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Term-Trol Exterminating Company

Kitty Kestenbaum Phone: 512-836-3309

Owner Fax:

8908 Georgia Drive Website:

Austin TX 78753 Email: termtrol@texas.net

Service Categories: structural commercial school

landscape residential golf course

other: Educational seminars for school, organizations, businesses; CEU's for PCOs; Preconstruction consultations for architects and builders.

Custom design pest management plans using non-toxic and least-toxic services and products/ pre or post construction/ SPCB approved trainer - CEUs/ Sanitation and Building maintenance services available/ Consultation by phone available (experience with chemically sensitive clients)/ Emphasis on prevention by addressing construction techniques and proper materials in new and exisiting structures and grounds/ insects, rodents and nuisance animals/ Service area: Austin base, central Texas (approximately 150 mile radius). Further on request.

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

The main objective of an IPM program is to build the pest out of your environment using a combination of strategies that emphasize prevention. In an IPM program the objective is not to eradicate pests, but to suppress pest populations below a level at which they cause unaccetable damage. Treatments are performed only when and where monitoring and evaluations indicate pests above acceptable levels.

 

Is pest management performed on a specific schedule?

Some clients receive scheduled services. Clients receive an inspection and written report to assist with sanitation and building maintenance. Term-Trol will perform services such as sealing and caulking, trash removal and clean-up, general pest and rodent control, termite and wood-destroying insect control.

How are pest problems identified?

CA- inspection of insect droppings or damage, moisture meter, probe and visual monitoring, sticky traps, tracking powders, client reports.

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

Client education, sanitation, moisture control, ventilation, encouraging natural predators and balanced insect populations, building maintenance.

 

Do you use biological controls?

Nematodes, Bt.

 

Do you use borates?

Boric acid, Timbor (sodium octaborate)

Do you use synthetic chemicals?

Award (fenoxycarb), MicroCare CS (pyrethrins)

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

Boric acid, Timbor, Award, Niban, Gel Baits (boric acid or hydramethelon), TriDie, ECO PCO Dust, MicroCare CS

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

Crack and crevice dust or bait/ exterior granular baits/ Average residential application, either 1/4 oz. dust or 1-2 oz air/1/5 lb. Granular/ 10-20 grams bait.

Does your company perform habitat modification?

Remove pet waste, trim trees and shrubs, replace old mulch, remove trash and debris, caulk and seal, clean and seal expansion joints, seal decks.

Do you use any physical or mechanical controls?

Stainless steel screen for pre-construction subtermites/ Subtermite sand barriers/ Metal shields and flashing/ Live animal traps, sticky trpas and vinegar lures.

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

Compost, seaweed, fish oil, natural soil activators

 

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

termites Moisture control, sand, steel, nematodes, Timbor.

cockroaches BA/ Gel baits

fleas Sanitation, safe soap, MicroCare CS

carpenter ants Wood repair, moisture control, vacuum, Timbor

fire ants Healthy lawn, sanitation, IGR

ants (indoor) Gel baits

crabgrass Ph balance

dandelions Ph balance

How do you evaluate effectiveness of your pest management

Stabilization of previous; decay or peterization of structures; level of pest damage and number of pests; client satisfaction; decrease in time and materials needed for an account to maintain program goal.

References

Jane Longmire, Kerrville, TX; Westlake Presbyterian Church, Austin, TX, 327-6111.