Modern Pest Services is proud and honored to announce that Richard Sevigney, Training Specialist, and Paul Lavallee, Training Manager, have been awarded certification as Associate Certified Entomologists (A.C.E.) by the Entomological Society of America.
The A.C.E. program has become the benchmark for professionalism in the pest management industry. To gain A.C.E. certification status, Sevigney and Lavallee must have a minimum of seven years of verifiable pest management experience, the knowledge and ability to pass a rigorous test on insect pest control, a current U.S. pesticide applicator’s license, and a willingness to adhere to the A.C.E. Code of Ethics.
Richard Sevigney has been with Modern Pest for 7 years. He was a Service Professional for 2.5 years before becoming a Training Specialist. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University, and an Associate’s in Small Business Management from McIntosh College. Sevigney also holds several industry certifications, including Integrated Pest Management in Inspected Facilities, and Food Processing and Sanitation/Hygiene. He’s licensed in all New England states as well.
“The A.C.E. certification had been a goal of mine since the day I started at Modern Pest Services,” Sevigney said. “I always strive to gain additional knowledge to share with others in a positive manner.”
Paul Lavallee has been with Modern Pest for his entire pest control career. He started as a Service Professional, and 20 years later, he’s Modern Pest’s Training Manager. He attended the University of Maine at Orono, and has completed pest management training and development courses at Purdue University, American School of Baking, and the University of Southern Maine.
The A.C.E. examination is designed to recognize practicing pest management professionals who have a solid grasp of the practical aspects of applied entomology. The exam is organized into four primary knowledge areas that include Inspection and Identification, Monitoring, Selection and Implementation of Control Methods, and Evaluation. An A.C.E. is expected to be knowledgeable on a wide array of pests that are important to structural pest management around the world. There are only ten A.C.E holders in the state of Maine, and six of them are with Modern Pest.