Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Cleaning Industry - A Snapshot of What Guardian Does & Delivers?

Industry Description - Cleaning Industry 
The cleaning industry can be roughly divided into residential cleaning, commercial janitorial services, specialty cleaning and laundry/dry cleaning services. In 2015 there were approximately 875,000 businesses employing about 3.5 million people.
The industry as a whole is very susceptible to economic downturns and suffered through several rough years during the Great Recession; revenue fell 5.3% in 2008 and another 6.1% in 2009. General cleaning services, and particularly residential services, are deemed an expendable luxury when times are tough.


However the years of economic strength since then have seen the industry bounce back, and in 2015 it generated $51 billion in revenue. This recent upward momentum can be attributed to both unemployment and office vacancy rates declining as well as a pickup in nonresidential construction activity. In other words – people have more money to spend and feel more secure spending it, and there are more offices that need cleaning.
Strong economic activity is forecast for the next 5 years as well, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics is predicting job growth of about 6% from 2014 levels to 2020.
Business Risk
It is estimated that the average cleaning company loses up to 55% of their customer base every year due to poor service. As one business owner states – good work goes unnoticed for years, but a bad job gets you fired immediately.
Competition is fierce – there are many small companies competing for both residential and commercial cleaning contracts. Barriers to entry are low as there is very little expensive equipment needed and little to no training required for employees – so new competitor’s spring up all the time.
For dry cleaning and some specialty cleaning services, however, expensive equipment actually can be a significant hurdle, including needing commercial or industrial real estate to sell and perform services.
Commercial Cleaning
Often referred to as janitorial services, the commercial cleaning industry thrives when office vacancy rates are declining and nonresidential construction activity is picking up. Office cleaning accounts for approximately 31% of industry revenue, and most of these businesses work the 2nd or 3rd shift when offices are empty.


Specialty Cleaning
These types of companies focus on specific types of cleaning – windows, floors, carpets, industrial and more, and they may be a bit more recession resistant if they offer a service not easily performed without special equipment or training. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

About Zika Virus Disease

Zika virus spreads to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae. aegypti and Ae. albopictus). People can also get Zika through sex with an infected man, and the virus can also be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected. However, Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly, as well as other severe fetal brain defects. Once a person has been infected, he or she is likely to be protected from future infections.

Zika virus was first discovered in 1947 and is named after the Zika Forest in Uganda. In 1952, the first human cases of Zika were detected and since then, outbreaks of Zika have been reported in tropical Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Zika outbreaks have probably occurred in many locations. Before 2007, at least 14 cases of Zika had been documented, although other cases were likely to have occurred and were not reported. Because the symptoms of Zika are similar to those of many other diseases, many cases may not have been recognized.
In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil. On February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Zika virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Local transmission has been reported in many other countries and territories. Zika virus will likely continue to spread to new areas.

Specific areas where Zika is spreading are often difficult to determine and are likely to change over time. If traveling, please visit the CDC Travelers' Health site for the most updated travel information.
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Monday, June 27, 2016

Guardian Pest Control - 90+ Years

Guardian Pest Control - Going Strong For 90+ Years

For over 90+ years, we have taken pest control seriously, and have millions of satisfied customers to prove it. We use the latest science and technology to test new and innovated products so we can protect your home with an effective plan suited to your specific needs.


 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. #‎PestControl‬ ‪#‎GuardianGreenPestControl‬

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Smart Windows That Separate Light From Heat

Researchers use nanotechnology for new techniques that could cut your cooling and heating bills

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Branding Guardian Service Industries...Part 1

Guardian...Moving from just talking about mopping floors! 

“We’ve been a success in our business since 1918, serving commercial buildings, government buildings, residential communities, commercial facilities, schools, industrial facilities, transportation hubs, and retail outlets. Today we have over 1,000 clients and maintain over 110 million square feet throughout the Northeast. But no one has known about it!

It was time to get us greater exposure.” The speaker: Sandy Herzfeld, Chief Executive Officer and Principal of Guardian Service Industries, and a member of the third generation to manage the company. The solution, he comments: “We are in the midst of rebranding ourselves, using to-day’s media to raise our profile.” “Not everyone is aware that we offer a full line of services,” says Alan Bressler, Chief Operating Officer and Principal.


“We started off with window cleaning and janitorial services -- and many of our customers have known us for only that. But we have expanded through the years, and today we offer a complete facility solution including Janitorial Services, Security Services, Engineering & Operations, Pest Control, Lighting and Electric, Window Cleaning, Concierge/Front Desk Ambassador, and Marble, Metal and Wood Restoration. Guardian has been constantly evolving and expanding -- and we felt that it was time to also expand in the way we tell our story and vision. We saw that we needed more outlets for the purpose.” Adds Alan: “Sandy’s contacts, my contacts, they are part of a generation that grew up with traditional media, particularly print. The world has moved on: there’s a new generation throughout the industry now and we want to be where they digest their media.”


“When I joined Guardian in July, 2014,” says Kristopher Patterson, Director, Marketing & Digital, “all I saw was a firm that provided janitorial services. When I went on their web site, that’s all I saw as well. Yes, that’s an important part of what we do and who we are -- but what goes into it? How do we incorporate the many underlying issues, such as green cleaning, conservation, smart engineering? How do we take the concept of ‘janitorial’ and communicate its many aspects? How do we make the subject bigger, more relevant, than most people are aware of? “It’s like thinking of Google,” he says. “It’s essentially a search engine, but when you think of Google, you think of an innovative product, a leader in its field. We want to do that with Guardian. We want people to think of Guardian as a thought leader in cleaning, in engineering, in making sure your lighting is energy-efficient. It’s marketing not just a service, but the intelligence around it. It’s having conversations with today’s younger, media-savvy generation, the generation that today is running our client companies and paying the bills.”
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Guardian...Your Complete Facility Solution

Is Your Building Summer Ready? 

Is your building building, facility and/or residential community ready for summer? If your answer is no, remember... "We are the power washing specialists throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and we offer an outstanding solution using 100% eco-safe detergents," Matthew Bressler, Vice President - Window Washing.


Your one stop shop to get your building, facility and/or residential community ready for summer! ‪#‎GuardianGreenCleans‬ ‪#‎Windows‬‪#‎Facades‬ ‪#‎GuardianSince1918‬


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Monday, June 13, 2016

Top 5 Reasons...Choosing A Professional Window Cleaning Company

Top 5 Reasons Why Choosing Professional Window Cleaning Company will ultimately benefit your Commercial Business

There are numerous studies that make a direct correlation between the environment in a business and productivity. A clean, well-organized office improves employee morale, attendance and employee productivity. Business owners and office managers interested in hiring an office cleaning company should not stop at dusting and vacuuming. The windows of your business deserve more than a spray bottle cleaner and an old towel. They deserve the attention of the commercial window cleaning professionals at Guardian Service Industries!  



A sparkling clean window not only greatly enhances the curb appeal of your business it also allows the maximum introduction of natural sunlight. Anyone that has worked indoors for long periods of time can attest to the tremendous difference between natural and artificial light. Those corner offices are not in high demand because florescent bulbs, people want a view of the outside and real sunlight. Well trained commercial window cleaners will maximize these benefits and help enhance the benefits of regular office cleaning. Many people believe that dirty windows attribute to an unprofessional atmosphere; a company like Guardian Service Industries will not only clean to spotless perfection, but also provide so much more than just aesthetics.

1. Spotless Results
In order to achieve optimal results it is important to use more than the simple Windex and paper towel approach. Windows require thorough cleaning both on the inside and the outside; an unexperienced office employee could not clean the outside of a high rise commercial building as successfully as a professional company could. Anybody is capable of cleaning windows but professionals produce superior results because of their top of the line equipment, products, and years of experience.

2. Safe
Moreover, it is dangerous for someone who does not have the proper training or equipment to even attempt cleaning the outside of their commercial building.Window cleaning services are licensed, insured and have expert technicians, armed with years of experience and safety training. At Guardian Service Industries our technicians are trained through the IWCA’s Window Cleaner Safety Program as well high rise window cleaning through S.P.R.A.T (Safe Practices for Rope Access Work).  The IWCA safety and participation program, in particular, requires educational training and three exams at the end that need to be passed with a score of 90% or higher.

3. Convenience
Hiring professional window cleaners instead of using an employee to clean windows also saves time. Many companies also provide round the clock service calls as well as scheduling plans to suit the specific needs of any office. Additionally, window cleaning companies will work with the owner or manager to ensure they meet every business’s unique requirements and fit every budget. Furthermore, a professional company will not only have the right experience for the job but they should offer the option of a free onsite proposal because they know each work site is different. By enlisting in the services of an expert, your employees can concentrate on their own work in a clean and bright workspace.

4. Protection
The exterior glass surface of a commercial building can often come in contact with many harmful airborne substances that may cause damage over time. Someone who is not properly trained cannot prevent these damages from occurring or effectively clean them. Routine cleaning by professionals can prevent expensive repairs or replacements of glass and windows.

5. Cost-Effective
Finally, everything usually comes down to cost. While it is completely possible for employee to clean their office windows what is that cost to the business? In many cases these “soft cost” expenses fly under the radar. In most cases when a business factors in time, materials, equipment and results hiring a commercial window cleaning professional is actually a cost reduction. A window cleaning company with trained technicians will use the latest tools and techniques to achieve results in the most effective manner possible. They know that doing the work a second time is not cost effective so doing the job right the first time is paramount.

A professional window cleaning company can provide spotless results, a safe environment, convenience, protection to glass surfaces, as well as a cost saving alternative. An inexperienced window cleaner using the Windex and paper towel approach, on the other hand, can leave unwanted streaks, put them in a dangerous and unfamiliar environment, damage glass surfaces over time, and will cost far more in the long run.

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Four Tips for Pest Control on Green Roofs

Your green roof is an incredible engineering feat that provides insulation and storm water management, but could its lush greenery be putting you at risk for an invasion of pests?

Vegetated roofs are often touted as a way to encourage biodiversity, but that isn’t limited to the plant selection. Whether your roof has low grass, flowers, shrubs, or food gardens, insects and animals will inevitably be attracted to the foliage.
 



Integrated pest management can help you stay ahead of pest activity and ensure any infestations are treated in an environmentally sensitive manner. Follow these tips to ensure your roof will thrive without becoming overrun with wildlife.

1) Understand Which Pests Frequent Vegetated Roofs: Animals need three things to survive – food, water, and shelter – so it’s no surprise that a manicured green roof can provide these in abundance. 
“Green roofs are living architecture,” explains Pat Copps, a board certified entomologist and technical services manager for Orkin. “As soon as you start putting plants up there, pests will start moving in.”
Pests run the gamut from those that are attracted to ornamental plants to ones that thrive in urban areas:

§  Insects such as ants (fire or carpenter), spiders, hornets and wasps, and silverfish are typically the biggest group of unwanted guests.
§  Birds, mice and rats, and even nocturnal creatures such as raccoons and possums may become an issue.
§  Mosquitoes can create a problem, particularly if there is ponding water for them to lay eggs in.
§  Large cockroach species often thrive in heavily mulched areas,” notes Judy Black, a board certified entomologist for the pest management firm Steritech. “Occasional invaders such as earwigs may also be brought in on potting soil, and ground beetles may be initially attracted to lights at night and then take up residence in soil and mulch.”
§  Termites are less common but not unheard of, adds Paul Curtis, a board certified entomologist and entomology and regulatory services with Terminix Commercial.


Because your roof is designed to be a habitat, keep in mind that one pest problem usually encourages another. For example, birds may become more attracted to the area because there are better nesting opportunities and a greater amount of insects to eat. In turn, feathered friends may be carrying mites that will then establish a population on your roof. It’s the circle of life, but it can be managed so it doesn’t get out of hand.

For the full article, click here - 
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/18831/title/four-tips-for-pest-control-on-green-roofs.aspx

Request a quote and have a Guardian Pest Control Specialist design a program, specifically for you, backed by scientific research and proven results.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Mosquitoes - AtoZ About These Pesky Pests

Mosquitoes - Facts, Identification & Infestation
Latin Name
Family Culicidae
Appearance/Identification
Mosquitoes belong to the same group as the true flies, Diptera. As such, they have a single pair of wings. They typically have long, thin legs and a head featuring a prominent proboscis. Mosquito bodies and wings most often are covered in tiny scales. Adult sizes may range from 3 to 9 mm.

Behavior, Diet & Habits
Mosquitoes are best known for the habits of the adult females which often feed on blood to help generate their eggs. The lesser-known side is that mosquito adults, males and females, also feed on nectar from flowers. Their immature stages usually are located in standing, preferably stagnant, water. The larvae feed on variety of materials, depending on species. Most consume organic flotsam and tiny aquatic organisms. However, some species are predatory and will consume other mosquitoes. Adult mosquitoes prefer to be most active from dusk until dawn but can become active with sufficient cloud cover or in dark shady areas. They do not prefer to be active in the sunshine since they may desiccate and die.

Mosquitoes or Flies?
Mosquitoes can be confused with flies. Mosquitoes have long legs, and a long proboscis or “nose” that female mosquitoes use to “bite” people and pets to draw blood, needed to lay eggs. Most flies won’t bite and even long-legged flies are usually much smaller than mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are pesky pests and can spread disease such as West Nile Virus, dengue and malaria. More commonly, though, mosquitoes threaten family events more than health.
Reproduction
Males have feathery antennae they use to locate females. After mating, females typically seek a blood meal to aid in egg production. She often lays them in standing pools of water, but manmade sources can include bird baths, buckets and even mud puddles. Egg numbers vary from species to species but can be as much as over 100 eggs in a single laying. Wormlike larvae, called wigglers because of their wiggling swimming motion, hatch. They feed until ready to molt into pupae. The pupae are called tumblers, again due to their tumbling motion in the water. Adults emerge from the pupae onto the water surface where their exoskeleton hardens.
Signs of a Mosquito Infestation

Annoying signs of mosquito activity include the buzzing of the females and their bites. People have differing reactions to bites, ranging from mild irritation to intense inflammation and swelling. Learn more about Mosquito Bites, Signs of the immatures are their presence in standing water, which also can include watering dishes of containerized house plants.  ‪#‎GuardianPestControl‬‪#‎GreenPestControl‬ ‪#‎Inspect‬ ‪#‎Treat‬ ‪#‎NoMosquitos‬