Updated March 19, 2020 at 9:00 AM
Our company is committed to safeguarding the health and safety of our customers and team. As we monitor the situation of COVID-19 in Florida, we want to keep you informed about what Apex Pest Control is doing to prevent the spread of the virus in our communities and how we can help.
First and foremost, the pest control industry is classified in the lowest risk of businesses per OSHA, as we do not encounter groups of people in our workplace. We stringently follow the OSHA and CDC COVID-19 guidelines to keep our customers and team safe.
Secondly, as an essential service, our industry is responsible for the protection of public health, food and property. The EPA, Dept of Health and Human Services and Dept of Agriculture have prepared a list of significant pests, https://www.epa.gov/insect-repellents/list-pests-significant-public-health-importance most 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, as well as protecting structures from demise due to wood destroying organisms.
Additionally, and by Florida rule, all of our field representatives are trained, tested and certified in the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Technicians routinely employ the use of respirators, eye protection, gloves, shoe coverings and clothing that conform with safety requirements established by the EPA and OSHA.
We have implemented the following additional safeguards to further protect our customers:
- Our office workspaces, field equipment and vehicles are being sanitized throughout each day.
- All technicians are wearing disposable gloves at each service call.
- All field staff are washing their hands after each appointment.
- All staff have been instructed to keep a social distance between customers and between each other.
- We have moved all clerical desks a minimum of ten feet apart.
- Any team member who is sick, even with a minor illness must stay home.
- Provide exterior pest service if residents do not want inside services.
Apex Pest Control is currently acquiring liquid products that are labeled to kill human coronavirus, as well as many other viruses and pathogens. These disinfectants are in high demand. We are now offering to all current residential customers, as an addition to the regular scheduled service, a FREE application of a Virucide/Disinfectant to the high-touch areas of the exterior of your home. Virologists believe that COVID-19 can live on plastic surfaces for one day and metal surfaces for three days. Until our supplies increase, we will apply NISUS DSV https://nisuscorp.com/product/dsv or similar product to the outdoor front door handles, door bells, railings, auto door handles, fixed garage door operator or garage door handle, mailbox and any other high-touch surfaces we encounter at the entrance to your home, as part of your recurring pest control service. Again, we will render this service for FREE if requested, as part of your regular scheduled service until this pandemic is reduced. As more product comes available, we will offer interior disinfectant services and commercial disinfectant services. Please contact our office at 1-800-929-2847 if you would like to add the disinfectant application to your current service at your property at no charge.
*Apex Pest Control is performing this complementary service as an assistive public health measure at its own cost. We make no representations verbal or written, that our application will prevent anyone from contracting sickness or disease.