Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Pest Control for Businesses

Being in business is tough enough these days without having to worry about pest control. But maintaining a pest-free environment is an important part of running a business. Pests distract employees from their work and make a negative impression on customers and clients. Pests also transmit diseases, repel customers, and may even get your business shut down by the health inspector.

That's why at Guardian, we provide a wide variety of commercial pest control services for businesses throughout the Tri-State. We specialize in providing high-quality pest management services to non-food warehouses, factories, industrial facilities, transportation facilities, hotels, motels, and commercial offices.

We write standards for inspection and pest treatment for large facilities, implement custom service programs to suit their needs, and assist in the record keeping and documentation necessary to keep the regulatory agencies and health inspectors happy.

Our comprehensive business pest control plans are designed around your business's schedule and your specific needs, so as to provide maximum effectiveness with no disruption to your operations.

For more information about our pest control services to businesses throughout the Tri-State, please contact us to schedule an inspection and consultation.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Meet Guardian's Very Own Jeff Logan

Jeff Logan

Did you know Jeff Logan, Guardian’s Regional Director of Business Development can provide your facility with industry-focused facilities solutions such as janitorial, pest control, facilities engineering, and HVAC? 


His expertise? Providing facility condition assessments, operation & maintenance, integrated facility management and facility consulting. His approach considers predictive, planned and preventive maintenance within a collaborative and strategic method that is based on your needs and budget. Isn't time to get Jeff working for you?


About Guardian
Established in 1918, Guardian Service Industries, Inc. is a 4th generation family-owned Janitorial, Security and Engineering & Operations staffing corporation. With over 1,000 clients and maintaining over 120 million square feet throughout the Northeast inclusive of commercial buildings/facilities, government buildings, residential communities, schools, industrial facilities, transportation hubs, and retail outlets we are a full facility solution provider.

We specialize in providing subject matter expertise, management and staffing in all areas of facility maintenance, inclusive of Janitorial Services, Security Services, Engineering & Operations, Pest Control, Lighting and Electric, Window Cleaning, Concierge/Front Desk Ambassador, and Marble, Metal and Wood Restoration.


Guardian Service Industries, Your Facility Solution Provider.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Engineering & Operations

Guardian offers a variety of building maintenance and repair services to provide you with trained and experienced personnel to implement services and achieve cost savings.

Guardian’s senior management holds over 100+ years’ experience in the design, operations and maintenance of various types of facilities, inclusive of transportation hubs, data centers, corporate headquarters and public buildings.
Our approach includes developing a tailored plan that addresses the specific needs of your facilities, which assures the achievement of your objectives and generates immediate and cumulative cost savings.
We’ve gained a reputation as a premier service provider in the industry, and have developed a solid reputation for creating innovative building management and energy performance solutions. This includes retrofits and replacements of older, less efficient systems with newer, high efficiency systems. Additional, our on site management and engineering staff have the experience to operate and maintain all types of mechanical systems, including Package units, Chiller/Boiler Plants and Absorbers. 
http://www.guardian-service.com/services/engineering-operations/

Friday, March 10, 2017

Pest Control For Retail Environments

Retail stores are often ripe for a pest infestation due to the constant foot traffic and open doors. Shoppers want to feel that they are in a clean, hygienic space where they can feel safe to browse and make purchases. 
A pest problem in retail space can damage your brand and hurt customer confidence.
Most Common Retail Pests
Rodents  mice and rats are some of the most commonly encountered pests indoors, including retail stores. If a customer spots a rodent in a store, it can cause panic and scare away prospective shoppers. Avoid the nightmare of a rodent infestation by working with Guardian to keep your retail spaces protected from pests.
Fabric Pests — retail stores that sell clothes or fabrics are also susceptible to infestations from fabric pests like beetles and moths. As the leader in pest control, our fabric pest treatments are backed by global expertise. Your local Technician will be able to identify the pest infesting your property and then make the best treatment recommendation possible.
Successful pest control doesn’t just start with science – it continues day in and day out to help ensure your property is protected from pests and the damage they can do. Every Guardian Pest Control Specialist is trained to assess your unique characteristics, then implement and monitor an Integrated Pest Management plan based in science…created just for you.

When you choose Guardian’s Integrated Pest Management Plan, you choose a program backed by scientific research and proven results.
http://www.guardian-service.com/services/pest-control/

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Latest Innovations in Pest Control Technology

Written by  Patrick T. Copps, MS, B.C.E.

The pest control industry is constantly researching new technologies and products that will advance the way we prevent and manage pests. 



And as these treatment and monitoring developments evolve, the overarching goal is to also decrease the impacts they have on the environment and on non-target creatures, as well as the economic impact on bottom lines. What’s more, they may even change the way we communicate about pest control. Here are some of the latest pest-control technologies and products to be on the lookout for:

Bio-Rational Materials
If your facility currently utilizes an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program, you won’t be surprised to hear that the pest control industry has and will continue to move toward least-impact products and services. IPM—now widely accepted in many industries as the standard for service—is an environmentally responsible approach to pest control that focuses on proactive tactics, such as facility maintenance and sanitation to prevent pests from becoming a problem in the first place.

Bio-rational materials, or pest control products that are relatively non-toxic and have little negative impact on the environment, are another step forward in sustainability and are becoming increasingly important. One such example is using pheromones to enhance existing control methods.

While pheromones are nothing new to pest control—pest control professionals frequently use pheromones traps as a means to monitor pest populations—adding them to insecticides is a new concept.

The pest control industry is only beginning to understand the opportunities to improve our business with mobile and social technology—but the possibilities are endless.

Researchers at the University of California have developed what they call a “pheromone-assisted technique,” which maximizes the effectiveness of insecticides, specifically for Argentine ants. An insecticide by itself does not actually lure ants. Instead, if the ant happens to cross a treatment zone, it will pick up the insecticide and eventually die. But when combined with a pheromone, the ant can actually be lured away from its trails and nests to the insecticide.

Although this new product will be specifically for Argentine ants, we expect to see products for more ant species in the future. The ultimate goal of pheromone-enhanced products will be to not only control pests, such as this invasive ant species, but also decrease the impact on the environment, on non-target creatures and human health. For instance, some pheromones like those used by Indian Mealmoths can be deployed in food processing facilities or warehouses to prevent male moths from finding females. This “mating disruption” technique is one more new tool that could lead to an increased reliance on bio-rational products.

Like pheromone traps, Insect Growth Regulators (IGRs) use synthetic replications of insect hormones. IGRs have been used by pest control professionals to disrupt pest lifecycles and prevent pests from reaching full maturity. But the most recent technique to emerge is combining IGRs that prevent pests from maturing properly with IGRSs that prevent pests from developing cuticles, or exoskeletons, leaving them defenseless and vulnerable. This combination of IGRs can be effective in preventing re-infestation of pests such as cockroaches.

As the trend toward bio-rational products and sustainable services continues, it will be important to make sure your pest management professional has a basic knowledge and understanding of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the National Organic Program (NOP), the new (and changing) food safety regulations, and where or when these types of materials or services can be incorporated into IPM programs.

Second-Generation Green Products
Until the past few years, much of the focus surrounding green products was from a public health perspective. But more and more, the demand for green products is shifting to eco-protection, a move related to the EPA’s focus on how materials affect the environment.

While green products have been on the market for some time, it’s the second-generation green products that are now emerging. These second-generation green products will have greater efficacy, better ingredients, and fewer downsides. For example, a first-generation insecticide may have contained plant essential oils, but it may have also been accompanied by an unpleasant smell. The second-generation insecticide will contain different proportions of the original ingredients or other materials to reduce the smell, while still being effective.

Communication Tools
Technology is changing the way we communicate with the people and objects around us. When mobile data-capture devices were introduced, pest control professionals were able to capture real-time data about the location and nature of pest problems and then store it in a central database online that both facility managers and pest control professionals could access. This also made it simple to track multiple facilities and allowed for more timely corrective actions and more targeted pest-control treatments.

But what is the next big step in communication? Through video recording and real-time communication devices, such as Apple’s FaceTime application and the GoPro video, property managers can capture video of their particular pest problem and relay it directly to their pest management professional for instant diagnosis and corrective action recommendations. And vice versa, pest management professionals can use video to record and narrate inspections and leave a copy for the facility manager via email, or conduct a real-time video co-inspection with the customer if they are not able to be present at their facility during the inspection.

The pest control industry is only beginning to understand the opportunities to improve our business with mobile and social technology— but the possibilities are endless.

Rodent Birth Control
For the past few years, pest management professionals have been using birth control for pest birds such as pigeons as a means of managing populations. Now the attention has turned to rodents. Though not yet on the market, rodent birth control may soon provide an effective way to control prolific breeders such as rats and mice without negatively impacting many non-target creatures. Be on the lookout for rodent birth control in the near future.

Fly Baits
One of the latest innovations in fly control is an insecticide sticker panel that can discreetly control a variety of fly species, including houseflies, blowflies, phorid flies, fruit flies, fungus gnats, and bottle flies. The small sticker is coated with insect food and an insecticide that has the ability to knockdown flies in just one minute upon contact. It does not release any fumes or odors once activated, and it can stay effective for up to seven months indoors.

This new fly bait is designed to work in variety of commercial settings and can be applied directly to areas where flies congregate, including windows, trash cans, under counters, behind equipment, and near floor drains and food storage areas.

In short, the industry is making a lot of advancements, which means good news for commercial properties fighting the battle against pests. Be sure to talk to your pest management professional about these emerging technologies and find out if they are appropriate for your facility.
http://servicesmag.org/online-digital-magazine/digital-archives/item/667-the-latest-innovations-in-pest-control-technology

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Integrated Pest Management - Successful Pest Control

Successful pest control doesn’t just start with science – it continues day in and day out to help ensure your property is protected from pests and the damage they can do. Every Guardian Pest Control Specialist is trained to assess your building’s unique characteristics, then implement and monitor an Integrated Pest Management plan based in science…created just for you.

What is Integrated Pest Management? Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest control that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in conjunction with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment. What type of pests do we help with?
  • Bed bug detection and elimination
  • Bird control and management
  • Chute Management
  • Crawling Insects (roaches, ants, termites, spiders, etc.)
  • Fly management and drain cleaning
  • Flying Insects (flies, bees, wasps, etc.)
  • Mice
  • Rats
When you choose Guardian’s Integrated Pest Management Plan, you choose a program backed by scientific research and proven results. http://www.guardian-service.com/services/pest-control/

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

How Frequently Should My Office Windows be Cleaned?

If you wonder how often your office windows should be cleaned, the answer is not as simple as you may expect it to be. In fact, it depends on many different factors, including the type of business you run. 

The profile of your business can influence how often your office windows get dirty, both inside and out. In addition, there are other influencers that dictate how often you need commercial window cleaning services, including:
  • Landscaping – Although an office surrounded by trees is beautiful, office windows will probably need frequent cleaning due to the birds and insects associated with trees as well as dripping sap in some cases. When your office is located near a parking lot, you may also need to perform cleaning more often because there will be a lot more debris in the air. If you have mulched areas up against the building, you will also have the same problem.
  • Weather – In rainy areas, office windows need to be cleaned more often in order to remove the mineral deposits associated with water. That is one factor that you can’t keep under control. It really depends on the weather just how often your office windows get dirty and require more frequent cleaning.
  • Office location – If you are lucky enough to have an office in a quiet suburban area, you will most likely use office window cleaning services less frequent than a company located in a busy street or close to highways.
Knowing what can affect a commercial window cleaning schedule will help you make the best decisions for cleaning your office windows. Every building’s windows need to be professionally cleaned at different intervals depending on the type of business.
Here are some simple guidelines:

  • Healthcare Facilities – Everything needs to be perfectly clean when it comes to healthcare facilities. Hospitals, clinics, private practices and so on need to present a well maintained appearance and should have their office windows cleaned on a monthly basis.
  • Office Buildings – While offices can be cleaned twice a year, office windows belonging to lobby areas need monthly cleaning since they are really important areas for a company to make a good first impression. An office building with dusty windows gives off the impression that the business is not exactly doing well. It simply does not inspire trust.
  • Restaurants – Unlike other commercial areas, restaurants need to have their windows cleaned more often – sometimes up to twice a month. It is the moisture and grease traveling around in the air that imposes the frequency of cleaning for restaurants. If you want to project an image of quality, you need appetizing windows, not just food. Fingerprinted, dirty, and grimy windows will drive your customers away.
  • Retail stores – Once a month is enough to clean office windows for retail stores and other similar business experiencing lots of foot traffic. In a highly competitive environment, the impression you make is vital to a positive image. http://www.guardian-service.com/services/window-cleaning/