Common household pests such as ants, termites, cockroaches, flies, and spiders can carry up to 33 types of bacteria, including some that cause illness in humans. They can eat away at a building's framework, as well as homeowners' ability to confidently sleep with their mouths open. This is why Terminix technicians aren't satisfied with simply eliminating current pest problems—they strive to also prevent future infestations, and they guarantee their ability to do so.
Terminix team members know all the obscure places where pests like to hide: in water-heater closets, fireplaces, the centers of donuts, plumbing penetrations, and the weep holes in wood-veneer walls. Their response to an infestation varies depending on the home's unique situation, but services may include sweeping away spider webs and wasps nests from the eaves of the home, setting up traps, dusting and spraying interior or exterior crevices that are prone to pests, and spraying around the home's foundation.
In 1982, brothers Jerry and Kenny Bell headed off to Arizona's Universal Technical Institute to learn the ins and outs of the HVAC field. When they came back to Elk Grove, they earned their chops at various companies while helping out with their father's new pizza parlor, Pizza Bell. In 1991, they decided to strike out on their own—two men in a pickup truck on a mission to repair and maintain heating and air-conditioning systems. Their only advertisements were flyers pasted on top of Pizza Bell boxes and willing strangers' foreheads.
They've come a long way since pizza-based advertising, employing an experienced staff of industry certified, professionally trained, background-checked and drug-tested technicians who thoroughly tune up air-conditioning units with a 30-point cleaning, calibration, and fine-tuning process. In addition to replacing heating and air-conditioning systems, their technicians can parachute to homes to inspect, maintain, and repair entire HVAC and furnace systems.
Happy, fulfilled bees work hard to help create the extensive list of products available at beekind. Honeys include a spreadable creamed variety in flavors such as cinnamon ($14 for 12.5 ounces), as well as infused honeys enriched with lavender, thyme, and chai spices ($17 each for 12 ounces). Either location's tasting bar ensures that each of its customers find the correct concoction for his or her honey tooth. The soaps, lotions, and ointments that beekind carries are derived from beeswax, pollen, and honey, which contain natural anti-bacterial properties. Nab a tube of VenoX ointment ($28) and harness the mysterious power of bee venom to aid a variety of ills, including sore muscles and sports injuries. Beeswax candles from beekind are harvested with extra tiny q-tips and come in a variety of shapes and sizes; the 3-inch pillar candle boasts 40 hours of burn time ($14). See the beekind website for beekeeeping supplies and additional bee-related products.
While humans congregate in kitchens and dining rooms, rodents prefer a house's less populated areas, such as attics and crawlspaces. That's where Attic Star's cleaning crew heads to assess the damage left behind by unwelcome critters. The crew will remove any contamination, and disinfect surfaces to rid attics of bacteria and unpleasant odors. If rodents have sullied insulation or air vents, Attic Star's personnel will carefully remove the tainted pieces before replacing and rodent-proofing each part. In fact, Attic Star offers rodent-proofing for entire houses, which saves homeowners the hassle of moving into a giant mousetrap.
Like their wizard mascot, the technicians of Bugs Be Gone Pest Control Management zap household pests and rodents. Though not clad in starry robes, they rid homes and businesses of invasive bugs with their expertise in alchemical concoctions. The exterminators also trek onto pest-ravaged lawns and gardens to save chewed-up plants and arachnophobic lawn gnomes.
The landscapers at each Weed Man location honor the company’s four decades in the lawn care business through a wide range of yard-beautifying services, from weed control and aeration to pest control and organic topdressings. Each one aims to reveal vibrant, healthy lawns that might currently be strangled by crabgrass or covered by a big, ugly blanket. After tests to determine soil pH level and identify any presence of disease, the team concocts tailored programs for each individual lawn to help cure its health issues and render it usable by homeowners.