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COVID-19 Response

We have put precautionary measures in place for technicians and office staff.  We continually work closely with our industry and vendor partners to adopt up-to-the-minute best safety practices during this time.

Social Distancing and Safety changes during this time include:

  • We will NOT ask the manager, maintenance employees, or residents for their signature.
  • We will not hand our tablet to anyone for any reason.  
  • Maintaining distance from site managers, staff and residents. 
  • Service technicians:
    • Limit contact with other employees at Corbett locations before and after work.
    • Many technicians take service vehicles home and only come to the warehouse to resupply.
    • Increased proper hand washing throughout the day.
    • Increased use of hand sanitizer throughout the day.
    • Wear disposable gloves at all time throughout the day, changing gloves frequently.
    • Wear dust masks or respirators while onsite throughout the day.
    • Wear Tyvek disposable suits as needed throughout the day.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This list can include but is not limited to tablets, equipment, truck door handles, vehicle keys, steering wheel and cell phone.
  • Administrative staff:
    • Workstations/desks are at least 10 feet apart.   
  • All employees:
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home if you are sick and get medical care.

 

Critical services requiring a quick response include:

  • Bed bug inspections and treatments.These should not wait to be addressed.  The longer bed bugs remain in apartments, the more likely they will spread to other units. 
  • Cockroach issues. Cockroach issues should continue to be addressed.  Children and seniors are especially vulnerable to allergy-induced asthma caused by cockroach body parts, saliva and feces (Mayo Clinic, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America).  People with asthma are at higher risk of being seriously affected by COVID-19 and have higher incidence of hospitalizations.  In short, cockroach issues can increase COVID-19 health risks if left untreated.  
  • Stinging insects.  Spring is the season for wasps and bees to begin emerging.  These need to be addressed right away before someone is stung.
  • Rodents in apartments.  A rat or mouse issue in an apartment can have serious consequences and should be addressed immediately.    

 

Sensible proactive services to start or continue during this time:

  • Common area service:
    • basements, first floors, compactor rooms, compactor closets on residential floors, laundry rooms, trash holding areas and building maintenance/service rooms.
    • Pests will continue to exert pressure on these areas, especially if left untreated.  
  • Exterior service:
    • rodent bait stations need to be inspected and rebaited regularly
    • inspection and treatment of grounds for rodent burrowing activity
    • inspection and treatment of trash corrals/dumpster areas
    • proactive treatment of building exterior perimeter to create pest barrier to entry 
  • Resident service requests:
    • residents will continue to have pest issues and want service.  Denying them could be a problem if they suffer for the denial of services.   

 

Pest prevention:

In many cases, we need to maintain and stay in front of current Issues which will only worsen if left untreated and it may negatively impact the site later.  It is often more difficult and costly to gain back the ground we lost as opposed to being proactive where we can.  There are areas in the buildings and on the grounds we can service that requires little or no human interaction.    

 

Please call us at 908-709-9777 with any questions or issues regarding safe practices Corbett Exterminating has put in place to deal with the current coronavirus pandemic.