Why Putting a Green Product is a Good Idea – and How to Go a Step Further by Developing a Green Protocol for Your Pest Control Company

There are many parts of the country where residential customers still seek out the spraying of pesticides to kill bed bugs, ants, and other crawling insects as a normal way of asking for a treatment. In many ways, this is out of habit, with most people having grown up using chemicals to treat for insects.

But like anything in life, habits can change. The use of green products in pest control has grown steadily over the last several years among Pest Management Professionals (PMPs) and that doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon.

The last State of the Naturals survey conducted by PCT and Readex Research found that PMPs, on average, consider just over 18 percent of the solutions they use for treating pests to be “green.” Twenty nine percent of PMPs use “green products” as a part of their standard protocol program and 36 percent of them use “green products” in sensitive locations only.

Adding a green product to your standard program offering will do a few things for your business:
• First, you’ll be able to cater to an important segment of the customer base and a loyal one at that;
• Second, green products allow you to treat sensitive areas like hospitals, schools, senior centers, etc.; and
• Third, you can brag about using a product that truly has fewer resistant properties (or in some cases none) than chemical pesticides.

It is also important to showcase natural solutions when seeking an IPM solution to pest problems. This includes the ability to eliminate resistance issues while increasing performance. Toxicity levels are greatly reduced as well as when compared to using conventional pesticides.

A Green Protocol
Developing a green protocol is really taking what’s truly an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to pest control. IPM was first developed as a method of protecting both facilities and their sensitive contents – think museums, archives, libraries – from products that could, over the short and long term, cause damage to both.

By implementing an IPM program, PMPs are committing to several aspects of pest control, including: not just insect removal but more importantly, prevention of pests; and use of least toxic products – and in many cases products with zero toxicity to humans and pets.

The advantages to offering a green protocol to your customers will provide these specific benefits: reduced or no use of chemical pesticides provides reduced risk to humans and pets; less chance of damage to the environment and the valued contents of certain facilities. Again – think of libraries and archives.

IPM potentially offers a cost savings for you as you will likely be using less pesticides than in a conventional program. In addition, many commercial customers will ask if you provide IPM programs.

Here’s a process for implementing a green program, step-by-step:
1) Formulate the list of products you’ll be using and which pests you’ll be using them to target.
2) Develop a list of facilities where you’ll be treating those pests and then make changes to your product protocol based on whether or not those products are allowed to be used in those settings.
3) Set goals for your green program – establish agreed upon thresholds to prevent call backs.
4) Educate your customers; expect insects to appear occasionally; this is an expected part of the process, not a sign of failure.
5) Monitor and track your results – make changes as needed based on performance.

Implement strong communications protocols with your customers. This will enable you to more effectively track the progress of your green program, just as you would with any conventional service.

As your green program bears fruit – it’s time to help you and your customers celebrate the successes. For you, it’s about touting the fact that your customers have fewer insects and that the issues they have been facing are now going away on a long-term basis and in a safer way than previously attempted.

In addition, if you’re treating a commercial customer like a hospital, senior center, or school – they can tout through their own public relations efforts that they are working hard to keep their customers safe by using a green pest control program – making it a win-win for everyone.

About EcoRaider
EcoRaider is a highly efficacious botanical-based bio-insecticide that can be applied anywhere bed bugs or ants are found without restriction. It carries no signal words or cautions and has no label restrictions or precautions on usage.

Because EcoRaider is a green product, it is an ideal fit for sensitive accounts and environments where low-impact methods are advised. These include college dorms, senior-living facilities, managed-care and assisted-living housing, schools, health-care facilities, public housing, multi-family, and hotels.

For more information, visit https://ecoraiderpmp.com/ or call 1-800-338-0212. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Congrats to Our Giveaway Winners and Thanks for Visiting the EcoRaider Booth at PestWorld 2017!

We had an incredible show at PestWorld 2017 in Baltimore this October but it would mean nothing without those of you who visited our booth and took part in our giveaways – thank you very much from all of us at EcoRaider!

EcoRaider is every PMP’s must-have product for successful and safe pest management control. It provides unrivaled efficacy for the eradication of bed bugs as a green product and can also be used on mosquitoes, roaches, ants, and for other perimeter treatment needs. EcoRaider delivers unrivaled performance by nature!

EcoRaider was also lucky to have Bill Hastings, Director of Special Services for suburban Chicago-based Rose Pest Solutions, working in our booth throughout the show. Hastings has been an EcoRaider customer for more than three years, and he volunteered to share his many positive experiences using the product for bed bugs and other insects with PMPs visiting our booth.

We gave away a GoPro Camera and two Amazon Echos during the first three days of the show – creating a lot of smiles while sharing the details about the industry’s leading green bed bug solution.

PMPs in the United States who submitted business cards or had their badges scanned will hear from our sales representatives directly, while those professionals from overseas will be followed-up by our corporate office. We appreciate your interest in EcoRaider and we’re looking forward to serving you as a customer.

About EcoRaider
EcoRaider is a highly efficacious botanical-based bio-insecticide that can be applied anywhere bed bugs or ants are found without restriction. It carries no signal words or cautions and has no label restrictions or precautions on usage.

Because EcoRaider is a green product, it is an ideal fit for sensitive accounts and environments where low-impact methods are advised. These include college dorms, senior-living facilities, managed-care and assisted-living housing, schools, health-care facilities, public housing, multi-family, and hotels.

If you weren’t able to visit our booth during the show and want to learn more about the product, visit www.ecoraiderpmp.com. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Visit the EcoRaider Booth (#1342) at PestWorld 2017 in Baltimore & Register for a Chance to Win a GoPro!

Visit the EcoRaider booth (#1342) next week at PestWorld in Baltimore and register to win a GoPro Camera – ideal for shooting pest control infestations hands-free!

EcoRaider is every PMP’s must-have product for successful and safe pest management control. It provides unrivaled efficacy for the eradication of bed bugs as a green product and can also be used on mosquitoes, roaches, ants, and for other perimeter treatment needs. EcoRaider delivers unrivaled performance by nature!

All licensed pest management professionals can stop by the EcoRaider booth (#1342) and submit a business card for a chance to win a GoPro.

The EcoRaider Giveaways will be:

Tuesday 10-24 at 5:30 pm
Wednesday 10-25 at 12:30 pm.
Thursday 10-26 at 12:30 pm

Prior to visiting EcoRaider at PestWorld 2017, you can try our product with the free test run program by signing up online. For more information, visit www.ecoraiderpmp.com.

FIFRA 25(b) Exempt Products Like EcoRaider Can Be Used In a Variety of Settings – Including the Most Sensitive Environments

EcoRaider’s green formulation not only provides the product with a variety of benefits from a resistance perspective – in other words, its natural makeup means it doesn’t have resistance issues – but one of the larger aspects is that the product is FIFRA 25(b) Exempt. What does this mean?

EcoRaider is categorized as FIFRA 25(b) Exempt because the product is minimum or low risk when it comes to the product’s classification with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This designation allows it to be used in many settings where traditional pesticides cannot.

EcoRaider’s low risk comes because it attacks a unique insect receptor that does not exist in vertebrates and thus distinguishes between target insects and non-target humans & pets. So, it is lethal to target insects but of minimum risk to humans & pets.

As a result, EcoRaider can be used in sensitive environments ranging from Homes, Nursing Homes, Restaurants, Office Buildings, Hotels/ Motels, Day Care Centers, Dormitories, Hospitals / Medical
Schools, and Public Transport.

About EcoRaider
EcoRaider is a highly efficacious botanical-based bio-insecticide that can be applied anywhere bed bugs or ants are found without restriction. It carries no signal words or cautions and has no label restrictions or precautions on usage.

Because EcoRaider is a green product, it is an ideal fit for sensitive accounts and environments where low-impact methods are advised. These include college dorms, senior-living facilities, managed-care and assisted-living housing, schools, health-care facilities, public housing, multi-family, and hotels.

To learn more about the product, visit www.ecoraiderpmp.com. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Synthetic Chemicals Face Huge Obstacles as Resistance Affects Performance

There’s one aspect of any pest control product that is beyond important above everything else – the level of its performance against the pest that it’s labeled to control. When bed bugs were re-introduced to the world over a decade ago, several pesticides could offer strong control to PMPs.

Almost 70 years ago, DDT (dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane) was developed as one of the first modern synthetic pesticides, even being touted as the “wonder chemical” to solve all pest problems big and small. As that was phased out not only for resistance but for the other issues it caused in the environment, it was replaced by numerous other types of chemicals.

Most recently, pyrethroids and neonicotinoids have been used to control bed bugs, but the resistance issues have been well documented. The journal PLOS One reported in April 2016 that bed bugs have been developing a thicker skin that provides a greater deal of resistance to traditional pesticides.

A year earlier, Dr. Fang Zhu of Washington State University released the findings of his bed bug project, which explored the role of resistance in pesticides. From his findings: “For the first time, we provided evidences that pyrethroid resistance is widely dispersed in western US bed bug populations.” Dr. Zhu’s study showed also showed that EcoRaider is “an effective product for controlling pyrethroid resistant bed bugs.”

Resistance forces pest control professionals to explore options that do not relate specifically to penetrating the exo-skeleton of the bed bug with a pesticide. Bed bugs also now have higher levels of enzymes that can detoxify the chemicals and their nervous system has adapted to allow its cells to withstand toxic effects.

Because of all of this – synthetic pesticides are no longer the automatic solution that they were years ago. PMPs are now using a wider array of solutions in their “toolbox” to try to reduce the resistance issue. A mixed use of heat treatments, green / natural solutions, pesticides and other approaches are now being used by many professionals.
For PMPs to maintain a strong level of performance against bed bugs, a solid IPM program must be maintained to rotate classes and integrate a good amount of natural solutions, which do not face resistance, to balance out the pesticide use.

About EcoRaider
EcoRaider is a highly efficacious botanical-based bio-insecticide that can be applied anywhere bed bugs or ants are found without restriction. It carries no signal words or cautions and has no label restrictions or precautions on usage.

Because EcoRaider is a green product, it is an ideal fit for sensitive accounts and environments where low-impact methods are advised. These include college dorms, senior-living facilities, managed-care and assisted-living housing, schools, health-care facilities, public housing, multi-family, and hotels.

For more information, visit https://ecoraiderpmp.com/ or call 1-800-338-0212. Also, follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

EcoRaider Marketing Manager Ed DeMask Discusses Product during PCT’s Virtual Bed Bug Conference

EcoRaider was featured on PCT’s Bed Bug Virtual Conference on June 28th. This was the second consecutive year EcoRaider has been showcased as part of PCT’s online bed bug conference.

To listen to the podcast click here.

EcoRaider had approximately 10 minutes for Marketing Manager Ed DeMask to speak to Pest Management Professionals (PMPs) about how bed bug resistance develops, the cost of it, and how ER-22 by EcoRaider plays a key role as a “drop in” tool for resistance management.

In addition, the core speakers included PCT Publisher Dan Moreland (Bed Bugs: An Evolving Marketplace), Dr. Dini Miller (Bed Bug Control in Commercial Accounts), Larry Pinto (Bed Bug Best Practices), and Gene White (Hoarders & Other Psychological Challenges in Bed Bug IPM).

About EcoRaider
EcoRaider is a highly efficacious botanical-based bio-insecticide that can be applied anywhere bed bugs or ants are found without restriction. It carries no signal words or cautions and has no label restrictions or precautions on usage.

Because EcoRaider is a green product, it is an ideal fit for sensitive accounts and environments where low-impact methods are advised. These include college dorms, senior-living facilities, managed-care and assisted-living housing, schools, health-care facilities, public housing, multi-family, and hotels.

For more information, visit https://ecoraiderpmp.com/ or call 1-800-338-0212. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Efficacy of an Essential Oil-Based Pesticide for Controlling Bed Bug Infestations in Apartment Buildings

Rutgers University entomology department, headed by Dr. Changlu Wang, considers bed bugs to be among the most difficult urban pests to get under control.

But in apartments, getting control of bed bugs is even more difficult, considering the transient nature of the residents. In addition, bed bugs are very good at traveling through walls, electric outlets, switches, and others voids between apartments.

But according to a study by Dr. Wang and his colleagues published in the Spring 2015 issue of the IR-4 Enewsletter, the results show that synthetic products provide questionable performance because of resistance issues.

“Unfortunately, the efficacy of synthetic consumer products labeled for bed bugs is questionable because most field bed bug populations currently exhibit moderate to high levels of resistance to pyrethroids.

“The poor efficacy of the available bed bug control products can lead to chronic infestations, frequent treatments, use of off-label products by consumers, or the spread of the infestation into adjoining premises in multiple occupancy dwellings.”

This shows the importance of using a variety of products, specifically handling an IPM program that is geared by a green or natural solution like EcoRaider. By using EcoRaider, there are no resistance issues to worry about because the ingredients are all botanical.

About EcoRaider
EcoRaider is a highly efficacious botanical-based bio-insecticide that can be applied anywhere bed bugs or ants are found without restriction. It carries no signal words or cautions and has no label restrictions or precautions on usage.

Because EcoRaider is a green product, it is an ideal fit for sensitive accounts and environments where low-impact methods are advised. These include college dorms, senior-living facilities, managed-care and assisted-living housing, schools, health-care facilities, public housing, multi-family, and hotels.

For more information, visit https://ecoraiderpmp.com/ or call 1-800-338-0212. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

EcoRaider Certified Under USDA BioPreferred Program

Reneotech, the manufacturer of EcoRaider green pest control products, has announced that EcoRaider has been certified under the USDA’s BioPreferred Program as being Biobased.

For Pest Management Professionals (PMPs) this means the use of EcoRaider is essentially backed and proven by the USDA. This is just another reason to sell EcoRaider as the lead bed bug control product or as the core product in a pest control firm’s green program.

“This is a breakthrough for EcoRaider, which has already been accepted by PMPs throughout the country as the leading green bed bug control solution,” said Todd Zon, Reneotech Vice President.

“Now it’s huge to be able to tell PMPs that EcoRaider is not only backed but certified by the USDA. Very few companies achieve this designation so we’re extremely proud that we can use this to help tell the story of EcoRaider.”

Being a Biobased product means that EcoRaider has achieved third-party verification as containing renewable plant, marine, or forestry-based resources.

EcoRaider is a plant-based bio-insecticide that formulated with botanical extracts as active ingredients. It does not contain any chemical pesticide and all of the ingredients are generally recognized as safe and bio-degradable.

The BioPreferred program is a USDA-led initiative designed to assist in the development and expansion of markets for bio-based products. Created by the 2002 Farm Bill and expanded as part of the 2014 Farm Bill, BioPreferred is transforming the marketplace for biobased goods through mandatory purchasing requirements for federal agencies and contractors, as well as voluntary product certification and labeling.

The new Biobased seal will start to appear on product package in summer 2017. For more information, visit http://ecoraiderusa.com/ or call 1-800-338-0212. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Public Housing Pest Expert Bill Hastings of Rose Pest Control to Talk Bed Bug Prevention at the EcoRaider Booth at PHADA Chicago on May 1

Bill Hastings, Director of Special Services for Chicago’s Rose Pest Control and a renowned public housing pest control expert, will be the featured guest in the EcoRaider booth at Phada Chicago on May 1st. Hastings will be sharing bed bug prevention tips and will answer questions about bed bug infestations in public housing facilities.

Rose Pest Control, based in Chicago’s north suburbs, is one of the leading pest control firms in the midwest. Hastings is known throughout the pest control industry nationally as an expert in dealing with pests in public housing, and for knowing the types of products that work best to control insects of all types.

EcoRaider is used by Rose Pest Control instead of conventional pesticides because it delivers powerful performance without a toxic chemical. Hastings will discuss his experience handling all types of bed bug infestations in public housing and will help PHADA members discuss their own difficulties handling bed bugs and give tips.

The top performing natural bed bug solution, EcoRaider is a non-toxic plant-based formula, which is all-natural and safe for humans and pets. EcoRaider comes with no signal words therefore it can be used almost anywhere without vacating tenants. EcoRaider causes none to minimum skin irritation. In addition, EcoRaider is in compliance with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) standard, however it provides uncompromising insecticidal performance compared to top professional pesticides.

About EcoRaider
EcoRaider is a highly efficacious botanical-based bio-insecticide that can be applied anywhere bed bugs or ants are found without restriction. It carries no signal words or cautions and has no label restrictions or precautions on usage.

Because EcoRaider is a green product, it is an ideal fit for sensitive accounts and environments where low-impact methods are advised. These include college dorms, senior-living facilities, managed-care and assisted-living housing, schools, health-care facilities, public housing, multi-family, and hotels.

If you are not attending PHADA Chicago, visit our website to learn more about EcoRaider. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

In Trendy South Florida, The Only Thing Chic About Bed Bugs is Preventing Them!

South Florida is known for being all things trendy – music, hotels, fashion, architecture, and celebrities. So, the trendy, luxurious niche hotels that make up the popular vacation spots here are trendy in pest control, as well.

Being a destination that’s always a hot spot for tourists looking for the best of everything, the hotels in South Florida have taken a step forward by treating their facilities proactively for bed bugs rather than ever have a bed bug problem.

You could say the hotels are being trendy because they’re using a green bio-insecticide called EcoRaider. For hotels, it’s the top performing natural product and it kills 100 percent of bed bugs on contact, but more importantly it can also be used as a residual for hotels.

Bed bugs can hurt hotels in two ways – bad reputation issues via social media posts and the loss of revenue when the affected room(s) is taken out of commission to be treated with a synthetic pesticide. By using EcoRaider, South Florida’s most trendy hotels are now preventing bed bugs from ever becoming an issue.

One trendy boutique hotel has been using it proactively with incredible results.

“We decided we wanted to use EcoRaider as a preventative measure so we regularly spray it throughout the rooms and property and it’s been our way to prevent having a bed bug outbreak,” said Brian, the General Manager of a well-known South Florida hotel.

According to Brian, anytime a hotel deals with pest control it limits the exposure its Pest Management Professional (PMP) has with its guests for fear of negative concern. However, almost every hotel in the country regularly works with PMPs to be proactive about their approach to pest control.

But being able to use EcoRaider is a game-changer in a few ways: not only can hotel staff use the product themselves because it is not EPA labeled as a natural, green product, but it allows hotel administrators to continue renting out rooms in a very popular district.

“With other processes and chemicals, they require you to close a room for a number of days after treating for bed bugs so it would definitely be a negative and have a negative impact on our revenue,” said Brian. “With EcoRaider we don’t have to take the room and close it down for a few days.”

About EcoRaider
EcoRaider is a highly efficacious botanical-based bio-insecticide that can be applied anywhere bed bugs or ants are found without restriction. It carries no signal words or cautions and has no label restrictions or precautions on usage.

Because EcoRaider is a green product, it is an ideal fit for sensitive accounts and environments where low-impact methods are advised. These include college dorms, senior-living facilities, managed-care and assisted-living housing, schools, health-care facilities, public housing, multi-family, and hotels.

For more information, visit https://ecoraiderpmp.com/ or call 1-800-338-0212. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.