support via e-mail, telephone, and in person for the 400+ branches in North America and the international operations.
In 2008, Meek was promoted to the position of international technical and training director. In this capacity, he provides technical resources and training for all international operations for Orkin, Inc.
In 2005, he co-authored the IPM Recommended Practice book for ASHES, which has become the standard for providing pest management service to the healthcare industry.
Meek is a regular speaker at National Pest Management Association and many international, state, and regional pest control association meetings, as well as non-pest control industry associations such as the American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES) and others. He has published many articles for the pest control industry trade magazines, as well as major media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, and others. Meek also has represented Orkin on national television with appearances on the NBC Today Show, CNN, and ABC News.
In 2005, he co-authored the ASHES Recommended Practice Series: Integrated Pest Management, which has become the standard for providing pest management service to the healthcare industry.
He was recognized by Pest Control Technology magazine in 2003 as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” for his contributions to the industry. He is a member of NPMA, Entomological Society of America, American Society of Parasitologists, and Pi Chi Omega, the pest control industry fraternity. In 2001, he earned his B.C.E. recognition.
Dr. David Oi
David H. Oi* is a research entomologist in the Imported Fire Ant and Household Insects Unit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service’s (USDA-ARS) Center for Medical, Agricultural, and Veterinary Entomology located in Gainesville, Fla. His research emphasis is on developing integrated pest management strategies for the control of imported fire ants and urban pest ants. His current research priority is the utilization of insect pathogens for the control of imported fire ants.
Oi received a B.S. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa majoring in horticulture (and intramural sports). He continued his education at the University of Hawaii, receiving a M.S. in entomology. Oi obtained a Ph.D. from the University of California at Riverside with a major in insect pest management and minors in biological control and statistics. After receiving his doctorate he was the entomologist for the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation in Hawaii, held research associate positions at the University of Florida and the USDA-ARS in Gainesville, Fla., and an affiliate faculty position at Auburn University.
Dr. Faith Oi
Dr. Faith Oi received her B.A. in zoology and M.S. in entomology from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. She earned her Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Florida, where she is currently the director of the Florida School IPM Program and director of Pest Management University, an academy for handson training of the pest control industry. She is responsible for extension and research in the area of community IPM, including the interface between agricultural and non-agricultural
Her program allows her to broadly serve the pest control industry and to work with regulatory agencies, with the goal of protecting human and environmental health by balancing the risk of pests and pesticides. Oi has given numerous presentations to the pest control industry and has authored many articles on topics ranging from structural pest control to children’s environmental health. In 2007, she received the Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension from the Southeastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America.
Dr. Michael Potter
Dr. Michael F. Potter is a professor and urban extension entomologist at the University of Kentucky. He received his bachelor’s degree in entomology from Cornell University, and a master’s and Ph.D. in entomology with a specialization in integrated pest management from the University of Arizona.
Prior to joining the University of Kentucky in 1991, Potter was the national technical director for Orkin Pest Control, based in Atlanta, Ga. His responsibilities there included selection and development of products, programs, and services, troubleshooting infestations, training personnel, and advisor and spokesman on technical, legal, and regulatory issues for the company. Before joining Orkin, Potter worked in the agrichemicals industry as a research entomologist responsible for new insecticide development and as development manager for commercial products.
At the University of Kentucky, his areas of responsibility include urban, horticultural, and medical entomology. As one of the few urban entomologists in the country with a 100 percent university extension appointment, Potter spends much of his time advising industry professionals and consumers with pest management problems. His extension and applied research program provides cutting-edge information and advice to clients worldwide, especially the professional pest management industry.
Potter is a frequent industry speaker and contributor to Pest Control Technology and Pest Management Professional magazines. He has been recognized by Pest Control Technology as one of the “25 Most Influential People in the Industry,” and was a recipient of the Crown Leadership Award. Potter and his family reside in Lexington, Ky.
David Saunders is a 1977 graduate of Texas A&M University where he earned a B.S. in wildlife fisheries science and a B.S. in economic entomology. A Board Certified Entomologist with the Entomological Society of America, Saunders has worked in the structural pest control industry for more than 30 years and is licensed in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas.
Saunders currently is a technical specialist with Terminix International in the Central Division with the responsibiity of training new employees, as well as recertifying existing pest management technicians. He also has been involved with new product testing and troubleshooting pest problems in a wide range of accounts.
Saunders is a much sought-after speaker who has appeared on educational programs sponsored by the Louisiana Pest Control Association, Arkansas Pest Control Association, and Texas A&M University.
Dr. Coby Schal
Dr. Coby Schal is the Blanton J. Whitmire Distinguished Professor of Structural Pest Management at North Carolina State University. Schal has a B.S. in biology from the State University of New York at Albany, a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Kansas–Lawrence, and postdoctoral training in chemical ecology
at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst.
Between 1984 and 1993, Schal was assistant and associate professor and extension specialist of urban entomology at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Schal’s research is on cockroach behavior, chemical ecology, physiology, toxicology, biochemistry, and molecular biology. His recent research in urban entomology has concentrated on the biology of cockroach-produced allergens and intervention strategies to mitigate their pervasiveness in the indoor environment, profiles and mechanisms of insecticide resistance, optimization of bait delivery systems, developing and testing repellents against urban pests, and assessing the impact of these approaches on pest behavior, humans, and the environment, and practical integrated solutions (IPM) to cockroach problems in livestock production facilities that emphasize reduced-risk approaches.
Schal’s research has been funded by EPA, NIH, NSF, USDA, private foundations, and industry and he has published more than 200 refereed papers. He has served as subject editor of the Journal of Economic Entomology and Pest Management Science, and on the editorial boards of Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology, Journal of Chemical Ecology, Journal of Insect Science, and Psyche. Schal also served on several EPA panels and as a panelist and panel manager for USDA grants panels, and has been an active volunteer with the Entomological Society of America, the Entomological Foundation, and the International Society of Chemical Ecology. He has supervised 24 graduate students and 26 post-doctoral researchers, and mentored high school and undergraduate students. He teaches a graduate course in insect behavior, and graduate seminars in urban entomology and chemical ecology.
Recent honors include Lifetime Honorary Membership in the North Carolina Pest Management Association, Distinguished Achievement Award in Urban Entomology from the National Conference on Urban Entomology, Fellow of the Entomological Society of America, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and North Carolina State University’s Research Friend of Extension Award and Alumni Association Outstanding Research Award. Schal is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Entomological Society of America, International Society of Chemical Ecology, Pi Chi Omega, and Sigma Xi.
Dr. Steven R. Sims
Dr. Steven R. Sims is a senior research entomologist at BASF Pest Control Solutions in St. Louis, Mo. He received his bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. in entomology from the University of California at Davis with a focus on insect ecology, systematics, and evolution. Previous professional positions have included Notre Dame University (ecology and genetics of mosquito vectors of arboviruses), North Carolina State University (bionomics of soybean arthropods), University of Florida (characterization of long distance movement of migratory pest Lepidoptera), and the Monsanto Company (discovery, development, and registration of insect-protected corn, cotton, and potato products).
His responsibilities at BASF Pest Control Solutions include evaluation of novel pest control technology and the discovery and development of new products including baits and aerosols, as well as granular and liquid insecticides. In addition, he has worked extensively with botanicals, “Exempt,” and other reduced-risk products. Sims has published more than 60 articles in refereed journals and has seven patents.
Dr. Marc Slaff is an independent vector control consultant. He received his Ph.D. in entomology from Rutgers University in 1980. Following graduation, Slaff worked for Polk County Environmental Services in Bartow, Fla., as well as the State of North Carolina Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources before becoming the superintendent of the Morris County (New Jersey) Mosquito Commission in 1993. He retired from that position in 2008 but continues teaching medical entomology as an adjunct professor in the department of entomology at Rutgers University and in the department of biology at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Throughout his distinguished career, which spans more than three decades, Slaff has produced a number of scientific and outreach publications for the public. In addition, he has made hundreds of educational presentations to a wide variety of organizations on the subject of vector control.
A 1984 Graduate of Fleming College’s Environmental Pest Management Program, Dean Stanbridge is currently vice president and technical director for Direct Line Sales Corp., a leading supplier of pest management products for Canadian pest management professionals. He also owns Professional Pest Consultants, a consulting firm engaged in various pest management issues.
From 1987-2008, Stanbridge was vice president and technical director for The Steritech Group Corp., Milton, Ontario, Canada.
He has lectured at 58 symposiums and has authored 61 papers/articles on the topics of methyl bromide alternatives, birds, insects, and customer relations. He is the “New Technology” columnist for Pest Management Professional magazine, along with the food processing columnist for another “e” published magazine called “Direct to You – Food Handling.”
Stanbridge has 26 years of industry experience, specializing the past 15 years on pest management in food processing facilities. He was the 2004 recipient of the EPA Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award for work in reducing methyl bromide in food processing facilities. Stanbridge was also the 2005 recipient of the Pest Managers for a Better Environment, Environmental Partner Award, for worldwide reduction of methyl bromide. He is a former member of the Pest Management Advisory Committee (PMAC) for Health Canada, serving as an advisor to the Canadian Minister of Health on pesticide issues.
Fred Strickland, Jr.
Fred Strickland comes from a family deeply rooted in the pest management industry, following in the footsteps of his father, Fred Strickland, Sr., who also had a successful pest control career. As a high school and college student, Strickland worked summers in all areas of the business. A graduate of the University of South Alabama, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in education, Strickland taught high school science and was a physical education instructor for two years before joining Allied Bruce Terminix Companies in 1982 as a branch manager. In 1990, he was named technical director of the same company, overseeing Allied’s company-wide training program.
A Board Certified Entomologist, Strickland is a frequent speaker at state, regional, national, and international pest control meetings. In 2000, he was presented the Crown Leadership Award. Strickland also is a member of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), Entomological Society of America, and Pi Chi Omega.
A former president of the Alabama Pest Control Association, Strickland is currently vice president of service for Terminix International, Memphis, Tenn., where he is responsible for overseeing the company’s customer service experience. Strickland has been very active on a number of boards and committees affiliated with the NPMA, having served on the Wood-Destroying Organism Committee and Education Committee. The former college basketball player is a respected figure throughout the pest management industry, not only for his vast knowledge of entomology, but for his kind nature and personal integrity.
Jeff Tucker is a noted independent consultant and president of Entomology Associates, Inc., an urban pest management consulting firm with emphasis in the areas of technical services, training, product testing and development, litigation support, wood-destroying organism inspections, sanitation audits, and development and auditing of pest management programs for food handling, health care, and other facilities. He has more than 30 years experience in structural pest control.
He received his bachelor of science degree in entomology from Texas A&M University in 1972. He then attended graduate school at the University of Illinois where he received a staff appointment as a research associate in the department of entomology.
Tucker is a Board Certified Entomologist with certification in the specialty areas of urban and industrial entomology. He is a registered sanitarian and holds a certified applicator’s license in the state of Texas. He has been a contributing editor to Pest Control Technology magazine since 1981, and has authored numerous articles on urban entomology and structural pest control. He authored the chapter on “Pest Management in Sensitive Environments” for the 8th edition of the Handbook of Pest Control. Tucker has served as a pest management consultant for Whitmire Micro-Gen Research Laboratories (now BASF Pest Control Solutions) for more than 20 years. He has served as a consultant to the Texas Structural Pest Control Board and assisted in writing some of the structural pest control licensing examinations.
Tucker also has served on the training and evaluation committee of the Texas Structural Pest Control Board. This committee reviews and approves all continuing education programs offered to licensed and certified applicators in the state. Memberships in professional organizations include the Entomological Society of America, Southwestern Entomological Society, Florida Entomological Society, International Isoptera Society, National Pest Management Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the professional fraternity Pi Chi Omega.
Dr. Karen Vail
Karen Vail received her bachelor’s degree from Cook College, Rutgers University with a major in plant science and an option in integrated pest management (IPM). While pursuing her master’s degree at Virginia Tech, she became interested in urban entomology and the impact of its application. After graduation, she joined the USDA-ARS as a technician in the Imported Fire Ant and Household Insects Unit in Gainesville, Fla. While at the USDA, she worked with urban pest ants and obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Florida.
Vail is a professor in the entomology and plant pathology department at the University of Tennessee. As the extension urban entomologist she is responsible for providing leadership to pest management professionals, county agents, and the public pertaining to urban IPM programs related to household, structural, and home landscape pests. She has actively promoted the use of integrated pest management in Tennessee’s schools and in 1999 was awarded The Outstanding Young Extension Worker
from the University of Tennessee.
Alain VanRyckeghem is a Board Certified Entomologist. He earned a two-year college degree as a pest management technician from Sir Sandford Fleming College in Lindsay, Ontario, Canada. He received his bachelor of science degree in biology and environmental resource sciences from Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario. VanRyckeghem was a professor in the pest management technician program for 13 years and was the program coordinator for three years before changing to a new position.
In 1999, he joined Insects Limited, Inc. in Westfield, Ind., as their technical director. VanRyckeghem now specializes in stored food and fabric insect pests. In addition to providing training courses in pest management and identification of stored food pests, he does laboratory and field research to develop pheromone lure and trapping systems. VanRyckeghem expanded his practical skills into organic chemistry by volunteering at the chemistry labs of Syracuse University and now synthesizes many of the unique pheromones available from Insects Limited.
Dr. Rick Vetter
Rick Vetter was born and went through his early instars in Elmont, Long Island, N.Y., where his youth was spent playing sports and developing a deep interest in animal behavior. He earned a B.S. in biology from Adelphi University in nearby Garden City, N.Y., graduating summa cum laude. For an undergraduate project, he dabbled with black widow spiders collected on a visit to Southern California, thus sparking a lifelong interest in spiders with toxic venom. Graduate school necessitated a great migration west to Arizona State University in Tempe where Vetter earned his M.S. in zoology with the thesis topic of the defensive behavior of the black widow spider. It was quite a change, moving from suburban Long Island, where the most exotic “wild” animals are squirrels, pigeons, and seed-eating birds, to Arizona where black widows, Centruroides scorpions, vinegaroons, and unfriendly cactus posed threats to unsuspecting easterners, not to mention the rattlesnakes which made life very interesting for nighttime field collecting trips and photographing sunsets from rock outcroppings.
In 1980, Vetter started working as a staff research associate in the department of entomology at the University of California, Riverside. The research encompassed such areas as chemical and behavioral response of agricultural moth pest species to sex pheromones, honey bee and yellowjacket wasp behavior, and honey bee neurophysiology. Currently, he is working on pest control issues in the lab of internationally-renowned urban entomologist, Dr. Michael Rust.
Vetter developed an interest in the brown recluse spider in 1992 when a highly publicized case of an alleged bite (now realized to be a misdiagnosis) with multiple limb amputations started an investigation that led to years of research. At the time, there was little valid biological information available to the medical community regarding the brown recluse. Medical articles often consisted of physicians referencing other physicians’ work where the biology and distribution information was incorrect or based on speculation; through repeated citation this misinformation became wellestablished “fact.” These errors have been addressed and corrected in more than 30 publications in the last decade, although there is still much resistance to overcome.
Vetter has more than 110 peer review articles in scientific and medical journals and has published in such prestigious journals as the New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, Annals of Emergency Medicine, Annual Review of Entomology, and Journal of Medical Entomology. He also has given many seminars at pest control conferences throughout the country and has published spider articles in various pest management industry trade magazines.
Jeff Weier, a 30-year veteran of the pest management industry, is director of technical services for Sprague Pest Solutions, Tacoma, Wash. A graduate of Loyola University, Weier began his career as a technician at Rose Pest Solutions, Chicago, Ill., ultimately rising to a management position while earning a graduate degree from Northwestern University.
When his wife, Jill, was asked by her employer, the U.S. Public Health Service, to transfer to Seattle to become a quarantine inspector for the Seattle-Tacoma Airport, Weier left Rose Pest Solutions and accepted a position with a product distributor based in the Pacific Northwest. It was there that he developed a relationship with Larry and Alfie Treleven, owners of Sprague Pest Solutions, who offered him a position in the company’s service department. After several years working in the field, Weier was named director of technical services for the Copesan-member company in 1985.
Weier is a Board Certified Entomologist and a member of Pi Chi Omega, the pest control industry fraternity. He also is a frequent speaker at industry educational events, the author of numerous articles and technical papers, and a member of the Copesan Technical Committee. Weier is the father of two sons — Chris and Cameron — and a daughter, Katie. He enjoys collecting insects, reading, and philosophy.
Anthony Borski received his bachelor of science degree in zoology from the University of Northern Colorado in 1974 and his master’s degree in entomology from the University of Missouri in 1976. After graduating, he took a job at the USDA Biological Control of Insects Laboratory in Columbia, Mo., while awaiting his commission in the United States Army. In the fall of 1976 Borski received his commission and entered active duty in the United States Army Medical Service Corps where he served as a medical/veterinary entomologist and environmental science officer until leaving active duty and joining the reserves in 1988. While serving in this capacity Borski conducted research and control programs on a variety of medically important arthropods and pests that impacted military installations and personnel. He wrote and implemented installation pest management plans and programs for military bases in both the United States and overseas. He served as an instructor at the Army’s Academy of Health Sciences from 1985 to 1988 in the medical zoology branch, and was an adjunct professor at the Tulane University School of Medicine.
Borski joined Terminix International in 1988 and held positions as a technical specialist and state regulatory liaison for Texas and Oklahoma where his duties included the training and certification of employees, troubleshooting problem accounts, and ensuring the company and its employees were made aware of and in compliance with all state regulations regarding the use of pesticides, licensing, and documentation. While working with the states, he was active on numerous committees that were responsible for implementing a number of changes to state regulations for the betterment of the pest control industry.
Borski retired from Terminix in 2007 and now works as a pest management industry consultant and featured speaker at pest management conferences, local pest control associations, and community organizations.
Borski was inducted into Pi Chi Omega in 1992 and has been a Board Certified Entomologist for 27 years. He has been a member of the Entomological Society of America since 1976 and is a licensed certified applicator in the state of Texas. Other professional affiliations have included the National Pest Management Association, San Antonio Pest Control Association, American Zoological Society, and the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States.