40 Years of Service: The BugMaster Origin Story

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40 Years of Service: The Bugmaster Origin Story
By Frank Alardo (The Original BugMaster)

At BugMaster, we’ve always been dedicated to offering top quality service for pest and termite control. It’s what we know, and it’s what we’ve excelled at since the company began in 1975.

After working for another pest control company for many years, I found myself bitten by the entrepreneurial bug. I decided to go out on my own and start a company dedicated to what I know best: bugs. With just $10,000 saved up—enough to last approximately 10 months—I quit my job and set out to rid homes and businesses of unwanted pests.

It didn’t take long, however, for me to encounter my first obstacle. Building the business required going door to door—keep in mind it was 1975—and I couldn’t afford a much-needed new truck. Luckily, my father-in-law offered to let me borrow some money at 10% interest. I took him up on his offer, borrowed $2,500 to purchase a 1973 Ford, and managed to pay him back in just 90 days.

With a new truck and some fear that was overshadowed by much enthusiasm, my wife, Jan, and I set out to build the business going door to door. While the company started slowly—in our first month we collected just $128—it gradually improved. After the fifth or six month we were totaling around $1,000 a month. Over time, one thing led to another, and we just kept growing. Today, we service more than 10,000 local pest control customers, making us one of the largest locally owned pest control businesses in the region. And throughout our 40 years, we’ve exterminated it all: bedbugs, termites on wooden boats, bees in the walls, and even bugs on an airplane.

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While we’ve seen many changes in our industry over the years—from the type of chemicals used for pest & termite control to gas prices—one thing has always stayed the same: our commitment to quality, professional personnel, proactive programs and innovative products.

We are proud to be the local pest control, termite, and wildlife experts that have been protecting South Alabama homes and businesses for the last 40 years. We are excited about our next 40 years and we want to be your Local Pest Control Experts.

Visit us at BugMaster.com or call us at 251-666-4402 for more information on our Positive Pest Protection and services.

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Are Your Home and Family Protected from Fire Ants?

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Know the signs and precautions to take and protect your home from damage caused by Fire Ants.

1. You thought Hurricane damage was expensive!

Fire ants have caused almost $6 billion worth of damage per year.

Fire ants have caused almost $6 billion worth of damage per year.


2. If Mobilians would have known what visitors were coming to stay, we would have never let them enter.

Imported red fire ants were first introduced from Brazil into the Port of Mobile, Alabama.

Imported red fire ants were first introduced from Brazil into the Port of Mobile, Alabama.


3. Move over termites, here come fire ants!

In the southern United States, fire ants are the #1 invasive species.

In the southern United States, fire ants are the #1 invasive species.


4. Power loss? The problem might be fire ants in your electrical equipment.

Red fire ants can enter your house through electrical or plumbing outlets.

Red fire ants can enter your house through electrical or plumbing outlets.


5. Fire ants build homes that can hurt your yard, plants, and gardens.

Fire ant mound-building activity can damage plant roots and lead to loss of crops.

Fire ant mound-building activity can damage plant roots and lead to loss of crops.


6. It’s not just a structural problem — it’s also an entry point for pests.

Red fire ants can enter buildings through holes or cracks in walls and foundations.

Red fire ants can enter buildings through holes or cracks in walls and foundations.


Don’t let these little pests ruin your summer. At BugMaster, we’re on call to help you stay protected. For more information or questions about our products, visit bugmaster.com or call our Mobile, AL location at 251-666-4402 or our Daphne location at 251-626-6667.

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Serve It Up With Love: 10 Years of Benefiting the CAC

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As proud sponsors of The 10th Anniversary Serve It Up With Love Tennis Tournament, the BugMaster family encourages you to come out and support this wonderful event in our community. The Serve It Up With Love Tournament benefits the Child Advocacy Center of Mobile (CAC) to assist in their services in aiding abused children in our area. Named the Charity Event of the Year by USTA Alabama for 2012, this tournament raised almost $280,000 in its first seven years. We hope that you can join us in making this number even larger for its 10th anniversary.

When:
Thursday, April 30th – Saturday, May 2nd

Where:
Copeland-Cox Tennis Center
851 Gaillard Dr, Mobile, AL 36608
For a map and directions, click here.

Registration (Entry Deadline is April 30th):
• Women’s Tournament Registration & Information:
http://www.serveitupwithlove.com/womens_tournaments.php

• Men’s Tournament Registration & Information
http://www.serveitupwithlove.com/mens_tournaments.php

For more information, please visit:
www.serveitupwithlove.com

Show your support and get updates by liking the Serve it Up With Love Facebook Page.

We hope to see you in the crowd or on the court for this great cause!

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Austin Key: 20 Years of Hard Work, Dedication, and Leadership

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This month marks the 20th year anniversary for one of our fearless leaders at BugMaster, V.P. Austin Key. A lot has changed since 1995, so here are some facts and events to jog your memory of what was going on 20 years ago when Austin joined our the BugMaster team.

1995 Facts & Events
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1. #1 song: Gangsta’s Paradise – Coolio
2. Most popular TV show: E.R.
3. Biggest Movie: Forrest Gump
4. Mobile had an actual newspaper, and it turned 200 years in 1995
5. Mobile Mayor: Mike Dow
6. The O.J. Simpson trial was in session
7. Bill Clinton was president
8. Mobile had a minor league hockey team
9. Hurricane Opal visited Mobile
10. BugMaster was 20 years old

Just for fun, we’ve added some of Austin Key’s past and present facts and insights to remind us of who this great guy and co-worker is when he’s just being “Austin.”

Austin Key’s Facts and Insights
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1. Murphy High School Panther Alumni
2. Job before BugMaster: made glasses at Lenscrafters
3. Favorite food: seafood or a really great steak
4. Favorite beer : Mic Ultra or Fat Tire
5. Favorite movie: Pulp Fiction – but has been rumored to be Titanic
6. Last book read: Steve Jobs’ biography
7. Huge Alabama Crimson Tide fan
8. Loves Christmas & gift giving
9. Favorite hobby: golf
10. Father of two great kids: Hali & Bradley

Thanks so much for your hard work, Austin. In this day and age, many people do not give the dedication and loyalty for two decades of service to one company. Your leadership and diligence has made the BugMaster team and our local community stronger and better. Bravo and hip hip hurray! Here’s to another 20 years as one of Mobile and Baldwin County’s local pest control experts at BugMaster.

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Running for a Cause: O’Daly’s Green Dress Run 2015

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Once again, Bugmaster is inviting you all to come out and join us in another event benefiting the Child Advocacy Center of Mobile (CAC) . O’Daly’s Green Dress Run is one of the best 5K’s Mobile has to offer, especially since it is to aid the CAC in helping victims of child abuse in the area. Let’s run together for a good cause!

When:
Saturday, March 14th
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Course Info:
• 5K (3.1 miles)
• Course starts at O’Day’s Irish Pub at 564 Dauphin Street in Downtown Mobile
• Runs through parts of Midtown
• Finishes back O’Day’s Irish Pub at 564 Dauphin Street

Where to Register:
Register in person until 12:00 noon on March 12th at:
McCoy Outdoor
Springhill Plaza
3498 Springhill Ave
Mobile, AL 36608

Run-N-Tri 
Piccadilly Square
6345 Airport Blvd
Mobile, AL 36608

Running Wild 
214 Fairhope Ave
Fairhope, AL 36532

Register online at until 4:00 AM March 13 at:
eventbrite.com

Race Day Registration:
• O’Daly’s Irish Pub on Saturday, March 14th (day of race) from 2:00-3:30 PM

Registration Costs:
Adults:
$25 (plus $2.37 fee)
Includes shirt and Post-Race Party ticket*

Children (12 and under):
$15.00 (plus $1.82 fee)
Includes shirt and Post-Race Party ticket*

*To guarantee a race shirt for the race day, you must submit your application by March 8th.

Packet Pick-Up Time:
• O’Daly’s Irish Pub on Saturday, March 14th (day of race) from 2:00-3:30 PM

Awards:
• Top Male and Female Overall, Masters, Grandmasters, Senior Grandmasters, and Race Walker.

• Top three male and female in age groups: 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over.

Post-Race Party/Awards Ceremony:
There will be an awesome Post-Race Party and Awards Ceremony at O’Daly’s Irish Pub following the race. More info to come.

For more information, contact:
Matthew LeMond
Email: Lemond@odalysirishpub.com
Phone: (504)701.2589

Also, visit and like O’Daly’s Facebook Page for event info and updates.

We hope you can come out and join the Bugmaster family in this fun benefit for our community. Put on your green dress, and let’s run!

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New Look. Same Great Local Pest Control And Wildlife Service.

Change is never easy, but it’s a necessity. Realizing we have had the same logo since 1995, we had a wild hair and decided to create a new and improved look for BugMaster. So, if you see something a bit different on our vehicles around town or on the BugMaster website, Facebook page, or mail – you are not seeing someone new – it’s just something new about the same company. New look and all, BugMaster is still the same locally owned, customer centric, pest control and wildlife experts we have always been.

BugMaster then & now.

BugMaster then & now.

We are so proud that this is our 40th year protecting and serving the residences and businesses in Mobile and Baldwin County. Thanks so much for your continued trust and support. We are looking forward to being there for you and your family for the next 40 years and beyond.

Let us know what you think about our new look.

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Cooking for a Cause in Mobile – Downtown Cajun Cook-Off

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As you may already know, we at BugMaster are actively involved in supporting  The Child Advocacy Center of Mobile and assisting them in their efforts to help victims of child abuse. This year, the CAC is proud to announce the very first Downtown Cajun Cook-Off presented by Cunningham Bounds, LLC. All proceeds benefit the CAC to help fund their many services to the community, and we are a proud sponsor of this event.

What:
Gumbo, Étouffée, crawfish pies, boudin balls, jambalaya, crawfish bisque, maque choux — you name it. All of these will be featured samples from 20 of our area’s restaurants. During sampling hours, you will enjoy music from local and regional acts and feast your eyes on beautiful works of art from local artists.

At 2:00 p.m., Jason Smith, Honorary Chairman from WALA FOX10 News, will take the stage to announce the winners of the Downtown Cajun Cook-Off

When:
Saturday, March 21st
10:00am – 2:00pm

Where:
Cathedral Square
Downtown Mobile, Alabama

Tickets & Donations:
Tickets will be available for $10 in advance at http://www.cacmobile.org/buynow.shtml and at the following locations:

Child Advocacy Center
1351 Springhill Ave. – Mobile, AL

Mellow Mushroom
5660 Old Shell Road – Mobile, AL
2032 Airport Boulevard – Mobile, AL

BugMaster
619 Azalea Rd – Mobile, AL
2520 US Hwy 98 – Daphne, AL

Support:
If you would like to become involved as a sponsor or on the committee, please email ehenderson@cacmobile.org or call Elaine Henderson at 251-432-1101.

Join the Facebook event page here to stay posted on the latest announcements and to invite your friends to join in.

We hope you can join us for food, fun, and a good cause!

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