Due to the ongoing pandemic, restaurants in some regions are being forced to close their doors again for the winter season. As a result, the demand for winter pest control in this normally reliable market could dip significantly. With this loss, however, comes an opportunity for pest management professionals to shift their focus towards residential pest control.
With customers spending so much time in their homes, from working remotely to having a full house with virtual schooling on the rise, the need to keep their homes pest free is a bigger priority than ever before. The biggest challenge with residential pest control this year is customer wariness about coming into direct contact with pest management professionals due to the ongoing pandemic. When you pair this with their fear of having callbacks and repeat visits, it’s vital for PMPs to educate customers on insect growth regulators (IGRs) for sustained insect control throughout the winter. At Zoëcon, we offer solutions that provide the long-lasting control your customers desire, with our Gentrol® IGRs that offer up to 120 days of control and our Precor® family of products that deliver 7 months protection from flea emergence. Learn how you can adjust in these unprecedented times and educate your customers on residential pest control and the importance of IGRs.
Kitchen and Bathroom Pests:
Share these tips with your customers to help ensure a pest-free kitchen and bathroom this winter.
- Ants: Examine edges of counters, seams and baseboards. Look along the edges of toilets, sinks and pipes.
- Cockroaches: Look in small areas close to water and food sources. Check underneath sinks and objects in dark, damp places.
- Small flies: Breed in drains, rotten vegetable matter and disposal lines.
- Stored product pests: Check in packaged and spilled food items, wool and organic debris.
- Silverfish: They are unable to climb on smooth surfaces and are often found trapped in sinks and tubs. Look for infestations in baseboards, plumbing jets and humid areas.
- Springtails and other occasional invaders: need moisture to survive, so they congregate by sinks and tubs.
For effective and long-lasting pest control that reduces callbacks while protecting your customers, treat these areas with Gentrol® IGRs. Recommended products include Gentrol® IGR Concentrate, Gentrol® Point Source, Gentrol® Aerosol and Gentrol® Complete Aerosol.
Living Room and Bedroom Pests:
Share these tips with your customers to help ensure a pest-free living room and bedroom this winter.
- Ants: Check around bed seams, baseboards and the edges of desks and dressers.
- Bed bugs: Examine the narrow elements of headboards, mattresses, box springs, bed frames and nightstands. They can easily spread horizontally and vertically, so check for infestations in adjacent rooms.
- Fleas: Look where pets spend a lot of time, such as under pet beds or near doors. Larvae and eggs seek protection in carpet fibers, under cushions and in cracks and crevices.
- Cockroaches: Search cracks and crevices, vents and sources of moisture For sustained protection against these living room and bedroom pests, treat these areas with Precor and Gentrol® IGRs. Recommended products include Precor® 2625 Premise Spray and Gentrol® IGR Concentrate.
Share these tips with your customers to help ensure a pest-free garage this winter.
- Cockroaches: Enter garages through garage doors and drains. They often hide around building foundations.
- Spiders and occasional invaders: Typically found in different areas throughout garage.
For quick knockdown and lasting control, treat these areas with insecticides and Gentrol® IGRs. Recommended products include Essentria®IC Pro or ExciteR™ combined with Gentrol® IGR Concentrate.
The development of IGRs meant that products could exist that didn’t depend on direct toxicity or attacking an insect’s central nervous system to be effective. IGRs offer PMPs an alternative with a soft environmental impact that ends infestations by controlling insects at the larval stage. They can be used with insecticides for complete control and elimination of costly callbacks while helping reduce face-to-face interactions between clients and PMPs during these unprecedented times.
Article originally appeared in GCPMA