According to Henry Linton, “The Ehrlich name comes from the German root word for ‘trustworthy’.”
After 45 memorable years, Henry Linton retired from Ehrlich Pest Control on February 23, 2013. “I will spend time with my family who have loved and been incredibly supportive all through the years,” said Mr. Linton. Henry, for the first time in his life, will relax and take things as they come.
It all began on February 20, 1968 when Henry started out as a technician with Ehrlich. He tried to learn as much as he could, absorbing everything as quickly as possible-like a sponge. “I thoroughly enjoyed working with people directly.” Henry also enjoyed doing large structural fumigation jobs.
Henry was a technician for eight years before being promoted to service specialist. He was then promoted to sales and thrived there for three years before being promoted again, to operations manager/assistant district manager until 2002. And then in January of 2002, Henry was promoted to district manager of the Shamokin office. “The Shamokin office was responsible for 2,500 square miles (east central PA),” said Mr. Linton. Read More
Kim Lewis, bird division manager at Ehrlich, said, “There are only three birds that are not federally protected: Feral pigeons, European starlings and House sparrows.”
Birds, unlike insects, are universally loved. One only needs to take a stroll through one of those two “super-sized” hardware stores for evidence of man’s love affair with all things feathered. Bird bath bowls, bird feeders, bird feed, bird watching books and binoculars are but a few items of interest for the bird loving enthusiast.
But the “big three” are nothing short of formidable. The European starling, a non-native bird species, was brought to the United States in 1890, to Central Park in New York City because a group of Shakespeare enthusiasts were determined to introduce every bird ever mentioned- in a Shakespeare publication or play- to the land of the free. Read More
New information released in August 2013 by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention estimated that around 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease every year. According to the CDC website, Lyme disease “is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks.” Previous estimates had projected the number of annual U.S. cases around 30,000, a sign that Lyme disease is much more prevalent across the nation then previously thought. When infected Blacklegged ticks (also known as deer ticks or bear ticks) latch on to a human for over 36 hours they can transport Lyme disease to a person.
In a press release issued by the CDC, Lyle R. Petersen, director of CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases stressed the seriousness of this issue, “We need to move to a broader approach to tick reduction, involving entire communities, to combat this public health problem.” The CDC’s new estimate was complied from data resulting from 3 separate studies. While the vast majority of the cases are confined to 13 U.S. states, the CDC’s new findings are a clear indication that Lyme disease is a serious health issue. Read More
Like most July days, the two days spent at Ehrlich in Reading were no different than any other. The three H’s (hazy, hot and humid) were present along with the 17 technicians in training, two PhD level entomologists, and a salesman from Omaha. The later three were the course instructors entrusted to lead a class of newly hired technicians. The lead instructor was Ehrlich’s own, Nancy Troyano, PhD, BCE, training manager. Assisting her were Godfrey Nalyana, PhD and Kevin Meyer, a salesman from Presto-X.
The new technicians hailed from places like Clarion (Pennsylvania), Dallas, Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Santa Fe, Syracuse (New York), Missouri, Lincoln (Nebraska) and Chicago. Their backgrounds were as diverse as recent college graduates with degrees from criminal justice to business administration to high school graduates. Read More
Since making their grand debut in the United States in 2001, stink bugs have garnered headlines across the nation for spreading like wildfire to at least 38 states. Both a nuisance to home owners and a economic pest to farmers, stink bugs are a real pain these days.
There are thousands of stink bug species found in most parts of the world, primarily Asia. They range in size from 1/4 of an inch to 1/2 of an inch in length and range in color from gray to brown to green or blue, while others are black with orange or red markings. Some species are significant threats to crops such as cotton and cabbage; for example the harlequin cabbage stink bug is particularly destructive to plants in the mustard family. However, the insect is particularly famous first and foremost for its namesake: stinkiness. But why do stink bugs stink? Read More