5 Little Known Termite Facts

All Termites Are Not Created Equal

There are multiple species and sub-species of termites. The two largest classifications are Drywood and Subterranean. Drywood termites build their colonies in wood. Subterranean Termites build their colonies under the ground. The Subterranean Termites do they most damage to homes in the United States. Numbers go into the billions! Drywood Termites do damage as well. Their damage reports go into the millions!

Winged Termites are not their own species of termites

Many black termites with white wings are often wrongly identified. These caste termites sent out to start new colonies.

Termites Never Sleep

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How can termites quickly do damage? In other words- they never sleep! They are one of Earth’s few living species that are awake 24 hours a day, 365 days a week. Could you imagine how much work human’s could accomplish if they never sleep.

Winged Termites Do Not Always Foretell An Infestation

If you see a small amount of winged termites around your windows, there is no need to panic. A small number of winged termites usually signifies an aging colony. If you see any termites, it is imperative that you have a home termite inspection.

Swarmers Flock To Light

In the evening, if you have a lot of outside porch and house lights you may be attracting termites to your home. It’s true. Termites are attracted to the light. In conclusion, the lack of outdoor lighting can have consequences, but it is important for safety.

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Our Steamer Will Kill Bed Bugs Fast & Affordably

Absolute Pest Control Offers a New Service That Uses Steam Cleaning to Kill Bed Bugs

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“Bed bug, Cimex lectularius” by Content Providers(s): CDC/ Harvard University, Dr. Gary Alpert; Dr. Harold Harlan; Richard Pollack. Photo Credit: Piotr Naskrecki

Have you noticed a rash on your skin after waking up in the morning? Do you notice an odor that smells like rotten raspberries? Have you noticed tiny, white bugs around your bed or furniture?  You might have bed bugs!  

Bed bugs are known for being very hard to kill, but have no fear! Absolute Pest Control has a new, proven steam cleaning method to kill bed bugs and keep them from coming back!

What we do is go into the room where the infestation is and use our brand new steam cleaning units to weed them out. The unit works by heating the room to 140 degrees for 2-4 hours. After that, say ‘goodbye’ to bed bugs!

Not only does this new service kill bed bugs, but it also kills bacteria and gets rid of nasty smells such as cigarette smoke and pet odors. With these added benefits, this is, by far, the best way to kill bed bugs and keep them away from you and your loved ones.

Again, this is a brand new, proven technique. We are only the second company in Tennessee to offer this service! And not only is it priced lower than other methods used to kill bed bugs, we are also offering a 100% money back guarantee!

If you’re wanting to kill those terrible bed bugs, click here, or give us a call at 615-220-1933 or 615-650-0700.

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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Bed Bugs Are Still A Problem in Nashville

Bed Bugs – Nashville Area

Bed Bugs can hide anywhereThe news has been quiet lately about bed bugs in the Nashville Area. No headlines warning of hotel infestations, homes overcome with bed bugs, nursing homes, etc. Does that mean the problem is gone? No! The problem is still here and in some areas the problem has increased. Bed bugs are everywhere that humans are.

Here are some startling facts about where infections were most reported:

  • Nursing homes – 58 percent (46 percent in 2013)
  • Office buildings – 45 percent (36 percent in 2013)
  • Schools and day care centers – 43 percent (41 percent in 2013)
  • Hospitals – 36 percent (33 percent in 2013)
  • Doctor’s offices/outpatient facilities – 33 percent (26 percent in 2013)
  • Transportation (train/bus/taxi) – 29 percent (21 percent in 2013)
  • Retail stores – 20 percent (15 percent in 2013)
  • Movie theaters – 16 percent (10 percent in 2013)

 

Notice what’s missing from the list? Hotels! Bed bugs aren’t just from traveling to hotels. They are found in all spaces. Some, obviously more than others! And, some strange places too. For example; dance clubs, bathroom vents, funeral homes and more. There are still bed bugs in hotels and motels, we are not saying not to be cautious but that bed bugs are in more places than people think!

Before traveling check this website* for reported hotels: HERE

Review this article on how to stay safe when traveling: HERE

Bed bugs aren’t the end of the word. If you find them, treatment is required. Bed bugs won’t go away by themselves. We offer state-of-the-art treatment plans that actually work.

If any pest is bothering your family, home, yard or business, we are highly trained to make sure that your treated fairly, with the best products for the situation and that you are happy with the service you received. At Absolute Pest Control, we service all of Middle Tennessee and parts of Kentucky. Many residents is Smyrna, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin and Lebanon Tennessee are serviced by Absolute Pest Control. Please call us for your next appointment today at 615-220-1933. If you prefer email, click here for our contact form!

*Absolute Pest Control does not solely recommend this site or have any partnership with them.

Reference Website Pest World.org

Why You Need a Termite Inspection (especially in TN)

Why You Need a Termite Inspection (especially in TN)

You have clicked on an article titled “When You Need a Termite Inspection.” Uh oh. There is some suspicion in your home, right? The first reason to have a termite inspection is because it’s always better to be safe than sorry. But just for giggles, let’s keep talking about it.

Free Termite Inspection Termites will put any wood into their victim list of feasting. (You know how much wood is in your brick home, right?) So stay one step ahead of them. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Google images of termite infestation if you need any more convincing to take this very seriously.

First off, you should get a termite inspection at least once a year. Inspections are complex and you can be there for the whole thing. Our certified inspectors will check every crack and crevice of your home. They will usually want to show you any areas of concern so that you can be well informed about the state of your home and be able to make smart decisions regarding a plan of action. These inspections are so important, we offer a FREE Annual Termite Inspection.

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What are some signs you need an inspection?

The first time that it’s important to get a termite inspection is when you are buying or selling a home. Imagine buying a $100,000+ infestation, only because you didn’t do your due diligence? If you are selling a home and you do not provide a termite inspection, you can be held liable for claims laid on your later, even if the termites showed up after you closed the deal.

If your neighbor has a termite problem, it is time to call the pest professionals at Absolute Pest Control! Termites can travel, just like you. Especially if your neighbors’ homes are within a few hundred feet, you are looking at a great formula for personal infestation.

Keep in mind that termites eat twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. They don’t only eat wood, but they also cause major structural damage to your home.

In between pest professional (or exterminator) visits, do your own visual inspection. Search the damp areas of your home, especially around wood. If you have a crawl space, grab a flashlight and get moving! You may see termites clustered together, especially around rainfall.

Termites create mud tunnels if they can’t eat something. If means if they run into a brick, they move along in the mud, until they find more wood. These tunnels are about the width of your pinky nail.  Also, look for darkening or blistering wood. If you are really serious, poke your wood with a screwdriver. Check and see if it caves under the poke.

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Routine termite inspections are paramount in keeping your home safe from termites. Do you think you are okay/ Then don’t worry about it. Play the odds. But if you think your home might be as vulnerable as all the others, then call a pest professional like us and have your home checked out.

If you find a swarm (cluster of little white-ish worms anywhere in your home) it’s time to call an exterminator immediately. The subterranean termite may infest your home for up to three years before a swarm appears.

A final sign of termites is “coffee grounds” on your floors. When termites eat through wood or mud to find more wood, they excrete what they eat. The excretion looks like coffee grounds. However this stuff is no where near your Starbucks bag. And don’t kid yourself, coffee grounds on your nightstand is not careless caffeine consumption.

Again, you should have a termite inspection once a year at minimum! However, if you see any symptoms around your home like stated above, call Absolute Pest Control at 615-220-1933 right away.

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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.

How to get rid of rats

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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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DIY Pest Control vs A Professional

DIY Pest Control vs. Absolute Pest Control

we protect your familyIt is safe to say that we all despise bugs.  It is also safe to say that many of us look for ways to save money. Often times our plans of saving money actually ends up costing us even more money down the road. There are many ways options to saving money, but pest control should not be the area of cutting cost. Pest control should be a priority in home maintenance. Although most pests are more of a nuisance, many pests can be dangerous, destroy homes, and even carry deadly diseases.

Home improvement stores carry many “do-it-yourself” products (DIY Pest Control products) that have fancy labels that say “kills on contact” or even promise that their products will keep the problems under control for up to a year. Such products may be great for that quick fix, but they are not as effective in treating the source of the problem.  There is a chance that your home could have a small infestation, and unless you are treating the entire problem, including the source, pests will continue to return and continue costing you even more money down the road. For example, termites can cause major structural damage to your home or business. This type of infestation could cost thousands of dollars in repairs. There are no products in stores that could guarantee to eliminate this type of infestation, nor do they guarantee to help prevent future outbreaks.

Pest control is not just about spraying, nor is it possible to treat with instant kill solutions. Pest control is about management. Pest Management Professionals (PMP), such as Absolute Pest Control, are companies that use highly concentrated products that not only treat the initial problem, they provide long term solutions. Not only do they use instant kill treatments, they locate the source of the problem and determine the best way to get rid of it, as well as prevent it from returning.

Satisfaction GuaranteedPest management consists of four main steps; locate and treat the problem, monitoring, prevention, and control. You cannot get pest management from products sold on the shelf at the local home improvement store. Professional companies like Absolute Pest control, practices these steps to ensure that the problem is located, treated, and remains under control to prevent future infestations. They also offer a money back guarantee. So called one-time treatments are only a quick way of throwing our money down the drain. I am sure all of us cannot afford to just throw money away.

It is important to remember that there is no such thing as an effective one-time treatment; the majority of problems with pests are a result from a bigger problem and coming from somewhere else. It is important to identify that source and eliminate it in the beginning. Saving a few dollars at a local home improvement store with ineffective DIY pest control products could end up costing you thousands in the future. If you want to save money, call a professional, because the value of getting things right the first time could make a huge difference in your wallet.

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Chikungunya Virus Hits Nashville

Chikungunya Virus –What is it, and how can we avoid it?

Many people enjoy the outdoors, families go camping, hiking, swimming, have cookouts, and even travel to other countries for vacation while avoiding pests and the illnesses that come with them; like the Chikungunya Virus. Even though we all agree that these are fun activities, sometimes these activities come with a price, dealing with annoying bugs! Mosquitoes are one of those annoying bugs. Like the West Nile virus, the chikungunya virus is transmitted to people by mosquitoes. Wherever there is standing water, large or small, mosquitoes will breed, and when these bugs bite, we are left with itchy bumps. For the most part, we can all agree these bugs are just more annoying than dangerous. But some mosquitoes can carry deadly viruses. The chikungunya virus has primarily been seen in other countries like Africa and Asia. However, it has recently spread to the Caribbean and Central America, infecting an estimated 260,000 people and killing 21.

Chikungunya Alerts

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Now even though the United States has not seen an outbreak of this virus, we are likely to see one in the near future. Recently it was reported that the first Nashville area case was confirmed. Read more about that here. People who travel or have traveled to any of the infected countries could become infected themselves, and in turn, bring the virus home. Because symptoms are so mild in the beginning, most travelers do not know they have been infected until several days later. According to an article on NBC News website, there have been 129 cases of chikungunya virus reported in the U.S, in which all of the cases have been carried by recent travelers. So everyone’s question is, what are the symptoms, and how can we avoid it?

The chikungunya virus causes symptoms that usually appear anywhere between 3-7 days after being bitten. The most common symptoms are fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash. It is said that most people feel better within a week, but the joint pain has been known to continue for months. Scientists are currently working on developing a vaccine for this virus. The good news is, once a person has been infected, they are likely to be protected from future infections. The standard treatment for the chikungunya virus is drinking plenty of fluids, get plenty of rest, and take medication, such as ibuprofen to help relieve fever and pain.

Prevention is very important, prevention is simple; most of us already take precautions to avoid mosquito bites while outdoors. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that we can simply wear long sleeves, long pants, and/or use insect repellent. There are several bugs in the world that can cause serious illnesses. The best way we can avoid this is to take precaution. So, if you are one that loves outdoor adventures, or one who enjoys traveling the world, remember to take the same precautions there as you do at home. Do a little research on the areas you will be going, know what to expect, and be prepared. Taking the extra time to prepare can save your life and others.

 

At Absolute Pest Control we will help your family stay safe!

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Identifying Cockroaches - American vs German

Are you an expert at identifying cockroaches?

If you find a pesky cockroach in your home, it may cause panic. But, generally if there is one, there are many. You may decide to figure out the type or just wait for a pest control company to come. Identifying cockroaches is not too difficult. Here are common facts about 2 common cockroaches; the American Cockroach and the German Cockroach.

German Cockroach

Latin Name: Blattella germanica

German Cockroaches

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The German Cockroach are about a half of inch long. This is generally the same size as an United States penny (without the antenna). Another identifying feature is the 2 dark stripes done the cockroaches back. The stripes run from the head, all the way down the back and can be from brown to almost black in color. The young German roaches can be very dark. This species of roaches have wings but prefer scurrying not flying. The favorite place for a German cockroach is in humid, moist areas like bathrooms and kitchens. Another place they are often found is in the trash cans. The cockroaches are happy to have water and food in one place. Treatment for roaches in duplexes and apartments can be more difficult to treat. Adult German cockroaches have a life span of 100-200 days. The German Cockroach is the most common cockroach found in the United States.

American Cockroach

Latin Name: Periplaneta americana

American Cockroach

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The American Cockroach is one of the larger cockroaches found in the United States. Some of these roaches have been reported to be 2 inches in length (larger than a United States Quarter). The coloring of the American Cockroach is reddish-brown and have 2 brown spots on the shoulders. Sometimes an identifying factor is a yellow band around their heads. Their shells also have a shiny or glossy look to them. Food of choose for the American Cockroaches is moist, wet foods. If you have canned pet foods that you open and leave out, that is the food of choice of American Cockroaches. Both male and female American cockroaches have wings and will fly. The favorite spot for these types of cockroaches are flower beds (often with warm, moist mulch). The life span of an American Cockroach is about 200 days.

How to Avoid Cockroaches

There are 5 things you can do to help reduce cockroach infestations.

  • Reduce water- repair leaky pipes and reduce standing water
  • Clean the kitchen- food debris left out is a buffet for bugs
  • Monitor- cockroaches like dark corners where they are not disturbed so clean cabinets routinely
  • Adjust humidity- many cockroaches like warm, moist air; keep humidity in your home low
  • Seal it up- seal and repair cracks and gaps to stop the cockroaches from entering

Identifying cockroaches is not a hard thing to do. Regardless of the type of cockroaches you may find at your home, the biggest thing that needs to happen is to get rid of them. Our skilled technicians can identifying cockroaches, how they are entering your home and plan how to get rid of the cockroaches, fast!

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