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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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Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Bed Bug Treatments

Sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite… That rhyme many of us heard as we were being tucked into bed at night is coming to reality.

This saying actually originated back in the 1800’s, but most of us considered it imaginary. According to the National Pest Management Association, bed bugs have been a household pest issue for more than 3,300 years. A recent NPMA survey found one in five people in the U.S. have had an infestation or know someone who has recently encountered them. This recent resurgence has created significant concern for many Americans.   Read More . . .

Arkansas Rodents Pt 1: Rats

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

While some wild animals hibernate or grow extra coats of fur to keep warm during the winter, the rodent species does neither, and would rather invade our homes and yards and generally wreak havoc in our lives, while soaking up our heat. As a matter of fact, according to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), it is estimated that 21 million homes are invaded and infested by rodents every winter.

Here at Clark Exterminating, we thought we would share a list of the rodents native to Arkansas, the problems they can cause, and how to identify possible infestations. The first part of our rodent series discusses the most common household rodents/pests: rats.

Home Damage

The most comment species of rat in Arkansas are the Roof Rat and the Wood Rat. These particular species of rodent can cause thousands of dollars in home repairs if an infestation is not caught in time. Rats will build their nests beneath the foundations of buildings and inside walls, ceilings, and cabinets and will chew through items such as plastic and wood, leaving holes in walls and floorboards.



Health Hazards

Not only can rats be destructive to your home, but they can also be destructive to your health.  Maybe you’ve heard about a little epidemic known as the Bubonic Plague that swept through Asia, Europe, and Africa in the 14th century? The resulting “Black Death” killed an estimated 50 million people (about 25% to 60% of the European population) and was believed to be caused by the overpopulation of both people and rats living in close quarters in the major cities of that time.

Rats can transmit disease through their bites, scratches, contact with their feces or urine, and the contamination of food in the home. The diseases associated with rats are:

- Hantavirus - a disease that can lead to kidney damage or failure

- Listeria- a type of bacterium that infects humans and other warm-blooded animals through contaminated food

- Rat-Bite Fever-  causes inflammation of the skin and fever or vomiting

- Salmonella- infection with salmonella bacteria, commonly caused by contaminated food or water

- Allergies and Asthma- Contact with rat urine can cause the development of asthma and allergies in young children and the elderly


Signs of Infestation

Because rats are a naturally secretive species, it is rare that you would ever see one, which makes spotting an infestation that much harder. Rats are also nocturnal animals so if you should happen to see just one during the day, that is usually a serious sign of an infestation somewhere in your home.

Here are some other signs of a rat infestation:

- rat droppings

- dirt and grease marks along floorboards and walls

- teeth marks on chewed objects


How to Prevent an Infestation:

According to the EPA, these are best practices to prevent a rat infestation in your home:

- Seal holes inside and outside the home to keep rodents out. This may be as simple as plugging small holes with steel wool or patching holes in inside or outside walls.

- Remove potential rodent nesting sites from your property, including leaf piles and deep mulch.

- Clean up food and water sources in and near your house.

- Keep kitchen garbage in containers with tight-fitting lids.

- Turn compost piles to cover newly added food scraps.

If you feel you may have an infestation, the best practice is to call a pest control company so they can come out and inspect your home to identify the species of rodent and advise on the best courses of action.

Be sure to keep on the lookout for the next part of our series when we discuss other Arkansas rodents such as mice, voles, gophers, muskrats, and squirrels. If you think you may have a rat infestation and need help to either control or prevent one, contact us online or by phone at any of our locations.

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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