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Peachtree Pest Control is Celebrating it’s 40th Year!!

Thank you to all of our wonderful customers who have helped us become Georgia’s best pest control company.

There are certain moments in life when it is important to stop and reflect. To look back at events and contemplate their life significance. April 1st 2016 is one of those moments. That’s true for me personally and for my company. On this date in 1976 Peachtree Pest Control was founded by my father, Steve Arnold. That’s right, our 40th anniversary!

As owner of the family business I can’t remember a time when Peachtree hasn’t been a part of our lives. As a kid I remember coming to work with my father. Many summers were spent in my youth working with the termite crews, pulling hose, digging trenches, drilling slabs, and fitting into the tightest crawlspaces because I was the little guy. I learned work ethic.

Time passed, I grew older and the business grew larger. We earned more customers, hired more team members, bought more trucks, and faced more challenges. I was a young adult sitting in my father’s office watching him stress over bills, taxes, and attorneys. Listening to hard decisions being made which came with personal sacrifice to our family. I learned tenacity, dedication, responsibility and the importance of keeping the customer first.

Now, 15 years after joining the business full time I look back over all these years. I see the hard work of not just my family but that of many great people. Some remain while others have moved on. I cherish the lessons, the counsel and perspective from many good people. It’s made all the difference. I look back fondly on the relationships established. I’ve known many since I was a kid. None of this would have been possible without them.

And so, on the eve of our 40th anniversary I feel a tremendous sense of gratitude and hope. I’m thankful for my loyal customers, to my father who came before me and created a path, who taught me life lessons, and who sacrificed for the greater good. A hope for the bright future ahead because of those very sacrifices and lessons. May there be many more years of providing pest management services to our friends and family across the great state of Georgia.

With Great Honor and Humility, I remain,
Corey Arnold
Peachtree Pest Control Co, Inc.

Did the Termite see his shadow on Groundhog Day?

The annual events of Groundhog day were on display last week. Depending on the particular Groundhog you “Follow” we may or may not have another 6 weeks of this cold and nasty Atlanta winter. I don’t personally believe in the tradition, but, like most traditions we carry on with them anyway.  That said, I’ve often been asked how the delayed spring and protracted cold effects the annual mating cycles of the subterranean termite. In our industry we call this the “Swarm Season”.

Let me try and answer that question with a commonly used phrase provided to me by an early mentor of mine, Dr. Brian Forschler, Principal Investigator for the Household and Structural Entomology research program with the University of Georgia. He was fond of saying, “That Depends”.  The point is…when it comes to termites there are many factors that can contribute to their annual mating cycles . Factors such as cold temps can indeed play a role in the severity of swarm season. However, there are many other conditions such as precipitation or drought in the preceding year, food resource availability, and age structure of the termite colony  are all  major contributors. Consider the excessive amount of rain we’ve had in Metro Atlanta this year. Termites require moisture in the soil to survive and thrive. Think we’ve had enough moisture this year? I’ll bet this environmental condition impacts the severity of the approaching termite swarm season much more than the cold weather.

I’ve been in the Pest Control industry here in Atlanta my entire professional life. That’s more years than most, but not as many as some (for those who are curious, call me and I’ll tell you the whole story) During this time I’ve learned one thing. NEVER try to predict a termite swarm season. I am constantly surprised by what these hard working insects can do; in spite of the best guesses of men. So, are we headed for a severe termite swarm season or a mild one? I suppose I’d say, “That Depends”…I’ll bet Dr. Forschler would agree.

Thanks for reading my blog. If you have any thoughts or questions about Atlanta Termite Control or Atlanta Pest Control, please give me a call. I’d love to discuss it with you.

Best Regards,

Corey Arnold

President, Peachtree Pest Control