Environmental Health Services, Inc. donates a first ever organic
bedbug treatment to Cambridge homeless shelter.
Norwood, MA, September 8, 2015: When he founded Environmental Health Services, Inc. (EHS) in 1985, John Stellberger was guided by the pest control methods of Hugo Hartnack written in 1939. Little did he know that almost 50 years later, he was still decades ahead of the curve in his approach. But now, people are finally listening.
When the opportunity came along to help a local homeless shelter with a bedbug infestation, he jumped on it. He wanted to demonstrate that society’s often forgotten are deserving of the safest methods for pest control and his totally organic product would actually work. A bonus was the chance to demonstrate the effectiveness of K9 bedbug inspections, which has huge advantages over human inspection, like the fact that a K9 inspector can detect bedbugs that are completely hidden, even inside a wall.
In the initial K9 inspection, a total of 19 “hot spots” were detected. This is considered very significant bedbug activity. After one treatment by EHS with organic essential botanical oils, there were zero hot spots upon follow up K9 inspection one month later. The bedbugs were completely eliminated without any chemical pesticides, and the project couldn‘t have been a bigger success. Follow up inspections and treatments will be done, but all of this is provided to the homeless shelter as a donation by EHS to support the community. The whole project is captured in a short documentary called Caspar Shelter K9/Organic Bedbug Treatment Documentary.
Organic pest control application was also provided in EHS’ hometown of Norwood, MA, where a popular park and playground with a high level tick and mosquito threat was treated at no cost to the town (Doherty Field Organic Mosquito & Tick Treatment Documentary). With a Lyme disease epidemic and West Nile virus alert present, it was imperative to Stellberger that he demon- strate the most effective, low health and environmental impact application possible where small children and sensitive ecosystems were present. The Doherty Field project provided the dual benefit of reducing a serious public health threat of vector-borne illness and educating the town on low-impact alternatives to conventional treatments.
More recently, EHS service specialist Chris Hunt successfully utilized a brand new technique called carbon dioxide sublimation to eliminate a yellow jacket colony completely chemical free. The approach made perfect sense, and is the technique of choice with rats, but it had never been tried on other pests. Within minutes, the yellow jacket colony was eliminated, and Hunt was recognized within the company for “Inspirational Leadership in the Pursuit of Non-Pesticide Environmental Stewardship”. It is this type of innovation by the ‘pest detectives’ at EHS that keeps the company way ahead of the curve in forward thinking, environmentally responsible pest control.