Spring Cleaning Tips to Keep Pests at Bay

Now that Spring has sprung in Middle Tennessee, it’s time for warmer weather, and time to start your Spring cleaning. It isn’t just about cleaner closets and window sills. Really, Spring cleaning can help keep pests out of your home and away from your beloved outdoor grill.

Where Do You Start: Spring Cleaning Tips to Keep Pests at Bay

Kitchen-

Your Kitchen Spring Cleaning Tips to Keep Pests at Bay

Ant Problems

Your kitchen is filled with wonderful foods to keep yourself and your family well fed. But, it also holds a large amount of food crumbs that can sustain unwanted pests. Start at the top and work your way down. Clean the top of hanging cabinets and look for cracks that could be a way for pests like ants to enter. Don’t forget to look on the top of the refrigerator, where people put stuff and forget it. Then, do a deep clean on your stove, oven, and counters. Leave no crumbs behind. Clean out your pantry, wipe down your shelves, throw out expired or stale foods, and then organize it. Wipe down the outside of your cabinets. Sweep and mop your floors. This should get your kitchen clean and you will have the opportunity to inspect for problems.

Bathrooms-

Your Bathroom Spring Cleaning Tips to Keep Pests at Bay

Getting rid of oriental cockroaches

Many Spring pests love moisture. And, your bathroom is just the place for them. Similar to the kitchen Spring cleaning, start at the top and work down. Clean blinds, light fixtures, and mirrors. Inspect and clean out those medicine cabinets and dispose of old medications properly. Clean and sterilize the counter tops and sink. Then, do the same with your bath and/or shower. Completing a full inspection around the toilet, sink, and shower will allow you to see if you have a leak. If you find a leak, have it repaired as soon as possible to thwart common pests like silverfish and cockroaches.

Many Spring pests love moisture. And, your bathroom is just the place for them. Similar to the kitchen Spring cleaning, start at the top and work down. Clean blinds, light fixtures, and mirrors. Inspect and clean out those medicine cabinets and dispose of old medications properly. Clean and sterilize the counter tops and sink. Then, do the same with your bath and/or shower. Completing a full inspection around the toilet, sink, and shower will allow you to see if you have a leak. If you find a leak, have it repaired as soon as possible to thwart common pests like silverfish and cockroaches.

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Above all, Absolute Pest Control is dedicated to making your home or home away from home safe for you family. If you have a question about pests or any other pest problem, please call us at 615-220-1933 or click HERE to email us. We service most of Middle Tennessee including Smyrna, Murfreesboro, and LaVergne

Tips To Prevent Termites In Smyrna, TN

What are some tips to prevent termites in Smyrna, TN or around Middle Tennessee?

Here are three easy tips to prevent termites in Smyrna, TN and Middle Tennessee. We provide this information to be of service of all home owners in the area.

Tip #1

Tip #1 Repair leaking faucets, water pipes and exterior AC units. Remove the termite’s water source and reduce the risk of having termites in the first place. Doing an inspection around your home’s exterior can shed light on whether or not you are providing water to termites. Look for leaking faucets or broken bib pipes under the house. Look for how far the drain tube reached from your HVAC unit. The farther, the better!

Tip #2

Tip #2 Routinely inspect the foundation of a home for signs of mud tubes (used by termites to reach their food source), or wood that sounds hollow when tapped. This tip to prevent termites in Smyrna, TN is one of the easiest for home owners to do. Walk around your home and look at the foundation. If you see mud tubes or hollow sounding wood, call Absolute Pest Control (or your pest control technician) for an inspection.

Tip #3

Tip #3 Have a professional termite inspection annually. Did you know? Damage from wood-boring insects (termites) will not covered by homeowners’ insurance policies. The small cost for an annual home termite inspection is minor. However, it is well worth it to prevent termites in Smyrna, TN.

Termites are not be controlled with Do It Yourself (DIY) treatments. It is important to have a professionally trained termite technician inspect and treat your home. If you suspect a termite infestation, call a licensed termite company, like Absolute Pest Control, for a recommended course of treatment.

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Absolute Pest Control is dedicated to making your home safe for you family. If you have a question about pests or any other pest problem, please call us at 615-220-1933 or click HERE to email us. We service most of Middle Tennessee including Smyrna, Murfreesboro, and LaVergne.

Do you Suffer From Musophobia?

Do you Suffer From Musophobia?

Most everyone has a phobia. Much like my fear of the dentist, since I was a child I’ve experienced anxiety when thinking about a visit to the dentist. I break out into a sweat thinking about going and immediately start looking for any and every excuse of how I can get out of my upcoming appointment. Life experiences, heredity, and your brain chemistry and genetics can cause Phobias. A common phobia is that of mice, or Musophobia. Do you suffer from Musophobia? Let’s do some research and find out.

AHHHH It’s a Mouse!

When you see a mouse do you jump on the couch, grab the closest thing you can swing, and scream loudly? If so you are probably a Musophibic. Other symptoms could be getting antsy when you see a picture of a rat or mouse, or when someone says the word or a joke about mice. Your mouth might get dry and you might have the urge to freeze, scream, or run.

Trunk or Treat

Cartoons, pictures, and many other references usually depict elephants as having Musophobia. Some zoologists say this is a myth. There is an episode of Mythbusters that show Adult Elephants actively avoiding mice. Women are often depicted as having a fear of mice as well, they are shown jumping onto chairs or other furniture and screaming when a mouse comes into view. Although in my life I’ve seen just as many men terrified of mice and women or elephants.

What is the Cure?

This phobia can be treated several ways. Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Response Prevention, Group Therapy, Medication or Mediation. Exposure is usually the most effective method.  With the help of a health professional and the use of gradual exposure the fear can be lifted. There is medication you can take as well. They do not cause a cure but do suppress the symptoms.  Make sure to ask your doctor what treatment is best for you.

When to Call a Professional?

If you find yourself with a mouse problem and you struggle with Musophobia I would contact a pest control company ASAP. If you do not have the fear you should research the pest before you attempt removal, it is best to contact your local Pest Control Company soon.

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Rodents and the Health Risk They Cause

Rodents and the Health Risk They Cause

Rodents constantly grow incisors and do not have canines teeth. Rats, mice, squirrels, porcupines, or hamsters are all considered rodents. They gnaw at everything and they are the largest order of mammals in the world. They are uses as household pets and can be rather cute. Some bring disease and they can cause damage to your home. It’s good to know about rodents and the health risk they cause.

How Do They Spread Disease?

Since there are several diseases caused by rodents there are a number of ways that they can spread diseases. It’s best to call a Pest Control Company if you have an infestation, but you should also be familiar with the dangers caused by rodents.

Inhaling dust in the air that has been saturated with rat or mice urine or droppings, directly touching dropping or urine, a bite from the rodent, even swimming or kayaking in drinking water of the animal. Fleas that bite rodents and jumped to humans cause the bubonic plague. Touching a dead rat causes disease. In general stay away from rodent infested areas. Breathing the same air as the rats can cause disease.

What Diseases Are Caused by Rodents?

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome can cause kidney damage. Leptospirosis causes muscle spasms, headaches, or fevers. This disease can affect humans or animals. Mainly seen in domesticated dogs. The bubonic plague is cause by the fleas on rats. This disease caused mass amount of deaths in the Middle Ages, but this disease is still claiming lives. 1-7 days after you’ve come in contact with the plague you will start to have flu like systems. This is another reason it is important to understand rodents and the health risk they cause.

Avoiding Rodents

Rats contaminate 10 times the food they consume so it is very important to do your best to keep them out. Store your food in air tight containers. Plug holes or any hidey hole they might use to get in. They can enter through a hole just a quarter on an inch wide. So make sure you do a perimeter check. If you see them give us a call.

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Does Your Dog Have Fleas?

Does Your Dog Have Fleas?

I love my dog more than anything else in this world. He is always there when I come home. He comforts me when I’ve had a dreadful day, plays with me on a good day, loves me unconditionally and I must say he is the most handsome boy in the world. There is nothing I hate more than seeing my boy itchy with fleas. It’s so easy for animals to catch fleas I thought we could explore some facts about your dog and fleas, so you can answer the question, does your dog have fleas?

Fleas Hitch Rides with Animals

I love going to the Bark Park with my boy. He loves to play with the puppies and gets in his exercise in when we play. It’s always good to see him have such a fun time, until we get home and he starts scratching. Hearing him whine as he scratches leaves my heart broken, every time.

Fleas do not fly but they do jump from dog to dog. To avoid an infestation, I invite his doggy friends over for a play date. This way I can be selective of which pets are around my dog. Limiting his chances of catching these itchy pests.

Fleas are not only carried by other dogs. They are often dropped off in your yard by the squirrel looking for his nut, or the raccoon looking through the trash. Fleas are left in the environment when the eggs are dropped from an animal, usually running. Your yard can quickly become infested letting your animal carry fleas into your home. It’s best to treat the yard to protect your furry family and human family.

When to Treat for Fleas?

It’s always best and most cost effective to treat any pest problem before it becomes a problem. Calling a pest control company is always the best treatment but learning what they look like will help. Cats and dogs can be good groomers so seeing fleas isn’t always easy. If your pet is itchy you should check them for fleas. Fleas like to hide in warm wet places. They like the ears and the groin of your pet. Check their belly for the red effects of the flea’s bite, or for the dirt left behind from their feces. Some animals will scratch excessively, and this causes hair loss. If you see them it’s best to treat the animal and call a pest control company.

Fleas and Disease

Most all fleas carry tape worms. Since your pet grooms themselves and eats the fleas, they also eat the tapeworms. These pests cause issues within your animal intestinal track and can be costly to repair. With the help of a vet and early detection you can prevent damage to your animal. Checking for fleas regularly is always a positive way to help maintain your pets health. Does your dog have fleas? Give us a call for your free estimate.

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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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What You Need To Know About Pest Control Service Providers In Smyrna Before Hiring

What You Need To Know About Pest Control Service Providers In Smyrna Before Hiring Anyone

It is important to know your facts when hiring any of the Smyrna pest control service providers. There is nothing more annoying than paying for the services of pest control service providers and being disappointed by missed appointments or bad service. Or even worse, they didn’t fix your problem.

In Smyrna, there are a lot of pest control service providers, and these providers all have their different approach to work. Understand that not every service provider is interested in your happiness as a customer; some of them are just interested in your money. Don’t get stuck with this kind of provider in Smyrna?

Here’s what you need to know about pest control service providers in Smyrna before hiring anyone:

 

THEY ARE NOT ALL COMPETENT

Before you hire any of the pest control service providers, ensure that they are competent. Do your homework by asking questions to your friends and family that use the provider you are considering hiring. Ask on social media for a referral. Look at the reviews online. This saves you both the energy and the cost needed to solve your pest problem.

THEY ARE NOT ALL LICENSED

It is important that you verify a pest control service provider’s license before hiring. In Smyrna, licenses can be verified by checking with the various state departments of agriculture. License numbers must be on all vehicles and marketing materials. A permit proves that the pest control service provider is registered with the state. Ask to see the charter number if you are at all unsure of the legality of suspicious pest control service providers.

THEY ARE NOT ALL ACCOUNTABLE

If you can’t find a referral from a trustworthy source, don’t check online ratings, and hire one blindly you may be in for trouble . Ensure that you ask them certain questions that can prove their accountability. Such questions include; do you have a charter number?What is your business license number in the state of Tennessee? Do you background screen your technicians? How much training does each technician receive? What’s your service guarantee? Can you provide a list of references? These questions would help you ascertain how authentic the pest control service provider is.

THEY ARE NOT ALL BAD

In Smyrna, they are very good pest control service providers with licenses and fully trained pest control technicians. Some of them perform an off the chart job that can leave you amazed. You can tell how good they are by how they provide their service. They provide you with excellent customer service, they strive so hard to understand your problem, and they give you instructions to follow before they arrive. Some of them also have the answers to all the questions you will ask to prove their authenticity. When you meet such a trusted pest control service provider, then you should hire them.

THE PROCESS ISN’T DIFFICULT

The process of hiring a pest control service provider is not difficult. You just have to be very careful to ensure that you eventually hire the services of a pest control service provider who understands your needs and is willing to help you fix them.

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Two Kinds of Pest Control in Smyrna, TN?

What Are Two Different Kinds of Pest Control in Smyrna, TN?

Whether you have a general pest problem or an extreme issue with bed bugs, it’s important that you know what your options are. Below, you can read more about the two kinds of pest control in Smyrna, TN available for you and which ones are best for you.

Bed Bug Removal Service

kinds of pest control in Smyrna, TNThere are many ways in which you can determine whether or not you have bed bugs. Naturally, it’s best if you find out early because as time goes on, the infestation will only continue to worsen. There will be, for example, red or rusted stains on your sheets or on your mattress because of bed bugs being crushed and killed in your bed as you roll around during the night. There may also be dark spots on your bed which are caused by excrement released by the bed bugs. Other than that, the most obvious sign of having bed bugs are marks on your skin that cluster together and look similar to mosquito bites, or finding live bugs in your clothing or in your bedding.
If you hire a bed bug removal service then you can effectively sanitize your home so that you kill any bacteria which is infecting it and promoting an unhealthy environment. Awful smells like cigarette smoke and odours from your pets will also be eliminated in the process of the bed bugs being killed.
With Absolute Pest Control, you’ll also have a cheaper method of eliminating the nasty pests that have invaded your home. With a 100% money back guarantee, the steam-cleaning technique is sure to get rid of your bed bug problem.

Environmentally-Friendly Pest Control

Eco Friendly kinds of pest control in Smyrna, TNEco-friendly pest control is not a new concept when it comes to pest control. In the past, run off and toxins from the pest control techniques have polluted airways and water systems in surrounding areas. Giving the world’s current global crisis, it is important that one chooses environmentally-friendly methods in daily life.
Here, you’ll find the various methods of removing pests for your home. Eco-friendly products are used to prevent pests from entering your home, which is a double win because your home is protected and the environment is as well.
Oils from plants are used just as effectively as traditional pesticides and chemicals; therefore, you won’t ever have to sacrifice the quality of your treatment for price. The oils used in these treatments affects the nervous systems of insects, as well as movement and metabolism. You home will, then, will be protected from insects that both fly and crawl.

No matter what the kind of pests you have, there are always ways in which you can eliminate them. There are many kinds of treatments, from eco-friendly methods to those which take care of bed bugs. Whatever your specific needs are, you can definitely find something that will get those nasty bugs out of your home. More than anything, your family will be safe from the trouble that bed bugs bring. We hope this has answered your question about two kinds of pest control in Smyrna, TN.

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Protecting Your Thanksgiving Dinner From Pests

Protecting Your Thanksgiving Dinner From Pests

protecting your Thanksgiving Dinner From PestsIt’s getting close, so close I can smell the pumpkin pie baking in the kitchen. Thanksgiving brings us family time, loads of food and the Thanksgiving Day Parade! Hours upon hours of food prep and devouring of the feast!

But it also can mean crumbs, forgotten food and a dinner delight for pests!

Having a pest problems on a regular day is bad enough but add in a traditional holiday and tons of guests…. It may end crazy. When the mosquitos and ants go away with the warm weather, we are often left with mice, rats, squirrels, skunks, etc looking for food and warmth.

So how can you protect your Thanksgiving Dinner from Pests?

  • Store Food in air tight containers – Are you making dozens of cookies for the neighbors and family? Keep all cookies in airtight containers. This helps keep pests out and the yummy cookies fresh. Any and all baking ingredients should also be stored in sealed containers or bags.
  • Clean all prep areas immediately – Are you a lazy cleaner upper? This is the worst time of the year for being lazy in the kitchen. Clean up immediately after functions or if there are any spills.
  • Clean up serving areas immediately – Are you having a buffet for your human guests? Make sure you patrol the area for spills and left over dishes. Follow the guests to where they have eaten and clean up left over dishes or cups when appropriate.
  • Remove trash often – Are you waiting for the trash can to be all the way full? Don’t do it! Take out your kitchen trash after each meal. And, don’t forget to check bathroom trash cans after each function. Guests may be embarrassed to throw food away in a trash can that is in full view of the host (or hostess). The only other option is a bathroom.
  • Send leftovers home with guests – Are you really going to eat those brownies or 4 dozen cookies? Well, maybe you will. But if you don’t have appropriate storage containers for the food, send it home with your guests! It will keep your waistline trim and provide less opportunity for pests to have snacks!

We hope these tips will help protecting your Thanksgiving Dinner From Pests!

We wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and Holiday Season. Hopefully these tips will help keep your eyes twinkling and home secure! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us HERE or Call our office at 615-220-1933

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.

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