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A Clark Pest Control Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is a holiday built around family. While families are defined many different ways, the core values of caring, trust and loyalty are there, no matter what. It’s what holds families together.

The Clark Man recognizes the value of family when it comes to providing expert pest management services to our residential and commercial customers across California and northwestern Nevada.

Our deep commitment to customers is a time-tested practice that has been part of the fabric of Clark Pest control since Charles Clark opened the doors in 1950.

Whenever you have a problem with pests in your home, we’ll be there with a solution and a guarantee that we will get the job done to your satisfaction. It’s important to us that you have peace of mind that we’ve got your back when it comes to pests.

We pride ourselves on the personal attention we pay to our customers, and we endeavor to understand your needs in order to deliver the best possible service and achieve the desired results. The Clark Man knows pests such as rodents, ants, spiders, flies and stinging insects are not part of your “family” tree, so we work hard to make sure they don’t become a problem for you and your family.

Protecting customers’ property from pests that spread disease, spoil food, damage structures or simply are a nuisance is an important job, so we handle each account like it’s our own home.

If you have a problem with pests in and around your home, call or text Clark Pest Control at (800) 936-3339 or drop me an email at We will come out and properly identify whatever pests are bugging you, and we’ll recommend a solution.

Until next time, I’m the Clark Man. Thanks for helping me keep unwanted pests out of your home.

And from the entire family of Clark Pest Control experts, we wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!



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This Is One Pest That’s a Bat Out of H#&&


mexican free tailed bat

In last week’s blog, the Clark Man shared helpful tips on pest-proofing your home this winter. Keeping rodents, cockroaches and spiders on the outside looking in is important for homeowners, but so is preventing a certain pest of the flying variety: bats.

Like spiders, bats are beneficial to California’s environment, because they feed on insects that threaten vital agricultural crops. However, bats do have an unsavory side to them that can leave people unsettled by their presence.

Bats can be a nuisance with their noise, droppings and urine, which attracts insects. But some bats also carry harmful diseases, such as rabies, which can pose a threat to humans and other animals – including household pets.

Even though bites are rare, bats can transmit rabies, and care should be taken not to handle any bats you may encounter. It’s also a good idea to have your dog or cat vaccinated against rabies, should they encounter a bat.

Bats can enter homes through chimneys that lack protective grates or grills, open windows or doors, under eaves, and into loose siding boards, openings along the roofline or utility vents. Their presence can easily go undetected due to their nocturnal habits.

Dusk is the best time to observe bats exiting a structure, because they feed and are most active then. During the daytime, you can inspect for signs of holes or openings.

Bats also can gain access to a structure through holes that other animals, including squirrels or raccoons, have created. Fortunately, bats are not chewers, and they will not gnaw on electrical wiring like rodents do.

Homeowners can also identify potential bat access points by looking for stain marks left behind by the bat’s body oils, urine and droppings. Bat droppings, or guano, crush easily, are and will include shiny bits of undigested insects. Mouse droppings – called scat – lack those shiny bits. Also, bat droppings never are white or chalky like bird droppings.

The best control method for bats is to deny them access to your home in the first place. Fall is the best time of year to perform the necessary exclusion work on your home, since younger bats have grown enough to fly by then and will be searching for new roosting sites. It’s much easier to prevent a bat problem than it is to remove one after they have set up housekeeping in your attic.

Screens in windows and doors should also be replaced. if torn.


If you think you have a problem with bats around your home, call (800) 936-3339 or drop me an email at We will come out and make a proper identification, then provide you with a treatment recommendation.


Until next time I’m the Clark Man, and thanks for helping me keep unwanted pests out of your home.


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Clark Pest Control’s Eight Winter Home Pest-proofing Tips




As days get shorter and temperatures drop, the time you spend indoors begins to increase. Pests want to come indoors, too. The Clark Man reminds homeowners that rodents, cockroaches and spiders may try to find their way inside to escape the winter weather.

Besides simply being a nuisance and annoyance, these invading pests can also pose serious risks — rodents spread diseases such as Salmonella and E. coli, contaminate food, and damage drywall and electrical wires throughout a home. Cockroaches trigger allergies and asthma, especially in children. Some spiders may bite if their hiding spots are discovered.

Protecting your home from a visit by unwanted pests starts with a good dose of prevention – regardless of the season. One of the best ways to get your homes ready for winter is to conduct a simple check of potential pest routes inside and then perform any necessary maintenance. 

Being proactive when it comes to pest-proofing your home this fall is an important step homeowners can take in preventing pests from coming indoors. 

How do you keep pests out of your family’s living space? The Clark Man and his team of residential pest management experts service thousands of homes each month, and have collected a thick file folder (or notes on the iPad) of helpful, easy-to-follow tips you can follow to keep pests on the outside looking in.

The Clark Man’s list of Eight Helpful Winter Home Pest-proofing Tips includes:

  1. Screen attic vents and openings to chimneys

  2. Eliminate moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains, and repair broken irrigation systems

  3. Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home using caulk and steel wool – pay close attention where utility pipes enter the structure.

  4. Store food in airtight containers and regularly dispose of garbage in sealed receptacles

  5. Replace loose mortar and weatherstripping around the basement foundation and windows

  6. Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house; keep shrubbery well trimmed

  7. Install door sweeps and repair damaged screens

  8. Inspect items such as boxes of decorations and grocery bags before bringing them indoors

If these helpful tips do not keep pests out of your home, you may need an expert set of eyes and hands to help. Call or text Clark Pest Control at (800) 936-3339 or drop me an e-mail at We will come out and conduct a thorough inspection and make any necessary treatment recommendations.


Until next time, I’m the Clark Man, and thanks for helping me keep unwanted pests out of your home.

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Clark Pest Control Says “Boo” to Pests This Halloween


Western Black WidowAccording to the National Retail Foundation, U.S. consumers are expected to spend $6.9 billion on candy, costumes and other treats this Halloween. Also, for the eleventh year in a row, the number-one adult Halloween costume is ”witch.”

While people enjoy Halloween, the Clark Man is busy with pests that are synonymous with the October 31 holiday – spiders. Typically, spiders are more active as they reach maturity during the fall months, when the season’s moister, cooler temperatures are more conducive to web building.

And while spiders are beneficial to our environment, because they hunt and eat other less-desirable insects and generally are not a threat to homeowners, they still rank high on most people’s “things I don’t want to see in my house” list. 

The fear of spiders even inspired the 1990 cult classic movie Arachnophobia (the technical term for fear of spiders), but spiders commonly seen out in the open during the day are unlikely to bite people. 

It is true that certain species of arachnids – black widows and scorpions – can present a threat to homeowners who unknowingly cross their paths. However, the black widow, for example, spends most of its time hiding under furniture or boxes, or in woodpiles, corners and crevices – locations not frequently visited.

To keep your close encounters with spiders to a minimum, the Clark Man suggests the following spider prevention tips:


  • Remove and reduce trash and rubbish from your home, such as woodpiles, boxes, plywood, tires and trash cans – especially if they are stored adjacent to the house

  • Seal cracks and crevices around doors, windows, and access holes for electrical conduits or plumbing; also, on the foundation

  • Remove clutter in closets, pantries and storage areas inside your home

  • If you leave clothes and shoes outside in the garage or porch, make sure you shake them well before putting them on

  • Apparel and equipment that is only worn occasionally (garden gloves, boots, athletic shoes, baseball mitts, camping gear, sleeping bags, etc.) should be sealed in tightly closed containers, especially in the garage or in other dark storage areas

  • When removing boxes and other items from the garage or storage areas, wear heavy gloves in case you encounter a black widow spider nesting there


Remember: If you have a problem with spiders around your home, call or text (800) 936-3339, or drop me an email at We will come out and make a proper identification along with a treatment recommendation.


Until next time I’m the Clark Man, and thanks for helping me keep unwanted pests out of your home.

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Don’t Dust Off Drywood Termites


Tdrywood termiteshe Clark Man has a long history of successfully treating and protecting homes from destructive termites – insects that cost American consumers nearly $5 billion annually in treatments and repairs.

When most consumers think of termites, it’s the subterranean species. But did you know there’s a termite that doesn’t like to get its antennae dirty?

The drywood termite – unlike its soil-dwelling cousin – prefers to live above ground in wood siding, roofing, and wood supports inside structures. Drywood termites will swarm by the hundreds around the exterior of a home in search of an access point to make entry.

Fall is prime drywood termite swarming season, and swarms occur most often on sunny days after a spike in the mercury follows cooler temperatures.

What parts of a home are at the greatest risk from drywood termites? The Clark Man has noticed the following areas to be the most vulnerable to drywood termite infestation:

  • Wood molding and framing around windows and doors
  • Eaves and overhangs
  • Protected joints or crevices in and around doors
  • Attics and above-ground crawlspaces
  • Wood siding and roofing – especially overhangs where shingles, paper under-sheeting, and wood meet

Drywood termites will excavate a small tunnel into the wood and then close it behind them, creating a chamber they will inhabit for a year or more. They can stay dormant for extended periods of time – more than a year – before re-emerging to resume their destructive activities.

Drywood termites are also creatures of habit, and have been known to re-infest the exact same place. This is why it’s important to have your home inspected regularly by a trained pest management professional who can identify the presence of drywood termites.

Here are some signs that drywood termites may be targeting your home:


  • Large numbers of flying insects on the exterior (and sometimes on the interior) of your home

  • Shed wings on windowsills

  • Hollow-sounding or visibly damaged wood that is honeycombed or carved out. If you can make a hole easily in the wood with a pocket knife or flat-blade screwdriver, you may be looking at termite damage

  • Unexplained piles of what look like coarse grains of sand (actually, termite fecal pellets pushed out by the termites)

Remember: If you suspect your home has a problem with drywood termites, call or text (800) 936-3339, or drop me an email at Our highly trained, fully licensed termite professionals will inspect your home thoroughly. If treatment is required, they will recommend preventative and curative treatments that are backed by our guarantee of 100-percent satisfaction.

Until next time, I’m the Clark Man. Thanks for helping me keep unwanted pests out of your home.



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Clark Pest Control clears bed bugs from Franco Center in Stockton



Fumigating a 110-unit apartment complex to remove a massive bed bug infestation is a big undertaking, one that requires months of planning. The Stockton, CA branch of Clark Pest Control just completed such a fumigation job at downtown Stockton’s five-story Franco Center, which currently houses 99 residents, primarily low-income seniors.

It took 28 workers several hours on Tuesday, September 1 to assemble the 38 blue-and-yellow 45’x60’ tarps into an enclosure large enough to contain the Franco Center, its unwanted population of bed bugs and cockroaches, and the 1.6 million cubic feet of fumigant gas (sulfuryl fluoride) needed to kill them. Once the tenting was in place, the fumigant was introduced, and two days later, giant fans were turned on to air the building out (the fumigant Clark Pest Control uses to control pests is odorless and leaves no residue) and the tenting was removed.

By the weekend, residents – housed elsewhere at the expense of the building’s new owners, WNC Inc. and Community Preservation Partners – were able to move back in, and two weeks after the tents came down, service dogs, trained to sniff out bed bugs, inspected the Franco Center room by room, no bed bug activity was detected.

Fumigating any building takes pre-planning, and when it’s one as large as Franco Center, that planning will take several months. The work was subcontracted to Murrieta, CA-based Your Way Fumigation with Clark Stockton branch’s WDO Service Manager Larry Bragg supervising, but Clark Pest Control staffers handled the logistics, which included partnering with the Franco Center’s owners to make sure that every resident understood what was happening, and what those residents’ part was in making the fumigation a success along with how to keep bed bugs from being reintroduced to the building.

“A lot of the residents thanked Clark for what we did,” Bragg said, “and some were in tears, stating it’s the first time in a long time that they could get a good night’s rest.”

As Bragg and Clark Pest Control Corporate Technical Director Darren Van Steenwyk both stated later, it was a job with a lot of moving parts, one that required a lot of hands-on detail work and expertise. The residents had been complaining about bed bugs and cockroaches and were clamoring for relief for some time. When the Franco Center’s new owners took over the building, they knew who to call.

“Clark, We Need You” is more than an advertising tagline – it’s a call to take care of business with pests.

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The Lodi Grape Festival and Clark Pest Control – An Unbeatable Duo



What’s not to like about a festival that features some of the tastiest selection of wines and food in the state of California?

grape festival logo

The annual Lodi Grape Festival, scheduled for this coming Thursday through Sunday, celebrates northern San Joaquin Country’s abundant agricultural offerings, including its prized zinfandel grapes. There will be plenty of good food, wine tastings, and entertainment, as well as exhibitors showing off their wine-themed wares to the more than 65,000 visitors expected to attend.

Clark Pest Control is a proud sponsor of this valley tradition, and invites customers and festival attendees to visit our booth, located in the Clark Eco-Venture Pavilion, during the event. The booth will feature the famous Clark Bug Zoo, which lets visitors get up close and personal with a range of fascinating arthropods that share our environment.

In addition to the Bug Zoo, members of the Clark team will be on hand to show off a restored 1950s-vintage Clark Pest Control service truck, and to answer any questions you might have about pests that may be bugging you and your family.

Other activities scheduled to take place in the Clark Eco-Venture Pavilion include sessions on how to build your own radio-controlled model airplane and the Lodi Serpentarium, which will feature false water cobras, Burmese pythons, rainbow boas, anacondas, monitor lizards, tortoises, geckos, and frogs!

The Clark Bug Zoo, a favorite of festival visitors and the Clark Man, will host shows on Thursday, September 17 (4-7 p.m.), Friday, September 18 (1-5 p.m.), and Saturday, September 19 (12-4 p.m.).

Clarks’ resident Bug Zookeeper Fred Speer tells the Clark Man that he will be bringing a wide selection of exotic and fascinating arthropods for visitors to view close up and hold if they wish.

From demonstrations featuring tarantulas and scorpions, to putting a Madagascar hissing cockroach in the palm of your hand, the Bug Zoo has something for everyone. Other arthropods scheduled to make an appearance at the festival include pseudo scorpions.

For more information on the Lodi Grape Festival, including how to purchase tickets, festival hours, and directions, visit 

If you have questions on how to protect your family from bed bugs, call 800-936-3337 or drop me an email at

Until next time I’m the Clark Man. Thanks for helping me keep unwanted pests out of your home.

See you at the festival!

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Clark Pest Control In The Community - Come Run With Us At The Micke Grove Zoo Zoom 5K


The Clark Man takes great pride in protecting homes from unwanted and potentially dangerous pests but there is one activity he enjoys even more – giving back to the people and communities.

Clark Pest Control has long been a supporter of a wide array of civic and charitable groups across California. It is part of the company’s DNA to give back and make a difference in the communities we service and the people we interact with on a daily basis.

This Sunday, September 13, the Clark Man will be supporting the 5th Annual Micke Grove Zoo Zoom 5K and Kids’ Fun Run at Micke Grove Park from 6:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. The Zoo Zoom features kids’ fun runs for children under the age of eight and a 5K walk/run for participants age nine and older. The Kiwanis Club of Greater Lodi will provide a pancake breakfast, and there will be games and crafts for kids.

The legendary Clark Pest Control Bug Zoo will also be on hand displaying and sharing information on some fascinating insects from around the globe. Attendees will be able to get up close and personal with an array of exotic pests including tarantulas, scorpions, pseudo scorpions, Vietnamese giant centipede and Madagascar hissing cockroaches.

Join us for a morning of fun and exercise for the whole family!


Event Information


Sunday, September 13, 2015

Micke Grove Park, 11793 N. Micke Grove Rd., Lodi, CA  95240


If you have questions about pests in and around your home, call 800/WE-NEED-YOU or drop me an e-mail at


Until next time, I’m the Clark Man and thanks for helping me keep unwanted pests out of your home.


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Say Goodbye to the Mouse in Your House


house mouse

Cute, fuzzy, three to four inches in length and weighing roughly an ounce, mice don’t necessarily look threatening. Nevertheless, don’t underestimate the negative impact these unwanted critters can have on you and your family.

California’s dry, warm conditions are forcing pests, including rodents, to do more “window shopping” as we approach the fall season, seeking alternate water and food sources inside structures. While mice do not require as much water as their rat cousins, they still have the need to feed, and your home is a prime target.

Mice that seek food aggressively not only can spoil it with their droppings and urine, but can transmit dangerous bacteria, including salmonella, by crawling on countertops and food preparation areas, and can contaminate food by chewing through packaging.

In addition to spoiling food, mice also pose a significant threat to the structural integrity of your home. They can destroy insulation in attics and can chew through wallboards, cardboard, wood, and electrical or computer wiring. In fact, rodents cause up to 25 percent of house fires in the U.S. every year.

Good sanitation practices are one key to keeping mice out of your home successfully. Keep counters clean, eliminate clutter, and make sure to collect and empty garbage, trash, and garden debris frequently. Also, be sure that all garbage receptacles have tight-fitting covers – indoors and out.

But the first and most important step to make sure your home remains rodent-free is by preventing them from gaining access in the first place. Mice (and most pests for that matter) are opportunists that spend most of their life looking for a way inside a structure in search of food, water, and shelter.

The Clark Man bases his rodent management programs on excluding mice (and rats) from homes and other structures. Here are the Clark Man’s Six Mice Prevention Tips for homeowners:

  1. Seal cracks and holes on the outside of your home – pay special attention to areas where utilities and pipes enter the home, even those up high. Mice are willing climbers, and can jump up to 12 inches and squeeze through an opening the size of a dime.
  2. Replace loose mortar around the basement foundation and windows.
  3. Store firewood away from your home and above the ground so that you can see under it (to keep rodents from nesting there).
  4. Trim shrubs and trees close to your home, cut the grass regularly, rake up leaves, and pick up debris piles in the yard where mice like to hide.
  5. Check the weatherstripping on garage and entry doors and make sure it has no gaps.
  6. Make sure the screens on dryer and utility vents do not have tears or openings.

If you are having a problem with mice in your home, call (800) 936-3339 or drop me an email at

Until next time I’m the Clark Man, and thanks for helping me keep unwanted pests out of your home.


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Summer Heat Driving Up Flea Activity


national dog dayThe severe drought California has endured the last three or four years has impacted homeowners on everything from food prices to when they can or can’t water their lawns. To top it off the extreme dry conditions and searing heat are now impacting pest activity and not for the better.

In previous posts the Clark Man shared how rodents, ants and other pests are more aggressively seeking food and water inside homes since the naturally produced sources they rely on are no longer available due to the drought. Another pest that is benefiting from the drought is the pesky flea that seeks to irritate both pets and homeowners.

The most commonly encountered flea specie threatening household pets in California is the cat flea.

Research veterinarians at the University of California Davis said this past winter’s mild temperatures and dry weather allowed the fleas to not just survive, but thrive because there were no cold temperatures or wet weather to eliminate fleas naturally.

Fleas can be a problem for homeowners even if they do not own a pet. Urban wildlife including feral cats, opossums, raccoons or rodents are well-known flea transporters and with wildlife populations on the rise the flea threat is greater.

These annoying, tiny insects – cat fleas only measure 1/8 inch in length – prefer living in areas frequented by pets and other animals while they are on the prowl for their next meal. Fleas are typically brownish-black in color but red when full of blood after feeding.

Fleas are also quite the little athlete possessing the ability to jump 6 inches straight up thus giving them the ability to leap from the ground on to an animal or even the pant leg or shoe of an unsuspecting human.

What can homeowners do to help prevent fleas from becoming an unwanted problem for their pets and family? The Clark Man offers the following suggestions: 

  • Regularly clean all surfaces that your pet frequents and vacuum carpets (especially under furniture), upholstered furniture, under cushions and in crevices.
  • Seal vacuum bags in a plastic bag and discard it immediately after use.
  • Wash pet bedding and throw rugs regularly in warm water.
  • On the exterior of your home focus your efforts on areas when your pets spend time including lawns and shaded areas under landscape bushes. Keep your grass cut, and trim weeds and overgrown shrubbery that give fleas shelter.
  • Talk with your veterinarian or animal groomer for recommendations on on-animal prevention and treatment options. 

If you have questions on how to protect your pet and family from fleas, call 800/WE-NEED-YOU or drop me an e-mail at


Until next time, I’m the Clark Man and thanks for helping me keep unwanted pests out of your home.

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