It is said that when life gives us lemons, we must find a way to make lemonade. This axiom is not meant to make light of the encroaching virus that threatens all our lives, as there is nothing conventional or thoughtful about Coronavirus (Covid 19).
Overcoming it presents an arduous challenge, and like so many hurdles thrown our way during our lifetimes, it must be faced fearlessly and head-on. In the words of one pest control specialist: “Figure out a way to adapt, that’s the oldest thing in the book. When things change, you have to adapt to continue to co-exist.”
The Greater Pittsburgh area is as hard hit as any other in our great nation with the ongoing, terrible spread of this deadly virus. The power of clean is the kryptonite that will hopefully bring this dreadful scourge to its knees, but the battle must be fought on all fronts.
On March 19, 2020, the National Pest Management Association and the recognized that structural pest control is an “essential industry,” and that these “valuable services” must continue to be provided during this pandemic.
The main force behind this significant designation partially involves the adjustment of the pest control and pest management companies to the rapidly changing business landscape, which includes the introduction of disinfecting and sanitization services to their efforts. But many newcomers to the hygiene services world lack the experience, proper equipment and materials to effectively disinfect interior spaces.
The Pittsburgh Post Gazette recently interviewed our very own Robert Wiemer, executive General Manager at Pestco Professional Services: “Most pest control companies out there who are now shifting their model to help fight Covid are NOT using the right materials nor do they have the extensive amount of training in disinfecting and sanitizing environments. We have years of expertise, and through our Enviro-Master Services division we use EPA approved materials designated to kill Covid 19.”
He went on to say that, “the fact that Enviro-Master is a national franchise enables our ability to maintain a consistent flow of these materials that can effectively curtail the spread of this lethal virus.”
Why Sanitization and Disinfection?
Another old saying warns that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This is not only true, it has never been more relevant than it is today. While the need for disinfection is always present in our modern world, facing an enemy like Covid 19 requires its consistent and thorough application.
This is because deadly bacteria have been known to survive on surfaces for as long as 18 months, and even worse, they can become a continuous source of transmission. Wiping hard surfaces with cloths that are not clean can spread contamination to hands, equipment and other nearby surfaces.
In the recent past, a careful balance of cost and quality was required to prevent and control infections by using wipes, spray and wipes, fogging, and UV lighting. All of these elements have their respected places in an Infection Protection Control (IPC ) program, but may be counterproductive and too costly for routine usage.
With advances in scientific knowledge, electrostatic disinfection application systems present a viable and cost effective tool for combatting environmental surface disinfection.
What is Electrostatic Disinfecting Spray?
Electrostatics is a technology formerly reserved for the agricultural and automotive industries. Research studies have indicated that environmental cleaning and disinfection play important roles in the prevention and control of healthcare-acquired infections. Innovative electrostatic technology is currently being used in the application of disinfectants.
Due to the dire and ongoing need for newer and better tools to eradicate Covid 19, this applied science is now being integrated as an effective means to rupture the deadly chain of pathogen mobility. The greatest potential for the transmission of micro-organisms involves high touch areas.
The following video shows the application of an electrostatic sanitizing spray system.
Electrostatic disinfectant application is based on a system known as Coulomb’s law, which is an experimental principle of physics, It concerns the fact that similar charges repel and opposite charges attract with a force proportional to the product of the charges and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them. The application of EPA-registered disinfectants using electrostatic systems can break this link to infection much more effectively than traditional methods.
Electrostatic disinfection application involves spraying with a gun, which is modified with an electrode that charges the liquid particles, which are then attracted to an oppositely charged target. It is more focused than conventional methods and provides more uniform coverage with less waste. More specifically, most surface areas are negative (neutral) and electrostatic systems are like two potent magnets that optimize the principles of both adhesion and attraction.
Combatting Covid 19 Throughout Pittsburgh
We are currently providing disinfecting, fogging and sanitizing services for all types of situations, including freight liners, produce warehouses, supermarkets, homes, businesses and more. If you’re open to the public, it’s advisable to have a specialized disinfectant service every 3-5 days to reduce the risk… It’s more important than ever to ensure work areas, restrooms and other key touch points are constantly sanitized. It’s also worth remembering that Pestco Professional Services, through out Enviro-Master services division, has been delivering a professional disinfectant service for years.
Greater Pittsburgh Disinfecting Sanitizing Services
Our spray applications are electro statically charged and made for a different type of delivery. Unlike fogging or spraying, which can leave a residue of whatever product may have been used before, this spray is positively charged and allows for an even distribution wherever it is needed.
All of our personnel are not only specifically trained for sanitizing and disinfecting residential and commercial spaces, it is all they do all day long. Weimer states: ”When something is this important, like the health of your family and your employees, you want the expertise of the best, and the correct material delivered the correct way by trained personnel.”
Our very own, Nick Vasko A.C.E. suiting up for an inspection while treating a Covid room.
In those areas where people tend to congregate, such as shopping malls, restaurants and offices, the dreaded virus can spread quickly on high-touch surfaces such as countertops, fixtures and public seating, Hand-washing helps, but it to not enough to prevent the spread of infection. The only weapon that can do that is large scale sanitization within those public settings.
Complete Sanitization And Facility Care Services
We have been a reputable force in commercial pest-control and pest-management for more than seventy years, but it has only been in recent times that residential pest control and pest-management was added to our formidable roster of services. This at least for now is limited to the Greater Pittsburgh area, although this may change in the future.
For Pittsburgh commercial enterprises however, ultimate pest control and pest management solutions will always lie in the professional expertise of our team members and our Complete Facility Care program. Cost-effective, fully integrated and uncomplicated, this program affects all industries including: food and restaurants; gyms, salons and fitness centers; schools and universities; hospitals and nursing homes and retail stores and boutiques, just to mention a few. This three-pronged initiative offers superior pest control and pest-management, Enviro-Master-backed washroom hygiene services and environmental odor and air freshening solutions supplied by Air-Scent International.
In the words of Arnold Zlotnik, President and CEO of Pestco Professional Services, “We all need each other, especially right now. We care about all of our employees, our customers, your livelihoods, and your families … we are all in this together and together we will conquer Covid 19.”
So call our team today — (412) 252-5200 — and let us help you with a plan to combat Covid 19 for your home or business. Home-owners and business managers can have peace of mind even in this unsettling time by engaging our disinfection and sanitizing products and services.
Photo Credits: Pixabay, Enviromaster Services and Knox News
Video Credit: Enviromaster Services