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Posted on April 29, 2013 with No Comments
As the summer months approach, pests are in general more active. Ticks are one pest to be concerned about because as children and adults spend more time outdoors, the contraction of Lyme’s disease increases. Deer and brown ticks are among the most common ticks found. Ticks are mostly found near low brush, and the tree line of lawns. “If a homeowner suspects a tick infestation on their property, they should immediately contact a pest professional.” Said Cindy Mannes of Fairfax, Virgina. Just this weekend, an employee of ours was watching her son play baseball at a ball field in Verplank New York and had some unwanted visitors sitting with her. Ticks, yes ticks were in the grassy area along side her. Here’s 2 pictures of the culprits.
If you see ticks on your property or feel that you are susceptible to having a tick infested area on your property and wish to eliminate the problem please contact our office.
Have a safe and happy summer!
Posted on April 23, 2013 with 1 Comment
Pest control professionals nationwide, make a pledge to join the hundreds of other PCO’s and go paperless!
A Plea For Paperless Pest Control
A single pest control technician can use upwards of 10,000 pieces of paper each year. With the average tree only producing 16.7 reams of paper, each pest control technician is responsible for using 1.2 trees a year just to do their job. With the number of pest professionals worldwide, that equates to some 178 million trees that are no longer part of our ecosystem.
Of U.S. manufacturing, paper production is the second largest user of energy and water; and third largest contributor to pollution. As a country, and as pest control professionals, we can help to change this.
Pest control professionals nationwide, let’s make a pledge to join the hundreds of other PCO’s by going paperless!
Paperless Pest Control
As a way to go green, save on costs, promote professionalism, and increase efficiencies; many pest control companies are trying to go paperless. Some have made the jump. Others are reluctant, or simply cannot because of roadblocks set by state legislature.
One major barrier to paperless pest control is that certain states mandate PCO’s keep hard copies of records and reports. Other states say you must simply be able to provide these records if and when they are needed. What will it take to update outdated state laws nationwide, so that all pest control companies can go paperless?
With the progression of technology, and efforts on Capitol Hill, a paperless scenario is looking more and more like a reality.
Paperless Reporting: NPMA Legislative Day 2013
With the advances of technology today, many pest control companies have gone, or are trying to go paperless. Unfortunately, PCOs have run into a major hurdle. Some states require pest control operators keep hard copies of pesticide records, use reports, and consumer info sheets—Even if a company has invested a large amount of money to go paperless.
Pest management operators lobbied Congress last month at NMPA’s Legislative Day. Their plea for was for federal lawmakers to allow, not mandate, nationwide paperless pest control. Pest control operators hope this new legislation will give PCO’s the ability to keep records and reports digitally. Since each state’s laws are different regarding these records and reports, the issue needs to be dealt with on the Federal level.
Pest management professionals argue that many of these state mandates were written in the 1970s and 1980s before people could imagine today’s technology.
Keeping Treatment Records: Government Roadblocks
All states in the US require pest control companies to keep treatment records. These records typically include: properties treated, pests treated on the property, applicator’s license number and the pesticide(s) used. Depending on the state and the pest treated, treatment records must be kept for at least 2-5 years.
Many states are quickly coming around and accepting electronic submissions for these reports and a few progressive states are pushing forward for the complete digitization of invoicing and work orders. Most states, even if they allow a large portion of your records to be digital will still want a paper copy left at the customers location.
Some state’s laws simply say that a company must provide treatment records. This means a pest control company can store these records electronically, and then print them off when needed. Other states require pest control companies to keep hard or paper copies of treatment records.
As a PCO, work with your state and see if we can push these boundaries. Laws most likely state that a pest control company must provide a treatment record. Don’t just assume that you need to keep hard copies. Ask if you can keep digital copies, and print of these records when needed.
If not, pressure your state government to update these laws to better match today’s technology.
Paperless office (Photo credit: Dimi15)
A Few Benefits Of Going Paperless
The benefits of going paperless are almost too many to count. Here are a few highlights:
Increase Efficiencies—Going paperless not only saves a lot of time, but can also improve efficiencies. Time savings come from reducing the redundancy of work, meaning only doing something once. At first, a few minutes a day may seem trivial, but look at the actual data. In a pest control office with 5,000 active quarterly customers, nearly 8000 minutes can be saved each day across the company. Over the course of a year, that’s almost 50,000 hours!
Save On Costs—Studies show, reducing paper by 60 percent results in an average savings per employee of $360. You also eliminate the costs of storing treatment records. The time savings and improved efficiencies alone can save a pest control company hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, depending on your techs hourly wage.
Organization—Paperless efforts help to reduce office clutter in your office. It’s a lot easier to find a record with the click of a mouse, versus digging through boxes or filing cabinets of paper.
Promotes Professionalism—The appearance of using up-to-date technologies, like those needed for paperless pest control, gives customers the perception that your up-to-date on all of the latest pesticides and pest control techniques. It’s good business!
Helps Save Planet—Reducing the use of paper by 60 percent eliminates 200 pounds of greenhouse gas annually. Like I mentioned before, one tech going paperless can save one tree a year.
Make Paperless Pest Control A Reality
Go Green (Photo credit: kenneoh)
Most pest control businesses have already deployed the majority of the infrastructure required to enable convenient electronic access, and a small investment will provide wireless and remote access.
The first step is to provide convenient electronic access to pest control documents, from anywhere at any time. Additionally, the use of paper needs to be made inconvenient. It is critical to do both. If paper use is made inconvenient without offering a great alternative, there will be loud complaints by employees and technicians within the company.
After all these years, and with the increase in technological advances, paperless pest control is almost within reach. Let’s continue to work together and make it happen!
Spread the word for paperless pest control!
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Posted on March 14, 2013 with No Comments
Bed Bug Thermal Heat Solutions
WE BRING THE HEAT TO NEW YORK
Our bed bug heat treatment system emits over 300,0000 BTU’s per hour from just one standard 115 volt circuit. No excessive power requirements are needed which saves our customer’s money.
OUR HEAT: We utilize clean DRY heated air so that there is no moisture that can cause mold or loosen glues.
DISCRETE: Although bed bugs are extremely common we’re sure you don’t want to tell the whole neighborhood! We won’t advertise to the neighbors why we are there and we don’t have a noisy generator that will bother the neighbors!
SAFETY: We don’t have electric heating coils or propane heaters so there is no flashpoint that could start a fire during bed bug removal.
HEAT EXCHANGERS – We utilize multiple heat exchangers that will evenly raise the temperature in the entire structure together all at one time.
WIRELESS TEMPERATURE SENSORS – With our technology we are able to ensure that there are NO cold spots and also make sure that it does NOT get too hot! During bed bug heat extermination, if temperatures are not continually monitored and if it gets too hot, damage can occur to your personal belongings, the contents of your house or even your structure.
WIRELESS TEMPERATURE MONITORING – Via our sensors, true temperatures are monitored with a laptop computer – we are able to continually monitor temperatures and provide printouts of all temperatures.
Would you like more information about bed bug heat treatment in New York?
Posted on March 12, 2013 with No Comments
The pest control experts at J.P. McHale Pest Management Inc. are located in New York and also provide extermination in parts of New Jersey and Connecticut, but you don’t have to live in in the tri-state area to take advantage of the information that we provide!
Categories include home pest solutions and commercial pest control including all pests from bed bugs, wasps, ants and termites to lawn care. You can visit our pest identification center if you need information on a certain pest. We also occassionally include topics covering indoor air quality and mold removal from our partner – Envirocare Air Quality Restoration.
Some of the most popular posts are on the New York bed bug epidemic and mosquito and tick problems.
Whether you are a pest control operator or a homeowner visiting our website and our blog will arm arm you with the information and knowledge you need to make informed decisions about pest control. Whether you are looking for do-it-yourself pest control ideas or if you are looking for a pest control company in New York or the area that you work or live – you will be sure to find what you are looking for!
You can also stay up-to-date by following us on facebook and twitter – just look for nypestcontrol ! Have a question or want a topic included on one of our social media sites, just send us an email here or call us at 800-479-2284.
Posted on January 22, 2013 with No Comments
Orkin has just released its rankings of U.S. cities in order of the number of bed bug treatments from January to December 2012. The “Windy City” of Chicago tops the list, followed by Detroit, Los Angeles, Denver and Cincinnati.
With increased travel, both internationally and domestically, and higher bedbug resistance to existing pesticides, Orkin has seen an almost 33 percent boost in bedbug business compared to 2011. The company has just released its rankings of U.S. cities in order of the number of bedbug treatments from January to December 2012. The “Windy City” of Chicago tops the list, followed by Detroit, Los Angeles, Denver and Cincinnati.
“This list shows that bedbugs continue to be a problem throughout the U.S.,” Ron Harrison, Ph.D., Orkin entomologist and Technical Services Director said in a statement. “Based on the diversity of cities on the list, we all need to be very cautious when we travel – whether it is business or pleasure, or to visit family, friends or vacation.”
Bedbugs are about the size and color of a flat apple seed, and are found not only on mattresses and upholstery, but in suitcases, boxes, shoes, wallpaper and headboards.
Harrison stresses that it’s important to be vigilant and take proper precautions wherever you are. It’s a common misconception that sanitation is a factor in developing the tiny pests, Orkin says.
Here are the top 50 U.S. cities, ranked in order of the number of bedbug treatments. The number in parenthesis is the shift in ranking compared to January to December 2011:
3. Columbus, Ohio
6. Washington, D.C.
7. New York
8. Dayton, Ohio
11. Lexington, Ky.
12. Cleveland/Akron/Canton, Ohio
13. Las Vegas
14. Richmond/Petersburg, Va.
15. Hartford/New Haven, Conn.
16. Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.
17. Buffalo, N.Y.
19. Los Angeles
20. Boston/Manchester, N.H.
21. Omaha, Neb.
23. Albany/Schenectady/Troy, N.Y.
24. Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa
26. Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville, N.C.
27. Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, Mich.
28. San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose, Calif.
29. Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas
30. Phoenix/Prescott, Ariz.
31. New Orleans
32. Des Moines/Ames, Iowa
33. Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney, Neb.
34. Seattle/Tacoma, Wash.
36. Charleston/Huntington, W.Va.
37. Charlotte, N.C.
38. Louisville, Ky.
39. San Diego
40. Norfolk/Portsmouth/Newport News, Va.
41. Sioux City, Iowa
42. Tulsa, Okla.
43. Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
44. Austin, Texas
45. Ft. Wayne, Ind.
46. Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colo.
47. Syracuse, N.Y.
49. Davenport, Iowa/Moline, Ill.
50. Salt Lake City, Utah
Posted on December 31, 2012 with No Comments
Posted on December 12, 2012 with No Comments
You can save a lot of money on clothing and other items by shopping at New York consignment and second hand stores, but it is important to keep in mind there is also a risk of picking up some unwanted pest problems including bed bugs. Here’s some tips of what to look for before bringing home your recently found deals:
Inspect the items for any signs of bed bugs, including dark fecal staining (spots), light brown colored cast skins, or of course, any live bugs!
Do not purchase any used mattresses or upholstered furniture if at all possible. Second hand mattresses and other furniture may have bed bugs and because the furniture is typically cleaned before it is resold, it will be harder to spots signs of bed bug infestations..
Used or second-hand clothing put into a bag at the store and then washed and dried on high heat immediately when you get home. You should not purchase clothing that cannot be washed and dried.
By having regular New York Pest Control services and preventative pest control services, will help alleviate your concerns while being a savvy shopper at the same time!
To learn more about bed bug treatment in New York and preventative pest control services, please call us at (800) 479-2284 for immediate attention, live chat with us, tweet us, email us.
Posted on November 9, 2012 with No Comments
With concerns about Lyme disease, the management of tick populations is of utmost concern to many of our customers. J.P. McHale Pest Management offers a variety of ways to manage ticks including on-going programs and customized comprehensive programs. Did you know that the pile of leaves you raked for your kids to jump in in your yard could be a great place for ticks to harbor? Along with our environmentally sensitive methods to effectively reduce the tick population on your property, you may also consider one of our lawn care programs.
For ticks we treat areas most conducive to tick activity, and consistently provide you with important recommendations based on observations during our routine visits. Removing leaf litter, reducing overgrown shrubbery, cutting the grass frequently, are just some of the cultural practices you can do to combine our efforts and reduce your family and pets exposure to ticks.
The life cycle of the deer tick comprises three growth stages: the larva, nymph and adult. It takes about two years for the tick to hatch from the egg, go through all three stages, reproduce, and then die. Humans are at the greatest risk of Lyme Disease and other co-infections in late spring and summer.
Posted on September 14, 2012 with No Comments
If you are looking for the best Manhattan Pest Control Company that will provide solutions to your pest control needs then look no further! Our technicians service the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn on a daily basis. JP McHale Pest Management is a family owned business with true family values. We care about our customers and we will always do everything in our power to meet or exceed your expectations.
If you are homeowner faced with an emergency pest control situation or a commercial property looking for an integrated pest management plan, contact our knowledgeable and friendly staff at 800-479-2284.
Our management team will be happy to answer any questions you have!
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Posted on August 13, 2012 with No Comments
Recent research uncovers tick bite as the cause for a delayed allergic reaction to red meat.
If you are a steak lover, enjoy your meat while you can. The researchers state that any time around three to six hours after eating red meat for dinner, patients may wake up in the middle of the night with hives or anaphylaxis. The link between anaphylaxis and eating red meat had remained indefinable until recent research. The article by Susan Wolver, MD, and Diane Sun, MD, from Virginia Commonwealth University in the US, and colleagues, explains why if you have been bitten by a tick, you may develop an allergy to red meat. Their article1 elucidates this connection and discusses the journey of the discovery. Their work appears online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine², published by Springer.
Ticks are tiny spider-like bugs. When they bite, they latch onto skin and feed on blood. Tick bites occur most often during early spring and late summer months. Simple ways to prevent tick bites include avoiding bushy and wooded areas with high grass, walking in the center of trails, and applying insect repellent. It is recommended to shower as soon as returning inside after exploring or working outdoors and also to perform a full body inspection for any ticks.