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.
Founded during President Harry S. Truman's first term, C&C Heating and Air Conditioning tends to heating and cooling systems throughout southeast Michigan with skill and techniques honed over more than half a century. The NATE-certified technicians swoop in for services in their Warehouse on Wheels, a truck toting more than 1,000 parts. Clad in shoe covers that keep carpets smudge-free, they spread out dropcloths designed to protect floors, valuables, and snoozing pet turtles. They then see to the task at hand, cleaning ducts and inspecting heating and cooling systems. They back each service with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
The DeRonne family continues its seven decades of hardware heritage by stocking life-simplifying hardware and home goods in the largest of the DeRonne True Value Hardware stores. Overcome childhood fears of the Canadian flag to eradicate autumn leaves and spruce-up down-spruced lawns with the help of a Green Thumb 24-inch rake ($9.49), 3-pound bag of fall-mix grass seed ($9.49), or weed and feed fertilizer ($10 for 5,000 sq. ft. of coverage). A Master Tradesman 8'x10' multipurpose tarp shelters moisture-sensitive goods from the elements ($8.99), and the shop's selection of Michigan-made products, such as Carhartt clothes, helps support and promote in-state manufacturers.
Whether you're wrapping a rectangle around your favorite still-shot or hunting for a specific tool or tint, Rainy Day's friendly, enthusiastic staff will happily assist in your artistic endeavors. The shop carries anything from Fun with Rock Painting kits ($9.95) to the Unemployed Philosophers Guild's Obamarama magnetic dress-up playsets ($12.99), as well as essentials for the established or aspiring artist, such as Prismacolor pencils ($19.31 for set of 12) and Crayola Ultimate Art Supplies sets ($21.19). On the custom framing side, the resident framesperts are equipped with a bounty of beautiful and inventive frames for a wide range of sizes. Though the pricing for elements varies just as much as their framed-in contents, framing averages around $15 to $25 per foot and around $145 total, depending on the glass, matting, and other options.
Certified by Tree Care Industry Association and winner of the association’s 2011 award for Outstanding Consumer Communication, Branch Tree Service, Inc. earns arboreal attention for its professional tree-care services and relationships with tree owners. Since 1983, the tree team has taken on a wide array of projects to ensure the health and vitality of residential and commercial landscape. The outfit’s landscape-beautification service keeps greenery aesthetically pleasing, and the pruning and tree-surgery service wards off overgrowth and makes daily strides toward helping trees walk again. In addition to keeping landscapes lush and leafy, the outfit can restore a down-on-its-luck yard to former attractiveness through its property-restoration services, which include pest management, growth stabilizers, and trunk injections.