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Lillian Guerrero - office administration staff
Employee in the Spotlight

Lillian Guerrero

For this issue we are highlighting a valued member of our office administration staff. Lillian Guerrero has been with Killroy for 14 years, and in the industry for 30 years!

She is our office manager, and continues to handle the administrative side of our termite department. She fields most of our customer's questions regarding our termite services, and schedules the inspectors and service technicians. With her extensive experience in the area of termites, there is not a situation she has yet to come across. With her confidence, she eases customer's concerns regarding their scheduled service.

When Lillian is not at Killroy, she spends her time with family, and is a member of The Letterman's Club Bowling team. This is a team that has been around since 1949! Lil also enjoys exercising and collecting a wide variety of mice memorabilia and collectables.

Lillian wants all of Killroy's customers to know how much she appreciates their business and what a pleasure it is working with them.

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Killroy Calendars have long been a part of our history. But times are changing, and many people now keep their calendar on their phones, tablets or computers. If you would still like to receive a Killroy Calendar, please call the office and we will gladly mail one to you.

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

  • Medieval physicians prescribed ground up ants in medications, as a cure for leprosy and freckles.
  • Relative to their body size, and American cockroach can run 4 times faster than a cheetah.
  • The Masked Hunter is so named because their young can look like walking dust bunnies when they camouflage themselves with dust to sneak up on prey. The good news is one of their common meals is the bed bug.
  • Consideration was given to using the honey bee as messengers during WWII, by strapping tiny capsules to their legs containing vital information.
  • The fruit fly will sing and dance in order to attract females.
  • Some physicians use blow flies to clean out infected wounds.

Killroy Kourier

Community Newsletter - Winter 2018-19

Changing Seasons

We can all sense Mother Nature preparing for fall. While we may be longing to keep the summer vibe going, pests are strict realists. The moment it feels like the temperature is starting to drop, pests enter their fall mode.

Pests change their behavior to prepare for fall in all kinds of ways. Unfortunately, almost all of these changes are going to affect you and your home, too. That means even if you're not ready to give up on summer, we recommend brushing up on fall pest prevention. Here's how the pests all around you are getting ready for winter, and how you can keep them out all fall and hopefully winter too.

STORING UP

Everyone knows squirrels and chipmunks spend fall busily chowing down on everything they can find. But did you know a lot of pests do the same thing? In fall, bees and wasps stop growing their colonies. Instead, drones start seeking out carbohydrate and sugar-dense foods to feed on. You'll notice bees and wasps more in mid-to-late fall, because they'll start ranging out further from their nests.

Other pests change up their eating habits in fall, too, looking for fattier and more filling meals. Raccoons and Skunks will be eating your fallen fruit. Be sure to pick it up as soon as possible! For many pests that feed on decaying plant material, fall is the time of year when food becomes most abundant. Centipedes, Oriental roaches, millipedes, sows, wood louses, beetles, and flies all commonly feed on dying leaves and grasses. Piles of leaves also give pests an opportunity to stay covered and sheltered while they eat, this is especially true for ants and termites. The abundance of natural food means you may encounter decomposer pests more frequently around this time of year than usual.

FINDING SHELTER

Pests can seem uncannily good at sensing the changing of the season. They’ve had to get good at it to survive this long! Starting in late summer, many pests will start actively preparing shelters for colder weather. Pests like rodents will begin building nests by gathering loose material. Spiders will move to sheltered areas where they can intercept insects trying to seek cover. Many types of beetles and other bugs will burrow underground or squeeze into tree bark. Pests usually build their shelters around or into existing structures. Rocks, trees, porches and decks, and other standing cover makes their jobs much easier. Even burrowing animals will usually dig under some form of pre-existing structure. Look for nests, burrows, and other pest shelters in your yard, shed, or garage. Pests like to take shelter in corners and dark, secluded areas. Whenever possible, they’ll build their shelter near sources of warmth and food.

As you’ve probably noticed, insects tend to become quite active in fall. As temper- atures drop and the sun sets earlier, bugs have an opportunity to move around more. They’re also working on a deadline because they have to find shelter before the first frost of winter. For many bugs, staying out and remaining active longer is a necessity.

Spiders often move their webs around fall every year strategically position themselves in access points between pests and possible shelter. When their prey sneaks through these access points to get inside, they’re trapped in the spider’s web. Other predatory pests like centipedes and wasps exhibit similar behavior in fall. Unfortunately, some of these hunting pests will even enter your home to pursue their prey. Rodents often find access points by chasing insects through them.

As temperatures drop, pests of all kinds become desperate for a place to keep warm. Insects and rodents start looking for winter shelter early. Throughout fall, several common pests will spend a lot of time trying to get into your home. They’ll feel for drafts, follow smells, and crawl along warm places until they sniff out an access point. Different kinds of pests get in dif- ferent ways, but they usually involve a crack in your home’s defenses.

Fall pests enter homes through cracks, gaps, tiny openings, and damage you may not notice. As a general rule, pests need a much smaller opening than you think they do. If you can see the gap, they can use the gap. Pay particu- lar attention to foundation vents, door and window sills and frames and roof overhangs. Pests also like entering homes in secluded, dark places. If a pest gets in your home, they probably did it from the basement sub area or attic.

Whether we like it or not, fall and winter are quickly approaching. The pests all around us are already preparing for it. Unless we want to get blindsided by fall and the pests that come with it, we should prepare for both.

Luckily, you’re not alone in your preparation. If you ever need help pest-proofing your home this fall, give Killroy a call any time. We’ll make sure you can enjoy the changing season without the potential problems that come with it.

 

 

Past Issues:
Fall 2018 (Bees, Wasps, and Hornets, Technician in the Spotlight: Eddie Ruiz, Fun Facts about termites, fossils, griffinfly, fairlyfly, guy-fly, and more!) Summer 2018 (Killroy Gets a Facelift - Major Changes - Spring is in the Air - Spring Cleaning and Bed Bugs, Technician in the Spotlight: Cody Schmidt, Fun Facts about flies, mosquitoes, grasshoppers, ants, and more.) Winter 2017/18 (Improving Techniques - Protecting the Environment, Winter Weed Program - Prevent Spring Weeds, Killroy Korner with Laura Hammon:Killroy Entomologist, Technician in the Spotlight: Rick O'Hara, Fun Facts about beetles, bees, ants, and more.) 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..)