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Keeping Pests Out of Your Home for Good: An Interview with Ronald Durall of RID Pest Control

By Ronald Durall

Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation.

I've been in the pest control industry for the past 36 years. After spending my first two years in the Air Force working in the Intelligence Carrier field, I was declared surplus to conus requirements in that job. In other words, there were only two bases in the states that I could go to and do my job in intelligence. Fort Mead and Kelly AFB, and they didn't have any slots for my job of copying Russian Morse code. I then got the chance to cross-train into entomology (the study of insects) and jumped at it.

I spent the next 18 years at first working in the pest control shops and later running them as the NCO in charge. When I retired here in OKlahoma in 1994, I decided that I might as well put all the education that the Air Force supplied me with to use and opened my own pest control business. My wife still had a couple of years before she could retire so it worked out great. The lady in charge of the agricultural licensing side of the Oklahoma Agricultural Division took all my Air Force experience into account and licensed me in just about every category possible because of the federal pest control license that I already had.

In general, what are some simple ways to prevent the presence of pests in my home?

One of the first things that are taught in the military pest control schools is called IPM or integrated pest management. The main aspect is exclusion of the insects and rodents. Build them out by sealing every crack and crevice you can find. When we moved here 23 years ago I set out stick traps in the house in the country we purchased. Within 2 weeks we had over 70 brown recluse spiders and scorpions in the traps. Needless to say I had to get with the program and seal up everything I could get access to. I used that foam insulation in a can and you always put too much in at first but you learn to use less and leave it alone and go back the next day after it hardens and trim it with a knife so it looks better. Every crack around doors, windows, and where wiring and pipes go through the wall really helps.

Is my outdoor lighting increasing the amount of insects surrounding my house?

Lights attract lots of different insects. I have some customers who own car dealerships and they have to keep quite a bit of lighting to prevent thieves from stealing them blind after dark. Well, it also attracts crickets, ground beetles, and numerous other insects. I try to talk them into as little light as they can get by with or using yellow bulbs that seem to have less attraction to insects.

Are there any household products I can use to rid my home of pests?

I hear lots of wives' tales of different types of chemicals or spices that help keep bugs away but have yet to see anything that I would use in my own house. Somethings are even more dangerous like moth balls or paradichlorobenzene or naphtha flakes to keep squirrels, skunks, or snakes out from under a house; and they both are carcinogens and not good for you or your family. They also make your house stink way to much for comfort.

Is there anything I can do to my lawn or the exterior of home to prevent the presence of rodents?

Keeping the grass cut down close to the house will help prevent rodents and snakes from getting close to your house. Neither like to cross open ground where they can be spotted by predator-type birds. The same goes for trash piles and wood piles that give them a place to hide. The less places to hide will keep the critter population down closer to the house.

What is the best way for people to reach you or your company?

The best way to reach my company is by phone through the Yellow Pages, but I am also branching out with printing my cell phone number and email address on my website www.ridpestcontrol.com and my Yellow Pages ad. I normally forward my business phone to my cell phone so I am easier to get a hold of day and night. Being self-employed I can keep my schedule pliable so that I can service the customer when needed according to their schedule.

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