SEATTLE, Washington – While much of the media spotlight on the bed bug infestation the last several years has been on the East coast and Midwest – Michele Cruzat knows that the problem is no less important out West.
As Bed Bug Operations Manager for Olympia, Washington-based Eden Advanced Pest Technologies, Cruzat has been focused on contro
lling a pest infestation that has been penetrating just about every type of customer sector – from hotels, hospitals and apartments to senior-living centers, residential homes and apartment complexes.
During her work trying to help a local shelter control its bed bug problem, Cruzat teamed up with the University of Washington to test bed bugs because they weren’t responding to typical treatment methods. As it turned out, the strains of bed bugs were completely resistant to pyrethrins and pyrethroids, leaving Cruzat without a solid bed bug solution.
Her contact at the university introduced her to EcoRaider®, a botanical bio-insecticide that has since given her a fast, effective and green bed bug solution – one that works in every setting.
“Using EcoRaider made a huge difference for us,” Cruzat said. “We were using conventional chemical products – we tried many things and none were getting it under control and we were treating every two weeks. Once we started using EcoRaider we saw a difference immediately.
“I’d say within a few weeks we saw a drastic reduction in the bed bug population. We haven’t seen a bed bug in the shelter itself in months – at this point we are spot treating every two weeks with EcoRaider and it’s working incredibly.”
According to Cruzat, who has crews covering much of the Seattle and Olympia markets, her technicians are so convinced that EcoRaider is the product of choice for eliminating bed bugs that it has become part of regular protocol.
“We have technicians who quickly made it their everyday, primary pesticide – and it has become a main protocol. The bulk of our work is low income apartments, but we also do hotels, mainstream apartment complexes, residential homes, senior housing, office buildings and more – we’re using it in all of these areas.
“EcoRaider is great to use in sensitive areas. With most products, you can only use them in cracks and crevices but with EcoRaider you can use a broad spectrum – you can spray full areas and that’s super valuable to a pest technician. We love the product.”
EcoRaider, available at distributors throughout the country, quickly kills bed bugs on all stages without adversary environmental effects. The product, named “the most effective bio-insecticide for bed bugs” by Entomological Society of America-published lab data in the Journal of Economic Entomology, offers PMPs a variety of benefits. Its uncompromising field performance comparing to leading pesticides are proven in recent report by USDA IR4 Public Health Pesticide Program.
EcoRaider offers ready-to-use, naturally derived bio-insecticide that can be applied anywhere bed bugs are found without restriction. EcoRaider can be used in various sensitive environments, including schools, health-care facilities and public spaces.
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