Round the Clock Pest Control, Inc.
We’ve been serving residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Southern California since 2003. We’ve since expanded our operation to serve the San Francisco area, and Denver, CO, as well. We pride ourselves on being a family-owned company with an array of highly trained and experienced technicians in all of our service areas—including NESDCA-certified bed bug-sniffing service dogs!
Our Canine Detection Team
Our canine team members include Toby, Baby, Herby, and Ozzy (in spirit). All of them are integral members of our team, and are certified by the National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association (NESDCA), a third-party certifying organization that upholds the highest standards of canine scent detection. A NESDCA certification represents the gold standard of quality for insect-sniffing dogs, which is why each of our bed bug dogs hold this certification!
Rescued from a Florida animal shelter and trained by Bill Whitstine of the Florida Canine Academy, Toby joined the Round the Clock team in December 2009. He came to us equipped with upwards of 800 hours of training. To ensure Toby was comfortable and working well with our team, Round the Clock President Robert Gallo worked with him in Los Angeles for several months before his first actual bed bug inspection.
Toby was evaluated by the nationally recognized expert from J & K Academy Pepe Peruyero in January 2012 and went on to pass his NESDCA certification with flying colors. He’s been a trusty member of our team since, helping us inspect homes, hotels, businesses, nursing homes and more. Toby’s also earned his fair share of time in the media, from KCAL 9 News to Dog Days in LA Magazine.
Baby the Bed Bug Dog
Baby joined us in October 2011 after training with Pepe Peruyero of the J&K Academy. She was our first NESDCA Certified Bed Bug detection Canine, and has pulled much more than her weight in helping identify bed bug infestations across California.
Our newest member of the team, Herby came onboard in January 2012. Like Baby, Herby was trained by preeminent canine trainer Pepe Peruyero, who personally recommended Herby as a good fit for the Round the Clock team. Herby came equipped with 4 additional months of training and—though he was a little shy initially—operates as an essential component of our bed bug dog squad. Herby was NESDCA certified in January of 2012.
Ozzy (in memoriam)
Like Toby, Ozzy was a rescue dog trained at the Florida Canine Academy before joining the Round the Clock team. He was a crucial part of our work, serving alongside his canine brother Toby in sniffing out bed bugs all over Southern California. Unfortunately, Ozzy passed away in an accident on Sept. 29, 2011. We still consider him a member of the team, if only in spirit - we still miss our Ozzy!
Our Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Practices
We practice an approach to pest control called Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, that leans on common-sense solutions to pest control. We begin with an inspection, followed by identification, and then treatment. Often, treatment is as simple as physically keeping pests out by sealing up cracks in a building’s foundation or by removing sources of food and water that attract pests to a home. This more holistic approach means we resort to chemical pest control far less frequently, protecting you and your family.
Some common pest control solutions include:
- Regularly cleaning your home.
- Doing dishes directly after every meal.
- Ensuring leaky pipes and faucets are fixed.
- Frequently emptying trash containers.
- Using trash receptacles that seal tightly.
- Storing pantry items and pet food in sealed containers.
- Filling cracks and holes in your home’s foundations.
In a nutshell, pests only come to your home because it gives them 1) food, 2) water, and/or 3) shelter. The IPM approach focuses on removing the access pests have to these necessities, which makes your home far less attractive to any species of pest. If none of these actions succeed in resolving pest issues, then chemical sprays can aid in deterring pests.