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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…





Back to School Can Mean Head Lice

Head Lice - Photo courtesy CDC.gov.

It’s that time of year again when parents and kids gear up for another year of school. All too often kids come home from school itching and scratching their heads constantly, and upon further investigation it is determined to be head lice (Pediculus humanus capitis De Geer). If you haven’t personally dealt with head lice, consider yourself lucky. When I was younger, my brothers and I were getting haircuts when the stylist jumped back and notified our mother we had lice! We went home with half-done haircuts and had to have our heads shaved. We made piles of our clothes and linens and set them ablaze (ok not really, but as parents we may be tempted to do this). We went through the special combs and pesticidal shampoo, and got a clean bill of health to return to school.

Head Lice - Unhatched Nit - Courtesy CDC.gov

Unhatched nit attached to strand of hair.

There are a lot of myths when it comes to head lice. First, they do not jump. Second, they do not spread to the entire body (that is a different kind of louse, the body louse, less frequently encountered). Third, it is not transmitted by animals to humans. Lice are very host specific, and unlike fleas which feed on many types of animals, a head louse will only feed on the scalp of humans. They are spread from human to human by sharing hats, combs, or headbands, et cetera. Encourage your children, especially daughters, not to share items like these in order to help lessen the chance of getting head lice. So what do you need to know when dealing with possible head lice on your child?

Head Lice Nymphs to Adults

Nymph stages 1-3 and adult male and female (L-R).
Photo courtesy James Gathany, CDC.gov website.

Remain calm. Head lice are often misdiagnosed by someone who is not familiar with head lice. Small clumps of hair gel or hairspray can look similar to the eggs of lice. The actual eggs, called nits, are glued to the hair and hard to remove. Special “nit” combs are needed to remove the eggs (metal “nit” combs are the best to use due to their durability). A person inspecting for head lice is advised to look for the adult lice behind the ears. An adult louse will be about an 1/8 of an inch long. If you are certain that the child has head lice, consult your local pharmacy for the best pesticidal shampoo, and comb to use on your child.

A pesticidal shampoo is by no means a cure-all, and parents have to realize that it is a pesticide that can cause ill-effects in children if misused. In short, follow the directions exactly on the bottle. A second treatment on the child may be necessary. The next thing parents should focus on is items like combs, towels, linens, and other items worn on the head. These items can be dry-cleaned, or washed in warm water for about 10 minutes (125-130 degrees). Head lice will not survive long off of a host (less than a day).

Finally, if you follow these steps you will have a good chance of taking care of the problem. If you are unsure and need a second opinion, I encourage you to consult a public health professional well versed in identifying head lice.

This article was written by Clegg’s Entomologist Andrew Taylor.