5 Most Common Winter Pests

What Are The 5 Most Common Winter Pests?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winter's 5 Most Common Pests

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.

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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.

How to get rid of Bed Bugs

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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.

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Holiday Kitchen Tips To Be Pestless

Every year you invite friends and family over for a holiday gathering. There are plenty of dishes overflowing with food and leftovers sitting around. With all the people in and out of your home, a few bits and pieces can be forgotten or left behind. This leaves a feast for pests waiting for your scraps. How can you prevent pests from snacking on your holiday meals without using chemicals? Here is some advice and tips:

  • Get clean- wipe up any crumbs or spills immediately.
  • Store food in airtight containers and bags.
  • Dispose of trash regularly.
  • If you add a bay leaf to canisters and packages of dry goods like flour, rice and other grains- the scent may repel many of the pesky pantry pests.
  • Get rid of old and expired products.
  • Run your garbage disposal regularly.
  • Wash your dishes regularly; standing water in the sink can also cause problems.
  • Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home; especially near the kitchen.

Cornmeal- cornmeal has a sweet taste that attracts ants but it will kill them. They are not able to digest the cornmeal and will carry it back to their nest. It will eventually kill the pesky ants.

Eucalyptus Oil- essential oils, especially the scent of eucalyptus, will help keep bugs at bay. You can mix some eucalyptus oil and water in a spray bottle and have it handy. When bugs like spiders come, spray them with the mixture and it will kill them.

Soap Solution- a mixture of soap and water can also be kept on hand in a spray bottle. Soap mixture works to eliminate cockroaches. The film gets on their shell and blocks their ability to breathe.

 

Keeping your home pest free during the holiday season can be difficult but not impossible. Start early, before your have guests. Use good hygiene, keep your kitchen tidy and keep trash under control. If you have a problem you cannot control with these tips and tricks, please give Absolute Pest Control a call at 615-220-1933. We can help you and have quick service turn around times. All of our technicians are screened through sex offender registries and multiple other registries to make sure you and your family is safe!

 

Tips To Pest-Proof Your House From Cockroaches, Termites, Rodents And Insects

We all want to come home to a beautiful, clean and big house. And of course, a pest-free home. Admit it or not, do we really know that the house we live in are safe and pest-free? Real estate agents and homeowners in Nashville, Middle Tennessee should be wary about the dangers brought about the pests to a family especially to young children. Remember that damages caused by pests are not covered by most homeowners’ insurance policies. Homeowners can prevent these pesky creatures from entering your house and reduce frustration. Like doctors say “An ounce of prevention is really better than a pound of cure.” Below are the best tips to pest-proof your house.

  1. None of us want gatecrashers especially when they are skunks, snakes, or cockroaches. Check the entire exterior of the house for any gaps and cracks. Pests, particularly rodents, use even the tiniest gaps to enter your love nest. The easiest way is to limit attacks by thorough inspection and repair of broken doors and windows; repair rips, openings, tears or holes on screens.
  2. Honeymooners or families who are moving in to a new apartment in Nashville, Tennessee should also check for cracks on walls or swarmers. Press or knock on any exterior wood to check if there are termites feasting on your walls. If it feels spongy, there could be termites. These tiny creatures are feeding on your wood that would cause the collapse of your house. Check also if there are dirt tubes or saw dust. These are sure signs that would tell you that the house you are moving into has termites.
  3. Choose your bulbs right to prevent flying insects around your home. Halogen lights are better compared with standard mercury vapor lights as they help reduce flying insects around doors and windows. Use pink, yellow or orange colors and place them in pole lights, if possible, away from doors with the light shining toward the door for safety.
  4. We are always reminded to keep our home surroundings clean. When our house surrounding is neat and free from litter, weeds and standing water; we are certain that we are not giving pests a chance to feed on bacteria-forming debris. Make sure that trash cans are regularly cleaned to remove debris and help prevent spills. This way, we are also shielding our family from harmful diseases like Rocky Mountain Flu, Asthma, Lime Disease, and more caused by pests like cockroaches, mosquitoes, rodents and more.
  5. While keeping our surroundings clean would eliminate pests, it is also important to trim plants particularly tree branches or bushes that are reaching your house as pests use them as bridges. For homeowners who prefer using mulch over rocks as covering, you may opt to use organic mulches since they are less pest-attractive. Termites especially love the redwood mulch around homes. They are attracted to the wood shreds and will quickly move into your home from there.
  6. Lastly, if you find some evidence that termites, snakes or skunks have infested your house, the best thing to do is to call us, Absolute Pest Control. We have the expertise to protect your home. And, we offer the best guarantee in Middle Tennessee! With Absolute Pest Control; You’re Covered!

Now Available - Wildlife Relocation & Animal Removal Services

Now Available – Wildlife Relocation & Animal Removal Services

Absolute Pest Control is pleased to announce: Wildlife Relocation & Animal Removal Services to better serve our clients. Our humane animal removal service includes: removal of nuisance pests like bats, squirrels, raccoons, skunks, snakes, moles, birds, and more. These animals can extensively destroy your property and annoy house dwellers. Half of the problem is the animal removal and half of the problem is keeping them gone. Our licensed and bonded wildlife relocation and animal removal technicians will provide a free estimate, plan of successful eviction of your pest, and guarantee to solve your problem.

 

If you notice rustling noises in your attic, especially after dark, you may have a bat problem. Bats are especially annoying because of the terrible mess (their droppings are called guano) they leave behind. Once we complete the bat exclusion, we create a plan to keep them out. Each animal removal has its own plan to repair the bat’s entrance.

 

Squirrels can take residence in your home or business at any time. They look for inside homes during extreme cold or if their natural habitat has been destroyed. One sure sign of squirrels is chewed insulation or wiring. Other signs are loud noises in the attic, urine stained insulation, urine stained ceilings, or sightings of their feces. Squirrels can chew through electrical wires and create major fire hazards. Squirrel removal can be difficult because they are sneaky, small, and persistent pests.

 

One of our biggest area offenders are skunks. Our technicians, at Absolute Pest Control, provide humane animal removal services for skunks that have invaded your home, porch, shed, business, etc. Skunks are relocated away from your home and do not return if they have been released more than a mile from your property. We provide skunk (animal) removal by evaluating where they are coming from, setting humane traps, and then relocating the animals to a safe new habitat. Maybe you are encouraging skunks by feeding them? Do you exposed pet food? What about a bird feeder? How about a garden full of berries? These all seem innocent but can provide food to skunks. Skunks can carry animal distemperment, that can be transmitted to your pets.

 

We provide affordable wildlife eviction to all of Middle Tennessee, especially rural areas outside of Nashville. These wildlife and animal removal services include: bat exclusion, squirrel removal, skunk eviction, snake relocation, raccoon control, and more. Call Absolute Pest Control for humane animal removal and relocation service provided by our licensed and bonded technicians.

 

Remember animal removal and wildlife relocation is best left to the experts!

Mice

The female house mouse can reproduce at an alarming rate. In a single year, a female can have herself, her children, her grand children, her great grand children, her great-great grand children all reproduce offspring. Which can realistically be 5000 mice from one single female mouse. Is it an epidemic, no. Can it be a problem quickly, yes?!

Where do mice feel most comfortable? They will have everything they need within 30 feet of themselves, in a perfect environment. They like to live in and around buildings where it is dark. Areas that protect them are also important; like boxes, stoves, refrigerators, empty homes, etc. The diet of house mice is not a lot; mostly nibbling. They will happily eat the cereal and grains in your pantry but they are not picky. The feeding times of mice are dusk to midnight and early morning to dawn. Also, they do not need an abundance of water. They gather most of the water they need from the foods they eat.

What we can do for you? Absolute Pest Control can eradicate any mice or rat issues that you currently have and prevent future problems, either in your home, business, or restaurant. We treat for your current problem and teach you how to stop future breakouts. Mice can create a hazardous environment for your family or your business. The health department can shut your business down in a moment if mice droppings can or will harm patrons to your business.

Mice Facts:
Can compress their bodies to match the size of their skull
Breed 2 days after giving birth
Can climb vertical walls
Run across wires, even upside down
Can survive in temperatures down -4 degrees Fahrenheit

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