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Bedbugs and Summer Travel

Stopping Bedbugs and Summer Travel Woes

The weather is warm. You have been saving your vacation time for the summer travel season. It may be the beach. It may be the mountains. But, you are going on vacation and will be staying in some type of rental. Possibly even taking public transportation. Well, we have gathered 6 common tips that stop bedbugs from coming home with you from your summer vacation.

Sheets and Mattresses

At any hotel, motel, Air BnB, cabin or even rental rv, pull back the sheets and inspect the mattress seams, especially at the corners. Look for stains or spots. If you see anything that look suspicious, notify the building management, and change rooms immediately. If they do not have another acceptable room, leave and find a new place to stay.

Bed Bugs can hide anywhere

Room Inspection

Upon entering your room or space, thoroughly inspect it before unpacking. Above all, behind the headboard and in/around sofas/chairs. If you see anything that look suspicious, notify the building management, and change rooms immediately. If they do not have another acceptable room, leave and find a new place to stay.

Switching Rooms

If you do need to change rooms, be sure that you do not move to a room adjacent or directly above or below the room with the suspected infestation. Bedbugs will hitchhike by means of the housekeeping carts, luggage, and through wiring or wall sockets. When an infestation spreads, is goes out like waves in the ocean. Adjoining rooms are the most susceptible.

Baggage

Place your suitcase, duffel bags, and other luggage in a plastic trash bags or protective covers during your trip. This ensures bedbugs cannot catch a ride on your baggage prior to leaving your vacation rental.

Stop The Hitchhikers

It is important to remember bed bugs spread by hitching rides with unsuspecting victims. After your trip, carefully inspect your suitcases, duffel bags, and backpacks before bringing them into the house. Leave them in a hot garage before vacuuming your baggage thoroughly. Garment hand steamers reduce bedbug hitchhikers by killing them before they can spread into your home.

Your Clothing

It is not fun to come home from a relaxing vacation and have to do a ton of laundry. However, it is imperative to wash all your clothing. This includes the ones that have not been worn. Use hot water to ensure that any bedbugs are not placed into your drawers, closets, or storage areas.

Check Ahead of Time

Don’t let bedbugs and summer travel be a bust. Here is a website to find out reported bedbug infestations. The Bedbug Registry. Always err on the side of caution and be informed.

The Bed Bug Registry exists to give travelers and renters a reliable and neutral platform for reporting their encounters with bed bugs. Though most Americans have still never come across one, these retro pests are spreading extremely quickly across American and Canadian cities.

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Bedbugs will get out of control quickly. Our technicians are trained and ready to help you and your family if you have a bedbug issue.

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.

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.

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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.

Full Service Mosquito Treatment

What is included in Full Service Mosquito Treatment?

It is that time of the year, you want to be using your yard for family time, cook outs, parties, and just to relax. However, mosquitos have the same idea. And, even though it’s just the females that are biting you, there is a way to get your yard back from the mosquitos!

Absolute Pest Control is proud to offer full service mosquito treatment for commercial and residential customers.

Chances are, if you have mosquitos biting, you have a breeding ground somewhere close to your property. We offer a FREE inspection to give you an estimate. Together with our help, you and your family’s outside enjoyment will increase.

Here is what’s included in full service mosquito treatment:

Our highly trained technician will arrive at your home or business and introduce themselves. In fact, for the safety and security of our clients, our technicians will always be in uniform with their name visible. If you are home, the technician will go over the service plan to explain the full details. If you are gone, the technician will leave a detailed form outlining what service was provided.

The technician starts with a visual inspection (things sometimes change from estimate to treatment date) looking for standing water. The stagnant water is a breeding ground for mosquitos and must be taken care of in order to properly rid your yard of eggs. Additionally, they look for blooming flowers. We take nature seriously and will not treat blooming flowers as to keep our bee population safe. We treat your property with care and remove any current and potential places for mosquitos to “move in”.

What’s Next?

Everyone knows treating a mosquito problem is a challenge. And, many factors are included int the success of the treatment. Having one treatment will not keep your yard free from mosquitos. Equally important, you must keep standing water from building up. You should do visual inspections around your property if a problem persists. In reality an ongoing treatment plan is important.

The initial treatment may have a slightly higher cost associated with it. While, subsequent treatments will have a lower fee because it is maintenance.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Where Do Bed Bugs Come From?

The name Bed Bug likely comes from the fact that they are small bugs found feeding on humans while they are asleep in their beds. Don’t quote us on that! They are found pretty much anywhere people are gathered. This includes: homes, apartments, churches, hotels, schools, offices, retail stores, and public transportation (buses, subways, etc.).

Some Fascinating Information About Bed Bugs:

Unfed bed bugs are a translucent brown. Well-fed ones are a dark brownish red in color. And, nymphs are translucent. They have 6 legs. Their shape is oval and flat when hungry. And then, oval and puffed up when engorged with blood. The length of the average bed bug is 1/4 inch long. These pest also come with antennae.

Where Are Bed Bugs:

Bed bugs are all over the United States.

Where Do Bed Bugs Live?

Bed bugs live in cracks and small cervices near humans. Because human beings are their food source. They can live in baseboards, mattresses, couches, behind wall paper, in upholstery, and other furniture. When they are hitching a ride from one place to another, they have been found in backpacks, public transportation, and in cars.

Will A Bite From A Bed Bug Kill Me?

It is extremely rare for a these pests bite to kill a human. At times, there are allergic reactions to bed bugs.

How Will I Know A Bed Bug Bit Me?

Bed bugs leave a red, swollen, itchy welt on your skin. People are most often bitten in the abdomen; but the bites can be anywhere on your body.

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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

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

COMMON PEST CONTROL THREATS IN HEALTHCARE FACILITIES

There are four main common pest control threats in healthcare facilities: Bed Bugs, Ants, Cockroaches, and Rodents. Each of those pests brings their own problems and/or diseases that can harm the healthcare facility residents. When you are doing a tour of a nursing home (or similar facility) make sure you look closely at the mattress and in the corners of places for signs of pest infestations.

Bed Bugs

Are bed bugs a common pest control threat in healthcare facilities? Yes, they certainly are. Bed bugs can come from anywhere. From the nicest hotels to the dirtiest of homes (and all places in between). Many bed bugs are transported without knowledge of the person moving them from place to place.

What can you do? When moving yourself or a loved one into a facility, take a close look at the mattress. Are there any blood spots around the seams? That is a hugs red flag that bed bugs have been there. When returning from a stay, always unpack your luggage in the garage. Then, wash and dry your clothing on high heat.

Ants

Are ants a common pest control threat at healthcare facilities? Yes, again! Ants are social insects. So if you see one, chances are there are many behind the walls. Most ants are a nuisance. But, Pharaoh Ants, are the real problem. Our research shows that these Pharaoh ants are drawn to intravenous units, medical preparation stations, and open wounds. Added the hazardousness of these ants, they can transmit diseases such as Salmonella and Streptococcus.

Cockroaches

Are cockroaches a common pest control threat at healthcare facilities? Double yes for this answer! Cockroaches are known to be a hazard in all homes or businesses. These small insects carry disease and are particularly hard to get rid of. There is the possibility of transmitting over 30 different types of bacteria and six types of parasitic worms. E. Coli and Salmonella are the most common type of bacteria transmitted via cockroaches. If the cockroaches are in the cafeteria, you can imagine the problems that would ensue.

Rodents

Are rodents a common pest control threat at healthcare facilities? Rodents like mice and rats are the last common threat at healthcare facilities topic. Did you know that inhaling the dust of mice and rats can leave you with Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS)? Yes. These contaminants can get into the drinking water or food. The symptoms mirror the flu and can be deadly if not treated properly and quickly.

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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.

Do You Suffer From Musophobia?

Musophobia? What Is It?

Musophobia is the fear of mice. And, it is the one of the most common fears (besides arachnophobia). Musophobia is also known as Suriphobia and Murophobia.

What Causes People To Suffer From Musophobia?

When a person has a traumatic experience that has a mouse or mice as the main villains, they may develop Musophobia. It is the brain’s protective mechanism to shield the person from being in the same situation again. Sounds reasonable, but can actually be difficult to control in the grand scheme of things. Living your life in fear of mice can leave people afraid to leave their homes.

How Can You Tell If You Suffer From Musophobia?

If you have a true clinical fear of mice, you will exhibit several types of symptoms depending on the degree you suffer from Musophobia. Common symptoms include general anxiety, panic, shortness of breathe, irregular heart rate, sweating, nausea, and overall dread. These symptoms can be brought on by multiple events. The thought of seeing a mouse. Walking through an alley way. Or even seeing a mouse on TV. If you feel like you have Musophobia, consult a health care professional.

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Absolute Pest Control is dedicated to making your home safe for you family. If you suffer from Musophobia, let us give you peace of mind.

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.

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