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Lauren Kersten - Pest Control Technician
Technician in the Spotlight

Lauren Kersten

Many pest professionals come to our industry from other vocations, finding a niche in the pest industry after pursuing other professions. Lauren came to Killroy looking for one thing — and finding another.
Lauren initially came to apply for a job at Killroy for an administrative position. Through the course of the interview, she revealed that she was a graduate from UCSC in Environmental Studies and that her father was an entomologist working on the citrus psyllid.

After a bit more discussion, it was apparent that she would be a perfect fit for our Sensitive Solutions™ Division. We approached her with this other position, and she has not looked back. Lauren is very pleased that she can use the knowledge she learned in college in her career.

Lauren spends her free time playing guitar, hiking, and loving her dog Zaya.

She always has a ready smile for her customers.

Killroy offers all these services:

  • Termite Services
  • Tree Straying/Injection
  • Beneficial Insect Releases
  • Tunnel Topper (ask us!)
  • Rodent Control
  • Ground Squirrel Control
  • Dormant Spraying
  • Gopher & Mole Control
  • Fertilization & Root Feeding
  • Wild Animal Trapping
  • Weed Control
  • And more!

 

Fun Pest Facts

  • The number of insect species is believed to be between six and ten million.
  • Some insects such as gerridae (water striders), are able to walk on the surface of water.
  • Insects are cold blooded.
  • Bees are found on every continent except Antarctica.
  • Crickets have ears on their legs.
  • Ladybirds can eat as many as 5,000 aphids in their lifetime, which makes them a gardener's best friend.
  • Beetles are the most common creatures on earth. One out of every four living creatures is a beetle. The Beatles on the other hand were the rarest of living creatures!
  • A cockroach can live up to 9 days without its head. The reason it can't live longer is because without a head, it can't eat.
  • A fear of insects is known as Entomophobia.
  • Insects don't have noses.
  • Bees cannot recognize the color red.
  • The average life expectancy of an ant is 45-60 days.

Killroy Kourier

Community Newsletter - Winter / Spring 2017

A New Era, A New Look

new sensitive solutions truck

Killroy is getting a new look to its fleet. Keep an eye out for your technician's "ride" as we are gradually moving into the Ford F150 line of vehicles. We will be implementing a new, lower, cleaner profile with the majority of our power equipment "under the hood" of the vehicles cargo bed.
The design, engineering and installation has been under the direction of our Senior Fleet Manager and Tree and Turf Specialist, Ken Macedo. He has been working side-by-side with Group Coordinator, Garrett Schmidt and the two of them have come up with a prototype that is both ergonomically and economically efficient. The above captioned vehicle is one of our Sensitive Solutions™ vehicles. Regular Killroy Pest Control customers will still see the familiar red body color and signature white arrow. You will know "Killroy Was Here"!

Winter Weed Control Program

winter weed control program

Many customers have us apply pre-emergent herbicides annually in winter to prevent a wide spectrum of annual weeds from becoming a fire hazard or major landscape nuisance in the late spring. Gravel areas, fence lines, driveways, propane tanks, and industrial areas where weeds must be controlled are all good areas to treat. Steep slopes should be evaluated for potential erosion issues before being sprayed. Other treatment options exist for chemically mowing these areas in the spring. While not all weeds are controlled, the need for hand weeding and mechanical control can be greatly reduced.

Killroy Korner

The Best Defense is a Good Offense

Here at Killroy, it is our goal to provide a balanced, pest management program for your home and/or business that meets your expectations and reflects the most efficient use of resources, both yours and ours. While doing this, we strive to be good stewards of the environment and guardians of the community's health by using pro-active inspections and the least toxic, yet effective materials and technologies available.

It is also our desire to provide these services at the most cost effective rates we possibly can.

These services and our pricing are accomplished by setting up our customers with a pest management program that is structured on a regular service cycle. This allows your Killroy pest management professional with access to your property so they may perform regular inspections and treatments before issues can get “out of hand”. This helps to ward off potential problems before they can cause greater damage to your home, business and landscape.

At times we have customers who have to “skip” there regularly scheduled service. We understand that life happens. There are times when travel, visitors or unexpected circumstances arise. We know there are special circumstances such as remodeling, painting etc., and we have made special exceptions for those situations. Unfortunately, some of our valued customers tend to “skip” their service on a more frequent basis. Sometimes our customers do not get back to our technicians to confirm a service. This causes prob- lems when regular inspections are not taking place. Pest levels increase and your pest management professional has to spend extra time and apply more materials to your property to regain control.

Killroy has created a new policy to address this situation.

Effective January 1, 2017, if a customer “skips” two consecutive, regularly scheduled services, Killroy will send a “Skip” letter stating that it is Killroy Pest Control’s Policy to convert the customer to a “Special Call-In Customer”. This would mean we would no longer schedule your maintenance services and you will be asked to call in when you are ready for a treatment. You would receive a special discounted price of $120.00 at that time.

We want all of our customers to know how much we value their business and we want to provide the highest level of service to them.

Past Issues:
Summer 2016 (Zika, Bed Bugs, David Colombo in the Spotlight) Spring 2016 (Rain, Termites, 60-year Anniversary, David Flowers in the Spotlight) Fall 2015 (Drought, Bees, Kenneth Hamilton in the Spotlight) Summer 2015 (Tribute to Phil Olavarri, Steve @ Killroy in the Spotlight) Fall 2014 (Winter Pest Control, Trees Need Killroy, Pismo Beach Trip, Customer Service, Daniel Corry, etc.) Summer 2014 (Killroy is Growing, San Jose Giants, Drought, Andrew Gibson, etc.) Spring 2014 (Drought, Olive Trees, Trees, Richard Schmidt, Vice President, etc.) Fall 2013 (Wildlife, Lynn Olavarri / President, Nematodes, Lawns, etc.) Spring 2013 (Ants, Termites, Trees, Rain, etc.) Summer 2013 (Summer Pests, Tri Valley Branch, Diamond Certified, Mike Flowers Sr. - General Manager, Lawns Need Killroy, Referral Rewards, etc..)