If you think about contacting someone at a pest control company, you probably think of speaking to a male. While men still dominate the industry, more women are not only working in pest control, but many of them also hold high level positions within their companies. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, women count for only about four percent of employees in pest control, but that percentage has gradually increased over the years.
One woman in that small percentage is Sarah McElwee, director of business development at Pest Management, Inc. Growing up, McElwee never thought she would work in the pest control industry, but today she is a trailblazer for the company taking on a wide range of tasks from focusing on the growth of the company to taking care of pests herself on a call at a home or business.
McElwee was recently featured for her role in the company in the October issue of Austin Woman. The article, “Dirty Jobs,” features McElwee and three other hard-working and successful women who have taken on unique careers that are typically consider a “man’s job.” In the article, McElwee says, “I show up at homes to do pest control and people look at me like, ‘Where’s the tech?’ “ McElwee says she’s worked diligently to learn as much as possible about the industry to prove she understands the pest problems and can provide the best solution.
McElwee is not only unique in the pest control industry, but she is the first in Texas to join an elite class of technicians who hold the National Institute of Decontamination Specialists (NIDS) environmental disinfection certification. This means in the event of an environmental hazard, the expert team at our affiliate company, GermLogic, can manage the complete decontamination and clean-up process.
At Pest Management, Inc. we focus on diversity and encourage all of our employees to strive hard and achieve their desired goals. Every day, it is our goal to eliminate pest issues in your home or business. Contact our team of men and women experts today to learn more about our specialized services such as bedbug, mosquitoes, termites, and wildlife control.
By now, you may have noticed the invasion of crickets outside that may be making their way inside your commercial property. While they don’t bite or harm people or pets, they can be annoying pests. The loud chirping sound, which is made only by male crickets, can be a nuisance.
Crickets can be more than an inconvenience. They can be costly for business, especially when there is an infestation.
It may sound like the sport, but there is definitely a period every year when there are more crickets crawling and jumping around outside. Crickets are typically in higher numbers during the transition from summer to fall. It’s during the fall season that a cricket egg is laid in the soil and the egg will hatch during the spring.
Crickets are hard to control and if an infestation occurs, it could lead to strong odors once the crickets die, which can be bad for business. They can also cause considerable damage to clothing, drapes, or other materials with their feces and feeding activities.
There are initial steps you can take to control crickets around your commercial property, such as sealing any cracks or openings to your property around windows, doors, and closing up any gaps near foundation. Here are additional steps that can prevent crickets from gathering around or finding their way inside your business:
- Remove any debris or vegetation that could become a hiding or breeding site.
- Remove any food supplies outside, such as pet food, that could attract the pests.
- Use as few lights as possible during the night.
The best method to prevent any cricket issues from around a commercial property is pest control. If there is a cricket problem at a business, both the inside of the property and the outside should be treated to ensure any areas where the crickets may have gone have been treated for the crickets and any eggs left behind.
If you have concerns about crickets at your business, contact our highly trained, expert technicians at Pest Management, Inc. today. Our team can rapidly solve a cricket craze at any company so you can focus on customers and not unwanted guests.
In recent years, more and more people have become aware of and concerned about the health of our planet. This growing awareness has lead to an increased demand for eco-friendly, “green” products and services of all sorts. But what does eco-friendly really mean, and how can pest control services stay green?
Eco-friendly simply describes something done in a way that is not harmful to the earth or the environment. It can also suggest something that helps conserve resources. This two-part definition can be seen in good eco-friendly pest control practices.
When it comes to keeping unwanted pests out of buildings, eco-friendly might refer directly to the products used. For example, Pest Management, Inc.’s Cryonite treatment and heat remediation for bed bugs are two organic pest control treatment methods that effectively get rid of bugs without any harsh or harmful chemicals. The products used are natural, safe for the environment and completely chemical-free.
But environmentally-friendly pest control can go beyond treatment to include a long-term and strategic focus on prevention that helps conserve resources – like extra gas for transporting equipment to manage unnecessary treatments and excess wood for fixing termite damage that could have been prevented.
Approaches to prevention might include detailed inspections, pest exclusion methods to keep birds and bats out of buildings, pre-treatment steps to discourage termite infestations, and training and educating a building’s staff or tenants – all of which are chemical-free steps. These methods can be used to prevent a pest problem from ever occurring, or to prevent recurrence after an initial infestation is discovered.
Chemical pesticides are sometimes used to get rid of pests or keep them out of buildings. But when the focus is on prevention, reliance on these products can be reduced. This approach conserves resources and reduces the amount of chemicals used in the long run. A focus on prevention is key to creating both a greener and more effective pest management plan.
If you have questions about the eco-friendly approach or services offered by Pest Management, Inc., give us a call today!