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 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 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 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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5 Common Spring Pests in Tennessee
Spring time is near which means warm weather, plenty of spring showers and common Spring pests that bother Middle Tennessee residents. As the weather improves, we aren’t the only ones looking to take advantage of the beautiful weather. Pests start to migrate out of their winter hiding and find places to feed and reproduce.
While there are a variety of pests that make their way into your home, a few will be more prevalent in the Tennessee area.
Ants live in colonies in and out of the home. The bottom of the colonial hierarchy, the worker ants, are sent from the colony to find food for the queen and the males. They prefer to eat mainly sweets and oils. It’s no surprise they are in the kitchen.
Spiders infiltrate your home looking for a warm place to live and eat. Most spiders will spin many webs inside your home looking for the best place to catch its prey. Furthermore, females will lay eggs in sacs of silk for support and protection. The female spider can produce up to 4,000 eggs in her lifetime.
Termites thrive on dead trees and leaves. Unfortunately, they don’t stop there. Termites often feast on drywall, paper, and plastic. These pests live in colonies and can wreck serious havoc on your home.
Mice are little explorers that have turned your home into their personal palace. Preferring dark spaces, they will explore your home in search of food. Female mice will often give birth to mouse pups several times a year when they’ve found a suitable environment. Female mice can mother an average of 48 mouse pups a year.
Cluster flies, otherwise known as attic flies, tend to live in groups in dark spaces such as walls, attics, or unused rooms during cold times. Preferring to be outside, they will often be semi-dormant when they are inside. Quiet flies make it hard to track them down when they are in your home.
What are some of the most common entry points for pests?
Spring pests come inside your home for either food or warmth. With it being a life or death situation, they will find any way possible to get in.
Some of the more common are:
- Cracks in the wall
- Utility lines
- Crawl space
Once they’re in, it’s tough to get them out. Most pests reproduce at alarming rates and are excellent at hiding. While many poisons and traps you buy at the store can be sufficient, they rarely rid the entire problem.
Absolute Pest Control has been ridding homes of Spring pests for 15 years. Their technicians continually train on the most recent technology and treatments to ensure the cause of the infestation gets fixed, not just the symptom.
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Pest Prevention Tips for Fall
There 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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When Santa makes His List, What Bugs Are On Santa’s Good List?
It’s the time of year when the cold weather makes many pests go into hibernation. You forget about the sting of the yellow jacket or irritation of flies or ants. But, all year long there are “pests” that are good. So here is this year’s list of bugs/pests that are Santa’s Good List!
Spiders– Most spiders provide a value in our lives. People increased their fear in spiders after the movie Arachnophobia was so popular. Some of the positives about having spiders are:
- Spiders eat pests like roaches, earwigs, mosquitos, flies, and more!
- The long legged cellar spider is known to kill Black Widow Spiders!
- Spiders can help halt the spread of disease spread by common pests like mosquitos.
- Spiders reduce pests like aphids in your garden.
Lady Bugs/Lady Beetles– Occasionally an infestation of lady bugs can be a nuisance, but overall Lady Bugs are definitely on Santa’s Good List! Here is a positive about Lady Bugs:
- Lady Bugs eat aphids that plague gardens. Gardeners are known to purchase Lady Bugs to help protection their gardens with little use of pesticide.
Snakes (Not Deadly to Humans)– Snacks often get a bad rap without merit. Read below on how snakes help humans:
- Rat snakes prey on rats that can wreck havoc on barn supplies.
- Rat do not carry disease like rats, mosquitos, etc.
- Most snakes will run away rather than attack humans.
- Snakes like Gartner Snakes benefit gardens by keeping mice away.
Interested in the Garter Snake? Read more about this snake here!
Don’t let fear of bugs and pests taint your judgement. While most of these species have dangerous and poisonous relatives, not all are out to kill a human. Look at the positives of how these bugs and pests can make your life better, and without extra pesticides. Now what will Santa bring Lady Bugs this year?
The 5 Most Common Pest Myths
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.
If you’re having a problem with pests that you can’t control on your own, then give us here at Absolute Pest Control a call at (615)220-1933 or click here today!
Bed Bugs – Nashville Area
The 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!
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Reference Website Pest World.org
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.
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What Are The 5 Most Common Winter 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 the 5 Most Common Winter Pests and how you can identify them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 Pest Proofing – Quick List
You can enjoy your time in the warmth of the indoors this winter without uninvited pests. It may not be as difficult as you would imagine. And checking the items off this short list will keep those pests out in the cold, and out of your home. Even if you are not a homeowner, it is in your best interest to check these things in your house or apartment to alert your property manager for your own health. Remember the kinds of diseases mouses and spiders carry?
Your quick-check list:
Check your outside walls for crack or holes. A mouse only needs a quarter inch to get into your home. Seal anything discovered.
Check all of your window screens for holes. Screens are designed to keep most kinds of bugs out. But guess what? They aren’t designed to protect against holes. Any home improvement store carries screen replacement and you can usually do a repair within ten to fifteen minutes. It’s worth keeping the bugs out, right?
Follow along baseboards and backsplashes in the kitchen. Armies worth of ants will hide here and come out in droves to feast. If you have to do any sealing, be sure to use elastomeric sealant. Caulk will not expand or contrast and will break down quicker. Or just hire a professional to take care of it for you.
Check the seal on the bottom sides of doors and reattach seals as necessary. Remember that quarter inch rule? It applies to doors, too.
Check under those things that never move, particularly in the garage. A beveled trash can gives pests ample space for permanent nesting. If you don’t check under that trash can for three years, how much nesting do you think can occur in that time? Pick up old paint cans and check underneath real quick.
While you are at it, store your cardboard boxes in plastic trash bags. Mice will burrow through cardboard and nest. Slap a trashbag over it and protect your storage areas.
Periodically remember to:
Store all food in plastic containers…even in the refrigerator.
Change out the trash. Don’t wait until it’s full. What if you leave for a week with a half full can? You are certain to come home to a full can.
Keep branches and shrubbery twenty feet from the house. If a branch falls on your roof and dies, the pests living there will eventually have to relocate for food.
If you have firewood, keep it outside, twenty feet from the house and a few feet off the ground. If it’s been dry, hose it down real well to drown out anything which may have taken temporary residence, waiting to get into your home.
If you suspect an infestation of any kind, schedule a consultation with a pest control professional right away. It takes no time at all for a presence to become an all out infestation.
When doing a home search, think about your home from the post’s point of view. It’s freezing cold outside, dry, and barren when it comes to food. Finding any way inside guarantees survival.
If you follow this list and keep a regular schedule with us Absolute Pest Control, you can keep your house clean, safe and winterized from pests in your home. If not, please call us and we can give you a FREE Estimate 615-220-1933