5 Ways Your Home is Attractive to Pests

5 Ways Your Home is Attractive to Pests

Some homes are more prone to pest control issues than others. And, it isn’t just because they are dirty. Below are the most common 5 Ways Your Home is Attractive to Pests.

  • Moisture

Pests are attracted to moisture from your HVAC unit, leaky pipes, and standing water. All insects need water to survive. Your HVAC drain pipe must be diverted away from your home. Occasional inspections of visible pipe and easily seen water sources like toilets and sinks. If you see discoloration from a leaky pipe behind a wall, you must fix it quickly. No insect loves standing water more than a mosquito. They are a breeding zones for annoying mosquitoes. Never leave a bucket out to fill with rain water.

  • Damaged Screens

One of the easiest ways for insects to get into your home is through ripped, missing, or damaged screens. Inspecting your screens twice a year will reduce the path of the insects tenfold. Screens are especially effective at keeping flies out. House flies are strongly suspected of transmitting at least 65 diseases to humans, including typhoid feverdysenterycholerapoliomyelitisyawsanthrax,tularemialeprosy and tuberculosis.

  • Crumbs or Food Debris

Crumbs lying around the counter will attract pests in no time. After cooking always put your food away and wipe down counters. Occasionally sweeping beside the stove and behind the refrigerator is helpful. Pantry shelves are a common place for crumbs to gather and move to the back. Cleaning your trash cans and verifying they have latching lids will keep animals like raccoons out of them.

  • Clutter

When you have a cluttered home, even if it’s clean, you are asking for inspects and pests to move in. Stacks of magazines next to a table creates a very nice, dark, safe space for spiders. Multiple small appliances on counters may hide debris. Over filled kitchen cabinets can host silver fish.

 

  • Cracks and Holes

Cracks in your exterior allows insects to find shelter from the elements. A hole allows larger animals to make there way into your home, attic, basement, or crawlspace. Fill or repair minor cracks and perform inspections. Holes can be patched, have screens installed, or covered. Make sure you hire an expert for complicated repairs.

5 Ways Your Home is Attractive to Pests

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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.

5 Ways To Avoid Bug Bites This Summer

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.

 

 

5 Common Spring Pests in Tennessee

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

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

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

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

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

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:

  •                   Doors
  •                   Windows
  •                   Cracks in the wall
  •                   Utility lines
  •                   Chimneys
  •                   Crawl space
  •                   People

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.

Call 615-220-1933 today for a FREE Termite Inspection. Absolute Pest Control will find the cause of your pest problem and recommend the best treatment. For extra protection, you can opt for a $50 annual contract for service. Click HERE for more details.

10 Impressive Facts About Bugs

Facts About BugsA reader that looks at our blog and the news that we post on Facebook might be getting really nervous about insects. Bugs are not all bad! However, people should be wary of certain pests coming into their homes and pests in general bothering them. Although, there are scary bugs, there are aspects about insects that are interesting to know. People sharing facts about bugs are helping to make other people more comfortable around them! Parents can help their children get more comfortable with insects by sharing some of these facts.

Keeping that in mind, we searched high and low to find some peculiar facts about insects! We found ten fun facts about bugs that we thought would be the most impressive. These facts are sure to leave your friends in awe! So get ready!

10 Fun and Impressive Facts About Bugs:

  • Spiders are not insects.
  • Bees, termites and ants live in well-organized social colonies.
  • Honeybees have hair on their eyes.
  • Ants don’t sleep!
  • Mosquitoes have 47 teeth (Yikes!).
  • Beetles make up one quarter of all know species of plants and animals. There are more kinds of beetles than all plants!
  • Houseflies find sugar with their feet!
  • Tarantulas can survive without food for more than two years.
  • The praying mantis only has 1 ear!
  • The number of insect species is believed to be between 6 and 10 million!

People should learn more information about bugs because it doesn’t always have to be scary. Facts about bugs can be interesting! Furthermore, parents should try to make their children excited and curious about trying out new things.

Parents should take these facts and share them with their children, because you don’t want them to grow up being as scared of bugs as you are! Kids love to learn, so why not teach them about something new!

This video shows great activities that will keep your child safe and curious when dealing with bugs! It will help you start with small activities that will make both you and your child comfortable with bugs. Talk about bugs with your children! Nobody should be afraid of some bugs! Everyone should be somewhat comfortable around them!


Head on over to our contact page if you have any pest concerns. Also, contact us by phone by calling (615) 220-1933.

You can go to these pages to find more insect facts, fun insect facts, and some fun facts about bugs. Everyone should be careful when dealing with bugs that they are unfamiliar with. You can consult our find your bug page if it looks like a harmful bug.

 

Bug of the month: Wasps

waspsAugust is now upon us and with it comes more bothersome pests. Wasps are one of those pests that love to sting people during the summer. While wasps are found during the entirety of summer, they do sting people more during late summer.

Wasps:

A few of the most common known wasps are yellow jackets and hornets, these varieties live together in a nest with an egg-laying queen and non-reporoducing workers. However, there are possibly over a hundred thousand different species of wasps around the world. While you might think that they might just bother you today, they have actually been bothering other animals since the Jurassic period and now they’re also coming after us!

Anatomy:

They have a hard exoskeleton that helps to protect their three main body parts. The three parts of a wasp are the head, the mesosoma (which does include the thorax and the first segment of the abdomen), and the metasoma. They have a small waist that joins together the first and second segment of the abdomen.

Wasps have thin wings that are held together by small hooks. Interestingly, there are some species where the females don’t have wings. Also, they not only have large compound eyes but also many simple eyes known as ocelli (eye spots). They have mandibles (jaws) which they have adapted for biting and cutting and they also poses another mouthpiece that allows them to drink nectar.

Diet:

waspsAdult solitary wasps feed on nectar. They spend a lot of time during adulthood searching for food for their young, which eat other insects and spiders. There are predatory wasps who sting their prey and feed on other insects. Also, there are some social wasps which will feed on nectar and dead insects.

Treatment:

If you happen to get stung by a wasp you should follow these few steps to treat the affected area. Most people just get a small irritation around the area where the wasp stung them, however some might have more severe reactions.

  1. You should carefully remove the stinger with tweezers.
  2. You need to clean the area with soap and water.
  3. You should place ice, wrapped in a cloth, on the sting for 10 minutes then off for 10 minutes.
  4. You might want to take some Benadryl if you only have mild symptoms.
  5. You should contact a doctor if you have an severe reactions.

Contact us by calling (615) 220-1933 or visiting our contact page if you have any pest concerns.

Check out these links for more information about wasps and how to treat wasp stings.

Bug of the month: June Bug

editbeetle-87865_1920It shouldn’t be a surprise that the bug of the month for June would be the June bug, which can also be referred to as the June beetle or the green June beetle.

Where can the June bug be found?

The June bug is most abundant in the eastern portion of the United States. It can also be found in larger quantities in the southern areas of the United States, this is where Tennessee falls. The habitat of the June bug extends from Maine to Georgia, and as for west as Kansas. Which means it would be pretty hard to get away from this beetle.

What does the June bug look like?

The adult form is approximately 0.6 to 0.9 inches. It has wings that are dull and slightly metallic green. The body of the beetle has gold sides while the head, legs and the underside are a bright shiny green color.

What is the life cycle of a June bug?

Surprisingly the entire life cycle of a June bug lasts an entire year and it goes through 4 stage of growth. June Bug

  • The egg – Once the mating process has finished, the female will lay 60-75 eggs underground in a two week period. The eggs first appear white and elliptical in shape, later changing to a circular shape as the larvae develops.
  • The Larva – During this stage the larvae is white in color with a brownish-black head and brown spiracles along the sides of the body. Once the larva is fully grown it is a peculiar glassy yellowish white.
  • The Pupa – The pupation stage is where the larva undergoes a transformation, which can last up to 9 months.
  • The Adult – This form will emerge in June after an 18 day period of the pupation stage. The June bug will most likely feed on fruits including berries, grapes, peaches, and nectarines. However, they are much more attracted to rotting fruit than ready-to-eat fruit.

How to control the June bug?

The larvae can cause the most damage to lawns, vegetables, and ornamental plants, especially those that have been mulched. This stage is more harmful to your yard than the adult beetle stage.

The milky spore disease can be used to control the June bug larva. The treatment begins working wherever larva are feeding. It does not pose a threat to other animals in the area. Once the treatment has taken root it can effectively control the larva for 10 or more years.


Let us know if we can help you with any June bug issues you might be having.

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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.

Bug of the Month For March: Housefly

Housefly

The Common Housefly can be a huge nuisance and spread over 100 diseases. Here’s a little history on houseflies and what you can do to limit the exposure to dangerous diseases.

Where are Houseflies From and What Do They Look Like?

It is believed that the common housefly evolved in the Middle East during the Cenozoic era. From there it has travelled the world over. The adult housefly has a distinctive look. They have 4 dark longitudinal lines on their thorax. They may be grey or black in color. Also, their bodies have hair like fibers all over it. Their wings are a single pair and are membranous. Their eyes are red and the females are set slightly further apart than the males.

Housefly Mating

The female housefly mates one time and stores the sperm for later use. Each batch of eggs is about 75 to 150. They usually lay about 500 eggs in a lifetime. The eggs are played in garbage, feces or other decaying organic matter. First, they are larvae, then pupae, then finally a fly.

Dangerous Relationship With Humans

The housefly creates health problems for humans in several ways. First they are capable of transmitting 100 diseases (pathogens) that include some nasty ones like Cholera, Tuberculosis, Typhoid and more! These parasitic, bacterial and viral illness can make humans sick and have the potential to kill.

 

We believe that all animals and pests have place intros world. But protecting your family and home is a priority. So how can you reduce the chance of getting ill from a housefly?

Protecting Your Family

  1. Make sure entry points are sealed. Screens are replaced when worn or torn. Use screen doors on doors.
  2. Keep your space clean of trash debris. Keep trash cans covered and sanitized. If you have a housefly wash and sanitize eating prep areas.
  3. Clean up dog poop. Don’t left your yard be a breeding ground for flies by scooping the poop.
  4. Call for help. If you find that your home or business has been infected with houseflies call Absolute Pest Control for help. Our trained technicians will find the best solution for your problem.

Le tis know if we can be of any help with houseflies or any other pest. Thanks for reading about houseflies in our monthly series.

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Bug of the Month for February: German Cockroach

Getting rid of German Cockroaches

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Bug of the Month for February: German Cockroach

Eww! Cockroaches! The cockroach just might be the most hated bug out there. They’re hard to kill, they hiss, and they can spread diseases. They’re especially bad in the wintertime because that’s when they like to come inside for warmth.

There are several different varieties of cockroach, but the most common is the German cockroach. They can get into everything. It’s horrible! But, have no fear. Absolute Pest Control is here!

What do German cockroaches look like?

The German cockroach is tan or brown and can grow to be ¼” long or so. German cockroaches have two antennas and six fuzzy-looking legs. Unlike other kinds of roaches, the German cockroach cannot fly. Its wings allow it to smoothly glide downward.

What are some German cockroach behaviors?

German cockroaches will eat almost anything and can go several weeks without eating. This contributes a whole lot to their long survival.

German cockroaches have been known to bite people, although this is uncommon. The main threat that they pose is germ and parasite contamination, due to their unsanitary habitats.

Where do German cockroaches live?

Despite the fact that they are called German cockroaches, they are the most common type of cockroach found in North America. Even more so than the American cockroach!

They like warm, humid environments near food. This contributes to the fact that German cockroaches are most likely to be found in kitchens and bathrooms.

What should I do if I find German cockroaches?

If you find one German cockroach, kill it. It is most likely the only one around. However, if you find two, there are probably hundreds more.

To prevent German cockroach infestations, it is necessary to maintain a clean living space. Do not leave food lying around, clean often, and make sure doors and windows are sealed.

If you suspect you have a German cockroach infestation, please call Absolute Pest Control at (615)229-1933 or click here to schedule an appointment.

Source:

http://www.pestworld.org/pest-guide/cockroaches/german-cockroaches/

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