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Thorn pest professional posing in front of a building
3 / 19 / 2020


Hello All,

As COVID-19 continues to impact our communities, we want you to know that we are here to help. It is all hands on deck to help our community. Pest control is an essential service. Thorn will remain open in the effort to protect public health and the nation’s food supply. We have an obligation to continue to provide these services throughout the pandemic. We will continue to monitor and follow CDC, federal and state guidelines and will look to them for continued guidance.

As an essential service industry, we will continue to service food production facilities, grocery stores, medical institutions, multifamily housing units, warehouses, homes and businesses.  We cannot afford to have our medical facilities, groceries stores or homes unsafe due to pests and pest-related diseases, particularly as we tell people to stay home.  There is not a segment of the food industry that could comply with federal sanitation and health regulations without an adequate pest control program.

Due to the nature of our jobs, we are already well-versed in personal protective equipment and sanitation. We will continue to be vigilant and have implemented these additional steps: 

  • Practicing social distancing and minimizing physical interactions. We will no longer be asking clients to sign for services rendered.
  • Providing additional sanitation of high touch areas of our vehicles, equipment and facilities.
  • Only servicing if everyone is healthy. We will be asking before entering.
  • Limiting interior services if not necessary for residential clients
  • Holding team meetings remotely
  • We have no confirmed cases at Thorn but we are asking any Thorn member to not work if sick. 
  • Closely monitoring updates from CDC and following their recommendations

We are here to help. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out and ask.  

Kevin Thorn, ACE


PDF of Pests on the US Watchlist
3 / 6 / 2020

Salt Lake City listed on US cities public health pest watchlist for “increased pest pressure from vector pests” this winter.

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) released a watchlist of cities for increased vector pest pressure this season (winter 2020). Utah’s capital, Salt Lake City, made the list. A “vector” pest is a pest that is able to transmit diseases to humans and includes rodents, mosquitos, ticks, flies, and cockroaches.

Utah residents should be aware of the increased threat from rodents this season. 

Why is this of concern?

Rodents make excellent “vehicles” for harboring and rapidly transporting diseases. They have been found to carry over 55 different diseases. Millions of viruses can fit on a single rodent dropping, and a house mouse excretes between 50-75 droppings in just 24 hours. Rodents are prolific breeders and are well-adapted to living with humans. They and their parasites share our homes, workspaces, restaurants, schools, and other buildings. They nest and sleep in our furniture where we relax and the kitchens where we prepare our food. We are vulnerable to the potential transmission of the various pathogens carried by rodents. 

The NPMA explains why Salt Lake City is on the list:

A mild start to winter and predicted freezing tempts for the remainder of the season may lead to increased rodent activity in or around structures. 

To help prevent rodents from entering your home, the NPMA suggests these tips: 

  1. Insert door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens. 
  2. Screen vents and openings to chimneys. 
  3. Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities enter.
  4. Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly.
  5. Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well-ventilated and dry. 
  6. Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows. 
  7. Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains that provide the perfect breeding site for pests.
  8. Inspect items such as boxes, grocery bags and other packages before bringing them into the home. 
  9. Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and keep shrubbery well-trimmed. 
  10. If you suspect a pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest control professional to inspect and treat the problem. 

Please be aware of the increased threat this season and stay vigilant. Do what you can to prevent rodents from entering your home or business. Any infestations should be eliminated as quickly as possible. 

Overflowing green dumpster outside of a building
1 / 29 / 2020

Tips To Help Prevent Pests Before They Enter

Garbage and dumpster areas are sticky, smelly and most people don’t want to deal with it because its a mess. Taking extra time to care for this area can significantly reduce any pest issues you may be facing. These are some useful tips that we as a pest control company and you can do to help prevent and maintain these areas on your property. You can watch the video here.

Keep the Dumpster Closed

Service Dumpsters Regularly

Clean Inside and Outside

Place 50-75 Feet From Building

Keep Surrounding Area Clean

Seal Garbage in Bags

Rodent monitor with a wifi signal and time in a warehouse
1 / 27 / 2020

Electronic Rodent Monitoring

Electronic rodent monitors are a brand new technology to help us combat these kind of pests. We are able to remotely monitor traps and devices 24/7 from our headquarters by instantly receiving a notification when a rodent enters a device. ERMs are a game changer for rodent management!

Here’s how it can help you:

Scientific Approach

Remote monitoring of pest devices allows us to pinpoint weak areas where rodents are most active on your property. We can then focus on strengthening those areas to keep rodents out. 

Quick Response

Instant notifications to our headquarters means you don’t have to wait for a technician to come service your property. We will come quickly to evaluate the problem.

Focus on Prevention

Problem solving and protecting your property from rats and mice is our goal. This technology is giving us more time to focus on inspection and preventing any future issues. 

Monitoring Hard to Reach Areas

Because mice and rats are intelligent animals, they can get into hard to reach places. ERMs will allow us to better protect these tough spots on your property.

Better Documentation

These devices help us provide you with accurate documentation so you know you are pest free from the inside to the outside. 

If you have any questions, we are happy to help!

Brown mouse up close
10 / 21 / 2019

Keep Rodents Away This Winter

Fall is upon us here in Utah along with the cold temperatures. With those cold temperatures come mice entering structures looking for a warm place to spend the winter. Don’t let them move into your home or business. Here are some tips and great reminders of how to keep mice out.

Clean-Up Inside

  • Don’t leave food on counters, or used pans on the stove or in the sink overnight.
  • Regularly clean stove tops, ovens, and broilers.
  • Sweep kitchen floors and clean under stoves and refrigerators often. 
  • Store cereals, nuts, seeds, grain, and pet food in sealed glass, plastic, or metal containers. Don’t store onions, potatoes, rice, etc. in open bins, and especially not under the kitchen sink. 
  • Pick up any pet food not eaten before going to bed. Store dry pet food in a sealed container. 
  • Take trash to the dumpster, trash cans, or trash chute each evening. Make sure that garbage bags and cans are tightly sealed overnight.  

Clean-Up Outside 

  • Use a bird feeder with a catch tray and clean up seed under the feeder regularly. Store bird seed in a container with a tight lid.
  • Pick up fallen fruit and rotting vegetables in the garden. Don’t place food scraps on top of the compost pile.
  • Don’t store garbage outside in plastic bags. They are not rodent-proof. 
  • Remove piles of stone, boards, firewood, or debris that are stacked near the foundation. Stack lumber and firewood 12 inches off the ground. 
  • Clear brush, weeds, and ground covers around foundation. Remove ivy from buildings. 
  • Remove or reduce accumulated mulch against the foundation.  
Thorn professional treating for bed bugs in a bedroom
10 / 17 / 2019

How to Use Bed Bug Monitors

Bed bug monitors are an important tool to identify bed bug infestations and to know whether treatments are working. Monitors cam be extremely effective in locating even small infestations. We put this video together to help you know how to use monitors to get the best results.

PCT Podcast of Kevin Thorn
9 / 5 / 2019

PCT Podcast

Brad Harbison interviews Kevin about his journey to the pest control industry and how he has positioned his company for future growth.

Constant improvement-

What can we do to get better everyday?

Kevin Thorn

This interview goes along side the article found in the August edition of the PCT magazine. You can listen to the podcast by clicking here.

Thorn Pest Solution's video library on YouTube
8 / 30 / 2019

Check out our YouTube Channel!

We love to create and upload videos to this channel. These videos contain detailed information about our services and how we are the very best. You can also find videos on pests and why they do what they do. Come check us out and leave some feedback!

PCT magazine with a frowning/mad face
8 / 30 / 2019

PCT Magazine

August 2019 issue featured an article about our President

Pest Control Technology is a magazine is the industry’s “go-to” source for news and product information. It includes new pest product releases, business strategies for PMPs, associations and event, company acquisitions, and much more.

Our President, Kevin Thorn, was featured in this month’s issue of the magazine. Kevin says his and his company’s success come from approaching pest control with continual education and training-based leadership.

Our professionals feel like experts, we handle things quicker, we educate better and all of that is due to training.

We would love for you to learn more about Kevin and our company through this article, Pre-Med to PMP by Kierra Sondereker. You can read the read the full article for free online here.

Bed bug close up
8 / 8 / 2018

Bed Bugs Feeding Habits

Watch This Bed Bug Eat.

Have you ever seen a bed bug feeding up close and personal?  I had fun this week filming these bugs feeding on my hand. As you can see from the short video above – you are a bed bug’s primary food source. Bed bugs feed three to twelve minutes one to three times a week. Though they prefer human blood, bed bugs are known to feed off your pets as well, (dogs, cats, mice, and hamsters).

Their development contains five nymph stages and when supplied with a food source, they can grow to adulthood in as quickly as one to two months. Bed bugs can live from six months to a year and a half, going without feeding for as long as six months to an entire year! They’re good at hiding and when not feeding, they will remain in cracks and crevices in your home.

How do they get into your home? They’re often brought into a home or property through used furniture, luggage or bags, or even on a unsuspecting visitor. Intrigued by these cryptic pests? Keep an eye out for upcoming blogs with more information on bed bug bites, biology, and the best ways to keep them out of your home!

Be pest free, wherever you are.