… Steve Jackson!
Not really, but I aim to be the “Earth’s Best” according to the world-wide web (and no, I’m not talking about the spider variety).
We have this 30 day challenge among pest control professionals. From June 1, 2015 – July 1, 2015, several exterminators from around the planet (actually, just the US) will submit all types of web content in hope of earning the top organic search ranking on the big “G”.
It takes tons of work to be the best pest professional on Earth. Perhaps I’m not THE guy right now, but my work ethic definitely puts me on track to becoming the best.
If you really think about it, determining the best pest control professional in the world would be an impossible task.
- Which pests would be considered?
- Would German roach control hold more weight than rodent control?
- What about Termites?
- Would a pest professional in NY be expected to catch armadillos? I mean, that seems unfair.
Just about any exterminating contest would have to take place on a regional level, unless the competition was pest specific.
For example: you could have a roach control contest in a controlled environment. You’d need to make sure the roaches came from the same strain. Otherwise, one PCO might get an easier infestation than another.
But putting together some type of contest like this could be an extremely tough undertaking.
- Would the treatments be on a timed basis?
- Would a slower tech with complete eradication be considered better than a faster PCO with 95% eradication.
The questions just go on and on.
That’s Why I Started The “Best Exterminator on Earth” Challenge
Search placements can differ around the world, so this contest is limited to US-based pest professionals. Actually, you don’t have to be an exterminator, but you must have some sort of connection to the pest control industry. That connection can be through employment or contractor work.
Rules For The Best Exterminator Challenge:
- Content indexed by web spiders before June 1st will be considered ineligible.
- The winner of the contest will be the content creator. Any form of media is acceptable.
- Paid advertisements and the website http://wikipedia.org are prohibited. All other websites are fair game.
- The final results will be inspected using the Chrome browser in “Incognito mode”.
Why Eradicate Wiki?
Last year, during the “World’s Coolest Exterminator” challenge, I wrote an article on the site explaining the origins and rules of the competition. That article was crawled by web spiders, indexed and given the top position of Google within 20 minutes of the time I hit publish! Within another 20 minutes, the moderators killed the article citing, “Contest was not of significance”. The search results, however, continued to give the dead article the top position for several days. When you clicked on the link, it took you to a “Page Removed” notification.
When this happened, I knew the site could be abused to win the contest. Simply submit an article 20-30 minutes before the competition ended and any pest professional could have the top ranking position. Sure the moderators would take the new “Best Exterminator on Earth” article down, but it could very possibly be up at the time of the deadline.
That type of strategy would take the skill out of the contest and reduce it to an issue of timing.
What Pests Do I specialize In?
I’m pretty good at controlling termites, bed bugs, ants, roaches, spiders, earwigs, and silverfish. I’m even better at mice and rat control. I very well might be the best on Earth, but like I mentioned before, it would be nearly impossible to confirm the claim.
What’s My Favorite Product For Eradication?
How Do I Treat For Tough German Roach Accounts?
Highly resistant roaches, can be a challenge for even the best pest professional. As opposed to using Pyrethroids or Neonicotinoids, I rely more heavily on desiccants and Insect Growth Regulators (IGRs). Even those types of products are not a guarantee of eradication, but I’ve yet to find a roach that could survive a high-powered vacuum.
As mentioned above, I’m a fan of Termidor. Nearly all my termite treatments are completed using the BASF product, because I feel it’s the best termiticide on the planet. The scope of service includes a trench along the softscape of the foundation and drilling all attached slabs with each drill hole not to exceed 12 inches from the previous – this will give access to the soil underneath the attached slab. On some occasions (during comprehensive treatments), brick and masonry voids must also be drilled. If the home has a crawlspace, the piers must be trenched (and possibly drilled) as well.
After the trench and drilling has been completed, I apply Termidor (per the appropriate label rate) to the softscape of the foundation and to the soil under the attached slabs. I then patch the drilled holes, backfill the trenches and apply the appropriate amount of Termidor to the backfilled soil. This treatment method gives a continuous barrier of protection around your home’s foundation. While termites are the target pest, this Termidor treatment method also helps control household pests such as ants and millipedes.
Usually, eradicating earwigs isn’t as difficult as some pest professionals make it out to be. If you can correct any moisture sources, then inspect/treat harbourage areas, you should be able to get control of the pest issue. harbourage areas include underneath: potted plants, outdoor mats, trash cans, woodpiles, tarps, and the thing lots of newbies forget – portable basketball goals. I’ve found granular scatter baits such as Intice, Niban and MotherEarth to be the best products for earwig control.
I have seen earwig infestations so severe, the treatment resembled that of a termite extermination – but those type of infestations are extremely rare.