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Frank La Rosa - Pest Control Specialist
Technician in the Spotlight

Frank La Rosa

Frank has been with Killroy Pest Control for 22 years. He always goes above and beyond in his efforts, whether it is with his customers or for the company itself.

Frank treats Killroy as if it was his own company. He is always looking for ways in which he can improve on his level of service to his customers, looking at ways he can assist his fellow employees, or looking to save the company time and money.

Frank was a natural choice to be selected as a Group Coordinator! This is a position where he manages and assists other technicians under his tutelage, making sure they have what they need to better serve their customers.

When he does take time off, Frank enjoys spending it with his wife and son.

Killroy is very fortunate to have Frank as a member of the family.

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 strongest insect on the planet is a dung beetle. It can pull 1,141 times its own body weight!
  • Lacewings have ears at the base of their wings.
  • A meadow froghopper can jump more than 100 times its height, up to 28 inches.
  • A guy-fly caught a bb in mid-air traveling at 90 miles per hour fired from an air rifle.
  • An African species of termite, Macrotermes hellicus, lays up to 43,000 eggs in a day, one every 2 seconds.
  • Dragon flies have the most impressive compound eyes which enable them to see a nearly 360 degree field of view.
  • The heftiest insect found today comes from New Zealand. The giant weta, a cricket-like beast can weigh more than a pound!
  • The oldest insect fossil - a set of jaws - actually goes back 400 million years, suggesting insects were among the first species to transition from land to sea. This was about 170 million years before dinosaurs.
  • There are about 10 quadrillion ants on the planet. That's about 1.4 million ants per person.
  • 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 - Spring / Summer 2017

We're Growing!

Killroy ownership has never tried to be one of the largest local pest control firms, nor has it wanted to sell the company to a nationwide conglomerate. Our desire has always been to operate a family-oriented company; one where the customers and employees alike feel valued and have access to ownership without having to maneuver past layers of management. For over 61 years, Killroy has been a company that has embraced controlled growth. We have a philosophy of keeping not only our customers happy, but of retaining our employees as well. The average tenure companywide is 17 years.

 

Part of our growth strategy has led to some wonderful new additions to our team. We are pleased to introduce you to our newest technicians: Steven Sanchez, Eddie Ruiz, and Rudy Melendez. We are also welcoming back Dennis Hatfield. All of these individuals are fully licensed and bring years of experience with them.

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Steven joins us as a structural pest technician as well as a termite inspector and treatment technician. Both Eddie and Rudy come to us as structural pest technicians. Dennis Hatfield worked for Killroy in both our Campbell and Tracy offices before he left to become a first responder, working for the Manteca Fire Department. With his fire-fighting schedule, he has some days free. He decided to "come back home" for those extra hours. We are very excited to welcome all four of these gentlemen to the Killroy family. If you see them in your neighborhood, please say hello. They might be your new personal, pest management professional.

Wet Winter = Mosquitos in the Spring

As the weather warms up following a very wet winter, mosquitos may be emerging. Local municipal or county agencies may authorize fogging in some neighborhoods. We can help when we come for your regular service by inspecting the yard, treating some of the foliage where adult mosquitos hide during the day, and alerting you to any standing water in your yard. But, we are a partnership, and this will require some diligence on your part. Mosquitos breed in standing water. Look for sources of it around your home or business, including flowerpot saucers, clogged gutters, unattended water features, abandoned swimming pools, even over watered areas of your lawns etc. Also, be sure to check with your neighbors for a cooperative effort. Mosquitos do not recognize property lines. Be sure to set a defensive, proactive border where you live.

​​"Keep standing water out of sight to prevent the bite!"

Termite Talk

with Mike Ledesma
termite-house

It's spring, and with all of the rain we've had this year, there could be potential problems under your home. Standing water, fungus damage, or subterranean termites could be lurking. After the sub area dries out you should schedule an inspection. We can possibly give you some tips on diverting the water with the use of sump pumps, French drains or other hydro methods.

As soon as the sun comes out you are bound to see subterranean termites swarming. This could be a good indication that there may be termite activity in your home or business. Even when the ‘swarming season” ends, it doesn't mean that out of sight, out of mind applies here. There can still be activity in or under your home. Let us help you put your mind at ease.

Killroy has been using Termidor® for more than 16 years, and it is still our go to method for successfully controlling subterranean termites. Termidor® is used at very low rates, and has virtually no odor, which means you and your family won’t notice a thing. Termidor works via a “transfer” effect. Once a termite comes in contact with it, they become a “carrier”. It does not die on contact, but instead transfers the material via preening with other termites, leading to complete eradication of the colony. This can be 2-6 times faster than a baiting system. There are a number of formulations available.

We often get inquiries regarding orange oil. The active ingredient is steam extracted delimonene. It is a “safe” product to use; it can even be found in fruitcake. We have looked into it and it will kill termites that come into contact with it. The inherent problem is getting it to every termite! Many of the termites, including the queens can be in inaccessible areas. How do you deliver the material to them? Orange oil is a contact kill. The termite that comes in contact with it dies there, or very close to where it was exposed. It cannot “transfer” it to the other termites as Termidor® does. It is not appropriate for subterranean termites.

Other termite treatments offered by Killroy Pest Control include fumigation and heat treatment. Give us a call.

Your best protection is a complete inspection.

We have many years of experience and will provide you with peace of mind regarding your greatest investment.

Past Issues:
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..)