5 Star Termite and Pest control started on February 8, 1980. Our Founder, Shelby Hawkins, was the first woman to receive her license. She is a self taught entomologist. She has two degrees from Brigham Young University. She has never felt unable to talk to college professors who were doing research on bugs and the materials we use to do our jobs. Dr. Jerald Wheeler, once described her as a flower among weeds. At a National Pest Controllers association meeting in Washington in 1989 she told Dr. Roger Gold of Texas A&M he was going to help her figure out a better method of treatments after chlordane was taken from the market. Dr. Gold consented to do that. Clearly Roger’s wife taught him well to never say no to a woman on a mission. With her knowledge of soil types from her minor degree in Geology and Dr. Gold’s research on chemicals and termites this power team went to work. Dr. Gold found there were microorganisms in the soil that ate the chemical to the point it was no longer effective. They both knew heat and light broke down chemicals. One question to Roger from our founder was ” if your research is correct and we both know about the heat and light why is the majority of the federal law soil application? Roger’s answer was, that’s the federal government” After years of trial and error the method of above ground application born. However something else came into play, an article written by plant expert stating as our fruit trees grow and our vegetable plant grow they pick up the active ingredients in the chemicals placed in the ground. This became more motivation to make this treatment wide spread. Soon more of the same articles starting to appear. Our founder sent these articles to EPA in hopes they would change the federal label laws.