Monday, January 21, 2008

Bed Bugs Back Again

An article in USA Today covered the resurgence of bed bugs in the United States, as well as in Europe. As one person put it, they had pretty much become a myth of times past.

"Sixty years after near-eradication, the little bloodsuckers are infesting homes and hotels from New York to San Diego. Why the outbreak? Increased world travel and changing pest-control practices."

An expert says that "they wont leave unless you unleash an all-out effort." " Cindy Mannes of the National Pest Management Association says the pest control comany Orkin has had bedbug reports this year in every state except seven: Alaska, Idaho, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Wyoming. "

Alan Brown of Cascade Pest Control, serving the greater Seattle area noted that for the first time in the company's history calls for bed bugs are coming in. Begbugs in the greater Seattle area are truly a problem. Bed Bug control measures, according to Brown, are intense otherwise they don't go away. Clients have to cooperate in cleaning and preparing for the professional pest control measures.

In various reports throughout the country entomologists and other experts agree that bed bugs are no match for homeowners trying a "do it youself" approach. Other concerns are the diseases that bed bugs can carry.

(quotes from USA Today)

Maintenance Service Stressed in Rodent Control

At the December 13 pest control meeting held at Univar various pest control experts concluded that a maintenance service and rodent exclusion work (closing up access points... a.k.a. "rat-proofing"). Eric of Whitworth Pest Control presented a short slide show presenting rodent biology and behavior. A concern was raised that some companies--not licensed pest control companies--do the clean up and/or decontamination work from rodents, but do not do the rodent control, leaving the clients with the ongoing rodent infestation.

(Notes from Alan Brown, Cascade Pest Control )

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Cascade Pest Control earns coveted Angie's List Super Service Award

Cascade Pest Control earns coveted
Angie’s List Super Service Award
Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer satisfaction

Cascade Pest Control has been awarded the prestigious and difficult-to-attain 2007 Angie’s List Super Service Award.

This exclusive recognition is awarded at the beginning of each year to companies who have achieved and maintained a superior service rating on Angie's List throughout the past year. Fewer than 5 percent of the companies on Angie's List meet the eligibility requirements to be considered for the award.

“Our Super Service Award winners are the cream of the crop when it comes to customer service, said Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List. “To help our members easily find these exceptional service companies, we’ve added Super Service Award logos to each of the winning company names on Our members tell us they love that additional bit of information.”

Cascade Pest Control is proud to receive this award, having served the Seattle/King County/Snohomish County public for nearly 3 decades. “We can’t imagine a more fitting recognition,” says Kurt Treftz, an owner, “…being that Cascade greatly values long term relationships with it’s clients.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award winners have maintained an "A" rating overall; have received a minimum number of reports; are NOT in the Angie's List "Penalty Box,” and do NOT have an unsatisfactory rating with the Better Business Bureau.
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