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Trust is an important word in any business along with integrity.

  1. 93% of our business is from referrals, that speaks volumes on the integrity and trust of ProBest.
  2. In business since 1981.
  3. QualityPro – QualityPro Schools, Food Protection and GreenPro, since 2005.
  4. Rated A+ with the BBB.
  5. Termite and pest services to residential and commercial – one stop shopping options.
  6. Gold member of the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP)since 2010 – Gold membership is reserved for PESP’s outstanding environmental stewards. These members’ demonstrated commitment to pesticide risk reduction makes them models for other PESP members. Gold members may develop an IPM strategy, demonstrate significant and sustained progress in reducing pesticide risks, and independently measure the progress of their IPM implementation.
  7. On staff Associate Certified Entomologist

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Debunking myths especially of the INTERNET…

Debunking myths especially of the INTERNET…


Most of us have seen the commercial on TV that indicates that everything you read on the Internet is absolutely, unequivocally without a doubt TRUE and CORRECT!!!! Well I hope most of us realize it is just plain and simply not true. ProBest Pest Management is a Gold Member of the EPA’s Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program or PESP.  We receive a newsletter quarterly and this newsletter this quarter is about a few of those items – puts to rest the myth about rodents and the New York subway system – too bad it doesn’t talk about that huge alligator that lives there.

It provides some great information on “Ten Steps to Pest-Proofing”

CDC issues a Health Alert for Bed Bug pesticides.

CDC issues a Health Alert for Bed Bug pesticides.


Health Concerns About the Misuse of Pesticides for Bed Bug Control” As a member of PESP I wanted to share this, It  is a must read article on scams and pesticide use for Bed Bugs! Also here is some additional information they have posted in that article.

Important phone numbers and Web sites

If you believe you or a family member has become ill from a pesticide exposure:

Call your local poison control center: 1-800-222-1222, your local hospital emergency room, or the National Pesticide Information Center at 1-800-858-7378.  You can also call the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  Information Line at 1-800-CDC-INFO for information about pesticides.

If you believe your pet has become ill from a pesticide exposure:

Contact your local veterinarian or call the National Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435.

I will add one more important item from my list – Before hring anyone check them out: Within the last week I have had an opportunity to bid against someone who quoted a price of $150 for a 3 bedroom house – my price was over $1000. I also believe that they intended to only use pesticides – it is my opinion that this will not work in all circumstances and again I also believe it is important for people to understand about the use of pesticides within homes.

National Healthy Schools Day

National Healthy Schools Day

National Healthy Schools Day is a great day for everyone to celebrate and promote healthy and green indoor school environments for all children and staff. For ten years, parents, personnel, advocates, and agencies have held National Healthy Schools Day activities nationwide to highlight the importance of clean indoor air in schools. Visit the National Healthy Schools Day website for more information: National Healthy Schools Day is coordinated by Healthy Schools Network in cooperation with US EPA and the Council of Educational Facility Planners – International (CEFPI). It is the first day of School Building Week, and both events help promote the US EPA’s IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) Tools for Schools program. This program helps schools create and maintain healthy indoor learning environments by identifying, correcting and preventing common issues.

I truly don’t understand! To use pesticides or not to, that is the question?

I truly don’t understand! To use pesticides or not to, that is the question?

For the record I will start with this statement “Insects have killed more humans than anything else, period!” Mosquitoes and fleas primarily, mosquitoes continue to kill 1 million people each year and yet we allow these radical left wing groups to push us toward silliness.  Matt Dalen of the New Canaan, Connecticut wrote this article “Could ban on pesticides at schools be lifted” 1 1/2 years ago someone decided that no pesticides were a good idea and this law was passed HB-5155.

Now to another case in point, Ohio has been pushing to get a pesticide re-approved because of the big resurgence of Bed Bugs.

So I guess here is the question – How is it that in Ohio they need pesticides but Connecticut doesn’t? Frankly I’m getting tired of people jumping to the conclusion that all pesticides are BAD, the Pest Control Industry has known for years that an approach called Integrated Pest Management (IPM) works.

So what exactly is IPM – this is straight from the EPA site 

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.

The example below is based on Cockroaches:

  1. Acceptable pest levels – One cockroach may not trigger issues but maybe 10 might, set by school
  2. Preventive cultural practices – How did the roaches get into the school, prevent boxes from being delivered into the inside of the school.
  3. Monitoring – The use of glue boards to trigger action, by the way the use of glue board may eliminate the problem.
  4. Mechanical means –  use of traps, glue boards, stepping on the roach or even the use of an Insect Growth Regulator.
  5. Biological controls – use of different micro-organisms to control pest.
  6. Responsible Pesticide Use – There are several products available that are considered low risk – least toxic that could be incorporated into a program. A number of years ago there was a product which was a fungus that the roaches ate, baits are also useful.

I’m sick and tired of people jumping to conclusions before they have all the facts, without pesticides insects might make a big comeback like ie Bed Bugs. Without adequate resources at our disposal people would die, so don’t blame the pesticide without the facts. The Pest Management Professional isn’t just a bugman – they are trained to use what they know and are not out to kill the world with pesticide. I’m a PROFESSIONAL and proud of that fact, I’m ticked that the first response is to get rid of the pesticide before we have all the facts. My company uses home sealing, caulking and other equipment before we bring out the pesticides in our toolbox. We use IPM daily and to prove that point we are Gold members of the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program – we live it EVERYDAY. I have been in homes where pesticide was the only answer, roaches and I mean roaches (100,000 upwards) children at risk from asthma, disease etc but I guess that doesn’t matter. Maybe we should ban everyone from using pesticides,  using 1 can of whatever to kill 1 spider. OK rant is over!!!

Comments anyone or are you to scared to stand up and be counted. Sheeple….

50th Poison Prevention Week

50th Poison Prevention Week

National Poison Prevention Week raises awareness of poison prevention nationwide during the third full week of March every year. As a Gold Member of the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) it is our pleasure to promote and encourage everyone to participate.

If your in the Gilbert area ask about our free refrigerator magnets with the Poison Control number already on it.

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