Every year, Inc. magazine, a publication known for its savvy business insights, news and data, names 5,000 privately-held companies to its Most Successful Companies in America list. The businesses vary from industry — some tech, some health care, some retail, some service-related — and all of them are growing rapidly. They’re all based in the U.S., which means making the list is a pretty big honor.
This year, it’s Natran’s turn! Coming in at number 3,789, Natran Green Pest Control has been named one of the top 5,000 privately-held companies by Inc. This is a huge honor to be among other innovative companies, and we’re grateful to those who recognized our hard work and success.
Now we don’t like to brag, but Natran has been growing like a weed over the past year, and we hope you’ll share in our success and get to know us a little better. Here’s what you need to know about Natran Green Pest Control and how we can help you with all your green pest control needs.
The history of Natran Green Pest Control
Natran was first founded in 2006 by Gordon Doran. The idea for the company sparked when he and his wife were looking to hire a pest control service to treat their own home. As they looked through listing after listing, they just couldn’t find someone who could treat their home with botanical-based products and without using harsh chemicals that would hurt their family and the planet.
And with that, the idea was born. Doran and his wife decided to start the very first green pest control service in Houston — Natran Green Pest Control. We wanted to spread the word of living green throughout the city, and in Houston, we’ve found plenty of like-minded residents and businesses looking to rid their homes and businesses of pests without harming the environment or the others nearby.
Over the years, we’ve learned that innovation is our best tool for success. At Natran, we look to the companies that can before us, what they’re doing and how to maybe do things just a little bit better. We’re always on the lookout for new methods of green pest control and how to work better to deliver better services.
We know in Houston there are a lot people who committed to the earth, just like we are. In office, we reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible, and on the job, we use chemicals that are safe for your family members, pets and employees.
Now in your own home and business, we know you recycle and try to live as green a life as possible, but recycling isn’t enough to make a big impact on the planet. If you really want to be green, then you need to commit to using green services and make green decisions when you can. Our customers are the type of people who walk when possible instead of driving places. They have compost bins in their backyards, and they try to eat organic, less processed foods. We aren’t the type to advocate for living entirely green — we all have to use our cars sometimes! — but our customers are the type who try their best to live a little greener every day.
Through it all, Doran has built the company using the same principles he wanted for his own home: a commitment to eco-conscious, effective pest management without the use of unnecessary chemicals. Today, we consider that just another day of doing business at Natran Green Pest Control.
Our green pest control services
At Natran, there’s no type of pest that we haven’t seen. We’ve seen roof rats making their homes in the attic of Houston houses. We’ve seen mosquito swarms that would ruin any day by the pool. We’ve even seen enormous cockroach infestations that have proven to be quite the challenge.
But through it all, we’ve always remained a green-focused company. We don’t need harsh chemicals to get rid of pests. We’ve got a few green tricks up our sleeve.
In case you’re unfamiliar with some of our services, check them out below.
Ant Green Pest Control
Ants may be small, but when you get a bunch of them together, they can cause an obscene amount of damage. With ants, you’ll likely find one of four types of ants in Houston — carpenter, fire, pharaoh and acrobat. All of them can eat away at the wooden frame of your home, and some, like fire ants, will bite and cause itching and rashes. Because ants are so small, they can live for a long time in the walls or your home and even in your attic, causing all sorts of trouble before you can get rid of them.
Spider Green Pest Control
There’s nothing more terrifying than seeing a huntsman spider take down an insect. As much as we love the nice weather in Houston, so do the spiders, and if they get the chance, they will spin webs — or just hunt — inside your home. Spiders can be relentless. It takes a savvy green pest control expert to get rid of a spider infestation.
Mosquito Green Pest Control
As anyone with a pool will tell you, nothing ruins a pool party faster than a swarm of mosquitos. Mosquitoes may be small, but they can spread diseases like West Nile Virus and they cause those awful red bumps that itch like no other. Mosquitoes live and thrive around standing water, so that can mean anything from a pool to a clogged gutter.
Cockroach Green Pest Control
We know the terror of seeing a cockroach scurry across your floor or the enormous dread of finding their droppings somewhere around your home. It’s never fun when a cockroach infestation takes over your home, but you don’t need to use nuclear bomb-level chemicals to get rid of them. At Natran Green Pest Control, we’ve identified the best botanical-based products that will keep the roaches out of your home and stop future infestations from taking route.
Termite Green Pest Control
Did you know that termites cause $5 billion worth of damage each year in the U.S.? Those sneaky bugs will exploit even the smallest holes in an unending quest to get inside your home — and once they’re in, there’s no telling how much damage they’ll do. We have a lot of good strategies for getting rid of termites, and with our green pest control experts, we think you’ll find that using them is both safe and effective.
Live Animal Control
Raccoons and rats may look cute when you spot them outside, but when they come inside, they’re not so sweet and cuddly. Still, it seems inhumane to kill a raccoon just for doing what a raccoon naturally wants to do — survive — so we make a point never to euthanize the live animals that we capture. Natran’s policy is always to capture and relocate, and that’s a win-win situation for everyone.
Flea Green Pest Control
Nowadays, pets can be like family members. We love our dogs and cats, but so do fleas. Fleas will do more than make your pets itchy, though that’s usually the first sign of a flea infestation. They can easily bite humans as well, and they can live on sheets, blankets and other soft surfaces. More than anything, fleas can be incredibly painful. If your home is infested, then you certainly won’t be having guests over for some time.
Commercial Green Pest Control
Businesses can be a horse of a different color when it comes to pest control, but for us, we see them as just another home that needs to be protected. In our mind, there’s no business to large for green pest control, and we’re used to tackling infestation in a variety of buildings — warehouses, offices, retail spaces and even restaurants. If your business welcomes customers in everyday, then you know how customers will see you in a different light if they spot mice or other pests around your place of business. But you don’t have to worry. Our green pest control experts will ensure that your pest control problem is treated quickly and discretely.
Our commitment to our customers
At its core, Natran is a family business. It was founded by a husband-and-wife team, one that has strived to make its employees feel like family. We believe in treating each other like family, with kindness and respect, and we believe that philosophy should extend to our customers.
When you work with the experts at Natran Green Pest Control, you’ll see our family approach firsthand. When we arrive at your home, we’ll take a careful look around and looks for weak spots in your home where pests may be leaving or entering. Our experts have been thoroughly trained, so they know what signs of infestation to look for and what weak points in your home should be monitored.
Once we’ve accessed the damage, we’ll work with you to come up with a solution to eliminate the infestation at hand and a plan to keep those pests out for good. As we work around your home, we’ll be using only botanical-based products — trust us, they’re very effective — to stop the infestation while keeping your home safe from harmful chemicals.
Our technicians will also provide tips for keeping those infestations away. Some pests, like cockroaches and mice, look for open food containers. Others, like roof rats, look for holes, even little ones, in your walls where they can squeeze through. Our experts can help you make little changes in your day-to-day life that will help prevent infestations without making a major change to your daily lives.
We’re also known for our great follow-up work and our commitment to see our customers happy long after we’ve left their homes. Our technicians follow up with all our customers to make sure they’re satisfied with our services. If they’re still having problems or have questions, our technicians are always available to lend a hand. They’ll come back out to your home if you spot a pest inside, and they’ll help you come up with a full-proof plan to make sure your home keeps away all pests.
What’s next for Natran Green Pest Control
Now that we’ve been honored with such a prestigious award, we don’t plan on settling down anytime soon. On the contrary, we’re going to continue to improve our services, our approach to environmentally friendly practices and our customer service. We want to ensure that all of our customers are satisfied with our services and we continue to create pest control plans that fit their needs.
We’re also looking for new ways to grow and expand our business. That’s why we’re excited to announce that we plan to expand into Austin starting in January 2020. We know the people of Austin feel just as strongly about protecting the earth as we do in Houston, and we’re sure that just like any other part of Texas, Austin has its fair share of rats, cockroaches, spiders and other pests. We want our message of environmentally safe green pest control to reach every corner of Austin so its residents can lead healthier and greener lifestyles.
So if you’re in Austin — get ready for Natran coming to you in January 2020.
Of course, we won’t lose our focus in Houston and Dallas. As the summer winds down, we know that the fall crawl is expected to begin soon. That’s when all the outside pests try to find warm, safe places to ride out the winter. Many of them will be looking to your home for safety, and it’s our job to secure your home and make sure unwanted pests don’t move in for the winter.
Tell us: What are you doing around your home to secure it from pests in the fall? Share with us in the comments and let us know how we can help you fight pests before they make a home in your house.