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Top September Stock to buy Ecolab Inc (NYSE:ECL) Ecolab bed Bug Service is best in the bussiness

Ecolab Inc. (Public, NYSE:ECL)
Ecolab Inc. (Ecolab) develops and markets products and services for the hospitality, foodservice, health care and industrial markets. The Company provides cleaning and sanitizing products and programs, as well as pest elimination, maintenance and repair services primarily to customers in the food and beverage processing, hospitality, healthcare, government and education, retail, textile care, commercial facilities management and vehicle wash sectors. The Company operates in three business segments: United States Cleaning & Sanitizing segment, United States Other Services segment and International segment. In October 2009, the Company acquired ISS pest elimination business in the United Kingdom. In February 2009, the Company acquired Stackhouse business of CORPAK Medsystems, Inc., a marketer of surgical helmets and smoke evacuators, primarily for use during orthopedic surgeries.

Late July, Ecolab Inc. posted a surge in profit to $129.3 million from $99.1 million in the same quarter in 2009. Revenue both domestically and internationally were showing growth. Ecolab Inc.Ecolab Inc. engages in the development, manufacture, sale, and service of products that clean, sanitize, and promote food safety and infection prevention. It delivers cleaning and sanitizing programs and services to meet the needs of customers in the foodservice, food and beverage processing, hospitality, healthcare, government and education, retail, textile care, commercial facilities management, and vehicle wash sectors. The company serves customers in approximately 160 countries across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. Ecolab Inc. was founded in 1923 and is headquartered in St. Paul, MinnesotaEcolab bed Bug Service

After years of virtual eradication from the hospitality industry, the bed bug is back and showing up in even the most exclusive hotels and resorts. While bed bugs aren’t dangerous (they have not been shown to transmit disease), these small, nocturnal blood-feeding insects can seriously harm your business by upsetting guests, generating bad publicity or, worse, raising legal concerns.

Bedbugs are moving up on the hit list at Ecolab Inc.

The St. Paul company, whose sanitizing, cleaning and pest-elimination products generate about $6 billion in yearly global sales, recently introduced a new bedbug treatment program aimed primarily at the hotel market. Greg Thorsen, senior vice president for pest elimination in North America, won't disclose specific sales figures but said "it's been very well-received."

Small wonder. Bedbugs were all but wiped out decades ago by DDT, which was banned as an environmental hazard in 1972. After that they were kept in check by other pesticides and methods that including killing them with extreme heat or cold.

But lately they've been making a big-time comeback, and they're no longer just a problem for hotels. This week an AMC theater complex in New York's Times Square had to shut down to deal with a bedbug infestation. Earlier this year other outbreaks were reported in New York at an Abercrombie & Fitch store, a Victoria's Secret store, a hospital and some large office buildings.

A recent study by the National Pest Management Association and University of Kentucky raised the prospect of a "bedbug pandemic."

Bedbugs used to be found mostly in gateway cities like New York. But John Barcay, Ecolab's senior scientist for pest elimination, says that's no longer the case.

"Bedbugs are in every large city, and you're even finding them now in rural areas," he said.

That's because people travel more frequently and widely these days, and bedbugs are adept hitchhikers that can be transported by getting into a suitcase or onto clothing.

Ecolab's not alone in hopping on the bedbug bandwagon. Large companies

like Orkin and Terminix are also in the market, as are smaller local pest control firms like Brothers Manufacturing Inc. in Grant, near Stillwater. Co-owner Clay Kendhammer said his company has supplied cleaning and maintenance services for area apartment complexes since 1995 but set up a pest control division about a year ago because it was getting so many requests to treat bedbugs.

"Our business is booming," he said. The company uses a 2-year-old terrier mix dog named Lil Bro that's been trained to sniff out infestations. "He can fly through a room very fast and when he finds something he stops, his tail goes straight up and he just starts pawing at it," Kendhammer said. The company uses liquid carbon dioxide to freeze the bugs and hot steam extraction, he said.

Bedbugs aren't necessarily a symptom of bad housekeeping and aren't known to spread disease. In a recent conference call with analysts, Ecolab CEO Douglas Baker Jr. referred to them as "mosquitoes without wings."

Even so, they're a huge headache for property owners, who dread the bad publicity and lost business if an outbreak makes news. Thorsen won't disclose names of Ecolab customers.

There's also the cost of replacing bedding, draperies and other fabric furnishings that have to be discarded in infected rooms. In addition, there's lost revenue because a hotel has to shut down rooms -- the one that's infested, plus the ones on either side and immediately above and below -- while they're being treated. Ecolab's new treatment program reduces the time rooms are out of commission from five days to three.

400,000 hotel rooms

Ecolab has years of experience in eliminating pests, including bedbugs. Thorsen estimates the company has treated about 400,000 hotel rooms in North America for bedbugs in the last 10 years and says the new program took about two years to develop. Pesticides that kill young and adult bedbugs and their eggs are applied by Ecolab's personnel as wet sprays, aerosols or dry powders depending on the surface. Bedbugs can show up in such places as draperies, behind pictures and in light sockets.

Barcay says they're one of the most difficult bugs to eradicate because they can creep into tiny spaces and live for several months without having to bite a person and suck their blood.

Ecolab's bedbug treatment program costs about $2,000 for the infected and adjacent rooms. As part of its normal core pest elimination service, Ecolab also offers training for the property's housekeeping staff to teach them how to inspect for bedbugs to nip outbreaks in the bud.

Thorsen said the new program has generated some interest from nonhotel customers, such as college dormitories. He and Barcay say the program might have to be modified if it were used in places like office buildings, where it's more difficult to shut down rooms.

Ecolab's pest elimination division generates about $500 million in yearly revenue and has recently seen a slight downturn in sales tied to the recession. Some customers like restaurants have gone out of business, while others have cut back on maintenance services to trim costs.

Scientifically proven treatment strategy helps eliminate bed bug infestations*

Proven effective in over 300,000 hotel rooms, Ecolab’s five-treatment protocol is designed to kill live nymphs and adults in the reproductive life cycle (egg-to-nymph-to-adult) of a bed bug population, helping to minimize impact on guest satisfaction.With this bed bug issue , this will only rapidly grow and make more bussiness and profit for ECL , they are the leading company for hotels . With more beg bugs in hotels this will be money for ECL ! Buy,Buy,Buy !!!!!!!!!

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