TOMS RIVER, N.J. — As a pest control operator with 17 years of experience doing termite work, one of Gerry LaBruzza’s greatest frustrations was the time and labor it took to fill in holes left behind from drilling.
LaBruzza, owner of Guardian Termite and Pest Control, Toms River, N.J., felt there had to be a better alternative to the painstaking task of patching up the holes with concrete. So, he enlisted the help of son Joseph LaBruzza and the duo set out to find a solution themselves. After several months experimenting with different prototypes, they developed the BugPlug, a product that fits snugly into the holes left behind during termite jobs, and is held in place by protruding wings strategically placed along its core.
According to Joseph LaBruzza, the BugPlug quickly and efficiently close holes while leaving a polished, professional appearance. The entire installation takes just seconds per hole, saving the technician hours from each job, and his employer hours of pay as well, he added.
For companies that may be interested in branding, it is also possible to have the company logo printed on top of the plugs.
“The BugPlug was developed out of a need for such a product. I have performed many termite jobs and never did I look forward to patching the holes, by the time you cork and cement 100-plus holes, your back and knees are aching, not to mention it almost never looks great,” said Joseph LaBruzza. “The BugPlug fixes the aesthetic problems, it installs in seconds and gets me off to the next job quicker.”
LaBruzza introduced the BugPlug at August’s New Jersey Pest Management Association 66th annual clinic, tradeshow and clambake on the Cook College Campus of Rutgers, and he said the product was well received.
LaBruzza said the product is not available through any distributors yet, but it can be ordered directly at www.thebugplug.com (and payment can also be made through PayPal).
LaBruzza added that the product is patent pending.