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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Annoying Mosquitoes

Annoying Mosquitoes

Annoying mosquitoes are the worst. Their bite itches and brings disease. Sometimes they seem impossible to deter. They can bite several times before you notice them. It takes 3 minutes to feel the bite after it happens. Annoying Mosquitoes trapped in a tent at night will ruin your camping trip. Here are some facts and tricks to help save your summer from these pesky pests.

What Do Mosquitoes Like?

Do you eat a lot of bananas? Or Peanuts? Mosquitoes like the way these foods smell and they smell them through your sweat. They will fly downwind following their scent. Mosquitoes like blondes. They will avoid people dressed in yellows, oranges, and whites. They love dark colors and damp places. Mosquitoes love your breath because it contains carbon dioxide. CO2 is used to attract mosquitoes to their next meal.

They love water and damp places. In fact, they spend the first 10 days of their life under water and typically do not leave more than a few hundred feet from their birth place. Females can lay over 300 eggs at once and they can live for a few months, so reproduction happens fast.

Mosquito Fish?

In the Southern United States, where mosquitoes are prone to annoy people, is a fish deemed the Mosquito Fish. You can easily breed it to live in your outdoor pond. It’s technical name is Gambusia affinis. This name comes from the fish’s love of mosquito larvae that lives in the same habit. They can consume several hundred eggs in a single feeding.

Annoying Mosquitoes Zapper

Zappers do not attract or kill mosquitoes very often. In fact these device usually attract harmless insects that benefit the environment around you. Electronic repellers have proven ineffective for mosquito repellent in scientific testing.

The Shark vs the Mosquito

I’m terrified of sharks. They have those sharp teeth and can kill someone very quickly. Mosquitoes don’t even have teeth but they are more deadly than a shark. In fact annoying mosquitoes are the deadliest animal in the world.

Malaria, Zika, Denque are just a few of the diseases that can be spread from mosquitoes, just to name a few. It is estimated that they cause 1 million deaths yearly, by spreading disease.

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Keeping Your Backyard Mosquito Free

Keeping Your Backyard Mosquito Free

Sometimes mosquitoes can ruin your summertime back yard party. They can run your guest off. Keeping your backyard mosquito free can make or break your summer plans. Below are some tips on how you can manage the pests that show up uninvited to your parties.

Running off Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are the worst. They bite repeatedly and can run your guest off. Keeping a fan on will sometimes help since mosquitoes are not traditionally good fliers. Basil leaves produce an aroma that mosquitoes do not like. Placing some basil centerpieces on your tables will help keep your backyard mosquito free.

Mosquito Prevention

Having standing water will always be a welcome mat to Mosquitoes. Make sure your bird bath is free of excess water. Cook with some garlic. Mosquitoes hate garlic. Do you use essential oils? Using their CATNIP oil is a natural repellent for Mosquitoes. If you aren’t afraid of a little Bat, you can build a bat house. Bat’s can eat hundreds of insects in just an hour.

Yard Work

Keeping your yard nicely mowed isn’t just good for your relationship with your neighbors. Having a clean yard prevents mosquitoes from having a place to hide. Clean your gutters, trim the hedges, and keep the grass trimmed. Rosemary, Citronella grass, and Marigolds all keep mosquitoes away. If you plant these plants you could enjoy more outdoor time in the summer.

Flowers

Planting flowers cannot only liven up your landscaping it can help you repel mosquitoes. Lavender smells great, relaxes you, and keeps mosquitoes away. Plant some mint to make your Tea tasty and to repel mosquitoes. Rosemary can be used in many lotions to soften your skin as well as a natural way to keep bugs out of your garden.

Free Estimates

Using Absolute Pest Control’s perimeter defense system targets any areas that may potentially be a problem. Your 1st initial service will combine the interior and exterior barrier against unwanted insects, pests, spiders, etc. This, combined with a regular monthly outside treatment, creates the ultimate defense system against unwanted pests. You are no longer inconvenienced with scheduling or waiting for your technician to arrive and complete your service. BUT, anytime an inside is needed, contact us and we will treat the inside free.

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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.

 

 

Keep Mosquitoes Away

Tips to keep mosquitoes away: keep mosquitoes away

Summer time is one of the best times of the year because you get the chance to do awesome outdoor activities. However, mosquitoes are one aspect of the summer that can bother you while you are enjoying the summer weather. There are a lot of different methods that you can use to keep mosquitoes away. Here are some tips to keep mosquitoes away while you enjoy the beautiful outdoors.

Keep mosquitoes away from you:

  1. Do not wear perfume because mosquitoes are attracted to sweet-smelling aromas.
  2. Wear loose-fitting long sleeve shirts and long pants if you are spending time outside during the evening hours, because you create a barrier between you and them.
  3. Use DEET (diethyltoluamide) bug spray if there seem to be a large amount of mosquitoes bothering you. Use a more natural bug repellent if there aren’t as many around.

mosquitoesKeep mosquitoes away from your location:

  1. Use citronella candles around your yard or campsite to keep mosquitoes away. While many might say that these don’y repel bugs successfully, the candles are a classic way to repel mosquitoes.
  2. Put lighting further away from your location because bugs are attracted to light and will come after you if you are close to it. You can light a campfire to repel mosquitoes because they are not big fans of them.
  3. Trim the grass and bushes in your yard because mosquitoes love to spend time in tall grass during hot days. They will love it when you decide to venture into your overgrown yard.

You can still have a fun summer if you follow some of these tips to keeping mosquitoes away from you and your location.


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Bug of the month: Mosquitoes

mosquito-719613_1920It is the season where mosquitoes make it their life mission to ruin our outdoor plans, which makes this pesky insect the honorary bug of the month of July.

Mosquitoes:

Mosquitoes are small flies which are a part of the Culicidae family. Uniquely, Female mosquitoes are ectoparasites (parasites which live on the outside of the host) who will use their tube-like mouthparts to pierce their hosts’ skin and consume blood. The amount of blood which they consume is very small; however, the mosquitoes’ saliva will cause an irritating rash at the bite point. Consequently, mosquitoes are deadly because they can easily spread diseases such as: malaria, yellow fever, Chikungunya, Zika virus, and other similar infections.

Mosquitoes Lifecycle:

Mosquitoes go through 4 stage: egg, larva, pupa, and adult.

Egg: A common female mosquito will fly over water, bobbing up and down to the surface to drop her eggs. Eggs are often laid one at a time or are attached together as a raft, which the female mosquito creates. Females can lay anywhere from 100-200 eggs during the adult phase of the lifecycle. Eggs will hatch into Larvae in about 48 hours (2 days). Also, it is necessary for them to have water as a part of their habitat.

mosquitoesLarva (plural Larvae): The Larvae are still living in water. However, they do need to go to the surface to breathe, and they breathe through spiracles (a respiratory opening). They shed their skin four times and they grow larger after each time. The Larvae will feed on algae, bacteria, and other microbes.

 Pupa: Similar to the Larva, the Pupa also lives in water and must swim to the surface to breathe. It does not feed during this stage, but simply swims along the surface of the water until it undergoes a metamorphosis (similar to a butterfly) and becomes an adult mosquito.

Adult: Upon emerging, they will sit on the surface of the water to dry off and harden. Adult mosquitoes typically mate in the first few days after emerging. Males live for roughly 5-7 days, during which they feed on nectar and other sugars. The female, who typically lives for up to 2 weeks, will consume a full blood meal and begin developing her eggs, after mating with a male mosquito. Overall, the egg process takes around 2-3 days.

 Preventing Mosquito Bites:

  1. Use insect repellent.
  2. Cover up with long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  3. Treat any bites with some home remedies that include: Aloe Vera, crushed ice, or vinegar.

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The Zika Virus - Nashville, TN

The Zika Virus – What are the Real Facts?

The virus has been in the news a lot lately. So what is it? Can you catch it? And, how can you prevent it? We have the information you’re looking for!

What is The Zika Virus?

The virus is an illness with the common symptoms that include: Fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red/pink eyes). Approximately 1 in 5 people will become affected with the virus. The symptoms usually last between a couple days to a week. The virus is rarely fatal but is thought to contribute to congenital issues for pregnant women.

How can you catch The Zika Virus?

The Zika Virus is a virus spread by mosquitos. Although recent news suggests a few alternate forms of transmission; sexual relations, mother to fetus, possibly through blood transfusions, limited research says slightly possible through saliva or ?? Here is a website with definitions and information. Click HERE!

How can you prevent The Zika Virus?

Currently, there are no vaccines that prevent the Zika Virus. The best way to prevent the illness to avoid mosquito bites. Easier said than done, right. Be aware of the areas you are traveling to, to avoid highly infected areas. Wear long sleeved shirts and long pants when you can. Sit in screened in rooms. Here are more ideas; click HERE! One more treatment that can help around your home is have your yard sprayed. This is a service we can take care of for you. The prices varies by yard size. Please call us to get a quote. 615-220-1933.

The Short Answers To The Hard Questions About The Zika Virus via the NY Times. Click HERE!

Information from the CDC. Click HERE!

 

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The 5 Most Common Pest Myths

The 5 Most Common Pest MythsAnt Problems

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.

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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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Weather Related Summer Pests

What Likely Summer Pests Will We Have?

After a freezing cold and long Winter, we are enjoying some weeks of Spring rain and even a couple days of 80 degree weather! As we enjoy this wonderful change in the weather, us pest control specialists have been calculating the possibility of the delay in the normal cycle for pests in our area. When will the Summer Pests arrive? The National Pest Management Association has released it’s annual Bug-O-Meter. You can read the full report here. The Southeast can expect a delayed outing of our regional pests, like termites, mosquitoes, ants and beetles.

So what does that mean for us in the Nashville area? When will the summer bugs arrive. As the temperature evens out (a little) the dormant bugs will start making their presence known. The termite swarms will likely be later in the season. Problematic ants may have been bothering you indoors but expect them to come out in droves in the next month. The story is the same (just like every year) about not leaving standing water out for mosquito breeding grounds. Just don’t do it! Here is a previous article about stopping June Bugs from laying eggs in your yard and some steps to get rid of them if you do have them bothering you.

Check out the infographic below:

pest chart for the Southeast

Courtesy of Pest World

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