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Sprague Pest Solutions moved up one spot to 28th on the 2015 Pest Control Technology magazine Top 100 List, an annual compilation of the leading pest management companies in the United States. The list was included in the magazine’s May issue (www.pctonline.com).
Sprague, a fourth-generation, family-owned company, is part of a nationwide industry that generated an estimated $7.4 billion in revenue in 2014 – a 3.5 percent increase from the previous year – and that has experienced consistent growth over the last five years.
The company provides vital preventive and remedial pest management and consulting services to leading food processing, healthcare, hospitality, education, agriculture, education and multi-family housing facilities in the Pacific Northwest and Inter-Mountain regions. It operates service centers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Colorado.
In addition to protecting clients’ facilities from pests including rodents, ants, cockroaches, bed bugs, nuisance birds, stinging insects, stored product pests, and flies, Sprague offers specialty technical services including heat treatments, fumigations, fumigation alternatives, large-scale bird exclusion and employee training.
“We are proud and humbled to once again be named to PCT magazine’s Top 100 List,” says Alfie Treleven, CEO and president of Sprague Pest Solutions. “Being named to the list is more than just securing a position or ranking, it is a reflection of more than eight decades of consistently delivering quality, innovative pest management services to our valued commercial and residential clients across the Pacific Northwest and Western Mountain Regions.”
The Sprague Pest Experts have been delivering rodent management services to clients for decades and over the years we have learned that these crafty invaders do not take the summer off when it comes to trying to gain access to your facility.
Rodents are often introduced to commercial facilities in shipments of raw food materials (i.e. sugar, grain or flour), finished product (i.e. grass seed, pet food or bird seed) or in paper board packaging and shipping pallets.
To combat the rodent threat, the Sprague Pest Experts have turned their attention inward and have found success using traps, rodent deterrents, and exclusion practices to ward off rodents.
Enclosed multi-catch rodent traps are commonly and effectively used in commercial facilities by the Sprague Pest Experts and not only do they produce immediate results -- once a disease carrying rodent wanders inside their exploring and contamination days are over – but traps are also a cost-efficient option for clients.
With increasing success, the Sprague Pest Experts have used natural, food-grade gel-based deterrents to discourage rodents from entering a facility. The gels are applied around potential rodent entry points and utility pipes, and deliver an irritant (white pepper for example) that makes rodent disoriented and spurns their interest in pursuing an invitation inside.
How are clients benefiting from this fresh approach to rodent management?
■ Management programs are more effective since their design is based on rodent biology and behavior, and the ecology of the facility vs. a formula.
■ It provides for more efficient use of time and monetary resources.
This saves the client money and allows more time to conduct
inspections, monitoring and management programs.
■ The environmental impact is lessened; Non-target animals have more protection and the amount of spoiled bait being thrown away is reduced.
■ It provides a more comprehensive, holistic IPM-based approach.
Rather than relying upon just one control method, it brings multiple
options to the table.
The Sprague Pest Experts recently joined their peers across the country in recognizing National Bed Bug Awareness Week (June 7-14) to shine the spotlight on a pest that can be a real headache for property managers of hospitality, healthcare, retail, and apartment and condominium facilities.
In a recent study from the National Pest Management Association and University of Kentucky, nearly two out of three pest management professionals (64%) report that bed bug infestations continue to rise and the “peak season” for these nasty pests tends to be summertime. Why is this? It is likely due to a spike in travel during which people unknowingly bring home these unwanted souvenirs back to their home or office.
Bed bugs ranked as one of the most difficult pests to control by pest management professionals nationwide because they are one of the most mobile pests you will encounter. Bed bugs are easily transferred in luggage, briefcases, back packs, clothing and bedding, purses or shoes. Needless to say bed bugs will take a free ride whenever and wherever they can to gain access to a structure and its occupants.
The study revealed that 90% of pest management professionals battle bed bugs in apartments, condominiums, and single-family homes, and three-fourths (74%) encountered infestations in hotels and motels.
Bed bug occurrences have also spiked in such places as nursing homes, office buildings, and on public transportation. Respondents also report infestations in shelters, college dorms, day-care centers, libraries, and
Other locations where bed bugs are prevalent include:
■ Nursing homes – 58%
■ College dorms – 46%
■ Office buildings – 45%
■ Schools and day care centers – 43%
■ Hospitals – 36%
■ Doctor’s offices/outpatient facilities – 33%
■ Transportation (train/bus/taxi) – 29%
■ Retail stores – 20%
■ Movie theaters – 16%
The Sprague Pest Experts use the latest techniques, including heat remediation, to eliminate unwanted bed bugs from your facility. For more information on Sprague’s bed bug treatment options, visit www.spraguepest.com
Bees, flies, moths and other insects pollinate agriculture crops that help yield the nutritious fruit, nuts and vegetables we enjoy every day. Honey bee pollination alone reportedly adds more than $15 billion in value to crops annually.
Stinging insects also pose a potential health threat in the form of allergic reactions to commercial clients, and their employees and customers. Finding a balance between protecting these valuable contributors to our eco-system and keeping clients safe is a challenge the pest management industry is facing.
The Sprague Pest Experts are very aware of the important role pollinators play in agriculture production in the Pacific Northwest. Last year the White House commissioned a Pollinator Task Force to look at the issue and after months of study the group recently released its findings.
The key elements of the proposed strategy, which is being led by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. EPA, is focused on establishing a pollinator research action plan, expanding education and outreach programs, and improving pollinator habitats.
The report’s three objectives and benchmarks include:
■ Reduce honey bee colony losses during winter to no more than 15%
within 10 years.
■ Increase Eastern population of the monarch butterfly to 225 million
■ Restore and enhance 7 million acres of land for pollinators over the next
5 years through Federal, State and public-private partnerships.
The report goes on to say the EPA is developing a comprehensive approach to assess if there are pesticide risks to pollinators. This will include new pesticide exposure and effect study protocols as well as additional chronic and acute toxicity screening. Preliminary risk assessments for a select group of pesticide active ingredients will also be made available for comment.
The EPA actions will not have a direct impact the products or application methods pest management professionals, including Sprague Pest Solutions, currently use to eliminate stinging insect threats.
For more information on the pest management industry’s efforts to protect pollinators, visit http://www.pollinatorhealth.org/
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