Gary Morgan’s pest-control techniques have been refined through his encounters with insects in the most unexpected of places. Called in to help a business solve its carpenter-ant problem, Morgan checked all the usual spots but found nary a bug in the building’s wood or along the exterior. He then tracked the tiny creatures back to an unopened computer box. Inside, he found a nest in the keyboard, and saw that the ants were feeding on the rubber mechanisms that gave the keys their spring action.
Morgan thrives on solving pest problems like these, the jobs that make him “everybody’s hero.” Growing up an outdoorsy kid who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and teaching trees how to read, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to be when he grew up. Then his brother got him an interview at an exterminator, and he “knew this is what I was supposed to do.” After gaining experience by working for companies such as Orkin, the independently minded Morgan eventually struck out on his own in 2003, buying Aapex Pest Control a year later. Today, he continues vanquishing structure-infesting intruders from cockroaches to rodents and proudly proclaims he’s smote every bed bug that’s ever challenged him to a pillow fight. In addition to servicing clients’ homes, he also posts tips to help homeowners prevent pest intrusions.
Designed to Move's concept is simple: provide a personal and affordable moving experience without the bureaucracy of larger moving chains. The owners are often on hand during local and long-distance moves to ensure quality of service and see that furniture pieces don't wander off on their own. What's more, they guarantee that the movers will roll up in their big white truck right on time. The company also offers an array of packing services, as well as temporary storage for furniture and mimes who want a taste of real captivity.
Family owned and operated since 1924, Detroit Hardware Co. bolsters do-it-yourself home projects with an inventory of hardware, tools, and landscaping supplies. Handy men and women circulate tool-lined thoroughfares, picking up new garden tools ($2.99–$125) to beautify landscapes or new hammers ($4.99+) to pound nails or lumpy pancakes. Cast-iron cookware ($12.99+) heats heavy-duty meals, just as roasters ($12.99+) and bake ware ($4.99–$18.99) simmer savory dishes for holiday dining. As patrons tackle weekend to-do lists, friendly keysmiths stand by ready to replicate keys ($1–$4) for new roommates or encrypted computer files.
The chimney specialists at Detroit City Sweep unclog flues of soot and other buildup that might be preventing proper ventilation and posing a safety risk. After laying down a protective barrier to prevent damage to carpeting or interior surfaces, the sweep sets about brushing the chimney from top to bottom. Over the course of the visit, which can last up to 45 minutes, he also performs a 26-point safety inspection and, once finished, informs the homeowner when the fireplace is again safe for use. In keeping with the unclogging theme, the team also performs dryer vent cleanings and gutter cleaning, wherein they remove sticks, leaves, and other detritus from the gutter so that rainwater might run off unimpeded. Detroit City Sweep also offers masonry repair services.
Within The Shelving Store's cheery showroom, a cornucopia of boxes, bins, racks, hooks, creative storage solutions, and shelves beg to organize overflowing junk closets, structurally unsound pantries, and unruly woodshop Kewpies. With chrome wire shelving, uptight organizers can festoon messy abodes with functional shiny objects, such as the DIY wine rack to keep potent potables within their proper place. ShoeTrap shoe storage systems provide excellent kennels for foot-wrappers, while the Asian-inspired designs of decorative Zen shelving add a touch of feng shui to a cluttered space. Flustered parents can pick up candy-colored kids' lockers to help their spawn practice escaping from them before high school.