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.

Keep Your Holidays Pest Free

It happens every year. The holidays have snuck up on us again! Friends and family are coming from all pest control Acworthover to join one another for the festivities. With so many different things going on it can be difficult to pay attention to little things like keeping your home pest free for the holidays. Here, at Protect All Pest Control in Acworth, GA, we know the struggles and time constraints the holidays present. So, we have compiled a list of pest control tips to keep in your arsenal this season!

  • Keep Sweets Stored Properly – ‘Tis the season for many sweets. With all of the freshly baked cookies and pies around, you can be sure that ants are looming around the corner. Be sure to cover and store sugary foods properly to avoid an infestation.
  • Bug-Free Christmas Tree – Bugs and insects love to hitch rides into our homes by means of the Christmas trees we put in our living rooms. Keep your tree pest-free by, first, inspecting it before you bring it inside, and then shake it vigorously to dislodge any that might be hiding.
  • Door Sweeps – If you have a house full of people, doors are going to opening and closing many times throughout the day. The last thing you need is an extra means of entry for pests. Installing door sweeps can help close off those gaps that might be at the bottom of our doors.
  • Inspect Fire Wood – Another thing to inspect for bringing it inside is fire wood. It can be such a pleasant scene to see a fire going with decorations surrounding it. But pests love to hang out in wood piles, so it is important to give the pieces you’re bringing in a once over.

Fun Facts About Those Pests

Here at Protect All Pest Control, located in Acworth, GA, we are in the business of keeping pests pest control Acworthaway from your homes and businesses. But even though we don’t want insects and animals in our homes, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t interesting creatures! There are many fun and intriguing facts about animals that might surprise you, so instead of exploring how to keep them away this week’s blog will be taking a closer look.

  • All insects on Earth would outweigh all animals if put on a scale.
  • House flies have taste buds on their feet, so when they land on a surface they can actually taste it.
  • When the only queen ant dies, so does the entire colony, because no new workers are born.
  • A flea can jump 130 times it’s height.
  • Only female mosquitoes bite humans.
  • An ant can lift 20 times its own body weight.  If a 175 pound man had the strength of an ant, he could lift four tons.
  • Bed bug hatchlings are so small they can pass through a stitch-hole in a mattress.
  • Mosquitoes can detect carbon dioxide from 75 feet away.
  • Raccoons can vocalize more than 51 different sounds.

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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!

Spot Pest Problems Before You Move In

Moving into a new home can be both an exciting and stressful thing to deal with. With all of the Pest Control Acworth planning, packing and transporting of items from one home to another, it can be easy to overlook the little details. There are many things to look for when searching for a new home, but one thing to always keep an eye out for is a pest problem. So, what are we looking for? Protect All Pest Control, located in Acworth, GA, is here to help! We have pulled together a list of things to check for to determine if your new home has any unwanted tenants.

  • Chewed or Frayed Wires – The last pest problem anyone wants to have in a new home is a rodents issue. Chewed wires can be a sign of just that, so keep your eyes peeled for them.
  • Droppings – This is another sign that you might have some critter looming. Check in and behind places that you wouldn’t usually see. The droppings won’t usually be out in the open.
  • Termite Signs – This one is another big thing to look out for. Termites can destroy a home, so ensuring your new home is termite-free can save you a lot of headaches down the road. Be sure to look for discarded wings, mud tubes and wood damage. All of these could be signs that the house has a termite problem.
  • Dead Bugs – When giving the house a walk through, be sure to check around doors and windows for any dead bugs. A large accumulation could be a sign that the house needs to be treated by a pest control company.

When It’s Time to Call the Professionals

Protect All Pest Control proudly serves the areas of Acworth, Kennesaw, Woodstock and professional pest control AcworthCanton, GA.  Our goal is to exceed all expectations in all of our pest control services to ensure our customers are glad they picked up the phone. Pest control can be a tricky undertaking if you don’t know what you are doing. Many people try to take matters into their own hands for a do-it-yourself approach, but it doesn’t always end with the best results. Here are a few reasons you should pick up the phone and give us a call for all of your pest control needs!

  • Health – Many pests that find their way into a building or home carry with them a host of diseases. It is important to get rid of them quickly so as not to spread them to humans.
  • Knowledge – Pest control isn’t a one size fits all issue. Different pest call for different approaches. Most days there isn’t enough time to do the research necessary to rid a home or business of insects, bugs or whatever the pest may be. Our technicians are very knowledgable about any issue you may have and are already aware of how to execute.
  • Time – Like we said before, not everyone has the time necessary to properly execute pest control. We have an effective team that can be in and out quickly.
  • Cost – It might seem more cost effective to perform pest control yourself, but by the time you buy chemicals and traps it can begin to become an expensive venture. DIY treatments don’t always take hold, and more have to continually be purchased. We treat the issue at the source to avoid the pests coming back.

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.”

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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.