How to Avoid Pesto Pizza’s Epic Pest Damage
As pest control technology advances, so too has the number of pest problems on pizzerias.
Pest-control companies are now deploying sophisticated systems to help them keep pest control teams on top of every step, from pest management to pest detection, and to avoid the pest’s spread.
But in the process, pest control can get more expensive than you’d think.
In New York City, for example, a pest control company called Ehrlich is working with the city to make pest control more affordable and effective.
“We have the capacity to reduce the costs of pest control by 30 percent,” said Ehrliches CEO Andrew Wessel.
“The cost per unit is going down by 50 percent.”
Ehrlich’s pest control systems are so efficient, that it can prevent a PestX pest from spreading to hundreds of homes, said Andrew Wesson, Ehrlich’s chief pest management officer.
“It’s like if you had a dog and a cat,” Wessel said.
“If you put a trap on the dog, and then the cat comes out and eats it, you’ve got a problem.”
PestX’s technology allows pest control crews to deploy quickly and reliably in a matter of seconds, allowing them to eliminate the problem before it’s even begun.
Panther control is a costly proposition for pest control companies, however.
Ehrliks system costs $1,500 for a full year of service, or $150 per day for a six-hour shift, which covers all of its equipment, Wessel explained.
PestsX’s software also includes a suite of features, including a software suite that helps a pest management company determine the best time to deploy a system, the number and type of pest-control personnel required, and the type of system to deploy.
To reduce the cost of pest controls, pest management companies are trying to find other ways to save money, according to Beth Hargrove, director of corporate communications for the American Pest Management Association.
She said that companies are increasingly looking for new ways to cut costs.
“In the past year, pest-management companies have been looking for more cost-effective pest management services,” Hargropesaid.
“That’s something they’re looking for when they’re doing a full-scale cost-saving campaign.
That’s something that they’re paying for with their operating budgets, which can be significant for a pest-removal service.”
In fact, pest controllers are already finding that their technology costs a lot less than a full service system.
Eileen McPherson, a vice president of PestExpert, an online service for pest controllers, told Bloomberg that pest control costs can be up to $200 per day, compared to $1 per day with a full company.
“They’re paying less because they’re saving on their own, and they’re not having to take out loans from banks,” McPhersaid.
Hargrophes software can also be a cost-savings tool for pest management organizations, but it has to be used carefully.
For instance, PestEXpert does not provide the full range of pest management products that Ehrleich and other pest control vendors do.
McPherds software does not allow for all the features of Ehrlus, such as the ability to prevent Pestexpert from seeing the number or type of pests on the premises, she said.
As a result, Pescatelli, a firm in Long Island, N.Y., does not recommend Pestx’s software for pest suppression.
“We are not a pest mitigation company, and we do not provide Pestxpics software for our pest management business,” said Scott Pescati, director and general manager of Pescatelis.
However, Pespatelli did say that the company does have a full pest management software suite, and its services include pest management, fire suppression, and pest control equipment.
Bryan Vinson, a senior vice president at Pescatronics, told the New York Times that he was skeptical about the software’s cost-efficiency claims.
“I’m not so sure they are making the claims they are,” Vinson said.
The New York State Department of Agriculture said that PestXT was a good example of an effective pest control system, but that it could be a problem for the pest control industry.
The department’s statement said that the system is “not yet fully operational,” and that PestsXT does not have a product roadmap or a plan to provide pest control services.
Another pest control business, Pasadena-based K-Spray, has been testing a system called Bead-N-Fly, which it says is “very close” to PestXPics, but has not yet launched.