We at Pest Czar enjoyed meeting the walkers and other sponsors at the Abilities Network's Walkabout Abilities yesterday! it was a beautiful day and hundreds of people showed their support for the organization's cause of helping people of all abilities achieve and enjoy life.
The Pest Czar team Sasa and Erika Milenkovic set up a fun table where we answered pest questions and let kids craft spiders and take treats. Who doesn't like spiders and candy with Halloween coming up so soon?
The kids enjoyed the spider crafts and our team loved meeting everyone who came by.
Just a reminder: as part of our Exterminator on a Mission initiative, if you mention Abilities Network at the time of your service for home or business, Pest Czar will donate 10% of your bill to Abilities Network. Fall is here, so get ready for stink bugs and mice!
We see a lot of stinging insects in the Maryland area in the summer. Yellow jackets, wasps, and hornets are very active and can build nests in a variety of places. We at Pest Czar have received many calls for stinging insects this season, with homeowners finding nests in many locations, including awnings, soffits, gardens, cars, and trees, just to name a few.
This August, our exterminator was called to treat and remove this bald-faced hornets nest in Anne Arundel County.
This particular nest is on the large side, a little larger than a basketball. Bald-faced hornets are black and white wasp-like insects that build paper nests at least 3 feet above the ground. Nests can be as small as a tennis ball or large like this one.
To treat hornet nests, exterminators use insecticidal dust either early in the morning or late at night when it's dark. That's when the insects are inside the nest. Once the nest is treated, the exterminator can actually remove the nest. Bald-faced hornet colonies typically house between 100-400 insects.
Bald-faced hornets are aggressive and will attack if their space is invaded. They also have smooth stingers, which allows them to sting repeatedly. If you suspect you have hornets or any other type of stinging insect, contact an exterminator so they can safely and effectively remove the nest. At Pest Czar we use environmentally-safe insecticide and wear protective gear to get the job done!
Got a hornet story? Share it in the comments section!
Pest Czar is proud to announce its recent partnership with the Maryland nonprofit organization, Abilities Network. Now through October 31, Pest Czar will donate 10% of its proceeds to Abilities Network from any customer who mentions the organization as part of our Exterminator on a Mission program. This includes new regular maintenance contracts for homes or businesses.
Pest Czar is also a proud sponsor of Abilities Network's upcoming Walkabout Abilities event, happening September 21, 2014. We will be staffing a table there, so be sure to stop by and say hello!
Abilities Network is a Maryland-based nonprofit that challenges the community to acknowledge the value and equality of people of all abilities. They help individuals with disabilities meet their personal goals and reach their maximum potential. They have many programs to help members of the community, including coaching for individuals with disabilities and training for those who are key to their success.
Interested in helping Abilities Network? Participate in this year's Walkabout Abilities. Walk, donate, or sponsor!
There are many types of pests that thrive here in Maryland. Rats, mice, roaches, wasps, and ants are particularly common, and often require constant monitoring. If you have a business and are paying for regular pest control maintenance, your pest control company should be doing all they can to eliminate and monitor your problem. Unfortunately, sometimes pest control companies get too comfortable when they have a long-term contract with you, leaving you wondering if you're really getting what you pay for.
Are they really treating the problem?
Many pest control companies prescribe setting bait stations around the exterior of buildings for rats and mice, no matter what type of building or business you run, or if you've had rodent issues in the past. Usually there is no harm in using these devices as a preventative measure, and many business owners will feel reassured by seeing these black boxes "protecting" their building. What most business owners don't realize is that the same bait stations that ward off rats and mice can actually attract other pests, like ants and other insects. Recently our exterminator was examining a shopping plaza serviced by another pest control company, and he found ants were thriving off the sweet bait intended for rats, and wasps were actually building nests in the shelter of neglected, empty bait stations. The simple solution would be to use insect repellent in or around the rat bait stations, and also constantly monitor the activity. However, in this case, it was clear this pest control company was simply not diligent about their work. Also, in this particular shopping plaza, the surrounding area was not even conducive to rats. So this pest company was "controlling" a non-issue while creating new ones!
Are they really paying attention?
In the summer especially, wasps and stinging insects can become very active. Though any pest control company offering a maintenance plan should monitor the exteriors of the commercial properties they service, we find many are simply not paying attention to new infestations. Frequently when our exterminator is out and about, he looks up and finds wasp nests hanging off signs, windows, corners, and vents of buildings. Sometimes he finds dozens of wasps nests on a property that is already being serviced by another company! When you think about the liability of having employees, tenants, visitors or even yourself getting stung by these insects, this is a very serious matter. In most cases, wasp nests are easy to spot and identify on a commercial structure, so there is no excuse for your pest control company to not see these things.
In other cases, a building owner may find a sudden increase in a certain type of pest. Pest problems originate from somewhere--is your pest control company able to tell you why you are having new issues? Often times a leaky pipe or recent construction can put your company at risk for new pests. Your exterminator should at least be able to tell you why you are having problems or offer to closely monitor the situation so they can learn what is causing the problem.
Are they even doing their jobs?
If you have hired a pest control company and still find yourself constantly struggling with pests with no explanation or improvement, you may be wondering why you hired them in the first place. A quick check of the exterior of your commercial property will help you determine how good of a job your exterminator is doing. Here are some warning signs that your pest control company may not be doing their job:
Have you had a positive or negative experience with a pest control company for your business? Tell us the story in the comments section.
We like to think of ourselves as forward-thinking and community-minded. That’s why we accept a wide range of payment methods, now including Bitcoin and B-Note!
For those who may not have heard of Bitcoin or B-Note, here is a brief explanation:
Bitcoin is an open-source form of payment. As their website states, its design is public, nobody owns or controls Bitcoin and everyone can take part.
The B-Note is local currency – real money that can be used for any local transaction in the Baltimore area. As of December 7, 2013, over 35,000 BNotes have been exchanged into circulation and are being accepted in communities across the city. Over 220 independent businesses accept B-Notes, and now Pest Czar is among them!
Of course, we also accept more traditional forms of payment like check, credit card, cash, Pay Pal, and in some cases bartering. Have a question about payment? Let us know!
As a local, family-owned business, we at Pest Czar know Baltimore just like you know Baltimore. We know the people here, we know the businesses here, and we know why it’s great to live here. Like most people, we want Baltimore to be a beautiful, vibrant, happy and healthy place to live and work. That’s why we created our new Community Involvement page. We love to give back, so let us know how we can help your group, association, school, religious institution, or charity.
During the summer, we particularly encourage organizations to take advantage of our Exterminator on a Mission initiative. Here’s how it works: Pest Czar creates a special filer promoting your organization for a certain time period. Your organization then distributes the flier to your staff, board, members, volunteers, partners, friends and family. When we get new customers with your flier, we will donate 10% of those sales back to your organization. It’s easy! You’re helping your organization, promoting small business in Maryland, and solving your pest issue all at the same time! Even if a business or individual signs up for an ongoing maintenance plan, Pest Czar will donate 10% of all proceeds from that contract for up to 12 months to your organization. That can really add up!
Tell your favorite organization to partner with us. If the organization itself needs pest control for its property, we also offer nonprofit discounts for pest control services.
Know of a great cause in the Baltimore area? Leave us a comment!
There was a story in the news recently about Foster Farms in California suing their pest control company for not living up to their contract. As a result, the farms got shut down for three days by the USDA for failing inspection, and then shut down again so that it could undergo a very expensive tenting and fogging pest treatment with a different pest control company. Foster Farms alleges that not only did they suffer these short-term losses, but their reputation has been damaged as well.
Stories like these are an important reminder for businesses, especially those in the food industry, to choose their pest control company carefully. Pest control providers that do come when scheduled or are otherwise ineffective are not only wasting your time and money, but could do cost you even more in the long run if problems go unchecked and get worse. Here are some tips for business owners when choosing and working with a pest control company:
This time of year, little black ants can be a big issue. Ants are quite amazing creatures that rely on their senses, instincts and strength to survive. Here are some facts to help you understand ants:
It’s National Small Business Week, and we are proud to say Pest Czar is 100% family owned and operated here in Maryland. We believe small business and entrepreneurship is good for you, our family, the community, and the country. There are many reasons why you should believe in small business, too:
We encourage you to celebrate Small Business Week by buying a product or service from a Baltimore area business. Remember we are here as your most trusted Baltimore pest control provider!