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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.

New Year - Routine Running Playlist

Happy January – Do You Have A Running Playlist?

We have combed through Spotify to find an invigorating playlist for your running enjoyment. Having a heathy attitude will pass over to your home life. And, this will keep your home healthy and happy. Many of our clients that focus on personal health first, have a home that tends to push away unhealthy pests. All the while, they allow non-harming pests to co-exist.

Many people look for a motivating playlist on Spotify for their exercise. Spotify is one of the most popular apps for music. Secondly, Pandora is another. First, we want to encourage exercise, as sedentary has become the new smoking. Second, we understand that this may not to be the ONE for you. But, you won’t know until you try. This one is called Best Running Playlist and is provided by RunnersCalendar. They tout as the best and give you this message:

“We have selected the 100 best songs for you when running and working out. Subscribe & Enjoy! – by the team of www.runnerscalendar.com”

Here is a highest list of the songs they consider the best:

Runaway (U & I) by Galantis

Power by Kanye West

I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas

Can’t Hold U by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Beautiful Day by U2

And, many more.

If you have started your New Year with a healthy mindset that includes running… then this is THE Running Playlist for you! If for some reason this doesn’t motivate you, by all means keep searching or make your own. Then, share your newly created list to help encourage others to exercise!

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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 Little Known Termite Facts

All Termites Are Not Created Equal

There are multiple species and sub-species of termites. The two largest classifications are Drywood and Subterranean. Drywood termites build their colonies in wood. Subterranean Termites build their colonies under the ground. The Subterranean Termites do they most damage to homes in the United States. Numbers go into the billions! Drywood Termites do damage as well. Their damage reports go into the millions!

Winged Termites are not their own species of termites

Many black termites with white wings are often wrongly identified. These caste termites sent out to start new colonies.

Termites Never Sleep

winged termites don't sleep

How can termites quickly do damage? In other words- they never sleep! They are one of Earth’s few living species that are awake 24 hours a day, 365 days a week. Could you imagine how much work human’s could accomplish if they never sleep.

Winged Termites Do Not Always Foretell An Infestation

If you see a small amount of winged termites around your windows, there is no need to panic. A small number of winged termites usually signifies an aging colony. If you see any termites, it is imperative that you have a home termite inspection.

Swarmers Flock To Light

In the evening, if you have a lot of outside porch and house lights you may be attracting termites to your home. It’s true. Termites are attracted to the light. In conclusion, the lack of outdoor lighting can have consequences, but it is important for safety.

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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.

New Year's Traditions Updated

New Year’s Traditions from All Over

Rocking in the New Year has new meaning without Dick Clark (for our generation anyhow). We want to share with you some of the traditions from around the world.

Austria: Suckling pigs. In Austria, they find good luck in eating a suckling pig. Um, that’s different. But, ok!
Peppermint ice creams are served as desserts in the hopes that they will bring good fortune.

Belgium: Saint Sylvester Eve. Did you know that Belgium’s refer to New Year’s Eve as Saint Sylvester Eve?! Having fun family parties, they kiss to wish a good year, have midnight toasts, and exchange fortunes to welcome the New Year. Even the kids are included, yay! Belgium children will buy decorations so that they can write and gift New Year greetings to their elders. It’s a great idea to include all age groups.

Spain: The Number 12. Did you know in Spain, the Spanish eat 12 grapes at every toll of the clock during the New Year. It’s their belief that this will bring good luck and happiness for the coming 12 months. I like it!

The Netherlands: Burn The Old Away. The Dutch burn the Christmas trees in the streets. These bonfires purge out the old and bring in the new. A fun way to celebrate, dispose of the old trees, and have a community event.

There are many traditions in the United States. From toasting in the New Year to wearing funny hats, and many that have been blended into our culture from the many immigrants that have become Americans. As well as, the regional traditions. Some Southern traditions include eating black eyed peas and collard greens for dinner on New Year’s Eve. Whatever you decided to do to ring in the new year, please do so responsibly. There are many ways to get home without drinking and driving; AAA towing, Uber, Lyft, Designated Drivers, etc.

How do you celebrate New Year’s Eve?

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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.

How Winter Affects Pest Control

Absolute Pest Control Know How Winter Affects Pest Control Here

The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting an extreme Winter. Our customers are asking how Winter affects pest control here in Smyrna, TN. 

“Contrary to the stories storming the web, our time-tested, long-range formula is pointing toward a very long, cold, and snow-filled winter. We stand by our forecast and formula, which accurately predicted the many storms last winter, as well as this summer’s steamy, hot conditions.” Farmers’ Almanac Editor Peter Geiger said.

How Winter Affects Pest Control

It all comes down to the types of Winter weather, length of cold spells, and inches of precipitation. Many homeowners hope that the cold temperatures will kill off or cause hibernation to pests. That is not always the case. A slow decline in temperatures can allow pests to prepare for the dip in temperatures. However, a cold snap may leave them out in the cold; literally.

Exposure

If the Winter is cold without a lot of snow, eggs may die from the elements. Long periods of time with low temps will cause death by exposure. 

Protection

On the other hand, if there is cold and snow, the snow may bring protection from the cruel elements. Mice and other rodents have been know to burrow under show filled yards into barns, basements, and homes.

Absolute Pest Control Know How Winter Affects Pest Control Here

With our ongoing Platinum package, we prepare your home or business for all seasons of the year. This continuous treatment provides a invisible barricade of protection for your family. Our technicians check every other month for any weaknesses in your home or office. Our 20 point inspection allows you to be educated in the process and not have surprises. Additionally, we will return if you have any issues between visits; free of charge.

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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.

Our Annual Food Drive

Hello Friends!

We are excited to announce our annual FOOD DRIVE. Our donations will go to several local food pantries including the Second Harvest Food bank.

How To Donate:

At your scheduled appointment day/time please leave a clearly marked bag with your non-perishable donations inside. Our technicians will collect the bags and bring them to the office. You may also call our office for a pick up of your donation. And, lastly, you may drop your donations off at our office in Smyrna during normal business hours.

Our office is located at:

1070 Courier Place

Ste #202

Smyrna, TN 37067

615-220-1933

Where Do Your Donations Go:

We will donate the non-perishable food donations to the Second Harvest Food Bank and several other local food pantries/banks. Our goal is to help people in our communities.

 

Thank you,

Nazih and Teresa

The Best Christmas Lights 2018

Are You Looking For The Best Place To See Christmas Lights In Middle TN?

Thanks to Fox 17 we have the best places for you!

Dancing Lights of Christmas

Opens: Nov. 17 through Dec. 31

Address: James E Ward Agricultural Center, home of the Wilson County Fair: 945 E Baddour Pkwy, Lebanon, TN 37087

Click here for more information and pricing

FrankTown Festival of Lights

Open: Nov. 22 through Dec. 29

Address: Williamson County AG Expo Park: 4215 Long Ln #100, Franklin, TN 37064

Click here for more information and pricing

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

Opens: Nov. 10 through Christmas season

Address: 2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214

Click here for more information

Cheekwood

Opens: Nov. 24 through holiday season

Address: 1200 Forrest Park Dr, Nashville, TN 37205

Click here for more for information and pricing

Music City Light Show

Opens: Nov. 24 through Jan 1

Address: 5361 Skip Jack Drive, Antioch, Tenn. 37013

Click here for more and pricing

Chad’s Winter Wonderland:

Opens: Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve night

Address: 791 E. Old Laguardo Rd. Lebanon, TN

Click here for more pricing and information

 

Let us know if you have found other places worth visiting. We found this information on the fox17 website HERE.

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.

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