Now that spring is here, we’d like to remind you of a few tips to help minimize pest issues around your home.
Happy Earth Day! This month we have been blogging about green topics in honor of our precious earth.
At Pest Czar, everywhere we go, people ask us how to get rid of certain pests, with many people wanting to know how to do it safely and naturally. Once pests have entered your home, there is no one-size-fits-all answer, but there are ways for you to prevent most pest issues.
Preventing pest problems may be the greenest form of pest control there is. Here is a list of ways how you can stop pest problems before they start, and also how you can cooperate with your pest control professional to keep pest treatments to a minimum:
Keep your living environment tidy. Most pests enter your home because they are seeking food, water, shelter and warmth. Your home is an automatic source of shelter and warmth, and food and water are easy for pests to find. That means you must be extra diligent to contain food and clean up food messes. To be specific, make sure you do the following:
Earth Day 2014
As we emphasized in our last blog post, we at Pest Czar are committed to protecting and preserving the environment while providing high-quality pest control. Earth Day is coming up on April 22, but while there is only one Earth Day a year, Pest Czar puts the Earth first every day.
Electronic forms & documents
Aside from using green pest control products and methods when serving our customers, Pest Czar runs all its operations with the environment in mind. We have created a paperless office, where all our service proposals, service agreements and service reports are filled out electronically, stored in the cloud (Google Drive), and delivered to the customer via email in .pdf format. Customers can even sign agreements on our tablet or smart phone. Our terms and conditions, bed big preparation sheets as well as our certificate of insurance, business license, label information, MSDS and other documents can be all be downloaded from our website or emailed per customer's request. This eliminates the need for thousands of sheets of paper every year.
Paperless statements & bill paying
Running our office finances through the web makes payments prompt and much easier to track. We use online banking, apps and a credit card swiper that allows us to take payments on the road. We can also create and email invoices right at the work-site and accept online payments.
Scheduling and routing
Because we are a small operation, we are very conscientious of how we spend our resources. Unlike many larger pest control corporations, we carefully structure our appointment schedules so that we can serve customers in the same area without having to waste time and gas on inefficient routes.
Being green is not just about using safe materials, but also about being smart. If you are also a green business, tell us how you do it!
Spring is here! The grass is getting greener and the cherry blossoms are coming out. Maryland is beautiful this time of year, and we'd like to keep it that way.
At Pest Czar, we are green all year long. What do we mean by that? We practice a green form of pest control called Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which is a common sense approach to pest control. While pesticides are a necessary tool in the IPM Program, we only use the most environmentally safe products in responsible quantities applied carefully to the necessary areas, which helps keep chemicals and damaging effects to a minimum. The goals of our IPM Program are to:
With IPM, we identify the causes of infestation and monitor our customers' properties so we know our methods are working. We are not a “spray and run” company, that may ignore pesticide labels and over-apply products in your living areas, gardens and structures. Improper pesticide application is not only damaging to the environment, but is also ineffective and illegal. We prefer using our knowledge, experience and care to fight pests, rather than risk the health of our customers and environment. We carefully examine the environment and context of the problem so we can eliminate the reason for the infestation. Often times pest problems can be solved by correcting sanitation issues or blocking entry points for invaders with minimal use of pesticides. We communicate our findings and suggestions with customers so they can avoid long term problems with pests.
So, enjoy the season, Maryland! With the warmer weather, you will be sure to notice more pests, especially ants, wasps, and roaches. If you are already having pest problems, feel free to give us a call or ask a question below!