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Environmental Health Services, Inc. has worked since its inception to set a new environmental standard in pest control. 

Norwood, MA, January 1, 2017: When John Stellberger founded EHS in 1985, he wanted to raise the bar in his profession. He believed wholeheartedly in the principles of an early pest control expert Hugo Hartnack who wrote in his 1939 book “Unbidden House Guests”, that he wanted to “bring about more and better observations of the house” to “bring about the creation of specialists in house pests...” Hartnack, after working for a year and half for a pesticide manufacturer, understood all too well way back then the inherent dangers of chemical pesticides.

Says Stellberger back in 1986, "We maintain state-of-the-art technology so as to deliver pest removal by the safest means possible. We use Integrated Pest Management techniques (IPM) which can include simple structural alteration and sanitation techniques, biological controls such as growth regulator and natural enemies, and safe, selective use of pesticides.”

"We conceived and developed EHS on the very same Green principles that we embrace today. It was just plain Old-fashioned common sense. Clients liked what we offered back then. A professional company that was willing to take extra time to seal an entry point to solve the problem,” continues Stellberger more recently. “Our goal wasn’t to be the largest company in New England, just the best." His earliest influences were Bill Ward and Joe Barile of Allston, who taught John the value of pest proofing. Joe in particular was his forward-thinking hero, and still is today.

A mentor of John Stellberger’s, the great and world-renowned pest control expert Bobby Corrigan, once said “The future great Pest Management Professionals will not be those who are best at using traps, baits or sprays, but rather those who are best at keen observation, source finding, analyzing each (unique) pest situation, and keeping cutting-edge current". Integrated Pest Management (IPM) has become the central theme at EHS, which denies pests food, water and shelter. As Corrigan puts it, ”Sanitation IS pest control.”, and an IPM plan along with Thermal Pest Remediation, organic natural essential plant oil treatment, and common sense, provide the most effective solutions for the future of pest control. Some of EHS’ biggest clients utilize these techniques, where in one very typical case the implementation of IPM and chemical pesticide-free mandates has reduced pest complaints by more than 50% in less than a year. “I wish all customers demanded these standards,” adds Stellberger. “The holistic approach is the most effective in controlling pests and the healthiest for us and the planet.”.

John really likes the humorous approach to pest control, and has even added “Have you hugged your pest detective?” on his vehicles. But he sincerely believes getting to the root cause of the problem is key, and being “an investigator first and an applicator second” is the Golden Rule of effective pest control.

Environmental Health Services, Inc. is located in Norwood, MA. The company was founded by John Stellberger in 1985 and is dedicated to providing environmentally responsible commercial and residential pest control. Stellberger’s forward-thinking approach has made him an industry leader in eliminating nuisances and health threats while pioneering sustainable practices in pest control and general company operations. You can contact EHS at or learn more about their services at

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