Pest management is essential to public health

Mar 27, 2020, 10:50 AM by Fred Speer

“The Times They Are a-Changin’,” the 1960s generation-defining song from Bob Dylan, offers an accurate metaphor for what Californians, Americans, and people around the world are facing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

One thing that Clark, your neighborly pest control, lawn care, and termite control expert, would  like you to know that Clark Pest Control stands ready, as it has since 1950, to protect public health as well as customers’ homes and businesses from pests.

The state of California has deemed pest control as an “essential service,” which means that Clark is able to continue protecting people, property, and the food supply. The safety of our customers and employees has always been our top priority, and we have stepped up our protective measures even further at this time.

Our seven decades of experience has placed us in tough positions before. Protecting the world where our employees, customers, and you live and work from potentially harmful pests, and the diseases they spread, isn’t going to change.

Our highly trained, licensed technicians are receiving additional training on safety procedures to protect customers, the public, and themselves. Clark’s service technicians have access to the latest personal protective equipment, as well as technology and products, so they can help prevent or eliminate pests that could threaten your home.

Why does pest control merit the essential-service designation? Clark and the team of pest experts at Clark Pest Control would like to spotlight some of the pests that make professional pest management services essential in this critical time:

Cockroaches: Did you know that cockroaches are known to spread 33 kinds of bacteria, including E. coli and Salmonella, six types of parasitic worms, and seven kinds of human pathogens? Cockroach saliva, droppings, and decomposing bodies also contain allergen proteins know to trigger allergy and asthma symptoms, especially in children.

Rodents: Were you aware that rodents consume or contaminate about 20 percent of the world’s food supply, and can transmit Salmonella and other rodent-borne diseases to food and food-preparation surfaces in homes?

Flies: Much like cockroaches and rodents, flies are vectors of harmful bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella, and are a threat to human health when they land on food or cooking or eating surfaces.

Stinging insects: Over 500,000 people are sent to emergency rooms with allergic reactions to stings from these insects, and removing their nests is not a DIY task for homeowners. It’s best left to a professional.

Bed Bugs  Bites from bed bugs can leave behind itchy, red welts and can increase one’s risk for a secondary infection from scratching.

If you have concerns about pests around your home, call California’s trusted, friendly pest management expert, Clark, at (800) WE-NEED-YOU (936-3339) or email us at We are ready to help solve your pest issues.

Until next time, the pest management professionals at Clark Pest Control thank you for helping to keep unwanted pests out of your home. Stay safe and be well.

Clark Pest Control public health statement


The number-one priority at Clark Pest Control is protecting the world where our employees and customers live, work, and play. We are closely monitoring the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and our top priority is keeping our employees and customers safe. Our organization has had a longstanding partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and has spawned multiple public health and educational initiatives involving pest-related health risks. In addition to following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization (WHO), we already have policies and procedures in place across our business to address issues that may arise during this outbreak and potential pandemic events.

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