BEGINNING OUR 53RD YEAR
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.
SWARMING TERMITES – A BIG FAVOR IF YOU SEE THEM
Yes, if you see them you will get proactive in doing something about them. But if you miss them and they keep on secretly feeding on wood, you may well have serious damage before you are even aware of them. Texas A&M research in this region reflects that virtually every structure will have its day with termites. Ongoing inspections, monitoring, or preventive treatment is recommended for every structure. In recent years the dread Formosan Termites have spread throughout the region which compounds the problem. You may have either or even both. If you have protection from termites, keep it! If you don’t, get it! The consequences of non-action can be very expensive per termite damage – seen or hidden.
COMING OF THE RASBERRY CRAZY ANT
First discovered in the Houston area by our friend Tom Rasberry (the ant’s namesake) in 2002, this new invasive ant species has quickly spread to fifteen counties in Texas – some of which are here in our area. It’s a small, brown ant usually seen in massive numbers that scurries around like crazy (thus the name). Fortunately it doesn’t sting or bite but the massive numbers just shuts down everything wherever they go. Control by conventional means is virtually impossible. We have been working with researchers to evolve the best control options. This new invasive species is not included in existing service programs. Yes, they can be a big problem in and around homes but are a really big problem in industrial complexes causing major shut-downs. The numbers subside in winter but from April to November they can cover huge areas.
OUR VARIOUS MOSQUITO SERVICES
From Industrial Complexes, communities or special occasion needs we have mosquito fogging trucks that reduce mosquito populations. For your home or small business we can install automated mosquito mister systems or, optionally, “treat” your yard on a scheduled program to abate mosquito problems.
OUR MANY SPECIALTY SERVICES
It seems that most all professions have evolved to specialty categories. It’s sure this way with Bill Clark Pest Control in recent years. We do continue our routine services for the likes of roaches, ants etc. in structures as well as termites. But unique and unusual problems keep coming to our attention causing us to train “Specialists” to effectively deal with them. Here are some examples:
Bedbugs – This old, historical plaque has resurged in recent years worldwide to near epidemic proportions. For the past few years we are finding them everywhere – even in affluent homes. Control is extremely challenging so we’ve chosen to develop “Specialists” to deal with Bedbugs.
Clothes Moths on Rugs – Precious and expensive rugs can be decimated by the feeding of the secretive larva of this clothes moth. Detection before serious damage occurs is difficult. For effective inspection and detection and then follow through with delicate treatment and ongoing protection we have evolved “Specialists” with know-how to take care of this problem the right way.
Wildlife Management – This is a broad field covering many vertebrate animals. You name it -raccoons, opossums, squirrels, skunks, snakes, bats, feral birds, etc. etc. A broad spectrum of training, experience, specialized equipment and knowledge is essential to handle these variables – and we have this via “Specialists”.
Bees, Wasps & Other “Stinging” Pests – Any of these can poise health problems as well as other grave dangers. Our “Specialists” knowledge is essential in doing the right things with the right equipment. Though somewhat seasonal, we stay prepared to deal with these dangerous insects as and when they occur.
Ticks – Alarmingly these boogers are incredibly difficult to control. Our “Specialists” are specifically trained to effectively address issues with various species of ticks as and when they manifest themselves.
Minor Repair & Pest Exclusion Services – Truly “by demand” we have evolved “Specialists” with unique training skills, and proper tools and equipment to address these needs as and when they occur. Your finding a contractor to deal with these minor repairs is difficult. To us it is yet another service. With “Specialists”, we do it right.
Rasberry Crazy Ants – Per the article above this is not your common ant. Specialty knowledge is essential to effectively deal with this explosive problem.
OUR VALUABLE “PACKAGE PLANS” – RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL
In addition to your ongoing monthly or quarterly pest control services we have evolved to offer incredibly valuable add-on services. To include termite services and/or fire ant services where property qualifies on both residential and commercial services has value added of tremendous benefit. Then on food service accounts to add fly control services is a solution to problems we have wrestled with for years. DO CONSIDER THESE ADD ON VALUABLE SERVICES!
FIRE ANTS? – WE’VE GOT THE ANSWERS
For several years now we have evolved the ability to offer Fire Ant Control Service with a one-year guarantee. Whether it’s a mere lot, or acreage, we can treat it one time and keep the fire ants out. Unique products and technology allows this effective program.
WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE “KILLER BEES”?
Yes, they have been here now for several years. At a glimpse you can’t tell the difference between the Africanized strain (killer bees) and our domestic bees. On any honey bee encounters we take precautions via bee suits – just in case. Indeed, Mother Nature has allowed cross-breeding with some colonies docile and others aggressive. We always have to assume the worst. If you find a bee colony on your property and with the potential health threat they poise, you should be proactive in their removal. We do liaison with bee experts to remove them, where possible, and relocate them. It’s a judgment call our specialized bee folks have to make on every encounter.
THE DEVASTATING LAWN CHINCH BUGS
Every year, with some years worse than others, outbreaks of this tiny sap-sucking insect results in dead spots in lawns that doesn’t recover rapidly. Many lawn owners have opted to prevent this problem per our preventive treatments. Waiting until you can visibly see the chinch bugs or their damage is too late to keep a healthy, green lawn. You may want to consider this program.
DO HOME REMEDIES FOR PESTS WORK?
Do-it-yourself remedies using common items around the house are often suggested as treatments for pests. While some household items will kill pests, the results of these concoctions are often mixed and uncertain. For example soap and water can be an effective insecticide but if applied too heavily can damage or kill plants. As a rule, be cautious about anything that sounds too good to be true, especially if the “remedy” is expensive. All products available for retail and products we use during our treatment have been thoroughly tested to prove they are effective against pests and pose no or minimal danger.
BUG BOMB BAN
The state of New York is seeking to ban the sale of home insect foggers. In many states, improper use of these products has caused explosions. The scenario where this occurs is often the same, more foggers are set off than needed and a pilot light is left on at the stove or the water heater. The chemical released by the foggers is flammable and is ignited by the pilot light.
Not only can these foggers be dangerous when improperly used but from our experience they are generally not very effective, especially against roaches which are the usual target of these home treatments. The fog released does not penetrate cracks and crevices and voids in the home. Roaches and other insects move away from the fog, survive, and return.
BROWN WIDOW SPIDERS
A “cousin” to the black widow spider has been found in Houston and Corpus Christi. Their appearance is similar to black widow spiders except the hourglass is more orange-colored and the body is lighter with geometric patterns. Brown widows often make webs around buildings increasing the chance for bites. Like the black widow, these spiders have a neurotoxin that can cause serious reactions. When present in webs, the egg sacks are easily recognized appearing like round balls with spikes. A good rule of thumb in this part of the country is to always watch where you put your hands, especially when reaching under stacked wood or bricks or in other voids. Wear gloves as a precaution.