If you’re uncomfortable with the notion that pest control companies train sales people to sell repetitive pesticide treatments, you’re not alone. Generally, sales people have only a cursory understanding of entomology and pest management experience. Their focus is to sell service contracts, clean-outs, applications, etc. Often they portray themselves as experts and capable of diagnosing complex problems. Note that in most states it’s illegal to apply pesticides without proper justification. Regulators have disciplined well-known pest control companies for selling unnecessary or inappropriate treatments.
The truth is, most of the time pesticides aren’t the answer. Ecologic Entomology provides a holistic approach that applies knowledge of a building’s operations, structure, and environment, to the science of urban entomology. Products may still play a role in the program, but generally they augment an overall strategy.
Lately it seems that homeowners are being barraged with offers from nefarious pest control companies trying to sell “comprehensive” service programs for a “low” monthly fee. Paying a monthly fee for home pest control services is nonsense. You wouldn’t pay an electrician, plumber, or carpenter for work you might need in the future. Pay for pest control services when, and if, you need them. Next time a salesman asks you to sign up for monthly fees, ask him how long he’s been subscribing.
The truth is, most pest problems can be prevented, and without the use of pesticides. Admittedly, there are parts of the country that do require more aggressive pest management strategies (i.e. in the southern states), but the northeast is very different. Climate, weather, and differences in construction practices are important factors that drive the risk-potential for pests. Most homes will benefit from an annual inspection, and where problems are identified, a prescribed treatment that addresses the root cause.
The beginning of the twenty-first century has witnessed important changes in ecology, climate, and human behavior that favor urban pests. Many people believe that pest-borne illnesses are a thing of the past, and that pest management advances over the past twenty years have largely “solved” the problem. However, bed bugs, fleas, cockroaches and other vermin, once thought a thing of the past, have adapted to modern life, and present new challenges.
Pest management in commercial settings is a matter of public health and is vital to the success of every organization. The absence of an effective pest management strategy can cost businesses their reputation or worse (think rodent-infested fried chicken restaurants on TV).
Ecologic Entomology is unique in that our approach begins with an initial assessment by a certified entomologist, not a salesman. The goal is to examine all the factors in the pest management equation, such as the business’ operations, building design and structure, surrounding environment, inherent risk-potential, and pest history. Our holistic approach enables us to provide customized integrated pest management programs and strategies. Once the initial assessment is complete, you’ll receive a formal report explaining in detail the current situation and our recommended IPM program and strategy.