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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Ways To Avoid Bug Bites This Summer
We love summer because of the warm weather and the sight and smell that comes with it, outdoor activities and traveling. However, it is the time that there are lots of bugs and insects buzzing around and people experience bug bites and stings. Insects and bugs such as mosquitoes, flies, and ticks do bring about diseases of which some can be prevented. To make your summer a little bit better, we want to help you avoid bug bites.
5 ways on how to avoid bug bites this summer include:
Use an insect repellent
Using insect repellent protects against several insects such as mosquitos and other bugs. This comes in the form of a spray, lotion or wipes and it should be applied to the ankles, wrists, elbows, forehead, and areas where the skin is thin before going outdoors. Choose a repellant that contains DEET. Use after applying your sunscreen. The DEET concentration will determine how long it will last. However, DEET should be used with caution as it can cause skin irritation
Cover the exposed skin
Although it is hot, you need to wear long pants, socks and long- sleeved shirts for maximum protecting. Tuck the shirt into the pants and the pants into the socks so that you are well protected. Some bugs can bite through the thin fabric so consider wearing clothes that are tightly woven such as the synthetic fibers, so as to keep them bugs out. The clothes should also be loose as possible as this gives you much comfort during the warm weather and a bug will not be able to reach the skin when it bites on the fabric. You may treat your clothes with an insecticide such as permethrin other EPA- registered repellent, but don’t spray it directly on the skin.
Wear light colors
Brightly colored clothes that have big flowers and patterns tend to attract bugs such as bees, mosquitoes, and wasps. Dark colors are also not the best either because they also attract the bugs as they do contrast with the horizon at dusk when the insects are active. Dress down in muted colors, earth tone colors or light colors which are less attractive to them hence preventing bug bites.
Do away with insect habitats
Different insects do have different breeding habitats, so it is important to look for them and destroy them. For bees and wasps, they build nests and hives, especially under the gutter, eaves of the roof or crook of a tree. When you see them, remove them carefully to avoid being bitten. Mosquitoes love stagnant water so cut grass and bushes in your yard. And, don’t let water stand in your home as it will breed mosquitoes.
Use natural solutions.
Make insects stay at bay by the use of natural insect repellents which have no chemicals. Such as Citronella, Tea tree oil, cinnamon leaf oil and vanilla oil mixed with olive oil. You may grow insect repellent plants around your yard such as Lavender, peppermint, basil, lemon balm because the aroma helps mask your smell which attracts bugs. For maximum effect, crush the plant to remove some perfume then rub the leaf and oil on your skin.
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
Affectionately 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
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
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
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
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.
Does Snow Keep Pests Out?
This is a question we get asked about every 2 to 3 years here in Middle Tennessee. This year is the year of snow! Families all over are rejoicing in snow days, sledding and snow ball fights. But what happens to pests during this cold and snow storm? Will they come into your home for warmth and food? Don’t worry too much, bugs are resilient and can survive many seasonal temperature changes. Whether it’s zero degrees Fahrenheit or one 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Snow and Bees-
So will snow keep pests out? No. Snow alone does not keep pests out. But it will make them stick together or burrow in to avoid the extreme temps. Honey bees will stick together in their hive; buzzing to generate more heat. Bumble bees will hibernate in a tree, log or rock. Wasps often burrow in to make an adequate nests. As long as your home is properly sealed, they should not burrow into your walls for a Winter home.
Snow and Ticks-
It may seem unlikely but snow can make ticks more active (as long as their is some humidity). Yes, we said more active. The flip side is that we humans are less active in the Winter. If there are unseasonably long cold Winters with lots of unusually high inches of snow, it may reduce the number of ticks. But, for the most part they are just fine. Vets recommend treating your yard and pets for ticks during this time when their strength and eggs are down.
How Can Absolute Pest Control Help-
We recommend our customer’s sign up for our regular treatment packages. We have multiple options available HERE. If you have the Platinum package, we will come back to treat your home for most infestations until they are gone. Snow should keep pests out, but if they are bothering you, we have our 100% money back guarantee on our treatments.
Call us for any problems or issues that may arise!
Will snow keep pests out? Our answer is no.
How To Keep Pests Away From Your Summer BBQ
The weather is warm and when you are dodging the crazy summer thunderstorms eating outside is an enjoyable activity. It can turn disastrous quickly if pests come out in droves. We are helping you avoid mosquitos and other stinging pests to ultimately enjoy your event. Here are 5 easy tips to have a successful and pest free bbq, picnic or other outside gathering.
#1 Bug Spray aka Insect Repellant
Spraying yourself and family, while having extra bug spray for your guests will help reduce mosquito bites. We recommend a bug spray that has Picaridin. Use sprays with DEET on clothing.
#2 Avoid Perfume
No one wants to smell bad in a group setting. But, yellow jackets and other stinging pests are attracted to perfumes. By limiting your extra fragrance smell, it will help reduce the chance of getting stung by a yellow jacket.
#3 Install Screen Doors and Repair Ripped Screens
If possible, install screen doors and keep them shut help reduce pests coming into your home. Also, do a perimeter check of existing screens to look for rips, tears or holes. Bug can get through the smallest tear, so repairing and patching the holes immediately is very important. If it is a last minute issue, use tape (like duct or packing) to help block openings.
#4 Clean Up Messes
No your Mother isn’t going to clean it up for you. Wipe down spills right away. Let your grill burn for 5 extra minutes after removing your food. And, keep foods covered to help reduce ants and flies from being unwanted guests are your house.
#5 No Standing Water
We can’t say this enough. Make sure there is no standing water around your home. This includes planters, bird baths, buckets and other things like kid’s toys. Mosquitos breed in just an inch of standing water.
Our seasonal mosquito treatment can remedy the problems mosquitos bring. This service is seasonal, no need for a year long expense. The cost is low (average yard $50-$80). We offer a discount to our existing customers. Still not sure? We offer a free consultation to give you an exact cost.
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What does peace of mind in pest control really mean?
It means you and your family are safe from unwanted invaders and your home is safe from termites. Our company, Absolute Pest Control, has been in business for over 15 years. We train our technicians to do an excellent job. Part of our hiring process in extensive background checks. Providing a career and not just a job helps set us apart from the competition. And, our guarantee cannot be touched by other companies in our industry! All of these things equal peace of mind for you!
What we provide to you:
- Peace of Mind
- Highly trained technicians
- Appointment confirmation
- On-time appointments
- Auto-bill; no surprises
- Perimeter safety net
- Guaranteed results or your money back!
- Low turnover- you see and talk to the same people
- Fast, emergency treatments if needed
Get peace of mind for your family! And, if you currently have a pest control company you use, please compare the services you receive with ours. We believe we will provide the best service and peace of mind in the industry. However, we leave the final decision up to you. No high pressure sales pitches. We can help keep your home free of ants, spiders, cockroaches and more! And, if you get termites, we provide the best termite removal service in Tennessee.
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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?
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!
Do you want to keep your home pest free without a ton of chemicals? Pest Control isn’t just fumigation and dead bugs. At Absolute Pest Control, we work to keep your home and family safe. Pest control has many aspects. We don’t just kill ants and treat for termites. We are a full service pest control company treating homes and businesses in Middle Tennessee.
Ants- Our skilled technicians can treat occasional outbreaks and offer a perimeter to keep new ants out of your home and yard. Certain types of ants like carpenter ants require different types of treatment. We make a plan based on your needs.
Bees- Airborne bugs are more difficult to treat. If a nest is spotted, our trained technicians can safely remove it to keep the yellow jackets and bees at bay. Our bi-monthly eave sweeping is just one of our ways to maintain the safety of your family.
Spiders- Spiders, as a whole, are not bad. They serve a purpose in our ecology. However, poisonous spiders do not belong in your home or office. One of the extra services provided by our friendly technician’s is to clean out the water meter and the mailbox. No surprises for you when you reach for your mail. And, the meter readers always love our clients.
Termites- Our annual termite checks will keep you educated on the “health” of your home. Termites are like cancer to your home. Chances are, your home will be your biggest investment. We want to make sure it keeps it’s value. Termites rack up billions of dollars in damage, not covered by insurance, every year. The humidity of the South makes your home the perfect breeding ground. If you get the unpleasant news that you have termites, our specialized technicians will treat your home or office and get rid of the termites.
Absolute Pest Control is not just Pest Control, we take the time to find out your needs, create a plan that works, offer packages that cover more than any other pest control company, offer 100% moony back guarantee, have highly skilled and trained technicians, provide extra services, offer annual termite checks (often for free) and we have the best prices.
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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.
- 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:
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!