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:
"Economy started their business in 1977 less than a year after we moved to Raleigh from Chicago. We are customer #325 meaning we have been with Economy for a long time. I would suggest there is a reason for this long term relationship & that is quality service at a fair price. They live up to it and have for the last four decades. When I have requested help, they have been on top of my problem. I would strongly suggest if you're looking for an extermination service give Economy a good hard look. I did 40 years ago & I'm still with them & really happy."
29, Jan 2018
"I have used this service for years and have always had courteous and quick service, from our agent Louann setting appointments to the guys who actual come out and spray everyone has been wonderful. We actually had service at both of our homes at one point. Thank you for the great customer service!!!"
27, Feb 2018
"I have been with Economy for many years and Pat has been my service tech. He is amazing at his job. He is so thorough. He has saved me from having to get new floors due to a leak under the the house. I only want him to come to my house because he is so wonderful! You should be very grateful to have him as your employee! I hope he gets a raise! "
19, Dec 2017
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