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!

 

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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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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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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October Pest Watch: Rodents & Fabric-Destroying Insects

rodent control in KennesawFall weather means a break from summer’s pests, enjoying perfectly pleasant days on the porch or patio without irritating mosquitoes or wasps imposing on the party. Unfortunately, the change of seasons also hearkens in a new group of pests to watch out for around your Kennesaw home, especially disease-carrying rodents and fabric-destroying insects!

Rodent Control

As temperatures fall and you retreat into your warm house more and more, know that rodents will be seeking warmth and shelter there as well! While they may look cute from a distance, mice and rats can carry serious diseases and put your family’s health at risk through their urine, feces, even bites. Furthermore, they can bring allergens into the home and their droppings and fur are themselves allergens, which is especially problematic for those with asthma. The most common rodents you’ll find in the north Atlanta area are the house mouse and the Norway rat.

  • House mouse- This mouse weighs less than an ounce and has dark gray fur, large ears, and a long tail.
  • Norway rat- The Norway rat is a stocky variety with a blunt nose, beady eyes, and small ears. They have short, scaly tails and reddish or brown fur.

If you see either of these rodents in your home, there could be many more. They reproduce very quickly, so call us ASAP for rodent removal!

Fabric-Destroying Insects

Beetles and moths can wreak havoc on your home and belongings without you even noticing. These pests feed on natural materials like cotton, wool, fur, and leather, which means that anything from your carpets, rugs, linens, and window treatments to furniture, clothing, coats, and hats is at risk.

  • Webbing clothes moth- Unlike most moths, this species is not drawn to light and you will not see them flying around your light fixtures. In fact, they are exactly the opposite, preferring to hide in closets, attics, under upholstered furniture, and other dark spaces where they can feast on natural fabrics.
  • Carpet beetle larvae- The larvae of the varied carpet beetle (the most common type found in Kennesaw, Woodstock, and surrounding areas) take 3 years to mature and in that time, they can do a number on your home. The larvae are 4-5 millimeters long, with dark and light brown stripes and hairy bodies that are wider at the back.

We offer Kennesaw pest control services at affordable prices to fit your budget, and we have the experience and knowledge to solve your pest control problems right the first time. If you see signs of these pests in your home, call Protect All Pest Control right away at 770-212-9990. 

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Keep Pests Out With This Fall Homeowner Checklist

pest control services MariettaOur last post discussed the reasons you need fall pest control, namely roaches, spiders, and rodents! These pests love seeking shelter in warm homes as temperatures drop, and Protect All Pest Control can help you evict them. However, there are some preventative steps you can take to keep unwanted guests from showing up in the first place. Below, take a look at our fall pest-proofing checklist for homeowners.

Exterior

Even the tiniest opening is enough to allow pests into your home, so seal them up.

  • Repair or replace any door or window screens with holes or tears.
  • Replace worn, cracked, or warped weatherstripping around windows.
  • Caulk any cracks on the exterior of your home, especially around pipes and utility lines.
  • Keep trees and shrubs trimmed back from your home and never store firewood within 20 feet of your home- it’s asking for termites!
  • Add door bottoms (or door sweeps) to exterior doors.
  • Install a chimney cap or screen to keep the local wildlife from finding their way inside.

Interior

  • Repair any leaky pipes or other sources of moisture ASAP.
  • As always, keep food contained to the kitchen and stored in airtight containers.
  • Take the trash out frequently and use a trashcan with a lid.

Unfortunately, while these tips can make your home less attractive to pests, they are not foolproof. Roaches, spiders, mice, and other pests are skilled at infiltration, with roaches even fitting through spaces as small as 1/16th of an inch! If you see or hear signs of an infestation, you can be sure there are more unwanted guests that you’re not seeing. Contact us as soon as possible for a consultation on your pest control needs in Woodstock, Kennesaw, or Acworth.

 

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Call Now for Fall Pest Control

Woodstock pest control servicesThe first official day of fall is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to think about fall pest control. Summer’s pests- fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, fire ants- are subsiding, making it more enjoyable to be outdoors. However, that doesn’t mean an end to your pest control needs; far from it.

Autumn pests to watch out for:

While outdoor insects may be dying down for the  summer, other pests are setting up shop inside your home! This is the time of year when spiders, cockroaches, and rodents seek shelter in order to prepare for the cold winter months ahead.

Rodents- Mice and rats are common infestations in the fall and winter. They bring with them a variety of unsavory problems for homeowners from spreading diseases like salmonella and hantavirus, to invading your home’s insulation, to gnawing electrical wiring and potentially causing a fire.

Spiders- You may already be noticing a proliferation of spiders in Woodstock, Kennesaw, Acworth, and throughout north Atlanta. As the temperature continues to drop, many spiders will find your home a comfortable place to build a web. While most spiders in Georgia are not dangerous, brown recluses, brown widows, and black widows can have dangerous bites.

Roaches- Like rodents, roaches also carry disease and may spread salmonella or gastroenteritis to humans. However, they can also cause asthma attacks. Young children are at the most risk, but anyone can have a roach allergy and suffer allergy attacks from roach skin, feces, or saliva in their environment.

If you see signs of these pests in your home, don’t wait to call us for pest treatment services. Where there’s one mouse or roach, there are probably many more! Contact us online or call us at 770-212-9990 for more information about affordable pest control in Woodstock, Kennesaw, and Acworth.

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What is Integrated Pest Management?

safe pest removal AcworthThese days, more and more homeowners are starting to question the presence of harsh chemicals in their homes, from cleaning products to building materials to pest control. As awareness grows about the effects of our environments on our health, conscientious homeowners are seeking out solutions that are more eco-friendly and healthier for their families. But does embracing a healthier environment mean settling for a home full of bugs? No way!

Integrated Pest Management for healthier homes

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) offers safety for your family without settling for insufficient pest control. The IPM approach combines common sense with in-depth knowledge of pests- both their life cycles and the ways in which they fit into their ecosystem. The goals of IPM are to manage pests in the most economical way possible, while posing the least possible hazard to people, pets, your home, and the wider environment. IPM makes use of all applicable pest control methods to deal with the given situation, which can include the strategic use of pesticides.

How does Integrated Pest Management work?

At Protect All Pest Control, we are leaders in the use of IPM in the north Atlanta area. We do this in a number of ways, including:

  • Prevention– We will advise you on the best preventative measures to keep pests out of your home, from home repairs to landscaping tips.
  • Identification and monitoring– We provide education on what the homeowner is seeing and/or indications of a problem if they arise later, and may deploy non-chemical monitoring devices to determine the nature and extent of an infestation.
  • Treatment– The inspection and monitoring of your infestation allow us to create a treatment plan that requires the least possible use of toxic chemicals.

If you are interested in safer pest control for your home in Woodstock, Kennesaw, or Acworth, contact us today using the form at right!

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Choosing a Commercial Pest Control Company

commercial pest control KennesawLooking for a commercial pest control company in Kennesaw, Woodstock, or Acworth? We know that this is a big decision that can have a profound effect on your business and the value of your commercial property. Whether you own an office building, hotel, apartment building, retail facility, or restaurant, affordable pest control is key.

Don’t hire a commercial pest control company unless you have confidence in their ability to create a program that is customized for you. Below are just three of the ways that we deliver the best commercial pest control in Kennesaw, Woodstock, and throughout north Atlanta.

Understanding your needs

Every business has its own unique needs, and Protect All Pest Control understands that. We take the time to really listen to your needs and focus is on providing you with the most effective solutions to your pest problems.

Comprehensive assessment

We will conduct a careful, comprehensive assessment of your commercial property. This allows us to better identify risk factors, make recommendations on how you can protect against potential threats, and get a feel for the extent of services you need.

Custom pest prevention plan

Based on our conversation with you and our assessment of your property, we will create a customized pest control program to fit your specific needs.

Ready to protect your business? Give us a call today at 770-212-9990 to schedule a consultation.

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