Cary Wortham believes that it’s easier and less expensive to prevent the invasion of roaches, spiders, earwigs and other annoying pests than it is to wage war with them after they arrive. This is especially true when dealing with termites, a problem that’s much more than just an annoyance.

Cary’s business, Chase Pest Control, has been preaching its pest control philosophy of prevention for five years. The company’s success in the pest control industry led to its selection to be an authorized operator of Dow AgroSciences’ Sentricon Termite Elimination System. It’s one of only a few businesses in the area to earn this distinction.

“This is state-of-the-art termite control,” Cary said. Sentricon’s system, he noted, is
“backed up with research documents from leading universities like Texas A&M and leading entomologists in the termite industry.” Cary believes Sentricon offers the best Eastern Subterranean and Formosan termite protection that is available today.

Sentricon’s technique is like a security system for the home. Technicians at Chase Pest Control install stations with monitoring devices in the ground every 10 feet around the perimeter of a home or business. These devices contain something termites can’t resist: wood. After installation, the company begins monitoring the stations according to Dow AgroSciences’ specifications.

When termite activity is found in any station, affected monitoring devices are replaced with Recruit II, an environmentally friendly bait. When ingested, this bait inhibits the termites’ molting process, preventing the termites from growing. In a short time, all the termites in the colony are eliminated. Once termite activity is detected, Chase Pest Control monitors all stations on the property every 30 days until colony elimination is obtained. When colony elimination is obtained the stations are then monitored every 90 days to insure the constant protection from other invading termite colonies. In addition to the monitoring of the Sentricon Stations each property is receiving an exterior visual inspection every time they are on the property.

“You get colony suppression with chemical termiticides and other systems,” Cary said. “Sentricon eliminates the colony.”

It’s important to eliminate termite colonies, Cary said, because the presence and damage from termites is often undetectable until it reaches advanced stages. Industry research estimates that 1.5 million dwellings in the United States are infested with termites each year. Such infestations result in approximately $2 billion in termite related damages and repair costs annually.

Chase Pest Control prides itself on offering “extremely competitive prices on installation and monitoring,” Cary said. It’s a good investment, he said, that will prevent or discontinue termites from “using your house as a buffet.”

Cary noted that in homes where Chase Pest Control has installed the Sentricon system, he has not found a breach of the system.

“Sentricon is the best, proactive, non invasive, non disruptive, environmentally friendly termite protection available to property owners”, says Cary.

Chase Pest Control also takes general pest control seriously. The company does not require customers to sign contracts for general pest control, relying instead on repeat business from satisfied customers. “If you are not satisfied with the service you have received and you do not feel confident in our continued relationship, you shouldn’t use my company or any company just because you have an ’annual contract’”, says Cary.

“If our service does what we have told you it will do, you will continue to use us,” Cary said.

In addition to providing pest control for numerous residential clients, Chase Pest Control also serves many businesses, such as Diamond Shamrock and dozens of restaurants, including McDonald’s, Quizno’s and Sonic.

When possible, Chase Pest Control suggests other approaches to pest control, such as mechanical alterations around the property. In addition to being ecologically sound, such techniques are safer for all parties involved. “The pest control technician of today is an investigator/identifier first, an educator second, and an applicator third”, said Cary.

When technicians from Chase Pest Control visit a home or business to perform general pest control, they routinely look for signs of wood destroying insects and conducive conditions. For instance, wood rot or moist wood makes the wood more prone to an infestation of carpenter ants, termites and other pest. Pest management is more than just the application of chemicals.

Chase Pest Control is a family affair for the Worthams. Cary, 1981 graduate of Conroe High School, met his wife, Kelly, when both were students at Texas A&M University. Cary, who has chosen a service related industry because he enjoys interacting with people, is a hands on owner. Kelly is the business’ accountant. Chase Pest Control is named for the couple’s son, Chase, who is nine years old. The Worthams also have a daughter, Kylie, who is three years old. Additionally, Chase and Kylie’s grandparents, Randy and Lynda Wortham, are residents of Conroe and have supporting roles in the business.