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As some of our long time customers will know, Universal Pest Control has been in business in the Daytona/Ormond area for over 25 years. As a result, we take great pride in our community, and consider it an important company value to stay involved and help how we can. You can be part of our efforts, too!

One of the more popular services we offer is pick-up of donation items for the Halifax Humane Society. If you have any items you’d like to share with our local shelter pets, our team is happy to pick them up during our next visit and donate them on your behalf.

(We’re also a designated drop-off point if you’d prefer to swing by and drop off your donation yourself.)

Items the Halifax Humane Society is often in need of include:

  • New blankets and towels
  • Laundry detergent and bleach
  • Dog and cat toys
  • Kitty litter
  • Pet beds
  • Dry dog and cat food

You can see a full list of “most wanted” items here.

As “pet parents” to two cats ourselves, Natalie and I hold this cause near and dear to our hearts.

Beyond the animals, UPC has worked with our area Habitat for Humanity for the last 24 years as well! In that time we have performed soil treatments for over 140 homes, and support HfH in both the pre and post-construction stages.

With that many homes, this is quite a significant contributor to our overall workload, and while we aren’t able to provide these pest control services to HfH completely for free, we are proud to do so below cost and as affordable as possible.

Habitat for Humanity performs a critical function in the Volusia County area by providing quality housing to deserving individuals and families. They are ALWAYS looking for volunteers to lend a hand, both on the job site and elsewhere, so if you’re looking for a way to get involved in your community, check them out here.

They are also “kid-friendly” in many ways, making Habitat for Humanity a great opportunity to model selfless, community-minded behavior to children.

Of course, we can’t forget about the arts and sciences, either. Recently I was asked to stop by the Museum of Arts and Sciences to tackle a stubborn case of drywood termites, which had rudely taken up residence in a display case located in the children’s section.

It would NOT be a fun day at the Museum for a child to excitedly lean up close to see the specimens better, only to have the case crumble beneath their hands! I am hopeful that the treatment I performed will solve the problem for good.

With the many COVID 19 restrictions we have faced over the past year (enacted to keep us all safe), it may feel as if there are fewer opportunities to help in a hands-on way. If that’s the case for you, consider contributing to our mission with the Halifax Humane Society. It’s limited contact, but big impact.

Until next time!

Todd Stebleton is the owner and operator of Universal Pest Control, a family-owned business for over 25 years in Ormond Beach, Florida. He and his wife Natalie are proud to have built a company focused on conducting business with honesty and integrity: keeping customers first, protecting the environment, and providing trustworthy, personal service.

Universal: Honest, Environmentally Friendly Pest Control