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Terminix Practices Sound And Responsible Environmental Stewardship

April 22, 2011 | Terminix

Terminix Practices Sound And Responsible Environmental Stewardship

At ServiceMaster, it is our responsibility to do our best every day to practice and promote sound and responsible environmental stewardship. In every great brand and functional group of our company, associates on every level are working to find ways to put that responsibility to work – whether it is with a customer, a partner, in the community or with a colleague.

Last year we showcased many of our company's initiatives and how they were implemented. This year those initiatives continue with great success. But we haven’t stopped looking to implement more great initiatives to increase our environmental stewardship.

Below are updates on what’s new and still meeting with success at out Terminix brand.

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Terminix has served as a member of the U.S. Green Building Council since 2009. The U.S. Green Building Council is the nation's foremost coalition of leaders working to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.

Terminix is GreenPro certified for eco-effective pest control.

Mosquito Sentry MachineTM – Terminix completed a national rollout of its Mosquito Sentry machine. The product is designed to repel mosquitoes with natural active ingredients at a range of up to 900 square feet and is safe to use around pets and people alike.

SmartTruckTM allows Terminix to be more environmentally conscious in many ways. Using satellite and Monthly Planner technology, service professionals are able to service customers in clusters of neighborhoods, thereby reducing the miles driven and fuel consumed. Smart Truck is a GPS-guided service vehicle that works in conjunction with the Monthly Planner and BestFit Scheduling technology to help maximize efficiency in servicing routes. The satellite technology allows service professionals to synchronize handheld data devices with the branch office without having to physically drive to the branch to retrieve or submit work orders.

Terminix SafeShieldTM
Terminix SafeShieldTM is a fast-acting, non-aerosol, handheld spray made from 100 percent natural active ingredients that is highly effective against 25 common household pests. Learn More about Terminix SafeShieldTM

Terminix Insulation Service (formally R-Plus) is no ordinary insulation. Made from all-natural materials and recycled newsprint, this product not only contains boric acid which helps fight pests, it also conserves energy for Terminix customers, saves on their utility costs and increases the resale value of their homes. Proper insulation also reduces wear and tear on HVAC equipment because it does not have to run as much. How does Terminix Insulation Service positively impact this? Because of its blown natural fibers, it can fill gaps and voids, providing a cooler home in the summer and a warmer home in the winter. In addition to Terminix customers being able to save money on heating and cooling bills, they may also qualify for a tax credit of up to $1,500 or 30 percent of the initial investment under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) from Terminix is another service that not only helps reduce the use of product but also helps commercial customers mitigate infestations. IPM is the governing principle behind the new commercial "green" service offering called Terminix EcoControl, which launched in April. Terminix EcoControl offers commercial customers a service that is LEED compliant and meets the criteria to qualify as a "green" pest service. Rather than offering treatment as the single and only option for pest control, service professionals offer service plans that integrate multiple means of control with emphasis on the identification and correction of conditions that contribute to the pest infestation and non-chemical control means before offering treatment to solve pest problems. Even if treatment becomes necessary, products with the lowest environmental impact are introduced as the first means of treatment.

Terminix Commercial Natural Pest Control is basically the commercial version of the residential product, Terminix SafeShield. It's sold by the case and can eliminate up to 25 common types of pests on contact when sprayed. Terminix Commercial Drain Fly Killer is also sold by the case and is specially formulated to control drain and fruit flies as well as minimize odors in drain and waste areas. The ingredients in both of these products are natural. Commercial clients have the power of Terminix in their hands in a safe-to-use formula they can use in kitchens or food prep areas.

Sales Mobility saves on printing costs; cuts down on use of paper/printing which positively affects the environment.

The Terminix Termite Inspection and Protection Plan reduces impact on the environment by delaying the use of treatment on homes until it is absolutely necessary. A homeowner receives the same benefits and guarantees of a conventional liquid termite protection plan; however, treatment is not administered until it is absolutely necessary - when termites infest the structure.



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