News : Ecotech Offers Green Solution to Ant Management

Apr 8, 2013

From Portsmouth Patch, Green Energy Times, Fosters Daily Democrat, and Exeter Patch

By Jim Cavan

Chances are we’ve all had the experience: It’s the first truly warm day of the year – early April, let’s say – and you’ve just gotten back from an unseasonably balmy walk in the woods. You come through the front door, take off your shoes, head to the kitchen to start preparing the night’s dinner, and happen from the corner of your eye upon a trail of slowly moving black specks on the counter.

Carpenter ants. Dozens of them – and that’s just in plain view. Here in New England, ant infestation constitutes one of the most common pest problems, affecting some tens of thousands of households in New Hampshire alone and causing millions of dollars of damage nationwide.

Enter Tom Pray, founder of the Eliot-based Ecotech Pest Control and a degreed entomologist with over 25 years of experience in the field. Settling on the trade as much for the science as sheer insect fascination, Pray launched Ecotech in 2000 with the aim of helping homeowner’s beat back pest problems not through hard-hitting chemicals, but rather by managing the environment responsible for fostering that very infestation.

“People much prefer actual, scientifically-backed information over a sales pitch – it just makes them feel more comfortable with you as a business,” says Pray. “My customers say that it’s because of that information that they’re empowered to do more themselves to help the program I lay out with them. It’s why we succeed.”

Carpenter ants in particular offer a bounty of educational fodder, owing in part to the specie’s uniquely intricate breeding habits. It also doesn’t hurt that, according to Pray, they remain by far the most reported pest problem in the Seacoast region...

To read the full story in the Portsmouth Patch, Click Here! To Read on Green energy times, click here. To read on Fosters Daily Democrat, click here. 

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