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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Are Your Kids Not The Only Ones Marching In The Kitchen?

The summer months are synonymous with insect infestation in many homes and businesses. From cockroaches and mosquitoes to ants, these critters love to congregate in humid and arid areas. They are especially attracted to open food, which they take back to feed their young and growing colonies. If not treated in a timely and professional manner, a bug infestation can truly de-valuate your property and even cause health issues. With years of extensive industry experience, Protect All Pest Control has the tools and expertise to eliminate ants and pests from your residential and commercial properties. In fact, one phone call or e-mail is all you need to secure timely, affordable, and effective pest elimination services across the board.

Why Do Ants Come Into Your House?

no!There are several species of ants, including red, black, army, and fire ants. While these critters usually build mounds in front and backyards, they can even form entire colonies in basements, crawlspaces, and especially attics. Ants love to hide in wall cracks and crevices as well, which gives them protection from other predators. The main reason why ants leave their outdoor mounds and come into your house is food. Like other creatures, ants need food to survive – and when there are no other bugs to feed on – they look for crumbs, open containers, and other food particles left in your sink or table.

The Protect All Difference

Protect All Pest Control has helped countless home and business owners tackle ant infestation. With cutting-edge equipment, we are able to find any colonies within or outside your home. Our dedicated pest experts are committed to excellence in all services. This includes spraying pesticides on mounds, along with placing sticky pads and blocking entrance routes for ants.

For more information, contact us today and experience the difference!

Controlling The Georgia Ant Infestations

You may have been noticing some unwanted guests in your home. Yes, we’re talking about those pesky little ants that only seem to multiply once infested. So in honor of the current ant infestations, we’re going to tell you where they might be coming from, and how to control it!

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Where are they coming from?

  • The Kitchen. Not only is this a point of food access, but a water source as well; especially if you aren’t careful about keeping things tidy.
  • The Bathroom. Areas around the house with excess moisture are known to attract ants. They build nests in damp areas, like behind bathroom tiles and under sinks.
  • In The Cracks. Ants can find their way indoors even through the tiniest of cracks. They may also be hiding inside walls, bedrooms, living rooms, basements and air conditioning and heating units.

How can I prevent it?

Experts say that sealing cracks with silicone caulk, repairing holes in window and door screens, replacing weather-stripping, fixing loose mortar around the basement foundation and windows, and keeping tree branches trimmed back and away from the house are all good ways to prevent an ant infestation.

If I already have an infestation, how do I get rid of it?

  • Use a vaccuum! It doesn’t have to be a big one; even the little ones will suck them all up!
  • Look for any ant trails that might be leading off to the nest.  If you find it, use a mixture of dish washing liquid and hot water to flush them out. Using a bleach mixture or an all-purpose cleaner also works.
  • Use ant traps and gels. You can purchase traps but it’s often easier to make your own. The quickest method is to mix Boric acid and peanut butter in a metal pot and place it on a biscuit inside a cardboard box. Close the box but punch a bunch of holes in it and put it in the infested area.
  • Cornstarch! They can’t ingest this, as it makes them swell up and eventually die.

Still having issues? Call a professional (like us)! We specialize in ant treatment and will get your home back to normal in no time. Give us a call at 770-212-9990 and we’ll help you out!

 

Prepare For The Beginning of Ant Season

Pest Control Woodstock and KennesawDifferent insects and pests have seasons in which they are more active. Two species of ants mark the beginning of their seasons in March. Carpenter Ants and Fire Ants.  Protect All Pest Control is prepared to help you combat either of these common pests that are so prevalent in North Georgia.

Carpenter Ants

Growing up to 3/8 inches long, carpenter ants are one of the largest species of ants found in Georgia. Identified by size and coloring (black with yellow abdominal region hairs), carpenter ants earn their name by chewing wood to create nesting space. These house ants often create nests in moist wood found around dishwashers, bathtubs, skylights, door frames and crawl spaces. Carpenter ants are most active at night and create permanent trails to nesting locations.

Fire Ants

Probably one of the most well-known and dreaded ants, the red, 1/4-inch long fire ant is well-known in Georgia for its painful sting and for building large, reddish, mounds. Fire ants are extremely active during the day and at night when they search for food and defend the colony’s nesting mound aggressively. While fire ants usually keep nests outside and only enter homes to search for food or water (during the summer), they have been known to establish nests inside homes. During dry seasons or after floods fire ants will relocate and build nests inside the walls of the nearest house or behind any large appliance.

No matter what your pest control needs, our team of pest control professionals are prepared to help you in either prevention or eradication of pests and insects including fire ants and carpenter ants. We service areas throughout the northwest Atlanta area including Woodstock, Acworth, Kennesaw, and Marietta.

To schedule a consultation call Protect All Pest Control at 770-728-8520 or use the convenient “Contact” feature on our website.

Ants and Cold Weather

Pest Control Services Woodstock GAGiven the recent cold weather in the Atlanta area, you may be wondering “Where do ants go when the weather gets cold?” The answer is, inside. If you have ant colonies living outside your home, as the weather changes and food becomes scarce, ants will relocate inside your home. Regularly scheduled consistent professional pest control treatment is the best answer to keep your home ant-free during winter months.

Certain ants hibernate in extreme weather, others relocate to a warmer place – like your home. In North Georgia areas like Woodstock, Acworth, or Kennesaw, ants will likely come inside to stay warm and be near a food and water source. If you have untreated colonies living in your yard, it is a short trip through cracks or holes to their new home, yours.

Once an infestation has started, you may need professional pest control help. Our professionally trained pest control professionals will help solve any pest problems you may have. When you see the telltale signs of a trail of ants marching across your floor, wall or table, call for help. Often times for internal ant infestations a trap may be used. This sometimes makes people confused because there will be a swarming of ants to the trap. It will appear that the infestation is worse. But, in fact the ants will swarm, collect the poison in the bait trap and return it to the queen and colony. As the remaining ants eats the bait, they will die. Over time less ants will return to the bait until there are none.

Ants are just one of the pests that may relocate to your home during the cold winter months. Have a professional pest control technician review your home and property for current or potential problems.

At Protect All Pest Control, we pride ourselves on evaluating all of your pest control needs not just treating for current problems.  Contact us by phone 770-728-8520 or use the convenient “Contact” feature on our website.

 

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All About Ants

Pest Control AcworthGeorgia is home to over 95 Species of Ants and is one of the states that suffers the worst from ant infestations. Most ants are not a hazard to people and are in fact some are an important part of the ecosystem. The most common form of ants in Georgia are generally acknowledged to be Argentine ants (Linepithema humile).

Argentine ants were inadvertently introduced to the United States in the 1880’s and are one of the most invasive pests around. One of the good things about Argentine ants is that normally large numbers of them die in the winter. However, with mild winters this fails to happen.  Another cause of infestations is dry weather which causes these ants to come indoors seeking moisture and escape from the heat.

Carpenter ants are one of the largest species of ants found in Georgia and are identified by their size (up to 3/8” long) and their black and yellow coloring. Carpenter ants earn their name by chewing wood to create nesting space. These house ants often create nests in moist wood found around dishwashers, bathtubs, skylights, door frames and crawl spaces. Carpenter ants are most active at night and create permanent trails to nesting locations.

Fire Ants, are red and up to ¼” long are well-known in Georgia for their painful sting and for building large, reddish, mounds. Fire ants are extremely active during the day and at night when they search for food and defend the colony’s nesting mound aggressively. While fire ants usually keep nests outside and only enter homes to search for food or water (during the summer), they have been known to establish nests inside homes. During dry seasons or after floods fire ants will relocate and build nests inside the walls of the nearest house or behind any large appliance.

In general, most people don’t care what kind of ants are in their home, they just want them gone.  Due to the style and large scale of infestation that any kind of ant can cause, it is best to contact a pest control professional like the team at Protect All Pest Control. We can come in and develop a complete plan to get rid of all the pests in your home. Contact us at 770-728-8520 or use the contact us section of our website.