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EnviroSafe, Inc.

Bob Stoddard Phone: 800-226-0418

President Fax: 616-364-1891

PO Box 151011 Website: http://www.envirosafeservices.com/

Grand Rapids MI 49515-1011 Email: EnvyroSafe@aol.com

Service Categories: structural commercial school

landscape residential golf course

We are a full service IPM specializing in school IPM. Our company has a philosophy of using pesticides as a last resort. We offer a complete IPM program covering all pests including head lice. Head lice are managed using Lice B Gone, an enzyme based shampoo from Safe Effective Alternatives. We incorporate all available non-toxic alternatives, and certain least toxic alternatives if they meet our criteria of safety. We feel that it is very important that our clients understand that our solutions are not going to be a bigger problem than the pest they called us for. Currently, we service Ohio and Michigan. Our methods and products are being used in Pennsylvania and New York.


What is your definition of Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?

IPM is simply a tool chest with an assortment of specialized tools for any given pest. Some pests will be controlled using only one tool, while others will require the integration of several tools. We believe that using pesticides should be the last step of a good IPM program. IPM should not mean "Include Pesticides Monthly," but rather it should mean "Include Pesticides MAYBE." Our IPM involves a change in philosophy from see a bug, spray a bug to see a bug, manage a bug.

 

Is pest management performed on a specific schedule?

No, it is our opinion that pest management in IPM is not scheduled. In IPM the only thing scheduled is maintenance, sanitation and monitoring. We do not have a monthly spray schedule.

 

How are pest problems identified?

Problems are identified by our educated clients and our staff of certified applicators. We have daily monitoring of pest problems because we educate our clients to do this. Sightings or reported problems are kept in a log which is part of our IPM manual for each building we service.

 

What practices do you use to prevent and/or control pests?

We have learned that the incorporation of an enzyme into our accounts has helped to prevent and control many pest problems due to its cleaning mechanism. This cleaning mechanism digests many of the protein based substances associated with pest problems. We know that inspection is a crucial step in the prevention of pest problems our buildings are inspected and recommendations made to correct potential pest problems (mechanical, structural, sanitation, etc).

 

Do you use biological controls?

We have used Bio-Blast, a naturally occurring soil fungus, with our termite monitoring stations to control termites. We would also consider using the following: parasitic wasps, nematodes, certain Bt strains, milky spore, etc.

 

Do you use borates?

Yes, borates are our pesticide of choice, should we need one. We would use Niban, NiBor, Blue Diamond, Drax, Borid, TimBor, Bora-Care, etc. Fortunately, in our schools, but we have not had to use them very often.

 

Do you use synthetic chemicals?

The only synthetic chemical that we have used in our landscape services is Round Up (glyphosate). We have tried many alternative methods, but have not found a less toxic substitute for it. We are open to suggestions.

 

What are the top 10 pesticides you use/sell/recommend?

Victor Poison Free (mint oil), Bio-Blast (soil fungus) and the following borate products: Dr. Moss, NiBan, Blue Diamond, Drax, Borid, TimBor, Bora-Care, etc.

 

If pesticides are used, how much are used per year of each?

We have not had to use any synthetic pesticides. We would use a bait formulation if possible. We would use borate based products according to its labeled uses. Six applications of borate products in 24 districts under our IPM program.

 

Does your company perform habitat modification?

One of the biggest steps in IPM. For a roach problem - eliminate water sources (leaking pipes, slow moving drain, etc.), eliminate food source (greasy oven cleaned with Super C professional), eliminate harborage (card board boxes removed),

 

Do you use any physical or mechanical controls?

Yes, we use numerous pest control devices. Bug Banishers and EPA registered and University of Florida tested negative ion device. Victor Tin Cats, Pest Patrol from World Environmental Technology, Bird X-peller, Terror Eyes, etc

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What type of fertilizers do you use/sell/recommend?

We sell a 100% organic based fertilizer (composted chicken manure) called Natures Supreme 2-5-3 and 50% organic based fertilizer called Nutri-Plus 10-3-4. We use gypsum and humates. We base any fertilizer program on soil testing.

 

What do you usually use/sell/recommend for addressing:

termites Moisture management, borates, nematodes, Bio-Blast.

cockroaches Sanitation, caulk, vacuum, Super C Professional Enzyme Cleaner, borax, Bug Banisher, borate bait.

fleas Super C Prfessional Enzyme Cleaner, borax and Bug Banisher.

carpenter ants Moisture management, replace wood and borates.

fire ants Did Not Respond (DNR)

ants (indoor) Sanitation, caulk, vacuum, enzymes, borax, Bug Banisher, borate bait.

crabgrass Turf management, corn gluten meal and proper watering.

dandelions Turf management, and corn gluten meal.

other Head Lice - Super C Professional Enzyme Cleaner to clean infested rooms and giving parents Lice B Gone, a non-toxic enzyme shampoo.

How do you evaluate effectiveness of your pest management

We have an evaluation form that is filled out by our customers. The best evaluation is customer satisfaction.

References

Mr. Mike Hathaway, Grand Rapids Public Schools, 616-771-3010; Mr. Gene Van Putten, Rockford Public Schools, 616-866-4205; Mr. Gary Torno, Allendale Public Schools, 616-895-6155

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