Ask The Expert
To better serve our customers throughout Raleigh, Charlotte, Wilmington, and beyond, Economy Exterminators has an in-house entomologist, Ken Ahlstrom, Ph.D. Ken has unique experience in the field of entomology and is dedicated to helping our customers identify the unique pest problems at their home or business.
Originally from Connecticut, Ken received his B.A. degree in 1965 from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. As a military veteran, he enrolled at North Carolina State University in 1970 and received his Master of Science degree in 1972, after which he accepted a job with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture. In 1990, he was given the opportunity to pursue a Ph.D. in entomology, receiving his degree in 2000.
Ken was the first Biological Control official for the Department of Agriculture and the chief insect identifier for the state for twenty-five years. Ken also coordinated the state survey for the Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey. He retired from NCDA in 2013.
Ken is married and lives in Raleigh.
Check out the podcast Ken Ahlstrom attended at WPTF – 680 AM called Making Your Home Great below:
"Kudos to Shaun R. at Economy for his work on my home's crawlspace. He removed the old insulation, thoroughly cleaned the joists and floor bottom, and put in new insulation. Also got a dehumidifier installed and it's running as expected. He went the extra mile and cleaned away "stuff" that some mice had left in the crawlspace."
"Economy Exterminators is a great company. I have communicated with four different people and each one was friendly, professional & knowledgeable. From office staff, inspector to techs, they are great. Its been a little over a week since their initial service of my home & I have already seen a major difference!"
"Economy Exterminators were able to come inspect the house within 24 hours of my contacting them. They then scheduled the first treatment within a week! The technicians they sent out were very thorough in their explanation of the process and what to expect. Also very kind and genuine people and would recommend!"
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