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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Kennesaw Pest Control for Home and Business

Kennesaw exterminator You may not have known, but at Protect All Pest Control we provide not only residential pest control for homeowners in the north Atlanta area, but also commercial pest control for businesses large and small in Kennesaw, Woodstock, Acworth, and other local communities.

Safe pest control methods

In both residential and commercial settings we use Integrated Pest Management, or IPM. This pest control approach combines our expert knowledge of pests- what they eat, how they infiltrate your space, how to get rid of them, etc.- with environmental and safety knowledge in order to solve your pest control problem in the safest, least-invasive, and most efficient way.

By strategically deploying pest control methods that fit your exact situation, we are able to minimize the use of toxic chemicals. When we do use toxic methods, we do so in the safest and most effective way, to maximize the effect on your problem while minimizing exposure to people, animals, and the environment.

Commercial pest control

At Protect All Pest Control, we make it easy and affordable for you to keep pests out of the way so you can enjoy life at home and keep your business thriving. Our Kennesaw pest control services are especially important for restaurants, coffee shops, catering companies, bakeries, hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts, and any other type of food service or hospitality business, as well as educational and medical settings like day cares, nursing homes, hospitals, clinics, and schools. But let’s be honest- no matter what type of business you have, pest control is important to keep your workspace healthy and your customers comfortable.

If you’re looking for a residential or commercial pest control company in Kennesaw, Woodstock, Acworth, or Canton, contact us today for an estimate.

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Rise of the Bugs: Call Now for Summer Pest Control

Woodstock mosquito controlThe temperature is rising, flowers are in bloom, and unfortunately, pesky bugs are out in force! From wasps and yellow jackets, to roaches and ants, to the scourge of every backyard barbecue, the dreaded mosquito, it’s time to make a stand and protect your home with affordable, effective pest control from Protect All Pest Control.

We provide residential pest control in Woodstock, Kennesaw, Acworth, and Canton to help you enjoy a clean, healthy home and a bite-free yard all summer long. Read on to see what you’re up against this summer and how we can help you kick pests to the curb.

The Usual Suspects: Pest Control’s Most Wanted

  • Roaches– These home invaders can carry bacteria and allergens, not to mention the fact that they’re just plain gross. Here in Georgia we have a double whammy to worry about, since both German cockroaches and American cockroaches (aka palmetto bugs) are found here. Fortunately, if you need roach extermination, we can help. Our Integrated Pest Management approach not only eradicates the infestation, but also includes providing some tips to prevent future roach problems.
  • Ants– From fire ants in your yard to black ants in your kitchen, these pests are especially prone to making their presence known during the summer. We can help you take your home back with fire ant treatments for your yard so you and your family can enjoy barefoot summer days, and we can also treat  your home to get rid of ant infestations in the kitchen, bathroom, or any other area where ants have taken hold.
  • Mosquitoes- Last but certainly not least when it comes to summer annoyances is the mosquito. These blood-sucking insects can take the fun out of your outdoor living spaces, and can even transmit serious diseases like West Nile virus, dengue, and yellow fever. If you have a mosquito problem it’s time to take back your yard and call us for mosquito treatments in Woodstock, Kennesaw, and throughout Cherokee and Cobb counties.

For an estimate on any of our north metro Atlanta pest control services, contact us online or call us at 770-212-9990.

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Get Ready for Spring with Mosquito Treatments

mosquito treatments in WoodstockSpring is here and it’s time to enjoy spending time outdoors in your backyard with your family and friends. If last season left you with memories of being attacked by mosquitoes every time you stepped out the door, it’s time to take action. This year, take back your backyard and prevent the mosquito onslaught by putting an end to these pests. We can help with professional mosquito treatments in Woodstock, Kennesaw, and Acworth, allowing you to enjoy barbecuing, swimming and playing with your kids in your yard once again.

More Than a Nuisance

Everyone knows how itchy mosquito bites can be and it can be especially hard on your little ones. However, it is not just the itch you need to worry about; mosquito-borne diseases can make you, your family and even your pets extremely ill.

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, diseases including West Nile, Eastern Equine encephalitis, and LaCrosse viruses are circulated each year around the state through contact with infected mosquitoes. Last year, Georgia saw the appearance of the first cases of the Chikungunya virus, which previously appeared in tropical areas.

Proactive and Safe Mosquito Treatment

You may be wondering whether mosquito treatments are safe for your family and the environment. Once our products have been applied, you just need to wait until they have dried on the grass before re-entering your yard. Unlike some other treatments, our mosquito treatment is pollinator aware does not pose a danger to honey bees once it has dried. Our technicians will also perform a thorough inspection of your yard to seek out areas that may attract mosquitoes.

Don’t put up with mosquitoes this year! Call us for all your mosquito and other pest control needs in Woodstock, Kennesaw, Acworth and Canton.

 

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Flea Season Tips for Your Pets and Home

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Keep your furry friends flea-free!

With the arrival of warmer weather, your dog or cat is at risk for attracting fleas, especially if they spend a lot of time outdoors. The fleas come in on your pet, fall off in your house, and take up residence in your carpets, furniture and bedding. Once they’ve infiltrated your home, they’ll continuously lay eggs and multiply into a full-blown infestation that’s difficult if not impossible to exterminate without the help of a professional pest control company.

Flea-borne disease and health hazards

Fleas aren’t only a nuisance; they also present a health hazard to both your pets and family. Their bites can cause:

  • Itchy allergic reactions
  • The spread of parasites, such as tapeworms
  • Skin infections
  • Anemia

How to prevent and treat flea infestations

You can help protect your pets and home and avoid infestations by following these tips:

  • Watch your pets for signs of fleas, such as excessive scratching, licking, or flea dirt (dried blood on their skin).
  • Bathe your pets after coming in contact with other pets, such as in dog parks, vet visits, or boarding.
  • Keep the grass in your yard trimmed and keep your pets away from tall grass where fleas live.
  • Wash your pet’s bedding, gear, and stuffed toys often in the warmest water possible.
  • Frequently vacuum your floors, rugs, and furniture.
  • Launder your bed linens in hot water.

If you do end up with a flea infestation, don’t panic- but don’t delay, either. You’ll need the assistance of a pest control company to rid your home of these uninvited guests. That’s where we come in at Protect All Pest Control! Give us a call at 770-212-9990 for professional and safe flea treatment in Woodstock, Kennesaw, Acworth, and Canton.

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Warming Means Swarming: It’s Termite Season in Georgia

Woodstock GA termite inspectionsBuds are appearing on the trees and spring is in the air, but there’s another, less pleasant (OK, completely unpleasant!) sign of spring that you may have missed- swarming termites.

As the winter chill fades and temperatures creep upwards into 70 degrees or more, termites start to swarm in the southeastern United States. Here in the north Atlanta areas of Kennesaw, Woodstock, Acworth, and Canton, it’s time to keep an eye out for signs of termite infestation, or better yet, schedule your annual termite inspection.

Know thy enemy: Subterranean termites

Subterranean termites are the most common termite species in North America, and they cause more than $2 billion in damage each year. That’s more than the property damage caused by fire and windstorms combined! They start to swarm after the last freeze of the year, so now is the time to be watchful for these destructive pests.

What to look for: Signs you need to call a termite exterminator

Besides the obvious sign of swarming termites, you should also be on the lookout for mud tubes around your foundation, in crawlspaces, attics, and other entry points, and where pipes enter your home. Termites build these tubes to create a sheltered pathway from their colony to their food source- in this case the wood parts of your home.

Other signs are discarded wings and mud encrusted in small cracks and joints around the structure of your home. Unfortunately, all of these signs can be very subtle and it may be hard for an untrained eye to pick out the early signs of an infestation. That’s why it’s so important to have annual termite inspections performed by a trained pest control professional!

At Protect All Pest Control, we can help you catch termite activity early or treat a full-blown infestation before it can do more damage to your home. Call us today at 770-212-9990 to schedule your termite inspection or other pest control service!

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Winter’s Least Wanted: Which Pests to Watch For

Woodstock and Kennesaw pest controlWith wintry weather outside, your home may have become an inviting place for many unwanted pests this winter. By the time you realize your home has been infiltrated, these uninvited guests may have already caused damage or spread their germs throughout your home.

Fortunately, Protect All Pest Control is here to help with experienced, quality pest control in Woodstock, Kennesaw, Acworth, and Canton. Give us a call today to discuss your pest control needs, and keep an eye out for these common winter intruders that may have invaded your house!

Mice

When the weather turns cold, the most common pest in many homes is the house mouse. They can enter your home through openings no bigger than a dime. Mice love to nest in quiet dark areas such as your basement or attic. Signs of rodent infestation are mouse droppings, damaged food packages, or signs of damage to your walls or wiring.

Raccoons

Your attic makes a great home for a raccoon that is in search of food and warmth. They can easily get into your home if your chimney is not capped or if you have broken vent covers. If it looks like someone has been rummaging through your attic, it could be a raccoon.

Brown Recluse Spider

Many spiders are beneficial and eat other pests; however, a bite from a brown recluse spider can be dangerous. They like to come in from the cold and find a quiet and undisturbed place in your home. Look for spider webs in your basement, attic, or closet. Spiders also like to hide out in shoes and sports equipment, such as baseball mitts that sit unused during the winter.

If you suspect you have any of these unwanted pests, it is time to call us for help. We will provide you with a free estimate of our services to get and keep your home pest-free.

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