5 Pest Prevention Tips for Winter

Most homeowners think of summer as “bug season.” But winter pests are also a major problem for homeowners in Woodstock. The cold weather drives rodents and insects indoors, where they have free access to food, water, and shelter. Studies show that 21% of homeowners have had a rodent problem, and 45% of rodent infestations occur during winter months. Protect All Pest Control has a few tips to give you a pest-free winter.

5 Winter Pest Control Tips

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  1. Mind the gap. You’d be amazed at how small an opening mats and rats can squeeze through. It just needs to be big enough for their skull—and they can chew it bigger! Seal any gaps, holes, or cracks that could be entryways into your home.
  2. Remove temptation. Your kitchen is a free buffet for winter pests, especially around the holidays. Instead of wrapping leftover cookies in plastic wrap, seal all your food in airtight containers.
  3. Deep clean. Crumbs on the carpet and the sweet scent of garbage tell pests that there’s a vacancy in your home. Wipe down counters, vacuum regularly, and empty the garbage as often as possible.
  4. Brush off brush. Do you have firewood stacked by the house, a pile of molding leaves by the porch, or a bunch of brush that never got hauled off during the burn ban? Outdoor scraps are a good place for insects and rodents to hide (and to sneak into your home when you’re not looking). If you can’t get rid of them, pile organic debris and downed tree limbs far away from the house.

Have you detected a winter pest infestation in your Woodstock home? Call Protect All Pest Control.

Do You Have a Rodent Problem?

It’s getting cold outside! This time of year bring about the family gatherings and holiday cheer. This is rodent control Acworthbecause once we transition from summer to fall, the critters outside will want to move indoors with us. It’s critter season! All of those squirrels, mice and similar pests that you forgot about when spring rolled around are coming home for the fall and winter, your home! The signs aren’t always obvious that we have a critter problem, so how can we determine for ourselves? Protect All Pest Control, located in and around Acworth, GA, has these warning signs to look out for!

Warning Signs of a Rodent Problem

  • What time of year is it? Like we stated before that cooler months tend to push these pests from the outdoors and into where it is a bit warmer. Start looking for warning signs when the weather cools.
  • Check for chewing. From wires to insulation, check all of the things for unfamiliar wear and tear. This might be an indication that a rat or squirrel has been chewing on them.
  • Droppings. This is a pretty sure sign that an unwelcome guest might be inhabiting your home.
  • Sounds that go bump in the night. If you are hearing strange noises like scratching or scurrying, it might be a signal to call in the experts. Often times, homeowners will not see the critters, but they might hear them.
  • Stains and Smells. Are you finding inexplicable stains around your home? Or can’t seem to get rid of that smell no matter how often you clean? This too, might be another sign that you have a furry little roommate.

If you are experiencing any of these warning signs listed above, contact us! We will come out quickly and asses the issue. You can also keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus!

Cockroach Control 101

Spiders, beetles and small insects are bad, but lets face it…roaches are the absolute worst; especially when they’ve set up camp in your own home. They’re fast, there’s plenty of them and they follow you.

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Don’t let these little buggers get into your home!

How’d they get here?

Roaches check out your place by crawling through tiny spaces around doors, pipes and other open spaces. They invade homes seeking out warmth, moisture and darkness. Contrary to popular belief, they aren’t attracted to mess, however leaving a sandwich on the table for 72 hours won’t necessarily help.

What kinds of roaches do I have?

While we categorize them generally as all cockroaches, there are variations of them.

  • German Cockroach: These multiply quickly and nest in kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Brownbanded Cockroach: These thrive in hotter/dryer regions and nest at eye level and higher locations.
  • Oriental Cockroach: These are drawn to humid areas, often called water bugs.
  • American Cockroach: These are also drawn to humid and hot areas, sometimes referred to as “palmetto bug.”

How do I get rid of them?

  • It’s tempting just to spray pesticide wherever and call it a day, but putting a little more strategy into it will help. Take away the things they need; warm shelter, food and water. Think about where you see them most, and find the source.
  • Set up roach traps with sticky glue.
  • In the meantime, organize piled newspapers, cardboard boxes, paper bags and general areas where they can hide.
  • Make sure food is in containers.
  • Do a deep clean, including vacuuming, sweeping, wiping, etc.
  • Take out the trash often.
  • There are a million home remedies out there, and many of them work! Here’s 10 you can try.

Want a professional? We’ve got you covered. Protect All Pest Control specializes in roach removal! Give us a call at 770-212-9990. 

DIY Flea Repellents!

This time of year we love to let our pets roam outside. They roll in the grass, play with other animals and seem to have a blast. It’s all fun and games, until you see that first flea.  It seems like such a hassle going to the vet for flea removal, and most medicine can get all gooey and gross. These few repellents are easy to throw together, and they’re natural!

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Keep your pets safe and keep fleas out!

DIY Flea and Tick Spray

Ingredients:
-8 oz. apple cider
-4 oz. warm water
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-Spray bottle
-Funnel

Directions:
1. Pour all ingredients into a spray bottle.
2. Apply to pet and brush daily to every other day.
3. Comb through fur.
4. Do a daily check or fleas/ticks whether or not you spray it that day or not!

Homemade Flea Powder

Ingredients:
-1 cup food grade diatomaceous earth
-1/2 cup neem powder
-1/2 cup yarrow powder
-20 drops eucalyptus essential oil (leave this out if it’s for cats)!

Directions:
1. Mix all ingredients together and put in a shaker top container.
2. Apply from head to tail along your pets spine in dry condition. Brush your pets fur going the opposite direction so the powder comes in contact with the skin. Avoid the eyes and nose. Rub the powder onto the belly and legs as well. Try to get the flea powder on as much skin as possible.

Tip: Fleas seem to like the tails, area right above the tail and the belly/groin area. Concentrate a lot on those areas!

Here are a few other DIY repellents we found helpful:

Still need help with fleas? Protect All Pest Control does a complete home inspection prior to treatment! We’ll use only the safest products in your home, and educate you on all things fleas. Give us a call at 770-212-9990. 

 

Control And Banish Bed Bugs!

They’re not attracted to dirt, they’re small, and they can’t fly…but they can bite! Bed bugs are commonly found in hotels and inns. They tend to crawl from the infested bedding and furniture into your luggage, ready to infest your home (and your body) when you return home. Once introduced in your home, they can spread easily from one room to another, and once spread, can take weeks to months to control. Luckily, you can prevent bugs when you travel and while in your home.

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Here’s a few things you can do to get rid of bed bugs!

1. Inspect. Bed bugs most often hide near where you sleep because you are their food source. Also, remember that they tend to prefer wood or fabric over plastic and metal. When inspecting for bed bugs, check for live and dead bugs, rusty stains, small spots of red/black fecal matter, tiny cream-colored eggs, and pale yellow skins that nymphs shed as they grow. Look in cushions, carpet edges, loose wallpaper, dark cracks, headboards, etc.

2. Declutter. Cluttered areas are bad because it allows the bugs a place to hide. Cleaning regularly will make inspection easier and prevent bugs from gathering. Get rid of items that you no longer use, or that cannot be washed, heated or steam cleaned. If your mattress has holes or multiple tears, think about replacing it!

3. Vaccuum. Suck up those bugs, and their eggs! You may have to take the attachment off the vaccuum to really get in those deep crevices. The floor is only the start; consider vacuuming your mattress, bed seams, box spring, bed frame, joints and bed curtains.

4. Do Laundry. Wash and dry your infested clothes and bedding with warm water and high heat. Around 120 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal. To be completely safe, consider washing and drying twice. For items that can only be dry cleaned, use a hot dryer for at least 30 minutes.

5. Steam. Steam cleaners emit steam at a minimum temperature of 100 degrees Celsius and bed bugs generally die at 50 degrees Celsius, or about 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Steam clean mattresses, upholstery and items that can’t be washed. You can choose a dry steam or a low vapor steamer that leaves behind less moisture.

Protect All Pest Control specializes in bed bug infestations! You’ll be on your way to a stress free and pest free house with our quick and effective services. Contact us at 770-212-9990!

How To: Have A Pest-Free Backyard BBQ

It doesn’t matter who you are; everybody loves a good old fashioned backyard BBQ in the summer. From the mouth watering ribs to the refreshing ice cold beers, everything seems perfect. Until you spot it…a fly just landed on your plate. A mosquito bites your leg, or a bee just stung your child. It’s no secret pests like to hover around food…but don’t worry! These tips will ensure a pest-free BBQ in no time.

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No one wants bugs on this delicious food!

How Do I Keep Pests Away?

  • Bring insect repellent! Most mosquito are active at dusk and dawn. If you are planning an evening BBQ, we recommend buying a repellent that includes EPA-registered active ingredients like Picaridin or DEET. Here are Amazon’ top rated insect repellents.
  • Keep scented candles and flower away from the area. Stinging insects are highly attracted to fragrances!
  • Provide clear plastic cups for your guests. Aluminum cans and plastic bottles are good hiding places for pests.
  • Patch up holes! Before your BBQ, make sure you repair any holes in screen doors or windows where bugs could enter the home. Also, remind your guests to keep doors shut!
  • Avoid mess. Insects are attracted to the sweet syrupy smells of sodas and sugary drinks. Avoid spills and keep food in containers or coolers.
  • Remove or drain standing water. These are often a breeding source for mosquitoes. Keep in mind this could be anything from bird baths to garden pools.

If you’re still concerned about pests being a nuisance at your event, consider bringing in a professional! Protect All Pest Control is more than happy to get pests out. Check out our website for a list of services or give us a call at 770-212-9990 and you’ll be on your way to a pest free BBQ!

 

Summer is Prime Time for Bed Bug Infestations

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The only things you should bring home from your summer vacation are happy memories!

Here in Woodstock, Kennesaw, and Acworth, summer is the season when we celebrate the little things in life- a cold popsicle on a blazing hot Georgia afternoon, watching fireflies from the front porch on a sultry evening, backyard barbecues with friends on the weekend- but unfortunately those are not the only “little things” that come with summer. It’s also a major season for bed bug infestations!

Increased need for professional bed bug treatment

Pest control companies have been seeing more and more cases of bed bug infestations over the last decade. According to this year’s survey of pest control professionals by the National Pest Management Association, 99.6 percent had applied bed bug treatment in the past year. But 15 years prior, that number was only 25 percent.

Why is summer the season of bed bugs?

While a bed bug infestation can happen at any time of the year, summer is particularly risky due to summer vacations. Increased travel from home to hotel means that unsuspecting homeowners end up bringing bed bugs home in their clothes and luggage. Missy Henriksen of the National Pest Management Association says,

Our survey has found that residential settings and hotels continue to be the top places where pest professionals are finding and treating for bed bugs. As summer travelers eagerly visit destinations, new and familiar, it’s important to remind them that the best way to stem the spread of bed bugs is to be vigilant during and after their trip.

How to banish bed bugs

At Protect All Pest Control, we provide bed bug treatments in Kennesaw, Woodstock, Acworth, and throughout the north metro Atlanta area. By the time you see the signs of an infestation, it’s already a pest control code red, so don’t wait– call us immediately for bed bug treatment so we can help you banish bugs from your home or business!

Give us a call at 770-212-9990 to discuss our residential and commercial pest control services today, and be sure to check out our tips to avoid bringing bed bugs back from vacation.

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Worst Mosquito City: Atlanta

Kennesaw mosquito controlThere are many things to love about living in metro Atlanta- but the mosquito population isn’t one of them. If you’ve ever felt like you can’t walk out your front door without getting eaten alive, you’re not alone. According to a list published recently in USA Today, Atlanta is the worst mosquito city in the U.S.! In fact, 9 of the top 20 worst mosquito cities were in the Southeast- no surprise considering our warm climate, high humidity, and plenty of sources of standing water.

Cities on the list were ranked according to the highest number of customers paying for mosquito control services. Mosquito control can greatly improve your enjoyment of your yard and all outdoor spaces, but beyond that, reducing the risk of mosquito bites can also protect your family’s health.

Mosquitoes can carry a variety of serious viral diseases, including West Nile virus, Eastern Equine encephalitis virus, and chikungunya. Wearing bug spray can help, but eliminating sources of standing water is key. Empty bird baths and rain barrels, make sure there are no children’s toys collecting rain water, and check your gutters to make sure they are draining properly.

Unfortunately, even by taking all of those precautions, you may still have a mosquito problem. That’s where we can help with mosquito treatments in Kennesaw, Woodstock, Acworth, and throughout the north metro Atlanta area. Give us a call or contact us online today to discuss our mosquito control options and get an estimate. Our experienced team here at Protect All Pest Control can help, so you can actually enjoy your own backyard this summer!

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Are You Attracting Termites? Learn What NOT To Do!

termites treatments KennesawIt’s termite season in Georgia, and at Protect All Pest Control we are here to help with termite treatments in Woodstock, Kennesaw, Acworth, and Canton. These wood destroying organisms can cause expensive property damage, so it’s important to know the signs of an infestation and call for termite control immediately if you suspect these pests are present in or around your home.

Are you making any of these common homeowner mistakes that attract termites?

Keeping woodpiles near your house- Termites eat wood, so keeping a wood pile right next to your  home is basically inviting every termite around to an all-you-can-eat buffet. They can easily migrate from the wood pile to the structure of your home. To reduce the risk of termite infestation, keep your woodpile at least 20 feet away from your house, and ideally, at least 5 inches off the ground.

Using wood mulch near your foundation- Wood mulch is a common landscaping staple here in the north Atlanta area, but what many homeowners don’t know is that they are putting their homes at risk of termite infestation. To prevent termites from being drawn to your mulch and then coming into your home, make sure there is at least a 15 inch gap between your mulch and foundation.

Leaving your gutters clogged- Termites seek moisture, so allowing your gutters to get clogged with leaves and debris creates the perfect damp environment for termites. From there, they can damage your insulation and migrate elsewhere into your home. It’s also important to make sure you have downspouts that direct water flow away from your foundation and prevent accumulation. Pools of stagnant water can easily attract termites, as well as other unwanted pests like mosquitoes.

Regular termite inspections can help you catch these property-destroying pests early, so give us a call at 770-212-9990 or contact us online to schedule your termite inspection in Kennesaw, Woodstock, or elsewhere in north Atlanta.

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3 Reasons to Schedule a Mosquito Treatment Now

Kennesaw mosquito controlIt’s time to schedule mosquito treatments for your home so you can enjoy the great outdoors this summer! We can help with pest control in Kennesaw, Woodstock, Acworth, or Canton- just give us a call or contact us online to get an estimate.

Reason #1: No more itchy bites

Do you love hanging out in your backyard? If not, would you love it if not for the bugs? If you want to enjoy a summer full of playing with your kids, dining alfresco, and entertaining friends under the stars, you should call us for mosquito control treatments in north metro Atlanta. Citronella candles and oil lamps only do so much, whereas our mosquito treatments are highly effective and last much longer.

Reason #2: Prevent disease

Besides their annoying itchiness, mosquito bites can transmit a variety of diseases. According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, mosquitoes in Georgia are known to carry West Nile virus, Eastern Equine encephalitis virus, and LaCross virus. Cases of mosquito-borne Saint Louis encephalitis have also been reported. These viruses are in full force from late spring through early fall due to our warm temperatures, so right now is the prime time to schedule mosquito control.

Reason #3: We provide pollinator-aware mosquito control

At our Woodstock and Kennesaw pest control company, we understand the importance of bees to our environment and the threats facing bee populations. When you choose us for mosquito control, you can rest assured that we provide pollinator-aware mosquito control, just one more example of our overall commitment to Integrated Pest Management. In short, IPM is an approach to pest control that uses the most efficient and least-toxic methods possible to achieve the desired result in order to reduce risk to your family, animals, home, and the environment.

Don’t let the mosquitoes keep you inside while the summer slips away! Give us a call today at 770-212-9990 to schedule an estimate for our pest control services in Kennesaw, Woodstock, and throughout north Atlanta.

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