September, 1961 - June, 1965: University
Major - Entomology/Plant Pathology in the School of Agriculture with
a minor in Chemistry. Partial tuition paid by a Christian R. & Mary
F. Lindback Scholarship. Paul P. Burbutis - major professor.
Summer, 1962: Georgetown Research Station
Worked under the direction of Professor Louis Kelsey for the Entomology
Department of the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware. The project
dealt with chemical control of aphids on apple trees and a soybean plant
Summer, 1963: Delaware Mosquito Survey
Worked as a full-time employee of the Entomology Department of the University
of Delaware, Newark, Delaware in mosquito research. Worked with others
on mosquito ecology and manipulation of the marsh environment in order
to gain control of these pests. Also helped maintain hand-reared mosquito
colonies at the Entomology Department.
June, 1964 - Spring 1965: The Spiders
Conducted a faunal survey of spiders found in the state under the direction
of Professor Paul J. Burbutis. This undergraduate research lead to a
Degree with Distinction. Undergraduate dissertation entitled, A Faunal
Survey of the Spiders of Delaware, was prepared for the Entomology Department
of the University of Delaware.
June, 1965: Bachelor of Science with
University of Delaware, School of Agriculture, Newark, Delaware.
Summer, 1965: West Layfayette, Indiana
Conducted research on the use of ultra-violet radiation in the control
of hornworms on tomatoes under the direction of Professor Emeritus,
John Deay. In the Fall, matriculated in the Doctoral Program of the
Entomology Department under an NDEA Fellowship. Actually began course
work in January of 1966. By-passed the Masters.
September, 1965 - June, 1969: U.S. Cooperative
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. Held a full-time position
while working on PhD degree. Part of a team of three specialists with
responsibilities for publishing weekly insect forecasts, media releases,
TV and radio spots, and for conducting informational meetings with lay,
semi- and professional audiences. Additional areas of responsibility
included urban and industrial entomology, technical adviser, insect
control recommendations for field and forage crops, and ID and control
of spiders. Also worked with the Annual Purdue Pest Control Operators
Conference which attracts over 1,100 professional Pest Control Operators
from the U.S. and abroad. Program chairman for the 1969 conference.
Administered the Purdue Pest Control Correspondence Course for 3 years.
Published an extensive taxonomic review entitled,
An Annotated List of the Spiders of Indiana for the 1969 Edition
of The Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science based
on Dissertation research. The spider collection on which this study
was based is housed at the Purdue University Entomology Department.
Taught a graduate-level course entitled, Insecticide Formulations,
during the Spring semester. This lecture/laboratory course dealt with
all aspects of pesticides and pesticide formulations.
June, 1969: Purdue University, West Lafayette,
Graduated from the Entomology Department, John V. Osmun, Head. Major
Professor, John Ferris. Dissertation entitled, Spiders of the Wabash
and Tippecanoe River Systems.
July, 1969 - April 1971: Captain, Medical
Service Corp, U.S. Army
Medical Entomologist first serving in Texas, then Maryland, and finally
Vietnam/Cambodia. In Vietnam/Cambodia was Commander of a 13-man Preventive
Medicine Unit attached to the First Cavalry Division in III Corp. Responsibilities
included aerial spraying for mosquito and malaria control, infectious
disease control, water quality monitoring, pest and disease surveys.
Also studied the efficacy of aerial spraying for mosquito control in
a jungle habitat.
September, 1971 - March, 1972: Photography
Store Manager - Honolulu, Hawaii
April, 1972 - September, 1972: Journeyman
Member of 1,200 union carpenters building the Blue Cross-Blue Shield
Building in Denver, Colorado.
October, 1972 - November, 1974: Director
of Training and Standards
Joined Ritt Consolidated Industries, Philadelphia, PA, a multi-state
pest and termite control firm. Implemented a company-wide, in-house
training program for technicians, supervisors and sales personnel. Areas
of responsibility included overseeing the quality of service, technical
standards, OSHA and EPA requirements, chemical testing and evaluation,
and commercial sanitation consultation. Supervised services including
fumigation, bird, vertebrate, odor and smoke odor, fungi and mold, invertebrate,
wood-destroying organism, and industrial vegetation control. Developed
pest control programs for commercial accounts, set and reviewed standards
for pest and wood destroying organism control and prepared the staff
for mandated certification and examinations. Was often called upon to
make TV and radio presentations, speaking engagements before lay and
professional audiences, and to work with local, state, and national
pest control associations. Left to form Pest Control Services, Inc.
in late 1974/early 1975.
1978 - August, 1985: Invented, Patented,
“The Silver Skunk”
Formed Power Spray Technology, Inc. with a group of investors for the
purposes of manufacturing this invention. This metered pesticide power
spray unit was designed for professional termite control and lawn spraying.
This portable unit replaced the truck and tank system, commonly used
for such work, by metering precise amounts of pesticide concentrate
directly into the spray flow as it was being used. Over 1,000 units
sold to the professional industry. Sold the business in 1985.
April 1975 - Present: Pest Control Services,
Was the first consultant to form a business devoted to technical consultation
and training for the professional pest control industry. Conducted workshops
in Philadelphia and New York in Intermediate and Advanced Pest Control
and Wood Destroying Organism Control. Over 4,000 PCO’s from throughout
the U.S. and foreign countries participated in these sessions. Also
conducted workshops by invitation for NPCA, pest control firms, food
processors, state and federal agencies, public health officials, and
others involved in the prevention and control of pests.
Have provided technical expertise in over 540 litigation matters, at
all levels, primarily dealing with wood destroying organisms, their
detection, damage, prevention and control. My background in construction,
and knowledge of historic structures often finds me working with architects,
structural engineers and contractors in assessing and rebuilding buildings
damaged by wood destroying insects and/or rot. Have also provided expertise
and testimony in pesticide misapplication and contamination cases, and
the currently-hot topic: bedbug infestations.
1972 - Present: Museums, Historic Properties,
Have devoted a substantial portion of my career to the care and protection
of museum collections, artifacts, works of art, historic structures,
and libraries from insect, mold and other pest attack. This extensive
involvement (in excess of 255 citations) is summarized in a separate
document entitled, Work with Historical Sites, Museums, Libraries, Societies,
Colleges and Universities.
1978 - Present: Zoological Gardens
Have designed, developed and implemented Integrated Pest Management
programs for several zoological parks. This work involves the control
and prevention of cockroaches, rats and mice, ants, flying insects,
bees, wasps, hornets, birds, and invading pest vertebrates. On several
occasions, I have been asked to conduct technical workshops and seminars
for zoo personnel throughout the United States. Supervised the implementation
of the Integrated Pest Management programs for the Philadelphia and
Dallas Zoos. Have also assisted the St. Louis, Detroit, Brandywine and
Norristown Zoos in designing IPM programs for their facilities.
Spring 2003: Wrote and published “Stop
Termites Before They
Eat Your Wallet”
“Stop Termites Before They Eat Your Wallet” is a 17 chapter,
140 pp. book about subterranean termites and a behind-the-scenes-look
at the professional termite control industry. Available at my website,
www.termitesonly.com, as a
or paper version.
Edited March 18, 2009