Author Archives: Rachel

Termite Inspection: Five Places You Should Look!

A termite Inspection of your home is an important part of your home maintenance. Where you look, is as important as looking itself. In this article, we will go over the 5 places you should do as part on your termite inspection. Additionally, we will explain what to look for.

#1 The Attic

Your home’s attic is typically framed from wood. This makes it an ideal place for termite colonies to expand unchecked. If you do not have an attic, equally important is your home’s eaves. When inspecting the attic and eaves, look for the most recognizable item: termite tubes, droppings, or wings.

#2 The Deck or Pergola

Paint or stain untreated wood used in inexpensive deck and pergola options. Next, inspect the support beams. Out of sight and out of mind, is not a good thing. Look for the common signs of termites: mud tubes, discarded wings, and droppings.

#3 Wood Piles

Don’t forget to check your outdoor wood. Neatly stacked firewood is a perfect place for pests. The closer the pile of wood is to the house, the bigger the danger for termites going into your home. In fact, spiders, like the Black Widow, make homes in wood piles.

Dead tree limbs and branches are important to include in your termite inspection. Soon after a storm dispose of discarded or old tree and shrubbery pieces as soo as possible.

#4 Basements

If you have a basement, it is imperative to do your termite inspection there too. Your basement is not frequently visited, similar to your attic. This creates a quiet, rarely disturbed place for termites to set up their homes. Furthermore, your home’s wood posts, joints, dampness, and the sub-floor are all exposed. Inspect these the same as the attic.

#5 Crawlspaces

Crawlspaces, for instance, are similar to basements, all that exposed wood and rarely a human visitor. Adding to possibility of a termite infestation is the fact that the soil is completely exposed. This makes a quicker route for termites to crawl from the soil and munch on your wooden undercarriage. Do an annual termite inspection in your crawlspace. In conclusion, you need a professional inspection annually.

Contact Us

A professional termite inspector identifies small issues you may have missed. We recommend annual termite inspections.

Absolute Pest Control is dedicated to making your home safe. 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.

Preparing For Bedbug Treatment In Your Bedroom

How does one start preparing for bedbug treatment? It may seem daunting after getting told your have a bedbug problem or infestation. However, if you break it up into smaller steps, you’ll be ready in no time. See the steps below and contact us if you have any further questions.

Step 1

Bed Bugs can hide anywherePreparing for bedbug treatment starts with your bed. Next, remove all of the bedding. And, remove anything stored under the bed. You need to eliminate places for the bedbugs to hide.

Although, you have removed everything under your bed, you will leave it in the room to be treated. However, moving items occupied by bedbugs furthers the infestation. And, it can create more problems and cost for you.

Step 2

Next up in preparing for bedbug treatment is the closet. Similar to cleaning out under the bed, you need to clean out the closet. Be careful to keep the affected items in the room(s) being treated. This is a good time to reduce some of your unneeded clothing, shoes, etc. And, it will leave less places for pests to hide. The trash receptacle must be kept a far distance to the house until pickup time.

Step 3

Last in preparing for bedbug treatment is to make sure there are no further piles or items in the hallway outside the bedroom. Don’t give the bedbugs another safe haven during treatment. Keep the area clean for trained technicians. And, leave halls clean of debris for safety.

CONTACT US

If you have bugs, bugging you, call us to help make your home safe again.

Absolute Pest Control is dedicated to making your home safe. 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.

HOW DOES BUG SPRAY WORK?

If you’re going to enjoy spending time outside this summer, you’re going to need bug spray. Without it, a camping trip, picnic, or even a walk through the park becomes a “biting” Mosquito filled experience. What makes it so effective?

Most people just use the spray and think nothing about what it really made from. What’s it made of? How does it work? Is there a way to make it more effective? If you know how bug spray works, you’ll be able to protect yourself that much better. Here’s what we think you should know about what bug spray is, why to use it, and how to use it correctly.

HOW DOES BUG SPRAY REALLY WORK?

Most bug sprays you apply to your body are technically insect “repellents,” not insecticides. However, what that means is that the bug spray doesn’t kill bugs. The main goal of that spray is to keep them away from you. Most bug sprays accomplish this by disguising your scent.

Your body naturally produces carbon dioxide. Mosquitoes and other insects sense and track carbon dioxide from animals to find food. The chemicals in bug spray cover up the scent or smell of carbon dioxide. This blocks your smell from hunting insects. Most bug sprays smell repulsive and cover your scent to people and bugs. This deters them from biting you.

WHAT’S BUG SPRAY MADE OF?

Bug sprays consist of a concentrated dose of their active ingredient. However it’s the active ingredient in the bug spray is the chemical that masks carbon dioxide’s scent and deters insects. However, there are a number of chemicals commonly used as the active ingredient.

  • DEET is the most common active ingredient in bug spray. It’s a colorless, water-resistant synthetic chemical.
  • Citronella oil extracted from the leaves and stems of various Cymbopogon (lemongrass) plants.
  • Picaridin is a synthetic chemical ingredient. The chemicals resemble the natural compound piperine, which is found in plants that produce black pepper.
  • Oil derived from the leaves of eucalyptus trees.

Some bug sprays may use random ingredients not evaluated by the EPA. Some of these ingredients are called minimum risk pesticides. Therefore some chemicals are “proven” to be safe but have not been confirmed to be effective. We prefer the use of Picaridin as the active ingredient over DEET and other natural repellents.

HOW DO YOU USE BUG SPRAY PROPERLY AND SAFELY?

Absolute Pest Control recommends only using approved sprays. First, follow the directions on the can/bottle. Second, only use as directed. Never use more repellent than is recommended. Lastly, apply the spray to skin that’s exposed and over clothing is just as effective and minimizes your exposure to chemicals.

Don’t apply the spray to the face, eyes, hands, ears, inner ear, or mouth. Avoid spraying on any wounds or damaged skin. First, apply bug spray only when you’re outdoors. In addition, don’t breathe the spray when you are applying it. Above all, wash off bug spray when you’re done outside.

In conclusion, don’t use bug spray in abundance.

CONTACT US

If you have bugs, bugging you, call us to help make your yard fun again.

Absolute Pest Control is dedicated to making your home safe. 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.

Absolute Results, Absolute Service

Our purpose is to serve people, not to sell service.
Our success is completely dependent on how well we serve our customers.
Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.
We are accountable to do the right thing.

Service areas include Nashville, Smyrna, Murfreesboro, all of Middle Tennessee, and more!

Categories

Articles