Who Else Might Be Eating Your Cereal? (Pantry pest prevention)

Pantry Pest Prevention

Does the cereal in your pantry seem to disappear when no one is home? Is your son or daughter not hungry for dinner because they’re sneaking giant bowls of cereal? Or may it be more sinister?

If Not Them, Then Who?

There are a variety of pests that may wrecking havoc in your pantry. In providing Pantry Pest Prevention you should be looking for:

  • Ants
  • Beetles
  • Cockroaches
  • Flies
  • Moths
  • Rodents
  • Spiders
  • Weevils

This isn’t even a full list! These are the most common Pantry Pests. Unless you get rid of these pests, you may be in for a bigger issue than just food missing from the cereal box!

 

What To Do

If you notice pests in your pantry, clean it out completely. Throw away open half eaten packages. Consider investing in plastic containers for your pantry items. Some pests and bugs eat the glue on the boxes. Really! Make sure your pantry is free from crumbs. Routinely wipe down shelves and sweep in your pantry to prevent infestations.

If you find yourself fighting these pests and not winning, call a professional asap.

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.

Shocking Facts:

Consumer Reports Shop Smart magazine checked with the Food and Drug Administration and found, for example, a 24 oz. container of cornmeal can have up to 745 insect fragments and 27 rodent hairs in one box. Pasta, nuts, peanut butter, dried beans, grains, coffee beans, even chocolate can carry them as well.

Mouse Poop in Your Cornmeal– Ever notice some dark specks in your cornmeal? The handbook allows for up to 13 “fragments” of rodent excreta in a 24-ounce container.
Grasshopper Legs in Your Peanut Butter– In a regular-sized 16-ounce jar of peanut butter, the FDA will allow up to 136 insect fragments and four rodent hairs.

Fun Termite Facts!

Termite Facts

These pesky bugs cost American Homeowners billions of dollars every year on structural damage. Don’t be one of these homeowners. Call us for your free termite inspection.

Here are 10 fun facts about Termites.

Fact 1 – Great at Hide and Seek.

The first of our Termite facts are that they build funnels through the material your house is made from, rarely coming out from hiding. This is one of the reasons they can cause so much damage. They are not easy to find. They are busy destroying the wood your house is made of.  Feeding on paper, books, insulation, and wood they can be located almost anywhere, making them hard to locate.

Fact 2 – Termite Season.

This pest strikes year-round. Though the rain and temperatures in Spring encourage the bug to emerge and fly into the air, looking for a new feast.

Fact 3 – Zombies?

Another of our fun Termite Facts is that they eat 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They do not stop to rest.

Fact 4 – Deadbeat Dads.

The father’s step up to the plate for their young. Him and his queen share the duties of child rearing. Helping feed the young, predigested food.

Fact 5 – That’s A Lot of Eggs!

Queens can live 15-25 years. She will lay one egg every 15 seconds. That is 30,000 eggs per day. Fast reproduction can create extremely large mounds. One was discovered at 42 feet tall. How’s that for another Termite Fact!

Fact 6 – Termite’s Have Wings.

Hatch-lings leave the colony in large swarms. In this swarm they locate their mate. Kings and Queens then break their wings to settle down and raise a family.

Fact 7 – Well-groomed Termites.

Time underground makes parasites and harmful bacteria a large threat to termites. They spend a great deal of time grooming themselves and each other to eliminate this threat. Good hygiene is important for survival.

Fact 8 – Termites Are Social.

Staying together as a family for at least two decades these insects raise families as a group.

Fact 9 – Termite’s Weigh More Than Humans.

If you put all the termites in the world on a scale and compared their weight to all the humans in the world, the termites would weigh more.

Fact 10 – Subterranean Termites.

This is the most destructive kind. Eating a lot of wood, they cause expensive damage to houses. Often tunneling through support beams, plastic plumbing pipes, flooring, trees and shrubs. Tampa Bay Florida is home to most of these insects.

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4 Steps To Prevent Winter Pests In Smyrna, TN

4 Steps To Prevent Winter Pests

Winter has arrived. If you haven’t already, you need to get your home winterized against pests. Knowing exactly what to do can be confusing, so we created 4 Steps To Prevent Winter Pests.

Step 1: Check Your Roof (or hire a professional roofer to help you)

Walk around your house and look for fallen or low hanging branches. Any limbs that come from a tree and touch your home will provide a path inside. The types of animals that can use the branches or tree limbs are: ants, spiders, squirrels, raccoons, and other any other small rodents.

Step 2: Seal Any Cracks and Openings

Many insects, rodents, and other pests need just a small opening to get into your home. Look for cracks in your exterior. Check crawl space entry way and vents to make sure they are intact. Inspect windows for dried out caulking. Then, make necessary repairs. This will block the pests on the outside and possibly keep your electric bill down.

Step 3: Don’t Provide Food

We know it seems obvious… but don’t feed the pests. Clean up spills and crumbs immediately. Inspect your trash can for a tight sealing lid. Tie trash bags tightly and put in a secure refuse bin. Use cedar mulch around your home. Your home is not a restaurant.

Step 4: Get Rid Of Water Sources

A slow dripping faucet or HVAC unit provides life nourishing water to pests. And, termites are drawn to the leaking HVAC tube next to your home. Inspect or call a professional plumber/HVAC company to have any leaks inspected and repaired. Block off the water supply and let the bugs go next door.

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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.

Will Snow Keep Pests Out?

snow-winter-christmas-deer-largeDoes Snow Keep Pests Out?

This is a question we get asked about every 2 to 3 years here in Middle Tennessee. This year is the year of snow! Families all over are rejoicing in snow days, sledding and snow ball fights. But what happens to pests during this cold and snow storm? Will they come into your home for warmth and food? Don’t worry too much, bugs are resilient and can survive many seasonal temperature changes. Whether it’s zero degrees Fahrenheit or one 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Snow and Bees-

So will snow keep pests out? No. Snow alone does not keep pests out. But it will make them stick together or burrow in to avoid the extreme temps. Honey bees will stick together in their hive; buzzing to generate more heat. Bumble bees will hibernate in a tree, log or rock. Wasps often burrow in to make an adequate nests. As long as your home is properly sealed, they should not burrow into your walls for a Winter home.

Snow and Ticks-

It may seem unlikely but snow can make ticks more active (as long as their is some humidity). Yes, we said more active. The flip side is that we humans are less active in the Winter. If there are unseasonably long cold Winters with lots of unusually high inches of snow, it may reduce the number of ticks. But, for the most part they are just fine. Vets recommend treating your yard and pets for ticks during this time when their strength and eggs are down.

How Can Absolute Pest Control Help-

We recommend our customer’s sign up for our regular treatment packages. We have multiple options available HERE. If you have the Platinum package, we will come back to treat your home for most infestations until they are gone. Snow should keep pests out, but if they are bothering you, we have our 100% money back guarantee on our treatments.

 

Call us for any problems or issues that may arise!

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Will snow keep pests out? Our answer is no.

How to Identify and Get Rid of Wooly Aphids

How to Get Rid of Wooly Aphids

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Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Now that summer’s over and fall has begun, t’s that time of year in Tennessee when you start to see what appear to be little fuzz balls floating around. They just look like they might be lint or some other type of fabric from your clothing or furniture floating around. If you look closely, though, those fuzzy things are really an insect called the wooly aphid.

Wooly aphids appear to be fuzzy because they are covered in a waxy substance. The bugs themselves are blue or green.

Wooly aphids are harmless to humans, and they rarely cause much of a problem. However, it is possible that they could cause a significant amount of damage to your yard and plants. You may have to then get rid of wooly aphids.

Wooly aphids live in groups, and these groups can get rather large. As they feed on the plant life around your yard, you may notice some leaves and grass become shriveled and curly. Here are some other signs that you may need to get rid of wooly aphids:

Courtesy of Wikipedia.

Courtesy of Wikipedia.

  • Yellowing of leaves
  • Poor plant growth
  • Curling and gnarling of branches
  • Cankers on branches and roots
  • Sticky residue
  • Soot-like substance on plants

If these are becoming a problem, there are a few natural ways you can get rid of wooly aphids. These include insecticidal soap, neem oil, or even removing infected branches. These methods may get rid of wooly aphids on their own, but this is not necessarily the case. You may have to get professional help to get rid of wooly aphids.

If you’ve tried the methods above and still can’t get rid of wooly aphids, it may be time to call Absolute Pest Control. Call us at (615)220-1933 or click here to schedule an appointment.

How to Get Rid of Ants and Keep Them Away:

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Use a wet towel or sponge to wipe up the line of ants coming from the anthill.
  4. Spray the trail with ant killer or any household cleaner, but make sure you get the entire colony.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. If you see any more ants, sprinkle some talcum powder around and then vacuum them up.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!

Source: http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Ants

When to Call a Pest Control Company

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.

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

Getting rid of German Cockroaches

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Cockroaches

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

Image courtesy of Wikipedia

Image courtesy of Wikipedia

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!

Sources:

http://animals.mom.me/long-roaches-reproduce-11115.html

http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-the-lifespan-of-a-cockroach.htm

http://www.worldwidepest.com/blog/entry/know-when-to-call-an-exterminator-for-roach-control

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_recluse_spider

http://pestcontrol.about.com/od/diyrodentcontrol/a/8-Steps-To-Prepare-For-Rodent-Control-Service.htm

5 Tips To Keep Pests Away From Your Summer BBQ

How To Keep Pests Away From Your Summer BBQ

food-summer-party-dinnerThe weather is warm and when you are dodging the crazy summer thunderstorms eating outside is an enjoyable activity. It can turn disastrous quickly if pests come out in droves. We are helping you avoid mosquitos and other stinging pests to ultimately enjoy your event. Here are 5 easy tips to have a successful and pest free bbq, picnic or other outside gathering.

 

#1 Bug Spray aka Insect Repellant

Photo Courtesy of Cutter®Spraying yourself and family, while having extra bug spray for your guests will help reduce mosquito bites. We recommend a bug spray that has Picaridin. Use sprays with DEET on clothing.

#2 Avoid Perfume

Photograph: Martin Poole/Getty ImagesNo one wants to smell bad in a group setting. But, yellow jackets and other stinging pests are attracted to perfumes. By limiting your extra fragrance smell, it will help reduce the chance of getting stung by a yellow jacket.

#3 Install Screen Doors and Repair Ripped Screens

trees-broken-inside-window-largeIf possible, install screen doors and keep them shut help reduce pests coming into your home. Also, do a perimeter check of existing screens to look for rips, tears or holes. Bug can get through the smallest tear, so repairing and patching the holes immediately is very important. If it is a last minute issue, use tape (like duct or packing) to help block openings.

#4 Clean Up Messes

messy child birthday cakeNo your Mother isn’t going to clean it up for you. Wipe down spills right away. Let your grill burn for 5 extra minutes after removing your food. And, keep foods covered to help reduce ants and flies from being unwanted guests are your house.

#5 No Standing Water

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We can’t say this enough. Make sure there is no standing water around your home. This includes planters, bird baths, buckets and other things like kid’s toys. Mosquitos breed in just an inch of standing water.


 

Our seasonal mosquito treatment can remedy the problems mosquitos bring. This service is seasonal, no need for a year long expense. The cost is low (average yard $50-$80). We offer a discount to our existing customers. Still not sure? We offer a free consultation to give you an exact cost.

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Lyme Disease in the Nashville Area

Lyme Disease and You-

Summertime is just around the corner and you will be spending more time outdoors. One of the common problem that arises (besides mosquitoes) are the increase in ticks. And, with ticks can come Lyme Disease. There are only 2 types of ticks that transmit Lyme Disease; Deer Ticks and the Western Black Legged Ticks. Not every tick will give you Lyme Disease, however it is important to know the symptoms and watch bites carefully.

How to Safely Remove a Tick-

If you notice a tick on yourself, a family member or your pet there are several steps for a safe removal of the tick.

  • First, use fine tipped tweezers. The narrowness of the tips allow for precision placement of the tweezers and easiest removal.
  • Second, grab the tick firmly as close to the skin as possible. If you grab too far back you may not get the entire tick out.
  • Third, pull firmly, without twisting, straight backwards. Avoid squishing the tick and releasing infection into the wound area. Twisting may break tick in pieces causing further anguish and pain.
  • Fourth, clean area with soap and water. Keep the area clean.
  • Fifth, watch area for telltale bullseye reaction of Lyme Disease. Other symptoms may include headache, dizziness or fever. If any of these symptoms appear, call your doctor immediately for medical advice.
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Information About Lyme Disease-

Lyme disease does occur in Tennessee, although not as common as other areas. It is important to know what to look for and how it is treated. The telltale bullseye occurs in about 70-90% of all cases. The first signs may be a red rash around the bite location. Other symptoms are headache, dizziness and/or fever. If you have any symptoms seek medical treatment. If you have Lyme Disease and receive treatment quickly, the reoccurrence or long term health problems will be avoided. Those who waited until they have had Lyme Disease for 3 or more weeks increase have future problems by 60%.

How to Prevent Lyme Disease-

Unless you live in a bubble, without visitors or pets, it is likely you will come in contact with a tick at one point in your lifetime. Preventing ticks bites can be difficult if you are an avid outdoorsman.

Here are some tips to help you avoid tick bites:

  • When you are hiking outside, cover bare skin. Avoid shorts, sandals and tank tops.
  • Wear bug spray. There are many controversial topics regarding DEET. But DEET in bug spray does significantly reduce the occurrence of tick bites.
  • Tuck pant bottoms into socks and wear long sleeves, when hiking or spending long periods of time in the woods.

We hope you have a safe and wonderful summer. Please let us know if there are any pest issues you are experiencing. We will be glad to help you however we can. Call our office at 625-220-1933 or click HERE for our online contact form.

 

For more information about Lyme Disease, HERE is the Pest World informational website.

How To Get Rid of June Bugs

How to Get Rid of June Bugs

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They’re coming… June Bugs or June Beetles. The June Bugs are really scarab beetles. There are several different species that can be bothering you. The June Bugs usually arrive in late May or early June. However, there have already been reports of the pesky June Bugs in the Nashville area (Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Franklin, Brentwood, etc.). Your grass roots, garden, flowers and plants may be destroyed by these seasonal visitors. But good news! We can help you to get rid of June Bugs with just a couple steps.

 

Get Namatodes

Although this needs to be done in advance, think Fall, the Nematodes are a small but effective way to get rid of the June Bug larvae. How does it work: The grub eating parasites will eat the larvae of the June Bugs while they are “in the womb” and are unsuspecting. Reminder; This must be done in the fall. Read more about the tiny but mighty Nematode here and here.

Spray your lawn with a pesticide

Pesticides can be very dangerous to good insects in your yard. It is crucial to find the best product for your exact problem. And remember, killing adults won’t eliminate your problem completely because there may be larvae in your soil ready to hatch next year. Read the directions carefully to avoid overexposure of chemicals to your lawn and water table.

 

Attract and utilize natural predators

Do you have a pond? Frogs, toads and birds are predators to June Bugs. Frogs are carnivores and will each just about anything they can fit in their mouths. Frogs and toads are also active at night when June Bugs were active. Adult female toads will eat up to 81% of unwanted yard pests!

 

So what do you think of our article How to Get Rid of June Bugs? Please comment below any further questions you may have!

 

If you are experiencing problems with June Bugs or any other unwanted pest, our trained technicians can help you! We create a barrier around your home with our external pest control service. By maintaining the barrier wit consistency, you will rarely have a problem. And, if for some reason you do, call us and we will come out and fix it as soon as possible!

 

Call Absolute Pest Control for your Free Quote today 615-220-1933!

 

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