From a child who performed experiments on insects and spiders, to an adult who just could not shake his childhood fascination; some things never change. Dr Jamel Sandidge has been involved in multiple levels of the pest management industry for the last 16 years. He has developed a gift for simplifying complex subjects, complicated regulations, and difficult challenges in pest management. Since 2013, Dr. Sandidge has been a Research Entomologist at Rockwell Labs Ltd and is responsible for product research and development, and operates an insect rearing and testing facility. As a graduate student at the University of Kansas he introduced the world to the urban ecology and genetics of brown recluse spiders, while starting a pest management company in his spare time. He owned and operated BRS Pest Control and Consulting for 9 years, focusing primarily on difficult pest management cases, earning his company the moniker of "The Persistent Pest Specialists".
Dr Sandidge is the author of Brown Recluse Spiders: A Knowledge Based Guide to Control and Elimination, and the inventor of the DustROD dusting extension, the Flex ICU tactical flashlight and utility holder, and the QCDustBRUSH.
How the DustROD was born
One day while applying pesticide dust I noticed something interesting. My duster did not fit into a single crack or crevice, under any baseboard, around any pipes entering the homes, around electrical conduit holes, under siding or shake shingles, into brick weep holes or any other place that I actually needed to apply dust to eliminate insects. All of the dusters I owned had round nozzles or plastic extensions that simply could not take the daily abuse. None were ideally suited to actually apply dust to these areas. I was constantly on my hands and knees searching for areas that awkward and cumbersome equipment would fit to enable me to do my job. I found that I was most often applying dusts only to areas that I could actually reach, instead of areas where dust applications were a necessity.
The DustROD was born out of this frustration and the limited capabilities of products on the market for applying dust.
I needed a dusting extension that was that was flexible, but strong; economical, and professional; designed to take the daily abuse of professional use; adaptable, versatile, comfortable, and easy to use. Most importantly I needed a dusting extension shaped like 99% of cracks, crevices, seams, and other construction elements, which are not round.
The first current day version of the DustROD was made in 2002. It became my secret weapon in the fight against brown recluse spiders, cockroaches, silverfish and other invading pests. After selling the pest management business, I brought the DustROD out of secrecy and into the hands of professional pest control providers across the country.
And yes, I still have and use the very first DustROD. 12 years and it still works like new.