Bring in the Christmas Decorations, Not the Bugs

holiday pest control‘Tis the season to decorate your home in holly, jolly cheer. When bringing in the boxes of decorations, garland and fresh chopped pine, be sure you aren’t also bringing in the insects, pests and rodents.

Prevent Pests from Coming Home for the Holidays
If you are like most of us, you store your holiday decorations in your basement, garage, attic or outdoor storage shed. These places make great storage opportunities but can also be home to more than lights and ornaments. The cardboard boxes, tape and even decorations themselves can provide ample food and nesting for a host of pests, including rodents.

To avoid bringing in more than cheer this holiday season, air out your decorations before bringing them into the house. Open the storage containers and lay the decorations out for a few hours before you begin decking the halls. The fresh air will deter many pests and have them scampering for a dark, quite space and reduce the risk of them making your house home. When it comes time to store the decorations, opt for heavy plastic totes with lids to help keep your decorations clean and safe.

The same preventative maintenance applies to your fresh Christmas tree as well. After bringing home the perfect tree, give the tree a shake and place it on the porch or another outdoor location for a few hours prior to setting it in place.

Treat Problem This Holly, Jolly Season
A bug problem can arise faster than you would imagine during the holiday season and when left untreated, it won’t disappear after the New Year. Professional pest control services can help treat the problem at the source. Our exterminators treat your home on a regular basis and prevent insects, rodents and other pests from establishing a home of their own.

The friendly, professional staff at Protect All Pest Control can help ensure your home stays pest free throughout the holiday season and long after the decorations are packed and placed away. Call Protect All Pest Control for pest control treatments in the Acworth, Dallas, Woodstock and Marietta, Georgia area.

Preventing Carpenter Ants from Calling Your House Home

Carpenter ants play an important role in our ecosystem but can also be one of the most destructive forces in your home. Just as they feast on wood, turning it into saw dust, rot and ultimately new growth, carpenter ants can also infest your home, causing significant structural damage. Like termites, carpenter ant infestations are often overlooked until they become serious, more costly problems.

While termite infestations can occur rapidly, it often takes years for carpenter ants to cause structural damage. The insects create tunnels through damaged and rotting wood, hollowing the areas as they travel and nest.

High moisture areas like dishwashers, sinks, washers and bathtubs make ideal homes for these pesky critters. If your home is experiencing a plumbing leak in these areas, remedying the leak and moisture is the first step in preventing carpenter ant damage. Wood and foam installation, along with door and window frames also make ideal homes. Since these insects feed on other insects and foliage, it is common for carpenter ants to travel both inside and outside your home.

Resolving the carpenter ant infestation begins with locating and removing the nest. Saw dust is the primary indicator of carpenter ant tunnels. Once you have located the nest, you may be able to simply remove it. If it isn’t easily removable, a vacuum cleaner can be used to eliminate the nest. Be sure to change the vacuum cleaner bag to prevent spreading the ants.

Like many other insects and pests, prevention is critical to protecting your home against carpenter ant infestations.

·       Caulk cracks, around pipes and any other places where insects would be able to enter.

·       Fix plumbing leaks.

·       Clean gutters.

·       Remove wood piles.

·       Ventilate attics and crawl spaces.

·       Steal food in air tight containers.

·       Clean the kitchen.

·       Trim trees and bushes surrounding your home.

When carpenter ants call your house home, the Acworth pest control professionals at Protect All Pest Control are here to help. Not only will our trained professionals be able to locate and treat carpenter ant nests before they cause significant damage to your home.

If your experiencing issues with carpenter ants, the trained exterminators at Protect All Pest Control are here to help.

 

Marietta Mosquito Control: Enjoying the Weather Without Pests

For camping trips and outdoor adventures, mosquito repellant may be your best defense against pesky mosquitos. But, when it comes time to relax in your backyard, the last thing you want to worry with is bug spray.

From lawn sprays to repellants, citronella candles to plants, the aisles are filled with products claiming to prevent mosquitos. While each of these products can provide temporary relief, they can be an inconvenience and don’t always offer effective protection. At Protect All Pest Control, we offer professional mosquito control to ensure your family stays protected all season long.  

Our trained professionals begin by thoroughly inspecting the property to locate areas that harbor mosquitos. Our exterminators then apply a non-chemical solution to harbor areas to eliminate breeding grounds. Pesticides are also administered to high- activity areas like shrubs, plants, and trees, as well as your lawn to kill existing mosquitos and protect against the spread of future insects.

Applications will not only enhance your comfort by reducing the number of mosquitos, but it can provide protection against West Nile, Zika and other harmful diseases the insects can carry, without applying chemicals directly to your skin. Additionally, mosquito control can help protect your pets from heartworms, a disease that can develop following infected mosquito bites.

Our professional mosquito control stops bites before they happen. Since a single mosquito can lay between 100 and 200 eggs, eliminating larva and breeding grounds can significantly reduce the number of insects and enhance your backyard comfort.

Enjoy the warm weather and your backyard with professional mosquito protection from Protect All Pest Control. Contact us today for all you Kennesaw, Woodstock, Acworth and Marietta pest control needs.

Not Your Favorite Carpenter

When most people thinking about insects damaging the wood in their home, they only think about termites, but who’s looking out for black carpenter ants?

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All species of carpenter ants attack wood has been or is we and damaged by mold. Black carpenter ants first invade wet, decayed wood then often begin building paths through dry, undamaged wood. They usually enter buildings through cracks around windows and doors or through wire holes. Don’t put it past them to get creative either. They’ll also crawl along overhead wires, shrubs or even tree limbs that touch the building above the ground.

Their Habitat

While your home’s wood might be their meal choice, they prefer to build their nest outdoors in various wood sources, including tree stumps, firewood or landscaping. They need a constant water source to survive. They enter the home through wet damaged wood. If they gain entry to a structure with suitable and tasty wood, they will expand their nest and become a property threat.

If you notice black carpenter ants in your home, contact the professional immediately to discuss a proper course of control.

Facts About Your Pet’s Pests

Dogs are man’s best friend for a reason. They are fun, loyal and hey if you take them hunting with you, useful. Their little tag-alongs however, are not man’s favorite. Here are some useful facts about two of their most common “friends.”

Fleas

  • They’ve got some impressive jumping abilities. Fleas can jump up to 8 feet -over 150x their height!
  • They’re in it for the long haul. Typically fleas remain on their host at all times, but are easily transferable to other animals, people and furniture.
  • There are over 2,000 known species and subspecies of fleas, but it’s the cat flea that’s responsible for the majority of infestations in the U.S.
  • It might not always be your dog. Fleas infest many animals, such as racoons and rodents. If you think you may have a rodent infestation, expect a fleas to follow.

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  • Yes, some tick species actually can have preferred host.  The American dog tick prefers to dine on domestic dogs, hence the reason it’s the most common tick species brought into homes.
  • Ticks are easiest to spot after a meal. They can grow up to four times their size when engorged with blood. Talk about a “food baby.”
  • To find a host, the tick grabs onto a shrub or grass with their back legs and reach their front legs out to grab onto passing fur or even clothing.
  • Regardless of what type of hosts they attach to, the ticks will crawl towards the head of their host. Why? Because the skin around the ears and neck is thinner and are the hardest areas for the animals to groom.

If you suspect your best friend has some hitch hikers, talk to your trusted veterinarian about the proper treatment for your dog. If you’re worried you might have an infestation, contact us today.

No Stinkin’ Way

Besides the temperatures dropping and the leaves changing colors, what’s one way you can tell fall is on its way? The arrival of stink bugs.

Known for their “smelly” reputation, stink bugs enter homes during cooler months to find a warm place to rest during winter. It’s true they pose no property or health risk, but they present an odoriferous problem if stepped on. So how do you stop and prevent a stink bug infestation?  Check out the steps below:

  1. Seal off entry points – Walk around your house and search for any openings, large or small. Seal any holes and cracks that you find using a quality silicone or silicone-latex caulk. pest control services Acworth
  2. Repair and replace – Got a 1/2 inch hole in your screen door?  Replace it. Stink bugs and other insects can enter through the tiniest openings. Also be sure there are no openings in your weather-stripping or loose mortar.
  3. Reduce Moisture areas – We can’t stress how important this step is. Between mosquitoes and stink bugs there are a number of bugs attracted to standing water.
  4. Turn off the lights – Like moths, stink bugs are attracted to lights. Try to keep your outdoor lighting to a minimum. Bonus: you’ll save on your power bill as well.
  5. Properly landscape – Do your best to keep branches and shrubbery well trimmed. It prevents easy areas of transportation, hiding, and possible mating grounds.
  6. Think before you squish –  When left alone, a stink bug will not release their less-than-favorable odor. When disturbed or squished, they tend to release their foul odor from pores on the sides of their bodies (hence, the name stink bugs). Gently pick them up and place them outside to avoid their odor.

 

 

 

Keep Your Pantry for Food Only

School is back in session and for parents this means your pantry just shifted from summer snacks and lunches to sandwiches, chips and a fruit or vegetable. While you’re packing you’re #1’s lunch, you may also be inviting other guest to their meal. Anytime your pantry comes close to bare, it’s highly recommended that you clean out expired goods and wipe down the shelves so that you discourage “pantry pest.”

What is a pantry pest?pest control Acworth

Pantry pests are any insect known for infesting goods often found in pantries such as: cereal, flour, spices, nuts, candies and other dry goods. They can also be found in your seasonal holiday decor in items such as dried flowers or potpourri. Common pantry pest are beetles, ants and the Indian meal moth.

Whether you’re baking goodies for the class or for a holiday meal, many times certain ingredients haven’t been used since the previous year. If you left your pantry products (accidentally) not properly sealed, they can become “sitting ducks;” attracting pest with their flavorful odor. Be sure to inspect each ingredient before use, especially items in paper containers.

To ensure your ingredients are safe from unwanted snackers, try the following steps:

  • Store all ingredients in sealed glass or plastic containers
  • Be sure to keep items such as pet food, in sealed containers. These are frequented by pest.
  • Sift through flours and sugars before using them as they could be hiding a 6 or 8-legged “friend”
  • Be sure to keep your cooking area clean -be sure to immediately wipe up crumbs and spills as they could attract pests.
  • Should you get the slightest inkling of an infestation, contact a license pest control professional to inspect, identify and control the problem.

 

Have A Pest Free Get Together

School just started back and the kids are already counting down to fall break. While the kids are counting down the days to their next break, dad is counting down the days until football season begins. Whether you’re an NFL or SEC fan, August means one more month until it’s time for BBQs, tailgating and watching the game with friends.

If you’re planning on having some game day tailgating or BBQs, here are 5 tips on how to keep them pest-free.

  1. Apply Insect Repellant– So this one might be a given but it’s still important. Most mosquitoes are most active at unfortunately, dusk and dawn (aka game time), so if you’re planning a barbecue before sunset, be sure to have plenty of effective repellant already applied and readily available for second coats and other guests.
  2.  Frequently Drain Standing Water– Remember, mosquitoes breed in standing water. Walk pest control Acwortharound your yard  and drain any source that could be a breeding ground for mosquitoes, including birdbaths, dog bowls, wading pools or garden ponds.
  3. Deter Stinging Insects– Whether you have an allergy or just hate being stung, stinging insects aren’t the party guest most people want to have. Yellow jackets and other stinging insects are attracted to many fragrances, so avoid using scented items such as candles and cleaners.
  4. Patch Up Those Screens– At least a few days before your get together, go around each window and door and repair any holes that could invite mosquitoes and other insects entry into the home. Try leaving a polite note for guest to make sure the door, closes behind them.
  5. Stay Clean– It’s no secret that many insects are attracted to food, so take the extra steps to keep food safe by using tightly sealed containers and coolers. Additionally, do your best to clean trash, crumbs and spills from picnic tables immediately.

Think you might need additional pest protection? Give us a call and let’s make pest control plan for you!

Consumer Reports Recommended Zika Repellant

We’ve talked a couple of times now about Zika. Some of you may already know the World Health Organization has declared the rapid spread of the Zika virus an international public health emergency. In response to this, Consumer Reports has released – free to the public – its test results of mosquito repellents, including those that protect you against Aedes mosquitoes (the ones that carry Zika).

Zika can make individuals sick for up to a week with fever, rash, red eyes, joint pain, and other symptoms. It is widely known that the largest threat is to pregnant
women as it increases the risk that the unborn baby will develop microcephaly, an abnormally small head and incomplete brain development.

As of July, there is still no vaccine to prevent Zika. The most a person can do is avoid mosquito bites. To do this, CDC recommends using multiple strategies such as wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants outdoors, spraying for mosquitos at their residence, as well as mosquito repellent. Below is a list of the most effective insect repellents:

The Best:

best bug repellantsSawyer Picaridin and Natrapel 8 Hour -each contains 20% picaridin and Off! Deepwoods VIII -which contains 25% deet. -Studies proved these products kept the mosquitoes from biting for ~8 hours. Sawyer’s was the top insect repellant, being that it also kept Culex mosquitoes (carriers of West Nile), and deer ticks (carriers of Lyme disease) away for at least 8 hours.

Runner Up:

Ben’s 30 & DEET Tick & Insect Wilderness Formula- This kept Aedes mosquitoes away for ~7.5 hours  

Repel Lemon Eucalyptus This has 30% lemon eucalyptus and kept Aedes mosquitoes away for ~7 hours.

Products that are not recommended

Products including the chemicals IR3535 and 2-undecanone, those containing 7% DEET or less than 20% picaridin.

Products not included in the study

Many natural plant oil based brands such as California Baby Natural Bug Blend and EcoSmart Organic since they either failed immediately or did not last 1 hour.  

Additional information

The CDC recommends using EPA-registered insect repellants only, since their ingredients are tested and regulated by the EPA. To find out if a product is registered by the EPA, look for its registration number on the back of the label.

Spraying your yard for mosquitoes was also recommended, but it was advised to do your research on service providers. Contact your trusted pest control company today to get a protection plan for your family in place.

 

Let’s Talk About Fleas

Fleas are every man and fur-baby’s worst enemy. Ok, maybe not worst but they certainly aren’t welcome. These little guys require protecting your pets, house and yard in order to prevent an infestation.  Are you properly prepared for the battle against fleas?

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Fun fact: fleas can live up to 100 days! Even scarier, the females can produce 400-500 offspring in that time. They transport themselves via rodents, mammals or humans (if need be) and usually remain on their host at all times. Lastly, they can jump 8″ aka 150x their height!

Pets

Consult your trusted veterinarian for the proper flea medication for your pet. Do research on their breed and prepare a list of any questions you may have for your vet. It’s good to ask for a favorite flea shampoo in case you feel your pet’s been exposed to fleas.

The House

The best form of flea protection is prevention. Contact your trusted pest control company about a plan that’s right for you. A simple, easy way to test for a flea infestation involves a simple pair of socks. Put on some white, mid-calf length socks and walk around your house. If you have an infestation, chances are you’ll have some hitchhikers. Call your pest control company immediately if this happens.

The Yard

Again, an easy way to check if you have fleas in your yard is the white sock test. Only this time wear them outdoors in the areas your pet hangs out the most. Should you have hitchhikers, call your trusted pest control company.

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