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Control A Pest

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So once we know what kind of pest is there, and of course, we can use a lot of methods to be able to determine that. To control, it will depend on four specific things that I'd like to share with you. First of all, why is that pest there? We have to ask that question because then we can alter it. If the pest just happened to fly in and is only one, then dealing with that is very different than if it's a German cockroach issue where there's a big sanitation issue or that keeps receiving shipments that are already infested. We were at a facility in Guatemala where the product is being brought in infested. The beans were being infested from their suppliers. Well, that makes a big difference on how we're gonna take care of it versus if they happened to come from an adjacent location. So the first step is to ask yourself, "Why are these pests here?" And deal with that. If you don't deal with it, you are going to continue to have problems. If there are fruit trees on the outside of that food processing plant, that's an attraction to birds, and rodents, and many insects. I'm a strong believer in having fruit trees in your yard, but not a strong believer of having some type of a fruit tree that's close to a food processing plant. That is just a haven for pests to want to be there, feeding on that, and then they come in the building. So we would usually help our customer do those sanitation or cultural things that are required to reduce the pest attraction and population that's on the outside of the building or the house. That's number one, why are they there and deal with it? Number two, what can we do to not let them come in? I was so impressed with Danielo and his folks there in Guatemala, of all of the exclusionary practices that they're taking. They are filling in holes of entrance ways. They're using door sweeps. They're doing great inspections to make sure pests don't come in. Now of course, make sure they're not attracted to building. On the other hand, we don't want them to come in. So going around, inspecting every time, doing some cocking on your own, having some door sweeps available, or offering those to customers are very helpful or requiring or requesting that they take care of that, but don't let the pests in. The third... Oh, and let me mention just one other minor thing that I think is interesting. We often use Bait Stations on the outside to kind of monitor or to control rodents. How often do we put those right next to doors? Well, the concept of a bait is an attractant, so when we put it right next to a door, we are attracting a rodent right next to the door. Why can't we put it a few feet away? I'd much rather have it attracted there than close to a door where it could slip into the facility. So remember, let's never do anything that would attract a pest to our facility. Now that's number two. But number three is, the first thing that we should do when that pest gets in is catch it. That means, on the inside of the doors, we want snap traps for rodents, we want glue boards for different types of pests, we want fly lights. We should do everything that we possibly can is to make sure that we catch that animal as soon as it comes in. Let me just talk a little bit about flies. Flies are the number one distributor of disease in the world. Flies, as you recall, only have two wings. To be a fly, you've got to be in the order Diptera that means it's not a very good flier. So a fly lands, and then lands, and then lands. Now if I'm a housefly that's been hanging around feces laying my eggs, I've got all that fecal material, as well as all those diseases such as Salmonella, E. Coli, diarrhea, diphtheria and others. And therefore, each time that I land, I'm distributing that. So my goal is to catch it as soon as it comes in. So make sure that we have traps or fly lights or anything possible that we catch, and sometimes that's all there is to the issue. Number one, why are they there and change it. Number two, ensure that they can't get in. Number three, if they do, we catch them. And then the last is that we would do a program where we may have to chemically kill them. But that's at the very end. Sometimes, we won't even have to do that. I would ask us though, that if we can do that killing or those products, we do it on the outside. Just talking to the folks from Guatemala again, we talked about the value of baits for ants. Well, if I had ants outside, and maybe they're trailing in and I put my bait on the inside, what have I just done? I've just put a sign out that said, "Come on," which means, I might get more ants to come in. Wouldn't it be more advantageous to put the bait on the outside where the ants are coming in and let them feed there and never actually come in? Now I know some of you may say, "Well, Ron, sometimes ants live inside." And I get that and therefore baiting on the inside would probably be needed. But remember try to do most of our chemical work on the outside if possible. You know, if a mouse is living inside of a facility or a rat and it eats our bait, where is it going to die? On the inside. So again, we do not want to keep bugs on the inside, we don't want to attract bugs to the inside. Try to do as much of our chemical work as possible on the outside. One other thing, I think, we don't always do is, do we put repellents on the outside so that pest don't want to come in? Now in Guatemala, they keep the windows and doors open so therefore pests can kind of come in like with people. But often they will land on those doors and window edges before they come in. Why don't we have a wettable powder or a residual product that when they'll land, they'll die right there? Dropping off on the outside is much more less sanitation issues than if they actually get in and then end up dying. So try to do that on the outside. Remember this, we have non-repellent products and repellent products. And so therefore, if there are no bugs on the inside, repellants on the outside are a good idea. If we have ants coming and going and we put a repellent on the outside, those ants are not going to go back out. We got a problem now 'cause they're gonna be running around much more numerous than they were before. So understand that concept of repellent versus non-repellent products as we actually put out. And when we're talking about products, always try to select the one that is least toxic. I had such a great discussion with folks in Costa Rica and Guatemala about talking with IGRs. And I know that they're not everywhere in the world but we can encourage our municipalities to approve them and our suppliers to provide them for us. The interesting thing is if I can reduce the population with a non-toxic product to pets or mammals, that's a great way to go. I can drink IGRs without them impacting me. On the other hand, they will have a great impact on the insects particularly cockroaches, flies, stored product pests, and others that will be impacted. So therefore, try to add some of those non-toxic chemicals, or reduced-toxic chemicals, reduced-risk chemicals before we start adding some of the others that are kind of knockdowns or kill on the spot. So let me review the four steps. Number one, why is the pest there and deal with that. Number two, just keep the pests out by a variety of techniques. Number three, catch the pest as soon as it comes in. And last, therefore, use your products to be able to take care of it.

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Posted by: rbanderas on Dec 5, 2017

Control A Pest

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