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!
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5 Common Spring Pests in Tennessee
Spring time is near which means warm weather, plenty of spring showers and common Spring pests that bother Middle Tennessee residents. As the weather improves, we aren’t the only ones looking to take advantage of the beautiful weather. Pests start to migrate out of their winter hiding and find places to feed and reproduce.
While there are a variety of pests that make their way into your home, a few will be more prevalent in the Tennessee area.
Ants live in colonies in and out of the home. The bottom of the colonial hierarchy, the worker ants, are sent from the colony to find food for the queen and the males. They prefer to eat mainly sweets and oils. It’s no surprise they are in the kitchen.
Spiders infiltrate your home looking for a warm place to live and eat. Most spiders will spin many webs inside your home looking for the best place to catch its prey. Furthermore, females will lay eggs in sacs of silk for support and protection. The female spider can produce up to 4,000 eggs in her lifetime.
Termites thrive on dead trees and leaves. Unfortunately, they don’t stop there. Termites often feast on drywall, paper, and plastic. These pests live in colonies and can wreck serious havoc on your home.
Mice are little explorers that have turned your home into their personal palace. Preferring dark spaces, they will explore your home in search of food. Female mice will often give birth to mouse pups several times a year when they’ve found a suitable environment. Female mice can mother an average of 48 mouse pups a year.
Cluster flies, otherwise known as attic flies, tend to live in groups in dark spaces such as walls, attics, or unused rooms during cold times. Preferring to be outside, they will often be semi-dormant when they are inside. Quiet flies make it hard to track them down when they are in your home.
What are some of the most common entry points for pests?
Spring pests come inside your home for either food or warmth. With it being a life or death situation, they will find any way possible to get in.
Some of the more common are:
- Cracks in the wall
- Utility lines
- Crawl space
Once they’re in, it’s tough to get them out. Most pests reproduce at alarming rates and are excellent at hiding. While many poisons and traps you buy at the store can be sufficient, they rarely rid the entire problem.
Absolute Pest Control has been ridding homes of Spring pests for 15 years. Their technicians continually train on the most recent technology and treatments to ensure the cause of the infestation gets fixed, not just the symptom.
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Bug of the Month for November: Brown Recluse Spider
Welcome back to this month’s installment for Bug of the Month. Last month, we talked about the wolf spider. We said that wolf spiders were often confused with brown recluses, so we decided that November would be all about the brown recluse!
Brown recluses are quite a bit more dangerous than wolf spiders, but are rarely ever deadly. Here are a few ways to identify and get rid of brown recluses.
What do brown recluses look like?
Brown recluses are, well, brown! But seriously, they are usually a centimeter long and half a centimeter wide, and they are known for having a violin-shaped dark spot on their back toward their head. This is why they got the nickname “fiddleback spiders”. The spot gets darker the older the spider is.
While most spiders have eight eyes, the brown recluse only has six. This is perhaps the most distinguishable characteristic of the brown recluse. Perhaps even more so than the “violin”.
Another distinguishing feature is their legs. Brown recluses’ legs are slightly slanted when they are relaxed. The spider’s entire body is covered in tiny, velvety hairs.
How do brown recluse spiders behave?
Brown recluses get the “recluse” part of their name because they generally tend to avoid human interaction. They hide in dark places in and around buildings and can go for long times without eating.
The female brown recluse mates only once and continues to bear offspring. There are often large numbers of brown recluses that are never spotted due to their reclusive nature.
Where do brown recluses live?
Brown recluse spiders live in the south-central and southeastern United States and are very rarely seen anywhere else.
The brown recluse spider often lives in manmade structures and close to the ground. The most likely places to find them are in basements, under porches, and deep inside closets.
What does a brown recluse bite look like, and what should I do if I am bitten?
Most of the time, the brown recluse bite is very minor and may turn red. Sometimes there might not even be a reaction at all. However, because you never know how you will react, you should seek immediate medical attention.
Some individuals who are sensitive to the venom may see a white blister arise. The area around the blister may harden. If not treated immediately, some blue spots surrounded by redness may appear, giving the brown recluse bite a “red, white, and blue” look.
In rare cases, the bite may become gangrenous and leave a large, open wound.
If you are bitten by a brown recluse, wash the bite immediately and seek medical attention, even if you aren’t feeling symptoms because it can sometimes take a few hours for the symptoms to start.
How can I get rid of brown recluses.
To prevent spider infestations, all doors and windows should be sealed. Also, try not to leave food and waste lying around. If you do see a brown recluse infestation, there are several products that can be used to kill spiders and prevent them from coming back.
Unlike the wolf spider, the brown recluse tends to stay in packs. There can be hundreds of brown recluse spiders in a single infestation, most of which will never be seen. If you have a brown recluse infestation, don’t hesitate to call Absolute Pest Control at (615)-220-1933 or click here to schedule an appointment.
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
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:
- 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 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.
When You’ve Done All You Can Do, When Do You Call a Pest Control Company?
Everyone has those unwanted pests such as ants, cockroaches, brown recluse and other spiders, mosquitos, and rats that get into their food and living environment. They’re so annoying and often, their bites can be painful and dangerous. This article will help you to decide when it’s time to call a pest control company.
Brown Recluse Spiders
If you live in the Southeastern United States, you are probably all-too familiar with the brown recluse spider. While death is rare, their bite turns into a very painful sore that can lead to some nasty infections that take weeks to get rid of.
If you see brown recluses in your home, call a pest control company immediately. While there are certain things you can do at home on your own to help prevent and control spider infestations, sometimes that is not enough, and you need to call a pest control company to get rid of them.
Likewise, cockroaches are a common pest problem. Cockroaches can live for up to a year and eat almost anything. They can even go for a month without food at all! The two most common roaches are the American and German cockroaches.
American cockroaches are large (one to two inches) and stay outside for the most part, so if you see just one roach, it might not be much of a problem, but if you see two of them, it’s very likely that you have an infestation.
German cockroaches are much smaller (half an inch), but if you see even one, that means there are probably a lot more. They reproduce at a much faster rate than American cockroaches. One female and her offspring can produce over 30,000 young in just a year! In either case, if you see two roaches, call a pest control company (like Absolute Pest Control) immediately.
Mice and Rats
While spiders and insects are pretty small and therefore not as noticeable, another common pest problem is mice and rats. They are large and tend to make a lot of noise that can keep you up at night and can wreak havoc on your kitchen pantry, destroying much of your food.
- There are certain things you can do to keep them away and catch them, such as:
- Setting mouse traps
- Using an electronic, low-frequency noise device that is made to keep them away
- If you can’t get rid of them yourself, call a pest control company (click to schedule and appointment) to deal with those annoying rodents.
All in all, there are many products that can help prevent and exterminate insects and rodents, but sometimes these are not enough. If you see multiple spiders, insects, or rodents, it is likely that there is a bigger infestation than you can handle on your own. If so, it’s time to call a pest control company to get rid of the problem.
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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!
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What Are The 5 Most Common Winter Pests?
Ants, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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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