The IBBRA would like to welcome Kay McDonald and Bed Bug Detection K9s as a Founding Member of the International Bed Bug Resource Authority (IBBRA).
Dogs trained for scent are just that, trained for scent, but a working “team” is both the dog and the handler together. The importance of good handling is that it keeps the dogs on cue and working at high efficiency. False positives are not an option with this team!
Kay McDonald isn’t just a dog handler. She is a woman with vision, care and a great big heart. As Vice President and Canine Training Director for Massachusetts Rescue and Recovery K9 Unit (www.mark9.us) she expressed to me how minutes in a search can mean the difference in life or death for someone lost or injured or trapped. These teams are crucial in the rapid location of someone lost to save their lives and each of their dedicated teams consist of professional volunteers who donate thousands of hours to train their dogs for the sole purpose of helping others in times of need.
Both of Kay’s search and rescue (SAR) dogs have the highest level of certification for their chosen training through the Massachusetts Search and Rescue Dog Federation (www.MASSARDF.org) and Crime Scene work through the International Police Work Dog Association. Her live find dog searches for live missing persons and her cadaver dog searches for expired people.
Just recently, her 7-year-old Border Collie Rio passed an advanced 160-acre certification test, finding the hidden person in just three hours. Her cadaver dog is Poppy, is a 5-year-old Border Collie/Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix. Poppy was initially bred for flyball, but now works on century-old cold cases as well as fresh.
Few bed bug detection handlers have such professional versatility as Kay. Kay is a highly experienced, multifaceted trainer/handler that has been instructing dogs in high-level activities for over 20 years. From agility sports, animal wrangling for films, flyball competitions, rescue and recovery work; she has now joined the world of bed bug detection.
During my interview with Kay, you can feel her passion about rescue work and equally with bed bug detection. “Finding bed bugs early changes the game for people. It can help prevent a serious outlay of money for long-term infestations. These people need help, she explained to me, and I’m here to do just that”. She’s focused and committed to helping people.
A dog “team” is only as good as the handler, says Kay. You can have a highly trained dog, but if the handler doesn’t know what they’re doing you can miss bed bugs or have false alerts. Accuracy and taking my time is number one priority for me. We sweep the room with great detail so we don’t miss anything. I may take longer than other teams but if there are bed bugs, we will find them.
Kay trained her own bed bug detection dog Spice, and certified as a team through the IBBMA Integrated Bed Bug Management Association (www.IBBMA.org). Kay is also an evaluator for both MASSARDF and for IBBMA. She conducts working, detection dog training sessions in narcotics, explosives (vapor wake), human remains, live find and nose work. Her long-term goals and intentions are to help other bed bug detection handlers perfect their skills and become the best in their field.
When she and her dogs are not working, they enjoy playing flyball and compete on the Bay State Bandits Flyball Team. Let’s all reach out and welcome Kay and Spice aboard!
Bed Bug Detection K9s is located in Pepperell, MA right outside of Boston and you can reach Kay at Bed Bug Detection K9s (http://www.bedbugdetectionk9s.com)
An owner of a pest control company recently told me, he doesn’t get as many calls for bed bugs as he had the past two years. He also added, “He thinks bed bugs are dropping off as they did years ago and once he takes care of a client’s problem, he never hears from them again”. That told me two things, he might be doing a good job, but he is not engaging his clients.
The fact is, a few years back there were only a handful of pest control companies doing bed bug work, but today, the competition is so much greater. In addition, in some areas, do-it-yourselfers are rapidly growing.
I asked him where he targets his marketing and advertisement, who writes his blogs, how does he stay in contact with his previous clients“, and how he optimizes” his web site to get new customers.
He had a blank, lost look on his face. It reminded me, of me a few years back when I didn’t even know what a URL was. Keeping up to date with Google standards and ranking algorithms is a full time job all by itself. I learn something new every week. And just when I think I understand completely it, it changes. Thanks Google!
He shared with me that he spent a lot of money on his site but he is not getting the traffic that he thought he would. Some people think that once you put up a web site, you’re all done. Not true, with hundreds of thousands of web sites on the Internet how does Google know who to put on the first page unless you let them know you exist?
Sure you can pay though your nose, but if you use the words Bed Bugs, it will cost you dearly!
You need to earn that position by optimizing your site daily in order for Google to take you serious and place you high in the search engines.
Some people think they can just hire a SEO company (and there are plenty of them out there), and starting at around $499 a month for a basic package, will promise you first page ranking in three months.
Please be careful and don’t bite for this…check out the SEO company thoroughly. Do a trail run or test before you sign up for any long term, costly adventure.
They can get you to the front page quickly – top – front and center – but be careful here – some of these companies purchase links, thousands of them and add them to your site. You will see a huge surge of traffic, which leads you to thinking that you are getting your monies worth.
The problem is, they are loading you with bad backlinks. When loaded with bad backlinks, and Google realizes it, you are tossed back five pages or more it can be years before your site will see the light of day on the front page ever again. Bad backlinks can harm your domain permanently.
A high quality website grows over time with organic visits in terms of both search engine trust and loyal readers. I’ll say it again, loyal readers. You have to blog!
Make sure that your content is unique and original and Google hates publish duplicate content on websites. If you must use the same content in two areas make sure do a “no index and no follow” on those pages so that they do not have a negative impact on your SEO.
Are you a key word stuffer? Great, you have a list of keywords often used by your target market that you want to include in your content. Don’t cram all of them into one piece of content or use all of them in each article you write. Google will pick this up as an attempt to manipulate their algorithms, and you will lose ranking. Use them only in your title or opening paragraphs and naturally within the body of your content.
Guest posting for links – You do me and I will do you – Be careful here, if done wrong can damage rankings! Remember; always create original, relevant and useful blogs and information for your audience. If you’re going to allow any guest posting for links, make sure they are industry related and not just for exposure or recognition.
There is an expression, “Content is King!” Great content encourages people to link to your pages, give them thumbs-up and share them with others and this shows Google™ your pages are interesting and authoritative which leads to search engine success. It is that simple!
However, good content alone is not enough.
Here’s the catch – it involves writing regular, powerful content that people find useful and beneficial and it has to be shared on a regular interval (daily-weekly-monthly) in blogs, twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, etc., and over-time Google™ picks up on these authoritive signals.
Creating inbound traffic and unique visitors is an investment that turns into a gift that keeps on giving. Its said, the rule of thumb for an average firm in this industry is 1,000 visitors per month. If you are getting 1,000 unique visitors per month… Pat yourself on the back.
But when I see that I’ve been working on a particular segment, and then seeing a spike (or trend) towards more visitors – then I know that I’m doing my job. The number of visitors will ebb and flow a bit, so having analytics measured across months and years is more important to the big picture. If you are not seeing anything close to that, you may have some work to do.
Last year, the IBBRA web site received over 72,000 unique visitors searching for bed bug solutions and answers. Growing to that volume took a consistent growth pattern based on daily postings of important information that people are searching for or opted-in to receive.
Since we’ve gained strong SEO, we continue to create stronger value for our members. Many of our members share our posts or link to our posts and blogs and we do the same for them when they send their blogs to us. If you are not sharing them, you cannot benefit. THAT is what it is all about.
Great content from idea to publication can help you build your audience and drive continued traffic growth to your site. So if you don’t have a blog, you need one.
If you can’t write, then reach out! There are lots of blog writers out there starting at $100up a blog which is a small price to pay for the amount of unique visitors you’ll get after around 10-20 blogs. Find someone who is well versed in your industry.
I’ve been ghost writing blogs and books for others specific to bed bugs, heat treatments and much more for several years and would like to open my services to you as well. Some of our members already use me to create original blogs for them with great success, so I decided to open it up for others that require help.
If you are looking for content on bed bugs, I am offering packages of five blogs at a time. Just tell me what you want to tell your audience and I will write it for you. Most blogs are 600+ words (most are more). If I feel that I can’t write about the topic you choose, I will bow out gracefully and help you find someone who can.
Your customers don’t stay with you because you’re “cute”, they found “value” in your services. Insure your customers think of you beyond just the first service day.
So what makes you stand out from your competition?
Always here to help! www.ibbra.org
Could it be – that we have too much STUFF?
I’ve written a number of articles on how “clutter” creates a much more difficult environment in which to get rid of bed bugs; but the sense of discontent and fear for a hoarder, can send them both physically and mentally into an emotional tailspin.
Clean, well-organized people are often overwhelmed with just the thought of having to prepare for a treatment; face it, it is a lot of work, but when a hoarder is faced with the challenge the game changes. “Clean it up or give it away” comes through loud and clear often leads to the building of serious psychosomatic fear. The very thought of having to give away their exaggerated sense of protectiveness for these “precious possessions” creates an indeterminate state and traps them like a deer in headlights.
No one knows exactly why, but they just can’t let go. The true epiphanies usually don’t come until one attempts to prepare for the removal of bug that is biting daily. Meanwhile, they live with piles of useless things that create immense discontent.
In the past, I wrote about one particular woman that had record amounts of hats, purses and shoes that she had collected over many years, which overflowed in boxes and bags under and alongside of her bed. It got to the point when she was being bitten nightly but would not budge the items under her bed for the love of money. She expressed how much she has spent on these items and how valuable they were to her. In her exact words, they were “irreplaceable”. When I asked her when she last worn any of them or pulled these things out to clean, she answered, she didn’t remember, maybe six years or so. I cringed. Now, I am getting a huge vision here, I can only image, but have a clue what is going on under her bed.
After back-to-back phone calls like this from people who asked if they had to get rid of their “stuff”, I reached out to better understand the physiological attachment to these belongings. I can understand a couple heirlooms and artifacts that have deep meaning, but a collection of old “stuff”, I grappled.
I had the pleasure of speaking to Cory Chalmers, Owner of Steri-Clean Inc. Cory launched the series Hoarders, which depicts the real-life struggles and treatment of people who suffer from hoarding and was one of the most watched series on A&E for years. Daily, he and his crews deal with immense biohazard conditions and severe emotional struggles. He shared with me that many times on the show, in an effort to help his clients live a better physical and emotional life; the psychologists and clean-up crewmembers were shown to the door by the hoarder in refusal of any help. They just couldn’t let go.
Re-evaluating your material possessions
We live in a world where the vision of “more is better”. If one is good, ten must be better! Unfortunately, more always gets in the way. Now you need a bigger house with a bigger garage or another storage container. What happen to the days when good enough was good enough?
Modern day kitchen gadgets took the place of a knife and a little time. Conveniences, immediate satisfaction and things to make others think we are more than we are, fill store shelves. Even with all these “conveniences”, we still have little time to enjoy our families. Weekends are filled with, “We have to clean the garage”.
How many times have you walked into a store and saw something so cool that you just had to have, and purchased it? Where is that item now? Crammed in a drawer, in storage, in a closet? When is the last time you found the need to use it or use it for entertainment? Exactly my point!
When my kids and I moved from what I call “the big house” to a smaller home on the oceanfront, we had no choice but to scale down. We sat and went through “stuff” that we just “had to have” and believe me; my kids didn’t suffer from not ever having enough, I asked the question, “Do we need, want or desire this?”
When you look at items that way, you find that there really is very little that we actually really “need”. Does one need fifty pairs of pants, twenty pairs of shoes or sixty T-shirts in every color? How many jackets does one need?
More than half of what we humans have hung on a hanger are collecting dust and not worn for years. Women, how about that pre-pregnant “size eight” dress that you were holding onto to fit back into one day? Men, what about those pants with size 34 waist those are crammed between another dozen or so things that don’t fit you since you took up drinking beer?
I placed many items into boxes and would review the contents a week or so later. Before I was done, I had reduced the box to half of what it was originally. My kids did the same and I saw them piling their “stuff” for give-a-ways, donations and rubbish.
I often tell women to think about how much time it takes them to clean a house that has lots of “stuff”. Women tell me that they have to go in and “organize” rooms, which takes hours of their time. I’ve received calls back from women that I spoke to that went through their items and reduced them only to be told that it freed them up from having to organize or move them here and there and it takes them less time to clean their homes and more time for their families.
Now is everyone going to do this, probably not, but if you have an hour here and there, grab up a box of your “stuff”, go through it and delete the things that hold you back and think about buying only what you actually need which helps eliminate excessive debt and you can put more into savings or retirement.
Two significant contributors to depression and anxiety are financial hardship and stress so ask yourself, have you over-accumulation “stuff” and how much time do you have to work to pay the bills for this stuff?
I read somewhere that hoarding is the “endowment effect on steroids” and there is a wide spectrum of over-accumulation. We own more things than we need or can possibly care for, and cannot park our cars in the garage because it is filled with things that don’t fit in the house.
I ask myself when I am about to purchase something, “Do I need, want or desire this – will I actually “use” this item up – and is this going to bring me closer or further to my goals?” I don’t know about you, but at this time in my life, I want to focus more on living with less “stuff” and focus more on building a more meaningful life and spend time with those I love. I want that freedom of choice every day of my life from now on.
When it comes down to the nitty gritty, all the “superfluous wants and must haves” don’t make up the person. No material possession really has any meaning; they only fill your ego or deplete your pocketbook.
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We all know that most everything in life has a purpose. If that is true, what purpose has the bed bug? They are not a food source; they don’t prey on other pests, you can’t make energy or fabric from them. In the ecological scheme of things, they are still part of the diversity of life on our planet.
Looking back over their history, you can see that they were nothing short of pure hell for those who had them. In homes, they created a reason to have hyper vigilant and thankless repetitive cleaning habits. In businesses, they made it impossible to feel safe, and in travel, they affected people’s belongings and lives much as they do today.
Unlike arachnids that feed on other pests to help keep populations down, the bed bug doesn’t prey on other insects as their food supply. Spiders are primary controllers of insects in our crops, which would be consumed by other pests without them. Spiders are food for other organisms, from other spiders to birds, reptiles, and small mammals like shrews. Spider venoms show promise in the field of medicine. Spider silk is among the strongest, most elastic of natural fibers. Synthesized spider silk has proven useful in creating the next generation of parachutes and bulletproof vests. (1)
So, how about blood sucking ticks? Ticks are an essential food source for animals that forage for nourishment in the places where ticks live (which is almost everywhere, really). (2)
Even nasty disease vectors like mosquitoes have sustainable benefits. In the aquatic stage, fish feed on mosquito larvae, once emerged as adults, birds and spiders and other insects feed on them. Dragonflies and damselflies love mosquitoes. Frogs eat adult mosquitoes and tadpoles eat the larvae. (3)
Occasionally, I’ll get a call from a bed bug victim that says, “What was God thinking when he made these horrible bloodsuckers?” After lengthy conversations surrounding the topic of the function or role bed bugs play in our lives, we’ve come up with the biggest benefit of having bed bugs.
It goes like this…
There are no words to describe people’s relationship with personal possessions. We live in a world of “stuff”. People have more “stuff” than they need and it piles up in closets, drawers, hallways, spare rooms, garages, storage units and many become hoarders. Some of this “stuff” has only value to the owner of it.
I recently spoke to a woman in a high-rise apartment that had boxes of purses, shoes and miscellaneous items hidden away under her bed since she moved in over 7 years ago. She’s not sure how long she’s had bed bugs. Eek!
When I suggested her going through her things she remarked, “Those are my “things”, I have nowhere else to put them, they cost me a lot of money”. I’ve spoken to others who have articles of clothing from twenty years ago, hidden away in boxes because they intended to fit back into them someday. I hear people tell me “how expensive” and how valuable their “stuff” is, and the attachment to these things is strong.
We just can’t let go of our “stuff”
Until… bed bugs!
No matter how resistant you are to letting go, either you do it now, or you will be forced to do it later. At least now, you have a chance of selling it without an infestation of bugs.
We have concluded that the sole purpose of bed bugs is…
TO CLEAN UP THE “CLUTTER” IN LIFE!!!
Yes, that’s it, to clean up this world of “stuff” we live with.
You know, that “stuff” you’ve been meaning to go through for the last decade in the spare room, closet or garage. How about the paid for storage you haven’t visited in months, maybe years?
I tell people to pick up an item and ask this question, “Do I need, want or desire this?” Does the item serve you or take away from you? If you haven’t worn it, used it, loaned it or made money with it in the past couple of years – get rid of it!
I heard of a couple that had several homes and when their last child got married, they sold everything, put the money in a nice investment and now travel the world. Now I not telling you to throw away your life or do what these people did but I am saying that clearing out the extras in life makes life easier. You would be surprised how little we actually need in life to sustain a great life style. Besides, you will spend less time cleaning, paying for storage for things you never use and most of all be able to “see if you have a bed bugs problem and take care of it” much easier.
Don’t wait to get bed bugs before you clean up your act. It will be so much easier should you get bed bugs if you don’t have “stuff”.
www.ibbra.org We’re here to help!
A quick look online will yield thousands of complaints from people waking with bites when staying in a hotel. Fingers are hastily pointed in the direction of the hotelier blaming them for bed bugs and holding them responsible.
Because it is hard to identify “if” the bite was from a bed bug or know where the bed bug may have come from, travelers are extorting FREE nights and replacement of belongings from hotels. They expect that just because they have a bite mark, it was from the room they stayed in at the hotel.
Not always the case!
What I’d like to address today is facts about bed bugs that just might wake you up to a new reality.
People react to bites differently. Mosquito and fleabites are often mistaken as bed bug bites. What if your guest was out at a Bar-b-q that night and was bitten by mosquitoes? On the other hand, how about playing on a grass field and got a fleabite or chiggers?
Number one, hoteliers don’t bring bed bugs in their rooms, it just happens. Most of the time it is the guests bringing them in or a staff member can also contribute if they have them at home. Most of the larger hotels have housekeeping and maintenance staff looking for any signs of bed bugs while they are cleaning or repairing.
Unfortunately, because of the bed bugs size, cryptic nature and ability to hide in the most obscure hidden places, they might not always be recognized unless fecal or blood signs or cast skins are discovered.
After thousands of phone calls from these “victims”, I will show you examples of what the real truth could be.
#1 A guest may have bed bugs at home and because they are one of those who are not affected by the bites, they may not know they have them. In these cases, when packing, they may have packed away items that have bed bugs and not know it. When showing up at a hotel, a bed bug or two may crawl off their items and into the rooms. They check out and the room is then prepared for the next guest. The next guest may be bitten by the bed bug(s) the person the night before dropped off. (Who’s fault is it and how would one know?)
#2 People take different means and ways of traveling including planes, buses, taxis, subways, trains, rental cars, etc. What “if” one of those transportation vehicles housed bed bugs and one or two hitchhike a ride on their luggage or purse? Unknown to them, they now bring bed bug hitchhiker to the hotel room they are staying. (Who’s fault is it and how would one know?)
One and two are what we call “occurrences” and not “infestations. It can happen to anyone but still needs to be addressed properly and immediately.
This next example is more common that one would think and often found in absent owners and extended stay hotels.
# 3 Obvious bed bug infestations found in some hotels shows nothing but negligence on the part of the hoteliers management. This is when you peel back the sheets and find clusters of bed bugs, cast skins and fecal matter riddled along the edges of the mattresses and box springs.
Remember, bed bugs are on the foot or luggage of the next guest that enters the doors.
Hospitality and multi-unit groups pay out hundreds of thousands of dollars yearly for bed bug remediation efforts and accept blame regardless of who brought them in. Because there is no “proof” of where the bed bugs came from, it is their dwelling and they must accommodate their guests in order to avoid a lawsuit or bad review. This greatly affects their ROI. Unfortunately, talking to some hotel management staff about the potential is like a tree falling in the woods. Only the smart ones fully understand bed bugs and the potentials.
We have worked with many hoteliers to assure they don’t give away the house just because someone blames them for a bite on their body. Having a strategy in place will stop people from extorting by seeing this reality. By setting up an effective bed bug elimination method, business owners can avoid the un-fixable damage to a business reputation caused by bed bugs.
So, before you go blaming anyone for giving you bed bugs – stop and think!
We show you how to prevent having to pay anything out and protect your guests from saying they brought bedbugs home from your establishment.
We are always here to help – give us a call and we’ll show you! 888-966-2332 www.ibbra.org
I had an interesting conversation with a pest control company today and when asking what their biggest obstacle was they replied, “Some people just can’t afford our services”. That isn’t all that uncommon if you asked around. He went on to say how hard it was for him to walk away when he sees how bad some of these situations are, especially when young children are involved.
I then asked what they do to help these people understand the long-term ramifications of not seeking treatment and he replied, “I really wish I could educate them more but time restraints, overhead and scheduling for those who can pay take up most of our time and we are booked weeks out in advance”.
In order to assist a client with step-by-step instructions to do their own is fruitless for the professional in so many ways. They just don’t have the time and can’t wrap their heads around taking time to help those who can’t afford treatments with no financial benefits. After all, your in business to make money and someone has to pay the bills.
No matter what is happening with professionals or those who can’t afford their services, the fact remains that, bed bugs are NOT GOING AWAY and will continue to grow throughout all our communities. There will always be plenty of work for the professionals but we need to help those who can’t afford their services.
HAVE A HEART!
You know the story, when people are on limited budgets, they run to their local store to buy up cans of three ($3) and five ($5) dollar sprays or anything that has bed bugs on the label that fits their budget. And if you were to speak with any of them, they honestly think they will do the trick. No need to go into detail why that is so bad because we all know that they don’t understand the bug their dealing with. Furthermore, most of the OTC sprays and bed bug bombs don’t work and only make matters worse by spreading them.
HOW CAN YOU HELP FINANCIALLY LIMITED FAMILES GET CONTROL OF THEIR BED BUGS
This won’t take any extra time, only costs a few buck (you can even sell them for a profit and make money)
Hand them the IBBRA’s Do-it-yourself book. Written in collaboration with several pest control companies, the book walks them through a thorough education about the bug first, and then takes them by the hand and shows them what to do step by step. Especially cool is, it teaches people what NOT to do to keep their family and environment safe.
We offer the book at cost to the pest control industry so those who truly want to help people can give it to the customers they normally walk away from or they can charge them the retail price on Amazon of $12.99 and make a few bucks. Either way, you will be helping someone and hopefully teaching them what NOT TO DO which may save someone from a health situation or burning their home down.
Will everyone solve his or her bed bug problem by reading this book? Some will – some won’t. Depending upon how long bed bugs have been in their dwelling and whether they are willing to do what it takes. Bed bugs, once established takes a lot of work and unless they did every step strategically and methodically, and if they miss a few or leave out any of the steps, they will have to start all over again.
For those who have the money but just don’t want to spend money I give them an option. I tell them, read the book in its entirety first so they understand what it entails. Then estimate the hours they anticipate to do the job completely – multiply the hours by their hourly wage – then make the decision – would they not be better off hiring a professional?
I had a woman call me two years ago who had a just over ten thousand square foot senior care facility with twenty rooms riddled with bed bugs. She had only been in business for a few years and was still in the red. She got an estimate of ten thousand dollars from pest control, which she could not afford.
I sent her our Do-it-Yourself book and warned her of how much work it was going to be but she had to follow each step carefully.
Six months later, I received a call from her thanking me and stating that they finally got ahead of the bed bugs, her whole staff is now completely aware and now has an intake procedure to ward off any new introductions the best they can.
We are always here to help!
Contact the IBBRA to order Do-it-Yourself for bed bugs. 888-966-2332
I often hear from pest control companies, how do I let people know that I do bed bugs?
Sure, you can leave it up to people to find you online or in the yellow pages (which we all know isn’t the best because there is so much competition).
So how would people know you can help them or specialize in bed bugs if you don’t tell them?
These posters were built with two things in mind.
One, to make people aware of the signs and symptoms of bed bugs, show them what they look like, where to look and have them acknowledge the fact that they might just have them. (for those not affected by bites)
The second reason, was for pest control to make an appearance, hand them a tool that helps clients best understand and know where to call if they should encounter bed bugs.
Having your contact information on one of the best visuals used in offices, gyms, schools, churches, hotels, and businesses is a no brainer for when someone is looking at the poster and finds your contact information on the bottom.
Previously only available to IBBRA members, are now available to all!
They come in packages of 200 – $1.00 each, flat shipping rate of $13.45
This inexpensive advertising couldn’t be more valuable to both you and your clients.
The posters are 11″ x 17″, full color, glossy with a perfect place on the bottom right to place a sticker, staple a business card or write your company contact information.
Write email@example.com to place your order or call 888-966-2332
Call an IBBRA member to order yours.
Help create massive public awareness across our nation.
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(Coming soon – Spanish version)
The IBBRA and its members are privileged to welcome Cochnower Pest Control as a Founding Member on our team!
In order to support sustainable communities one must provide access to high quality, safe and affordable solutions for the environments in which they live. Since 1943, through participatory leadership and focused project planning, Cochnower Pest Control has been the source for reliable pest control services and superior extermination expertise.
What enthralled me about this company was their family approach and laser focus on being an all-inclusive pest management resource for their whole community. The Cochnower philosophy involves educating their clients about different species of pests and if needed in low-income or financially strained situations even teaching do-it-yourself treatments.
The client always comes first with Cochnower and they even assist in pest identification FREE! More than just a pest control company, they are a reliable resource for everything related to managing pests inside and out of both residents and businesses.
Their retail store staff always keeps up to date on the latest treatments and techniques in the industry making it a goal to keep clients informed about pest problems and all available solutions. If a client is dealing with a serious infestation, they go to the client’s home and walk them through the process so they fully understand what to expect.
“Pest Control” is for when Pests are “Out of Control”
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Sentricon Colony Elimination System for both their residential and commercial customers is popular because it is the only green solution granted the Presidential Green Chemistry Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Cochnower Pest Control is one of the few authorized operators in the area to offer this completely green termite solution.
No “cookie cutter plan” for clients ever! They create a “Personal Pest Plan” (PPP) based on client’s personal needs and budget making your pest control plan unique to you and your company’s needs.
Like the standards and qualifications of IBBRA members, few companies qualify and receive the Mark of Excellence from QualityPro, and must meet strict requirements for good business practices and standards. Out of approximately 23,988 US nationwide pest control companies, fewer than five hundred companies qualify for this prestigious mark. These certified companies are committed to providing pest management that is least-risk to people, property, and the environment.
Cochnower Pest Control is a GreenPro-certified company that cares by providing pest management that is least-risk to people, property, and the environment and follows these principles:
- Habitat modification, exclusion, removal of food and water sources, sanitation, and repairs
- Provides documentation from inspection, elimination, monitoring, as well as follow-up to ensure efficacy
- Communicate regularly with clients about pest infestations, favorable conditions, and ways to prevent pests
- Requiring GreenPro training for all company employees who sell or perform GreenPro service
Cochnower has an A+ BBB rating, and since 2009 is a six-year A+ veteran on Angie’s List
Welcome the excellence of Cochnower to serve you or your business!
Indiana: Tippecanoe, White, Clinton, Carroll
The IBBRA and its members would like to extend a warm welcome to Burr Pest Control!
There is something comforting in the words “longevity and original”. From good to great, this company was built to last! Serving clients for nearly eight decades, Burr Pest Control’s time-honored household name conveys a badge of trust since 1937.
Burr is proud to be celebrating their 79th Anniversary in business this year!
Regarded as the first and oldest pest control family in the United States, Rose Pest Solutions (via the Dold family) purchased Burr Pest Control (also called Burr Chemical Company) from the originator Mr. Burr during the seventies. Indigenous from the start, this maverick company maintains the Dold family reputation with the highest standards, values and integrity.
The company’s image depicts a familiar face that grandparents, parents and todays modern families can trust for any pest problem. I was immediately impressed with how easy it was to navigate their web site and choose from simple residential pest problems to full-scale commercial building fumigations.
Over the years, they’ve gone on to purchase a number of additional companies like Freeport Pest Control, Burns Pest Control, Beloit Pest Control, Caraway Pest Control, A Better Choice Trapper, Integrity Pest Control and Cage-n-Go.
With such a large portfolio, they still manage to provide some of the best services for their clients by making life even simpler through their long list of professional services. Here is just a peek of what they offer:
Providing Peace of Mind
Throughout the year, all our homes experience “seasonal pest activity” in which the impact of Burr’s Healthy Home Maintenance Plans includes an array of year-round pest protection. They have Basic, Gold or Platinum packages. With this in place, if pest activity pops up in between services for the pests covered, they come back at no charge to their clients!
Their sense of community goes beyond just being a service provider and understands the needs of some clients doing their own (DIY) Pest Control. Whether it is time restraints, dwelling occupant restrictions, lack of finances or just plain do-it-yourself passion, Burr will help you understand the pests’ nature, what product to use and the best way to use it. They have their own retail shop that provides the most excellent products for the job!
Never say … that nothing in Life is FREE around Burr!
- If you should ever find bugs, you are unable to identify, you can bring it into Burr and they will identify it for you for no cost! You can even post a pic on their Facebook page and they will get right back with you!
- They offer FREE Quotes and you will never feel pressured into signing a contract, the option is always up to you!
- Enhancing the long list of professional services is a customer login portal where you can keep track of your account, be in control of scheduling or change your services with a simple click of a button.
Secure Commercial Property Protection
A small pest problem can become big trouble, hurt businesses, and damage an establishment’s reputation. Creating a proactive threshold and regular inspections greatly reduces any nightmare for any kind of business or commercial enterprise. Their team of experts protects restaurants, parks, apartment buildings, offices, factories, manufacturing facilities, hotels, schools, hospitals, food-processing facilities, and so much more with Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods and partnership.
Since bed bugs have penetrated many homes, businesses and lives, Burr is a leader in complete elimination of this hated pest. To soothe the physical and emotional distress that normally accompanies bed bugs, your questions will always be addressed before treatment commences. Their services include a dedicated page for bed bugs, a consultation to answer any personal question a client may have and, a before treatment preparation sheet located on their web site so their clients can be fully organized before treatment day.
Providing Support Tools
They provide a line of Do-It-Yourself products in their retail store, the latest seasonal pest newsletter and for the kids they can read fun facts and get involved in bug activities in their Kid’s Corner!
A Caring Heart
At the core of every service and business model has to be a caring heart. From your first call, to the post treatment call, you can hear the smile on the face that answers the phone. Rest assured that your problem becomes their problem and they will be there with genuine care until your problem is gone.
From a variety of ants to termites and nuisance wildlife removal, regardless of what pest or vermin you are dealing with, Burr Pest Control is there for you. For over a decade, Burr has earned the recognition mark of Excellence as a QualityPro Company. Servicing Illinois: Carroll, Jo-Daviess, Stephenson, Winnebago, Boone, DeKalb, Ogle, Lee and Wisconsin: Lafayette, Green, Rock, And Walworth
Welcome to the IBBRA Team!
Burr Pest Control http://burrpestcontrol.com/ 815-397-2373
Welcome aboard Kentucky Termite and Pest Control, we are proud to have you as part of the team!
The IBBRA is all about likeminded individuals and companies that provide a sign of hope and vital resources for people affected by bed bugs. They must offer confidential, one-on-one support to each of their clients, an experienced advocate to speak to, a sympathetic and understanding ear, compassionate caring heart, essential education, and direct communication options to a skilled professional for immediate relief. After an extensive background check, our growing database offers these technically sound and experienced bed bug elimination service companies, bed bug detection service providers and product resources to all.
Today, we would like to extend a warm welcome and are proud to add Kentucky Termite & Pest Control to provide these critical services to many.
The state of Kentucky’s Motto is “United we stand, divided we fall”. It is the quality of this team’ players that make them stand united and make them so diverse. Kentucky Termite & Pest Controls reputation is that of one of the most reliable and trustworthy pest management companies that reinforce our commitment to provide the most thorough and trustworthy pest management solutions to victims of bed bugs and other pests.
Founded in 1938, Kentucky Termite and Pest Controls tenure and longevity has been providing pest management solutions and sustainable approach principles for a little shy of a full century. Almost, one hundred years! I don’t know about you, but that’s a long time dealing with pests and their clients can rest assured that the benefits of having these many years of experience, that their control issues are quickly and effectively eliminated.
Considered as one of the Top Stratum Companies in the nation, Kentucky Termite and Pest Control accolades include:
Your Home is Your Castle
Each owner, management, staff, employee and technician has a place they too call their castle/home so they understand the importance of keeping your sanctuary safe. To them “your home is your castle” and the people at Kentucky Termite and Pest Control have great respect for their clients’ homes as they do their own by providing a yearlong pest-free environment. After identification of the pest at question, discussing the different treatment options, your FREE QUOTE, they offer a plan that fits each of their clients’ needs and budget. Not just on the inside but offers both exterior and interior treatment options and if any activity occurs between routine visits they come back out to handle the problem at no charge. What can be better than that!
Sanitation and being up to code is important in any business environment and since 1938; they have helped business owners enjoy pest-free facilities thanks to their comprehensive pest control solutions. You are never charged you for services you do not need. They always fit the needs of your business.
Bed bugs are the new “buzz” pests that are taking over whole buildings and communities. Kentucky Termite and Pest Control has years of experience implementing bed bug solutions for residents, apartment complexes and businesses. They understand what causes them, how they breed, thrive and spread, where they hide, and most importantly, how to build a strategy to eliminate them quickly and efficiently from homes and businesses and protect against future infestations. If you think that you might have a bed bug problem, do not try to tackle it on your own.
Reach out, welcome them aboard and call the professionals at Kentucky Termite and Pest Control www.kentuckytermite.com at 502-448-8040!
Areas serviced Kentucky: Jefferson, Oldham, Bullet, and Shelby Indiana: Floyd, Scott, Clark, Crawford, and Harrison