Archive for Clegg’s News

April 2014 News: Seasonal Guide to Termites

In this month’s edition of the Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control news: A Seasonal Guide to Termites, Must Love Spiders (or maybe not!), Commercial Bed Bug Training, and Clegg’s Recognized by BBB.

A Seasonal Guide to Termites

Subterranean TermitesWe’re sorry to tell you this: termite season is once again here. When the weather starts to warm again in the spring, people begin noticing signs of termites and our phone begins ringing. In some cases, homeowners find signs of termites when they begin sprucing up their homes. In others, termites may swarm inside the home or around the foundation. As soon as you think you might have a termite issue, you need to call a professional and have your home inspected.

 

The most common type of termite found in North Carolina is the subterranean termite. These insects live in colonies underground and eat cellulose products like wood and paper. You may find damage to wood beams in your crawlspace or even to baseboards. You may also see swarms of termites around mating season in the spring and summer or find piles of discarded termite wings around windows.

Learn the signs you might have termites and what you should do about it in our latest article, A Seasonal Guide to Termites. If you do find signs of termites, call us right away at (888) MR. CLEGG to schedule your free termite inspection!

Must Love Spiders

brown recluse spider controlWe can honestly say we don’t hear too many of our customers say they love spiders. In fact, most people are afraid of arachnids. While most spiders are harmless, there are a few in North Carolina that are venomous, including the black widow and brown recluse. Of the two, the bite of a brown recluse is likely to cause more damage to humans. These spiders prefer dark areas, so if you encounter them inside your house it may be in your garage, attic or storage area. Learn how to identify a brown recluse and what to do if you find one in your house.

Commercial Bed Bug Training

If you have a business that is at increased risk of exposure to bed bugs, Clegg’s offers periodic bed bug classes to train your employees on how to deal with these determined pests. The session covers identifying bed bugs as well as action steps to take if the bugs are discovered. If you would like to learn more, please contact us via email or call 1-888-672-5344.

Clegg’s Recognized

Clegg's is an Accredited BBB BusinessBBB serving Eastern North Carolina recently recognized Clegg’s for being a BBB Accredited business for 20 years! A big shout out to our great team of North Carolina pest professionals for all their hard work.

 

 

 

March 2014 News: Pest Control & Safety

In the March 2014 issue of the Clegg’s newsletter: Pest Control & Safety, Should You Be Collecting Rent? and Spring is Here: Termites Will Follow.

Pest Control & Safety

Deer TickPest control products got a bad reputation in the twentieth century when the long-term effects of products like DDT and chlordane were discovered and these pesticides banned. The pesticides in use today are much safer and are still effective, especially when used as part of an integrated pest control and management process. In many cases, finding the access point(s) in your home and sealing them will keep pests out. When we are talking about something as tiny as ants, this can be challenging!

It is important to know that no pesticide is 100% safe, simply because all pesticides are designed to eliminate insects. Clegg’s however, uses the most current methods and products for the safest pest management possible, and our technicians are trained on the proper use of these products. Pesticides applied by our technicians are targeted where the insects hide, reducing the risks to your family. Your family’s safety is our first priority.

If you’d like to learn more about pest control and safety, check out this recent article or email us your questions.

Should You Be Collecting Rent?

Clegg's Removes Nuisance WildlifeWould you willingly open your home to a friend or relative knowing they would pay you nothing and cause expensive damage to your property? Probably not, but every month we get dozens of calls about nuisance wildlife-critters who have moved in and damaged property, caused sleepless nights and unwanted expense for the homeowners.

While any number of different animals may try to make your home theirs, squirrels, opossums and bats make up the bulk of the calls we receive. In most cases, they are simply looking for a warm, dry environment to call home. If they can get into your attic or crawlspace easily, they’ll do it. Clegg’s will identify the type of animal in your home and then set traps to capture the animal(s), after which they will be relocated. Read more about nuisance wildlife…

Spring is Here! Termites Will Follow

Every year we welcome warmer weather, greening trees and beautiful flowers, and longer days filled with sunshine. Unfortunately, while it may be beautiful outside this is also the time of year that termites become very active. Termites are active year-round, but many people don’t know they have an infestation until they see a swarm in or around their home or are doing some spring cleaning and find mud tubes near the foundation. Learn more about termites or call us for a FREE inspection!

 

February 2014 News: You’ve Got Questions. We’ve Got Answers.

In the February issue of Clegg’s News: answers to common pest control questions, commercial businesses and rat infestations, and tips to help you prepare for an emergency.

You’ve Got Questions. We’ve Got Answers.

Clegg's North Carolina Pest ControlOur pest professionals hear a lot of great questions as they meet with customers. Everything from, “Why should I use a pest control company when I can do it myself?” to, “Is it better to use termite bait stations (like Sentricon™) vs. periodic termite treatments?” to, “What steps can I take to keep the pests out of my house?” We have put together an article that answers these and many other common questions we hear on a regular basis. Read the full article, post your question on our Facebook page, ask us on Twitter or email your questions to us!

Focus on Rats

Clegg's Pest Control | Nuisance Wildlife | Norway RatsIf you have a commercial business, you may have an issue at some point with rats. Our commercial pest control team is seeing an increasing number of calls for help removing rats, with a large number of these calls involving roof rats. Certain types of businesses are more prone to rat infestations. These include farms, feed mills, produce warehouses, and restaurants, among others, though all businesses and residences may have problems with rats.

How do I know if I have rats? Until you have a full blown infestation, you may not see any rats. They are usually nocturnal and prefer to hide from people. They will, however, leave evidence of their presence. Things to look for include rat droppings; chewed wood, walls and baseboards; dirt or grease marks along commonly traveled paths; a musky odor; small footprints in dirt or dust; smashed vegetation around points of entry; or the presence of live or dead rats. Read more…

Are You Prepared?

Be prepared for an emergency.It seems like every time a winter storm threatens the Carolinas, the stores are mobbed with shoppers buying staples and social media is flooded with people joking about milk, bread and toilet paper! In reality, though, it pays to be prepared. While your “winter storm” emergency kit may have some different supplies than your summer “hurricane” kit, it’s important to consider what you’ll do in different types of emergencies. What happens if you lose power for a week or if flooding or fire means you must evacuate your home?

There are some great sources out there that provide tips on what to include in an emergency kit and how to prepare for different types of emergencies. One of our favorites is the Ready.gov website operated by FEMA. They provide a list of basic emergency supplies (water, food, flashlight and batteries, first aid kit, wet wipes, etc.) as well as specifics by season (i.e., in winter add blankets and warm clothing, include mosquito repellent in your summer kit). They also provide help with finding local shelters, should they be needed. The Clegg’s team encourages you to build and maintain your own emergency kit and develop a plan for your family. Stay safe!

 

 

January 2014 News: It’s Cold Outside!

In this issue of our newsletter: Brrr…It’s Cold Outside; Bed Bugs: Fact or Fiction; and Termites and New Construction.

Brrr…What a Cold Snap!

Clegg's Pest Control | Nuisance Wildlife | Deer MouseJust a reminder: when it gets really cold outside, mice and rats may decide your home looks like a great place to hang out. They may get into your house through small holes and cracks and make nests in the walls or your attic. Some signs that you have these furry visitors may include scratching noises in the walls, droppings, or urine stains soaking through the drywall. You may also see small bits of chewed materials like paper, drywall or insulation, or notice electrical problems if they happen to chew through wires! If you believe you have a problem with mice or rats (or any other nuisance wildlife), give Clegg’s a call before they do more damage.

Bed Bugs: Fact or Fiction?

adult female bed bug

Adult female bed bug (enlarged).

When it comes to identifying and treating bed bugs, there is a lot of incorrect information out there. Since we deal with bed bugs every day, the team at Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control wanted to provide some answers to frequently asked questions (a bed bugs FAQ) on what works and what doesn’t. Learn how to identify these annoying insects, which home detection products work, and why cold doesn’t always kill bed bugs in this new article on bed bugs.

Read more…

Termites and New Construction

Call Clegg's Termite and Pest Control to prevent termite damageNorth Carolina law requires that new home builders provide termite treatment for the homes they build. These treatments must be on the approved list maintained by the NC Department of Agriculture – Structural Pest Control and Pesticide Division. Most builders use a soil applied liquid termiticide that is effective for around five years. It is important that homeowners be proactive and have their homes retreated after five years (or install a termite baiting system like Sentricon®) and inspected annually to keep termites from causing property damage. Learn more about termites…

 

 

 

December 2013 News: Avoid Bed Bugs While Traveling

In the December 2013 issues of Clegg’s News: How to Avoid Bed Bugs While Traveling; Funny Pest Stories; Clegg’s Angels; Holiday Hours.

How to Avoid Bed Bugs While Traveling

Bed bugs can hitch a ride on your suitcaseWorking in the pest control industry, we sometimes tend to be overly aware of insect problems. And bed bugs are a growing problem around the world. Whether it’s during the holidays or summer vacation, everyone who travels – or even leaves their homes – is at risk of bringing home one or more unwanted “guests.” Bed bugs have been found in hotels, apartments, libraries, schools, fire stations, office buildings – basically any place there are humans.

With the height of the travel season upon us, we would like to share some of the common questions we hear about bed bugs and provide answers so you can learn what you need to do to identify and avoid bed bugs while you travel. Read more…

Funny Pest Stories

hornet pest controlLast month we asked everyone to send in their funniest pest control stories for a chance to win a bed bug encasement set for their mattress and box spring. Here is the winning story:

When I was 15 yrs old I went to sleep one day on our couch. Well somehow I rolled over on a jap hornet. Pow, I got stung right on my shoulder. The bad part is we had been doing some plumbing earlier that day, and our tools were still sitting on the hearth (including a torch). Well I jump up, slap the hornet to the floor (of our new house) – he’s floppin around. I grab that torch n scorch him good. Burned a big ole hole in the new vinyl floor. So I ease out the front door. A few minutes later I hear my dad cussin so I took off to grannys house. True story, and true when I got home daddy hadn’t forgot..whack (I deserved it).

This came from Keith Lambeth, who has won a bed bug encasement set! Head to our website to read more funny pest stories!

Clegg’s Angels

Clegg's supports the Salvation ArmyClegg’s is sponsoring a needy child and 2 adults for the holidays through the Salvation Army’s Christmas Angel Tree program. Clegg’s encourages everyone to reach out in their own community to help those in need during the holiday season. We wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season.

Holiday Schedule

Clegg’s will be closed on December 24-25 for Christmas and again on New Year’s Day. Happy Holidays to you and your family!

 

 

 

November 2013 News: Winter is Approaching!

In the November 2013 issue of the Clegg’s newsletter: send your funny pest control story and you could win a free bed bug encasement set; is your house ready for winter?; Thanksgiving made special; and Clegg’s holiday schedule.

Cleggs XMAS Challenge

Clegg's Pest Control | Smokybrown CockroachWe are asking everyone to submit their funny pest control stories between now and November 30, 2013 – whether it is a homemade pest control remedy gone all wrong or a roach so big it made you leave the house – any personal funny story about pests and/or pest control is welcome. If you have pictures and/or video to accompany the story, send those, too. We will post the funny stories on our website and share them on Facebook and Twitter. Then we’ll pick the two funniest stories and the people submitting them will receive a FREE bed bug encasement set (mattress and box spring) for their bed. Email your funny stories to durhamoffice@cleggs.com.

Is Your House Ready for Winter?

Home Winterization InspectionWith winter approaching, it’s time to make sure your home is protected from the elements. Two common problems we see are a lack of insulation, resulting in heat loss and higher electric or gas bills, and moisture in the home’s crawl space or basement, which can cause mold issues and attract termites. Not sure if your home is at risk? Clegg’s offers current customers a free Home Winterization Inspection. We’ll check the insulation rating values in your attic and crawl space (or basement), and measure the moisture under your home to ensure the levels are within range. For any Insulation/Moisture Control Services sold at the time of your Home Winterization Inspection, Clegg’s would like to offer a 15% discount on the initial service. Give us a call at 1.888.MR.CLEGG or send an email to durhamoffice@cleggs.com to schedule an appointment.

Thanksgiving Made Better

Happy Thanksgiving from the Clegg's TeamThe holiday season is upon us, bringing not only warm times with family and friends, but a bit of craziness as we all prepare! We want to share a few tips to make the Thanksgiving holiday easier, safer and better for you and your loved ones:

1. The Wednesday before and the Sunday after Thanksgiving are expected to be two of the busiest travel days of the year. If your schedule is flexible, you may want to avoid traveling on those days. Leave extra time to get to your destination, and pack your patience.

2. Don’t post travel plans on social media sites; crooks are looking for this type of information. Wait until you’re home again and post pictures of your visit.

3. If you are driving, make sure to do a safety check of your car before you go, including checking the tire pressure in your spare (easy to forget!). Take water, snacks and toys for the kids in case you get stuck in traffic.

4. If you are overwhelmed by the thought of cooking a turkey with all the fixin’s, and then cleaning everything up, check with your favorite grocery store. Many offer full holiday dinners that you simply heat up. Buy some attractive (but sturdy) paper plates and heavy weight plastic utensils. Optionally, if you’ve got company coming for dinner, provide the main course and ask everyone to bring side dishes. When it comes right down to it, the holiday should be about friends and family-not just food.

5. De-stress by planning some fun activities. Instead of shopping on Black Friday, schedule a massage or go for a hike.

6. Recognize how lucky you are. Volunteer to help serve Thanksgiving meals at a local shelter.

7. Know someone single (or a solider far from home) who doesn’t have holiday plans? Invite him or her to spend the day with your family.

Everyone at the Clegg’s team wishes you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Holiday Schedule

Clegg’s will be closed on Thanksgiving Day so we may celebrate with our families. Our offices will also be closed December 24-25 for Christmas and on New Year’s Day. Happy Holidays to you and your family!

 

 

Do I need a dehumidifier?

If you have noticed your home feels damp, smells musty or you have signs of fungus growth, you may benefit from a dehumidifier. High moisture content in the air in your home, basement or crawl space can cause a variety of problems, including fungus growth that can damage your property and health, damage your wood furniture or the wood used to build your house, cause metals to rust, or even cause your framed artwork to curl at the edges. Moisture also draws in a number of unwanted pests, including termites.

Fungus spores can exist in a dormant state for years and become active, spreading rapidly, when moisture is present. The only way to prevent the growth of fungus and other moisture-related damage is to remove some of the moisture. A dehumidifier is designed to remove moisture from the air in an enclosed space and expel it outside, leaving the relative humidity inside at a lower level. (Note that a humidifier does the opposite, adding moisture to the air when levels are too low – for example, when a heating or A/C unit leaves the air dry.)

The optimum relative humidity levels – or moisture in the air – in our homes is between 45-50%. Our bodies are most comfortable at these levels and the amount of moisture is not high enough to cause damage.

If your house has a basement or is built on a crawl space, there is a good chance that the humidity levels in these spaces are much higher than those inside. Relative humidity in your basement or crawl space should be no more than 50-60% to prevent water damage. In cases where you have seen very wet weather, or the drainage around your foundation is not adequate, you may have a hidden issue in your basement or crawl space and not even be aware of it.

The best way to test the moisture levels in your home, basement or crawl space is using a moisture meter. This tool measures the moisture level in the space. If you do not have a moisture meter, you can often judge by the look, feel, and smell of the area. If the basement or crawl space looks fine but feels damp and has a musty odor, the humidity is probably higher than it should be. The presence of water spots in concrete walls, visible mold or mildew on beams or items stored in the area, or puddles of water are definite indications of a moisture problem.

Fixing Moisture Problems

Left untreated, moisture problems can result in damage to your health, your personal belongings, and even structural damage to your house. You should inspect your home for signs of problems and fix moisture-related issues as quickly as possible. In most cases, the primary risk is to the basement or crawl space, so check those first. If you discover that moisture levels are high, consider adding a commercial / industrial grade dehumidifier. These are the best option for larger areas. While there are portable versions, most homeowners will want to have the dehumidifier installed in the affected area. Commercial dehumidifiers may include insulated ducting to reduce noise, draw lines and/or a condensate pump so the unit does not have to be manually emptied, and a humidistat (sensor) to gauge humidity levels and turn the dehumidifier on and off, as needed. Once these units are installed, all that is required to maintain them is a quarterly filter change and cleaning.

Depending on the situation, in addition to adding a dehumidifier, homeowners may wish to have a professional review the grading and drainage around the foundation of their home. There are options to push moisture away from the foundation, making it easier for the dehumidifier to keep moisture levels in check.

How Do I Choose a Commercial Dehumidifier?

Commercial dehumidifiers are rated based on the number of pints of liquid they can remove in a 24-hour period. The base comparison for all industrial products is called the AHAM Rating (note that residential products are not always rated the same way). The standard used to ensure an accurate product to product comparison is pints removed in 24 hours at a temperature of 80 degrees and 60% relative humidity. The other factor to be considered is the number of cubic feet of air the dehumidifier can move each minute (CFM or cubic feet per minute). The CFM should be chosen based on the size of the space where the machine will be placed.

Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control offers a variety of moisture control services to protect your home and property. If you are worried you may have a moisture problem, call us today at 1-888-MR-CLEGG to schedule a free property inspection.

 

 

October 2013 News: Rodents Like To Be Warm and Dry, Too!

In the October 2013 Clegg’s newsletter: Rodents Want To Be Warm and Dry, Too!; Andrew Taylor Earns Board Certification; Employee Profile: Bryan Bridgewater; and Refer a Friend.

Rodents Want to Be Warm and Dry, Too!

Clegg's Pest Control | Nuisance Wildlife | House MouseAs colder weather approaches, nuisance wildlife and pests like mice and rats may try to find a dry, warm place to spend the winter. Unfortunately, some of them may take up residence in your garage, attic or elsewhere in your house, and they can cause big damage.

Rodents will build nests out of available materials, including paper, boxes and wood. They also commonly gnaw on wires, causing electrical issues or shorting out security systems. They will even climb into a warm car engine and chew wiring under the hood. We have also seen cases where a residential alarm has been tripped repeatedly with no signs of any criminal activity. Upon closer inspection by the alarm company representative, they discovered that mice or rats had destroyed the wiring in the crawl space! Be sure to watch this video featuring Clegg’s “Junior Interns” with tips on keeping mice and rats out of your house.

If you believe you may have a mouse or rat infestation, or other nuisance wildlife, give us a call at 1.888.Mr.CLEGG or email us at durhamoffice@cleggs.com.

Andrew Taylor Earns Board Certification

Entomologist Andrew TaylorCongratulations to Clegg’s “insect guy” and Technical Director, Andrew Taylor. He earned his Board Certified Entomologist status on September 3, 2013. The Entomological Society of America offers two certifications. The first, Associate Certified Entomologist, or ACE, is geared toward structural pest management professionals looking for a more general professional development program. The second program is geared toward those with degrees in entomology or a related field who are looking for a rigorous continuing education program.

If you have questions regarding insects at your house or business, contact us and we’ll put Andrew to work to get you an answer!

Employee Profile | Bryan Bridgewater

Bryan Bridgewater - Clegg's Pest Control TechnicianMeet Bryan Bridgewater, a Pest Control Technician in the Clegg’s Morehead City, NC office. Bryan has been with Clegg’s for 22 years and is currently certified in Phase P (household pests) by the NC Department of Agriculture.

When asked what he enjoys most about his job, Bryan says, “I enjoy doing a good job and solving pest problems for my customers. It’s important to ask the right questions and really listen to people. I always try to treat people the way I would like to be treated.”

Bryan supports a number of charities, including the American Cancer Society, Red Cross, Wounded Warrior Project and the ASPCA. Watch for Bryan out and about in the Morehead City area!

Refer a Friend

Did you know that Clegg’s has a referral program? Existing customers can receive a $30 credit toward their next service by referring a friend or neighbor. Just make sure they let our team know that you are the person who referred them and we’ll credit your account after their initial service is complete. Questions? Email us at durhamoffice@cleggs.com.

 

 

Andrew Taylor Earns Board Certified Entomologist Status

Entomologist Andrew TaylorCongratulations to Clegg’s “insect guy” and Technical Director, Andrew Taylor. He earned his Board Certified Entomologist status on September 3, 2013. The Entomological Society of America offers two certifications. The first, Associate Certified Entomologist, or ACE, is geared toward structural pest management professionals looking for a more general professional development program. The second program is geared toward those with degrees in entomology or a related field who are looking for a rigorous continuing education program.

If you have questions regarding insects at your house or business, contact us and we’ll put Andrew to work to get you an answer!

Andrew Taylor, Board Certified Entomologist

September 2013 News: Crayons2Calculators

In the September 2013 issue of the Clegg’s newsletter: Clegg’s Supports Crayons2Calculators; Refer a Friend; Employee Profile | Tommy Griffin; Back to School Can Mean Head Lice; and Clegg’s Acquires Kiser Exterminating Inc.

Clegg’s Supports Crayons2Calculators

Clegg's Supports Crayons2CalculatorsOnce again this year, Clegg’s joined with numerous other individuals and organizations to support the Crayons2Calculators school supply drive of The Durham Teacher Warehouse Corp. A total of $54,000 in supplies was collected to benefit local students! The mission of Crayons2Calculators is to “serve the educational and creative needs of students in the Durham Public School system by providing free school supplies to classroom teachers.” They collect supplies and then invite Durham teachers into the warehouse to “shop” and outfit their classrooms at no charge.

A recent study by the National School Supply and Equipment Association found that in the 2012-13 school year, 99.5% of public school teachers reported spending their own money on school supplies, instructional materials and/or other classroom materials. Ten percent spent $1,000 or more of their own money in total for the school year-about double the percent as in past studies. We applaud Crayons2Calculators and its supporters for working toward ensuring that teachers no longer have to pay money from their own pockets in order to do their jobs effectively. Read more…

Refer a Friend

Did you know that Clegg’s has a referral program? Existing customers can receive a $30 credit toward their next service by referring a friend or neighbor. Just make sure they let our team know that you are the person who referred them and we’ll credit your account after their initial service is complete. Questions? Email us at durhamoffice@cleggs.com.

Employee Profile | Tommy Griffin

Tommy Griffin, Southport OfficeMeet Tommy Griffin, a pest technician with Clegg’s Southport/Oak Island office. Tommy has over 50 years of experience in the pest control industry, the last 13 of which have been with Clegg’s. Tommy’s entire family works in the pest control industry, and he learned the ropes from his father starting at the ripe old age of 12! Tommy currently handles the pest control needs of almost 500 families on Bald Head Island. When asked what he enjoys most about his job, Tommy replies, “Helping people.”

Outside of work, Tommy enjoys bowling, fishing and hunting. He also spends time volunteering with his church and the local fire department. If you are on Bald Head Island and see Tommy out and about, stop and say hello!

Back to School Can Mean Head Lice

Head Lice - Photo courtesy CDC.gov.Those of you with school-aged children know how easily lice can be spread at school. Here’s a helpful article by Clegg’s entomologist Andrew Taylor that tells you what you need to know if your child comes home with lice.

 

Clegg’s Acquires Kiser Exterminating

Clegg's Acquires Kiser ExterminatingClegg’s is pleased to announce that we have acquired Kiser Exterminating Inc., of Roxboro. Kiser will retain its name and continue operations as Kiser Exterminating with Marshall Kiser servicing his existing customers. He can be reached at 336-599-2381. Read more…