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Shields Pest Control

shieldpest.com

Founded Year

1989

Stage

Acquired | Acquired

About Shields Pest Control

Shield Pest Control provides a wide variety of pest and termite control solutions for both residential and commercial customers.On January 13th, 2021, Shields Pest Control was acquired by Truly Nolen Pest Control. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Headquarters Location

3512 Palo Duro Court

Hurst, Texas, 76054,

United States

817.545.1315

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The Benefits of Electronic Rodent Monitoring (ERM)

Jan 14, 2021

The Benefits of Electronic Rodent Monitoring (ERM) PMPs are looking at various ways to make technicians more efficient, including via the use of ERM. Time management is an important workplace responsibility that pest management professionals (PMPs) face on a daily basis. Residential technicians bounce from job to job, providing quality services that in best-case scenarios won’t result in callbacks before the next month’s – or next quarter’s – appointment. On the commercial side, technicians are typically serving customers with weekly or bi-weekly visits and unlike residential accounts, there are several tasks that usually need to be addressed at each facility. Completing those without having to return for smaller problems is important to a PMP’s scheduling and profitability. This is one of the major benefits of electronic rodent monitoring (ERM). These systems can alert PMPs to trap and station activity as real-time monitoring devices and provide data collection while also providing critical insight into how and where problems exist. Better information and more of it seems to be the leading benefit to using ERM systems among industry professionals. Time savings, data sharing, transparency between PMP and customers are the other top reasons pest veterans say they are interested and using the technology. According to Todd Leyse, president and CEO of Adam’s Pest Control in Medina, Minn., saving time is the name of the game for him. “You’re able to save time and not check empty traps over and over again, which frees you up for deeper inspections and troubleshooting,” Leyse said. Adam’s has been developing its own system to be able to provide ERM services. Its system would work with various manufacturers’ hardware – four so far – and will integrate with a PMP’s software to make reporting less of an issue. Leyse identified the need for the technology several years ago thanks to his technology background. “I have a computer science degree and saw the need to build a system better than what was out there. I think (ERM) will become more and more popular but only if the data can get back to pest control customers via a customer portal. Our pest customers don’t want data coming from two or three different systems, so integration is important.” Joe Belcher, Midwest and international sales manager for Kness, which has its own ERM solutions, says there are several advantages to the new systems. “There’s quite a few (benefits) – time savings, labor savings, but more important it offers a more effective IPM approach because some of those guys only have so much time to get to the next location,” Belcher said. “This allows them to focus on other aspects of the job – excluding or spraying or checking other things besides the rodents.” ERM delivers aspects of pest control that are not part of traditional inspections and techniques, according to Glen Ramsey, MS, B.C.E., senior manager technical services for Rollins. “The use of rodent monitoring is interesting because it provides data that traditional monitoring does not provide,” Ramsey said. “This data can assist in narrowing down rodent captures (or activity) to indicate when a rodent was introduced, where it is moving, where remediation efforts are needed, etc.” Caroline Kirby is training coordinator for Minnesota’s Plunkett’s Pest Control and she has been reviewing various systems and technologies to see if one has a fit with their business. While they haven’t pulled the trigger yet, Kirby realizes the value that ERM systems can deliver. “You know right away if there’s a mouse there and you can respond very quickly,” Kirby said. “We’ve seen clients do lots of testing to get the mouse right away. They give you more data and more knowledge and you know when the rodent was caught very quickly. We have tried out several systems, but we haven’t committed yet. We’re figuring out what monitoring means for Plunkett’s and also waiting to see what everyone else is going to do.” Franklin Hernandez, owner of Miami-based NaturePest Control and host of the popular PestGeek podcast , does a lot of rodent work and says that COVID-19 has changed the pest control landscape, necessitating new technologies and tools like ERM. “With the current situation of COVID-19 where rodents have migrated to other areas, new rodent problems are occurring in places that people didn't have them before,” Hernandez said. “With social distancing, the availability of personnel to physically be in the field is becoming tougher so technology like this would reduce labor costs. That means fewer technicians need to be utilized to perform more monitoring.” Doug Foster, president of Burt’s Termite & Pest Control in Columbus, Ind., uses ERM as part of his business after testing various systems. Foster says he likes the new technology and how it serves as a new tool to pest technicians. “I'm interested in the continued development of the systems,” Foster said. Much of the benefit of electronic rodent monitoring (ERM) comes from being able to provide information without always being on-site. The ability to know when a trap or a bait station or another tool has been activated by a pest allows for quicker technician responses. That also could lead to helping prevent a rodent infestation before it begins. But because of the information ERM systems provide – and the associated investment that goes with them – they are ideal tools for the commercial sector. Specifically, PMPs cite food-handling, health-care, and other sensitive markets where timing of pest problems is imperative, as ideal locations. It seems to be the consensus opinion of professionals that ERM systems are not going to be everyday tools for residential pest control customers, unless a pest population is tremendous in that specific area leading to the need for real-time data. Plunkett’s Training Coordinator Caroline Kirby says she believes commercial is the proper market segment within pest control for ERM. “Food plants are the top of the list for zero tolerance for contamination to get rodents out quickly,” Kirby said. “Others are research facilities and hospitals. I don’t know I see it used frequently for homes and smaller places for higher tolerance.”   However, Glen Ramsey, MS, B.C.E., senior manager technical services for Rollins, says he expects to see ERM used in all types of client needs. “I see the possibility of this technology at any account, from the smallest to the largest,” Ramsey added. “I don’t think the market should be limited to a certain kind of account.”   According to Ramsey, ERM makes pest control a new ballgame with information and data that could only be previously captured by a technician. That’s one of the reasons Rollins uses them, he said. “We are very well versed in the technology and the capabilities of these systems,” he said. “They are very interesting (especially) in a data-driven world. There is still some question on how clients use the data, what it means for service models, and what the future will hold.”   Critter McCool, owner of South Carolina’s CritterMcCool Management Group and a national pest consultant, has been performing rodent work for more than three decades. He said he likes the ability to share information with commercial customers. “Most commercial food clients and related industries need detailed information from their pest partners for auditing purposes, so the more data I can deliver to my customers the more valuable I am,” said McCool. “That’s what ERM does for me, it provides some real-time information that I wouldn’t have been privy to without being on-site. “The other thing it does for me commercially is it allows me to perform additional pest duties. While I made my name as a bee expert, I’ve been doing wildlife and rodent control for a long time and when I get to a facility, I have a list of tasks I want to perform. Knowing that all of the ERM traps and stations are still alert and have no activity allows me to move on to more important activities.”   Scott Harvey, owner of Kenosha Pest in Colorado, is familiar with ERM and plans to implement the systems when the time is right, he said. “If I ever have the situation to use them I will. I’ve seen them at conferences and watched how they work,” Harvey said. Kenosha Pest has mostly been working with bait stations for pack rats and deer mice, but they are exploring how ERM systems can improve data and efficiencies for its customer base. Lavonne Dideon, vice president and director of sales and marketing for Seattle’s Green City Pest Control, is interested in what they can bring to commercial accounts. “I’m very familiar with them (ERM),” Dideon said. “It could possibly work for a couple of our clients and with the right client, needs to be a good fit though.”   Target Specialty Products will become the exclusive distributor for several Leading Edge technology solutions. The strategic alliance allows both organizations to expand offerings across several industries and better serve customers. For more than a decade, Leading Edge has grown by bringing technology and science together. Their flagship technology solutions include MapVision (geospatial data management system), PrecisionVision (unmanned aircraft systems and software), and DropVision (droplet analysis software). Leading Edge says it aims to make organizations more efficient, effective and safe and is currently supporting operations in vector, pest, agriculture, weed, forestry, and aquatic management from coast to coast. Target Specialty Products brings extensive experience and expertise in vector control and aerial applications, along with an energetic team that will help deliver successful solutions to customers. Target Specialty Products will support Leading Edge as its exclusive distributor of Leading Edge’s PrecisionVision, DropVision and FleetVision technologies. “Leading Edge provides some of the most advanced technologies in our industry and we are excited to be the exclusive distributor for their products,” Target Specialty Products President Dave Helt said. “These technologies will allow Target Specialty Products’ extensive sales network to offer unique integrated management solutions and application methods to our customers.” The growing interest in Leading Edge products had CEO Bill Reynolds looking for a solution to continue expanding without sacrificing time dedicated to current clients, developing new technology innovations or improving current industry leading technologies. The partnership with Target Specialty Products is a great fit for our growing business,” Reynolds said. “Leading Edge will remain focused on enhancing our technologies and supporting operations where our products are active. The scale of the Target Specialty Products’ team ensures our products continue to be shared with organizations throughout North America.”     “We are excited to welcome Shields’ customers to our Truly Nolen family,” said Scarlett Nolen, president, Truly Nolen. “Their company has provided people in Tucson with excellent pest control service since 2015, and we believe their high quality work ethic fits in perfectly with our company. This allows us to service even more customers throughout Tucson, which is our largest service area in Arizona.”   Randy and Lisa Shields, owners of Shields Pest Control, said it was a difficult decision to sell. “After many months of deep thought and consideration, Lisa and I made the difficult decision to hand over the reins to another high-quality family-owned company,” said Randy Shields. “We are comforted knowing our customers will be treated the same way by Truly Nolen and their terrific team that they were by our company.” Greg Weatherly, acquisitions director of Truly Nolen, said, “Shields is our second acquisition this year and we thank Randy and Lisa Shields for entrusting our company to continue to provide their customers with top-notch pest control service. We will continue looking to expand in markets we are presently located as well as adding new markets throughout 2021.”

Shields Pest Control Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • When was Shields Pest Control founded?

    Shields Pest Control was founded in 1989.

  • Where is Shields Pest Control's headquarters?

    Shields Pest Control's headquarters is located at 3512 Palo Duro Court, Hurst.

  • What is Shields Pest Control's latest funding round?

    Shields Pest Control's latest funding round is Acquired.

  • Who are the investors of Shields Pest Control?

    Investors of Shields Pest Control include Truly Nolen Pest Control.

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