A class act for the pest control industry

This past weekend was a great example of good people in the pest control world coming together for one another’s aid. Competitors from around the country got together for the common cause of furthering our knowledge and standing in the industry we all love. A.C.E. stands for Associate Certified Entomologists and it is fast becoming one of the most sought after titles in pest control. Over the years I have often been asked if I’m an entomologist and my reply has always been the same. “I wish.” This high and lofty accomplishment is akin to becoming a heart surgeon or rocket scientists and there was no way I thought I could ever attain such a position. In May of 2004 the ESA, Entomological Society of America, launched a program for pest control professionals dedicated to furthering their knowledge and credentials and now that goal is reachable for anyone who’s willing to put in some work. While this is not a full fledged entomologists degree it is the highest standard any pest control professional can attain short of 8 years of college and the requirements just to be eligible make it that much harder to attain.

I’d like to Thank Rebecca Baldwin, Ph.D. and Wayne Walker, ACE both from the University of Florida who worked so diligently to put together a prep course that was truly immeasurable in the way that it helped. Also to the Massey organization who allowed us to use their beautiful facility at their head quarters. (I’ve never seen so many bug trucks in one place) Our speakers were fantastic and the whole experience was positive, geared for success and full of encouragement. It allowed for all the facts and information in our heads to be let loose a bit and definitely made for an easier exam. (if there is such a thing) My class mates came from every corner of the United States and it was great to share a weekend of comradeship and yes angst as we took our shot at becoming the next Ace’s in pest control.

In the end all of the hard work and preparation paid off and I’m proud to be associated with the other 349 Aces across the country. If this program is filled with the same kind of people I met this past weekend then I know I’m going to like it here.

Congratulations to; Charles Osborne; Clifford K. Norris; Dave H. Eplin; Gerald Schappert; Harry M. Ramos; James M. Myers; Jeff Johnson; Jorge Ortiz; Michael McGathey; Scott D. Newell; Stephanie McGathey, Aces all.

About The Bug Doctor

Jerry Schappert is a certified pest control operator and Associate Certified Entomologist with over two and a half decades of experience from birds to termites and everything in between. He started as a route technician and worked his way up to commercial/national accounts representative. Always learning in his craft he is familiar with rural pest services and big city control techniques. Jerry has owned and operated a successful pest control company since 1993 in Ocala,Florida. While his knowledge and practical application has benefitted his community Jerry wanted to impart his wisdom on a broader scale to help many more. Pestcemetery.com was born from that idea in 2007 and has been well received. It is the goal of this site to inform you with his keen insights and safely guide you through your pest control treatment needs.
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  • I just wish it was available here in the UK.

    No entomology courses, only an agricultural one and you can’t take that until you have another degree.
    You Americans are so lucky.

  • I just wish it was available here in the UK.

    No entomology courses, only an agricultural one and you can’t take that until you have another degree.
    You Americans are so lucky.

  • The Bug Doctor

    Hi Nick,

    This program is pretty new but I can see it catching more on fire with every day. The test was pretty tough and you have to have been licensed for at least 7 years just to take it. I bet as time goes on other places such as the UK will try and model something similar. It really solidifies the PCO as more than average and hopefully more and more people will begin asking for it and then it will be available in more places.

    Keep your chin up:)
    Thanks for reading
    The Bug Doctor

  • The Bug Doctor

    Hi Nick,

    This program is pretty new but I can see it catching more on fire with every day. The test was pretty tough and you have to have been licensed for at least 7 years just to take it. I bet as time goes on other places such as the UK will try and model something similar. It really solidifies the PCO as more than average and hopefully more and more people will begin asking for it and then it will be available in more places.

    Keep your chin up:)
    Thanks for reading
    The Bug Doctor

  • Congratulations Jerry, yes I agree it is an accomplishment you should be proud of. It will set the standards for years along with QualityPro within our Profession.

  • Congratulations Jerry, yes I agree it is an accomplishment you should be proud of. It will set the standards for years along with QualityPro within our Profession.

  • Anonymous

    Congrats on the accomplishment. Testing to get the A.C.E. credential is a long-term goal I am shooting for.

  • Thanks Jason, it wasn’t easy because it focused on the side of the insect world I wasn’t as concerned about for years and years. ie; Insect orders, family, genus etc. Not much call to to the scientific names when you’re trying to kill 10,000 roaches in a kitchen. lol

    But in the end it was well worth it and it has helped me tremendously even on this side of pest control.