Special 50th Year Celebration Edition
A CONSUMER INFORMATION BULLETIN BY BART FOSTER, PhD, ENTOMOLOGIST -SPRING 2008
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF SERVICE
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.
From a one man operation, the business has grown to be the largest pest control company in the area and one of the largest independently owned pest control companies in the state. Our staff now includes 50 “Bugsperts” with two degreed Entomologists. With this type of staff we really do have the answers for your pest problems.
OUR CONTRIBUTION BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
Our owners and employees are proud of the success of our company and strive to give back to the community. In honor of our clients and employees, Bill and Casey Clark recently made a donation to several local charities totaling $18,250. This amount represents one dollar a day for the 50 years we have been in business. The Clarks also support education through an Endowed Scholarship at Texas A&M University. Bill has served as president of several local civic organizations and the Texas Pest Control Association. To all of our clients and staff, thanks for making this all possible.
PEST MANAGEMENT NOW AND THEN
Pest management has come a long way since 1957. Gone are the days when treatment relied heavily on the application of long-lasting pesticides in and around homes and businesses. Pest management today is founded on the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). This means using the least invasive method that will correct a pest problem. Non-chemical control methods such as excluding pest entry into structures are the first tools used in IPM. When pesticide application is necessary, precise and targeted treatment is done with low risk products appropriate for the situation.
As part of this effort we continue to incorporate improved methods and products into the service we provide. This past year we introduced a Minor Repair Service to correct structural problems that contribute to pest infestations. As part of our service, we have also adopted a new line of products that only become toxic when digested by an insect. Also, we are working with several plant-oil based products in developing a “green” service for those who prefer this type of treatment. These are just a few examples of the exciting changes that continue to happen at Bill Clark Pest Control.
TERMITES BECOME MORE VISIBLE IN SPRING
No one wants termites, but if your home was infested wouldn’t it be best to know? Spring and early Summer is the time of year when termite activity is most visible. Winged termites called swarmers emerge as part of an annual reproductive flight. The sudden appearance of dark insects with white-wings may indicate a termite infestation. Finding termites swarmers may be unnerving but is an opportunity to discover previously unknown termite activity. Termite damage occurs over time so detection and treatment can prevent a larger problem down the road. If you think you may have found termites, give us a call for a free inspection and recommendation of what can be done. Preventive options are also available to stop and detect termites before they infest your home or structure. More information on this below…..
OUR NEW TERMITE PROGRAM
Our new termite program provides termite detection and control at a manageable price. Termite monitoring can be added to quarterly pest control service on qualifying structures. When termites are found in a monitor near your home or business, we will treat the area where termites are located at no additional cost. This program provides peace of mind without the cost of treating an entire building. Termite monitoring can be performed by the service technician who you already know & trust. Our Bugsperts are ready to tell you more about termite service options for your home or business.
BEE SWARMS AND BEE HIVES
Spring and summer are the peak seasons for bee activity and bee swarms. Swarming occurs when a group of worker bees and a queen leave the old hive. These swarms will ball up on tree limbs or building ledges to rest while searching for a new home site. If not an immediate threat, swarms should be left undisturbed and they will often move on within a couple of days. When bees build hives in structures then treatment is needed. The bees and the comb must be removed and the entrance sealed to prevent future problems.
BUILD PESTS OUT OF YOUR HOME OR OFFICE
Animals are opportunistic and will take advantage of gaps and holes to enter structures. As spring approaches squirrels, raccoons, opossums, rats, mice, and birds will all be looking for nesting sites to raise their young. Preventing an animal from entering a building is much easier than removal once they have become established. We offer a Minor Repair Service to repair rotten wood, torn screens and other defects. Most contractors will not perform small jobs and most homeowners do not have time or the desire to make repairs on their own. Let us build pests out of your home or office or remove existing animal problems and make repairs to prevent future nesting activity.
MOSQUITOES TOOK A YEAR OFF BUT HAVEN’T GONE AWAY
Last year appears to have been a down year for mosquitoes in our area. Although we had lots of rain, the frequency of the rainfall may have actually contributed to lower mosquito numbers. Many mosquitoes breed in flooded areas. Frequent rains can wash mosquito broods out to open water where conditions are not favorable for their survival. One thing you can bet is that mosquitoes haven’t gone away. December was an active month for our mosquito treatments. If this is any indication, 2008 could have lots of mosquitoes like we saw after Hurricane Rita. Last year we added a mosquito misting and treatment program for residential yards. If mosquitoes are keeping you from enjoying your yard, let us help.
TREAT FIRE ANTS NOW FOR FEWER ANTS ALL YEAR
Treating fire ants in the spring will reduce fire ant numbers all season. The longest-lasting fire ant treatments take several weeks to become most effective. Early treatment makes sure that the product is in place with maximum benefit when fire ant activity increases in the spring and summer. We offer several fire ant management plans including a program with a one-year guarantee. Call us or ask your technician for more information.
WHAT ELSE WAS HAPPENING IN 1957 – OUR FIRST YEAR OF BUSINESS
. Dwight D. Eisenhower started his second term as President
. Top songs included Jailhouse Rock, All Shook Up, and You Send Me
. The price for an average house was $12,200
. The price of a new car was about $3,000
. Gas was 24 cents a gallon
. The movie Old Yeller premiered
. A movie ticket cost 50 cents
. Top TV shows: Gunsmoke, The Danny Thomas Show, I Love Lucy, and The Ed Sullivan Show
. American Bandstand hosted by Dick Clark began
. Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat book was published
BITS ABOUT BUGS
Caterpillars can strip the new leaves off of trees. Healthy trees will re-grow leaves and do not usually need treatment. Treatment may be needed to stop unsightly damage on certain landscaping plants or to keep caterpillars from crawling on buildings.
Wasps will soon be building new nests on eaves, other overhangs, and in shrubs. Our technicians will treat the nests they encounter during routine service. Larger wasp treatments that require more time and equipment are available if needed.
Mulch is good for plants and bugs too. Many insects such as ants and termites readily live in mulched flowerbeds. Mulch also holds moisture which is favorable to termite activity. Keep mulch raked away from the foundation a few inches to keep insects from moving easily from the mulch into your home.
Scorpion activity is reduced by taking away the places they like to hide. Remove stacked lumber, firewood, rocks from around structures.
Ants and Termites Ant swarmers can be mistaken for termites. If you are unsure, save a sample for us or stop by our office and we can determine what insect you have found.
Flea control is more effective when treatment is combined with frequent vacuuming. The vibration of the vacuum cleaner causes fleas to emerge from cocoons and contact our treatment. A recent study showed that most fleas that are sucked up in a vacuum also die. This is why we insist on frequent vacuuming following flea treatment.
Ticks can survive a trip through the washing machine and a no-heat cycle in the dryer. Tumbling clothes for one hour in a hot dryer is effective in killing ticks.
Snakes can be separated as poisonous or non-poisonous by the scale pattern on the bottom of the tail. Poisonous snakes have one row of scales while non-poisonous have two. Now how do you get a snake to roll over to check? While this is not practical for live snakes it can be useful to determine the type of snake killed or the type of snake that left a shed skin around a structure.