By Alisha McDarris
For Hometown News
MARTIN COUNTY - For 75 years, Home Paramount Pest Control has been eliminating pests from homes and corporations.
It started with a single office in Baltimore, Md., and has grown to 32 locations in six states, including one in Stuart.
Patricia Song is now the president, having taken over from her father in 2008, who took over from his father in the 70s.
"I always felt that the family business game me the opportunity to do exciting work... and to continue the work my grandfather started," said Ms. Song, who originally considered going into law.
But she's proud of the company and how it's grown, exceeding the pace of the industry with its full service termite and pest control and outstanding customer service.
"We're a leader in pest control," Ms. Song said.
She attributes that success to many factors, including the company's longevity and stability, their highly-trained team of inspectors, and their scientifically-backed products and services.
A team of entomologists designed the protocols for the company and ensures that the techniques and programs Home Paramount Pest Control utilizes begin with an understanding of pest behavior and biology.
The company offers standard and "green" programs for a full range of pest control and prevention, which many South Florida residents wouldn't live without.
"This market has such significant pest pressure," Ms. Song said. "We saw an opportunity in the market to provide a line of professional services that the people of the Treasure Coast would appreciate."
In addition to full-service options, the Stuart location is unique in that it also offers retail sales so do-it-yourself residents have the option of tackling their pest control problems using a professional product.
For those who prefer to let the professionals take care of things, however, Home Paramount Pest Control offers free, no-obligation inspections to let residents know that they're there to help.
"I love being able to ease [customers'] pain when they come in and have a pest control problem of any kind," said Patrick Powers, Home Paramount Pest Control inspector.
"That's our goal every day - they're going to call us with a problem and we're going to resolve it for them," Ms. Song said.
Home Paramount Pest Control is located at 6482 S.E. Federal Highway in Stuart and can be reached at (772) 678-3678.