Pest Monitoring & Preventive Exterminating at a Local Donation Store

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Thrift store with clothing racks.

The Problem

We have just completed a new install for bedbug, roach, mice, and other pest monitoring and preventive exterminating at a local donation drop-off store. Donation stores like this are at high risk for unknowingly spreading pests such as bedbugs, carpet beetles, and roaches. Of course, spreading pests is not the intention of the store nor the people making donations.

These pest are masters at hiding in unsuspecting places. Some examples include; books, toys, clothes, linen, luggage, appliances, electronics, food, cardboard, tools, shoes, and almost any other item that you can imagine. Close inspection of every item would be impossible because the store receives large daily donations.

The store already has its own processes in place to inspect and to treat furniture with approved products and to launder clothing, and well as a good layout and proper sanitation. However, these processes alone do not guarantee a pest-free environment, so we where brought in to add more rigorous pest control.

The Solution

We developed a custom pest monitoring system for the store using bedbug monitors, roach, ant, and beetle and mice monitors placed in strategic locations to catch any potential infestations. We also applied insecticides, baits, and insect growth regulators that are best suited for each pest type. We instructed the store manager to regularly rotate the pest control products to reduce the chance of failure when faced with a resistant strain of bedbug, roach or other pest.

We also put in place a rodent control program consisting of exterior bait stations, interior bait stations, and multi-catch traps.
Traps, bait stations, and monitors were placed in a pest log system that ensures all pest control devices are numbered, labeled, and dated on each service, and are then logged into the Akita book for reference and to ensure proper tracking.

With this type of mutual pest control program (integrated pest management) installed, the store now has proper control over their pest issue.

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