PEST PREVENTION


Brand Protection

Protect your business with Certech Pest Prevention. Could your business recover from negative social media attention or a health department closure? Rats, Mice, Cockroaches and Flies can be devastating to your business. In today’s online environment, word travels fast—protecting your brand image has never been more imperative.

More than simple pest control, our Pest Prevention program begins with a complete structural assessment of your facility to identify any structural deficiencies that may exist. Certech’s complete structural assessment provides a detailed evaluation of your facility to uncover pest access areas and favorable conditions to future pest activity. Based upon our analysis, Certech will design a comprehensive corrective action plan with recommendations for improvement and customize a prevention program to ensure that your facility remains pest-free with year round protection.

Open communication is critical to a successful pest prevention program. We provide all accounts with a logbook to assist with ongoing communication regarding changes that may occur on a daily basis. Thorough documentation with full size service reports are provided after each service documenting pest activity found, conditions that are conducive to pest activity, and recommendations to protect your facility from future problems. Structural and sanitation conditions are assessed during each service on the interior and exterior of the facility to ensure that you have all the information that you need to remain pest-free. We also ensure that we verbally communicate current conditions to all key stakeholders within your business.  

Our Pest Prevention program guarantees eradication and complete protection against Core Pests found within commercial structures: Cockroaches, Ants, Mice & Rats. When you partner with Certech, core pests will not impact your operation and should a sighting be found whether inside or out, we will physically respond within 24 hours to correct. Our partnership agreement also includes inspection and recommendations to combat Filth Flies & Fruit Flies. Not only do flying insects spread bacteria and contaminate food, they also discourage customers from visiting your establishment.

 


 

COCKROACHESRoach

Cockroaches (aka roaches) are considered a critical pest, meaning that just one sighting of a cockroach can send negative impact messages throughout social media and regulatory agencies causing irreversible brand damage and significant financial losses.

Cockroaches are prolific breeders. When cockroaches are introduced into a facility, one breeding pair can produce a few thousand offspring within just a few weeks. Additionally, cockroaches carry harmful bacteria which can jeopardize the integrity of your products compromising the safety of your guests and your staff.

American Cockroaches (Periplaneta americana) live and breed within sewer systems and venture out on city sidewalks during the night. These cockroaches are commonly found in downtown areas of Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose. American roaches are up to two inches in length and are a golden brown color with long antennae.

In theRoaches Bay Area, we often encounter German Cockroaches (Blattella germanica) with new clients. German Cockroaches prefer warm/ moist environments, electronics, and infest food service areas. These cockroaches are prolific breeders and can quickly spiral out of control without a comprehensive prevention program in place. 

Oriental Cockroaches aka Water Bugs (Blatta orientalis) are commonly found around inland areas living and breeding under concrete slabs and in exterior landscape areas. These cockroaches are more of a nuisance than of a threat as they wander into Blatta orientalis - female black cockroach aka Orientalfacilities through door cracks and crevices in concrete foundations. Oriental Cockroaches are commonly found in landscaped areas in East Contra Costa County, East Alameda County and throughout Santa Clara County. These roaches are one and one-half inches in length and are mahogany in color and sometimes black.

Our comprehensive service solutions guarantee that your facility remains free from all cockroach infestation year round.


 

ANTS

Ants are responsible for countless dollars in damage to food antstuffs each year. Ants can nest indoors inside wall voids, under concrete slabs or outdoors in landscape/ trees.

Ants often invade structures in search of food and water and to escape unfavorable weather conditions. Trailing ants from garbage areas into your kitchen have the potential of transferring bacteria to food products and food contact areas.

Locally in the Bay Area, we typically encounter two types of small black ants known as Argentine Ants and Odorous House Ants. Certech’s proven multi-step service protocols ensure ant elimination and year-round prevention.


MICE


House Mouse

One House Mouse (Mus musculus) within your facility can cause critical damage. Mice carry harmful pathogens and can transmit disease through their droppings, feet, fur, and urine. Mice can enter your facility through crevices as small as one-quarter of an inch in search of food, water and shelter.

Mouse infestations can escalate quickly as they reproduce rapidly causing great damage to your facility within a short amount of time. One sighting of a mouse by a guest could lead to a regulatory nightmare for you and your staff. 

RATS

Roof Rats

Rats are likely the greatest pest that negatively impacts mankind. Rats damage equipment, electrical wires, and landscape by gnawing and burrowing. Rats contaminate significant amounts of food worldwide spreading harmful disease and bacteria. Rats can enter through gaps as small as one-half of an inch.

In the Bay Area, we encounter Roof Rats (Rattus rattus) and Norway Rats (Rattus norvegicus). Roof Rats are excellent climbers and are acrobatic, swinging from trees onto your rooftop in search of an opening to enter—they can chew their way into your facility within a matter of hours. Norway Rat populations live near waterways and canals, burrowing the earth that surrounds and can invade your facility through plumbing and structural gaps close to ground level in search of food.

Your Certech pest prevention specialist understands rat behavior, will identify rodent access points, provide proactive recommendations for exclusion, and develop a comprehensive plan of action to ensure quick resolution. Our approach to rat management is through exclusion and trapping; use of rodenticides is not our first choice. Our commitment to you is a future free from rodents in and around your property.


 

FILTH FLIES

Filth Flies are more than a pesky nuisance—they pose harm to your employees, customers, patientsFilth Fly, and guests. Filth Flies (aka Large Flies) are vectors of disease and spread bacteria such as Salmonella, Shigella, Cholera, Gastroenteritis, and Dysentery.

Certech’s professional service solutions ensure satisfaction from your fly problems. We combat flies where they breed, where they enter and where they land. Our comprehensive large fly control service includes a wide range of effective solutions including targeted exterior fly baiting, targeted surface applications with fly repellent, and fly light trapping giving you year-round protection.

 

FRUIT FLIES

Fruit Flies

 

Most restaurants have experienced them and most bars have them. The presence of fruit flies (also known as small flies) within your facility detracts from the ambiance and overall customer experience that you strive for.

Fruit flies breed in decaying organic matter of food & moisture hidden in cracks and crevices which can be a small as watermelon seed. Once established, small flies can breed very quickly as the female will lay up to 100 eggs per day and over a thousand in her lifetime. The Red Eyed Fruit Fly (pictured above) and the Dark Eyed Fruit Fly breeding within your facility can discourage customers and lead to failed health department inspections. 

An experienced Certech pest prevention specialist can locate and facilitate breeding matter removal as well as, apply targeted insect growth regulator treatments to ensure that life cycles are broken.


 

OCCASIONAL INVADERS

Black Widow Spiders

Seasonal nuisance pests such as spiders, silverfish, wasps, crickets, earwigs and fleas can send the wrong message to your guests, lead to contamination of products, and pose human health hazards.

Your Certech specialist will customize a prevention plan to ensure that your facility remains free from these nagging pests.

 


Prevention vs. Control

Pest control methods are outdated and many companies continue to arbitrarily use pesticides for general pest activity. Rather than applying pesticides at random, pest prevention is a proactive approach targeted to exclude pest activity before infestation occurs. Prevention includes sealing openings leading to the interior of structures, removing harborage materials, and eliminating possible food sources that may contribute to pest activity.

Certech uses the latest technology and methods of eco-friendly solutions to ensure that your facility does not become infested by core pests. Some of the sustainable methods of prevention that we use include: cleaning, structural exclusion, baiting, monitoring, heat treatments, botanicals, minerals, natural oils, trapping and vacuuming. We provide on-going communication with recommendations to ensure that your facility remains pest-free at all times. We don’t control, we eliminate and we prevent.

If we don’t meet our commitments to you or if you are not completely satisfied Money Backwith our Pest Prevention services, we offer a 100% money back guarantee on your monthly service!


HEALTHY SCHOOLS

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Certech has more than 30 years of experience working in and around educational facilities, schools, child care facilities, colleges and universities. We are fully proficient and hold ourselves accountable toward the Healthy Schools Act.

For more information on our Integrated Pest Management (IPM) School Protection Program please click here Healthy Schools