Pest Trends for 2017

February 01, 2017

As the Sprague Pest Experts ring in the New Year, we wanted to share our take on the trends that will impact how we design and deliver pest management services for commercial clients in 2017.

The way pest management services are being delivered continues to evolve and the methods used to eliminate rodents or cockroaches five or 10 years ago are yesterday’s news. That is why the Sprague Pest Experts constantly update and reevaluate service protocols to prevent and eliminate pests from threatening commercial clients’ facilities, their products and customers.

What trends will impact how the Sprague Pest Experts deliver pest management services in the year ahead?

Kolbin Bertilson, service center manager for Sprague Pest Solutions in Denver, Colorado, revealed his top three pest management trends for 2017 and what his team is doing to keep clients’ facilities pest-free and in compliance.

  1. The Food Safety Modernization Act. September 2016 marked the start of U.S. Food & Drug Administration audits at food processing, storage, and distribution facilities. The main difference in how this will be addressed moving forward is the phrase “whereby” food could become adulterated. Gone are the days of swabbing surfaces in a food plant after E.coli or Listeria has tainted a product. Now, if the FDA finds contamination anywhere in the facility during a random audit, they have the power to shut the plant down without going to a judge or court. Fines can be immediately imposed if a threat or the potential threat of adulterated food exists. The pest management industry and clients need to work closely together to ensure steps are taken to prevent any pests from entering a facility. Having a formal risk assessment performed is the best way to take a look at a facility and identify potential risks, and fine tune the pest control program to further enhance the services being performed.
  2. Climate Change. As skeptics and proponents continue to argue whether climate change is real or not, the pest data we collect in facilities certainly shows that warmer temperatures and dramatic climactic events are changing pest pressures. We are seeing species of pests popping up in states and regions that have not previously been reported. Commercial clients will need to be ever vigilant of importing these invasive species and reporting unusual pest sightings to their pest management partner as soon as possible.
  3. The Technology Impact. Technology is quickly improving the way commercial pest control is performed and analyzed. Increased use of electronic data and reporting is giving the industry new ways to look at historical trends and even predict potential pest problems that may occur. Commercial clients should encourage their pest management partners (Sprague offers this service to its clients) to use electronic data capturing and reporting tools that are available to identify and manage pest risks in their facilities. Many clients also are leveraging remote sensors in various traps for different pests, leaving more time for service specialists to conduct closer inspections rather than routinely checking the pest control devices. Some commercial clients may even seek the help of drones and video cameras to aid in surveys, inspections, or even the control of nuisance pests like pigeons.