Pest Proofing with BOAZ PEST CONTROL
Pest Proofing with BOAZ PEST CONTROL
Article by Jed Silvestre, Pillar Magazine, Volume 7, 2014
Established in Bicol in 2009 and in Manila in 2012, BOAZ Pest Control is now one of the leading pest control service providers garnering a number of memberships from prestigious pest control and non-pest control organizations in the country such as the Pest Control Association of the Philippines (PCAP), the Philippine Federation of Pest Management Operators (PFPMOA) and the Philippine Association of Building Administrators (PABA). Some of their numerous clients include the operations for MRT Line 3, LBL Industries (Eastwood City, Libis), Chalifer Builders (Caloocan City), Wee Nam Kee and Café Mediterranean chain of restaurants (NCR) and many others.
With the use of Total Quality Management (TQM) as a tool for continuous improvement, and Integrated Pest Management (IPM), BOAZ Pest Control ensures their clients sustainable and participative pest management. One of BOAZ’s owners and operations manager, April Musa, recounts how she and partner Eric John “EJ” Marinay first began their professional termite control services, hoping to fulfil the need for their services by various homes, schools, and facilities in Camarines Norte before expanding to Manila.
In the beginning, their clients included schools and real estate areas before having the residential, food establishments and food plants clients. April graduated with a degree in Entomology from the University of the Philippines Los Baños in Laguna. She explains that even before she graduated, there already was a high demand for entomologists- proven by the fact that fresh out of college, April was hired as Pest Control Operations and QA Supervisor by a national pest control company. Two years after which, April began a small pest control business servicing hotels, offices, houses, and supermarkets.
When asked about some of the challenges they experienced at BOAZ, April tells us that one of these was how the government no longer regulated pest control services.
“We entered the industry when it is not regulated anymore by any government entity so anybody, licensed or not, as long as they once held a sprayer and conducted any effort on controlling pests, called themselves exterminators.”
Among other problems, including fly-by-nights multiplying by the minute, customers provided with false information regarding their services therefore creating greater scepticism about the industry, as well as competition. April shares, “[If] you have the right mix- professionalism through applied science, technology through continuous education, customer service, practical and genuine care to customers- you can create your way to the top.”
Being the experts on proofing our homes and other establishments from known pests, April and her partners at BOAZ, share with us their 12 Best Pest Proofing Tips that you can do at home.
1. Pests are always associated with garbage. Dispose of garbage regularly and properly to keep your home less attractive to pests.
2. Install screens under gates and fences to keep big roaches and rats away.
3. If you have canals inside your fence, it’s likely that it’s connected to the canals outside your property. Put screens on your canals to keep out pests.
4. Beware of pools and even an inch of standing water in cans, plant pots, clogged drainage, tires and gutters. They are nesting sites of baby and adult mosquitoes.
5. Seal gaps and openings around and inside the house including entry points of pipes, wirings and gaps under sink and cabinets to prevent pests from coming inside the house and stop them from establishing hiding sites inside the house.
6. Love pets? Keep them clean and maintained against fleas and ticks. You can be the secondary host of their parasites if primary infestation is not handled well.
7. Keep fruits, vegetables and other food items in tightly sealed containers. They are very attractive to roaches, mice and flies.
8. Repair plumbing leaks. Excessive water can prompt early wood rotting. Termites and springtails are pests very much attracted to rotting wood.
9. If you have items in your house rich in cellulose like cartons, books, potted plants, clothes and old files, conduct a routine movement and clean up at least quarterly. These items can invite termites into your house.
10. Maintain that tree branches are not leaning towards your house. Bamboo, tree stumps and other vegetation can serve as attractants and highways of rats, termites, and even snakes into your home.
11. Majority of dreadful pests like centipedes, rats and roaches thrive on areas with little amount of water. Keep your kitchen cabinets, comfort rooms and storage areas well ventilated and dry to deprive pests of places to nest.
12. Don’t hesitate to call a professional pest control service for free consultation and advice. You cannot go wrong consulting the experts. Make it Boaz Pest Control! Visit our facebook page or our website at www.pestcontrolph.com and call us at 267-2079.