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COMMON PEST CONTROL THREATS IN HEALTHCARE FACILITIES

There are four main common pest control threats in healthcare facilities: Bed Bugs, Ants, Cockroaches, and Rodents. Each of those pests brings their own problems and/or diseases that can harm the healthcare facility residents. When you are doing a tour of a nursing home (or similar facility) make sure you look closely at the mattress and in the corners of places for signs of pest infestations.

Bed Bugs

Are bed bugs a common pest control threat in healthcare facilities? Yes, they certainly are. Bed bugs can come from anywhere. From the nicest hotels to the dirtiest of homes (and all places in between). Many bed bugs are transported without knowledge of the person moving them from place to place.

What can you do? When moving yourself or a loved one into a facility, take a close look at the mattress. Are there any blood spots around the seams? That is a hugs red flag that bed bugs have been there. When returning from a stay, always unpack your luggage in the garage. Then, wash and dry your clothing on high heat.

Ants

Are ants a common pest control threat at healthcare facilities? Yes, again! Ants are social insects. So if you see one, chances are there are many behind the walls. Most ants are a nuisance. But, Pharaoh Ants, are the real problem. Our research shows that these Pharaoh ants are drawn to intravenous units, medical preparation stations, and open wounds. Added the hazardousness of these ants, they can transmit diseases such as Salmonella and Streptococcus.

Cockroaches

Are cockroaches a common pest control threat at healthcare facilities? Double yes for this answer! Cockroaches are known to be a hazard in all homes or businesses. These small insects carry disease and are particularly hard to get rid of. There is the possibility of transmitting over 30 different types of bacteria and six types of parasitic worms. E. Coli and Salmonella are the most common type of bacteria transmitted via cockroaches. If the cockroaches are in the cafeteria, you can imagine the problems that would ensue.

Rodents

Are rodents a common pest control threat at healthcare facilities? Rodents like mice and rats are the last common threat at healthcare facilities topic. Did you know that inhaling the dust of mice and rats can leave you with Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS)? Yes. These contaminants can get into the drinking water or food. The symptoms mirror the flu and can be deadly if not treated properly and quickly.

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Absolute Pest Control is dedicated to making your home or home away from home safe for you family. If you have a question about pests or any other pest problem, please call us at 615-220-1933 or click HERE to email us. We service most of Middle Tennessee including Smyrna, Murfreesboro, and LaVergne.

Do You Suffer From Musophobia?

Musophobia? What Is It?

Musophobia is the fear of mice. And, it is the one of the most common fears (besides arachnophobia). Musophobia is also known as Suriphobia and Murophobia.

What Causes People To Suffer From Musophobia?

When a person has a traumatic experience that has a mouse or mice as the main villains, they may develop Musophobia. It is the brain’s protective mechanism to shield the person from being in the same situation again. Sounds reasonable, but can actually be difficult to control in the grand scheme of things. Living your life in fear of mice can leave people afraid to leave their homes.

How Can You Tell If You Suffer From Musophobia?

If you have a true clinical fear of mice, you will exhibit several types of symptoms depending on the degree you suffer from Musophobia. Common symptoms include general anxiety, panic, shortness of breathe, irregular heart rate, sweating, nausea, and overall dread. These symptoms can be brought on by multiple events. The thought of seeing a mouse. Walking through an alley way. Or even seeing a mouse on TV. If you feel like you have Musophobia, consult a health care professional.

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Absolute Pest Control is dedicated to making your home safe for you family. If you suffer from Musophobia, let us give you peace of mind.

If you have a question about pests or any other pest problem, please call us at 615-220-1933 or click HERE to email us. We service most of Middle Tennessee including Smyrna, Murfreesboro, and LaVergne.

Tips To Prevent Termites In Smyrna, TN

What are some tips to prevent termites in Smyrna, TN or around Middle Tennessee?

Here are three easy tips to prevent termites in Smyrna, TN and Middle Tennessee. We provide this information to be of service of all home owners in the area.

Tip #1

Tip #1 Repair leaking faucets, water pipes and exterior AC units. Remove the termite’s water source and reduce the risk of having termites in the first place. Doing an inspection around your home’s exterior can shed light on whether or not you are providing water to termites. Look for leaking faucets or broken bib pipes under the house. Look for how far the drain tube reached from your HVAC unit. The farther, the better!

Tip #2

Tip #2 Routinely inspect the foundation of a home for signs of mud tubes (used by termites to reach their food source), or wood that sounds hollow when tapped. This tip to prevent termites in Smyrna, TN is one of the easiest for home owners to do. Walk around your home and look at the foundation. If you see mud tubes or hollow sounding wood, call Absolute Pest Control (or your pest control technician) for an inspection.

Tip #3

Tip #3 Have a professional termite inspection annually. Did you know? Damage from wood-boring insects (termites) will not covered by homeowners’ insurance policies. The small cost for an annual home termite inspection is minor. However, it is well worth it to prevent termites in Smyrna, TN.

Termites are not be controlled with Do It Yourself (DIY) treatments. It is important to have a professionally trained termite technician inspect and treat your home. If you suspect a termite infestation, call a licensed termite company, like Absolute Pest Control, for a recommended course of treatment.

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Absolute Pest Control is dedicated to making your home safe for you family. If you have a question about pests or any other pest problem, please call us at 615-220-1933 or click HERE to email us. We service most of Middle Tennessee including Smyrna, Murfreesboro, and LaVergne.

5 Ways Your Home is Attractive to Pests

5 Ways Your Home is Attractive to Pests

Some homes are more prone to pest control issues than others. And, it isn’t just because they are dirty. Below are the most common 5 Ways Your Home is Attractive to Pests.

  • Moisture

Pests are attracted to moisture from your HVAC unit, leaky pipes, and standing water. All insects need water to survive. Your HVAC drain pipe must be diverted away from your home. Occasional inspections of visible pipe and easily seen water sources like toilets and sinks. If you see discoloration from a leaky pipe behind a wall, you must fix it quickly. No insect loves standing water more than a mosquito. They are a breeding zones for annoying mosquitoes. Never leave a bucket out to fill with rain water.

  • Damaged Screens

One of the easiest ways for insects to get into your home is through ripped, missing, or damaged screens. Inspecting your screens twice a year will reduce the path of the insects tenfold. Screens are especially effective at keeping flies out. House flies are strongly suspected of transmitting at least 65 diseases to humans, including typhoid feverdysenterycholerapoliomyelitisyawsanthrax,tularemialeprosy and tuberculosis.

  • Crumbs or Food Debris

Crumbs lying around the counter will attract pests in no time. After cooking always put your food away and wipe down counters. Occasionally sweeping beside the stove and behind the refrigerator is helpful. Pantry shelves are a common place for crumbs to gather and move to the back. Cleaning your trash cans and verifying they have latching lids will keep animals like raccoons out of them.

  • Clutter

When you have a cluttered home, even if it’s clean, you are asking for inspects and pests to move in. Stacks of magazines next to a table creates a very nice, dark, safe space for spiders. Multiple small appliances on counters may hide debris. Over filled kitchen cabinets can host silver fish.

 

  • Cracks and Holes

Cracks in your exterior allows insects to find shelter from the elements. A hole allows larger animals to make there way into your home, attic, basement, or crawlspace. Fill or repair minor cracks and perform inspections. Holes can be patched, have screens installed, or covered. Make sure you hire an expert for complicated repairs.

5 Ways Your Home is Attractive to Pests

About Absolute Pest Control

Absolute Pest Control is dedicated to making your home safe for you family. If you have a question about insect treatment or any other pest problem, please call us at 615-220-1933 or click HERE to email us.

 

3 Things Rodents Love About Your House

3 Things Rodents Love About Your House

Why do people have rodent infestations? Because rodents are wild animals doing what they need to for survival. If your home provides the basic needs for rodents, they will consider it an invitation. What are the 3 Things Rodents Love About Your House?

Shelter

Food

Smells

Shelter-

Rodents are not as large as humans. This means the spaces we don’t pay attention to are perfect for them. Barns and abandoned buildings are a favorite of rodents. How are the rodents gaining entrance to your personal space? Routine inspections of your home, barn, or office building will reduce the chances of having unwanted rodents. Unsealed roofs, windows without screens, open vents, openings into the attic or crawlspace are common entry points. Imagine how small rodents can be, they need only a hole 25% of their body size to enter.

Food-

Messy kitchens, attics full of old boxes, grain bins, unsecured trash cans are all ways that rodents fill their bellies in your home. Because rodent teeth are always growing, they need things to gnaw on. Like old books, boxes, twigs, holes, almost anything. Keep any area that food is stored, prepared, served, and disposed of clean is important.

Smells-

Smells! Yes. Rodents have a good sense of smell. If they are walking between two homes and yours has good smells like peanut butter, hot dogs, minty dental floss, jelly beans, honey, and much more.

Hope this answers your questions about the 3 Things Rodents Love About Your House.

About Absolute Pest Control

Absolute Pest Control is dedicated to making your home safe for you family. If you have a question about rodents or any other pest problem, please call us at 615-220-1933 or click HERE to email us.

How Long Does Termite Treatment Last?

FAQ: How Long Does Termite Treatment Last?

In the United States homeowners spend approximately $5 Billion annually for termite treatment every year. That is approximately 600,000 homes! After spending that much on treatment many clients ask, How Long Does Termite Treatment Last?

Length of Treatment

Most liquid termite treatment solutions last between 3 to 5 years. Some new chemical solutions are rumored to last 10 years. However, that length of time means you can never stop having your home inspected. At least, if you want to protect your largest investment.

Termite Statistics

  • Scientists believe that most termite species eat 2 or 3 percent of their body weight each day.
  • A single termite queen can lay 30,000 eggs in a day if conditions are right.
  • A termite colony eats…24 hours a day – they never stop!
  • An active and healthy termite queen can live 25 years. (That is a lot of years of reproducing!)
  • The estimated number of active termite species alive on the planet is 2,500!

Can You Treat Your Home Yourself

There are chemicals available for the average person to purchase and treat their own home for termites. But, should the average homeowner attempt it? No. Considering the expense in not treating your home or treating it incorrectly, you should not attempt termite treatment yourself. The chemicals can be very dangerous in untrained hands. Keeping chemicals safely out of the reach of children is another important factor.

About Absolute Pest Control

Absolute Pest Control is dedicated to making your home safe for you family. If you have a question about termite treatment or any other pest problem, please call us at 615-220-1933 or click HERE to email us.

How Much Does Termite Tenting Cost?

FAQ: How Much Does Termite Tenting Cost?

As a homeowner what the most expensive pest control service they fear and it’s termites. As a Tennessee resident, you know that it isn’t if, but when, you’ll have termites. And, one of the more expensive termite treatments is tenting. Once a termite infestation is diagnosed we rate it based on severity. If we have to go as far as tenting, we are then asked how much does termite tenting cost?

Inspection

The first step in the process is to have a termite inspection. If termites are found, next we rate the infestation. After that, we figure in the square footage of the home, is there a deck or garage connected and needing treatment. At that point, we determine if tenting is needed.

Countrywide Average

Across the US the average cost for termite treatment that includes tenting is $1-$4 per square feet. If we split the difference, the average cost is over $2 per square foot. So, the average home would cost $3000; $2 x 1500 square feet.

Extra Charges

There are factors that will increase the cost of termite tenting that do not come from the pest control company. Because tenting takes multiple days, you will need to stay somewhere else during treatment. If you need additional cleaning after treatment, it will incur more charges.

What Happens

After we are asked How Much Does Termite Tenting Cost? The next question is What Happens During Treatment? As the fumigation process begins, first the technicians will place a rubber tent over your home. Second, they secure it to the ground. It is important to secure the tent because of the toxic fumes created during treatment. Last, the chemicals used for fumigation are released. Stay away from the tent until your pest control company gives you the green light.

We hope this answer your question: How Much Does Termite Tenting Cost?

About Absolute Pest Control

Absolute Pest Control is dedicated to making your home safe for you family. If you have a question about termite treatment or any other pest problem, please call us at 615-220-1933 or click HERE to email us.

 

Information for this article was seen on MyTermiteTreatmentCosts.com.

How Much Does Termite Treatment Cost?

We are often asked: “How Much Does Termite Treatment Cost?”

The answer to that question has a huge varying range. The cost depends on:

  • size of home
  • size of infestation
  • length of time termites have been at the home
  • if you have a single family home
  • which company you hire to alleviate the termite infestation

Furthermore there are other factors that can only be determined during the termite inspection. Which is why we recommend an annual termite inspection. In Tennessee, it isn’t if you’ll get termites, but when! As a result of not having their homes inspected regularly, almost 40% of homes will have termites this year .

We did research to bring you the best possible answer to How Much Does Termite Treatment Cost?

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Our first place was on Manta.com. You can read their information and report HERE. They report a range between $73 to $721 in Davidson County.

Our second place of research was HomeAdvisor.com. You can read their information and report HERE. They report a national average of $528. A typical range of $218 to $869. The low end of $65. The high end $1400.

Our third place was a local pest control company. They report the typical slab or basement home of $800 to $1500.

How Much Does Termite Treatment Cost if tenting is used?

First of all, it is not common to need tenting. However, if tenting is used on your home because of a termite infestation, it is more expensive. We cannot say the exact amount without an inspection. Absolute Pest Control with give you a full termite inspection report, including pictures, with your estimate.

So, What Can You Do?

Have annual termite inspections by a reputable pest control company. Similarly, protect your home with your own visual inspections looking for obvious tubes. Finally, another thing you can do is avoid the use of cut wood around your home.

Above all Absolute Pest Control is dedicated to making your home safe for you family. If you have a question about termite treatment or any other pest problem, please call us at 615-220-1933 or click HERE to email us.

Identifying Silverfish In Your Home

Identifying Silverfish May Be Harder Than You Think

Silverfish get their name from the way they look. They are small in size and do not have wings. Silverfish love dark, damp, wet areas. Think garage, basements, water heater closets, bathroom cabinets, and kitchen cabinets. Although Silverfish don’t cause harm to humans, they are still a household pest.

Did you know a Silverfish can live for 8 years?!

Finding and Identifying Silverfish can be tricky. Most home owners do not know they have an infestation until they see one or two silverfish behind a refrigerator or in a basement. Once you see one or two, there are always more. They may be hard to find during the day. Silverfish are nocturnal pests.  Like rodents, they have prolific reproduction rates.

Here are 6 Signs of Identifying Silverfish Infestations

  • You see one
  • Fecal matter that looks like pepper
  • Tell tale damage to paper products
  • Yellow stains
  • You find skins
  • Activity in cracks or crevices

 

If you see any of the Identifying Silverfish signs listed above you need to seek professional pest control assistance.

Absolute Pest Control is dedicated to making your home safe for you family. If you have a question about fall pests or any other pest problem, please call us at 615-220-1933 or click HERE to email us.

Who Else Might Be Eating Your Cereal? (Pantry pest prevention)

Pantry Pest Prevention

Does the cereal in your pantry seem to disappear when no one is home? Is your son or daughter not hungry for dinner because they’re sneaking giant bowls of cereal? Or may it be more sinister?

If Not Them, Then Who?

There are a variety of pests that may wrecking havoc in your pantry. In providing Pantry Pest Prevention you should be looking for:

  • Ants
  • Beetles
  • Cockroaches
  • Flies
  • Moths
  • Rodents
  • Spiders
  • Weevils

This isn’t even a full list! These are the most common Pantry Pests. Unless you get rid of these pests, you may be in for a bigger issue than just food missing from the cereal box!

 

What To Do

If you notice pests in your pantry, clean it out completely. Throw away open half eaten packages. Consider investing in plastic containers for your pantry items. Some pests and bugs eat the glue on the boxes. Really! Make sure your pantry is free from crumbs. Routinely wipe down shelves and sweep in your pantry to prevent infestations.

If you find yourself fighting these pests and not winning, call a professional asap.

Absolute Pest Control is dedicated to making your home safe for you family. If you have a question about fall pests or any other pest problem, please call us at 615-220-1933 or click HERE to email us.

Shocking Facts:

Consumer Reports Shop Smart magazine checked with the Food and Drug Administration and found, for example, a 24 oz. container of cornmeal can have up to 745 insect fragments and 27 rodent hairs in one box. Pasta, nuts, peanut butter, dried beans, grains, coffee beans, even chocolate can carry them as well.

Mouse Poop in Your Cornmeal– Ever notice some dark specks in your cornmeal? The handbook allows for up to 13 “fragments” of rodent excreta in a 24-ounce container.
Grasshopper Legs in Your Peanut Butter– In a regular-sized 16-ounce jar of peanut butter, the FDA will allow up to 136 insect fragments and four rodent hairs.

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