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Pest Control for Commercial Property Maintenance: The Value of Technician Education

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Pest control for commercial property managers is a must-have to keep tenants happy, safe and sane. Rodent control, Portland workers share, is an ongoing concern. General pest control, Tacoma entrepreneurs and others in the Pacific Northwest assert, is a major perk when looking for a commercial space to rent.

Commercial Pest Control: Knowledge Matters

Maintaining a commercial property isn’t simple or cheap. When shopping for a pest control company, you may be tempted to choose the one that offers the lowest bid instead of the company with the most knowledgeable technicians. Instead of looking at just the price tag, take a look at the knowledge and expertise each provider offers.

Technician education varies widely in the pest management field. Some companies simply give employees a spray-and-go tutorial, while others invest in their staff and offer them ongoing education. Companies that don’t invest in their employees by offering exceptional ongoing training tend to experience high turnover rates. This means it’s unlikely the technicians on staff will:

  • Have the experience you seek and need.
  • Be familiar with your property and needs.
  • Be aware of the latest and safest pest control methods.

The Eden Difference

In addition to offering natural pest control for commercial properties, we at Eden makes sure our clients receive the safest, most effective pest control treatment services. This begins by having the proper pest control licenses from the Department of Agriculture or Structural Pest Control Board for each state in which they do business. Eden employs expert technicians who regularly receive ongoing training and industry education, so our clients always enjoy high-quality services, professional attention and a positive experience.

Eden is Green Shield certified by the National IPM Institute and has earned a QualityPro designation. The National IPM Institute awards a Green Shield certification only to companies that utilize the smartest, most effective pest control practices. QualityPro is an industry program that awards designations to pest control companies that value consumer operations, business operations, environmental stewardship and employee training.

When vetting pest control companies for your commercial property, look for a service that offers efficiency and results via highly-trained technicians.   

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The History of Pest Control: A Basic Timeline

Ancient bugs

Since the beginning of time, pest control for commercial property owners has been vital to the health and longevity of businesses. Records of natural pest control date back to 2500 BC, thousands of years after the beginning of agriculture. Today’s Portland pest control companies employ improved natural techniques to bring you integrated pest management (IPM), the most advanced and earth-friendly form of pest control available.    

Pest Control History

8000 BC: Agriculture begins.

2500 BC: Individuals begin using sulfur compounds to control mites and insects.

1500 BC: Individuals practice with different cultural control techniques, like manipulating planting dates, to control pests.

1200 BC: Individuals in China use botanical insecticides as fungicides for seed treatments.

950 BC: People experiment with burning as a pest control method.

200 BC: Individuals use an oil spray to control pests.

AD 300: Chinese farmers use predatory mites in their citrus orchards.

AD 400: Farmers apply arsenic to the roots of rice paddies to prevent insect infestations.

1750: Scientists discover that derris and pyrethrum work as botanical insecticides.

1800s: Individuals start documenting their pest control methods in books and papers.

1848: The French use Viteus vitifoliae, an insect from the Americas, to combat the Tyrogluphus phylloxera (grape phylloxera).

1880: The first commercial spraying machine is made.

1888: Americans experience the first major successes with imported biological control agents from Australia for citrus crops.

1890: Lead arsenic becomes popular for insect control. It takes about a decade for officials to start recognizing the dangers of this control method.

1892: Canada creates a law that makes spraying blooming trees with chemicals that are harmful to bees illegal.

1901: Hawaiians successfully control weeds with biological control methods.

1921: The first aerial insecticide applications begin in Ohio.

1930: Farmers start using synthetic organic compounds to control plant pathogens.

1940s: Scientists discover the insecticidal properties of DDT and benzene hexachloride.

1948: Scientists begin talking more about the importance of beneficial insects.

1959: Scientists R.F. Smith, S.M. Stern, R. van den Bosch and K.S. Hagen introduce the concept of “integrated pest management”; the term is coined in 1967.

1969: The U.S. passes the National Environment Policy Act, and the National Academy of Sciences formalizes the term “integrated pest management.”

1972: The Federal Environmental Pesticides Control Act passes. The USDA funds IPM research.

1980s: Countries around the world experience success with IPM techniques.

1996: The first transgenic (genetically modified) crops are commercialized.

2006: Worldwide concerns grow about engineered transgenic crops, which slow down the adoption of some IPM technologies.

As you can see, pest control has a long and fascinating history – and we’re excited to see what other new developments lay on the horizon. To learn how IPM and natural pest control methods can benefit your commercial enterprise, contact Eden Pest.

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Natural Pest Control Methods for Bees


There’s a growing interest in bees and beekeeping in the Northwest, which prompted Oregon State University to start the Oregon Master Beekeepers Program. While the effort to increase pollinator populations is laudable, many business owners prefer to keep stinging insects away from commercial properties. In this situation, natural pest control makes sense because it keeps the bees away and your customers safe.

Natural pest control for commercial property owners is simple with the following tips:

Bee Identification

There are many different types of bees, the most common being honeybees, bumble bees, carpenter bees and yellow jacket wasps. Only after you know what type of bee you’re dealing with can you effectively prevent and control infestations. A pest control expert can help Portland business owners identify which species of bee they’re dealing with.

Building Inspection

Walk around the exterior of your building and look for signs of nests; don’t forget to check under rafters and vents. As you inspect your building, take a look at the landscaping and note overhanging trees and unruly shrubs, because these are most likely to give you pest problems.

Vacuum & Seal

When it comes to bees and pest control, Portland residents and business owners find exclusion to be effective. If you spot bees coming in and out of your walls, vacuum them up in the evening, because this is when they’re the most tired. Then close the opening with putty. However, use this natural pest control technique only with newer nests that don’t have many bees.

While you’re at it, seal up any other cracks and holes you notice on the building’s exterior and interior walls.


Bees are allergic to smoke. If you don’t have a bee smoker, use a chimney for the grill or even some incense to drive bees away from your property. Take note that you should use this technique only for outdoor nests – smoke and a swarm of bees inside a building isn’t a good combination.

Call the Experts

The safest, most effective way to deal with bees in an eco-friendly manner is to call a natural pest control professional. Even if you’re not allergic to bees, multiple bites or stings all at once may prompt an allergic reaction.  There’s no need to put yourself in danger.

Call us today for a free pest inspection or for more information.

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Identifying Ants: Not Always Easy, but Crucial for Pest Control

Ant Restrictions

Ants: They all kind of look the same to the untrained observer, but each species has its own unique qualities. To practice smart pest control, Portland residents should properly identify the invaders before taking action.

Why Ant Identification Matters

When you know what kind of ant is invading your space, you can learn more about its nesting and feeding habits. This particularly important when it comes to pest control for commercial property and residential applications, because using the wrong techniques can prove frivolous – and can even exacerbate the infestation.

To learn about the ants you’re dealing with, capture some and take them to a Portland pest control expert such as Eden. (Many, including us, will identify your ants free of charge.) Then you can educate yourself about the nesting and feeding habits of the particular species in your home.

After learning about the offending ants, follow some to their nesting sites and cover the holes from which they enter and exit. Then prevent the pests from entering your home or building by:

  • Sealing holes and cracks around the exterior of the building.
  • Clearing leaf clutter and debris from the outside of the property.
  • Eliminating leaks.
  • Putting away food and cleaning spills.
  • Hiring the services of a pest control expert. 

Learn More

Dr. Laurel Hansen is offering her annual Ant Identification Workshop through the Oregon Pest Control Association on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Chemeketa Community College in Salem. This hands-on workshop gives an in-depth look at species identification – and you get to keep the provided manual and ant specimens at the end. If you’re in the pest control industry, you can also earn 4 credit hours.

If you have any questions, call the OPCA office at 541-935-1115 (toll-free 1-800-656-6722).

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How Our Pest Control Services can Help Portland Businesses Earn LEED Certification

U.S. Green Building Council, LEED CERTIFIED logo, 2009

Instead of thinking about pest control, Portland homebuilders often place their focus on the usual eco-friendly solutions when attempting to earn LEED certification for a project. However, Portland pest control is about much more than chasing mice out of an attic. When you partner with a company that uses integrated pest management for your green building construction project or remodel, you can also earn LEED points.

What is Integrated Pest Management?

Integrated pest management, or IPM, uses a holistic approach to control pests. Instead of employing the most powerful chemicals available to eliminate pests in the least amount of time, IPM practitioners take a more effective, tactical approach. After learning about a pest and its environment, an IPM-based Portland pest control plan calls for the least toxic methods possible to control an infestation. These methods can include repairing an affected building, modifying the pest’s habitat, eliminating food sources, altering the landscape, pest monitoring and so on. In addition to keeping harmful chemicals out of the environment, IPM offers a lasting solution that helps prevent re-infestation. 

How IPM can Help You Earn LEED Points

Indoor Environmental Quality is one of the measures a building must meet to become LEED certified, as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that most individuals spend about 90 percent of their time indoors. According to the EPA, the quality of air indoors can be worse than the quality of air outside. Therefore, LEED points are awarded for strategies that can help improve indoor air – like IPM.

But not just any Portland pest control company offering IPM can help you earn coveted LEED points. The company must hold a Green Shield Certification and offer a green pest control program, like Eden’s Natural Choice Program. To get on track toward earning your LEED certification, make sure the pest consultant who helps you is aware of your green goals.

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3 Ways Lack of Pest Control Hurts Restaurants


Pest control in restaurants is a topic many owners don’t like to think about. Just the sight of a pest control company’s van near the front doors of an establishment can be enough to drive customers away. (People often forget that pest control pros sometimes like to eat out for lunch.) At the same time, a lack of attention regarding restaurant pest control can mean the downfall of a neighborhood eatery.

Here’s a look at some of the ways a restaurant pest control problem hurts business:

1. Tarnished Reputation and Image

A pest infestation can quickly turn a popular establishment into one that diners avoid like the plague. It only takes one cockroach in a salad or a single mouse sighting to make the evening news or prompt a surprise health inspection. Once a restaurant gets branded as “unclean,” the reputation is hard to shake.

2. Failed Inspections and Risk of a Forced Closure

The county health department doesn’t exist to make your life miserable. They want to make sure your establishment won’t (unintentionally) make the public sick. Inspectors look for:

  • Pest nesting sites or signs of pests
  • Proper drainage and plumbing
  • Weed control
  • Restaurant pest control techniques currently in use
  • Garbage handling systems and food disposal techniques
  • Wall and floor maintenance
  • Door-closing policies
  • Condensation problems
  • Problems with light fixtures
  • Proper food storage practices
  • General housekeeping, cleanliness and sanitation
  • Refrigeration storage

A violation can result in a warning, fine, poor inspection grade or a forced shutdown of the establishment until the restaurant pest control problem is resolved. Once you get shut down for a pest problem, your reputation may be ruined.

3. Health Hazards and Possible Lawsuits

Pests are notorious for harboring diseases, and it takes only one microbe to make a customer fall ill with a potentially serious ailment. If an individual does get ill and determines your restaurant caused pain or suffering, you could face a lawsuit that permanently damages your reputation as well as the restaurant’s bottom line.

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