Williams Pest Control observes 24th
anniversary in the lake area
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–After spending scarcely three years working
for All-Tex Pest Control, Larry Williams struck out on his
own and opened his own company, Williams Pest Control, on
March 1, 1988.
Williams is a Mabank High School graduate. He began his
business career in 1984 by opening a car detailing business.
Then, during the winter he helped the owner of All Tex Pest
Control, owned by Olen Weatheread, with a community project
selling Christmas trees for the Optimist Club.
The owner offered him a job and he went to work for All-Tex
in January of 1985.
Now 24 years later Williams recounts his successes, enough
so that he tries to give back to the community be donating
his services to charitable organizations such as the Genesis
Center and MAGS (Mabank Area Good Samaritans).
“We’re members of the national Who’s Who in Business, we
have received honors from the Genesis Center as a thank you
for taking care of their facility and The Best of Gun Barrel
City - 2011 award,” he said.
The warm, winter weather has been conducive to the increase
of insect populations, he explained.
“Insects just love all this moisture and warmth,” Williams
“Especially termites and ants. They are social insects. As
soon as they outgrow the colony, they swarm and seek new
living spaces,” he added.
Because of the upcoming prolific spring season, Williams had
advice for area homeowners and businesses.
“I recommend quarterly maintenance, especially for those who
are on waterfront property,” he said.
Termites are a huge problem, not just in the lake area but
all over the country.
“Termites do about $5 billion in damage across the United
States,” Williams said, adding “and next on the list are
ants, especially carpenter ants that get inside the walls of
structures causing a great amount of damage.”
“The pest control industry is a huge business and in this
state it is governed by the Texas Department of
Agriculture,” Williams explained.
That includes what chemicals he can use, how much he can buy
and where they can be used.
“Today we use mostly synthetic chemicals, and those made
from plants, like chrysanthemums,” he explained.
“Products such as chlordane, an organic phosphate, are no
longer on the market,” he added.
There are very strict rules for the treating of schools,
with all the children around, he said.
“We can do more for the schools in the summer months when
students are not attending,” Williams said.
Another bit of advice Williams said potential pest control
customers should be aware of involves seeking someone to
handle their needs.
“They need to be sure and check the credentials when hiring
a pest control person or business,” he warned.
“If the company cannot afford the necessary chemicals and
asks for money up front, then take heed and remember the
saying, ‘buyer beware,’ and possibly look for another
Williams is proud he is not only licensed but belongs to
several business organizations, as well as, having attended
schooling on pest control at A&M.
“I belong to BNI (a global business referral organization)
and served as president of the local chapter which covers
North East Texas,” he said.
The local chapter is called Cedar Creek Professional and
only one member of each type of business is represented by
its membership, he explained
“I am also a member of the Texas Pest Control Association,
the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, the Better
Business Association and the local Kiwanis,” Williams said.
He has four trucks to provide service for his customers. One
is manned by his son, Tyson, 19, whom Williams said he is
very proud of.
He and his wife, Rhonda, have been married for 23 years and
in addition to Tyson, have two girls, Amber and Kayla, both
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