Unmarked Vehicles & More
Introducing: Pest Control Discrete Service Standard
Here in Toronto, a large, populous, vibrant city in Ontario, Canada, many homeowners (especially those in higher-end communities) are aware of the damaging effects a bed bug has on both their home and reputation. As a result, much of the competition has adopted the practice of servicing homes in unmarked vehicles - that is, a pest control vehicle without any commercial pest control advertising printed on the vehicle. What follows is a standard describing three levels of unmarked that Pest Solution Services has adopted and encourages homeowners to find companies that meet such a standard, if privacy and discrete service is a major concern. Below is a summary of the entire article published on the Pest Solution Services Bed Bug 101 articles page. You can read the entire article (with original images, also) on the Pest Solution Services website, by following this link: Pest Control Discrete Service Standard.
Level 1: Unmarked Vehicle
An unmarked vehicle is a pest control vehicle without any advertising or commercial display (including pest control-specific company logos). This is the first step of protecting the privacy of the homeowner as to what service they are receiving. Having a bed bug control vehicle parked on their driveway can be very embarrasing and harm their reputation among the neighbours.
Level 2: Unmarked Gear & Tools
All professional tools should not have vinyl stickers or markings that would suggest pest control work is being done. For example, a hard hat with the company logo is no longer considered discrete. The best conformance to this level is to have tools that are as plain as possible and only have manufacturer logos (3M, Tyvek, etc.). To any on-looker, this would seem like a general contracting job, and the fact that it is a bed bug or pest control job would not be easily revealed.
Level 3: Concealed Equipment
All pest control-specific equipment should be kept and carried in a concealed manner for as long as possible. For example, if installing mouse traps within the home, they should be kept concealed in the vehicle, then brought out in a covered/undisclosed manner, and finally, they should only be carried openly within the home, where they are to be installed. The same goes for all other pest control equipment such as spray tanks.
To see how Pest Solution Services complies with the above standard, be sure to read the last paragraph of Pest Control Discrete Service Standard. This standard/article was first published on March 30, 2021, on the Pest Solution Services Bed Bug 101 articles webpage.
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