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EcoRaider is now a USDA Certified Biobased Product

Consumers now have another reason to use EcoRaider – the safest and most effective green bed bug control solution – as the USDA has announced that it has certified the product as Biobased as part of its BioPreferred Program!

Being a Biobased product means that EcoRaider has achieved third-party verification as containing renewable plant, marine, or forestry-based resources.

“This is indeed a proud stepping stone in the continuing growth of our product, to be certified by the USDA,” said Todd Zon, Reneotech Vice President. “There are very few products that are certified by the USDA and none with the performance of EcoRaider as a green bed bug and insect control solution. Families can lean on EcoRaider and know that the USDA name is now behind it, certifying it has been made with natural and organic ingredients.”

EcoRaider is a plant-based bio-insecticide that formulated with botanical extracts as active ingredients. It does not contain any chemical pesticide and all of the ingredients are generally recognized as safe and bio-degradable.

The BioPreferred program is a USDA-led initiative designed to assist in the development and expansion of markets for bio-based products. Created by the 2002 Farm Bill and expanded as part of the 2014 Farm Bill, BioPreferred is transforming the marketplace for biobased goods through mandatory purchasing requirements for federal agencies and contractors, as well as voluntary product certification and labeling.

The new Biobased seal will start to appear on product package in summer 2017. For more information, visit http://ecoraiderusa.com/ or call 1-800-338-0212. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Don’t Bring Back Gym Bed Bugs!

Realistically, though many gym enthusiasts won’t want to think about this, if you really take a look at it there’s no great surprise that with all of the gym bags, towels, and dirty clothes lying around locker rooms and workout areas there would be bed bugs. Just like public places such as hotels, hospitals, schools, club houses, etc. bed bugs travel back and forth from your home to your gym and back again quite nicely. Truth be told, one of the nicest gyms in New York had a bed bug problem a number of years ago. And whereas this may be a great excuse to avoid the gym, you’re not going to get off the hook that easily. There are ways to protect yourself from gym bed bugs.

Don’t Bring the Problem to the Gym

You can’t blame the gym for your bed bug problem if you were the one that brought them into the facility in the first place. Make sure that bags, clothing, and other workout accessories do not carry creatures from your home into the gym. You may not even be bringing them from home. You may bring them from work, school, or some other stop throughout your day.

Doing Laundry? Use a Bug Proof Bag

Yes, there is such a thing. They are specially made laundry bags and can easily be found online. They contain a fabric that is bed bug resistant and are perfect for carrying your dirty towel and gym clothes after a good workout. Put the dirty contents from the bag directly into the washing machine and use the hottest water possible. This is sure to kill any freeloading bed bugs.

Pick a Locker That Is Higher Than the Others

Even though you might trust the people you are working out with, you’re still going to want to use a locker in which to keep your belongings at the gym. That way, you don’t have to put things on the floor where the bed bugs are crawling around. As long as you can reach it, use the highest locker that you can and absolutely use the hooks provided inside. Bed bugs are apparently lazy – they don’t like to climb. Placing your belongings along the bottom of the locker is just asking for trouble. But hanging your clothing on hooks will at least help discourage lazy bed bugs. Of course, it won’t hurt to do a quick scan of the inside and outside of the gym lockers before putting your belongings inside.

If perhaps you should discover a bed bug problem in your home, there are powerful bed bug bio-insecticides such as EcoRaider on the market that work well in the fight against the pesky little varmints and other creepy, crawly creatures. Even pest professionals are relying on EcoRaider to solve bed bug infestations for many homes, so you can have complete peace of mind using it.

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Essential Hygiene Tips For Operating A Restaurant

You may not have known this because it’s not something restaurants publicize on a regular basis, but thousands of people are sick every year because of outbreaks related to foodborne diseases that originated in a restaurant. Sadly, no matter how stringent the safety standards are involving food and restaurants, there is no foolproof, 100% effective way to make sure that food handlers play by the rules of general restaurant hygiene tips and recommendations. They are supposed to wash their hands… but do they always? And how many pests are coming and going through open doors, windows, and via visiting customers and vendors? What is a restaurant owner to do? The following are tips for basic restaurant hygiene.

Utilize Effective Pest Control

Keep in mind that it’s not just insects, cockroaches, and rodents that pose a problem in restaurants. Bedbugs can also rear their ugly little heads by traveling back and forth with your customers and workers. The best practice is, of course, to have a regularly scheduled pest control professional come in and treat not just existing problems but lay down preventative measures so you don’t have to hear about a problem from a customer or, god forbid, the health department. But on your own, you will need to take daily pest control measures such as using natural pest sprays to keep your restaurant free of pests.

Ensure Stringent Personal Hygiene Methods

We all know that you’re supposed to wash your hands before and after handling food. In theory, that’s a great practice. Getting your employees to actually commit themselves to this is another story altogether. Teach proper hand washing techniques to your employees and educate them on the dangers of spreading germs from restrooms and raw foods such as seafood and poultry.

Keep Kitchen Utensils Clean

One would think that this goes without saying, and they would be wrong. It’s a little like the handwashing thing. You have to not only teach your employees but see to it that pots, pans, utensils, cutting boards, sponges, towels, etc. get not only washed but sanitized to kill harmful bacteria. Chlorine bleach is a wonderful way to achieve this. It only takes a little bit of something left behind to feed a cockroach for a long, long time. Scrub and sanitize everything!

Be Sure That Food Is Cooked Thoroughly

The caveat here is that some people like their steaks, and other meats, cooked rare. If you want to keep that customer coming back, you will do as they say but assure them that there is the chance that undercooked meats can present a health hazard. That aside, make sure that foods are cooked to the proper inner temperature to decrease the possibility of bacterial growth and the spread of disease. Boiling temperatures should be reached by curries, stews, and soups before serving. Even when reheating, proper temperatures need to be achieved.

 Select And Handle Food Carefully

Where you buy your food shouldn’t matter, but sadly, it does. Always purchase restaurant foods from reputable, reliable vendors. Spoiled or pest infested foods delivered to your store can contaminate the rest of your food supply and equipment. Additionally, always check expiration dates as well as a doing a physical inspection of foods for damage, bloating, broken seals, etc. Store all of your food in properly sealed containers and when handling any kind of food, avoid cross-contamination at all costs.

You can make lots of good hygiene rules and regulations as they apply to your food handlers, servers, etc. What you cannot do is watch them 100% of the time to make sure they adhered to them. This is why it’s important to follow as many of the tips listed above as possible and always be on the lookout for signs of pests. Prevention is, of course, the best ammunition against pest infestations and the spread of disease. Don’t wait until the health department shuts you down!