How pest control companies can be more eco-friendly


September 22, 2023

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We asked Pest Management Professional’s columnists and editorial advisory board members share what they think pest control companies can do to become more eco-friendly. Here are some of the experts’ responses from our September 2023 print edition.

Please take a minute to answer our latest one-question poll on this topic and let us what you’re bring to the new year: Reader poll: How can pest control companies become more eco-friendly?

PMP’s Editorial Advisory Board and Regular Contributors

Michael Broder: “There are so many ways to provide green services. We service many food establishments. For those that have sanitation issues, we now offer cleaning programs to remove conducive conditions. This greatly helps reduce pest activity without any pesticides.”

Foster Brusca: “Use products and services from companies that have a philosophy for using recycled materials in their products or in the production of their products in a more sustainable way.”

Desiree Straubinger, BCE

Desiree Straubinger, BCE

Desiree Straubinger, BCE: “In areas that offer recycling programs, a lot can be done within a pest control firm’s physical location. Monthly meetings and daily office work produce a lot of recyclables. Eliminating the need for paper in the field is a great focus all of us can work on together. There is so much available digitally now in the pest control industry, such as labels, safety data sheets, service tickets and reports that can go straight to the customer portal, as well as service or product catalogs. This eliminates a lot of printing on the job and in the office, and allows information to be updated easily without waste.”

Greg Baumann: “Reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gases by carefully looking at routing plans that can easily go obsolete. Don’t neglect training to reduce callbacks, which add extra trips.”

Doug Foster

Doug Foster

Doug Foster:Exclusion is the ultimate green strategy we all have available, if we just take the time to perform it and charge appropriately. It’s certainly the best long-term strategy for many pests. Other examples of green techniques are steam, heat and vacuums for insect pests, along with repellents, trapping and dry ice for rodent pests.”

Paul Hardy: “Going green is not new to those of us in pest management. Green started with farming and spread to where we are now. ‘Less is best’ is still the strongest term to use in what we do.”

Dr. Faith Oi: “Go green by preventing callbacks. Properly identify pests and thoroughly inspect to treat pests effectively.”

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