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Charles E. Beasley
Vice President and Director of LIPCA, Inc. President of Beasley Pest Control, Inc. Past President of the Louisiana Pest Control Association Past President of Houma-Terrebonne Rotary Club Former director of the National Pest Control Association
Charles Beasley, 73, of Houma, talks about his ideas for the restoration of Louisiana's wetlands Friday evening.
That's how Charles Beasley leads off his presentation on coastal restoration. Related Links: Group urges quick action on coast Legislators asked to consider Gulf restoration plans Beasley, the 73-year-old owner of Beasley's Pest Control in Bayou Blue, has big ideas about how the coast can be saved. He's brought his plan to local senators, Parish Council meetings, and even the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and everyone's told him, "No." Beasley's plan, which he conceived after Hurricane Katrina, would create the ultimate barrier to protect Louisiana from the Gulf. He believes the coast should be blockaded with a man-made island constructed from concrete caissons, engineered structures that have been used to build dams and bridges. They could be floated out to about 1 1/2 miles from the coast line and sunk, to form a wall. The structures should extend about 30 feet above the water to provide a barrier against hurricane flooding, he explained. "I believe everyone can teach you something," Beasley said. Beasley said he's not motivated by money. He said slowly watching the parish disappear over the decades of his life motivated him to action. He used to have a camp in Montegut where sugar cane fields grew. Now the community is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico. When Hurricane Katrina hit, he came up with his plan and began shopping it around to coastal officials and politicians. "Unless we do something, in 100 years we'll be underwater," Beasley said. "I don't even care about making a dollar. There are too many good things here to lose." Reggie Dupre, Terrebonne's levee director and a former state senator, is one of the local public officials that Beasley visited. Beasley knows the cost would be enormous. That's why he has a unique proposal: Open the island's construction up to private industry. He said that with the opportunity for business stemming from the island's construction, he believes private investors would be interested. He added that Louisiana's coastal land loss should be declared a disaster so projects like his can get around environmental restrictions. "I'm just trying to wake people up. Let's get something going here," Beasley said.
Charles Beasley, President
"If you would see a graph of where termite infestations are, the graph for south Louisiana would have the most production of termites," said Charles Beasley, owner of Beasley Pest Control in Houma.Beasley said his company initially sprays with Termidor, a chemical that has been on the market for eight years that act as a termite-fighting agent."A lot of people go over the brick ledge with soil or mulch or something," Beasley said."That's a perfect breeding ground for termites."A better solution is to put lava rock or some other type of termite preventative about a foot away from the home, and then put the landscaping around that."Sometimes landscapers come in and they pile it so big, it is three or four inches above the brick ledge on the home," Beasley said."If the vegetation around your home is leaning up against your home, the termites will crawl up through the limbs or bush and come right into your home," Beasley said.He advises simply trimming the branches to make sure there is adequate separation of tree limbs and bushes from your home.