A message to our customers about the Coronavirus
- As we monitor the quickly changing information on coronavirus (COVID-19), please know that the well-being of our customers and employees is our foremost concern and we are fully committed to ensuring your safety.
- Coronavirus procedure for inside treatments – Technicians will wear disposable gloves and disposable shoe covers, which are replaced at each house. Technician will try to keep about 6 feet apart from the customer. Hand sanitizer and “Instant soap and water in a can” will be available in each service vehicle for the technicians to use before and after each inside treatment. All paperwork and required signature request will be handled electronically. Payments – Customer can either read the credit/debit card number to the technician or a link for payment can be sent to the customers email so payment can be made before service starts. If someone is sick inside the home, the technician will not be allowed to treat inside the house.
- At this time, we are continuing to provide all of our services as scheduled. If you have questions or concerns, or wish to reschedule your service appointment, please do not hesitate to call us at.
- All of our employees have been instructed to closely follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for protecting themselves and others. These recommendations include limiting exposure to sick individuals, frequent and thorough hand washing, knowing the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, and more. Learn more about preventing coronavirus disease on the CDC website.
- Although we have not experienced any issues at All American Pest Control at this time, we are fully prepared to activate mandatory 14-day quarantines for any employee who Show symptoms or is diagnosed with COVID-19.
- Our thoughts and prayers are with anyone who may be affected by COVID-19. We will keep you updated as this situation unfolds. Please contact us with any concerns or questions you may have.
IS PEST CONTROL AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE?
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/…/list-pests-significant-public…, 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.
Additionally, the pest control industry is trained, tested and certified in the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Technicians routinely employ the use respirators, eye protection, gloves, and clothing to conform with safety requirements established by EPA and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. With over 135,000 service technicians on the ground in the United States backed by over 19,000 companies, we stand ready to continue our fight against pests and diseases. With Covid-19 on the mind of all US citizens, and the world, we want to be sure we continue to serve the country in our battle with the diseases spread by pests.
As an essential service industry, we will continue to service the nation’s food production facilities, grocery stores, medical institutions, multifamily housing units, warehouses, homes and businesses. We cannot afford to have our medical facilities, groceries stores or homes uninhabitable due to pests and pest related diseases, particularly as we tell citizens to stay home. There is not a segment of the food industry that could comply with federal sanitation and health regulations without an adequate pest control program.
Appended below is the language that was used in San Francisco and the California municipalities that have shelter in place orders.
For the purposes of this Order, “Essential Businesses” means:i. Healthcare Operations and Essential Infrastructure; ii. Grocery stores, certified farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet supply, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products (such as cleaning and personal care products). This includes stores that sell groceries and also sell other nongrocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences; iii. Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing; iv. Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals; v. Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services; vi. Gas stations and auto-supply, auto-repair, and related facilities; vii. Banks and related financial institutions; viii. Hardware stores; ix. Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses
National Pest Management Association
THANK YOU FOR BEING PART OF THE ALL AMERICAN PEST CONTROL FAMILY.