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Why hire a pest pro?

 

Jackson Griffith | Clark Pest Control

Do you do your own pest control? That big-box hardware store carries a lot of cool items, but those household products designed to nuke bugs back to the Stone Age aren’t among them.

pest-control-professionalWhy? There’s a lot of science that goes into getting pest control right. Today, it really does take a licensed and well-trained pest professional to know precisely what pest he’s dealing with, what product to use to control it, and how much to use.

In the old days, you’d call an exterminator and a guy would show up to hose down your house and yard with his spray tank. Pest control has changed a lot since then. Today, we know that randomly spraying pesticides everywhere isn’t such a cool deal. With all the scientific advances and better information we’ve learned, along with more stringent California pest control laws to protect public health and the environment, we now understand that this is a job better left to pest professionals.

We’re not just saying that as a California pest control company that dreams of becoming your family’s pest management provider; we say it because we care about this issue deeply. At Clark Pest Control, we practice what’s called Integrated Pest Management, or IPM. Our well-trained and state-licensed pest professionals will inspect your home and property first, then tell you what specific pests we find and what conditions should be corrected – like areas hospitable to pests that need cleaning up, or entry points where pests might be getting in that will need to be blocked. Once we do start treating for pests, we’ll only use minimum amounts of pest control products we need to do the job effectively.

One big mistake that many do-it-yourself people make is that they use way too much pest control material to do the job, and what’s left over goes into a garage cabinet, or under a sink.  We bring what we use with us, and when we leave, we take it away – so you’ll never have to worry about any toxins accidentally leaking, spilling, or ending up as in ingredient at your kids’ lemonade stand.

Peace of mind with no worry about pests is what we offer. Ask us about our Pest-Away® service plan, which will keep your life pest-free without having to take matters into your own hands. At Clark Pest Control, we’re so confident that we can meet every one of your family’s pest management needs that we guarantee everything we do. We’re here for you. 



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Bed Bug Conference Tour 2012 is just around the corner

 

Clark Pest Contol is proud to announce its 2012 Bed Bug conference tour! 

bed bug conference 2012 

This event will provide guests answers to many common myths about bed bugs and experts will also educate guests on the newest ways to detect and control bed bugs, as well as how a bed bug infestation can affect a business’ bottom line. 

The 2012 speaker line up will include, Jim Fredricks from the National Pest Management Association, Gail Getty from the UC Extension, and Jeff Lipman of the Lipman Law Firm that deals with bed bug litigation and other industry experts. 

2/1/2012 -Rhonert Park
8am - 2pm
Doubletree Rohnert Park
One Doubletree Dr., Rohnert Park
Breakfast and lunch will be provided 

2/2/2012 - San Mateo
8am - 2pm
Marriott San Mateo
1770 South Amphlett Blvd., San Mateo 
Breakfast and lunch will be provided 

2/3/2012 - San Diego
8am - 2pm
Hilton Mission Bay
1775 East Mission Bay Dr., San Diego
Breakfast and lunch will be provided
 

Managers Can Register Now for FREE Bed Bug Educational Training Hosted by Clark Pest Control  
 

Anyone interested in registering for either Rohnert Park, San Mateo or San Diego “Bed Bugs: Know The Truth” event may call 877-918-9988 or email salesteam@clarkpest.com.

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Bed Bugs take a bite out of San Francisco

 

SF's Bed Bug Infestation Getting Worse-44% And "hundreds of calls" Worse

Are you ready for a healthy dose of paranoia inducing bug news? Well, here it comes: the bedbug invasion of SF is only getting worse. Invasion, in the US vs. Iraq/Afghanistan sense of the word - the bugs have held a presence here for a long time but the number of troops are growing over the years. In the past couple weeks, there has been quite a surge.

The Public Health Department has seen a 44 percent increase in cases over the past three years. Since bed bugs lay and hatch eggs quicker and more plentiful when it's hot, the recent heat wave has caused a spike in cases. Since the hot weather hit, the Health Department has fielded hundreds of calls about the little beasts.

While most complaints come from single room occupancies (SROs) in the Tenderloin, SoMa and the Mission, the bugs can and do show up everywhere. It was once a common assumption that bedbugs are linked to poverty, but that is not the case. All over the country, they have infiltrated upscale condos, private residencies, movie theaters, and even corporate headquarters like the Penguin Group in Manhattan.

To really get a feel for how widespread this is, check out the National Bed Bug Registry,coincidentally started by a San Franciscan. The San Francisco page shows reports in many different neighborhoods, from the Richmond to Russian Hill.

"It's become an increasingly serious problem in all rental housing in San Francisco," said Sara Shortt, executive director of the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco. "If it's not treated properly, it becomes explosive, and that's been part of the problem. There wasn't aggressive treatment by landlords."

Bedbugs don't carry diseases but they do leave nasty bite marks on people that are allergic to the numbing agent in their saliva. If you are not allergic, you may be getting bit and don't even know it. For example, this SFBG writer reported last year that it took a while to figure out what was going on when his girlfriend was getting bit every night but he was not.

So, what do we do about it? First, figure out if you have them. Bed bugs only come out for short periods of time and are good at hiding. If you find dark spots (blood or feces), shed skins, eggs, and dead bugs on your mattress, box spring, or linens, you probably have bed bugs. It is recommended that you actually find a bed bug before you start freaking out at your landlord.

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Redding Pest Control - Shasta vector control district conducting tick survey

 
  • By Dylan Darling
  • Posted March 4, 2010 at 11:28 p.m.
  • Bloodsucking creatures are lurking around Shasta County, hanging on a grass blade or twig near some of the most popular trails.

    Ticks. Their name alone can make a person cringe, thinking of the unsavory chore of plucking one off his or her body or off a pet. And the little insects also can harbor disease.

    While the county is known tick country, there haven't been many surveys over the years to see how prevalent they are and what diseases they might carry.

    "We saw a gap there," said Peter Bonkrude, manager of the Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District. "Overall, it was just a question mark."

    So the district is checking the 1,100-square-mile section it covers in the county for ticks, said Bonkrude, who took over as manager six months ago. Since November, a pair of district technicians have spent a day each week collecting tick samples from 20 spots around the district, which stretches from Castella to Cottonwood and French Gulch to Shingletown.

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    Pest killers go green - Clark Pest Control in the News

     

    Friday, February 19, 2010
    Sacramento Business Journal - by Robert Celaschi Correspondent

    Green business

    Pest killers go green

    Companies help customers balance consciences with wallets

    In the pest control business, being environmentally friendly doesn't automatically please customers. A lot of customers really want chemical death to rain down on the bugs crawling all over the floor.

    "Their instincts say, ‘Go to the truck and get the good stuff,' " said Darren Van Steenwyk, technical director for Clark Pest Control.

    But a growing number of customers, especially owners of buildings certified in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program run by the U.S. Green Building Council, do care about staying green.

    "If the building is LEED platinum and somebody is power-spraying on a weekly basis, that doesn't look good, if nothing else," Van Steenwyk said. Current LEED standards, in fact, score a building partly on its operations and maintenance, and that includes a couple of points for pest management practices.

     

    Clark's S.M.A.R.T. moves...

    (S.M.A.R.T. = Sustainable Methods And Responsible Treatments)

    Before green was fashionable, Clark was making S.M.A.R.T. choices! Responsible treatment options have presented themselves over the years and Clark has proactively made changes to stayahead of the curve and set a S.M.A.R.T. example for others to follow.

    To learn more about Clark Pest Control's Greener approach please click here.



     

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    Pest Movement

     

    By Guest Blogger:  
    Keith V. Birkemeyer 
    ProBest Pest Management
    Gilbert, AZ

    In my former life I had a chance to meet with many PMP's usually on the Western half of the US and we frequently would discuss Brown Recluse Spiders. I always had people telling me they were bitten or had seen numerous Brown Recluse spiders wherever they lived. If you ever looked at the bell curve they reside mainly in Texas. I always tell the story that with the modern age comes the ease of movement - that is as we travel so do pests. In Arizona we have a Brown spider that is related to the Brown Recluse but not as aggressive.

    That brings me to the real story - movement of pests. This week http://bit.ly/DyB8n the Arizona and California Departments of Agriculture issued a quarantine for citrus. They have found the Asian Citrus Psyllids which can carry Huanglongbing disease. All they know for now is that they may be getting infested from someplace - "whether we've got some nursery site that's producing these insects", "we just don't know, it's a complex problem". Within the last 2 months 2 mice have been aboard planes, here is one story http://bit.ly/4x12b7. I once was on a trip and when we landed the Flight Attendant came down the aisle spraying permethrin for mosquitoes, apparently Fiji didn't want mosquitoes. Another article recently suggested that bedbugs might be hanging out in moving vans; it does make sense - if you had a previous person moving and they had bedbugs they would probably fall off inside the van. Bedbugs can hitch a ride anywhere and on anything, from school backpacks to used furniture. So before you pick up that nice looking sofa on the side of the road - think of the real cost!

    So I guess this brings me to the lesson of today - insects have adapted and will continue to adapt to us. Rodents, cockroaches rely on us pretty much these days but don't let that stop you; we need to continue to battle with these pests. If you must store items in a storage unit take precautions, if you can check your home monthly for any signs of pests. If you are in the Pest Control field don't assume anything - the insect or spider may have traveled to that place so I think it is wise to know about all kinds of insects because you never know when they will appear on your doorstep  or your customer's doorstep.

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    Citrus pest grabs the attention of researchers

     
    Aubrey Brickzin, Brian Adigwu
    Issue date: 11/10/09 Section: News

    California's $1.6 billion citrus industry is becoming increasingly citrus pestthreatened by a tiny insect that carries a disease that could be detrimental to citrus fruit. The Asian citrus psyllid, or diachronic citri, has recently been discovered in San Diego County.

    State officials are currently awaiting test results to see if the psyllid does carry the citrus greening disease, called Huanglongbing or HLB. The nearest outbreaks have occurred in Brazil, Louisiana and along Mexico's Yucatan peninsula.

    "Like other relatives of this insect, the Asian citrus psyllid can reach very high densities relatively quickly," said UC Riverside assistant extension specialist in entomology Matt Daugherty.

    The psyllid crossed the border from Mexico last year and has found its way into many residential areas in Southern California. Having already been trapped in Los Angeles, Orange, Imperial and San Diego counties; researchers are worried that the insect will soon reach the Inland Empire.

    "There is little doubt that this invasive insect and disease constitute a major threat to California citrus. But predicting accurately the timing and ultimate consequence of their establishment in our area is difficult. If Florida and Brazil are an indication, citrus greening disease could have major economic impacts locally," Daugherty said.

    Though the insect or the disease has yet to reach the Inland Empire region, researchers at UCR have begun precautionary research in the event that the disease does hit the area's citrus plants. This research includes searching for natural biological control agents for the psyllid, testing different citrus varieties for resistance to the insect and bacterial pathogen that it transmits and evaluating the uptake rate and efficacy of systemic insecticides in citrus trees.

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    Mockingbird Imitates Car Alarm Perfectly

     

    Just the other day,  a company we are working with in Southern California Jokingly said I should blog about a pesky mocking bird in her neghiborhood that imitates a car alarm. later she sent me a link to an article, which I have posted below.

    mocking birdAfter reading this I started to do a little more research and found that there are several articles about mocking birds mocking car alarms, EMS and Police Sirens and even domestic pets!

    HOUSTON-In an unsettling development for the natural world, a mockingbird was heard perfectly mimicking a car alarm Monday. "I heard this strange song coming from a mockingbird in a big spruce across the street from St. Luke's Hospital," bird watcher Bob Ausmus said. "After a minute or two, I realized it was one of those multi-sound car alarms-he did the staccato one, the slowly rising one, the buzzing one. He must have picked it up from one of the BMWs in the parking lot." Ornithologists predict that the alarm song will spread to millions of birds and be handed down for centuries to come.

     

    I also found a video of a mocking bird doing this...kinda funny, kinda funny!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Zd6Iy4JuGk&feature=related

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    Scorpions running amuck in Arizona!

     

    I came across an interesting video about recent Scorpion infestations throughout Arizona. We do have scorpions here in scorpionCalifornia but only in certain regions meaning we do not deal with these on a daily basis unlike Arizona.

    Please check out the video, it spotlights one resident and a major infestation as well as her describing the pain from getting bit.

    SCORPION VIDEO

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    Coming to a College Near You! - Bed Bugs Get an Education

     

    Bedbugs Close Building at John Jay College

    By Joel Stonington AND Jennifer 8. Lee

    Updated, 4:05 p.m. | John Jay College of Criminal Justice is shutting down one of its buildings because of bedbugs. The college hopes to reopen the building, at 445 West 59th Street, by Tuesdaybed bug morning after it is treated by an extermination service. Meanwhile, all the classes in the building, North Hall, are being postponed and rescheduled. On Thursday afternoon, a worker used a bullhorn to inform groups of students approaching the building that classes were canceled. Other classes will continue as scheduled.

    Associated Press Cimex lectularius, the common bedbug, was found in a building at John Jay College.

    "The college is taking it seriously and moving as quickly as possible to treat the building," said Jim Grossman, a spokesman for John Jay. John Jay is calling it a bedbug "condition." Mr. Grossman said, "Infestation is when you can see them swarming."

    At an information session held Thursday afternoon, college officials said that rashes among staff members were first reported in mid-August and grew in numbers as time went on. Most staff affected with skin rashes were from the financial aid and registrar's office. A deep cleaning was ordered on September 14 and one bedbug was found. Soon after a second bedbug was caught. The college brought in an inspection team with bug-sniffing dogs on Tuesday that confirmed the bedbug problem on the first floor of North Hall.

    The crowd of about 200 faculty, staff and students let out a gasp when school officials showed a map of affected areas. Bedbugs were found in roughly half of the rooms on the second floor, and the inspection has not been completed on the third or fourth floors of North Hall, though evidence was found on the third floor. Officials said that other buildings would also be inspected.

    The president of the college, Jeremy Travis, said no bites had been reported, only skin rashes, a forensic psychology student said she and a co-worker both were bitten during the last two weeks. Deirdra Assey, 24, of Brooklyn, said both she and the co-worker checked their homes and spoke with landlords about bedbugs but said they eventually concluded the bites were happening during the day.

    As soon as I figured out that campus had been infected it all made sense," Ms. Assey, a second year master's degree student, said. "I had no idea they could be infecting offices."

    Indeed, despite the "bed" descriptor, bedbugs can in fact survive in many locations, such as buses, trains and movie theaters. Last year they were reported at Fox offices.

    Bedbugs, once nearly eradicated, have spread all across New York City, in part because of the decline in use of DDT. In March, the city set up a bed bug advisory board.

    Meanwhile, students expressed glee at the interruption in classes, giving them a break. Rudy Pamphile, 18, a freshman, walked past the yellow tape blocking the entrance to the building laughing and joking with a friend, saying, "No test today!"

    Though Mr. Pamphile said he had stayed up until midnight the night before studying, he was not unhappy to be relieved of the burden, adding he would probably just hang out with friends until his next class.

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