Any room for pest control?
I've been bitten by the paradise bug! Always wanted to make the move from the mainland to the Islands since a young boy. Now married to a wonderful woman who says lets go for it. Kids are grown and all moved away. So opportunity is beckoning. I am pest control certified in Florida and would like to find a niche for perusing the same trade there. Just wonder how the need for my field would be received. And just what difficulties may be involved in establishing myself there.
Very interesting thought Pamela. I have done some boat treatments in Fla. as well. And I suspect there is a good market for that in the islands.
I have moved to a more non-toxic approach speee1dy. It is much preferred in the trade today. And proves most effective when done correctly. However each case presents different challenges. Sometimes we must still use what is considered toxic in order to address certain situations. Any pest control company that boast of never doing that is either being dishonest or not effective. I can say that throughout the many years in this trade I have not once caused harm to any pet. I have treated bird aviaries, around fish aquariums, reptiles, not to mention multitudes of cats and dogs, hamsters, ect. The trick is to apply products with consideration and care that prevents hazard of exposure. And yes usually using non-toxic treatments is the order of the day.
ROACHES are our problem. No matter how hard you try to not put cardboard on the boat inevitably someone will bring something in a cardboard box and the roaches just escape.
We've have no other problems but when you are chartering a yacht at $12,000 for a week roaches are not allowed. I can supply you with the resources to cull most of the USVI based boats if you want to market to them. Let me know if I can help.
Decide to do this and we will be your first STT customer.
Thank you Pamela. In all honesty it will be about a year from now before we can take that plunge. Lori and I both think we want to make a move there. But we have a house to sell first and we are planning a couple of weeks to visit the islands and investigate our options before hand. But should you still have the need whenever we do decide I will be most pleased to render your vessel a bad home for pest. Especially roachs. Thus a good home for people. No one can absolutely guarantee you will never see a bug. But I am confident that if you do it will be on it's way out and unable to nest there.
The information that you have relayed is most encouraging. Situations such as yours require experienced applicators using quality products to accomplish satisfactory results. And from the sound of it the islands just may have room for such a company.
We will be traveling to STX in May. I see that you reside at STT but it would be a delight for Lori and I to meet you then if at all possible.
Thanks a million for all the support.:-)
Boats get termites and pretty much any other household pest, ie, ants, roaches, fleas and tick, if you have animals aboard. All the usual. Rats are usually only if tied to a dock, and they come aboard via the dock lines.
Your certainly right about that Juanita. I was very surprised to find a boat docked at a marina that was infested with Subterranean termites. Those are termites that come from the ground. So that was what confused me most. Drywood termites maybe but those were unheard of. Turns out the boat had been sitting on drydock for a couple of years prior to it's launching. Apparently the termites had tunneled into the boat at that time and found enough food and moisture of course to sustain the colony. We were unable to properly treat the boat in the water. So the only fix was to pull the boat and use a heat treatment to eliminate them. Only case like it I ever saw so figure it to be very rare.
The rats are as you say mostly a problem with crossing over dock lines. That is why most ships use those metal collars on dock lines to help prevent that. But still in case of shipping it is still a problem with not introducing them via cargo as well. Your best option with pets is to use a quality pet treatment like Advantage to prevent infesting the boat. Your pets will actually help eliminate the problem by attracting fleas and ticks to them where they will die.
We started using Frontline several years ago. We were getting so many ticks, it was unbelievable. We were sailing, or sitting at anchor. Our dog seldom went ashore during that particular time period, so we just couldn't figure it out. Turns out the ticks were almost microscopic and were airborn. Holding one in the palm of the hand, it looked like a tiny speck of pepper. Never heard of such a thing before. The frontline took care of the problem. Like you say, they went to the dog and the frontline took it from there.