In the Knoxville area, there are about sixty-five registered pest control companies ranging from major corporations to small, locally-owned businesses like Pest Ops. For several years, the University of Tennessee has trusted Pest Ops as a liaison to the pest world and during the testing of new pesticides. The chemical testing that occurs on the UT campus serves as the initial test for upcoming pest control products and methods prior to their release to markets.
When Pest Ops tests new products, the chemicals arrive in small, brown jugs with nothing but a label denoting their EPA-issued product number. On the sides of the containers a large â€œEUPâ€ denotes the chemicalâ€™s status as an â€œexperimental use product.â€ Only after testing and research has been conducted can pesticides formally enter the pest control arena as marketable products.
This professional relationship with the University of Tennessee began in 2007 and continues to this day, as the university supports Pest Opsâ€™ mission to be the â€œspear tip of technology and productsâ€ in the pest control world. During these trials, Pest Ops tests chemicals for effectiveness and provides information for ongoing research at the UT campus. The trials are conducted both on site at the University of Tennessee and at the residences of university professors who volunteer for the testing.
This professional relationship has served to benefit both the University of Tennessee and Pest Ops, and we, here at Pest Ops, look forward to the continued alliance with the university.