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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Ways Your Home is Attractive to Pests
Some homes are more prone to pest control issues than others. And, it isn’t just because they are dirty. Below are the most common 5 Ways Your Home is Attractive to Pests.
Pests are attracted to moisture from your HVAC unit, leaky pipes, and standing water. All insects need water to survive. Your HVAC drain pipe must be diverted away from your home. Occasional inspections of visible pipe and easily seen water sources like toilets and sinks. If you see discoloration from a leaky pipe behind a wall, you must fix it quickly. No insect loves standing water more than a mosquito. They are a breeding zones for annoying mosquitoes. Never leave a bucket out to fill with rain water.
One of the easiest ways for insects to get into your home is through ripped, missing, or damaged screens. Inspecting your screens twice a year will reduce the path of the insects tenfold. Screens are especially effective at keeping flies out. House flies are strongly suspected of transmitting at least 65 diseases to humans, including typhoid fever, dysentery, cholera, poliomyelitis, yaws, anthrax,tularemia, leprosy and tuberculosis.
Crumbs or Food Debris
Crumbs lying around the counter will attract pests in no time. After cooking always put your food away and wipe down counters. Occasionally sweeping beside the stove and behind the refrigerator is helpful. Pantry shelves are a common place for crumbs to gather and move to the back. Cleaning your trash cans and verifying they have latching lids will keep animals like raccoons out of them.
When you have a cluttered home, even if it’s clean, you are asking for inspects and pests to move in. Stacks of magazines next to a table creates a very nice, dark, safe space for spiders. Multiple small appliances on counters may hide debris. Over filled kitchen cabinets can host silver fish.
Cracks and Holes
Cracks in your exterior allows insects to find shelter from the elements. A hole allows larger animals to make there way into your home, attic, basement, or crawlspace. Fill or repair minor cracks and perform inspections. Holes can be patched, have screens installed, or covered. Make sure you hire an expert for complicated repairs.
5 Ways Your Home is Attractive to Pests
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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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Are Holiday Pests Ruining Your Christmas Yummies?
Ban Holiday Pests! During this holiday season you will make or receive lots of yummy cookies, treats and desserts. There are 3 ways to make sure holiday pests don’t ruin your holiday treats.
Inspect Packages- Don’t let bugs into your home in the first place. There are many bugs already hiding in boxes, paper packaging and plastic bins. Before letting any of those into the house, inspect them. Look in the corners, the glued sides and shake out any paper or plastic used to keep breakables safe.
Seal Cracks & Crevices- The best way to stop pests from coming in is to block their entrance points. If you have cracks in your walls, gaps in doors or windows or settling near fireplaces.
Store Your Food Properly- Loosely closed packages are like a drive thru for pests. They don’t even have to make an effort to get the nourishment they need. Make sure you utilize airtight containers for floor, sugar, spices, cereal, crackers, etc. You will make it difficult for those pests to get into your food. And, by removing the items from their often cardboard packaging, you are reducing another source of food.
Don’t let Holiday Pests ruin your fun! If you see bugs, pests or the messes they leave behind, give us a call at Absolute Pest Control. One of our skilled technicians will come out to your home for a FREE INSPECTION. Call 615-220-1933 today!
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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!
How to Get Rid of Ants Quickly
9 Simple Steps
Ants! Thousands of them crawling around your windows, on the floor, in your bed, and even on you! Want to know how to get rid of ants?
First and foremost, it’s best to call Absolute Pest Control and schedule an appointment for them to come and properly get rid of the ants. But what can you do to alleviate the situation before Absolute can come to your house?
If you want to how to get rid of ants, here are a few things you can do:
- The first step in how to get rid of ants is to pinpoint the location the ants use to enter your house. Walk around outside and see if you see an anthill with a trail leading to your house.
- After you find the ants’ entry point, use something to prevent any more ants from reaching the house such as petroleum jelly or talc. This will prevent any more ants from entering your home.
- Use a wet towel or sponge to wipe up the line of ants coming from the anthill.
- Spray the trail with ant killer or any household cleaner, but make sure you get the entire colony.
- Once you’ve prevented any more ants from entering your home, kill any single ants you may find. These are called “scouts” and if they make it back to the colony, they’ll tell all the other ants where their food source is.
- Find out where the ants are gathering inside your home and use a boric acid/sugar/water solution to lure them out. This works as both a bait and an insecticide.
- If you see any more ants, sprinkle some talcum powder around and then vacuum them up.
- To prevent ants from reaching certain areas of your house, you can mix a teaspoon of rubbing alcohol, two teaspoons of liquid soap, and water. This will act as a deterrent the ants.
- Call Absolute Pest Control
This will greatly help you know how to get rid of ants, but it is far from a perfect solution. While effective, these steps are only a temporary fix. There may be quite a few more colonies outside and inside your home, and you are bound do miss a few of them, so it is extremely important that you call Absolute and schedule an appointment so that we can properly and permanently get rid of ants so you can enjoy yourself and your home without worrying about those pesky insects.
Again, follow the 9 steps to get rid of ants and prevent them from getting inside. To get started on making your home ant-free call Absolute Pest Control at 615-220-1933 or click here to schedule an appointment today!
Is a Cow Killer Ant really an Ant?
During the summer we hear more about ants and wasps bothering people in their backyards. We get extra calls for ants near grills and outdoor kitchens. Part of this can be resolved by keeping the area cleaner. However, if you see a “Cow Killer Ant” in your yard or grass take heed. These are not even ants. They are in the family of Mutillidae; a large group of wasps. The wingless females wasps are sometimes referenced as Velvet Ants. They get that name because of the thick hair on their bodies that can often be red or orange and in some instances it is black, silver, white or gold.
These color patterns are used to send a visual warning to other animals about a painful sting that the Cow Killer Ant will deliver when necessary. Due to the amount of pain administered through a sting or “bite” they have been nicknamed the Cow Killer Ant. Other people nickname them Velvet Ants because of the think hair. And, occasionally they are nicknamed Panda Ants if they are found with the Black and White hair. Whatever you call them, you should avoid them!
They are not real ants because they do not have worker ants, drones or queens. When the cow killer ants are alarmed they made a chirping or squeaking noise when they are alarmed.
How To Keep Pests Away From Your Summer BBQ
The 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
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
No 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
If 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
No 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
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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What do Termites, Ants, Wood Chips and Mulch all have in common? Pest Control issues if they are used around the perimeter of your home!
Here are some common questions we answer frequently about landscaping materials and pests that can damage your home.
Q. Does the use of Wood Chips and Mulch attract termites and ants to your home?
A. No, that is a commonly heard myth.
Q. Are Pine Needles a good replacement to Mulch?
A. Unfortunately, no. That is just another form of wood-type covering.
Q. Why are wood products bad for landscaping?
A. It isn’t wood per se that is the problem. It is the moisture that is under the Wood Chips or Mulch that can really bring on a problem. So you can use wood mulch around mailboxes or other landscaping that is far away from your home.
Q. So if Wood Chips and Mulch do not attract termites and ants, why do people tell me that?
A. Subterranean termite colonies feed off of the decaying wood in mulch and other wood landscaping products that homeowners use to help flowers and bushes survive in heat. The termite colonies send out workers to locate food and water sources. While the colony eats the current find another group is out foraging for the newest food source. If you think about mulch filled plant beds placed around your home, you may be setting your home up for multiple termite colonies. It is not a far road for termites to leave the mulch and start in on the wood in your home. Ants are also attracted to some mulches. It comes down to not attracting ants to your home and not providing a food source for termites.
No one wants termites and you can get them even without using wood chips or mulch. However by avoiding triggers like using mulch and wood chips in your landscaping around your home, can reduce the chances of having a termite problem in your home. We also offer a pretreatment plan that can help keep your home termite free. If you are interested contact our office HERE or call us today: 615-220-1933.
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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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