BHB Pest Elimination, New York City, has earned Green Shield Certification for its new BHB Green Pest Solutions program. Servicing the New York City metro area as well as Hudson and Essex counties in New Jersey, the new service is designed to meet the needs of green-thinking food service companies seeking effective, preventive solutions to pest problems based on integrated pest management, or IPM.
IPM is a common sense approach to pest control that focuses on why pests are present and correcting the cause rather than treating the symptom. "Through careful inspections to locate pests and their breeding sites, and exclusion to prevent future entry, we achieve amazing results and reduce or eliminate pesticide use," says Michael Broder, president of BHB Pest Elimination.
"Pests are after food, water and shelter, so breaking that triangle is the key to long term control," according to Dr. Thomas Green, entomologist and president of the non-profit IPM Institute of North America, which operates the Green Shield Certified program. With rigorous standards and mandatory on-site audit, Green Shield Certification is only offered to pest management providers practicing true IPM to help protect human health and the environment.
With restaurants and commercial facilities making up its main clientele, BHB Pest Elimination quickly learned the advantages of IPM well before the term was established. "I was thrilled when one of our food service accounts requested we offer a Green Shield Certified service," says Broder. "Their goal is to promote that they are a "green" establishment and are committed to ensuring all aspects of their operation are just as sustainable. It is very exciting to be able to join Green Shield Certified and offer environmentally-friendly services to our customers."
One of BHB Pest Elimination's greatest successes using their IPM approach involved solving a major fruit fly infestation in a three-level restaurant in New York City. The establishment contacted Broder requesting technicians fog every night until the problem stopped. After explaining this chemical approach only eliminates some adults and the next day more flies would reappear, the client was intrigued with an IPM approach.
Technicians began an intensive inspection, locating all potential breeding areas and utilized steam heat in drains and enzymatic foam to break down organic matter which attracts flies.
"Very quickly fly levels decreased dramatically," says Broder, "but some level still remained. We knew something was being missed. We inspected everywhere and finally found areas of missing grout between floor tiles that allowed moisture and organic matter to sit stagnant. A little grout and the fly issue was over. In a few days we achieved results without any pesticides that never would be achieved with multiple chemical applications."
Broder believes green pest management is increasing on facility managers' radar as another level of environmental responsibility, especially in more progressive markets like New York City.