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The Clark Man Celebrates National Pest Control Month

 

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Baseballs are not the only thing flying around your backyard this April. Pest pressures are on the rise as spring swings into full bloom and the busy summer pest season looms just over the horizon.

This is why the Clark Man and his pest management peers across the country are observing National Pest Management Month in April and furthering their commitment to protect the public from harmful pests that threaten your food, home and family.

National Pest Management Month is officially recognized by the keeper of such things, Chase’s Calendar of Events, and isn’t just an occasion for pest professionals to pat themselves on the back and say, “Good job.”

It is a time for the Clark Man and his fellow pest experts at Clark Pest Control to show their stuff and share their extensive knowledge with homeowners can protect their homes and family from unwanted and unhealthy pests.

With the busiest portion of the pest season right around the corner and in celebration of National Pest Management Month, the Clark Man wants to share some valuable tips with on how to protect their living spaces from an array of spring and summer pests including ants, flies, stinging insects, fleas, termites, rodents and mosquitoes.

 

The Clark Man’s Homeowner Top 10 Pest Prevention List

  1. Seal cracks and openings on the outside of the home with a silicone-based caulk, including entry points for utilities and pipes.

  2. Repair torn screens in windows and vents where flying insects can gain access.

  3. Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around the foundation and windows.

  4. Keep tree branches and landscape plants well-trimmed and away from the house.

  5. Repair fascia and rotted roof shingles.

  6. Don’t overdo it on the mulch; maintain a 15 inch barrier from the foundation.

  7. Eliminate sources of standing water in your yard, including birdbaths, and clogged drains and gutters, to keep mosquitoes away. Check irrigation systems and exterior faucets for leaking parts.

  8. Keep attics, crawl spaces, sheds, and other storage areas well ventilated and dry; remove clutter that attracts pests.

  9. Do a good spring cleaning and maintain good sanitation practices; store garbage and recycled materials in sealed containers and dispose of it regularly. Wash out the recycling bin occasionally to get rid of excess sugars and oils that attract pests.

  10. Do not leaving pet food dishes out when they are not in use, pests,      especially mice, love pet food.

Remember, if you have question on how to make your indoor and outdoor living space unattractive to pests, call 800/WE-NEED-YOU or drop me an e-mail at clarkcares@clarkpest.com

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

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Termite Prevention Tips For Homeowners - Termite Awareness Week

 

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Termite Prevention Tips For Homeowners During National Termite Awareness Week

This week has been declared National Termite Awareness Week and the Clark Man is determined to deny termites a reason to celebrate and feed on the wood in and around your house.

This is not the easiest task however because termites are an aggressive, relentless pest that feeds around-the-clock but often goes undetected since they enter through the soil or attic of a home.  These “silent” intruders can cause significant structural damage to your home in just a few short years if left to their own destructive ways.

In California there are three termite species that can threaten your biggest investment. These destructive pests are:

  • Subterranean Termites – Can be found in many areas of the state where moist soil is present; it is the most destructive termite species.
  • Drywood Termites – Are very prevalent in coastal regions and in the Central Valley.
  • Dampwood Termites – Found in the central and northern coastal regions.

If you have or suspect that one of these termite species listed here has targeted your home for their next dinner buffet, the Clark Man recommends you contact a pest management professional for a thorough inspection and review of treatment options.

Playing the do-it-yourself card with termites can end up backfiring and lead to unwanted headaches, hassles and cost a significant amount of money to correct.

In the spirit of Termite Awareness Week, there are steps homeowners can take to prevent termites from taking aim at their home and as the saying goes an ounce of prevention is worth a pound or two of cure.

The Clark Man’s termite prevention tips for homeowners include:

  • Maintain a minimum 12-inch vertical clearance between the soil surface and substructure wood in the crawl space.
  • Identify and correct conditions that attract termites such as stucco siding that comes into contact with the ground.
  • Use synthetic wood and non-cellulose building materials for fences, decks or other structures that come into contact with soil.
  • Remove wood piles, untreated fence posts, tree stumps and buried scrap wood near structures.
  • Keep wood piles off the ground to prevent wood to soil contact.
  • Keep attic and foundation areas well ventilated and dry – excess moisture attracts termites.
  • Use tight mesh screens over attic vents to discourage drywood termites.
  • Repair foundation cracks and seal openings on exterior walls and soffits to deny termites easy access.
  • Keep the exterior of your home well-maintained and sealed with paint, caulking or stains. Bare wood is attractive to termites.
  • Don’t overwater your lawn or direct sprinklers onto stucco or wood siding.
  • Keep your gutters and downspouts clear of wet leaves so moisture does not build up.
  • Keep trees and landscape shrubs trimmed and not touching the house.
  • Regularly inspect porches and exterior structural or foundation wood for signs of termites. If you see or suspect something, call the Clark Man.

Remember, if you have question on how to make your home unattractive to termites or if think your home may have termites, call 800/WE-NEED-YOU or drop me an e-mail at clarkcares@clarkpest.com

 

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

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The Bed Bug Revolution

 
bed bugIn a recent survey from the National Pest Management Association and the University of Kentucky of the nation’s pest management professionals, 99.6% indicated they had performed a bed bug service for a customer in the past 12 months and that single-family residences and apartments/condominiums are the most common locations for bed bugs.
 
The survey also revealed that 72% of pest professionals felt the incidents of bed bugs are on the rise and the nation’s Western region, including California, saw the second highest response from pest professionals indicating they had performed a bed bug treatment – 81% (the Midwest had the highest response at 89%).
 
Highly mobile bed bugs have the capability to crawl in or on almost any object and that is what makes stopping them from being brought into a home difficult. Once inside your home bed bugs are likely to be found hiding in the following areas:
  • Cracks and crevices in and around mattresses
  • Bed frames
  • Drapes
  • Picture frames
  • Electrical outlets
  • Light fixtures
  • Luggage
  • Clothing and shoes

Bed Bug Prevention

You can help deter bed bugs from entering your home by packing clothing in sealable plastic bags before a business trip or vacation. Upon your return home unpack those items outside in the garage and give your suitcase, backpack or briefcase a good onceover and cleaning.
The same applies for backpacks, gym bags and laundry brought home by college students. Give these items a good cleaning and immediately wash clothes and bedding in hot water. If an item cannot be washed you can place it in the dryer at the highest setting for 10 minutes.

The Clark Man hopes that your home wasn’t one of those that bed bugs invaded but if it was or you think you may have these nasty little critters roaming around your house. Clark Pest Control is ready to help.
 
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We will start with a thorough, top to bottom inspection of your home by one of our highly trained professional inspectors. And if you are in the South Bay Area you might encounter our four-legged inspector, Maggie.
 
Maggie is an English springer spaniel that is specially trained and certified to use her keen sense of smell to locate bed bugs in your home. If Maggie’s highly skilled nose doesn’t pick up a scent then chances are your home doesn’t have bed bugs.
 
Once the inspection is complete and if bed bugs are found, we will make the necessary treatment recommendations and design a customized treatment plan for your home. Clark Pest Control uses the latest bed bug elimination solutions including heat remediation treatments, fumigation or targeted applications of liquid or dust materials.
 
If you think you have bed bugs in your home, call 800/WE-NEED-YOU or drop me an e-mail at clarkcares@clarkpest.com
 
Until next time, I’m the Clark Man and thanks for helping me keep unwanted pests out of your home.
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Pre-Season Termite Checklist | Clark Pest Control

 

Do You Have Termites?

Termites are one of the most silent pests homeowners encounter since they do not announce their arrival with much fanfare or leave very few visible signs of their presence. For example, subterranean termites invade structures from the soil and it can be years before you know they are there happily eating away your deck or the woodwork in your family room.

termitesBut don’t take a termite’s silence for inactivity: Termites cause more than $5 billion worth of damage to structures in the United States annually and are a real headache for homeowners. 

Researchers estimate there are more than 2,500 different species of termites worldwide and 17 different species in California alone. The three most common termites that Golden State homeowners have to be concerned with include:

  • Subterranean Termites – Can be found in many areas of the state where moist soil is present; it is the most destructive termite species.
     
  • Drywood Termites – Found mainly in Southern California but also in the Central Valley.
     
  • Dampwood Termites – Found in the central and northern coastal regions.

The first step to keeping termites in check is to have an annual inspection of your home by a trained pest management professional. The Clark Man and his team of licensed, experienced termite inspectors will examine your home inside and out. 

They will search around windows and plumbing; check out the attic, the basement and the crawl space. They will look anywhere termite colonies might be establishing a threat around your home.

If our inspector discovers a termite problem they will recommend the most effective treatment method and customize the plan to meet your home’s specific needs. We will also advise you on appropriate repairs for any damaged areas.

As a final step our inspector may recommend an ongoing termite monitoring plan. Clark’s termite home protection services will guarantee that if termites do try to re-establish a colony around your home, we’ll be there to treat the problem before they can do any further damage

Termite Warning Signs

  • Wood damage can be an identifying sign of a termite infestation. If you find or break open a piece of wood and it is honeycombed or carved out, the damage was likely caused by termites. You can probe suspect wood with a knife or flat-blade screwdriver to see if it's been hollowed. Severely damaged wood may sound hollow when tapped.
     
  • Unexplained piles of what appears to be coarse grains of sand (which can appear almost anywhere throughout the structure) may actually be termite fecal pellets sifting out of wood members.
     
  • Mud tubes on walls, along baseboards or in cracks and crevices indicate termites.
     
  • Wings on windowsills or flying termites in your home certainly are cause for alarm.

Remember, if you think your home may have termites, call 800/WE-NEED-YOU or drop me an e-mail at clarkcares@clarkpest.com

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

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Winter Pest Solutions | Clark Pest Control

 

Winter Is No Time To Forget About Pests

House Mouse

Even with temperatures outside dipping to near freezing at night in some areas of the Golden State don’t be fooled that pests are not active in and around your home.

The Clark Man has seen more than his fair share of highly active pests that have not taken the winter off. The primary culprits are rodents, especially house mice.

Rodents seek warmer harborage locations with easy access to food and water during the winter and the storage areas, garages, sheds and even the kitchen cupboards or pantry in your home are ideal locations for mice to set up their winter retreat.

I suggest you seal cracks in the foundation of your house or utility pipe openings with caulk or other appropriate materials to deny rodents easy access, and check the weather stripping around exterior doors is in good repair.

Also make sure to keep food in sealed containers and not to leave pet food (the filet mignon of rodent food!) in the bowl overnight lest you want to feed a hungry mouse and its brood. And closely inspect any boxes you bring in from storage areas or that are delivered for signs of rodent infestation (i.e. droppings, chewed boxes, etc.).

And don’t forget about overwintering pests such as boxelder bugs, beetles, house flies or moths that seek out “hibernation” spots inside your home when the mercury on the thermometer falls.  

These pests often stay dormant until spring but in California’s unique climate a sudden break in the winter cold can cause these pest “zombies” to think it is spring and make a surprise visit inside your house.

The Clark Man says the best way to prevent pests from overwintering is to exclude them from entering in the first place. As you would with rodents, sealing up exterior openings, keeping window screens and doors in good repair and inspecting packages are the most effective ways to keep pests out. 

Who doesn’t like to sit around a warm, cozy fire on a cold winter evening? But did you realize that firewood is an ideal harborage for a host of potentially harmful and destructive pests that can be brought inside your home?

Beetles, termites, cockroaches, centipedes, stinging insects and even rodents are a popular inhabitant of firewood that isn’t stored properly. Wood that is stored on the ground and that is in contact with moisture is susceptible to pest infestation, especially destructive termites.

The Clark Man recommends you store firewood in a dry location off the ground and away from the house. Remember dry wood is less attractive to termites and other wood boring pests.

Also be sure to shake the wood before you bring it inside to remove any surface pests and bring in the wood only when you are ready to use it so the warmth of your house doesn’t “activate” any pests hiding in the wood and encourage them to emerge inside your house!

Remember, if an unwanted pest crosses your path, call 800/WE-NEED-YOU or drop me an e-mail at clarkcares@clarkpest.com 

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

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Resolving To Create A Pest Free Home

 

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Now that the ball has dropped and the calendar has turned to 2014, it is time to start living up to those well-intentioned New Years’ resolutions. And while resolving to dust off the running shoes and get in better shape is on the Clark Man’s list, I am also hard at work on my biggest resolution helping homeowners enjoy a pest-free living environment all year long.

Even with the extensive resources and deep pest know-how my colleagues and I at Clark Pest Control have, we can’t keep this resolution alone. We need our customers to resolve to deny disease-carrying and potentially destructive pests access to their living space.

The Clark Man has come up with the following New Years’ resolutions that will help customers keep pests where they belong in 2014 - on the outside looking in!

Resolution # 1: Clean It – Keep food (both human and pet) in sealed containers and do not leave food sitting out overnight. Clean up crumbs and food spills immediately – leave no leftovers that can attract pests. Do not store firewood near your house as it provides shelter for pests like rodents, cockroaches and spiders.

 

Resolution # 2: Inspect It – Give packages you bring home from the store or take out of storage (i.e. seasonal decorations, clothes or camping gear) a thorough inspection for signs of pest activity such as rodent droppings and chewed packaging. Carefully inspect your luggage when coming home from a trip and check around your yard for signs of standing water – a prime breeding ground for mosquitoes.

 

Resolution # 3: Have It Inspected – When was the last time your home had a professional termite inspection conducted? It is a good idea to have your biggest investment inspected annually for signs of termite activity or damage from these destructive pests.

 

Resolution # 4: Seal It – Make sure the caulk and seals around doors and windows, weather-stripping and window screens are in good repair to deny pests easy access to your home.

 

Resolution # 5: Be Pro Active – It is less expensive to have preventative pest management services performed in your home on a regular basis rather than calling only when pests are literally crawling across the floor! The Clark Man knows it is easier to keep pests out of a structure than to remove them once they move in.

 

Remember, if an unwanted pest crosses your path, call 800/WE-NEED-YOU or drop me an e-mail at clarkcares@clarkpest.com

 

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

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Holiday canned food drive at Clark Pest Control

 

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Millions of Americans struggle with hunger every day, and food insecurity touches the lives of many people, from very young children to our elders – even in our own neighborhoods. So when we at Clark Pest Control were looking for a way to help out this holiday season, we felt that a canned food drive, which would benefit food banks and charities in each of the communities we serve, might be a really good way we could express our companywide spirit of generosity.

“We wanted to do something local, something the local branches could be very active in,” explains Kristen Hennings, Clark’s Marketing Department Coordinator. “Our goal is 5,000 cans by December 20.”

Employees at each of Clark Pest Control’s 21 service centers, along with the corporate office in Lodi, are donating canned food that will be distributed locally, and our customers also have been invited to participate.

UPDATE

Company wide have collected and donated 6,924 cans! We met our goal of 5,000 cans and almost add another 2,000 cans to our goal!
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Pests Don’t Stand A Chance with the Clark Man

 


Talking about insects over a business lunch certainly does get a few sideway stares from fellow diners but I don’t mind. In fact, I like it very much when I have the chance to talk about insects and how to protect people, homes and businesses from these fascinating but sometimes harmful creatures.

I am the Clark Man, Clark Pest Control’s “answer man” when it comes to innovative solutions to for preventing and eliminating creeping, crawling and flying pests from becoming a nuisance or threat to you, your family, co-workers or customers.

I have been part of Clark Pest Control since the company was founded in the 1950s and have seen our company expand its high quality pest management service offerings to customers across the state of California and into neighboring Nevada.

My role is always evolving and I’ve had the chance to work in many different areas of the company. I’ve run a residential route in San Jose, worked as a termite inspector in Reno, and fumigated shipping containers on the docks in San Diego.

Working in so many different areas of the company has given me the chance to interact with numerous members of the Clark Pest Control team – service technicians, inspectors, entomologists and service center staff. The vast technical knowledge and insect know-how they possess and share is invaluable to me and I draw on it each and every day when designing programs that prevent and eliminate pests.

I’ve also had the chance to visit with hundreds of our customers and hear about their pest concerns, and I’m glad to say our customers are the best. The valuable information they share with us helps us better protect their homes from pests and allows us to create customized service programs that deliver results.

In the coming months I look forward to sharing helpful information and easy-to-follow tips on how to prevent pests from becoming a nuisance inside or outside your home.

From identifying ways pests can enter your home to what to do if you encounter a yellowjacket nest in your yard (free tip number one – call a pest professional immediately!) we will cover pest control from ants to wasps and everything in between.

My goal is to help educate and inform consumers on the important role they play in creating a healthy, happy, pest-free zone in and around their living environment.

Remember, if an unwanted pest crosses your path, call 800/WE-NEED-YOU or drop me an e-mail at clarkcares@clarkpest.com

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

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Creepy Halloween Movies - Tarantula

 

Tarantula
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This amazing sci-fi film, released in 1955 and directed by Jack Arnold, stars Leo G. Carroll, John Agar and Mara Corday. Although the movie was set in Arizona, Tarantula was shot in California, with desert scenes filmed in Apple Valley. This movie has it all – suspense and a towering 100 feet of pure, furry tarantula terror.

The movie starts as a man in pajamas with a disfigured face stumbles through the Arizona desert, then falls and dies. Matt Hastings (John Agar), a doctor from a nearby town, is called to look at the body. When he arrives, he is surprised to learn that the dead man in the desert was someone he knew, a research scientist named Eric Jacobs (Eddie Parker). Dr. Hastings asks to perform an autopsy to attempt to find out the cause of death. The sheriff refuses, ruling an autopsy unnecessary as Jacobs' associate, Dr. Gerald Deemer (Leo G. Carroll), had signed the death certificate and there appeared to be no indication of foul play.

Dr. Hastings is determined to find what killed Jacobs, so he drives 20 miles out of town to visit the dead man’s colleague Deemer at his lab. Hastings learns that Deemer and Jacobs had been conducting experiments on animals in an effort to use an atomic isotope to create a super nutrient.

Hastings learns that the experiments proved to be such a huge success that some animals were able to thrive and grow on the nutrient without any food, although the nutrient had not been perfected. Hastings also learns some of the animals had died after receiving the injections, and still others kept growing – to massive proportions. The latter include a white mouse, a guinea pig and a Mexican tarantula.

Deemer discloses to Hastings that the cause of Jacobs' death was the result of Jacobs injecting himself with the nutrient, which killed him in four days. What Deemer does not tell Hastings is that Jacob also injected his research assistant, Paul Lund (Eddie Parker), with the same nutrient.

After Hastings leaves, the deformed Lund shows up to attack Deemer and destroys the lab. Throughout this rampage, the lab catches fire and the glass front of the tarantula's enclosure is shattered by the heat.

Next, the tarantula escapes outdoors, unnoticed. Lund collapses and dies, and Deemer buries Lund's body and conceals all traces of the grave.

The next day, a new lab assistant arrives in town, the attractive Stephanie Clayton (Mara Corday). She goes by "Steve," and agrees to assist in the lab as part of her master's degree program. After being told she would have to wait a few hours for a cab to drive her to the lab, she runs into Hastings, who offers her a ride.

When Hastings and “Steve” arrive at the lab, they notice the damage. Deemer tells them thetarantula clark pest fire was caused by an equipment malfunction. He indicates that all the lab animals were killed in the fire, and avoids answering questions about what happened to his previous research assistant.

Steve begins working in the lab, and begins to notice disturbing changes in Deemer's appearance and demeanor. Meanwhile, the now average super-sized tarantula ravages the countryside as Hastings tries to unravel a mystery that includes cattle carcasses picked clean and pools of arachnid venom up to eight feet in diameter.

Once he puts two and two together, Hastings begs the Sheriff to gather law-enforcement personal and explosives so they can try to destroy the creature that is killing livestock and humans.

The tarantula eventually returns to the lab, and then pursues its human quarry down the road toward the town. After several failed attempts, the spider is eventually destroyed by a napalm attack launched from a jet-fighter squadron.

 

 

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Team Clark to Participate in 25 a Hour Marathon to Help Save Kids

 

By: Jackson Griffith, Clark Pest Control

 

Extra Life

On November 2, 2013, a brave Clark employee will be representing Team Clark in the annual  Extra-Life Gaming marathon,  where all proceeds will go to a Miracle Network Children’s Hospital of the team’s choice. Team Clark will be playing for the UC Davis Children’s Hospital.  “Even being an avid gamer, 25 hours is a long time to sit and play games,” says Fred Speer of Team Clark. “But when you think about the cause, it is more than worth it. It’s all about helping kids.” In addition, Fred has raised over $600, and is still pushing to hit his goal of $1,500 by November 2. “I will continue to use social media and will be soliciting friends, family and co-workers,” he adds. “It’s a great cause, ya know?”

To learn more about Extra-Life and Team Clark Visit:
http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=45269

 

About Extra-Life

On an Autumn Saturday each year since 2008, tens of thousands of gamers have joined together to save the lives of local kids in a celebration of gaming culture that we call Extra Life.  From console games to tabletop RPG's to even lawn sports, Extra Life gives people that love to play a chance to do what they love to save lives and make a difference.

Originally designed as a 24-hour marathon of gaming, Extra Life has evolved to mean different things to different people (though most of our participants still attempt the marathon).

To participate you need only sign up (free) and gather the support of your friends and family through tax-deductible donations to your local CMN Hospital.  Then on Saturday, November 2nd (or any day that works for you!) play any game(s) you want on any platform(s) that you want with anyone you want for as long as you want.

The proceeds from Extra Life stay where they're raised to support children's hospitals.

Since 2008, our incredible players have raised more than 4 million dollars, and this year, on November2nd, 2013 we believe they will outdo themselves yet again.

With your help we can set a new record and save so many more kids! 

 

About Children’s Miracle Network  Hospitals

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals is celebrating its 30-year anniversary! Since 1983, the organization has raised more than $4.7 billion—most of it $1 at a time—for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

Right now there’s a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital working to save the lives of kids in your community. In fact, 62 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for treatment every minute — that's one child every second. Some are battling cancer. Some are suffering from a traumatic injury. Others requireconstant care because they were born too early, or with a genetic disease. Regardless of why the kids are there, 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals always have their doors open. See excerpts of our incredible journey below and join us as we continue our mission to increase funds and awareness for local children’s hospitals.

 

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