5 Star Termite and Pest Control received their Arizona State License on February 8, 1980. It is still operated by owner Shelby Hawkins to this day.
Shelby Hawkins; Original and current owner, first woman in Arizona to pass the license test which allowed her to enter the male dominated pest control industry in Arizona.
Developed by Shelby Hawkins, the ETT444® process is a complete package encompassing the termites, chemistry, and construction of your home.
Wright Flight is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to “helping kids reach new heights” in both their classrooms and their lives.
Tucson Lifestyle — February 2016
Once Shelby Hawkins decides to do something, there is no stopping her. That can-do attitude resulted in Hawkins becoming the first female termite inspector in Arizona. Hawkins, who moved to Tucson in 1978, has degrees in social science and Recreation Education from Brigham Young University. She was working as a social worker in 1980 when she decided to switch careers. She eventually raised three daughters as a single parent while growing her company, 5 Star Termite & Pest Control, now celebrating 35 years in business. Along the way, she invented a patented method of above-ground termite control application.
Today, Hawkins continues to run her company, and her family has grown to include three grandchildren and one dog (Sweet Pea). She and her company are strong supporters of Wright Flight, which teaches students how to set goals and achieve them using the chance to fly a real plane as motivation.
“My husband at the time was working as a termite inspector and that job seemed much more interesting to me than being a social worker. There was no closure as a social worker. My small stature and gymnastic skills also have worked to my advantage in pest control — I can fit into very tight crawl spaces under homes.”