On the face of it, this could be my shortest blog post ever, because I’m sure it will come as NO surprise that the number one sign that your pest control is working is … yes, you guessed it … no pests.
That, coupled with the feeling that you’re wasting money on pest control because you haven't seen a pest in ages, are sure-fire signs that we are doing our job effectively.
Oh, and number 3? You passed your audit with no pest findings and flying colours.
Short and to the point, as promised!
We actually love it when clients tell us they think they don't need us any more. Because that's how we know our technicians are doing their jobs, and are following an integrated pest management approach.
Integrated pest management means expertly interpreting information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, used in combination with the best available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.
This means that you may also notice that our technicians are on site for shorter periods once active pest infestations have been eliminated. This doesn’t mean that you won’t see them at all. It just means that their time on site will be spent focusing on the monitoring aspect of the job, rather than on methods of active pest destruction.
At Rentokil our approach to integrated pest management is based on the pillars of ERDM. These stand for exclusion, restriction, destruction and monitoring. It's these 4 pillars - applied in conjunction - that facilitate truly effective pest control. If even one of these is missing, pests are going to proliferate.
Exclusion:Proactive, preventive pest control to stop pests from gaining access to a business, property or area by sealing potential entry points and proofing buildings. Rentokil works with our customers to understand when and how pests pose a problem and offers housekeeping advice and proofing suggestions based on the species of pest involved, individual business tolerance, building type and conditions conducive to pest activity.
Restriction:Restricting access to harborage sites (through the implementation of proofing) and food sources (by removing food sources) means that pests are discouraged, as these are the two primary reasons that pests enter a business, property or area.
Destruction:Utilising industry-leading and government approved pest control solutions, Rentokil technicians develop a custom-made treatment program to effectively eliminate pests from your business.
Utilising the power of technology and analytics, our technicians are constantly evaluating the pest management strategies on site to ensure that protection measures are working, and tweaking them to ensure they continue provide the best levels of protection as the seasons, breeding conditions or environment, change.
Of course, doing our job effectively puts pest control companies like Rentokil in the position of making ourselves redundant. The better job we do for our customers, the less they think they need us because they think their pest problems are under control.
So if you are currently paying for a pest control contract with Rentokil and thinking it’s a waste of money because you haven’t seen any pests in ages, think again. That’s exactly what you are paying for - the absence of pests on your property - combined with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your pest control provider is:
- Registered with the Department of Agriculture and SAPCA,
- Only using the most effective, environmentally friendly and DoA approved products on the market,
- Ahead of industry trends and changes, and constantly investing in research and development
- Skilled in understanding and anticipating seasonal pest trends and changes
- Providing you access to an online pest management platform - myRentokil - at no additional cost.
To find out more about how myRentokil can help you improve your pest control, contact our team today.