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.

Signs, Symptoms, and Spider Bite Treatment

Signs, Symptoms, and Spider Bite Treatment

Though most spiders are harmless, there are a couple which may cause more serious negative health effects. Black widows and brown recluse spiders are the two most dangerous spiders in North America. Here are some signs, symptoms, and spider bite treatment.

Black Widow Spiders

"Western Black Widow (Latrodectus hesperus)" by Bloomingdedalus - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

“Western Black Widow (Latrodectus hesperus)” by Bloomingdedalus – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

Black widow spiders are black with a red hourglass-looking mark on their bellies. The males are very small and harmless, but the female black widow bite can pack a powerful wallop.

The bite may feel like a slight pen prick. First you may notice some red marks or slight swelling. After an hour or so, though, there is intense pain and stiffness surrounding the bite. Here are a few other symptoms:

  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach Pain

Even though a black widow bite is painful and the symptoms almost unbearable, black widow bites are almost never lethal.

Brown Recluse Spiders

"Brown Recluse" by Rosa Pineda - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons -

“Brown Recluse” by Rosa Pineda – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

Brown recluses are brown spiders that have a violin-shaped marking on their heads. While non-aggressive, brown recluses can bite if they are trapped between the skin and another surface.

The bites are rarely noticeable at first, but begin to sting within a couple of hours. Up to eight hours later, a blister will form accompanied by intense pain. The blister will give way to a deep ulcer. Nausea and stomach pain may follow, but not always. If not properly treated, the bite can cause necrosis, which eats away at the skin. As with the black widow, brown recluse bites are rarely deadly.

What to Do if Bitten

Signs, symptoms, and spider bite treatment should be taken very seriously. Here are a few things you can do if you notice any signs and symptoms:

  • Clean the area where the bite is.
  • Put ice or a cloth with cold water onto the bite.
  • Wrap a bandage around the area.
  • Take over-the-counter pain relief medicine and/or antihistamines.
  • If the bite is on a limb, elevate it.

If symptoms worsen or become unbearable, seek medical attention. If there is redness or discoloration that spreads from the bite, you should also seek medical attention. Rarely, but importantly, spider bites can cause an allergic reaction that may be more severe than the bite itself. In that case, immediately seek help.

All in all, the signs, symptoms, and spider bite treatment are fairly easy to spot. It is important to realize that spider bites are rarely deadly. This will help you to remain calm in order to properly take care of the bite and seek proper medical attention. And remember, call or click here to schedule an appointment with Absolute Pest Control to get rid of spiders if you see any. This will help prevent you from being bitten in the first place.

Pest Control Is Peace Of Mind

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:


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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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5 Most Common Winter Pests

What Are The 5 Most Common Winter Pests?

common-house-spiders.jpgAnts, bed bugs, birds, cockroaches, flies, rodents, spiders, termites….is your skin crawling yet? But rest assured, in the winter, some of those pests magically disappear into the great wilderness of not-in-my-house. However, it is important to note the word some here, mostly because it is not the word all. That’s right, they aren’t all gone. This means right now, buzzers and crawlers could be moving through the fabrics in your carpet or in your kids’ bedsheets. You should be able to experience the peace and comfort of knowing that you are safe. Knowledge is power and you should certainly keep your home safe. So here are the 5 Most Common Winter Pests and how you can identify them.

  1. Firewood pests usually enter through wood used in certain stoves and fireplaces. Wood which hasn’t been left in the summer to kill insects is prone to harbor insects. Wood which has been stored near a building, or on the ground can harbor rodents which can ride their way into your kitchen. If you brought any sticks or chop wood into or within fifty feet of your home in the last six months, did you look over every piece to visually inspect for insects and rodents? There’s something to think about. The best tool to fight these pests is with professional treatment.

  2. Overwintering insects are basically bugs that are hibernating. In Tennessee, they are adjusted to a long period of cold, brittle temperatures. When these particular insects take up residence in your home, they will come out of hibernation and emerge into the warmth of your winter home, thinking they have arrived at spring. So go ahead, turn it up to seventy-two.

  3. The house mouse might be two to two and a half inches long and carries a hairless tail twice as long as its body. If you see a light brown or gray ball of fur streak by you on the floor, it’s time to call the exterminator. They will eat through any food container, leave droppings all over the house or carry anyy of 35 diseases.

  4. Rats are not mice. They are usually brown with a gray underbelly. Your rat can grow up to 16 inches long from head to tail. Because of their size, they can cause real damage when they burrow in your backyard or climb up into the attic space and begin chewing on wires.

  5. The dreaded bed bug is not just a fair-thee-well when putting the kids to bed. Bed bugs have exploded back into American mattresses in the last few years. They were practically non-existent before World War II, but the swell lately is certainly worth watching. You can put on a mattress cover, but if you don’t have one now, read on. Bed bugs are very small (about 5 millimeters) and brown. They look a lot like ticks. Bed bugs feed on human blood and can live a year without a host. The good news is that they do not transmit diseases to humans, but they will crawl all over your skin and keep you awake. Every. Single. Night.

How to get rid of rats

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Keeping yourself safe is not a difficult thing to do in the home. When you have a good pest control professional like Absolute Pest Control, you can rest assured that these pests as well as dozens of others will be cared for without you having to worry. Our Platinum Plan offers safety, security and affordability. See the plan here.

Take a moment today and look through your house for these 5 Most Common Winter Pests. Check the headboards, around the trashcans and take a peek at the baseboards. Make sure you are safe and enjoy the peace of a protected home. If you find a problem, call our professional technicians at 615-220-1933.

Spider Bites - What To Do If You Are Bitten

Spider Bites Can Be Deadly But Not All Of Them Are!

Getting bitten by a spider can be very scary; especially if you don’t know what kind of spider it was! The good news is spiders are mostly non-confrontational. When people are bitten by a spider its generally accidental like rolling over on it in your sleep or brush up against it in an attic. The feeding pattern of most spiders is making a web and waiting for their prey. And, the spiders most common found in the home are too small to break the skin or their venom is not strong enough to hurt a human.

Our reading has shown that most spider bites are actually bites from other types of bugs; not really spider bites! Those spiders are getting a bad rap.

The small percentage that are real spider bites can be dangerous in it was a venomous spider. The initial pain from spider bites is at the location of the wound. Pain from the bite varies depending on if it is a venomous spider or not. Non-venomous spider bites cause pain or discomfort for anywhere between 5 minutes to an hour. Many people say it is somewhat similar to a bee sting. Spider bites from a venomous spider cause pain for more than that. Spiders are not known for transmitting diseases like mosquitos.

What to do if you are bitten by a spider:

  • Clean the bite with soap and water
  • Use ice or an ice pack to help with swelling
  • Take Tylenol or Benedryl products to reduce symptoms of discomfort
  • Catch the spider and bring to with you in a sealed container to the doctors office
  • If you are bitten on an arm or leg, wrap a tight bandage (not so tight you cut off circulation) above the wound to restrict the flow of venom
  • If symptoms do not improve in 24 hours or if there is redness, puss, circles, red line leading away from bite a black spot in the center seek medical attention

Venomous Spiders of the South

Venomous Brown Recluse Spiders

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The two main concerns for spider bites in the South are the Brown Recluse and the Black Widow. The brown recluse spider is often found living happily undisturbed in your attic, basement or crawlspace. They come in contact with humans when they go into the brown recluse’s nesting area. These spiders are brown with a violin marking on their heads. They also have 6 equal sized eyes. Read more about the brown recluse spider here. The other spider found here in Tennessee is the black widow. These spiders can be found in your attic, basement, garage or crawlspace and outdoors. The female black widow is the more dangerous one. She has a black exterior with a red hourglass marking on her stomach. These spiders generally attack if feeling threatened or if their web is disturbed. Spider bites by black widows are less common than brown recluse. To find out more about black widow spiders click here.

Black Widow Spiders hide in water meters

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