We are still here for you.

In light of the ongoing news surrounding the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to assure you that we are taking precautionary steps to protect our customers, communities and our employees. We are actively monitoring reports and instructions from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as the recommendations of our Governor and local municipalities and acting upon their recommendations.

In Pennsylvania, the Pest Control industry has been designated a “life-sustaining businesses” for the protection of buildings and Dwellings.  In addition, the CDC and EPA need our industry to continue to provide our services for they also play a vital role in protecting our nation’s public health and food supply.

As one of our valued customers, our involvement in your safety is one of our primary concerns.  We understand that times right now are unnerving, but at the request of the Governor, the CDC and EPA, our technicians are still working, to help to protect your home & food Supply.  As a precautionary step, we are focusing on our exterior barrier, as a primary treatment for the duration of this National Emergency; if it is the case that an interior treatment is required, we can offer several options, please give us a call for an evaluation of your specific needs.

Thank you again for providing us the opportunity to be of service to you.

Sincerely,

Nancy Dirks
Dirks Pest Management Specialist
610-813-2200

Essential Service: Pest Controls Essential Service Status Information

The professional pest control industry, an essential service, is responsible for the protection of public health, food and property.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have prepared a list of significant public health pests https://www.epa.gov/insect-repellents/list-pests-significant-public-health-importance, many of which are controlled by the professional pest control industry.  We play a vital role in protecting our nation’s public health and food supply.  Pests can spread diseases such as West Nile virus, Lyme disease, salmonellosis, hantavirus and encephalitis.  Stinging insects force half a million people to the emergency room every year.  Cockroach and rodent allergens trigger asthma attacks in children; rodents contaminate or consume about 20% of the world’s food supply and bed bugs can cause allergic reactions.   The importance of the pest control industry to the nation as an essential service cannot be understated.

EPA List of Pests of Significant Public Health Importance

Federal pesticide law requires EPA, in coordination with the United States Department of Health and Human Services and the United States Department of Agriculture, to identify pests of significant public health importance. This list is derived in large part from review of the pesticide/pest combinations for which efficacy (product performance) data are generally required to be submitted and reviewed before registration. In no way should this be interpreted to mean that EPA has or would base any regulatory action solely on this list. EPA is publishing this list separate from any statutory or regulatory conclusions which may be associated with public health pesticides.

Following is a brief description of some of the identified pests or category of pests and an explanation for designating each as a public health pest:

  • Cockroaches. The listed cockroaches are controlled to halt the spread of asthma, allergy, and food contamination.
  • Body, head, and crab lice. These lice are surveyed for and controlled to prevent the spread of skin irritation and rashes, and to prevent the occurrence of louse-borne diseases such as epidemic typhus, trench fever, and epidemic relapsing fever in the United States.
  • Mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are controlled to prevent the spread of mosquitoes bearing such diseases as malaria; Zika; St. Louis, Eastern, Western, West Nile and LaCrosse encephalitis; yellow fever and dengue fever.
  • Ticks: The various tick species transmit diseases such as Lyme disease, tick-borne relapsing fever, ehrlichiosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
  • Bed bugs: Controlled because their bites can cause allergic reactions.
  • Various rats and mice. The listed rats and mice include those which are controlled to prevent the spread of rodent-borne diseases and contamination of food for human consumption.
  • Various microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, and protozoans. The listed  microorganisms are the subject of control programs by public health agencies and hospitals for the purpose of preventing the spread of numerous diseases.
  • Reptiles and birds. The listed organisms are controlled to prevent the spread of disease and the prevention of direct injury.
  • Various mammals. The listed organisms have the potential for direct human injury and can act as disease reservoirs (i.e., rabies, etc.).

EPA, the Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture do not envision that this list of pests of significant public health importance will remain static. It is possible in the future, as there are new discoveries concerning the roles of species in spreading disease, that this list may need to be changed. Should any additional species be found to present public health problems, EPA may determine that it should consider them to be pests of significant public health importance under FIFRA Section 28 (d). As deemed necessary, the Agency will update the list of pests of significant public health importance.

More information about the list of pests of significant public health importance.

ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES FOR A SAFE FOOD SUPPLY

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania recognizes the critical role production agriculture, agribusinesses, food processors and manufacturers, retailers, and the entire distribution and support network from farm to table play in assuring a safe, reliable food supply.
All essential businesses that choose to remain open should review and adjust standard operating procedures to minimize risk, take measures to protect their employees, send home sick employees, and minimize or eliminate congregate settings or groups of more than 10 people whenever possible.

At Dirks Pest Management Specialist (DirksPMS), our customers’ health and well-being is our highest priority.

In light of ongoing news surrounding the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we also want to assure you that we are taking precautionary steps to protect our customers, communities and our employees. We are actively monitoring reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as the recommendations of our Governor and local municipalities and acting upon their recommendations.

The proven effectiveness of our exterior treatment has been an integral part of our existing pest management strategy. This time of year, most of our existing residential customers are scheduled for exterior service. An exterior only service creates a barrier around your home to minimize the potential of pests making an entry.

The additional benefit of our exterior only treatment is that we have no need to enter your home, while still providing a highly beneficial treatment; If it is the case that an interior treatment is required, we can offer several options, please give us a call for an evaluation of your specific needs.

Moving forward, DirksPMS will continue servicing our community by treating and keeping our homes & businesses pest free, because Pest Control is an essential, core function in minimizing any additional exposure points from the pest transmission of pathogens and diseases.

Please also consider that DirksPMS also offers a Mosquito, Flea & Tick exterior treatment for Mosquitoes, Fleas & Ticks to make your yard or deck time more enjoyable for the duration of the season.

As always, DirksPMS values our customers and our employees and intends to take our stewardship seriously.

If you have any questions about your service or would like to reschedule, please contact our office at 610.813.2200.