Business feature: Carpet cleaning, pest control combined into one business

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By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer After five years in business, All American Carpet and Pest Control is looking to extend services to the growing city of Portales. Local resident Ryan Hightower is the owner of the carpet and pest control business. “The carpet cleaning business was a company that I bought,” Hightower said. “Then [...]

Bee extermination business booming

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers In 1964, long before high school junior Lewis Hightower had decided to choose pest control as a career, he read an article in Time magazine about “killer bees” that escaped a laboratory in Brazil. He kept up with the news over the years, reading estimates that this species, known as [...]

Africanized bees found in Clovis

By William P. Thompson A Portales pest control company official said a sample of bees found in Clovis “in the middle of town” has tested positive as being a strain of Africanized or “killer” bees. Lewis Hightower, owner of Southwestern Pest Control, said the sample was tested at a U.S. Department of Agriculture facility in [...]

Pests become profit for local business owner

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Editor’s Note: This story is part of a recurring series of profiles on local business owners who have been with their business for five years or more. For the past 14 years, the owners of Redlands Pest control and Tree Trimming, Ken and Teresa Carlson, have provided a service that [...]