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!
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!