Pest Trends Newsletters

  • Fall 2012 – Yes, come Christmas we will have completed our 55th year in business here in S.E. Texas. Bill Clark the originator and still the owner and manager – one of 5 kids raised on a 50 acre farm S.E. of Tyler; off to the Navy during the Korean Conflict; on to Texas A&M obtaining a Bachelors Degree in Entomology in 1957; came to S.E. Texas and started a pest control business and a family – the rest is history. Bill Clark Pest Control has grown to be one of the larger pest control firms in Texas and has been honored as one of the top 100 in the nation.
  • 2010-2011 – The field of Entomology (the study of insects) has been absolutely fascinating to me since I obtained my degree in Entomology at Texas A&M and moved to S.E. Texas in 1957. The evolvement of several invasive species of insects, the horrible impact of hurricanes, the ebb and flow of droughts and floods, the seasonal impact of weather, the removal of availability of many pesticides all have kept me and my 50 plus staffers interestingly busy in keeping up with Pest Trends. Read this issue of Pest Trends for the top five “TRENDS” in recent years.
  • Spring 2010 – Wow, how time flies when one is having fun! It seems like yesterday I moved to this area fresh out of A&M with a B.S. Degree in Entomology. The ride is history – good history! I still love the business and have successfully surrounded myself with an incredibly capable staff of fifty plus Bugsperts to serve your pest control needs. THANK YOU for using our valuable services.
  • Fall 2009 – Sucking your blood while you sleep, these secretive insects cause mayhem—even lawsuits. “Why” is a big question as they are not known to transmit diseases as is the case with some other blood-suckers like mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, kissing bugs, etc.
  • Spring 2009 – No one wants termites in their home or business but if they were there, wouldn’t you want to know? The presence of winged insects or piles of shed wings may be the first sign of a termite problem. Each spring and summer winged termites emerge in great numbers to start new termite colonies. After a short flight, these termites shed their wings and begin searching for a suitable site to live. If you suspect termite activity or see what may be termite swarmers or wings, save a sample for our Bugsperts to identify. Finding termites now may stop a big problem in the future.
  • Fall 2008 – What has six legs, two antennae, thousands of sisters, and can out-compete fire ants? That’s right, Crazy Rasberry Ants and they may be coming to a yard near you. This new invasive ant species was first found in Houston in 2002. Since that time the ants have spread to more than seven counties in Southeast Texas.
  • Spring 2008 – This past December marked the 50th Anniversary of Bill Clark Pest Control. It was not by chance that Bill Clark chose Southeast Texas as a home for his business and family. After graduating from Texas A&M University, Bill considered potential locations to start a pest control business. A study of potential markets proved that Beaumont and the surrounding area was the best location for a business to succeed and grow. Besides, Southeast Texas was the “buggiest” place he could find.
  • Fall 2007 – During the Christmas Holidays in 1957 Bill Clark (BC) came
    to S.E. Texas with Don Stroope whom Bill Clark had worked with during the summers and holidays at Waxahachie, TX while studying toward a degree in Entomology at Texas A&M. We established a partnership, Stroope Pest Control to be opened here. BC ran this operation and in 1965 bought out Stroope’s interest and changed the name to Bill Clark Pest Control, Inc. The rest is history! Recently Stroope’s Grandson – also Don – visited us to “learn the ropes” as he takes over his Grandfather’s business in Waxahachie, TX. T’was fun “reliving” old experiences.
  • Spring 2007 – As urban growth sprawls to outlying areas, this often invades the
    normal habitats of a multitude of small animals. These may include the likes of raccoons, opossums, skunks, ringtailed cats, squirrels, snakes, feral birds, etc. Some go away, but some may “adapt” to live in these changed environments. It seems every year we get more and more calls on such problems. Some of these small animals actually
    thrive and co-exist in close proximity with man. Some of these animals along with rats and mice can become serious problems in our yards and even in structures that are not well sealed. Every “case” has its own uniqueness.
  • Fall 2006 – Some are calling it an epidemic. Maybe that’s a stretch – unless it happens to you? Indeed, all across our nation Bed Bugs are showing up – usually in places where transient people pause. Like in motels, hotels, apartments – even in nursing homes, hospitals and such. Yes, some are thusly transferred into homes. The personal invasiveness of this little critter brings out wrath like no other pest. Well, maybe head lice and crab lice are similar! The problem is growing rapidly and media is really having a hey-day with it.
  • Spring 2006 – South East Texas has always been a mecca for several species of termites. But, as the saying goes, “You ain’t seen nothing yet”! Rita damaged structures are open invitations for termites to hammer. Folks priorities are such that termites and their ravages may be briefly forgotten. The incredible numbers of fallen trees with underground stumps and roots will provide food for termites for years to come. These ideal
    conditions will greatly enhance the spread and survival of termite swarmers this spring.