After working for a pest control business locally for 14 years, Doug Starchman thought it was time to start his own business.

In July 2006, he opened Peak Pest Services, located at 121 S. Duck, Suite 2. The business employs five people, including himself.

But since opening 14 months ago, Starchman has broadened his business interest in pest control, purchasing a local company in October and a pest control company in Guthrie two months ago that services clients in the Guthrie-Edmond area.

Starchman and former employee David Whitekiller have established Peak Pest Solutions in Tahlequah. Whitekiller was associated with Starchman when the Stillwater business was established. Whitekiller is from the Tahlequah area.

Peak Pest Services of Stillwater has become Stillwater’s only locally owned company as the authorized operator of Sentricon, a termite colony elimination system.

Starchman said another Stillwater company had Sentricon before it was purchased by another company, and Peak became the authorized dealer.

Starchman said the Sentricon system enables property owners peace of mind from termite protection.

A brochure says technicians place a Sentricon station in the soil around the house, “which delivers bait to the termites which they share until the colony is eliminated, and continues to discover newly invading colonies.”

Peak Pest Control also provides services for general pest control, as well as spraying lawns for weeds, lawn fertilization and installation of an automatic mosquito misting system that sprays a fine mist of Pyrethrum-based insecticide at pre-set times each day.

A brochure says the system kills and repels mosquitos around pools, patios, porches and areas as large as an entire yard.

Starchman, an OSU graduate with a degree in entomology, has a fleet of three service vehicles and an 18-foot trailer equipped with equipment for fertilization, spraying lawns, and installation of the mosquito misting equipment.

Peak employs three field technicians, an office manager, as well as Starchman.

The pest control business operates year-round, but Starchman said mid-March to mid-October are the busiest months, particularly the summer months when the termites are more active.

Peak Pest Services covers primarily the Payne County area and services residential and commercial clients.

Overall, Peak’s employees have more than 20 years of experience in pest controls.

Peak Pest Services can be contacted at (405) 372-7774. Business hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

“Our business hours are flexible to meet the people’s schedules and needs,” Starchman said.

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