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Continuing Education for Better Pest Control and Exterminating Services

We at PermaKill Exterminating are always striving to make our pest control services better. All of our technicians regularly attend continuing education seminars to increase their knowledge of pest control. Many of these classes are an extension of Rutgers University. Yearly we attend an all-day pest control training seminar hosted by and at Rutgers. We receive credits for attendance that are used to keep our New Jersey State Pesticide Licenses valid and to remain in good standing with the state. These classes offer a variety of subjects for ants, mice, spiders, squirrels, rodents, ticks, and other pests. The class on mice was very interesting. The trainer explained that mice can enter buildings through any hole that is the size of the diameter of a pencil. We saw videos of mice climbing up the side of buildings to the second floor. Once the mice reached the second floor they entered the building through a hole in a gap in the mortar that was smaller than the diameter of a pencil.

The reason mice can enter such small openings is their bone structure is very flexible. If a mouse can get its head through an opening it can adjust its body to get in the opening. Another trainer explained that an important tool in controlling ants is to seal as many openings as possible. Some easy openings to fix for ants is seal gaps around water spigots, air conditioning pipes and wires, and cable wires that enter the home. Ants have a tendency to follow straight lines. Some of the most common lines ants follow are the items just described and cracks along the foundation of the home. Ants can also come from trees. There are numerous ways ants can enter a home or office.

We Keep Learning

The seminars on mice and ants are just two of the classes we took at Rutgers. One major pest control tool that was mentioned continually was inspections. Many times when we are dealing with a pest we are unable to recommend a treatment plan without actually inspecting the home or building. For example, with mice we will look for entry sites, mouse droppings and grease marks. With ants, we are looking for moisture, trees and shrubs touching the home, frass and clogged gutters. Inspections for mice and ants will determine the way for control and ways to prevent them in the future.

We are attending seminars at the end of this month on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in schools. When treating schools we have to use different pest control methods. When treating mice and ants in schools, we are required to try different techniques first without using pesticides. Once those measures are exhausted we have to try and use “green” products. If these methods do not work only then are we allowed to apply standard “Pesticides.” The school is required to notify parents regarding treatments. These techniques for ants, mice, and other pests can take time to provide control.

We at PermaKill Exterminating will continue to expand our knowledge about Pest Control and Exterminating application methods by continuing education.

If you have a pest problem please contact us at info@permakillexterminating.com or give us a call!