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Rick O'Hara - Rodent Pest Control Specialist
Technician in the Spotlight

Rick O'Hara

If you start hearing noises in the attic or have heard noises in the past, then chances are you have already met Rick O'Hara or will meet him in the future. He is Killroy's Rodent Specialist. Rick has the unique ability to find and seal off the sometimes elusive entry points those little critters are using to access your home or business.

Rick came to us several years ago from the custom granite and stone industry, with Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch on his resume. He decided that lifting huge pieces of stone was not in his back's best interest, and he joined the Killroy Family.

Speaking of family, Rick is the very proud father of his daughter Carley, a talented vocalist and student; and his son Michael, a pro golfer. You can find Rick spending his spare time playing golf and riding dirt bikes. If you hear some noises up top, give Rick a call to make it stop.

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

  • Beetles are the most common creature on earth. One out of every four animals is a type of beetle.
  • The praying mantis is the only insect that has only one ear.
  • The average bed contains up to 6 million dust mites, but at least they don't snore.
  • The phrase "army of ants" is more fitting than you think. Ants are one of only three species on earth that fight battles in formations. The other two are crows and humans.
  • The bulldog ant is the most dangerous ant on the planet. A native of Australia, it is responsible for killing several humans.
  • Most insects can fly.
  • Bugs do not have lungs, most have compound eyes and are cold-blooded.
  • Insects were the earliest organisms to produce sounds and to sense them.
  • In many species of wasps, unfertilized eggs become males, while fertilized eggs become females.
  • 160 insect species are either presumed extinct or missing.
  • Insects eat more plants than any other species on earth.

Killroy Kourier

Community Newsletter - Winter 2017-18

"The Times They are a Changing"

by Robert Zimmerman

Some of our customers have recently had questions regarding the new techniques their personal pest management professionals have been implementing in the past year or so. Due to regulations, we can no longer treat certain areas of your home or business the same way we used to. Water quality and runoff are increasingly scrutinized. This is monitored by a small species of shrimp called Hyalella Azteca which are basically the "canary in the cave" as far as measuring pesticide levels in the delta. These measurements are calculated in parts per trillion (1 part per trillion (ppt)= 1/1,000 times 1 ppb or 1 x 1012 or 0.000000000001).

Although a very small number, it is one our regulators pay close attention to. This has led to restrictions to the areas that can be treated on your property and materials that can be used at different times of the year. There is also great concern about consumer misuse and the proper application and disposal of pesticides and their containers for products purchased at retailers like Home Depot, OSH and on the internet.

Taking care of your pest management is still our highest priority while still being good stewards of the environment. Your pest management professional has been trained and armed with the latest techniques and materials to deal with your pest issues and still be in compliance. This includes the use of a webster and targeted applications where the pests reside as well as using environmentally friendly materials in the "wet" months. Your ornamental plants can still be treated and dormant applications performed. We cannot treat on hardscapes during the rainy season, but that is not where insects typically inhabit in cold, wet weather. They want to come inside where it is warm and dry. That is why your pest management professional will place a barrier around your property to keep them out.

Feel free to talk with your technician about the new regulations, or call the office and speak with one of our representatives. They will be happy to speak with you.

Remember your service is always guaranteed. Thanks for your business and for being a part of the Killroy family!

Winter Weed Control Program

Many customers ask us to apply pre-emergent herbicides annually in winter to prevent a wide spectrum of annual weeds from becoming a fire hazard or major landscape issue 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. Ask about our new re-application policy.

If this sounds like something that might benefit you, please call Killroy at 888-545-5769 and we can put you on the schedule.

And we offer a special discount!! (see below)

Killroy Korner

with Laura Hammon
Killroy Entomologist
termite-house

"How do you find all these cool bugs?"

People ask me that all the time about the amazing and sometimes quite beautiful local insects and other arthropods I come across. Here's the answer: we don't have to go looking for amazing local bugs. We just have to use our eyes to see what is right in front of us!

Going about our busy lives, we so often fail to notice the little things we encounter every day: the diversity of moths and other insects that fly to our porchlights at night, the large and striking Green Fruit Beetle with its iridescent underbelly, the inconspicuous and delicate eggs of a Lacewing which looks like a single pearl on a silver thread on a garden leaf, graceful and venomous Black Widow spiders eating small pests in our gardens, the sharp snap of a click beetle as it hurls itself straight up flipping in multiple summersaults nearly 1 foot into the air (which is equivalent to me jumping 125 feet!). Yes, these amazing tiny animals are all around us, we just have to learn how to see them.

While insects, arachnids, and related arthropods (like the adorable "Rollie Pollies"), all have a role to play in our home ecosystems, we all prefer that they stay outside, and don’t cause too much damage in our gardens. There are many things we can do to help keep bugs in check. One thing we can do is as simple as raking. Yes, raking the fallen leaves in your yard, on the walkways, and in the landscaped areas, will help keep pests at bay. Fallen leaves provide shelter for bugs, bugs will eat the leaves and lay their eggs on and under the leaves, and the young bugs have a protected space to forage with less exposure to predators. Keeping the leaves raked—and also making sure bushes are not thick against the ground—will help discourage foraging insects, like ground beetles, earwigs, and outdoor roaches, and will also help discourage slugs, snails, and even rats and mice!

As an avid gardener myself, I also recommend keeping the leaves raked to help prevent mold and fungus growth, which can spread to your plants and cause damage. Raking leaves, as opposed to using a leaf blower, also serves to disturb ant colonies, which can help keep them from getting too comfortable and then deciding to explore your home, and can also help with aphid control (yes, ants "farm" and protect aphids… but that is a story for another day!).

So, as the weather gets cooler and the wind and rains pick up, it’s time to put on your gardening gloves and rake some leaves! You'll help keep your garden pests in check, you'll get some fresh air and healthy exercise, and you may even see some examples of the amazing bugs we have right here in our own backyard.

Remember your Killroy personal Pest Management Professional is there to assist you in identifying conditions around your home that are conducive to pest harborages. They will also take proactive measures to ensure pests do not enter your home or business. Remember, your service is guaranteed. If there is a problem, we will be there.

Past Issues:
Summer 2017 (Introducing Killroy's Customer Service Team, 45 Years at Killroy! Meet Don Taylor, Tom Votta in the Spotlight, San Diego Team Building) Spring 2017 (New Era New Look, Winter Weed Control Program, Lauren Kersten in the Spotlight, Policy Change: Regularly Scheduled Services) 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..)