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Pest Management Professionals Set to Invade Mount Pleasant

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Rose Pest Solutions will host a gathering of pest management professionals at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. These professionals will not be mustering to battle an army of invasive insects, but instead working to hone their technical knowledge around a multitude of educational topics as part of the 2022 Rose Pest Solutions Annual Conference beginning Thursday, March 24 and concluding on Friday, March 25. 

The nation’s oldest pest management company is once again opening this year’s conference to individuals outside its organization. Attendees will have the opportunity to receive continuing education credits for license recertification. 

The conference will begin following the conclusion of its annual employee award ceremony on the evening of March 23 – where Rose will recognize employees and districts for their dedication and service. Rose has over 300 employees throughout its 17 locations in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, which it honors every year for their successes, tenure and talents in a special awards ceremony. 

“Being family-owned and operated for 162 years with 4th generation family members currently working within the company, we see our employees as an extension of our own family,” said Jim Ives, president of Rose Pest Solutions. “The annual employee award ceremony is a way for us to show appreciation for each employee’s achievements.” 

This year will feature a series of speakers led by industry experts who were selected due to their experience and expertise in their respective fields and Rose’s own highly regarded board-certified entomologists. Topics of discussion will include termite inspection and treatment, troubleshooting difficult rat problems, mosquito management, fabric pests and more. 

“Ongoing education is something we take very seriously, so we are delighted for the opportunity to share the latest and most effective technologies and pest management strategies with those outside of our organization,” said Mark VanderWerp, manager of education and training for Rose Pest Solutions. “A rising tide lifts all boats and we want to help raise the professionalism of the entire industry.” 

The Special Services team at Rose will demonstrate how drones can be used to conduct aerial inspections, keeping employees off roofs and ladders, which are some of the more dangerous aspects of pest management. The drone is another example of how Rose uses new technology to help keep its employees safe on the job. 

To cap off a packed Thursday agenda there will be a special game show-style presentation that borrows aspects from famous gameshows like the Price is Right, Jeopardy! and Fear Factor. A portion of the segment will test whether a contestant will put their head in a tank filled with live American Cockroaches – the largest pest cockroach, which can grow to more than an inch and a half in length. Contestants will answer trivia in the hopes of winning ‘prizes’ and each could potentially have a hands-on or “heads-on” experience with various insects. 

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