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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3 Things Rodents Love About Your House

3 Things Rodents Love About Your House

Why do people have rodent infestations? Because rodents are wild animals doing what they need to for survival. If your home provides the basic needs for rodents, they will consider it an invitation. What are the 3 Things Rodents Love About Your House?

Shelter

Food

Smells

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Rodents are not as large as humans. This means the spaces we don’t pay attention to are perfect for them. Barns and abandoned buildings are a favorite of rodents. How are the rodents gaining entrance to your personal space? Routine inspections of your home, barn, or office building will reduce the chances of having unwanted rodents. Unsealed roofs, windows without screens, open vents, openings into the attic or crawlspace are common entry points. Imagine how small rodents can be, they need only a hole 25% of their body size to enter.

Food-

Messy kitchens, attics full of old boxes, grain bins, unsecured trash cans are all ways that rodents fill their bellies in your home. Because rodent teeth are always growing, they need things to gnaw on. Like old books, boxes, twigs, holes, almost anything. Keep any area that food is stored, prepared, served, and disposed of clean is important.

Smells-

Smells! Yes. Rodents have a good sense of smell. If they are walking between two homes and yours has good smells like peanut butter, hot dogs, minty dental floss, jelly beans, honey, and much more.

Hope this answers your questions about the 3 Things Rodents Love About Your House.

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Absolute Pest Control is dedicated to making your home safe for you family. If you have a question about rodents or any other pest problem, please call us at 615-220-1933 or click HERE to email us.

Pest Control Myths

Pest Control Myths

How many times have you heard of a home remedy that didn’t work for someone? There are so many pest control myths out there it’s easy to get lost trying to locate one that will work for you. We’ve located a few of these myths and listed them below for you, just remember call us when you are ready to get rid of the myths and the pests!

Mice Like Cheese

A lot of people use mouse traps to get rid of them. The idea is that the mice will get trapped under the wrong end of the trap when they go after the tasty cheese treat you left behind. Ending your battle with the mouse. The two problems here are 1. Is never a mouse. It’s always mice and 2. Mice would prefer something sweet over cheese. It’s a great idea to try and trap them, but using food that would actually attract them will help.

People try to solve the mouse problem with a pet cat. The problem here is that not all cats will chase mice. So will and are great ways to help get mice from your house, others will not do anything to help you with your pest problem. Mice are capable of hiding in places your cat cannot reach even if the cat will chase them. They are good of notifying you of a mouse problem.

My House is Too Clean for Cockroaches

Unsanitary locations are the best place for a cockroach. There is plenty of food and places to hide. But they will live in the cleanest of places as well. Any where they can find food and water is a place they will live and hide. They infest an area and remain unseen most of the time. If you see one, there are many more in hiding. Give us a call for a free estimate for removal.

I Don’t Have a Pest, so I Don’t Need Pest Control

This is the biggest of the pest control Myths. The best time to start a pest control regime is before you have a problem. It is much more expensive to get rid of a pest problem than it is to maintain a home without pest issues. Getting started is easy. Give us a call for your free estimate.

Pesticides Will Not Hurt My Children or Pets

This is true. If applied correctly. Care and proper knowledge is needed to safely use pesticides for your pest control. If used properly they will not cause harm to pets or children. If they are not applied correctly they can be more dangerous than the pests themselves.

Ultrasonic Repellers Work

For decades retailers have sold Ultrasonic Repellers. The supported technique is that they produce an extremely high-pitched sound that will run hundreds of types of pest off. Pest Control Myths can be expensive and costly when they do not work. The Federal Trade Commission has stated they do not have any evidence that these devices work. To save time and money stick with a traditional pest control company.

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Mouse Math – how fast do mice multiply

How Fast Do Mice Multiply?

We get asked this question “How fast do mice multiply” quite often in our pest control business. The answer can show how quickly an infestation can overcome a home or office. Mice carry disease and can do extensive damage in a short amount of time.

Female Mice Information

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A common female house mouse can get pregnant as early as 4 weeks old. Most female mice begin ovulating at 6 to 8 weeks.

Once impregnated, the gestation period is only 3 weeks (or less). The litter usually is 5 to 7 pups. In some instances, that number can be as high as 14 pups.

This is How Fast Do Mice Multiply

The average house mouse lives 1 year on the wild and up to 2 years in a domicile. If they are breeding all year long, the number of mice born can be easily be 60 pups per year. Add to that the new pups breeding at 6 weeks. It is easy to see how an infestation would happen unless dealt with early on.

Other Facts

The mother mouse tries very hard to make sure her littler lives. She will decide if there are less hearty pups and not feed them. She may even eat those unlucky pups. The nutrition helps her care for her surviving litter or for a new pregnancy.

Fathers are in the picture for a litter of pups. But in an unusual way. They want their genes to be passed down. If they suspect one or more of the pups are not theirs, the father will kill the pup(s).

What To Do

If you see or suspect a mouse in your home or office, call Absolute Pest Control right away. We can quickly determine the best course to rid you of your mouse problem. You can call us at 615-220-1933 or click HERE to email us.

 

You can learn more about mice HERE!

3 Pest Prevention Tips For Fall

Pest Prevention Tips for Fall

Pest Prevention Tips For FallThere are 3 pest prevention tips for Fall that are very important to keep your home pest free. Because the weather is getting colder, bugs and critters want to avoid the changing weather too. Most of all, to continue blocking unwanted Fall visitors (aka pests), we have come up with 3 simple and easy tips that will help you.

What to Do:

  1. Examine- Take some time to thoroughly examine the outside of your home. This includes all windows, doors, seals, crawl space entries, vents, etc. If there are any broken screens, now is a good time to replace them. Cracks should be sealed with new caulking and door gaps should be closed with quality weather-stripping. It is important to remove old caulking, scraping well to remove any debris while not making any larger spaces. Adding a rubber seal under the garage doors can keep water and pests out.
  2. Seal Openings- Any place that you have an opening for utilities can be a super highway for rodents. Mice can squeeze through an opening as small as 1/4 inch. Spiders can get through openings as small as 1/32 inch. Those are tiny spaces. Take a flashlight (even in daytime) to full a full examination. To block those holes or cracks effectively we recommend using wire mesh, expandable foam or concrete.
  3. Chimney Cap- Do you have a chimney in your home? They are amazing for beautiful fires during cold weather however they can be an open door for unwanted pests. Birds, bats, raccoons, squirrels and other critters can wreck havoc on your home via the chimney. By installing a chimney cap, you will be stopping their point of entry. Don’t forget any attic vents while you are on the roof. Use wire mesh to block rodents from entering your attic through your vents.

If you are experiencing any pest control concerns or issues. Please give our office a call at 615-220-1933 or fill out a contact form HERE.

Bug of the Month for December: Mouse

 

Bug of the Month for December: Mouse

Mice aren’t bugs, obviously. But hey! Neither are spiders, so, just roll with it. Mice can still be a very pesky pest to deal with. It’s hard to believe not even a mouse would be stirring on the night before Christmas because mice are always on the go, and they are nocturnal. Plus, they’d probably love to get their hands on some of those cookies you left out for Santa.

Here are a few things you need to know about the house mouse and how to deal with those little guys:

What do house mice look like?

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Mice are tiny grey or brown rodents that can be 2-4 inches in length and have a long, scaly tail. They have pointed snouts and ears and four legs.

How do mice behave?

Mice are very sneaky creatures that are able to squeeze through small spaces to find warmth and food. They tend to eat insects and seeds, but have known to eat almost anything that is left around the house.

The house mouse tends to stay indoors, although they can survive outside as well. They are very adaptable to their surroundings. Mice can also jump really high: almost ten times their height! This allows them to be able to reach even more places.

The female mouse can produce 30 offspring or more, so if you see any mice around your house, there are probably several more.

Where do mice live?

Mice live on every continent and almost every country in the world. They are highly adaptable and can survive in almost any climate. They are the most common rodent pest in the world.

Mice make their home indoors for the most part and can make nests out of almost any material such as fabrics, packing supplies, and insulation. They also tend to prefer dark areas as they are nocturnal, but it is not uncommon to see them during the day.

Do mice pose any health threats?

Rodent feces can spread bacteria through touch and food contamination. This can cause severe diseases such as salmonella poisoning, Rat Bite Fever, and even Bubonic Plague! Not only is coming in contact with rodent feces dangerous, so is even breathing it in!

Most of these diseases are very dangerous, even deadly, but also very uncommon. The most common of these diseases is salmonella poisoning, which is a type of food poisoning. Symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, and fever.

How can I prevent a mouse infestation?

As is common with most pests, the best way to keep mice away is to make sure all doors and windows in your house are sealed and protected.

It is best to store things off of the floor and make sure the right rain gutters are installed so that rainwater will properly be diverted away from the house. It is also very important to keep your house clean and not leave any food lying around.

Signs of a mouse infestation include small droppings, torn fabrics and other materials, and damaged food packaging.

If you see any of these signs, don’t hesitate to call Absolute Pest Control at (615)220-1933 or click here to set up an appointment today.

 

Sources:

http://www.pestworld.org/pest-guide/rodents/house-mice/

http://www.pestworld.org/news-and-views/pest-health-hub/posts/overview-of-the-real-health-risks-posed-by-mice-and-rat-infestations/

 

Tips for Keeping Winter Pests out of Your Home

Winter will soon be here, and there are plenty of winter pests you’ll want to keep out of your house. From mice to bedbugs to spiders, these pests can invade your home if you’re not careful. If you want to keep them away, here are some great tips for keeping winter pests out of your home.pexels-photo

  1. Make sure your roof and the ground around your house are debris-free. Pests love to get into wood and plants and if this debris is too close to your house, they can find their way in and annoy you.
  2. Another great tip for keeping winter pests out of your home is to seal all of your windows and make sure there are no gaps in your home for pests to come in through. Bugs and rodents are resilient in finding ways to get indoors, so make sure you leave them as little space as possible.
  3. Don’t leave food sitting around the house. Especially in the kitchen. Make sure to clean up after you eat or prepare meals. Rodents especially want to eat any food that they see to get them through the winter, so the less food you leave out, the less they’ll have to eat. This is not only especially important during the winter months, but summer as well.
  4. Check to see that there are no nests that pests might have made in the spring and summer. Your chimney is a place where many pests such as birds and mice can make their homes. You should also check the attic for signs that pests may be making your home theirs.

There you have some helpful tips for keeping winter pests out of your home. While none of these are foolproof, they will get you on your way to having a pest-free winter! If you have a pest problem that you can’t control yourself, call us at 615-220-1933 or click here to schedule an appointment!

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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Pest Control Is Just One Piece Of The Puzzle

Pest control is just one piece of the puzzle

Do you want to keep your home pest free without a ton of chemicals? Pest Control isn’t just fumigation and dead bugs. At Absolute Pest Control, we work to keep your home and family safe. Pest control has many aspects. We don’t just kill ants and treat for termites. We are a full service pest control company treating homes and businesses in Middle Tennessee.

Ants- Our skilled technicians can treat occasional outbreaks and offer a perimeter to keep new ants out of your home and yard. Certain types of ants like carpenter ants require different types of treatment. We make a plan based on your needs.

Bees- Airborne bugs are more difficult to treat. If a nest is spotted, our trained technicians can safely remove it to keep the yellow jackets and bees at bay. Our bi-monthly eave sweeping is just one of our ways to maintain the safety of your family.

Spiders- Spiders, as a whole, are not bad. They serve a purpose in our ecology. However, poisonous spiders do not belong in your home or office. One of the extra services provided by our friendly technician’s is to clean out the water meter and the mailbox. No surprises for you when you reach for your mail. And, the meter readers always love our clients.

Termites- Our annual termite checks will keep you educated on the “health” of your home. Termites are like cancer to your home. Chances are, your home will be your biggest investment. We want to make sure it keeps it’s value. Termites rack up billions of dollars in damage, not covered by insurance, every year. The humidity of the South makes your home the perfect breeding ground. If you get the unpleasant news that you have termites, our specialized technicians will treat your home or office and get rid of the termites.

Absolute Pest Control is not just Pest Control, we take the time to find out your needs, create a plan that works, offer packages that cover more than any other pest control company, offer 100% moony back guarantee, have highly skilled and trained technicians, provide extra services, offer annual termite checks (often for free) and we have the best prices.

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