Why Pest Management is an Essential Service

At Advanced IPM, we strive to deliver excellent service to all our commercial and residential clients, especially during a time where social distancing is the new norm. The Department of Homeland Security has formally listed pest management as an essential service during this time, but what exactly does that mean?

Protecting Food Supply

Pest control is necessary, especially when it comes to food. Businesses in the food industry often deal with Indian meal moths, cockroaches and rodents. Many of these pests carry diseases and will contaminate food by living in it. The best way to keep food safe from pests is to make sure there is an ongoing pest management program in place.

Health and Wellness

A well-rounded pest management plan offers no greater benefit than an increased defense against pests which harbor diseases and viruses. Cockroaches, which can easily infiltrate a home or business, can carry dozens of bacteria including E. Coli and Salmonella. Rodents also spread disease easily through contact with food and food surfaces. Rodents also vector diseases such as Hanta Virus via their feces, urine and saliva and host fleas capable of transmitting bubonic plague and murine typhus. Many pests also create allergic reactions in certain people, which are difficult to identify. Pest control has been known to improve the quality of life for such individuals.

Pest Damage to Property and Belongings

Many pests such as termites and carpenter ants are capable of causing damage to both homes and businesses. Pests like carpet beetles and silverfish are attracted to organic fibers and can make meals out of items like upholstery, clothing, blankets and towels. Rodents cause damage by chewing through plastic and wood, leaving behind a trail of useless items and damaged structural wood.

Peace of Mind

Many homeowners agree that a pest-free home is a happy home. Even the smallest unwanted pest can cause uncertainty and a huge headache. This is especially true when the entire family is home for extended periods of time. The source of a pest infestation could be hidden away, which is why having a pest professional perform an inspection is crucial to stop the infestation. Maintaining a year-round pest management plan can help stop any pests (seasonal and non-seasonal) from entering the home and put minds at ease. Our team members are currently taking all precautions around COVID-19 when servicing client homes with all the necessary and proper PPE such as N95 masks, safety glasses, gloves, etc.

Advanced IPM is ready to help you maintain the quality of life that you have today. As an essential service, our team members will continue to do their part to protect food supply, and your family and loved ones from pest-specific health risks as well as protect businesses.