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Kenneth Hamilton Pest Control Technician
Technician in the Spotlight
Kennith Hamilton

While we appreciate all of our wonderful family here at Killroy, every so often you come across a very special individual. Kenneth Hamilton is one of those. He is always ready and willing to try new things and lend a helping hand, often before it is requested.

Kenneth serves portions of Hayward, Castro Valley, Union City, Fremont, and Milpitas as well as parts of San Jose.

Kenneth has been with Killroy almost four years now, and his natural ability to listen to his customers, and to respond to their needs results in outstanding customer service and positive customer responses. Kenneth's customers love him.

Kenneth lives with his wife of 34 years, Sheryl, and is the proud father of three wonderful and successful children.

A lifelong musician, Kenneth enjoys playing bass in gospel and jazz ensembles.

Kenneth would like to tell all of his customers how much he appreciates the opportunity to serve them, and that they can "bug" him anytime!

Killroy offers all these services:

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

 

Fun Pest Facts

  • The Aphid Insect is born pregnant.
  • It is estimated there are 30 million different species of insects, making up almost 90% of all living things on the planet.
  • The world's smallest winged insect, the Tanzanian Parasitic Wasp, is smaller than the eye of a housefly.
  • The world's termites outweigh the world's humans 10 to 1.
  • Katydids have ears on their front legs.
  • Fish and insects do not have eyelids; instead, they have a hard lens protecting their eye.
  • There are more insects in one square mile of rural land than there are human beings on the entire earth.
  • There are nearly as many species of ants (8,800) as there are species of birds (9,000) in the world.
  • For more than 3,000 years, carpenter ants have been used to close wounds in India, Asia, and South America.
  • The average life expectancy of an ant is 45-60 days.
  • Ants don't sleep.

Killroy Kourier

Community Newsletter - Fall 2015

California's Drought is the Welcome Mat for Pests!

After four years of drought, California is being impacted in many areas such as water restrictions, empty reservoirs, dying trees and crops. While "Brown is the New Green" slogans can be found on many placards and websites, there seems to be an area of life that is adapting and perhaps thriving in the current conditions.

Even in a temperate climate such as California's, under normal conditions, many insects do not do well when the weather turns cold and wet. They are flooded out or frozen in their harborages. This helps to keep the numbers at a manageable level. With the mild, dry winters we have been experiencing, this effect has not been taking place. The drought has greatly diminished natural water sources for many bugs including ants, spiders, and cockroaches. This sends them into people's homes and businesses looking for food, water, and shelter.

drought

It is an ideal condition for, if I may be a bit dramatic, an insect "explosion" of sorts. Our phones have been very busy as new and current customers are reporting problems with more spiders than they have ever seen before. Oriental cockroaches are moving out of their normally dark and damp harborages, which are now bone dry storm drains and heading toward homes and structures seeking moisture. Ants are coming into structures, and fleas are making a comeback!

If we look at the broader picture, currently the Sierra's forests are experiencing high levels of mortality caused by bark beetles infesting trees stressed by drought, fire, and pathogens. The number of catastrophic fires is unprecedented.

Additionally, changes in the climate are affecting our agro-ecosystems. There are significant implications for California, the breadbasket of the world, not only for the population dynamics of native pests, but also for the occurrence and severity of invasive pests. Roughly 24 new invasive, (non-native) species of pests have been identified in California during the past four years. This can have great economic impact on the state. This does not include the number of invasive plants and weeds.

What can be done? On an individual level, we can all make sure that we do not transport plants and foodstuffs across state lines. We can keep our homes and yards maintained. Your Killroy Pest Management Professional will be inspecting your property in the course of their service protocol. They will be keeping an eye out for any potential harborages or problems, alerting you to any situations that can be helped by "habitat modification". They will select the proper material to help repel and/or control the problem. We encourage you to communicate with your service technician and point out any sightings you have noticed, or any problems you may be experiencing. Please be patient as these are not normal conditions. But rest assured we will be there for you.

There seems to be a better than 90% chance of a strong El Niño which typically leads to a wetter than normal fall-spring. Of course the operative word here is "chance". There are no guarantees, nor will one wet season solve the drought. Rest assured though, Killroy is here to help keep these pests at bay.

Killroy Korner

BEE Kind to BEES
Bee

Killroy Pest Control has taken the "Million Pollinator Garden Challenge" and created its own pollinator garden in front of our building. In partnership with Garden Samurai and Summer Wind Nursery, we are providing plants that are rich nectar and pollen sources for bees and butterflies, hoping to help revive their health and populations.

The transfer of pollen between flowers of the same species leads to fertilization and thus successful seed and fruit production in plants. Pollination ensures that a plant will produce "full-bodied fruit" and a set of sustainable seeds.

Globally, there are approximately 1,000 plants grown for food, beverages, fibers, spices, and medicines that need to be pollinated in order to produce the goods on which we depend. Pollinators help in the production of the following foods and beverages: apples, blueberries, chocolate, coffee, melons, peaches, potatoes, vanilla, almonds, and pumpkins. In the U.S., pollination supports the production of $40 billion in goods annually.

Worldwide there has been a disturbing amount of evidence pointing to our pollinators suffering a loss of habitat and a loss in numbers. Increases in pollinator death are thought to be due to diseases, parasites, and the misuse of chemicals. Honeybee colonies, especially, seem to be suffering more colony die-off than previously recorded.

Killroy Pest Control is very conscientious about our material use around pollinators in our customers' gardens and yards. We are aware of which materials are being scrutinized in regards to pollinator health, and we stay away from areas that have pollinator activity. If you are concerned about the activity in your yard and wish to keep it at a maximum, please feel free to tell your technician where you have seen pollinators.

When we receive calls regarding swarms and/or hives of stinging insects, we make sure they are not honey bees before we treat. If they are honey bees, we give our customers the names of bee-keepers who are willing to come out and take the colony with them to nurture in their bee yard.

Our Killroy pollinator garden is registered with SHARE, part of the Pollinator Partnership. It is not difficult to create a MPGC (Million Pollinator Garden Challenge) garden, and there are many websites that describe different types of plants and how to make it happen. You, too, could BEE a partner!

Past Issues:
Summer/Fall 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..)