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Case Study

Here is an example how our program worked for one of our clients. Make sure to check out the graphs to show our progress over time. 

THE

PROBLEM

After trying their own pest control and fumigation, the facility learned it was more complex and riskier than expected.  They tried using a fumigation contractor as well as a pest control service.  This created a problem where their right hand was not coordinated with their left. The facility continued to experience rodent, beetle and moth issues, plus their documentation was lacking.

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THE

IMPLEMENTATION

Protect Your Nuts was brought in under an all-inclusive flat fee agreement. The monthly fee allows for a dedicated team onsite every day and it includes whatever pest management or fumigation tasks are needed to eliminate immediate threats and maintain those results. The PYN structure also includes management, expert oversight, and support for the on-site team.

Starting in March, the PYN team tackled the existing infestations and simultaneously implemented preventive strategies focused on the long-term. PYN’s technical support team worked closely with plant management and the dedicated PYN on-site team to establish strategies and tactics to optimize the plant’s overall efficiency. 

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THE

RESULT

This plant, for the first time, experienced a beetle free sizer operation, as well as no longer having a mouse problem! At the time of this case study, there has not been a single rodent captured inside the plant in over six months during peak rodent season. Moth populations remained under control without repeated fogging. PYN’s performance and documentation had no issues during the SQF and other audits the plant had.

The direct positive affect of population reduction/control has also been supplemented by indirect benefits for the facility. Fewer client complaints (and related costs), significant reduction in pesticide cost, production schedule efficiency/flexibility due to fumigation strategy, and improved supplier pricing are some of the major benefits this plant now enjoys.

The facility’s management team now focuses on getting product through the plant to consumers without worrying about pest control, fumigation, infestations, or investigations. Please see supporting graphs for more detail.

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All captures on the site. Shows the Spring population spike. Next graph shows inside for comparison. This is one way to measure the efectiveness of strategies.

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Inside catches only. 

 

You can see here after PYN took over the site they were able to find and eliminate a mouse problem in an inaccessible area. The problem had been present for years and nobody could figure out how to solve it. They have been able to keep the catches at or near zero ever since.

 

When comparing this graph to the previous graph showing overall catches on site, you can clearly see the program is achieving its goals.

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The previous PCO wasn't really even monitoring for Flour Beetles. The facility didn't even believe they had an issue.

PYN actively monitors and proactively acts to protect the facility from all Stored Product Pests. The monitors that this data is generated from are placed the most susceptible areas of the facility and are intended to provide an early warning against infestation. The data helps us to track population, direct strategies for prevention and measure the effectiveness of the different tactics employed.

Strategies are evolving for this site, but so far, so good!

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