Rockwell’s New InVade Bio Sanitation Technical Guide

New InVade Bio Sanitation Technical Guide – The Blueprint for Pursuing Sanitation Business Successfully

NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo., December 2021- North Kansas City, Mo., November 6 2020 – Rockwell Labs recently revised their InVade Bio Sanitation Treatment Protocol technical guide, which will be published as an insert in the October 2020 issue of PCT magazine.  The guide provides pest management professionals a detailed overview of how to utilize the wide array of InVade bio sanitation products for cleaning commercial facilities and kitchens with chronic moisture and organic debris issues.  The InVade range of probiotic cleaners will address sanitation needs most effectively and in a “green” manner since they utilize naturally occurring soil microbes to digest organic matter and eliminate odors. This new technical guide provides pest management professionals the playbook on how to use the proven power of InVade Technology, along with the application methods described in the guide, to pursue sanitation business with confidence.  The guide is also available to download on the Rockwell website (Resources section), or ask your local Rockwell technical representative for a copy.


ECOPRO Services

Friendly to the Environment, but Not to Insects

Friendly to the Environment, But Not to Insects

ECOPRO Pest Control Services

Red imported fire ants (Solenopsis invicta, also known as RIFA) are notorious. They can sting, inject poison and even kill small animals. Sometimes their nests are hidden under houses, making them hard to eliminate. Sarah Musselman, owner of EcoPro Services LLC in Austin, Tex., remembers one challenging RIFA infestation outside a home. After an initial application of an insecticide, she tried Rockwell Labs’ EcoVia EC Emulsifiable Concentrate. Musselman sprayed the repellent around the home’s perimeter. The next thing she knew, RIFA were pouring out of the ground where she sprayed, revealing their nests. “They were freaking out,” Musselman recalls. “If fire ants feel threatened, they will run upward from their mounds. The other products I used weren’t repellent enough to cause that.” EcoVia EC is one of eight EcoVia botanical, environmentally friendly pesticides that also includes EcoVia 3-in-1 Insecticide, Miticide & Fungicide Emulsifiable Concentrate; EcoVia G Granular Insecticide; EcoVia CA Contact Insecticide; EcoVia IB Insect Bloks; EcoVia MT Mosquito & Tick Control Concentrate; EcoVia WD Wettable Powder; and EcoVia WH Stinging Insect Killer. Musselman uses five EcoVia products along with InTice 10 Perimeter Bait, another ecofriendly insecticide by Rockwell. But it wasn’t until she was in business for a year before she even heard of EcoVia and InTice. “They allowed me to expand my client base,” Musselman says. “There’s a whole market of people out there who don’t want bugs in their homes, but do want to be environmentally friendly.” 

HOW THEY WORK: All EcoVia products consist of plant oils that cause immediate paralysis and a fast-kill in many insects. The oils also repel the insects that come within the oils’ vicinity, which provides residual protection. InTice 10 attracts insects. Ants carry it back to their nests, allowing it to kill the colony. Other target insects die after eating the bait. EcoVia and InTice 10 have broad labels and kill and control mosquitoes, ticks, spiders, fruit flies, mites, cockroaches, ants, crickets, earwigs, millepedes, sowbugs, pill bugs, snails and slugs, among other pests. In addition to Rockwell helping her business grow, Musselman, an entomologist, appreciates that Rockwell, like EcoPro, is a woman owned pest management firm. Pest Management Professional Hall of Famer Dr. Cisse Spragins (Class of 2018) founded Rockwell and currently serves as CEO. “Cisse is so much fun,” Musselman says. “She’s a powerhouse — a scientist, a great speaker and she definitely knows what she’s talking about. It’s obvious that she cares.” Here’s a rundown of how Musselman uses other Rockwell products, in addition to EcoVia EC

• EcoVia CA. Musselman applies this product into cracks and crevices inside homes. It’s effective on spiders, and customers love the cinnamon scent, she notes. 

• EcoVia G. This is a valuable tool when one perimeter product isn’t enough, Musselman says. It helps create a stronger perimeter barrier, especially against tough pests like scorpions. 

• EcoVia WD. Musselman uses it at full strength as a dust or wets it to use as a perimeter spray. It’s good in cracks and crevices, inside or outside. 

• EcoVia WH. This is an expanding foam Musselman sprays directly onto hornet, yellowjacket or paper wasp nests from up to 18 feet. In many cases, the pests drop dead immediately. 

• InTice 10. Musselman says InTice has a significant amount of active ingredient at 10 percent at its price point. She’s experienced success with it outside and inside, in attics and crawlspaces. It’s lethal to snails, ants, cockroaches and silverfish.  


Eliminex Pest Control

Bait Without the Wait

Bait Without the Wait

Eliminex Pest Control

Kevin O’Conner, of Eliminex Pest, talks about a touch account. I’ve had an account where we struggled with American roaches for five years. Recently, I met Pat Ryan at a show and he told me about Rockwell’s new InVict Xpress Granular Bait. I took it out to this account and gave it a try. I’ve never seen so many dead roaches in my life. The results were amazingly quick and I also saw ants picking up the granules and taking it away. I’ve been in business for over 30 years and this is the best roach product I’ve seen in a long time. Rockwell has a homerun with this bait.


Ehrlich Local Pest Control Experts

The Good Stuff

The Good Stuff

Ehrlich Local Pest Control Experts

I tried EcoVia EC at an account that was having an issue with cluster flies outside the house. Every time the [homeowners] went out or in, the flies would end up inside. I treated the exterior two weeks ago and the issue is resolved. They still see a fly here and there on the deck railing (which I didn’t treat) but it takes off immediately. And the lack of label restrictions allowed us to treat where we needed. There’s no staining with very little odor, and it’s easy to mix and apply. PROBLEM SOLVED!


Spectrum Pest Control

Family-owned Pest Management Company Corners Market

Family-Owned Pest Management Company Corners Market

Spectrum Pest Control

Brent Towle, owner of Kenosha, Wis.-based Spectrum Pest Control, requires each product his business uses to fit two main criteria: green and effective. Towle, who has more than 30 years of experience in pest management, founded Spectrum Pest Control in 1994 with a goal to one day offer 100 percent organic pest management services.“It has taken all this time to offer 80 percent natural services,” says Towle, who views going green as not just a branding choice, but the opportunity to offer an all-natural experience for his employees and clients. In selecting products, Towle considers those that are FIFRA 25(b) minimum-risk and those approved for NPMA GreenPro Certified companies, but ultimately weighs factors including biology and structural idiosyncrasies. He reviews labels and Safety Data Sheets together with his wife and business partner, Judith, who has degrees in organic chemistry and advanced life science. Once the couple is sure the product meets their standards, they test the product on multiple accounts.“I have not tested a single product by Rockwell Labs I did not like,” says Towle. He’s been a customer of Rockwell Labs since he watched founder and CEO Dr. Cisse Spragins demonstrate the company’s first product, the D-Sect IPM Station, in 2000. Rockwell Labs’ products have been key to Spectrum Pest Control’s success. “CimeXa Dust and EcoVia Botanicals have enabled me to corner the natural services market in my area,” says Towle.

EcoVia EC is Towle’s “go-to product for quick knockdown,” and plays an important role in his liquid bed bug strategy. He uses EcoVia WD for void applications, and praises its performance as a natural residual surface product.

But the biggest asset to Spectrum Pest Control has been CimeXa Dust. According to Towle, the insecticide “has changed the rules in bed bug control.”After years of frustration of having inconsistent results in his bed bug treatments, Towle began using CimeXa Dust — and found he could achieve effective results while using less product.CimeXa Dust’s engineered silica composition is designed to quickly kill bed bug adults, nymphs, and nymphs hatched from dusted eggs, including pyrethroid-resistant bed bugs. The product is also odorless, non-staining and non-repellent.Towle has used CimeXa to handle several large jobs, including quarterly applications at a commercial facility with nearly 1,000 beds. The building is in an area of Chicago that Towle says is prone to difficult bed bug infestations. During each treatment, Towle and his technicians “carefully inject CimeXa into the hundreds of crevices per wooden bunk bed.” After five years, he has seen several dead bed bugs, but has yet to see a single live bed bug in the crevices. “Nothing has been as reliable against resistant bed bugs as CimeXa Dust,” Towle concludes. Pest Control puts Rockwell Labs products to the test Family-owned pest management company finds reliable bed bug treatment with CimeXa Dust.


I.V. Termite and Pest Control Inc.

Unwanted Houseguests

Unwanted Houseguests

I.V. Termite and Pest Control Inc.

A house infested with cats & cockroaches posed a challenge for IV Termite & Pest Control. The customer was an elderly woman who lived with several cats…and thousands of cockroaches. Whether she couldn’t see the pests or simply didn’t care wasn’t clear, but it wasn’t the homeowner who arranged for the work. The woman wouldn’t let her family or caretaker clean the house. Eventually, the caretaker called IV Termite & Pest Control. “We met with the caretaker, which is how we got that job,” says Bill Smale, owner of the 52-year-old company, based in El Centro, CA. Even after she agreed, she insisted that no sprays could be used for fear sprays would harm her cats.The 1,400 sq ft home was infested with German cockroaches, and Smale’s team of technicians decided to use InVict Gold Cockroach Gel manufactured by Rockwell Labs. It was one of the worst infestations the company — started by Smale’s father in 1963 — had seen. InVict Gold worked well, reports Smale, who took over the business in 1976 after his father passed away. When technicians returned to the home for follow-up visits, they found piles of cockroaches 2 inches high. It works quickly,” Smale says. “You’ll see roaches die in 10 to 15 minutes. They’ll start shaking. Roaches are attracted to it. “Even as quick and effective as the product is, it took several months to gain control of the situation. For almost all roach jobs, we use InVict Gold bait,” Smale says. It’s the only roach gel we’re using.” The easy-to-use bait offers a quick kill and provides a long-lasting effect, which reduces callbacks — saving money long-term. Among the features Smale likes are: 

• Cockroaches begin dying in as quick as 20 minutes after consuming the bait. 

•Proven secondary kill when roaches are exposed to carcasses and droppings of roaches that ate the bait. 

• Exclusive food-grade attractants are intentionally different from other popular baits, making InVict Gold a solid choice for bait rotation to prevent bait aversion. 

• It’s formulated without the eight most common food allergens for sensitive applications such as food plants, schools, and childcare and healthcare facilities. 

• It’s available in an individual labeled box that includes a plunger and a new 300-gram tube that fits in a standard caulking gun.

“The company is investigating options for other pests, but when it comes to cockroaches, InVict is the go-to solution because it gets rid of the roaches,” Smale says.


Magic Exterminating Company

Down the Drain

Down the Drain

Magic Exterminating Company

There are thousands of restaurants in New York City. Many of them are great at cooking and serving; but they’re not great at cleaning – daily, weekly or monthly. That’s where Magic Exterminating helps. Serving the five boroughs of NYC, the full-service, family owned company is an integrated pest management (IPM) specialist that services sensitive accounts, such as homes, schools, hospitals and nursing homes. The company, which generates more than $5 million annually, specializes in termite control, commercial pest control, structural repairs, IPM for schools, and fumigation. It has earned the Angie’s List Super Service award in 2010, 2011 and 2013. A typical situation goes something like this: Magic is called in to a restaurant that failed a health inspection to immediately control the fly problem. Magic usually goes in after hours, after the restaurant employees have cleaned the kitchen. Magic employees scrub, scrape and steam the drains and walls, then apply the necessary pesticides to kill off the flies. Magic follows up with InVade, a bio sanitation product that eliminates organic buildup and odors in commercial kitchens. “In one week, there’s a dramatic difference,” says Ralph H. Maestre, BCE, Magic’s technical director.

Magic uses several InVade products: Bio Cleaner, which it sells to restaurant clients for regular use; Bio Drain and Bio Foam, which the company uses to reduce the overall amount of organic build-up in the drains; and InVade Bio Cleaner in the ready-to-use spray bottle. Magic has been using InVade products for about 10 years now. Maestre met Dr. Cisse Spragins, owner and CEO, at a regional trade conference where she answered many questions about flies and how to address sanitation issues that can contribute to problems in accounts. Before InVade, Magic used another bio product with enzymes that would eat the junk in the drains of its clients. The product used previously was effective, but InVade products contain actual living microbes that act as “enzyme factories” so they work better and longer than products that contain only enzymes, and the price is more reasonable, Maestre says. Magic orders two or three cases of gallon-sized InVade Bio Cleaner every two or three weeks and buys about 26 cases of the 16 oz InVade Bio Foam concentrate a year.

Magic’s fly programs are part of many of its contracts, but it’s not a regular service. Magic uses InVade Bio Sanitation with every client that has a fly program and uses it every time no matter the frequency. “Clients are still continuing to have us perform work, so they must be satisfied,” Maestre says. Some structures in NYC are 400 years old, so there are many layers to walls, and there are tunnels, vaults and other unknown areas underground that people aren’t aware of. Old pipe lines are cut sometimes but are still considered part of the sewer system. These areas harbor pests. Generally speaking, restaurants in NYC are inspected once a year. If one fails, it’s inspected more frequently, but Magic typically doesn’t have that type of account. When controlling a pest problem, Magic employs every possible means to keep pests under control, which means clients need to do some work on their end. “We use InVade for sanitation purposes, along with the pesticide treatments,” Maestre says. “It’s one tool in the toolbox. We use a combination of punches, not just a jab.”


Hatfield

Rapid Cricket Carnage

Rapid Cricket Carnage

Hatfield

I was checking glueboards in a sensitive healthcare account and noticed quite a bit of cricket activity. Since it was a sensitive account I knew my options were limited but a Rockwell Technical Rep had recently introduced me to InVict Xpress Granular Bait. I was impressed by the low application rate and the fact there are no PPE requirements so I decided to give it a try. WOW, we observed very quick results and two weeks later there’s hardly any sign of cricket activity. InVict Xpress also has an impressive range of use sites and target pests so we’ve been expanding our use of the product to other accounts with equally encouraging results. I’m confident InVict Xpress can handle even the toughest situations. Carrie Cambell, Hatfield Pest Control.


Arrow Exterminating Company

Three New Tools for the Toolbox

Three New Tools for the Toolbox

Arrow Exterminating Company

Arrow Exterminating in Lynbrook, N.Y., needed another tool in its toolbox to battle bed bugs. Arrow, a family-run business started in 1947, was hired to treat a 400-room assisted living complex on Long Island that was plagued by bed bugs for years. Managers of the complex tried to eradicate the bed bugs themselves by using a heat chamber, but they were unsuccessful. “They couldn’t get a handle on the situation, especially in the rooms,” says Mike Deutsch, Arrow’s chief entomologist. “They reached out to several companies, and we pitched our protocols, and they liked us. We said, ‘We have a new product we’d like to use,’ and they said yes. “CimeXa is an outstanding product,” Deutsch adds. “Originally, I didn’t have too much faith in it. I thought, ‘Here comes another product.’ I tried many other products — some worked, and some didn’t. I thought this was another me-too product. I was wrong. It turned out to be phenomenal.

“Before using CimeXa at the assisted living complex, Arrow, which has 150 employees, tested it in the field in isolated areas, including in commercial buildings. When Arrow’s technicians inspected the assisted living complex, they determined the previous pest management company chased the bed bugs up into the suspended ceiling. So Arrow took ceiling tiles down and applied a liquid solution of CimeXa, an insecticide dust, around the walls above the drop ceiling. “We were there every day,” Deutsch says. “We wanted to see how the material performed.” Within four days, Deutsch and the technicians found dead bed bugs, as well as living bugs climbing up the walls, but not past where CimeXa was applied. They applied CimeXa in the infested rooms for 30 days. “It really did the job,” says Deutsch, who’s been in the industry 40 years. “We’ve gone back once a week and haven’t seen any bed bugs. Now, our techs won’t go out to a bed bug job unless they have CimeXa.” Deutsch heard about CimeXa through Rockwell Labs’ Pat Ryan, who visits Arrow regularly. “I bought samples, and we discussed it,” Deutsch says. “The silica gel that mixes with water piqued my interest. We gave it a try, and next thing I know, we’re ordering cases. I didn’t know how much we would need on the assisted living job, so we bought dozens of cases, which we’re still using.”

Mosquito Work, Too Arrow, which has revenue of $10 million annually, has added another tool in its toolbox — EcoVia EC. Last year, the company decided to get into the mosquito control business. Before treating mosquitoes, Arrow is required to notify every adjacent property. But because EcoVia EC is a Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) 25(b) exempt insecticide, the company didn’t have to notify adjacent properties. Arrow’s techs use the product in gas-powered mist blowers. The company has had hardly any callbacks as a result, and EcoVia EC, which contains botanical oils, reduced the mosquito population in the residential area Arrow treated. The company’s techs have also used EcoVia EC on Pennsylvania wood cockroaches (Parcoblatta pensylvanica). This primarily outdoor cockroach species has been increasingly turning up in structures on Long Island. “It works well, has a good formulation and fits into our protocol,” Deutsch says.

Better Baiting For years, Arrow used a particular bait it liked to control American cockroaches (Periplaneta americana). “It always worked great, but the manufacturer didn’t renew the registration, so we were looking for a product to replace it,” Deutsch says. That product turned out to be InVict Xpress, a granular bait with imidacloprid. “I tried it around my house to control camel crickets, and in two days, they were gone,” Deutsch says. “I was sold on the product.” Outside Deutsch’s personal experience with InVict Xpress, Arrow techs used the bait on a few commercial accounts, and now they’re asking for it this season. “We’re going to expand its use because it worked so well,” Deutsch says. “These three products — CimeXa, EcoVia and InVict Xpress — are a permanent part of our toolbox.”


Standard Pest Management

Easy-As-Pie Solutions in the Big Apple

Easy-As-Pie Solutions in the Big Apple

Standard Pest Management

Because of its size and scope, managing pests in New York City is no easy task. So having the right tools for a job is essential, especially when dealing with American cockroaches and pigeons. That’s when InVict Xpress Granular Bait and InVade Bio Foam from Rockwell Labs factor in. InVict delivers a lightning-fast kill of a broad spectrum of insects such ants, cockroaches, crickets, mole crickets, silverfish, firebrats and earwigs. With the power of imidacloprid and the irresistibility of its bait matrix, pest management professionals (PMPs) see the carnage quickly. Joshua Bloom, quality assurance director for Standard Pest Management, is one of those PMPs. Standard, which employs about 25 people, serves the five boroughs of New York City and Westchester County. The company, which has been around since 1929, is family-owned. Bloom, a fourth-generation PMP, has been working for the company, which his great-grandfather started, for the past 15 years.

Standard has been using InVict from Rockwell ever since its supplier, Residex, introduced the product to the company when it first came out on the market a few years ago. “It fits a need for us, with its quick action and low-use rate, and it’s less hazardous to non-target animals than some older baits,” Bloom says. “The products we use are all about versatility. Because we have walking routes in the city, our technicians need to be able to carry them, so InVict’s smaller bottle can easily fit in a tool bag. The packaging is great. It can also be used in both our commercial and residential accounts.” “InVict is the best granular product for American cockroaches, Bloom says: “It’s our No.1 go-to bait.” Standard’s technicians use InVict in and around multifamily buildings for a variety of labeled pests, but they mainly use it to combat moisture-related pests. They apply the bait in utility rooms and other rooms where people aren’t around much, in areas where pipes go in and out of a building, and near sewer lines and drains. Technicians also place the bait outside buildings throughout the year. By treating basements aggressively, it results in fewer pests in the apartments above. “When our techs apply the bait around American roaches, they go right to it,” Bloom says, adding that Standard is using about a case of bait a week. “We see less American roaches. The products we were using before weren’t as fast acting. They didn’t contain imidacloprid.”

In addition to InVict, Standard also relies on Rockwell Labs for its InVade Bio Foam because Standard cleans a lot of pigeon droppings on building facades, which the company has been doing for more than a decade. Bird-related work is a significant part of the company’s business. “We needed a product that breaks down bird poop, but doesn’t damage structures,” Bloom says. InVade’s super concentrated foaming formula contains a blend of premium natural microbes and citrus oil for eliminating odors and organic build-up. It’s applicable for food and nonfood areas in commercial, residential, industrial, institutional, agricultural and educational establishments. It’s also applicable in transport vehicles. Standard’s technicians foam surfaces, spray them down, then power-wash them, which is much easier to do and much more effective with InVade because the Bio Foam loosens organic material. Standard has been using InVade for years. In addition to these effective, low-risk products, Bloom likes Rockwell’s level of service.” Our rep, Pat Ryan, is fantastic,” he says. “He gets back to us quickly.”