How Weather Affects Insect Problems in Smyrna, TN

How Weather Affects Insect Problems!

Have you ever wondered what the weather has to do with pest control and the bug problems on Middle Tennessee? You may think it’s no big deal. But, it actually is!

Whether the weather is getting too hot or too cold for pests, they will look for a safe place to go. They want to get out of the weather just like we do. And, where do they go? Into your home, garage, she-shed, man-cave, or business.

We want to help you prepare and divert pests before you have a full blown infestation. Termites are a problem almost everyone has heard of and most Tennessee residents will have to deal with at some point. These winged pests are harder to identify until there is a bug problem. We offer annual termite inspections to keep your largest investment safe!

Other pests that are a problem…

Yellow jackets.

During the Summer Yellow jackets may spoil your fun. The weather gets warm and people go outside. You may not notice a wasp nest if you have not been to that outdoor venue before or if you haven’t been inspecting your home on a regular basis. Being proactive in reducing the onset of a yellow jacket infestation includes regular inspection around your home or business. It is a good idea to keep brush and trees trimmed and not resting on the ground. If you see a nest, get professional assistance to reduce the likelihood of an injury. Our licensed and trained technician do a wasp sweep at each maintenance appointment.

Spiders.

The fear from a small eight legged creature is real. They have even named it: Arachnophobia. You can read the full definition HERE. The two spiders in Smyrna, Murfreesboro, LaVergne, and Middle Tennessee that are a real problem are the Black Widow and Brown Recluse Spiders. Four other spiders that are just a nuisance include the American House Spider, Cellar Spiders (Daddy Long Legs), Wolf Spider, and the Zipper Spider. Keeping your garage clean, boxes organized in the attic or basement, and a regular schedule of inspection will reduce harm from a spider bite. The other spiders can be good at eating other bothersome insects. However, you don’t want them inside your home. Knowing How Weather Affects Insect Problems will help you avoid spiders from moving into your home.

Cockroaches.

Not just a song…. La Cucaracha! Cockroaches can tolerate quite cold weather. But, thy would prefer to just move into your home starting in the Fall. By Winter they have a warm and insulated nest. the Tropical species of cockroaches may die if the temperature falls under 60 degrees! If you were to put a cockroach in a freezer, it would die in about an hour (no we haven’t actually tried it). Their eggs take much longer to die in a freezer. Having regular inspections and a plan if a cockroach is found will help keep your home free from these pests all year around.

How Weather Affects Insect Problems!

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.

Bees! Don't Panic

Bees!

There are 20,000 varied species of bees in the world.  Each species will three types of bees. A queen, the male drones, and the female workers. They will sting when threatened so don’t panic. Don’t swat, stay calm, leave the area.

Here are a few types of bees for you to learn about.

Honey Bees!

They live in hives. Female workers collect pollen and carry it back to the hive, male drones mate with queens, who lay the eggs for the hive. They nest do not have a specific size. They are found in trees, but will make it to an attic. Their nest can grow to become very large. They only sting once, but they will sting. Call a pest control company to remove them.

Bumble Bees!

These are beneficial insects because they pollinate crops and plants. They are very social and live in families. Their stinger will not stick to your skin, so they can sting more than once. Often found flying around desks and porches, often the nest is under ground. Sometimes they build nest in high spaces, like attics and roof beams.

They are very aggressive and will protect their nests. They buzz loudly and will chase for longs periods of time if they are irritated. The bumblebee sting is one of the more painful stings. The effects can last for several days.

They will sting when threatened. If you see a hive on your property, don’t panic! They should be removed by a pest control company.

Carpenter Bees!

These bees are blue-black and look almost like a bumblebee. Not posing a public threat they will drill into almost any wood. Preferring untreated wood, an attack on stained or painted wood is not unheard of. Their nests are not always easy to reach and are a hard annoyance to ride yourself of.

Killer Bees!

Africanized bees live in small colonies found in unique places. Tires, boxes, crates, and cars. No more dangerous than a honey bee, they attack in greater numbers. Increasing the odds of an allergic reaction. Run in a zigzag pattern if you are find yourself in a chase with one. Jumping in water won’t help. They will wait around for you to come up for air.

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

These 5 Bugs Are Good For Your Yard

These 5 Bugs Are Good For Your Yard – Really!

 

Bugs Are Good. Most bugs serve a purpose in your yard or garden! Here’s a list of five you may see in your yard.

# 1 Lady Bugs

ladybugAffectionately loved by small children everywhere, this small beetle isn’t just an annoyance kids like to catch. Adult Lady Bugs actually will actually benefit your yard by eating harmful bugs such as aphids, mites, and mealybugs. The similar looking Asian Beetles that middle Tennessee is all too familiar with serve a similar role, in fact many were released to deal with these other garden pests. So maybe think twice before stepping on these good bugs next time!

# 2 Bees

By Ricks at the German language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0,

By Ricks at the German language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0,

You may have bad memories of painful bee stings as a kid, but these buzzers are as helpful as can be! Not only do they make delicious honey, they also pollinate flowers so your own garden can grow. These striped, pollen transporting insects are an incredibly vital part of the ecosystem. Additionally, in the past few years the bee population has been dwindling. This decline could be very harmful to the environment, so just let those honey bees pollinate your flowers for you!

 

# 3 Dragonflies

By André Karwath aka Aka - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5,

By André Karwath aka Aka – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5,

Beyond being quite a cool insect with many vibrant color variations, dragonflies also serve a very helpful purpose. As any tennessean knows, mosquitoes are probably one of the biggest inconveniences on a warm summer night. Luckily, dragonflies eat mosquitoes to keep your backyard nice and mosquito free. Dragonflies tend to live near water, so if you live near any rivers or lakes you’re in luck!

 

 

 

# 4 Spiders

Male Jumping Spider

Image courtesy of Wikipedia

As much as everyones loves to hate them, spiders are actually very beneficial and important to have around. Most spiders, such as the common garden spider pictured, are not harmful to humans and keep a watchful eye over many yards in middle tennessee. Spiders play an important role in keeping your yard’s bug population a reasonable size. They prey on many insects which would otherwise wreak havoc on your yard if their population wasn’t controlled, thanks spiders!

# 5 Damsel Bug

By Michael Becker - taken by Michael Becker, CC BY-SA 3.0,

By Michael Becker – taken by Michael Becker, CC BY-SA 3.0,

You may have never even seen one of these before, and that’s because they are so small! Damsel bugs range in size from a measly ⅛ to ⅜ of an inch! But these little critters are very helpful to your yard, for many of the same reasons as other insects on this list. They feed on aphids and even the eggs of other harmful insects such as caterpillars to keep your yard healthy and free of pests. These bugs are good!

 

If you question any bugs or pests you find in your yard, please call us at 615-220-1933 for a free quote. You may change your mind on keeping some of the critters, because many bugs are good.

How To Avoid Stinging Pests

Stinging Pests and Summertime

How to avoid stinging pests and the pain that ensues! The summertime is so close you can almost taste. The kids are getting impatient for the end of school. Even your pets are spending more time outside. This also means that you and your family are outside. Being outside increases your chances of being stung by a multitude of stinging pests. Visits to the emergency room for stings like those from yellow jackets and wasps reach over 500,000 every year. Ouch… how can you help reduce your chances?

Stinging Female Yellow Jacket

Yellow Jacket/Wasp image courtesy of Wikpedia

No Open Containers- We don’t mean alcohol, we mean those food tables. Have you noticed that the bees swarm the food on the buffet or dinner table outside. Obviously all living creatures need food. But, it doesn’t have to be yours! Here is a link to a video on how to make your own Yellow Jacket Trap. Click here. Please avoid killing honey bees. Honey bees help pollenate 80% of the food we consume. It is important to keep honey bees safe. Trash cans are another area that can be overlooked. Make sure you have tight fitting trash can lids. Washing and sanitizing your trash cans (as well as using liners) on a regular basis will help reduce the stinging pests like yellow jackets from hanging around.

Lose the gaps- Seal up all visible cracks and crevices that this flying, stinging pests love to use those cracks and crevices to start their nests. Other areas that they love are chimneys, attics, eaves and overhangs, light fixtures, under decks and play sets. If you regularly check those areas for nests, it will reduce the chances of being stung in the long run. If you see a nest, use extreme caution to remove it. Calling in professionals is a good idea (especially if you are allergic). Our technicians can assist in removing these nests once they are there but also look for them on your eaves and overhangs during our regular visits.

Colors and smells- You do not have to be the belle of the ball at an backyard picnic. You really don’t want to be! Wearing a lot of perfumes and dark colors or patterns attract those stinging pests to you. That is not what you want! Use unscented sunscreen, lotions and soaps before hanging outside for extended periods. Don’t forget your feet. If you are doing a lot of walking in grass, wear closed toed shoes to reduce the chance of stepping on bees and getting accidentally stung.

Don’t freak out- If you find yourself surrounded by stinging pests like yellow jackets or wasps, remain calm! Swatting at the pests only make them more angry. Walk carefully and purposefully away from the stinging pests. If you get stung, remove the stinger and seek medical attention if necessary. Many people realize their allergies after the second incident.

Contact a professional- If you find a nest on your property, call a professional like Absolute Pest Control to remove it for you. This is especially important if you or your family members have allergies. The nests can have hundreds or thousands of bees inside. If they feel threatened, the stinging pests may swarm and cause serious bodily injury. Our technicians can identify the type of pest you have and correctly remove the nest. Let a trusted professional handle this pest control issue.

Let Absolute Pest Control help you with any pest control problem you may have in your home or office. Our trained technicians can assist you no matter where you live in Middle Tennessee. Call 615-220-1933 today!

 

Live Bee Cam

Bees are very important to our plants and produce production. To honor bees we have some fun facts and the live cam from the Animal Plant.

Facts:

  • The honey bee has been around for 30 million years.
  • Bees are the only insects that produce a food consumed by humans.
  • A honey bee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip.
  • They have six legs, two eyes, and two wings, a nectar pouch, and a stomach.
  • Honeybees’ stingers have a barb which anchors the stinger in the victim’s body.  The bee leaves its stinger and venom pouch behind and soon dies from abdominal rupture.

 

Here is the link to watch Bees live and find others that may interest you:

Click Here!

 

If you are having a problem with bees, we can help! Call us today with any issues with bee infestations: 625-220-1933

We service all of Middle Tennessee including; Smyrna, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Nolensville, Goodlettsville and more!

 

 

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