Shannon Harlow-Ellis, ACE

Shannon Harlow-Ellis of National Exterminating Co., Inc was recently certified as an Associate Entomologist by the Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation. To achieve Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) status, a pest-control operator must have a minimum of seven years of verifiable pest management experience, the knowledge and ability to pass a rigorous test on insect pest control, current U.S. pesticide applicators license, and a willingness to adhere to the ACE Code of Ethics.

“We’re very proud of the work Shannon did and the knowledge she gained in order to become a certified ACE,” said National Exterminating Co. president, Randy Abbitt. “It means a lot to have a nationally-recognized, certified expert as part of our company.”

The ACE examination includes questions about basic entomology; insect identification, life cycles, and control measures; health impacts of pests; ecological principles pertaining to pest control; environmental impacts related to pest control; integrated pest management (IPM); pesticide safety and health issues; pesticide technology and resources; organizations and associations of significance to the pest control industry; and laws and regulations affecting the industry.

For more information about the Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation, go to

Everything You Need To Know About Hantavirus

Man dies from hantavirus in China: All you need to know about the virus, and how it spreads

CoVid-19 Update

At National Exterminating, we believe in the power of family, a concept upon which our company has been founded and modeled upon. With the novel coronavirus (CoVid-19) now declared a global pandemic, we cannot help but think of all those we know and care about and whom we have had the privilege to serve. This is why we wanted to contact you personally to share more about what we are doing.

First and foremost we care about everyone’s safety. Our inner office is sanitizing daily, practicing rigorous hand washing and self-quarantining if symptoms of illness should show. Our technicians have always been some of the original “handwashers”. Handling pesticide, rodenticides and virucides requires them to practice proper protection techniques at all times, including washing their hands between services.

We want our customers to understand that even though we are not doing their home’s interior, that doing the exterior service is crucial to controlling pests around the home. This reduces the risk of heavier infestation inside the home. Once things have settled down, we will do the interior service at no charge. Crawlspace inspections are equally important where we look for other concerns such as broken or leaking pipes, fungal growth, poor ventilation and potentially disease carrying rodent activity.

All of our notifications, invoicing and service reports are available to you by email. We send products used, pictures of concerns and detailed reports of activity under and around your home; all on our customer portal. If you have not set up this feature yet, please call or email us and we will assist you.

In conclusion, we would not be here without loyal customers like you…. Thank you for your continued patronage. We pray for everyone’s health and safety during this crisis.


Randy and Carol Abbitt                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Travis Abbitt and Jessica Godfrey                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The National Family


Pests and the Coronavirus

Is Coronavirus Transmitted by Pests?

Dr. Jorge Parada

There are many questions surrounding the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), including how it’s spread. With warm weather approaching, there may be concerns about disease transmission from insects, but it’s important to note that coronavirus is not spread by vector pests. While the best and most up-to-date resource for information on coronavirus remains the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we’ll take a look at the differences between common vector-borne diseases and various coronaviruses to help dispel any myths about transmission.

What are Vector Pests?

Vector pests such as ticks and mosquitoes are known to play significant roles in the transmission of many critical diseases. Worldwide, mosquitoes are the leading vectors responsible for the transmission of infections to humans, and are responsible for spreading malaria, Zika virus, West Nile virus (WNV), Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), chikungunya, yellow fever and many more. Ticks are responsible for the transmission of the most common vector-borne infection in the United States, Lyme disease, as well as many other infections such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis and anaplasmosis.

What are Common Human Coronaviruses?

Common human coronaviruses were first identified in the 1960s, and are well-known causes of the common cold and flu. There are four main subgroupings of human coronaviruses, and they are mainly transmitted through contact with bodily fluid from an infected person by simple acts like coughing and sneezing. Microscopic droplets produced by the infected person can be inhaled by someone nearby (usually within a three to six-foot radius), or they can also be transmitted via contact with a contaminated surface (one that was just coughed upon) and then inadvertently touching one’s face or rubbing one’s eyes, or by something as simple as sharing a spoon to taste someone’s dessert.

How is COVID-19 Different?

SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) and now COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) are zoonotic coronaviruses – viruses that have jumped the species barrier from their normal animal hosts to humans. This can happen through direct contact with an infected animal, as well as indirect contact or eating contaminated food. Zoonotic diseases are also very common and once transmitted to humans, they can spread through person-to-person contact as well, making proper handwashing and other preventative actions outlined by the CDC paramount to public safety.