Trash Chute Maintenance Program

Trash (garbage and recycle) chutes are an integral part of multiple-occupancy, multiple story buildings.  They provide a convenient means of transporting refuse to a central collection point (Trash Collection Room).  The chutes are actually very sophisticated systems, in that they are designed to move trash and garbage, but also provide a fire protection barrier.  If these systems become clogged or impacted with residue (grease or organic materials) they become a DANGEROUS conduit or chimney for fire.  But most importantly they act as a multiple floor elevator system for urban pests.

German cockroaches are commonly found indoors around filth and food sources.  Its a smaller member of the cockroach family and easily identified by the 2 dark brown strips on its back.  

German cockroaches are commonly found indoors around filth and food sources.  Its a smaller member of the cockroach family and easily identified by the 2 dark brown strips on its back.  

COCKROACHES are aggressive and persistent pests, and will take up residence wherever there is a food source.

The most common of the urban pests are cockroaches and the most commonly found in the cockroach family is the GERMAN COCKROACH.  If left unchecked, one female GERMAN COCKROACH (typically found indoors) can produce up to 30,000 offspring in one year.  

American Cockroaches are the largest native cockroach species.  Reddish brown in color, they're typically found in dark, moist areas like drains, sewers, trash rooms, gutters, etc.

American Cockroaches are the largest native cockroach species.  Reddish brown in color, they're typically found in dark, moist areas like drains, sewers, trash rooms, gutters, etc.

 

Also very commonly found is the AMERICAN COCKROACH, usually an outside dweller, will seek dark, moist areas for harborage and then travel to nearby sources to feed.  

Cockroaches tend to gather in the Trash Collection Rooms; in and around the dumpsters and wall voids, and use the Trash Chutes as a means of moving up into the actual living areas.

PROPER TRASH CHUTE CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE is highly specialized, and requires close coordination between the building management and maintenance teams, and the residents.  If properly planned, with the required materials pre-staged, the process can be smooth and efficient.

ExCimex will inspect and develop a Trash Chute cleaning and maintenance plan specifically for each unique application.  We work closely with management, as well as local authorities to PREVENT any residue from entering the storm drain system.  Our process uses only GREEN enzyme products which biologically break down the residue.  We also utilize a specially formulated de-odorizing product, and then introduce a low volume pesticide barrier.  We work alongside maintenance personnel, and provide hands-on training.

CALL OR EMAIL FOR A FREE Trash Chute and Trash Collection Room evaluation.

CAM GRAY 844-476-4968

cam@excimex.com

Sick Building Syndrome

SICK BUILDING SYNDROME is a somewhat controversial subject, in that there are many and varied theories as to the causes and effects.  Common sense would suggest that the repeated applications of pesticides significantly contribute to the environmental conditions found inside modern buildings.

Image from Curing Sick Building Syndrome By Jacoba Moore

Image from Curing Sick Building Syndrome By Jacoba Moore

Heating and Air Conditioning systems (HVAC) utilize small amounts of “outside air”, in the overall recirculation system.  Thus, toxic particles are essentially circulated throughout the building or the space.  Extremely high temperatures will cause an alteration to the chemical structure of products, such as pesticides.

While little is actually known about the levels of toxicity brought about by higher temperatures, “common sense” and our senses of smell are the best indicators.  Each of us has noticed the presence of odors upon entering a hot room.  Carpet adhesives and stain resistant products break down in heat, and emit odors.  The musty smell may be the result of the residual components of pesticides, which remain behind after the “carrier” solution has evaporated.  

Image Compliments of Equinox Lab

Image Compliments of Equinox Lab

We ingest these products and toxic particles, with little knowledge of the lasting effect they have on our health.  Attempts to clean or shampoo, may result in serious consequences, in that the liquid residue containing these toxic substances is improperly disposed of, and end up in our water supply.

ExCimex’s policy is to MINIMIZE the use of pesticides, particularly in control of bed bugs.  Repeated applications of “safe” and highly regulated pesticides DO contribute to the environmental conditions within a building.  More significantly, science is discovering that bed bugs DO possess a unique quality that affords them a resistance to most modern pesticides.

Standing alongside the property manager; partnering with the resident or tenant; understanding the pest; understanding the pesticide, and protecting the environment is our mission.

CALL NOW FOR A FREE INSPECTION!!

Cam:  844-476-4968

cam@excimex.com

Canine Pest Management Partners

By Special Guest Deanna Kjorlien - Owner & Handler at Green Dog Pest Service

Man’s highly trained best friend is one of the pest control industry’s secret weapons.  With the return of bed bugs on a such a massive scale, pest control professionals are turning to dogs to help combat the epidemic.  Properly trained bed bug dogs are able to locate live bed bugs and their viable eggs; bypassing dead bugs, fecal matter, shed exoskeletons and other insects. Dogs are able to cover areas faster than visual inspections, making their efficiency undeniable. 

Bed bug scent detection dogs are trained in the same manner as police and military scent detection dogs, often by the same trainers.  A dog’s sense of smell is approximately 40-times greater than humans, making them highly accurate when well trained.  While humans have about six million olfactory sensors, dogs are gifted with over 300 million.

Setting up routine scheduled canine assisted bed bug inspections can benefit property owners, and their residents.  In addition to being cost effective, canine assisted inspections are less invasive and quicker than visual inspections.  The pest management industry standard is twice annual inspections for multiple housing units as well as hotel and lodging facilities.  Randomizing these inspections, and conducting them on a monthly basis is an ideal way to comply with the recommendations, keep costs down and keep residents happy.  Maintenance departments also appreciate small batch inspections on a monthly, or in the case of large unit properties, a weekly basis, in place of large-scale inspections that take all day for multiple days. 

On the job:  A trained Border Collie alerting on the presence of bed bugs in a couch.

On the job:  A trained Border Collie alerting on the presence of bed bugs in a couch.

Another important use for canine pest control teams is tenant changeover inspections.  In this highly litigious era, property managers must be careful when it comes to providing a tenant with a vermin-free space.  Having dogs search a residence and confirm it bed bug free prior to a new tenant taking possession may stop a costly legal battle or a public relations hassle. Tenant changeover inspections can be scheduled anytime after the previous resident moves out and before the new tenant takes possession. 

Talk to your pest management professional about canine assisted bed bug inspections and how they can benefit your properties.  There are quite a few options available as this is not a one-size fits all industry.  Many pest management professionals offer all-inclusive programs that include inspection services and treatments for one monthly fee.  Whether your property needs a changeover inspection, scheduled monthly inspections or a one-off emergency inspection, using canine teams can be a real benefit for property owners and their tenants. 

For more information, visit Green Dog Pest Service and the World Detector Dog Organization on the web.