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German Cockroaches: The Uninvited House Guest

Thursday, August 29, 2019

To many, seeing a cockroach scurry across the kitchen counter or pop out from behind a sponge is nightmare fuel. German cockroaches are common indoor pests that can enter your home from outside, a nearby building or in boxes and bags brought into the house.  They’re found all over the United States, and can easily contaminate food and spread bacteria throughout the areas your loved ones frequent. The good news? You can help prevent them! Read on to learn how.

Clean Up Regularly

German cockroaches are attracted to dirty dishes, food that has been left out, and garbage. It’s important to clean up after a meal and not leave food or crumbs laying around. It’s also important to rinse dishes before placing them in the sink. Wipe down your counters each night, and sweep up any food crumbs that land on the floor as soon as possible. If you have one, use your garbage disposal to discard food instead of throwing it away. You should also take your garbage out each night, and store it away from entryways.

Make Repairs

It’s important to repair leaky pipes in the kitchen or bathroom as soon as possible, as moisture draws cockroaches in. You don’t want to find a group of these under your sink! Seal off cracks in your sinks or bathtubs, and soak up standing water after a shower instead of leaving it on the floor to dry. Hang damp towels instead of leaving them on the floor as well.

Check Bags & Luggage

Cockroaches can take a ride in your luggage or boxes, so it’s important to check both before bringing them inside your home. If you pick up boxes from storage or another person’s house, look inside before you bring it with you. After a trip, check your suitcases and bags. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

If you see cockroaches in your home, it’s important to get help from a professional right away. German cockroaches can lay several eggs at once, and it doesn’t take long for them to mature. Infestations can happen quickly if you aren’t careful!

Contact us today to set up a professional evaluation and take back your living space! 
  
Remember at Clark Exterminating “The Bug Stops Here!” 
Little Rock: 501-228-0322  North Little Rock: 501-758-0322  Conway: 501-329-0396  Benton: 501-776-1388  Bryant: 501-847-1388  Jacksonville/Cabot: 501-843-1322  Hot Springs: 501-623-2335 
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Native to Arkansas: The Striped Bark Scorpion

Thursday, August 01, 2019

When it comes to scorpions in Arkansas, we have only one native species in the state — the Striped Bark Scorpion. Although they’re very common throughout the state, they are seldom seen out and about due to their nocturnal feeding habits, but they can be seen during the day looking for shelter.    Read More . . .

Spider Removal: Traditional Treatments or Essential Oils?

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Spiders. 


The word alone might send shivers down your spine. When it comes to these eight-legged pests, you may be dealing with anything from a harmless house spiders to dangerous spiders such as the brown recluse or black widow to name two. Whether they’re crawling around in your living space, spinning unsightly webs, biting your family members or just sneaking up and scaring you senseless, you have options when it comes to getting them out of your home. 




At Clark Exterminating, safety is number one. Whether you want to have your home treated with all-natural essential oils or an odorless, ultra low impact traditional solution, call and set up an appointment with one of our experienced technicians. You can rest easy knowing that all of our products offer a safer environment for you, your family, and your pets.


Essential Oils

Essential oils are becoming more and more popular when it comes to repelling spiders because of their low toxicity. Some spider-repelling oils include peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender, cedar, tea tree and cinnamon, among others. The oil of choice is typically mixed with water or alcohol to create a spray for inside the home. Essential oils are safer, natural and lower-impact, but the results typically aren’t as good as those you’d get from a traditional treatment of the area.


Traditional Treatments

When you hear the word chemicals, your first inclination may be to avoid them. But, here at Clark Exterminating, our number one priority is your safety! You can rest assured that our products are safe for your family’s environment. Our traditional treatment of spiders is odorless, low-impact, high-yield and the results are very noticeable. Just one treatment can last for months.


Remember at Clark Exterminating “The Bug Stops Here!”


Little Rock: 501-228-0322 


North Little Rock: 501-758-0322 


Conway: 501-329-0396 


Benton: 501-776-1388 


Bryant: 501-847-1388 


Jacksonville/Cabot: 501-843-1322 


Hot Springs: 501-623-2335 


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What the Buzz is All About: Q and A With Mike Hall

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Travel Tips: Don’t Bring Bedbugs Home as a Souvenir!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

It's summertime, and you probably plan on traveling at least once while it’s sunny and warm! Whether you’re going on a road trip, flying to a tropical paradise, or taking a luxurious cruise -- you’re sure to bring home a souvenir or two. But...some souvenirs can be more of a menace than a treasure. Yep. We’re talking about bedbugs. Here are some tips to keep these pesky visitors from raining over your parade and your vacation.   Read More . . .

So You Sold Your Home and Need a Termite Clearance Letter

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The Smoky Brown Cockroach

Monday, April 22, 2019

April Showers Bring May Flowers...And Pests

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Talk with a Tech: Caleb Edwards Talks Termites

Tuesday, April 09, 2019
Termites.
You’ve likely heard of, or even dealt with, these silent destroyers—but how much do you actually know about them?
In this week’s Talk with a Technician, we have a few questions for Clark’s very own Caleb Edwards. Mr. Edwards was named Employee of the Year at Clark Exterminating in 2018, and is working toward taking over the family business in the future. He’s here to share some important information on termites, how to identify them and how to prevent an infestation in your home.


Q: Can you describe the life cycle of termites?

A: Termites reproduce through swarming, where a portion of the population of an existing colony flies to new areas to reproduce. Swarmers pair off and become kings and queens to begin reproduction and establish a new colony. The new colony then produces several castes of workers and soldiers which begin constructing shelter tubes in order to forage for food and debris containing cellulose. Once the colony is large enough, this process repeats itself.

Q: How do you identify termite infestations?


A: Mud/shelter tubes are usually the first visible sign of an infestation. Swarmers can often be found in mass in window sills and expansion joints.


Q: Can you list some tips to help prevent an infestation?


A: Have preventative termite treatment done, maintain existing termite policies, and have your home inspected yearly. Keep wood stored above the ground or away from structures. Also, remedy any moisture issues underneath or around the outside of your home or structure.


Q: What is the treatment process, and most important steps?


A: Treatment varies greatly depending on the structure of the building and how the building is constructed, if there is a slab, if there is any venner, and to what type of flooring. We want to ensure we get to any and all gaps, and are hitting every part, going deep into the soil. Termites are sneaky and will come through teeny tiny cracks.


Being thorough is the most important part. Another important part is the initial inspection to know what kind of damage you’re dealing with and the best way to treat it, along with being specific when notating.


The process of an inspection goes like this: we inspect, draw a graph, mark what we find, write down treatments specs, give a price and then schedule the service. Once the service has been completed, we’ll issue quality inspections as well as yearly termite inspections. Many people don't understand the purpose of those yearly inspections. We're looking for signs of active termites and things that could possibly attract termites. And, if active termites are found while a home is under contract, we'll treat it again and repair the damage.


Don’t see a question you have listed? Contact us and we will get you an answer!


If you suspect you might have termites, or if you want to ensure you and your home are protected, give us a call today! Remember, “The Bug Stops Here!”


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Differences Between Ant and Termite Swarmers

Friday, March 29, 2019

A swarm of termites is every homeowner’s nightmare, and often the first noticeable sign of a termite infestation. But, are your eyes deceiving you? You might be surprised to learn that homeowners often mistake flying ants for flying termites due to their similar physical characteristics. The professionals at Clark Exterminating are here to help you accurately identify the pests you’re dealing with, and remove them from your home for good.

Appearance is Everything











Damage Control

Flying ants often make their homes in damp or rotting wood, but can also be found in dry wood. They often feed on seeds, debris inside the home and nectar, and burrow into wood to create nests (which causes damage over time).


On the other hand, termites thrive in a variety of areas. They build colonies in soil, locating wood below the ground. Termite workers also build mud tubes to travel up to wooden structures above ground, and these can be difficult to find if they’re hidden beneath your home. Other termites set up shop in undecayed wood in spaces such as the attic. These pests infamously feed on wood, and this can directly cause serious structural damage to your home if left untreated.



Treatment

If you think flying ants or termites are making your home theirs, call Clark Exterminating today. Our technicians will locate the source of the problem, and save your home from any further damages. We also offer termite inspections, including pre-construction treatments, post-construction treatments and renewable termite contracts.

And remember, at Clark Exterminating, THE BUG STOPS HERE!

Little Rock: 501-228-0322  North Little Rock: 501-758-0322  Conway: 501-329-0396  Benton: 501-776-1388  Bryant: 501-847-1388  Jacksonville/Cabot: 501-843-1322  Hot Springs: 501-623-2335

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