BedBug University Boot Camp Attended by Masters Pest Control

Port Jervis, NY – Two employees of local pest control service, “Masters Pest Control,” recently attended BedBug Central’s BedBug University Boot Camp. Held in Lawrenceville, NJ, the “boot camp” is known to be an intensive four-day training session attended by pest management professionals (PMPs) from all over the country. The course attended was held from February 16th through 19th and is one of only three offered annually. All aspects of a bed bug infestation are covered in the “boot camp,” including the insects’ biology, their history and treatment. Business and legal issues associated with their treatment are also covered, along with BedBug Central’s “NO PREP” approach.

Masters’ representatives Tyler Fetherman and Mike Smith were sent to experience this informative training session and incorporate what they learned close to home upon return. Says Fetherman about his own experiences with these pests, “Bed bugs are growing so rapidly in our area.” He adds, “We wanted to see what was working for other people compared to what was working for us, and create a hybrid that would ultimately better our services.”

The first day’s training was held within a classroom format and was presented by BedBug Central Technical Director Jeff White. A local hotel was used for the following day’s “hands-on” session, where participants were split into small groups led by trained technicians from Cooper Pest Solutions. Participants then performed both initial and follow-up treatments that they had learned on remote sites with actual bed bug infestations. The final day saw boot camp attendees cover associated business, legal and administrative aspects to the execution of bed bug treatment, which was provided by CEO of BedBug Central, Phil Cooper.

Many of those PMPs in attendance were impressed with the intensive program and plan to implement the knowledge they gained into their own companies’ bed bug protocols. Along with this practical knowledge, BedBug University’s boot camp assists pest control company’s in attaining recognition of BedBug Central’s “bedbugFREE membership” and Masters Pest Control was one of the companies to receive this accolade. Approved members in this elite club enjoy inclusion to BedBug Central’s servicing network and an ability to employ BedBug Central treatment techniques.

“It is critically important to stay on top of what is the best available technology, adds Bob Masters, owner of Masters Pest Control. “It is this kind of training and education that allows us to provide a quality service and exceptional value. This is the kind of commitment that separates Masters Pest Control from the average pest control company.”

Servicing the Tri-State area for more than 30 years, Masters Pest Control can provide you with information on how to treat bed bug infestations along with prevention and treatment programs for a variety of other pests. For more information, or to schedule their service, please call them at 877-546-9575 or visit their website at

Zika Virus Spreads Illness and Cause For Concern Throughout the Country

Port Jervis, NY – An alarming new threat to the health of our country’s population is emerging through a familiar pest. One variety of mosquito, known as the “Yellow Fever Mosquito” (or Aedes aegypti), has been targeted as the primary carrier of the Zika virus, and new cases attributable to this insect are now being seen in several of our states, including those close to home, such as New York and New Jersey. An extremely troubling aspect of the illness produced by infection with the Zika virus is the potential for women who are pregnant to deliver children suffering from microcephaly, a debilitating birth defect.

Roughly six months ago, in May of last year, health professionals in Brazil made their first discovery of the presence of the virus in their country. Reports of more than 4,000 cases of microcephaly occurring in Brazil have since been attributed to women there who had been infected with Zika. Although the virus has been known to exist since as early as 1947, its incidences had been limited to equatorial regions of Africa and Asia. The spread of the virus to the Americas is alarming to the World Health Organization (WHO) as expressed in a statement by its director-general, Dr. Margaret Chan, who has warned that “the level of concern is high.” Estimates of infection are continuing to grow from an already estimated three to four million infections occurring in this part of the world.

Many people infected with the Zika virus apparently suffer only mild febrile symptoms with some even unaware that they were infected at all. Additionally, there is currently no definitive proof that mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus are even responsible for the high incidences of microcephaly occurring in Brazil although the evidence seems overwhelming. The connection is still being established and verified while the virus continues to spread, as those who are infected travel and unwittingly supply another infected source for new transmissions.

All possible measures to slow the spread of the virus need to be investigated and adopted while researchers struggle through clinical trials to find a vaccine. Due to the lack of any medicine currently available to treat those already infected, let alone the time necessary in development of a preventive vaccine, we must take any steps to impede the mosquitoes breeding abilities and avoid risks of being bitten ourselves.

Local specialists in pest management, Masters Pest Control, are taking the threat from mosquitoes carrying Zika virus extremely seriously. They have recently posted additional information for the public through their website’s blog at Servicing the Tri-State area for more than 30 years, Masters Pest Control can provide you with information on how to decrease mosquitoes’ breeding sites and reduce your exposure to mosquitoes. For more information, or to schedule a service, please call them at 877-546-9575 or visit their website at

Industry Alert: Zika Virus in the U.S.

The Zika virus, which causes illness and the birth defect Microcephaly, is rapidly spreading to humans through mosquitoes carrying the disease causing pathogen. Alerts of this threat to public health are currently being issued as new cases are being confirmed across our country in the states of FL, TX, and closer to home in NY and NJ. Please read the information at the following link to educate yourself and help prevent the spread of this pandemic.

Masters Pest Control Helps in Fight against Tick-Borne Diseases

Port Jervis, NY – The nation is currently experiencing an alarming increase in the number of cases of diseases stemming from tick bites. Masters Pest Control is one local company striving to make a difference in the fight against those illnesses brought to our population via these tiny parasites. While recognizing the threat, and maintaining sensitivity to the public’s concern over toxic insecticides, they have developed their own unique solution to the problem.

The steady increase in the number of cases of tick-borne diseases seen throughout the country has prompted the ESA (Entomological Society of America) to implement a national strategy against ticks. The ESA has termed this project, “Integrated Tick Management.” Its goal is to reduce the incidence of diseases carried by ticks, such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Tularemia by taking control of tick populations and to “solve the tick problem.”

In a recently issued statement, ESA President, Philip Mulder, explained, “The rapid rise in tick-borne diseases is a critical national issue. A recent confluence of environmental, ecological, sociological, and human demographic factors has created a near ‘perfect storm,’ leading to more ticks in more places. Robust investment in training and research support for the existing and future generation of tick scientists is key to developing solutions that will relieve the escalating health and economic burdens caused by tick parasitism and tick-borne diseases in North America.”

In order to attack this serious threat, methods sought are those which increase public awareness as well as offer encouragement for our universities, industry and government to partner in order to understand and mitigate tick-borne illnesses.

In the spirit of the ESA’s objectives, Masters offers the creation of a “Tick-Free Zone” around your home. To achieve this, they employ a botanical active ingredient, which is recognized as a 25(b) minimum risk insecticide and is also N.O.P. (National Organics Program) compliant. Masters prides itself in being experts in the fight against the threat from ticks and has remained active in this pursuit for over thirty years. They can offer many helpful tips for anyone concerned by this serious national threat.

A family owned and operated business since 1982, Masters service locations throughout the tri-state area including Orange, Pike, Sullivan, Sussex and Wayne counties. For more information on how you can rid yourself of ticks and set up your own “Tick-Free Zone” to protect your family, call Masters Pest Control at (877) 546-9575, or visit their website at

The ESPA has issued a statement regarding the severity of Tick-Borne Diseases, which you can access at to further educate yourself against the threat posed by ticks.

Masters Pest Control Esteemed 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award

This award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service.

Masters Pest Control has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014.

“Only about 5 percent of the pest control companies in the tri-state area have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between nearly 3 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly-rated service providers in 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of authentic reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.