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Creepy Movies With Creepy Crawley Bugs!


In the spirit of Halloween, we will be sharing our top five favorite classic horror/sci-Fi flicks that include creepy and crawly bugs. Our fist installment includes one of my favorite arachnids: the scorpion.

The Black Scorpion
Warner Bros.,1957

 Black Scorpion Movie




















This film begins with a major earthquake of epic proportions that hits Mexico, causing a new volcano to form. Two geologists, Dr. Hank Scott and Dr. Arturo Ramos, are sent to survey the newly formed volcano. On their way to a nearby village, the geologists come upon a smashed house, a destroyed police car, a dead police officer and an abandoned baby. With an opening like this, you know you’re in store for some pure creepy-crawling, terrorizing giant bug action.

The geologists take the baby to the village, and are welcomed by the village priest, Father Delgado. While looking into the strange geological occurrence, they also investigate the destruction of the village and slaughter of livestock. The locals hear loud roars, and believe the death and destruction is coming from a demon bull. While aiding the village and conducting their survey, Hank falls head over heels in love with a local rancher named Teresa Alvarez.

The volcano erupts again, and it’s discovered that the disappearances and deaths are not the result of a demon bull, but giant prehistoric scorpions. Shortly after three telephone repairmen are attacked, the scorpions turn their attention on the village. Major Cosio and his troops, with the aid of the Mexican army, have no effect on the giant scorpions, and by morning, the giant scorpions return to their underground lair, leaving the geologists to seek help from a renowned entomologist, Dr. Velasco, who may be their only hope.

Hank and Arturo come up with a plan to destroy the cave entrance. Their plan works, but the giant scorpions make their way to the surface and destroy a train full of innocent passengers. Shortly after that, the scorpions turn on each other. Only one scorpion is left standing – the biggest and baddest. Next, the lone scorpion makes its way to Mexico City. Hank and Arturo come up with a plan, using meat from a local butcher shop, to lure the giant scorpion into a stadium, where the Army awaits with tanks and helicopters. This plan fails, as the scorpion’s armored exoskeleton is too strong and impenetrable. As a last-ditch effort, Hank attaches an electrical cable to a spear and shoots it into the giant scorpion’s neck, which electrocutes the beast to death!

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Top 10 Fall Pest Tips


Our top 10 tips to help keep the pests out!

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Fall is here, and what’s not to love about it? The changing color of the leaves, cooler weather, decorating for Halloween, picking that perfect pumpkin, gathering around the table for a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner and watching your favorite football team on TV – fall truly is the perfect season. But there is something that can put a damper on the holidays: pests!

Our top trouble-making fall pests are spiders, rodents, roaches and various insects, which will seek refuge from the cold in garages, sheds and even your home during the cooler months. In order to keep these pests outside where they belong, we’ve listed the top ten ways to discourage them from coming inside.

1. Exterior intrusions : Seal up cracks and crevices outside of your home. Don’t overlook main breaker boxes, water inlets and exterior stucco cracks.

2. Interior intrusions: Inspect under sinks, especially around pipes and water-supply lines where they meet the wall.

3. Inspect for leaks: Examine under your sink and around your toilet for leaks or additional moisture.

4. Inspect exterior doors and screens: Make sure all exterior doors have a door sweep installed, as pests can enter easily without anyone present. Screens with tears or holes should be repaired.

5. Firewood: Keep your firewood away from your home. Pests will climb stacks to gain access to your residence, and will use stacked firewood for refuge.

6. Trees and shrubs: Make sure tree limbs and shrubs are kept trimmed away from your home.

7. Food storage: Food should be stored in airtight containers.

8. Keep things tidy: By keeping your living and non-living areas tidy, you’ll discourage pests from making your home theirs.

9. Trash areas: Keep your trash areas clean by bagging your trash in plastic bags.

10. If you suspect you have a pest issue, contact your local Clark Pest Control service center to help identify the problem. 

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Getting the bugs – and pests – out


By Vicki McKenna

I hate pushy door-to-door salespeople. I’ve had my fair share of carpet cleaning guys knocking on my door offering to clean a room for free and those over-priced vacuum cleaner reps who come into your home and throw coffee filters and dirt all over your house in order to demonstrate the incredible suction of their $1,200 vacuum.

OK, I admit to buying the miracle spot and stain remover, and let’s not forget the time I ended up talking to a wholesale meat dealer. After two hours of talking beef, he finally revealed to me that what he was really selling was a freezer – a $2,500 freezer! He said he couldn’t sell me the meat until I owned the freezer. Shouldn’t he have told me that up front?

Well, last week I opened my garage door to find a short man with a clipboard and a binder lurking around the front of my house. “Oh, you scared me,” he said, laughing nervously. I didn’t like him already. We were heading out to Olive Garden for my son’s birthday, and we were running late. This was the last thing I needed.

“I’ve been talking to some of your neighbors, and it seems they’re having trouble with this guy right here.” He flipped open a binder which revealed a collection of graphic photos of bugs that I’m pretty sure live in the Amazon – not Antioch. He showed me a photo of a hairy yellow spider. It looked like the photo had been enlarged about 100 times.

“I’ve never seen that in my house,” I assured him. “And besides, we already have an exterminator. We use Clark Pest Control, and we have always been happy.”

This man did not understand my fierce loyalty to Arturo, my exterminator who has helped us with rodents, ants, spiders and even worms. Arturo is now considered family, and I would never leave him.

“Well, I can save you money,” He persisted. “If he’s a friend, he would want you to save money. I’m sure he has other accounts.”

“You don’t get it,” I argued. “We get together for drinks at Christmas!” OK, that wasn’t really true. I did give him a bottle of wine one Christmas though. “We went to the Big Time Rush concert together,” I added. OK, that wasn’t true either, but we did bump into Arturo and his family at the concert.

I embellished a bit because I needed to get the message across to this guy that I wasn’t about to cheat on my exterminator.

“Well, I hate to tell you this,” he said, glancing up at the eaves underneath my garage, “but you’re infested. That’s spot-webbing up there, and that means they’re in your walls.”

“Who are in my walls?” I asked, getting even more irritated.

“This guy,” he said, flipping to another creepy photo in his bug binder. It was a black widow spider – by far my most-feared bug. My sister-in-law sat on one a few years back as she hopped out of a hot tub. She spent three days in the ICU on a morphine drip. I never want to have to go through that or watch one of my kids go through it.

“You know in 16 years none of my guys have been bitten by a black widow,” he said proudly. What does that have to do with anything? It’s not like his employees have to engage in hand-to-hand combat with black-widow spiders. Don’t they just douse it with chemicals? How risky is that?

“Well if I see one, I will be sure to call Arturo,” I said calmly.

“I thought you said you were with Clark,” he asked, looking puzzled.

What a boob!

“Yes, I am,” I explained. “Our technician’s name is Arturo. He works for Clark.” I couldn’t help but roll my eyes. I yelled into my house at my kids, “Let’s go! Now we’re going to be late!”

Thankfully he got the hint and took off down the street to bug my neighbors. All I know is he really should put a big picture of himself in that bug binder. He was the biggest pest of all.

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Thank you Vicki!
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The Wolf Spider - Clark Pest Control


Written by Fred Speer
Clark Pest Control 

wolf spider

Spiders often trigger fear in people who come into contact with them.  Frequently, they are portrayed in movies and TV shows as menacing, eight-legged, blood-thirsty freaks on the prowl for their next victim.

While sometimes this is a misconception, there is one spider that fits this description. The wolf spider is the perfect eight-legged hunter, one that will either lie in wait or stalk its prey. This agile, lightning-fast spider poses little threat to humans, and will only bite when provoked.

The wolf spider is often mistaken for a very young tarantula, because of its size, color, and “stout” stature. Its body size ranges from one to 30 millimeters. Interestingly, some wolf spiders have the ability to walk on water to avoid becoming prey.

A Softer Side of the Wolf Spider

One thing that really sets this spider apart from other spiders is the way the mother interacts with her offspring. Newly hatched spiderlings will climb onto her back, and they will stay there for up to a week before they venture off on their own.

Friend or Foe

The wolf spider should be considered our friend, as they are beneficial pests that munch on crickets, cockroaches, and various flying insects.  When a wolf spider bites a human, usually the damage is minimal, and typically there is no need for treatment unless the person bitten is allergic, or is having a reaction.

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Reuben of Rancho Cordova Gets His Wish Granted With Help From Clark


Reuben Nazareno, a rambunctious three-year-old from Rancho Cordova, CA, looks like any other energetic boy his age. To watch him play with his little brother, you probably would not guess that he has been through a long treatment regimen for leukemia, a disease that he was diagnosed with two years ago. Fortunately, Reuben’s leukemia is now in remission.

Reuben receiving superhero themed gifts from Make A Wish.

Last year, due to the kindness and generosity of the Make-A-Wish® Foundation of Northern California and Northern Nevada and Clark Pest Control, Reuben had his biggest wish granted! Clark Pest Control’s Lodi-based corporate headquarters orchestrated a donation drive among employees in its 22 branches and main office over November and December 2012. The $5,000 Clark raised sent Reuben and his family to Disney World in Orlando, Florida in late March. According to Reuben’s mom Christina, they had a wonderful time.

Reuben posing as Captain America


To follow up on his trip, Reuben, along with his mom and little brother, met with some of his new friends from Clark Pest Control at The Wishing Place, Make-A-Wish®'’s local office in Sacramento. Excited employees from the company’s Rancho Cordova and Lodi offices came, including Vice President Terry Clark and Marketing Department Coordinator Kristen Hennings, who did a large part of the footwork inside the company to make Reuben’s wish a reality.

Fred Speer, Clark Pest Control’s Online Community Manager and Bug Zookeeper, brought along the Bug Zoo family of tarantula spiders, scorpions, Madagascar hissing cockroaches and other arthropods.Reuben had a great time checking the critters out up close.

Reuben viewing a tarantula from the Clark Pest Bug Zoo


For the Clark Pest Control employees, watching Reuben enjoy the new toys they had brought for him and seeing him marvel at the Clark Bug Zoo creatures was deeply gratifying.Giving back to the communities we serve is a value that the people at Clark Pest Control share as a matter of principle, and participating in something like Make-A-Wish®, which brings real happiness to children who need just that, is the sort of activity that gives meaning to what we believe.

Reuben with the Clark Pest and Make A Wish Teams

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Top 10 Pre-Summer Tips to Pest Proof Your Home


Summer is just around the corner! Fun in the sun, splashing in the pool and taking a vacation are all on your must-do list. But while you’re out of the house, pests will be trying to make their way inside your shaded, cool home. During summer months, many pests – such as ants, spiders, flies, roaches, wasps and even rodents – are much more active. What can you do to deter these pesky pests?

We have compiled the Top 10 pre-summer maintenance tips to pest-proof your home:

  1. Seal any cracks on your home’s exterior – e.g., around windows, doors, air conditioning and water lines
  2. Repair torn window and sliding-door screens, as pests will enter your home through them
  3. Mosquitoes love standing water, so eliminate the source: bird baths, clogged gutters and pools that are not circulating water with a pump
  4. Keep shrubs and trees trimmed away from your home
  5. Keep your pets’ feeding and drinking area clear of leftover food
  6. Clean your countertops after each use, as food and drink residue will attract both ants and roaches
  7. Food cabinets should be kept tidy; seal those opened packages inside containers to avoid a possible food source
  8. Vacuum and clean your floors on a regular basis
  9. Keep your shed and garage clear of food items and clutter – rodents will feed and nest in these locations
  10. Inspect your outdoor garbage area for pest activity regularly, and keep the area clean and uncluttered

This list should help keep pest activity at a minimum around your home during the hot-weather months. If you do suspect an infestation of any kind, call your friendly local experts at Clark Pest Control. 1-800 We Need You | 

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Heartfelt Thank You - Clark Pest Control's Belmont Branch


From time to time we receive kudos directed at our pest control technicians, this letter, from a Clark customer is so heartfelt we really wanted to share it with you. Thank you Stuart Bailey for outstanding customer service!

Dear Mr. Dixon,

Approximately 3 years ago my mother Ethel (xxx xxxx St San Mateo) passed away. She was just shy of her 102nd birthday.

Prior to her death she had service from Clark Pest Control and Stuart Bailey was the gentleman who serviced her house. When my mother died, Stuart left a lovely note stating his condolences to the family on her passing. I have kept that note these past 3 years, always intending to commend Stuart on his compassion and I just never got around to it.

Recently I signed up for Clark Pest Control service at my own home and the same address where my mother lived as my daughter now lives there. Chuck Markham who I have been dealing with mentioned that Stuart is still working for Clark. That is why I am contacting you now.

In this day and age of big corporations and lack of personal touch when dealing with customers, I just wanted you to know how much Stuart's note meant to me when my mother died.



Belmont Pest Control

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Clark Pest Controls Merced Ca. Branch


Life is better with good pest control

Clark Pest Control's Merced-based technicians focus their time and energy on managing pests in and around their customers' homes and businesses, creating an unparalleled, Amazing Customer Experience (A.C.E.) for those valued customers and meeting the Clark mission " to exceed client expectations with the most effective pest control available, which is always done in an ethical, professional, responsive and caring manner".

Creating a trusted rapport between the technicians and Clark customers, allowing for a partnership in pest management, is at the core of the Clark service philosophy. “Simply showing up, performing routine pest control tasks and leaving isn’t enough” according to Clark's Merced Branch Manager, Ron Williams. Williams cites an example of a technician who gladly raked a customer’s leaves from her driveway when asked and others who routinely bring garbage cans in from the curb and newspapers to the door, “It’s simple things like offering to carry in a bag of groceries for a customer or taking the time to remove the spider webs from the patio furniture that  create the Clark customer experience we strive for. We hope to make their life easier by having Clark Pest Control service". 

At Clark Merced, the aim is deliver service and results on each and every service call. Ron sums it up, "Having licensed, bonded, background-checked technicians, extensively trained in pest management, makes for good pest control. Creating relationships with our customers, going above and beyond for them on each service, is what makes it Clark Pest Control." 

Clark Pest Control's Merced service center has been exceeding residential and commercial pest control customers' expectations throughout the Merced, Madera and Mariposa counties, including the Sierra Nevada range around Yosemite National Park since 1995 . The branch territory proudly serves many communities in the agricultural heartland of the San Joaquin Valley as well as the western valley bedroom communities, along the I-5 corridor, that are home to many Silicon Valley commuter families. 

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2013 Bed Bug Educational Tour - Clark Pest Control


Third Annual Bed Bug Educational Tour May 14th, 15th and 16th.


May 14 


RESORT and SPA 8:00AM - 3:00 PM


May 15 


8:00AM - 3:00 PM


May 16 


at the CLUB 8:00AM - 3:00 PM


Please join us as we discuss the infestation everyone’s talking about: bed bugs.

The Liabilities

Think somebody else’s bed bug infestation on your property is not your problem? Think again.

The Remedies

What can be done? All the latest bed bug solutions from Clark Pest Control.

The Realities

Bed bugs are the latest sensationalist scare whipped up by the media, right? No. Bed bugs create a problem that has proved difficult to solve.


Class sizes are limited to 100 seats for each day, reserve you seat early! Call Joy Freeman at 209-371-0758 or email today to reserve your spots. Registration is Free and no obligations!

Bed Bug tour 2013

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NPMA Legislative Day in Washington - Clark Pest Control



Clark Pest Control's Nicole Keefe and Darren Van Steenwyk Attend the NPMA Legislative Day in Washington

If you weren’t born looking like the little mustachioed guy in the top hat from the Monopoly game, perhaps the best way to get a sit-down audience with your representative or senator in Congress, along with their attention, is to go as part of a group focused on making change happen. Which is why every spring, the National Pest Management Association hosts an annual NPMA Legislative Day in Washington. This year’s three-day session took place March 17-19. Clark Pest Control participated in the event by sending two executives, Technical Director Darren Van Steenwyk and Marketing Director Nicole Keefe.

A number of at-large events took place – hosted luncheons and presentations with legislators and industry people, along with various meetings and breakout sessions. However, the event was structured so that participants could set up appointments on one of the days to meet with senators or representatives from their home states. Seven of the nine California representatives who participated in the event hail from districts that Clark Pest Control services. Van Steenwyk and Keefe met with some of them, or their staffers, to talk about issues pertinent to business in general and pest management in particular.

“The legislators were receptive to us – a lot more than in the past,” Van Steenwyk says.

nicole darren clark pestKeefe agrees with Van Steenwyk, in that the event was a success. “I don’t know if attitudes are changing,” she says, “but no matter which side of the fence we were talking to, they were receptive, they were engaged, they were listening, they seemed like they knew what we were talking about, and I haven’t had that experience the last couple of years.”

The game plan was to focus on three issues of importance to Californians, and California pest control operators (PCOs), that the NPMA had identified.

One issue has to do with how information is passed on to consumers; the language used in consumer-affairs laws in some states, California included, mandates that pesticide disclosure notices, service records and certain other pieces of information must be delivered to every consumer via hard copy. Many companies and customers are working hard to manage resources better and reduce waste, and would prefer to receive that information as, say, a PDF sent via e-mail instead. If the requirement was changed, companies like Clark Pest Control – which has embraced S.M.A.R.T. (Sustainable Methods and Responsible Treatments) business practices to better serve its customers and meet their needs – could cut back on paper use by notifying customers electronically.

“That’s an example of where consumer attitudes are far ahead of our industry’s ability to meet consumer attitudes,” Keefe says. “The other thing we have to do is hold on to records, like termite inspections, for three years. It becomes quite cumbersome and expensive for a company when you have to find space to hold all of that, rather than sticking it on a server that could occupy one tidy little spot.” Instead of pushing to get legislation passed state by state, Keefe says the NPMA is advocating an amendment to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, or FIFRA, which would supersede current state laws.

Another issue arises from the way a 1987 law that authorizes the Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program to manage nuisance birds and mammals in non-agricultural settings has been interpreted in the years since. While the law may have been written to give government employees the authority to manage bird problems at airports and deal with other wildlife-related issues, its broadly scoped language allows government agencies to compete with private-sector businesses, such as pest control companies, to control rats, mice and other vertebrate pests. The bipartisan Pest Elimination Services Transparency & Terminology (PESTT) Act (H.R. 730) defines the term “urban rodent control,” and directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to write a report that not only identifies actions that the Wildlife Services program performs that could be handled by the private sector, but makes recommendations on how to avoid competition in the future.

“What has happened, and we understand it’s through budget cuts, is that the Wildlife Services program has been supplementing its budget by actually doing pest control work that directly competes with us in the private sector,” Keefe says. “This last year, they did around $71 million of pest control work that could have been done by the private sector. That wasn’t the intention when it was formed.”

The third issue centers around the use of the gas sulfuryl fluoride, or SF, a broad-spectrumnicole keefe clark pest fumigant that had been championed by the EPA as a replacement for methyl bromide, which was phased out globally after being identified as an ozone-depleting chemical in the 1990s. In January 2011, the EPA issued a proposed order to revoke the use of SF to treat food items – various bulk commodities such as rice, dried fruit, cocoa, peanuts, walnuts and other items – and as a fumigant in grain mills and food-processing facilities, largely to avoid lawsuits from anti-fluoridation groups, even though, according to the EPA, the fluoride present in SF fumigations represents a tiny fraction of fluoride exposure to the public. What the EPA then did was it lumped naturally occurring fluoride in drinking water systems, a non-pesticide, in with SF fumigants when evaluating risk assessment for SF per Sec. 408 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA); the EPA already regulates drinking-water fluoride with the Safe Drinking Water Act. The problem arises when drinking-water fluoride, especially in places where it occurs naturally in excess, maxes out the “risk cup” for the aggregate exposure assessment for SF, which removes the fumigant from consideration for use. A legislative fix would remove drinking-water fluoride from the “risk cup” for sulfuryl fluoride.

“That’s actually a really scary development that could cost a lot of jobs in our area,” Keefe says, “when you think of all the almonds, all the rice – those are all commodities that are treated with sulfuryl fluoride, because [the EPA] took away methyl bromide. Without sulfuryl fluoride, there’s nothing; all that industry, that processing, would go overseas.”


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