COVID-19 Protocol

Olivia Atkinson - July 15, 2020

To Our Valued Customers,

Our priority at Clark’s Termite & Pest Control is the safety and health of our customers and employees. In March 2020, we implemented “Smart & Simple” social distancing solutions due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) to protect people first. We hoped that limiting customer contact for a couple of months through quarantine would be sufficient, and we would be back to business as usual in short order.  Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened. With increased testing, businesses opening back up, and increased interaction in our communities, the statistics published are disturbing. After careful consideration and the Governor’s strong urging, Clark’s will continue our original social distancing practices until further notice.

Our standard operating procedure for your pest control service provides a comprehensive four-step process on the exterior of your home.  For many of our customers, we have provided effective pest control services for many years from the exterior only.  If you are accustomed to having treatments done on the inside and the exterior, we want to assure you, we are confident we can continue to provide you quality service with the outside only treatment, and our guarantee remains the same.

Unfortunately, due to the continued increase in the COVID-19 virus cases, for the safety of our customers and our employees, we will be suspending inside services until further notice, unless there is a pest emergency. A pest emergency is defined as an extreme infestation of a particular insect, with visible signs of pests upon arrival, such as bedbugs, German roaches, fleas or wildlife intrusions. We are committed to controlling your pests from the exterior. Your pest control and termite warranty service will be guaranteed, and your satisfaction is our number one goal.

To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, our technicians will not come to the door for one on one interaction. In most cases, we will call the phone number on file when the technician arrives to make you aware that we are on your property. Additionally, we will leave a service door hanger indicating that the service has been completed.

We appreciate your patience and support during these unprecedented times. 

If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 866-781-4991or ClarksCSR@ClarksPest.com

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all continue to work through this.

ALLIGATOR LADY

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            I’m a 52-year-old “crazy lady.”  I’ve had many names in my lifetime, but what folks call me round here is Alligator Lady. I grew up on a dairy farm near Booger Bottom, Georgia; yep, you heard it right, Booger Bottom. My friends in college and some round here call me Miss Booger Bottom, it’s not a town but more of a place in backwoods Georgia. We don’t have gators there; however, we have got all kinds of critters. When my youngest daughter, Caroline, was asked to explain “why her Momma catches gators,” her response was, “Well, she is just like Pop, he’s not afraid of anything, not even a unicorn.” I don’t know about you, but that is a mountainous legacy to live up to.

I started catching gators 12 years ago this June. My (now ex) husband was the alligator agent for Georgetown County, he and my youngest son Mick, were under the bug truck dropping a transmission. My oldest son Justin was out in the other bug truck running a route. I was in the office with Justin’s newly wedded bride Tiff, when a “gator call” came in. It was a reasonably large gator in a culvert pipe in North Litchfield Beach; the word was folks were getting a bit too close trying to get that perfect picture. Now when these calls come in, we are contracted to get there ASAP. Since the ex was going to be under that truck for a while he said, “you can get it, you’ve seen us do it…just don’t put your hand in its mouth, take Tiff to help you, and she can call 911 if there is trouble”. I kid you not, that is just how it went. So Tiff and I, dressed in our sundresses with long bloomers, gathered the poles, nooses, and duct tape and went along our way. No need to bore you with the details of the capture, but it was textbook. I lured that gator out of the culvert pipe with some old stinky chicken backs (crab bait) an on-looking vacationer had in his golf cart. You would have thought I had done it a hundred times, when that gator came out of the pipe he grabbed those backs and threw his head back to swallow, and I slipped the noose around his neck. IT WAS ON!!!!!!!!! Pluff mud and pipe juice went flying as the gator rolled, and flipped, and flopped. I let him wear himself out, and when I figured it was safe, I handed Tiff the rope attached to the noose, and I slowly inched down on that gator pressing down on his snout and sat right down on that fella’s back, he didn’t move-a skinny girl can’t do this job. The on-lookers cheered……….. and my first gator was in the books.

Since then, I’ve caught hundreds of gators, some with assistance, some solo, but those are stories for another day. After a few years of working under the ex, DNR decided that since I caught all the gators, I should probably be the Alligator Agent. I have never gotten rich from catching these gators, so I consider it a service to my community, and the free press has served me and now Clark’s very well. I am delighted to be a part of the Clark’s Termite & Pest Control family, and would like to invite any of you to come to visit us in Murrells Inlet, and who knows, maybe we’ll get a gator call.

Rachel Lankford aka Alligator Lady

rlankford@clarkspest.com

    “Alligators, particularly large specimens that live in close proximity to human populations, may pose a threat to human safety. Such animals are deemed “nuisance alligators” and may have to be removed and destroyed. The Department has developed a program to handle nuisance alligators that is enabled under SCDNR’s regulatory authority. The nuisance alligator program is managed such that it does not threaten the long-term survival of this species in the state.” 

Excerpted from Supplemental Volume: Species of Conservation Concern SC SWAP 2015 http://dnr.sc.gov/swap/species2015.html#reptilesandamphibians

Integrated Pest Management

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In 2015 Clark’s Termite & Pest Control adopted an integrated pest management (IPM) approach that included an inside/outside service at the initial visit with outside only service at subsequent visits unless there is a significant pest issue inside. Most pest control companies are encouraging this approach to minimize chemical application inside the home. Clark’s comprehensive multi-step exterior service has proven to be very useful. In addition to limiting chemical application to the interior, the exterior only service simplifies scheduling for you. With this approach, you do not have to be home when we service the property.

We understand that you may get an occasional invader inside your home. If the problem persists, we will do our best to resolve your issue while keeping everyone safe. Pest control is not a one size fits all service. Clark’s can provide tailored solutions to each of our customer’s needs under normal circumstances. However, we appreciate your understanding as we navigate these uncharted waters during the pandemic to keep you, your family, and our employee’s safety.

If you have quarterly pest control service, your service is guaranteed. That means if you have a pest emergency or heavy infestation inside your home, we will make arrangements to treat, even during a pandemic. Your satisfaction with our service is our number one priority.

If you have any additional questions, please contact our customer service department at 1-866-781-7991 or ClarksCSR@ClarksPest.com

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