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.
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.
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 fever, dysentery, cholera, poliomyelitis, yaws, anthrax,tularemia, leprosy 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.
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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When is Termite Season?
Spring is considered as termite season. This is the time when swarms and infestations are seen. Regardless of where you live, termites live there too. Now is the time to have your home inspected and, if necessary, treated for termites. Termites are sometimes referred to as white ants because of their color and appearance. They silently destroys your home and your furniture. They can be undetected for years. It can devastate your home without you knowing it. Termites and pests feed on dead plants or woods like your house foundation, wooden floor, shelves, carpets and even your bed. No home would ever like to be terrorized by these small but destructive creatures. You cannot ignore the devastation they can cause on your home. It can be a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Termites cause millions of dollars to property damage each year.
Ways to Get Rid of Termites
If you are suspecting that termites are present in your home, it is best to do something about it immediately. Try to do a research on how to eliminate these bugs. There are a lot of ways that you can do to eliminate or prevent the termites in your home.
- Make sure to eliminate moisture problem.
- Repair leaking problems, air condition units, and water pipes.
- Keep all ventilation open and keep your gutters and down- spouts clean. Also, make sure that water and pipes are all sealed.
- You need remove all food sources. Remove all the dead wood in your yard. Get rid of the rotting tree stumps, scrap wood, and even an untreated fence post because it only attracts the termites to invade your home.
- Woods should not contact the soil. It’s also best that you place screens outside the vents. Don’t let these termites destroy what you’ve invested and worked for.
Time For Help
It is also wise to seek a termite control company like Absolute Pest Control. Always get an annual inspection; the termite specialist will know and reveal the extent of damage in your home. We offer a FREE Termite Inspection. There are a lot of pest control service companies which offer different treatments to termite infestation. We offer complete satisfaction.
Never rush decisions when dealing with a termite problem. There are lots of questions to ask your specialist, how broad is the damage? How much does it cost for this kind of work? What are they going to use to exterminate these creatures? Any cost is less than the amount of rebuilding your home. Make a wise and educated choice in your termite service. For those homeowners who want to permanently eliminate termites in their homes, we offer long term solutions. With our help your home will be a termite-free.
Here is an article that shows 5 Signs Your Home May Have Termites.
Absolute Pest Control is dedicated to making your home safe for you family. If you have a question about cockroaches or any other pest problem, please call us at 615-220-1933 or click HERE to email us.
Annual Termite Inspection -An Important Appointment
Termites are often referred to as the “silent killer” because they can stay in your house for considerable amounts of time, doing damage that you don’t even know is there yet. You can avoid damage by having an annual termite inspection. Termites are determined, rigorous insects that if left alone can do considerable damage to your home. There is perhaps no other insect that is often associated with property damage as the tiny termite.
Some termite mounds house efficient communities, or colonies, numbering up to five million residents! They are rather social insects that prefer to live in large colonies with 3 distinct soldiers division, workers, labors and reproductive. The workers are blind and creamy in color. The soldiers look similar but have a large jaw and an elongated head.
It doesn’t matter what type of home you have, termites can always find something that will be there food source. In the middle Tennessee area we deal with the eastern subterranean termite, the most commonly found termite specie in North America.
What Termites Eat!
We tend to think of termites as feeding only on wood. Termites actually will feed on anything that contains cellulose, the main property of wood, including but not limited to wood paneling, cardboard, cotton, paper products, canvas material, carpet, leaves, soil, etc. Because these items are around most properties and homes, preventing a termite infestation is very challenging. We don’t recommend the “do it yourself” approach for chemical control of termites for a few reasons. Many chemicals just affect the surface area of the infestation and simply spraying swarmers on the surface will not protect the interior areas of your home nor does it prevent future termite attacks.
It is critical for homeowners to get an annual termite inspection especially those who live in the middle Tennessee areas. It doesn’t matter the age of your home. Termite infestation can be extremely difficult to catch without a full inspection, so it is very wise to have your home inspected for termites every year. This ensures that termite trouble can be discovered before the devastation gets out of hand. Remember that Termites feed on wood cellulose so there presence can go undetected for long time. From the outside, the wood infested by termites can seem structurally sound but on the inside it has a honeycombed look. Subterranean termites are serious pests, whose control is best left to professionals. Removing all termites from your home requires expert skills. Knowledge of construction is also needed to find areas where termites are likely to enter. Most of these entry points are very hard to access and usually hidden. Controlling termite also uses special equipment like large-capacity tanks, soil treatment rods and pumps. Typically termite treatments may involve large volumes of liquid pesticide injected in the ground beside your foundation, under concrete slabs and within your foundation walls.
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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.
The 5 Most Common Pest Myths
So, we’ve all heard of several ways to get rid of bugs to avoid having to spend a ton of money on pest control and chemicals. How many of those are actually true? Here are the 5 most common pest myths that aren’t actually true.
Grits or oatmeal can get rid of ants. This myth originated because water causes grits and oatmeal to expand. It is believed that the ants will consume the food and then drink water. This supposedly causes the food to expand to a size bigger than the ants, causing them to die. However, this is not true because ants cannot digest solid food. The best way to get rid of ants is to use insecticide or soap and water.
Dryer sheets keep insects and rodents away. This is one of the 5 most common pest myths because using dryer sheets to keep the pests away actually just removes food and other particles that can attract these pests. However, this is not entirely effective. There is no evidence that anything found in dryer sheets repels pests. Instead, you should use insect repellent with DEET, seal doors and windows, and avoid letting food lay around.
Rubbing alcohol to repel mosquitos. This one of the 5 most common pest myths is bunk because alcohol evaporates so fast that any effect it may have on mosquitos and other insects would be null within seconds. Instead, use repellent with DEET.
Borax and sugar to kill roaches. The sugar will attract the roaches and the borax will kill them. At least that’s how the old wives’ tale goes. While borax is effective at killing ants, roaches are much more resilient. It’s often said that roaches could survive a nuclear war. While that may not be necessarily true, they can survive quite a bit, including borax. Your best bet here is to install roach traps and keep your home clean.
Salt can kill bed bugs. You may have heard that salt can kill bed bugs by drying them out. It may sound like a good idea, but there is no evidence that this works. There is, however, evidence that it does not work: salt cannot penetrate through their exoskeleton. If you want to get rid of bed bugs, use an EPA-approved bed bug repellant or call a pest control company.
So, there you have it: The 5 most common pest myths. People believe many of these because they feel that calling a pest control company is too expensive and chemicals found in repellents and insecticides can be harmful. These factors can appeal to many people. While there are many natural remedies for pests, these 5 most common pest myths are entirely false.
If you’re having a problem with pests that you can’t control on your own, then give us here at Absolute Pest Control a call at (615)220-1933 or click here today!
How to Get Rid of Ants Quickly
9 Simple Steps
Ants! Thousands of them crawling around your windows, on the floor, in your bed, and even on you! Want to know how to get rid of ants?
First and foremost, it’s best to call Absolute Pest Control and schedule an appointment for them to come and properly get rid of the ants. But what can you do to alleviate the situation before Absolute can come to your house?
If you want to how to get rid of ants, here are a few things you can do:
- The first step in how to get rid of ants is to pinpoint the location the ants use to enter your house. Walk around outside and see if you see an anthill with a trail leading to your house.
- After you find the ants’ entry point, use something to prevent any more ants from reaching the house such as petroleum jelly or talc. This will prevent any more ants from entering your home.
- Use a wet towel or sponge to wipe up the line of ants coming from the anthill.
- Spray the trail with ant killer or any household cleaner, but make sure you get the entire colony.
- Once you’ve prevented any more ants from entering your home, kill any single ants you may find. These are called “scouts” and if they make it back to the colony, they’ll tell all the other ants where their food source is.
- Find out where the ants are gathering inside your home and use a boric acid/sugar/water solution to lure them out. This works as both a bait and an insecticide.
- If you see any more ants, sprinkle some talcum powder around and then vacuum them up.
- To prevent ants from reaching certain areas of your house, you can mix a teaspoon of rubbing alcohol, two teaspoons of liquid soap, and water. This will act as a deterrent the ants.
- Call Absolute Pest Control
This will greatly help you know how to get rid of ants, but it is far from a perfect solution. While effective, these steps are only a temporary fix. There may be quite a few more colonies outside and inside your home, and you are bound do miss a few of them, so it is extremely important that you call Absolute and schedule an appointment so that we can properly and permanently get rid of ants so you can enjoy yourself and your home without worrying about those pesky insects.
Again, follow the 9 steps to get rid of ants and prevent them from getting inside. To get started on making your home ant-free call Absolute Pest Control at 615-220-1933 or click here to schedule an appointment today!
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.
Contact Absolute Pest Control, click here or give us a call to schedule an appointment today!
What is in Our 20+ Point Inspection and Why It’s Done
What is included in our twenty point inspection and why do we do it? We’re so glad you asked. The inspection by our trained technicians is based on research and designed to protect every angle of your home in regards to pest control. Are you able to do this on your own? Sure. Get ready for hours and hours of research and self-taught Google training before you ever look at the first square inch of house. Here is what is included in our inspection.
20+ Point Inspection List
Mulch beds inspected & treated
Treat exterior foundation walls
Treat window sills
Treat door frames
Treat cracks & crevices
Treat crawl space food
Treat behind gutter downspouts (for black widows in particular)
Remove spider webs
Remove accessible wasp nests
Refill rodent stations
Check and treat electrical boxes
Check and treat water meter
Check and treat air condition unit
Check and treat mailbox
Treat for ants
Treat 10’ area around home
Inspect and note conducive element for termites and insects (improper drainage, leaking faucets, dense vegetations, etc)
The treatments are intended to place measures in certain areas of your home which are prone to pests. We treat the inside and outside of the home, searching for holes and cracks where rodents and small pests may enter into your home. As the temperature drops, these pests will search for warmer temperatures and more plentiful sources of food. The best places for their survival is inside your home. Our 20+ point inspection will cover those points of entry, keeping the pests out.
Mulch beds are prime suspects to attract termites, since mulch is primarily made of chopped up wood bits. Since most mulch is placed in gardens, which are placed near the exterior of the home, the mulched areas are simple points of entry for pests. It is important to guard this area during the winter, and also in the spring as pests come out of hibernation.
The check and treat items in our 20+ point inspection list (#14-#17 on the list) cover the dark, enclosed spaces where pests can live, feed and grow safely. Be honest, when was the last time you checked the inside of your AC unit for nests? It isn’t likely that you have ever got down and looked into your AC units.
In addition to checking points of entry into your home and looking for unknown sources of pest invasion, we will also search a ten foot radius around your home for any other potential hazards and treat those areas. Can pests enter your home through the gutter spouts? How about underneath the crawl space? Our 20+ point inspection covers all of these points plus more!
There are so many possibilities for pest entry into your home that it really is a necessity to treat your home consistently. If you don’t, the damage done to your home and family could be catastrophic. The financial burden to clear a termite infestation is very difficult (upwards of $1,800). One of the easiest things you can do to care for your home is a normal routine of pest control from a professional service provider like Absolute Pest Control.
We service many Middle Tennessee cities including: Murfreesboro, Nashville, Smyrna, Brentwood, Antioch, LaVergne, Franklin, Hermitage, Mt. Juliet and much more. Find you city here on this list. If you need assistance call 615-220-1933 or 615-650-0070 for the next available appointment.
Winter Pest Proofing – Quick List
You can enjoy your time in the warmth of the indoors this winter without uninvited pests. It may not be as difficult as you would imagine. And checking the items off this short list will keep those pests out in the cold, and out of your home. Even if you are not a homeowner, it is in your best interest to check these things in your house or apartment to alert your property manager for your own health. Remember the kinds of diseases mouses and spiders carry?
Your quick-check list:
Check your outside walls for crack or holes. A mouse only needs a quarter inch to get into your home. Seal anything discovered.
Check all of your window screens for holes. Screens are designed to keep most kinds of bugs out. But guess what? They aren’t designed to protect against holes. Any home improvement store carries screen replacement and you can usually do a repair within ten to fifteen minutes. It’s worth keeping the bugs out, right?
Follow along baseboards and backsplashes in the kitchen. Armies worth of ants will hide here and come out in droves to feast. If you have to do any sealing, be sure to use elastomeric sealant. Caulk will not expand or contrast and will break down quicker. Or just hire a professional to take care of it for you.
Check the seal on the bottom sides of doors and reattach seals as necessary. Remember that quarter inch rule? It applies to doors, too.
Check under those things that never move, particularly in the garage. A beveled trash can gives pests ample space for permanent nesting. If you don’t check under that trash can for three years, how much nesting do you think can occur in that time? Pick up old paint cans and check underneath real quick.
While you are at it, store your cardboard boxes in plastic trash bags. Mice will burrow through cardboard and nest. Slap a trashbag over it and protect your storage areas.
Periodically remember to:
Store all food in plastic containers…even in the refrigerator.
Change out the trash. Don’t wait until it’s full. What if you leave for a week with a half full can? You are certain to come home to a full can.
Keep branches and shrubbery twenty feet from the house. If a branch falls on your roof and dies, the pests living there will eventually have to relocate for food.
If you have firewood, keep it outside, twenty feet from the house and a few feet off the ground. If it’s been dry, hose it down real well to drown out anything which may have taken temporary residence, waiting to get into your home.
If you suspect an infestation of any kind, schedule a consultation with a pest control professional right away. It takes no time at all for a presence to become an all out infestation.
When doing a home search, think about your home from the post’s point of view. It’s freezing cold outside, dry, and barren when it comes to food. Finding any way inside guarantees survival.
If you follow this list and keep a regular schedule with us Absolute Pest Control, you can keep your house clean, safe and winterized from pests in your home. If not, please call us and we can give you a FREE Estimate 615-220-1933
Winter’s 5 Most Common Pests
What are Winter’s 5 most common 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 Winter’s 5 most common 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 from Absolute Pest Control Service. Click here to contact us.
2. Overwintering insects are basically bugs that are hibernating. In Tennessee (are you in Nashville, Murfreesboro or Brentwood), 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 any of 35 diseases. This is high on the list of Winter’s 5 most common pests.
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.
Keeping yourself safe from Winter’s 5 most common pests is not a difficult thing to do in the home. When you have a good pest control professional, you can rest assured that these pests as well as dozens of others will be cared for. We guarantee our service and want to be your pest control partner. If you have any questions or are ready to book your appointment, please call us 615-220-1933.
Take a moment today and look through your house. 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.