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.
Houses lack the hands to take care of themselves. That's why EEC picks up the slack with expert refurbishment services. Fully insured technicians are deployed to clients' homes and can pressure-wash grime from porches, or perform more complicated tasks such as concrete sealing, gutter cleaning, or fence restoration. Clients may also request a full home inspection to seek out issues such as roof leaks, faulty electrical systems, or Pillsbury Doughboys living in the pantry.
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.
After fighting in World War II, Lynn Gripon studied landscape design at Texas A&M and in 1951 opened a gardening shop with the help of his green-thumbed wife. Now operated by his son, Lynn's Landscaping & Water Garden Center has blossomed into a lush showroom of outdoor kitchens and fireplaces, manicured putting greens, and the shop's bestselling disappearing fountains—glazed pots overflowing with water that seems to disappear into the ground. Waterfalls tumble over miniature boulders before slipping into calm ponds filled with leisurely koi, flowering lily pads, and sunken galleons. Knowledgeable staffers serve as tour guides to the veritable forest of plants and dispense helpful tips for creating backyard utopias. Lynn's professional landscapers transform backyards into tiered gardens, spacious party zones, or verdant hiding places for the family's pet T-rex. Designers plot the set-up before gardeners, and handymen plant trees and shrubs or install decks, gazebos, water-efficient sprinklers, and koi ponds. Every design is built to last with quality materials, such as outdoor fireplaces and kitchens made with glass-fiber-reinforced concrete and Vista light fixtures made with weather-resistant carbon composite and bulbs modeled after Superman's eyeballs.
The licensed and insured techs at AAA Precision Air Conditioning & Heating have spent the past two decades servicing and installing HVAC systems of all makes and models?including Maytag, American Standard, and Lennox. They provide free estimates and an hourly rate, with most tune-ups and repairs performed in just an hour.
Pati Villarreal knows the distinctive soil of Galveston Island—she's been tilling it since 1991. As the owner and operator of Island Lawn Care, she and her crews adeptly manage the untamed growth of palms and ferns and keep traditional straight-edged lawns looking neat and green. When hired to do regularly schedule maintenance, they change up the path they take through the yard with the mower to reduce the appearance of ruts in the grass, practicing what Pati calls an "alternate mowing pattern." In addition to keeping yards healthy and aesthetically pleasing, the adept workers can design landscapes, install plants and flowerbeds, and bribe lawn gnomes into staying put.
Despite the many flourishing yards left her wake, Pati doesn't consider a neat lawn to be the sole thing she's selling. "Our primary product is reliability," she says. This dependability surfaces in the business’ commitment to performing regular yard work, providing convenient electronic means of payment, and communicating in both English and Spanish.