Cantu Pest Control Affiliates
What Does it Mean to be Green Shield Certified?
For years Cantu Pest Control has served customers that have been looking for a green approach to their pest infestations. Therefore, Cantu Pest Control is the first exterminator company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified service which required that we undergo an extensive on-site evaluation by an IPM professional.
Green Shield Certified is operated by the IPM Institute of North America, Inc., an independent, non-profit organization based in Madison, Wisconsin. Modeled after the Institute’s award-winning IPM STAR program for schools, Green Shield Certified is available to pest control companies and services, as well as facilities other than schools. “IPM is a common sense pest control solution,” according to Dr. Thomas Green, who performed Cantu’s evaluation. Dr. Green is president of the IPM Institute of North America, working nationally and internationally to improve pest control and reduce impacts on health and environment. “Cantu Green program uses IPM, which means they focus on solving the cause of pest problems whenever possible, not simply applying a pesticide as a temporary fix.”
Offering our Green Shield Certified service we are now able to treat school systems, cities, commercial facilities, and residential homes with a completely green approach through step by step protocol to ensure quality service and consistency. We also use the latest technology, including mobile devices that capture information during inspections. Reports are posted on secure website so that clients can have instant, confidential access to their files. The electronic system also helps reduce paper, another benefit to the environment.
Cantu Pest Control believes that providing viable service options to meet every situation and the needs of our customers is very important. Our decision to earn Green Shield Certification for our Cantu Green Program was to seek the direction and support from the best possible source. This certification is not easy to earn or keep, and we work hard to be the best in the industry in order to continuously meet the requirements and principles that encompass being green.
These principles form the basis for the GREEN SHIELD CERTIFIED program. Evaluations for professionals, organizations, products, and services are designed to assess compliance with these principles.
Knowledge. GREEN SHIELD CERTIFIED participants understand IPM principles and practices. They can identify important pests and describe life cycles, habits and conditions that affect populations.
Monitoring and inspection. GREEN SHIELD CERTIFIED participants use monitoring and inspection to stay fully informed about pest populations and conditions that can lead to pest problems.
Action only when necessary. GREEN SHIELD CERTIFIED participants supplement their experience with monitoring and inspection to determine when to act against pests. Routine application of pesticides is not IPM.
Documented performance. GREEN SHIELD CERTIFIED participants record monitoring and inspection results. They document their performance and justify pesticide applications.
Least-chemical options. GREEN SHIELD CERTIFIED participants use non-chemical approaches as the first line of defense against pests. GREEN SHIELD CERTIFIED participants evaluate all pest management options for hazards to health, the environment and beneficial organisms.
Effective pest management. GREEN SHIELD CERTIFIED participants solve pest problems including insects, weeds, vertebrates and microbes with effective, long-term strategies. Structural design and maintenance issues that contribute to pest problems are addressed, where appropriate.
Continuous improvement. GREEN SHIELD CERTIFIED participants prepare for changes in pests and IPM techniques, recognizing that improvement involves staying abreast of new technologies and concepts.
Communication and outreach. GREEN SHIELD CERTIFIED participants communicate the IPM approach to others. They abide by posting and notification requirements for pesticide applications.
Reduction in health and environmental hazard is the bottom line. High priority hazards are identified and targeted for reduction.