By Darren Lum
Welcome Eco-Choice Pest Control to Haliburton.
Started in 2011 by Ray Martin the pest control business has moved from its Minden location to 199 Highland St. (formerly Why Not Collect It?).
According to the Eco-Choice website the business is “dedicated to providing timely and ecologically responsible solutions to pest issues while sharing knowledge and suggesting an integrated approach to pest management. Your ecological choice for pest control services wildlife removal tree care or property maintenance.”
Martin and fiance Juliette Arsenault are excited about the new location called The Hive and what it will mean for their business with five full-time staff members and their customers.
This new location will serve double-duty as it will also be a retail space for beekeeping supplies and the products the couple produce as beekeepers.
“We are also beekeepers so we will be able to sell our honey out of the new storefront and will carry some beekeeping supplies. There are a lot of beekeepers in the area but nowhere local to purchase supplies so we hope to collect some buying power to save money for beekeepers across the county.
We know it’s a weird combination to do pest control and beekeeping but we love insects and we figure it restores some karma for us to keep beneficial insects alive!” Arsenault said.
This location highlights the business’s attention to serving its customers.
“We are really proud of the service portion of our business but we didn’t have much to offer all the DIY-ers in the area. There are a lot of really cool products out there that most people don’t know about and a lot of them are focused on prevention. If we can help people avoid pest problems it can help keep their families safe and save them money in the long run” Arsenault wrote in an email.
Eco-Choice Pest Control has a soft opening scheduled for June 3 but if they are ready before they will open. They will have a grand opening on June 8.
This business serves Haliburton County and the surrounding areas such as Peterborough Kawartha Lakes Muskoka Dwight Hastings and Durham Region.
The move included renovations to update the Haliburton location.
It was completely transformed into a modern and spacious retail space with new flooring and lighting addition of insulation and drywall as well as removing interior walls and adding an office and break room. This space features some special touches such as custom window bars that include their company logo and a shelving unit with hexagonal spaces resembling a hive.
The timing of the opportunity was perfect for the business owners who had been looking for a location to move to.
“We still can’t believe how lucky we were that the building went up for sale at the exact time we were looking for a space. The family that owned it before had it for almost 100 years so we are excited to extend this legacy and add our chapter to it” Arsenault said.
For more information visit Eco-Choice Pest Control at their new location or website (www.ecochoicepestcontrol.ca) or call 705-286-2847.