PMP Hall of Famer (Class of 2017) and Pest Management Systems President Billy Tesh said the mural, completed in January, was intended to transform the company’s mid-town building and took four weeks to complete.
“I am all about expression in every form, that’s how we do our work. We express our professionalism when we get rid of people’s pests,” Tesh said. “We had this big, ugly wall here for years and we said how can we express the reality of what we do and how we do it every day.”
The mural was created by local street artist Brian Lewis, aka JEKS. JEKS has painted hundreds of walls in the United States, and even some works in South America and Canada, according to Greensboro’s News & Record.
“This was such a fun wall for @pestmgt in Greensboro. They wanted to express the importance of a well balanced ecosystem and what they do in a form that fits the community,” JEKS said in an Instagram post.
The mural covers the front and west side of the company’s brick building at 424 Prescott St. The new artwork contains images of insects and wildlife including: honey bees, yellowjackets, ants, termites, a bat, a raccoon, a butterfly and a praying mantis.
“Some of these insects are pests one day and beneficial the next,” Tesh said. “Everything has a relative need to mother nature and we know the importance of that balance between what we do and what those insects do in a positive light as it relates to Mother Nature.”
The front of the building includes a row of ants with on ant being examined by a magnifying glass.
“Another small and fun piece at @pestmgt for the customers to interact with. It signifies taking a closer look at insects and animals that are mostly viewed as ‘pests’ and realizing their vital role in a healthy ecosystem,” JEKS said in a second Instagram post.
Founded in 1984, Pest Management Systems is a locally owned and operated pest management company serving commercial and residential clients in the Piedmont Triad and Sandhills areas. See a video interview with Tesh about the mural here.