By: Joseph Latino
In the business of pest management time is money. Owners look to reduce costs by finding efficient routes, decreasing time on the job, eliminating the need for more than one technician on the job and reducing callbacks as best they can. Bed bug work is even more labor intensive than many other common pest control jobs leaving much less room for inefficiencies or profits will be sacrificed.
According to the 2013 Bugs Without Borders Survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association and the University of Kentucky, bed bugs continue to be the most difficult pest to treat. So how can PMPs decrease their time on the job to maximize profits while still doing an effective job at controlling bed bugs?
Consider these tips to make your team even more efficient and yet effective while in the field:
1. Don’t underestimate the importance of thorough inspections before and after treatment. A thorough inspection before treatment to uncover the extent of the infestation is essential to properly estimate your time. Take notes on where bedbugs are found to decrease subsequent treatment time, if necessary. A thorough inspection after each treatment will help to ensure that bed bug populations are eliminated.
2. Have a dynamic bed bug protocol in place and make it a policy at your company that your technicians follow it on every job. Dynamic because every job is different and has its own unique set of challenges. Therefore, while you should have a protocol in place it should be flexible enough to allow for the different challenges that your technicians face. If a solid protocol does not exist at your company or yours is outdated consider this Protocol for the Control of Bed Bugs.
3. Make sure to communicate clear instructions to the residents on how to prepare their living space for your treatment. Ensure that they understand how essential their compliance is for your treatment to be effective, even if your company proposes limited resident preparation. There is no bigger time killer than showing up to the job and realizing the resident has not properly prepared for you.
4. Use a combination of physical (e.g. vacuuming, heat, steam) and chemical methods adhering to best practices of Integrated Pest Management to control bed bugs. Leave your clients with educational hand-outs on bed bugs to decrease the chance of a re-infestation.
5. Reconsider the products in your arsenal. ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners can save you and your technicians time and money:
a. Lower inventory carrying costs, four ActiveGuard® SKU’s cover 99% of available beds.
b. Reduce the number of call backs, protecting the resident, mattress and box spring by killing any missed bed bugs or those newly introduced.
c. Easy, one-technician installation saves time and money.
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