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.

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

9 Things To Love About Opossums

How can we find 9 things to love about opossums? It’s easy! They are one of the most common mammals located in cities and towns. People think that they are scary or gross. But, really they are just misunderstood.

#1 Opossums Are Marsupial

Opossums are North America’s only marsupial. Most marsupials live in Australia. Koalas and Kangaroos, like Opossums, have very short pregnancies. Only 12 days. That is before the babies are fully formed!

#2

Who doesn’t love a cute baby animal? And, opossums are no different. Their babies are adorable.

#3

Like the big bad wolf, they have lots of teeth. They have more teeth than any other mammal! 50 teeth.

#4

Opossums are immune to rabies. Which means you cannot get rabies from an Opossum.

#5

They are hitch hikers. Baby opossums ride around on their mother’s backs. Just another way that these are some seriously cute mammals.

#6

They are adaptable to situations. Being picky, that’s not in their vocabulary. Opossums will live and eat almost anything. Cat food, is a favorite. The best part of their diet is the insects, mice, fruit, and trash.

#7

Opossums kick your garden slug free. Slugs and snails eating your garden? Opossums eat those too!

#8

Ticks vs Opossum = Opossum wins! These mammals will eat ticks too! These not so friendly creatures eat so many pests that bother humans.

#9

Can you believe they eat snakes too?! Snakes are no match for the opossum. And, they are immune to many types of snake venom.

Here are 9 Things To Love About Opossums. We hope you will learn to love opossums like we do. Loved this article? Read more HERE.

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Why Do I Have Fleas In My Murfreesboro Home?

Do you ask yourself “Why do I have fleas in my Murfreesboro home?” Sadly, fleas are a common problem for people. And, they are so irritating. They can be pesky and hard to treat. However, we can get rid of your flea problem inside and out.

What Are Fleas?

Fleas are tiny, wingless pests that feed on warm blooded mammals. There are 2500 different species of fleas! All of those parasitic fleas are feasting on humans, cats, dogs, etc. Adults eat 15 times their body weight in blood daily. Their jumping skills are amazing. They can jump 6 inches and hitch rides with passing animals or humans. Females lay 40-50 eggs per day. Your pets acquire fleas from kennels, groomers, other animals, other wildlife, in yards, or at the park.

“Do I Have Fleas”?

If you are asking “Do I Have Fleas?”, chances are you have fleas or some other pest. If it is a new residence, put on a pair of long white socks and visit each room. You can easily see fleas on the white socks. If your pets suddenly start itching nothing has changed, it’s probably fleas.

Flea Prevention

Maintaining a regular pest control program will reduce the likelihood of your home getting fleas. Using a high quality flea collar or flea treatment on your pets is very good. Regular treatment of your yard also prevents fleas. Do not bring outdoor rugs or furnishings inside your home.

If You Find Yourself Wondering “Why Do I Have Fleas In My Murfreesboro Home?” Contact Us

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.

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

winged termites don't sleep

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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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.

New Year - Routine Running Playlist

Happy January – Do You Have A Running Playlist?

We have combed through Spotify to find an invigorating playlist for your running enjoyment. Having a heathy attitude will pass over to your home life. And, this will keep your home healthy and happy. Many of our clients that focus on personal health first, have a home that tends to push away unhealthy pests. All the while, they allow non-harming pests to co-exist.

Many people look for a motivating playlist on Spotify for their exercise. Spotify is one of the most popular apps for music. Secondly, Pandora is another. First, we want to encourage exercise, as sedentary has become the new smoking. Second, we understand that this may not to be the ONE for you. But, you won’t know until you try. This one is called Best Running Playlist and is provided by RunnersCalendar. They tout as the best and give you this message:

“We have selected the 100 best songs for you when running and working out. Subscribe & Enjoy! – by the team of www.runnerscalendar.com”

Here is a highest list of the songs they consider the best:

Runaway (U & I) by Galantis

Power by Kanye West

I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas

Can’t Hold U by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Beautiful Day by U2

And, many more.

If you have started your New Year with a healthy mindset that includes running… then this is THE Running Playlist for you! If for some reason this doesn’t motivate you, by all means keep searching or make your own. Then, share your newly created list to help encourage others to exercise!

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