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.

5 Spring Pests to Watch Out For

The kids are already buzzing about summer vacation. Unfortunately, so are pests! Which bugs are buzzing around the house this spring? Keep an eye out for infestations of these pests.

5 Pests to Watch for This Spring in Acworth:

  1. Carpenter bees. You can prevent most carpenter bee infestations by painting over exposed wooden surfaces. But what do you do when carpenter bees invade your home? Call Protect All Pest Control, of course!
  2. Termites. If sawdust trails don’t lead to perfectly round holes, you may be dealing with a termite problem instead of carpenter bees. Keep an eye out for swarmers, but don’t wait to call a termite control service. A subterranean termite colony can eat about a pound of wood a day, and they never stop eating. Termite damage adds up fast.
  3. Ants. In summertime, the ants go marching by the thousands. And while black ants are merely a nuisance, fire ants pack a serious sting. Bid adieu to all varieties by calling our team for ant control in Acworth.
  4. pest control AcworthMoles. You know that old saying, “Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill”? Well if you ignore a molehill, it can turn into a mountain of a problem! Moles help out in the garden by eating underground pests, but they also tunnel through the yard, which causes more harm than good. Luckily for your garden, Protect All Pest Control is on the job.
  5. Snakes. Atlantans are sharing snake sightings across social media, but we prefer to nip this problem in the bud before you find snakes slithering through your yard. Call us to install a snake barrier around your home.

Acworth Pest Control’s Buzz on Carpenter Bees

Spring has arrived. The birds are singing, honey bees are buzzing, and . . . why is there sawdust on the porch? Termites aren’t the only pests who burrow into wooden rafters, railings, and trim. Carpenter bees damage wood by burrowing in to lay their eggs. Even worse? Woodpeckers love snacking on these bugs, and they’ll peck apart your home to get to them.

5 Signs of a Carpenter Bee Problem

  1. pest control companies AcworthYou see large bees that are mostly black. Carpenter bees look like bumblebees, but they don’t have the yellow markings on their abdomens.
  2. Bees buzz around looking ready to attack. Male carpenter bees act aggressive if you get too close (don’t worry, they don’t have a stinger). Female carpenter bees are less aggressive, but may sting if you touch them.
  3. You find piles of sawdust and see bees. You can breathe a sigh of relief: those piles of sawdust might not indicate a termite problem. Carpenter bees burrow into wood, although they don’t eat the pulp.
  4. You see wood with perfectly round holes. Female carpenter bees may destroy your property, but they’ll make sure they look good doing it. Carpenter bee holes appear in unpainted wood, often high up in the eaves, and are smooth and deep so the bees can lay their eggs and rear their young. Look for holes with a half inch diameter.
  5. The wood makes noise. If you listen closely, you can usually hear carpenter bees at work inside the wood.

You can deter carpenter bees from taking up residence by painting or staining wooden surfaces. Does your home already have a carpenter bee infestation? Call Protect All Pest Control.

7 Pest Control Terms to Know

When you call Protect All Pest Control in Acworth, our technicians work diligently to give you the best possible customer service. That means an attention to detail, an explanation of our pest control methods, and availability to answer any questions. But sometimes it helps to learn the lingo.

7 Pest Control Terms to Know

  1. professional pest control AcworthRepellants. Repellents discourage pests from entering an area by spraying a treatment that’s foul-smelling (to bugs, not people!) or harmful to pests.
  2. Pheromones. The hormones insects produce to attract mates for reproduction, pheromones can be used to attract pests to traps.
  3. Attractant. A more general term for attracting pests to traps, attractants can include bait, pheromones, or anything else that’s enticing to insects.
  4. Registered pesticide. A pesticide that meets all of the requirements necessary for use in the United States.
  5. General-use pesticide. Over the counter pesticides available to the general public. DIY pest control may work for minor infestations, although annual professional treatments are recommended to prevent pest problems. Off-label use of general-use pesticides is often illegal.
  6. Restricted-use pesticides. Pest control treatments that may only be purchased by certified pest control specialists. Restricted-use pesticides may be harmful if used incorrectly.
  7. Integrated pest management. Pest control that uses a variety of practices to manage pest problems in an ecologically-friendly manner. Integrated pest management (or IPM) services often include monitoring traps and utilizing attractants, and use pesticides only as a last resort. Its goal is long term pest control and damage prevention.

Have a question about pest control services in Acworth? Call Protect All Pest Control.

5 Things to Know about Bed Bugs

Bad news from the pest control world: Atlanta has moved up in the ranking of America’s top cities for bed bug infestations. The metro Atlanta region ranks 16 this year, which is up 3 spots from the 2016 list. Here’s what Acworth homeowners need to know about bed bugs.

5 Things You Need to Know about Bed Bugs

  1. bed bugsThey’re a major problem. Hotels aren’t the only places that deal with bed bug infestations. Homes, apartments, dorm rooms, office buildings, and even local transit can become infested with these pests.
  2. They like cities (but live in the country, too). Bed bugs can thrive almost anywhere, from crowded city hotels to clean, rural homes. Why do they have a reputation as city-dwellers? Bed bugs incidents are three times as common in cities because close-quarters living makes it easier for them to spread.
  3. They’re tough. Think leaving your mattress in the cold overnight is enough to kill a bed bug infestation? Think again. They can survive in temperatures from around freezing to 122 degrees. Professional pest control is the only sure way to contain a bed bug infestation.
  4. They’re sneaky. Try to catch a glimpse of them in daylight, and they’ll hide in boxsprings, picture frames, electrical switchboards, and any other crevice they can find. They’re lured out at night by the temptation of a tasty bite while you’re asleep.
  5. They’re subtle. Bed bugs have saliva with an anesthetic quality, making bites almost pain-free. You may notice red marks on exposed skin after you wake up.

Got bed bugs? Call Protect All Pest Control in Acworth.

15 Minutes to Pest-Proof Your Home

Warmer weather is just around the corner. But with fresh grass and blooming flowers, springtime also means pests, pests, pests. Regular pest control will keep ants, cockroaches, and other spring pests from invading your home. Protect All Pest Control a few DIY pest control tips for homeowners to help discourage seasonal pets.

4 Easy Ways to Pest-Proof Your Home

  1. ant control AcworthPut away the buffet. Food debris attracts pests to your home. Stop temptation in its tracks by cleaning kitchen counters after cooking. Take the garbage to the curb every night. Go through the pantry and make sure that all loose food is stored in an airtight container to prevent pests from getting into the food.
  2. Seal entry points. Bugs can slip through the smallest cracks. Store small holes and cracks with low-VOC silicone caulk, carefully going over areas near doors and windows to make sure all holes are sealed.
  3. Spring clean the house. How many pests are making a nest in your mess? It could be too many to count. Take a few minutes at the end of each day to sort through closets, cabinets, and storage areas. Get rid of any unnecessary junk during spring cleaning, or it may wind up housing pests over the summer.
  4. Fix your faucets. Food isn’t the only thing drawing pests into your home. Water draws them indoors as well. Fixing leaks and removing standing water is an effective way to make your home less appealing to pests.

Call Protect All Pest Control for ant control in Acworth, GA.

How to Keep Pets Safe During Pest Control

With rodents on the loose and ants on the way, it’s easy to get wrapped up in winter pest control. But don’t forget that you’re not the only one who lives in your home! Your pets may bring pests home, and they need to be protected during pest control services. Protect All Pest Control lives up to our name by protecting your pets while we remove rodent and insect infestations. Here’s what you need to know about keeping pets safe during pest control.

Let Us Know

We use pest control methods that are as safe as can be, but let us know about dogs, cats, and other pets in your home. That way we can be clear about which safety precautions to take during your service appointment.

Contain Your Pets

Curious pets may come and investigate while we spray for bugs or build barriers to rodents and snakes. At best they’ll be underfoot, making our service technicians less efficient during your appointment. At worst they’ll investigate something they shouldn’t and wind up with a noseful of something nasty. It’s always safest to contain your pets during a pest control appointment. If you have questions about where we’ll be working, ask your technician before he or she gets started.

Don’t Forget the Fish!

safe pest removal AcworthPets like birds and fish are already contained, but don’t forget to let Protect All Pest Control know they’re there. We may take special precautions to cover their cage to protect them against overspray. Birds may also have sensitive respiratory systems which may be agitated by pest spray applied too closely to their cage.

At Protect All Pest Control, we protect your family and pets while removing unwanted pests. For more information about safe pest removal in Acworth, call today.

Are Your Pets Bringing Home Unwanted Guests?

Every pet owner knows that feeling: you come home to find your dog scratching, scratching, scratching. Your cat has deposited a tiny, furry, and decidedly dead gift on your bed. Pets bring home all sorts of pests, from fleas to ticks to mice. But are your pets attracting pests to your Acworth home?

3 Ways Pets Attract Pests

  1. safe pest removal AcworthPet food. Let’s face it: our pets are messy. Most pets aren’t picky eaters, and they wind up tracking food all over the house. The solution isn’t to move dinner outdoors—that actually attracts more pests, tempting bugs and rodents towards the source of sustenance. Instead, feed your pets in a contained area like the kitchen. Train them not to beg for snacks or make a mess. And always store uneaten food in an airtight container to prevent attracting pests.
  2. Pet waste. Bugs love dung, and your pets potty spot may be a breeding ground for pest problems. How can you prevent pests from following the source of the stench? Pick up after your pets, disposing any waste to avoid attracting vermin. Hose down the lawn after your pet urinates outdoors. Not only will this keep your yard clean and pest free, you’ll get a reputation as a great neighbor!
  3. Passengers. Pets carry all sorts of pests home, from fleas and ticks to bedbugs. Check your pets after they’ve roamed the great outdoors to make sure they aren’t bringing home unwanted guests. If you do wind up with a pest infestation, contact the vet and Protect All Pest Control to take care of the problem.