Friday, April 15, 2011

Go Green on Earth Day April 22nd

What does it mean to “Go Green”? For Suburban Exterminating, “Going Green” is all about managing pests with a minimum of pesticides. “Going Green” is about finding environmentally friendly ways to eliminate a Long Island homeowner’s pest problems. “Going Green” is also about educating a homeowner on how to prevent pests from becoming a problem. Insects and other pests are part of our environment. Each and every bug is part of our natural “Green” world. We are often beneficiaries of insect’s life. Who can deny the benefits of honey or lady bugs or even how beautiful a spider web can be? 
History of Green
Suburban Exterminating has earned Green Shield Certification after undergoing a rigorous evaluation conducted by the IPM Institute of North America (IPM Integrated Pest Management). Green Shield Certified aims to help identify companies that excel in managing pests with a minimum of pesticides. Suburban, founded by Martin and Hal Byer in 1961, has had a life-long focus on training and professionalism, making Green Shield Certified a good fit.

Experts Speak
Lynn Frank has served as technical director for Suburban Exterminating since 1985, responsible for staff training and trouble shooting. Frank is a Board Certified Entomologist, examined and certified by the Entomological Society of America. "As a company, our goals have always been to solve our customers' pest problems using less pesticide. If we do need to make a treatment, we train our technicians to treat smart - using low toxicity pesticides in a way that reduces the chance that people, kids and pets will be exposed."

"Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, is the smart way to manage pests," according to Dr. Thomas Green, director of the IPM Institute. "Pests need food, water and shelter. Green Shield Certified providers focus on denying pests access to those - creating an effective, long-term solutions with pesticide use as a last resort."  For example, Suburban provides unique services such as installing seals on the bottom of exterior doors including garage doors. These "sweeps" not only deny pests access, they keep dirt outside and heat and air conditioning inside, saving energy and money. Other services include building and roof repairs, installing chimney caps, gutter repair and installation. Suburban has carpenters on staff to repair pest damage and "pest proof" buildings.

Integrated Pest Management is a greener approach to pest management.  As per US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):  “Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management”.  This green approach uses various strategies that address “Physical Mechanical Biological Cultural Educational”.

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If you have any questions regarding our Green pest control programs, we offer free inspections and estimates.

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