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As The Mercury Rises So Does Pest Pressure

 

As California’s warm spring rolls toward summer the Clark Man wants to remind you that as the temperature rises on the thermometer so does pest activity.

And as you get out and about with your spring and summer activities, we remind you to keep any eye out for a pair of pests that can potentially cause harm to you and your family – spiders and stinging insects.

Spiders such as the common house, cellar, sac, gray house, brown widow and black widow are commonly found throughout various parts of California. And while spiders are beneficial to our eco-system since they trap and eat other invasive insects, they do tend to make most homeowners a little uneasy.

While most spiders are harmless, the black widow, with its rather creepy name, and venomous bite can post a threat for those coming into contact with it. For the record, the black widow spider gets it morbid name from the fact that the female often eats its male counterpart after mating.

Homeowners should not mistake the black widow spider’s withdrawn nature as a sign of friendliness. Black widows prefer dry, dark undisturbed places to spin their webs and hunt their prey.

Some areas where the black widow is commonly found include:

 

  • Storage sheds

  • Garages and carports

  • Under decks and benches

  • Wood or yard debris piles

  • Rocks and landscape bricks and pavers

  • Inside storage boxes, rolled up sleeping bags and yard furniture

 

When a black widow’s nesting site is disturbed they can bite unsuspecting humans. Usually these bites are no worse than a wasp sting but in some cases they can cause an anaphylactic reaction that requires medical treatment.

 

The Clark Man recommends wearing a pair of heavy gloves when cleaning out the garage or shed, unpacking items that have been stored away or working in the yard to avoid the black widow’s bite.

While yellow jackets and wasps are typically considered a late summer pest they do forage in the spring in search of a place to construct their nests. They will build their nests below ground or in undisturbed areas such as the eaves of a house or in trees.

 

The Clark Man recommends keeping food covered at outdoor events and cleaning up spills of sugary liquids and foods so as not to attract stinging insects.

And if you see what appears to be a nest, do not attempt to take the job of removing it upon yourself. Yellowjackets and wasps will aggressively defend their nests and with upwards of 30,000 inhabitants, the odds are not in your favor – call a pest professional to remove it.


Remember, if you have question on spiders or stinging insects, 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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Clark Bug Zoo Will Be Attending Planet Party Day 2014

 

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On Thursday May 1st the Clark Pest Control Bug Zoo will be attending their 3rd year at Planet Party Day hosted by the Manteca Unified School District. We will be presenting on natures pest control, Zoo Keeper Fred will be showing off some really cool Tarantulas, Scorpions and even do some handling of Madasgar Hissing Cockroaches with the students. Zoo Keeper Ricky will be showing off one of his Raptors (Hawk).

 

About This Event

The Manteca Unified School District (MUSD) and the Leadership on Green Initiatives Committee (LOGIC) are pleased to present the 5th Annual Planet Party Day 2014 to enhance student awareness and stewardship of our environment. 

Planet Party Day will take place on Thursday, May 1st, 2014, 9:00am – 2:00pm at the MUSD District Office campus in Manteca.  This event will feature displays, demonstrations and interactive exhibits highlighting Clean Air, Energy, Water, Recycling, Conservation/Agriculture, and Green Innovations.  

Nearly 2000 sixth grade students from MUSD have participated in lesson plans to prepare them for this event.  Planet Party Day is designed to allow students to visit an array of exhibits and dialogue with experts in each field of study and expand the knowledge that they have gained during the year as they begin to establish their sense of stewardship for the world in which we live.

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Did You Know It’s National Bed Bug Awareness Week?

 


Bed bug awareness weekBed bugs are not an occasion for homeowners to celebrate but the Clark Man, being the pest aficionado that he is, is taking time during National Bed Bug Awareness Week to share his knowledge of these annoying pests that can infest homes and commercial establishments.

Bed bugs have been ranked as one of the most difficult pests to control by pest management professionals nationwide. This is because bed bugs are one of the most mobile pests you can encounter.

Bed bugs can be transferred in a school back pack, clothing and bedding, in a purse or briefcase or in shoes. Needless to say bed bugs will take a free ride whenever and wherever they can to gain access to a structure.

Bed bugs are primarily active at night and prefer to establish harborage close to their feeding sources. They will set up shop in curtains and window coverings, furniture, picture frames, electrical outlets, wall-mounted lights in addition to bed frames and mattresses.

In a study conducted by the National Pest Management Association, apartments/condominiums and single-family homes ranked one/two (98% and 96%), respectively, when pest professionals were asked where do they most often treat for bed bugs.

The study also identified the biggest customer-oriented challenge when treating for bed bugs and topping the responses was homeowner clutter (67%). Every homeowner, the Clark Man included, knows that “stuff” tends to collect around the house and that “stuff” makes an ideal harborage for bed bugs.

If you think you may have bed bugs in your home the Clark Man recommends you contact a pest management professional to perform a thorough inspection of your home. Properly identifying whether you have bed bugs or another insect is a critical first step in eliminating these most unwanted pests.

How can homeowners in today’s highly mobile society prevent bed bugs from infesting their home? The Clark Man recommends the following:

  • Pack clothing in sealable plastic bags before a business trip or vacation.
  • Unpack luggage, backpacks and bedding brought home by college students outside in the garage.
  • Give your suitcase, backpack, gym bag or briefcase a good cleaning.
  • 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.

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Remember, if you have question on bed bugs, 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 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

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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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