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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:
"Caleb came to our home today to inspect a hornets nest. He was knowledgeable, professional, and pleasant to speak with. He explained our options without a heavy sales pressure approach. I appreciate that this company is family owned and operated. They seem to care about their customers experience!"
"Great initial experience. Patient and informative consultation and estimate. My wife was home for the service call and she was treated with respect and kindness. I appreciated that since I couldn’t be home to meet the technician. We started a service with Economy and look forward to a long service partnership."
"This is my first time needing a pest company and I am so glad I choose Economy. Paul explained everything thoroughly and answered all my questions. I look forward to using their service from here on out to keep my home pest free. I would definitely recommend them!"
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