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It’s safe to say that the SARS-COV-2 virus has affected virtually every aspect of life in the United States. , reproduce and invade.
In addition, the increased number of people working from home has resulted in an even lower tolerance to indoor and outdoor pests; as a result, most pest control companies have experienced greater growth opportunities in residential services over the past 18 months.
Only a few types of pests – German cockroaches, bedbugs, fleas, pharaoh ants, stored produce pests – need to be transported indoors to infest homes. The vast majority of home infestations come from outdoors, which fits well with a perimeter pest control service model.
Intercepting and preventing pests from entering indoors is the ideal approach for most homes and eliminates the problem of having to regularly enter indoors when physical distancing from others is critical during the pandemic.
ADVANTAGES OF PERIMETER TREATMENT. The perimeter service provides great flexibility for both the customer and the pest control professional. Planning is easier when indoor service is not required, and sources of pest activity can be more easily addressed because they are outdoors.
The pest control professional can vary the techniques and treatment strategies needed for a particular property and pest situation. Indoor pest control services will be required when pest activity is reported indoors and the potential source of infestation is also indoors.
The perimeter service approach varies depending on whether it is the initial service to deal with an immediate pest problem or a routine pest control service where pests may or may not be a priority issue. When pest activity is reported, the approach is to focus on finding sites where the target pest (s) are most likely to shelter or nest.
For routine service, determining whether a pest that could threaten an indoor invasion is present. For example, Argentine ants seen indoors will involve searching for nesting sites outside, especially near the house. A routine pest control service will focus on finding the same types of nesting sites, but also checking other sites where different pests may harbor.
An important part of the perimeter service offered by pest control companies involves removing spiders and webs by brushing them with a spider web brush. Pest control professionals usually perform this part of the service first in order to look for signs of pest activity as they move around the house, targeting wasp nests, anthills and probable shelters that will need to be checked. (i.e. holes, etc.).
IDENTIFY AND TREAT PORT SITES. A key strategy to keep outside pests from entering the structure is to find and treat active shelters starting at the foundation and away from the house. By reducing pest populations on all sides of the property, the likelihood of pests getting inside is dramatically reduced.
For example, if only ant colonies next to the foundation are treated, any ant colonies elsewhere on the property can quickly move and re-infest treated areas. A good time-saving tip is to take a sprayer with you on the inspection to water the ant colonies and treat other pests when exposed.
For long-term parasite relief, clients should be made aware of the right conditions and convince them to correct as many of them as possible. The most important are the exclusion for shutting off entry points and water management (i.e. cleaning gutters and extended downspouts to keep water away from the foundation).
Exclusion efforts should extend to the soffits and include properly filtered foundation and attic vents. Many pest control companies now offer gutter protection installation and exclusion services as part of full IPM services to residential customers.
Perimeter services during these COVID times have the downside of reducing personal contact with customers, so pest control professionals must use technology to add value through more informative service reports and calls. follow-up phone calls to ensure customer satisfaction.
Technology today offers greater possibilities to create more informative pest control service reports with photos showing customers where the right conditions exist and instructions for correcting them. Service reports explaining what was found and treatments applied can be emailed to customers rather than hanging paper reports on doorknobs.
Pest control companies have always been innovators and this pandemic has imposed the need for greater innovation. As we come out of the pandemic to return to normal, these innovations will certainly become an integral part of improved residential pest control services, as well as services for commercial facilities. – The hedges of Stoy
The author, one of the country’s leading structural entomologists, is president of Stoy Pest Consulting.
Technological solutions for the “new normal”
However, as treatments move outdoors, product selection becomes even more critical, as environmental factors such as UV exposure, humidity, complex surfaces, and precipitation call into question the insecticide performance.
To address this market concern, Bayer Environmental Science recently introduced Barricor SP, an innovative general-purpose insecticide designed specifically for frequent maintenance applications on complex surfaces such as those found around the perimeter of structures (i.e. d. mulch, concrete, gravel, etc.)
“Several years ago, we looked at the market and found that in many parts of the country, due to climate, pest pressure and other factors, a significant number of companies are performing services more frequently.” , said Joe Barile, technical manager. Head of Department, Bayer ES. âSo we asked ourselves: what can we do as a company to meet this market need? ”
After careful study of the matter, Bayer created Barricor SP, a new product containing the proven active ingredient deltamethrin in an innovative formulation of solid particles (SP). When suspended, deltamethrin adheres to solid particles, making it more bioavailable to the insect.
âOnce applied, it rises to the surface, making it easily accessible to insects,â said Barile. “It also protects the AI ââfor a longer period of time, which is two important benefits.”
With the growth of the perimeter market fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic, the introduction of a new formulation designed specifically for exterior perimeter treatments could not have come at a better time.
“The industry is more familiar with microcapsules, which were developed in the 1980s, so it has been quite a while since a new formulation was created for the dilute insecticide market,” observed Barrel. âThis is why we are delighted to bring Barricor SP to the market at such a critical time in its history. We are confident that it will provide excellent control on a wide variety of surfaces against over 40 common pests.
To learn more about Barricor SP, contact your Bayer sales representative or visit www.environmentalscience.bayer.us.