On the Road Again!

No sooner had Richard Estrada finished making another presentation to the Master Garden Class at Indian Valley College in Novato about Integrated Pest Management than he got a call from Tanya Drlik, Integrated Pest Management Coordinator of Contra Costa County, requesting that he address a group of Environmental Health Department inspectors. Ms. Drlik is herself a nationally known expert, recently hired by Contra Costa Health Services to assist in implementation of the County’s IPM policy, part of a broad plan to reduce use of toxic chemicals there. Her invitation to educational partnership is an honor and an indication of the respect ATCO receives from industry leaders—and from others. No sooner had Richard accepted than the site had to be moved to accommodate the interest of numbers of Code Enforcers from the County who also wished to attend.

ATCO is in demand once again, as usual. The reason?

Inspectors and Code Enforcers in Contra Costa County want to learn about the latest tools for bed bug remediation. They want to know what strategies and techniques are currently recognized as industry best practice. Certainly they want to know more about IPM, described by the Contra Costa Health Services website as “an environmentally friendly strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests and their damage. . . us[ing] methods such as sanitation, pest exclusion, mechanical controls (e.g. mouse traps and mowing weeds) and habitat manipulation to effectively manage pests.” They want to hear what Richard Estrada has to say and get a chance to ask questions of him and Tanya Drlik.

ATCO is known for employing IPM techniques in providing state-of-the-art treatment for bed bug infestation. Richard Estrada is recognized nationally as an expert resource and instructor about bed bug remediation and other pest management issues. Given the stigma of bed bug infestation, property owners and HOA managers consult frequently with ATCO about how to remove pests safely and effectively, and discreetly. More about that soon.

Richard’s talk is scheduled for Tuesday, March 18, from 9 to 11:30 AM at the Environmental Health Department, 2120 Diamond Blvd. in Concord.

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