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.
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.