Tom Bray noticed a pattern when he looked at the history of pest control. Many popular products, such as DDT and radioactive fly swatters, were ultimately deemed unsafe and banned. So, when he went into business as The Bug Man, Mr. Bray decided to avoid toxins all together.
The Bug Man's technicians use EcoSmart pesticides for the majority of their services. These toxin-free products block the neurotransmitter receptors in invertebrates, but remain virtually harmless to mammals. This allows the techs to eliminate mosquitoes, ants, and termites without harm to family members or pets—except for that giant grasshopper that works as the butler.
The courteous cleaners at Sparkles Maid Services work to make good on their company's name by making their clients' homes and offices sparkle. With eco-friendly cleaning supplies in hand, they sanitize bathrooms, scour kitchens, and dust every surface they see. And for those whose homes need a bit of extra attention, they provide move-in/move-out cleaning and act as the clean-up crew after a rollicking party or destructive book club.
An affordable and monumental selection of sofas, beds, desks, and sarcophagi mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture’s wondrous warehouse. A Matrix Accent Chair ($219.99) commands shoppers’ attention with its sleek, contemporary design, and Kira furnishings provide stylish sites for storage, studying, or snoozing. A Sydney Accent Chair ($199.99) or Cubit ottoman set ($99.99) anticipate increasing the comfort of various human inactivities, while the Romy Accent Table Group consists of one cocktail and two end tables, creating a table cartel ruling over a home's Speed Quarters surface needs.
Pearland Furniture’s collection of domestic outfittings from brands such as Broyhill, Ashley, and Howard Miller can imbue any living room, bedroom, or bedroom with a sense of homey tranquility and dignified panache. Slip into royal slumber atop a majestic queen-size mattress set ($749) from Pearland's mattress collection, or dream of overthrowing your closet's court jester with a plush, comfy pillow ($79). Elegant lamps ($189–$249) and other domestic accessories can complement an artful Broyhill sofa-and-loveseat set ($2,699) or shed light on a new table and set of four chairs ($447). The venerable emporium’s friendly sales staff readily answers questions, and its in-house decorator can help customers coordinate fabrics, furniture styles, and choral arrangements of wall-mounted singing fish.
Realizing that she was left with little time for cleaning after getting through the rest of her family and work obligations, Miss Marie started hiring maids to clean her home. But the results weren’t always great. Generally dissatisfied with these housekeepers’ work, she started her own housecleaning business to help people keep their homes exceptionally tidy and give them back the hours they would otherwise spend cleaning. For each job, Miss Marie’s Maids dispatches teams of two to homes to harvest sparkling surfaces with eco-conscious tools, such as steam mops for hardwood floors, chemical-free cleansers, and microfiber towels. Like the internationally accepted rules for hide-and-seek, their service checklist includes all the major areas of the home, and clients can invest in extras such as laundry, oven cleaning, and pantry organization.