Buying a Home or Moving? Consider Proactive Pest Identification

Relocating your family or your business is a complicated process and there are many things to keep in mind as you look at properties. Something you shouldn’t neglect is the possible presence of “roommates” waiting for you in the form of insects, spiders and rodents already in residence. Experts say that at least some of … More »

On the Trail of Bed Bugs

Continuing our recent discussion of bedbugs, we offer an interesting recent study on the movement of those notorious insects. Despite considerable research in recent years, certain behaviors of the bed bug remain poorly understood. While their movement between apartments in a multiplex has long been suspected, it has never been empirically proven. However, a research … More »

Bedbugs in the Bay Area Redux

For some time now, our featured blog entry has been, “Bedbugs Are Occupying the Bay Area.” We first posted that in June of 2012. What has changed in the time since is not so much the reality of the invasion, but the response to it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the … More »

ATCO Expands It’s Business with the Acquisition Of Select Pest Control

ATCO Pest Control continues to grow, providing even better opportunities for customer service and satisfaction. This past October 2014 ATCO acquired Select Pest Control of San Rafael, a well-respected firm with deep roots in Marin County. After 25 years in business, former Select owner Soren Hoy felt it was time to move on. The close … More »

Richard Estrada featured on Marin Independent Journal

“Novato-based Atco Pest Control sometimes uses rodenticides, but is well-known for using integrated pest management techniques to control pests without using harmful chemicals. The company handles all the pest management issues for the county, which mandates they don’t use rodenticides. Atco Pest Control owner Richard Estrada said trapping rodents has been just as effective as … More »

On the Road Again!

No sooner had Richard Estrada finished making another presentation to the Master Garden Class at Indian Valley College in Novato about Integrated Pest Management than he got a call from Tanya Drlik, Integrated Pest Management Coordinator of Contra Costa County, requesting that he address a group of Environmental Health Department inspectors. Ms. Drlik is herself … More »