3 Things You Need to Know About Termites

Woodstock termite infestation treatmentsAt Protect All Pest Control, we offer termite treatments to help Woodstock, Kennesaw, and Acworth homeowners protect against termite damage.  Termites can cause thousands of dollars in property damage, yet many homeowners are unaware of the risks. Read on to learn 3 things you may not know- but should- about termites.

  • Termites love to call Georgia home. The combination of heat and humidity in Georgia and throughout the southeast makes the region a perfect home for termites, especially Formosan and eastern subterranean termites. Formosan subterranean termites are also known as the “super termite” for their exceedingly large colonies and the quickness with which they feed upon wood.
  • Termite damage can be hard to spot. Due to their subterranean nature, termites often go unnoticed by homeowners, especially if they don’t know the warning signs. The most visible sign of a termite infestation is swarming in the early spring. Unfortunately, termite swarms are often mistaken for flying ants. Other signs of a termite infestation include swollen, soft, or darkened wood, and mud tubes near the ground on the outside walls of the structure.
  • Termites can be stopped. There are many steps you can take to prevent termites from being attracted to your home, from changing your landscaping to installing better downspouts. Unfortunately, once termites have moved in, it’s almost impossible to get them out without professional help. If you notice termite swarms (remember, they can look similar to ants!) or other signs of infestation, call us ASAP! Our liquid termite treatment is highly effective, and we will equip you with the knowledge you need to decrease the chance of future infestations.

Don’t put your home at risk of unchecked termite damage. Give us a call at 770-212-9990 for information on our Woodstock termite treatment pricing.

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Is Your Landscaping Attracting Termites?

termite inspections WoodstockLandscaping gives your home curb appeal and makes your outdoor living spaces more enjoyable. But did you know that certain landscaping choices can put your home at risk for an insect invasion? Mulch is one of the main culprits. Read on to learn why (and what you can do about it) from the pest control experts at Protect All Pest Control!

Mulch and termites

Mulch helps protect trees and other plantings in your yard by regulating moisture and temperature. Unfortunately the moist, warm environment it creates also attracts pests, especially termites. While mulch is not a particularly attractive food source for termites (they are drawn to the moisture more than the wood), mulch that is piled up next to your home serves as a rolled-out red carpet for these pests. The mulch attracts them, and then your home presents a more “nutritious” option. Once termites move in, they can cause expensive property damage. In addition to termites, mulch can also provide a hiding spot for roaches, ticks, ants, and rodents!

Mulching to avoid pests

When it comes to applying mulch in your yard, a little goes a long way, and not just for pest control reasons. “Mulch volcanoes” are the scourge of arborists everywhere, as they are bad for the health of your trees. Two to three inches of mulch are plenty to retain moisture and keep roots cool during sizzling Georgia summers. When placing mulch near your home, make sure that mulch is never touching wood, from porch posts to siding to windows and doors.

Of course, even with smart landscaping and other preventative measures, pests sometimes find their way into your home. If you discover termites,  ants, roaches, mice, or other pests in or around your home, contact us immediately. We serve the entire north metro Atlanta area, including Woodstock, Kennesaw, Acworth, and Canton with affordable pest control options for your home and business.

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Keep Roaches Out of Your Kitchen With These Tips

roach control in Woodstock GAOf all the pests that can invade your kitchen, roaches tend to cause the most revulsion, and for good reason! Roaches carry viruses, fungi, and bacteria, including Salmonella, Streptococcus, and Staphylococcus.  Fortunately Protect All Pest Control can help you eliminate roaches from your home with our integrated pest management techniques.

Even with treatment, it’s important to take some precautions to ensure that roaches don’t return. These tips can help you keep your kitchen roach-free.

  • Roaches are attracted to water, so don’t leave containers of standing water in the kitchen and check under your sink for leaks.
  • Make sure all food is stored in airtight containers made from plastic, ceramic, metal, or glass.
  • Rinse dishes thoroughly so food residue won’t attract roaches
  • It’s easy to let crumbs build up in certain spots of the kitchen, like the crack between the stove and the counter. Unfortunately those forgotten crumbs are a feast for roaches, so it’s important to vacuum those areas regularly.
  • Keep the top of your refrigerator clean. The warmth is attractive to roaches, so you definitely don’t want to add food to the mix.
  • Sweep and vacuum regularly to combat crumbs.
  • Use a trash can with a lid and empty it often.

If you’re experiencing a roach infestation in Woodstock, Kennesaw, or Acworth, don’t wait until it gets worse- call us today at 770-212-9990 for pest control pricing.

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Make an Annual Termite Inspection One of Your New Year’s Resolutions

Termite and Pest Control WoodstockLosing weight, exercising more, eating healthier are all normal New Year’s resolutions that we make for ourselves. This year you should make an additional resolution, one to protect what is probably your largest investment, your home, by scheduling an annual termite inspection.

With the prevalence of termites in Georgia, including the Woodstock area, anyone who does not have an annual inspection to see if there are any of these wood eating pests in their home is putting themselves at risk. The damage caused by termites is real and can be costly to repair and may have consequences you may not have even considered.

Consider the following scenario – 

You suddenly have an employment opportunity which would be the job of your dreams and put you on the road to achieving personal and financial goals that you have set for yourself and your family.  This job however will require you to sell your current home in order to relocate to a new area. You put your home on the market, you obtain a ready, willing, and able buyer and stand to make just the right amount of money to enable you to purchase a new home in the place you are relocating. Then the potential purchaser of your home begins the process of inspections. In the normal course of a home sale a purchaser will seek and many lenders require a current termite letter showing that the home is free and clear of termite infestation.

Imagine now that the termite report comes back not only showing active termite infestation but also that there has been termite damage to the structure of your home. At the very least this will cost you several hundred dollars in repairs plus the purchaser will require a termite treatment to prevent future infestations. In the worst case, your home could have suffered structural damage to major load supporting framing members which could cost you thousands of dollars in repairs.  This additional cost for repairs will reduce the amount of money you realize from the sale of your home and the discovery of the termites may even spook your purchaser, causing them to back out of the purchase all together. A roadblock is now created to achieving that dream for your family, all because of termites.

Don’t let this happen to you, make a new year’s resolution to protect your home and your finances. Contact the pest control professionals at Protect All Pest Control serving Woodstock, Kennesaw, Acworth, Canton, and surrounding areas for an annual termite inspection.  Reach us by phone at 770-728-8520 or use the convenient “Contact” form on our website.

 

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Termites and Your Home or Business

Termite inspection Woodstock, GAYour home is probably the largest investment you will ever make. Most people carry homeowners or property insurance, perform regular maintenance such as lawn care and painting. Many people however fail to protect this large investment from one of the most destructive and expensive threats, termites.

Some people are under the mistaken impression that because they own a home or business that is brick or has concrete siding they are immune from termite infestation. Which is of course not true since the structure underneath these exterior veneers are normally wooden. Others are just not aware of the threat that termites can cause and fail to have proper inspections or treatments for these damaging insects.

Termites cause up to $5 billion in damage a year to U.S. buildings, according to a National Pest Management Association estimate. Termites live in every state except Alaska, so living in Woodstock, GA does not make your home or business immune to termites and the resulting damage that they can cause. Even such landmarks as the Statue of Liberty and the White House have suffered from termite damage.

How can you protect your home or business from termites?

The first step to protecting your home or business from is regular termite inspections. Do not wait until you suspect you have termites to call a professional pest control company.  A termite inspection by a pest control professional will reveal any active infestations, damage, and evidence of prior infestation.

In addition to regular inspections you should have your home or business protected against termites with a treatment plan that includes bait stations, liquid treatment options or a combination of the two. This will provide protection against future termite infestations. The team of professionals at Protect All Pest Control can work with you to decide the best course of treatment along with reviewing our various guarantees which can include both retreat and repair guarantees depending upon the plan selected.

If you own a home or business and are in need of a termite inspection or treatment plan in Woodstock,GA or the surrounding areas call Protect All Pest Control today at 770-728-8520. You can also use the “Contact” section of our website.

 

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Signs you Have Pest Problems in and Around Your Home

professional pest control KennesawEverybody knows they have bugs or pests when they see the actual pests, but knowing some of the more subtle signs of pest infestations can save you money and headaches. Here we will address some of the clues you should be on the lookout for but it is not a substitute for consulting a professional pest control company for a thorough inspection and consultation.

The first sign may not be so obvious: sawdust. People will blow off sawdust thinking that recent construction or craft building has taken place. Sawdust can mean a serious ant invasion. Carpenter ants can be an expensive and damaging pest. The love moist or damp wood. They can burrow tunnels and hollow out nests in your home’s supporting wood posts.

Another sign is droppings. Droppings are often accompanied by unexplainable noises in the attic or kitchen during the evening. There may be signs of droppings around a crawlspace or basement. Rodents can squeeze into small openings and invade your home. If you notice holes or cracks pay close attention. Rats can squeeze through a hole as small as a quarter and a mouse can squeeze through a space as small as a dime! Mouse traps are a common way to get rid of mice. We offer other services to help get rid of mice and keep them away.

Mud mounds are another thing that catch your attention. It isn’t just kids playing in the mud. Pencil shaped mud tunnels are not good; they are termite tunnels. Termites are subterranean pests that look similar to ants with wings. Termites will hide in dark and damp places like basements and crawlspaces. If you have any question about the home having termites call a pest control professional immediately.

In the South termites are a common problem. It is often said that it isn’t if you will get termites but when. Protect All Pest Control offers ongoing termite inspection and treatment plans that can help give you peace of mind from these destroyers of homes and buildings.

Periodic inspection of your home or business is important. If you see anything that makes you curious, call and have an inspection done by a pest control professional.  At Protect All Pest Control we have the knowledge and experience to endHome Inspection your pest control infestation.

To inquire about our pest control services throughout North Metro Atlanta call us at 770-728-8520 or use the “Contact” form on our website.

 

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Tips for Choosing a Pest Control Company

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If you have a pest problem that you do not want or care to handle on your own, you may decide to turn to a professional. How can you be sure that the pest control company you hire will do a good job? Before you choose a company, get answers to these questions –

Is the pest control company licensed?

Most state or local agencies issue state pest control licenses. Make sure the pest control operator’s license is current if one is required in your state. Also, ask if the company’s employees are bonded, meaning that the company reimburses you for any loss or damage caused by the employee.

Is the pest control company willing and able to discuss the treatment proposed for your home?

Selecting a pest control service is just as important as selecting other professional services. Any company should inspect your premises and outline a recommended pest control program, including the—

  • Pests to be controlled.
  • Extent of the problem.
  • Active ingredient(s) in the pesticide chosen.
  • Form of the pesticide and application techniques.
  • Non-chemical alternatives available.
  • Special instructions to reduce your exposure to the pesticide (such as vacating the house, emptying the cupboards, and removing pets) if appropriate.
  • Steps to take to minimize your pest problems in the future.

Does the pest control company have appropriate insurance?

Most companies carry general liability insurance, including insurance for sudden and accidental pollution. Their insurance gives you a certain degree of protection should an accident occur while pesticides are being applied in your home. Companies may also carry workmen’s compensation insurance, which can help protect you should one of their employees be injured while working in or around your apartment or house.

Does the pest control company guarantee its work?

You should be skeptical about a company that does not guarantee its work. In addition, be sure to find out what you must do to keep your part of the bargain. For example, in the case of termite control treatments, the company’s guarantee may become invalid if you make structural alterations to your home without giving prior notice to the pest control company.

At Protect All Pest Control we meet all of the above criteria and would welcome the opportunity to present our qualifications and plans to meet your pest control needs. Contact us by phone at 770-728-8520 or use the “Request an Estimate Feature” on our website to schedule an in home consultation.

 

 

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Roaches ARE Dirty – and Other Facts

exterminators near meRoaches have survived on the earth for more than 300 million years virtually without change. They are survivors, and will likely be with us for a few more million years. That does not mean we should accept their presence and allow them free reign in our homes and other buildings.  The team at Protect All Pest Control are experts in eliminating roaches from your home or commercial facility.

Roaches eat (and excrete on) paper products, boxes, and food. Because they spread filth by contaminating our food and environment with a variety of pathogens, living with roaches can be detrimental to human health. Up to 50% of asthmatics, as well as many others, develop allergic sensitivities to the presence of roaches. Roaches are carriers of bacteria, fungi, and viruses. In addition to spreading Salmonella, which causes food poisoning, they also carry Streptococcus and Staphylococcus bacteria. Roaches have also been implicated in the spread of hepatitis.

They are especially attracted to wet areas and will be found in abundance near leaking faucets or pipes, wet sponges, persistently damp corners, areas where there is frequently standing water, or areas where continual moisture is usually available, such as drains, kitchens, bathrooms, and maintenance rooms with sink traps. Water pipes frequently serve as migration routes from room to room. Roaches also seek out tight, dark places to hide. They are very averse to light and are most active at night and in places where light does not penetrate. They are fond of tight crevices and cracks where they can hide while touching multiple surfaces. Clutter along walls also makes for an adequate hiding place.

Unfortunately it doesn’t take much to keep roaches fed. They are able to survive on a wide variety of foods, such as fruit, bread, sweets, grease, vegetables, cereal, pet food, garbage, tobacco, paper, books, or glue. Anything which humans will eat, roaches will too. One of the reasons that they are so hard to get rid of is their ability to find food almost anywhere. Another reason is that they can survive long periods between meals. The American cockroach can survive 3-6 weeks without taking in any food or water.

Roaches are better at hiding than you are at finding them that is why so many people end up calling a professional pest control company like Protect All Pest Control after do it yourself treatments fail. We know how roaches think and have the special equipment, materials and know how to keep your home or other building free from these annoying and dangerous pests.

Call us at 770-728-8520 or use the online contact form on our website to schedule your consultation to find out how we can bring your roach problems under control and make your environment a healthier place.

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Importance of Annual Termite Inspections

Termite inspection AcworthThere is an old saying in the pest control community, “There are two kinds of homes in Georgia, those that have termites now, and those homes that will get termites. In Georgia there can be 8-12 colonies of active termites in every acre of land so they are definitely prevalent in our environment. Some homeowners do not believe an annual termite inspection is necessary if their home has had a previous treatment. This is a misconception because a termite colony does not know the difference between dead wood on the ground the wood used to build a home or other type of structure and periodic inspections are needed by a trained pest control professional to make sure there is no additional infestation.

Termites can do extensive damage if undetected. Subterranean termites will consume up to three percent of their body weight in wood each day depending on environmental conditions, size of the termite, and the size of the colony. The average mature colony can consume five grams or 1/5 ounce, of wood each day. It can take 118 days for a mature termite colony to consume one foot of a pine 2×4 wall stud.

Termites often can do damage to a structure and go unnoticed because the homeowner may overlook the sign of damage.  During an inspection by a trained pest control professional, the only visible sign of termite damage may be a small mud tube in the crawlspace, attic, or even on the exterior of the home’s foundation, behind shrubbery or tall grass.

Termite protection is provided in different forms. The cost associated will vary with the type of protection and the labor associated with the treatment. Comprehensive liquid treatments are the most labor intensive form of termite control. These treatments include treating block, brick, support piers, attached slabs and digging a trench inside and outside the foundation.

Baiting systems are another way to protect a structure. The baiting system is installed to intercept foraging termites before they reach a home or building. The baiting system is installed every 10 to 20 feet around the structure and add-ons including decks, patios, and driveways. The baiting systems are effective because termites will find the bait station as they forage for food. A quarterly inspection once a baiting system is in place is standard. This is to ensure that active termites do not reenter the structure. A homeowner may also choose to have their home inspected every year for termites instead of treating with one of the different protection methods, although the potential for infestation and damage in the interim is greatly increased with this option.

The most important part of a homeowner’s protection plan is an annual termite inspection and the peace of mind that comes with knowing that their home, the biggest investment that most people will make, is being protected. The annual termite inspection is a form of insurance. Homeowners do not always realize that just because the structure has been treated for termites that a re-infestation can occur and without this annual termite inspection the structure can be at risk for further termite damage and that they could incur costs to repair this damage.

At Protect All Pest Control, we are trained to inspect for termite infestations and damage as well as offering both liquid and bait system protection plans.  Protect your investment with the combination of a termite treatment and inspection plan from Protect All Pest Control.  For an inspection of your home as well as quotes on prevention and treatment plans, contact us at 770-728-8520.

 

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Welcome To the Protect All Pest Control New Website and Blog

Pest Control AcworthWe are extremely excited to unveil the new Protect All Pest Control website and blog. Based in Acworth, GA we provide pest control services throughout the northwest area of metro Atlanta including Cobb, Cherokee and Bartow counties. Through this online resource we hope to keep our clients and potential clients, informed and up-to-date with the latest news on our company and the pest control industry.

Protect All Pest Control is owned by Ryan Shane, who is utilizing his extensive background in the pest control industry to form a pest control company that is centered on their customers and THEIR needs.

By focusing on the needs of the customer, Ryan created a pest control company that puts you in control. Control of how your home is treated, control of when your home is treated, control over the products that are used and so much more. We offer upfront pricing options to fit your budget and will work diligently to ensure you always know and trust the person that will be protecting your home.

We welcome you to take a look around our site and familiarize yourself with us and what we have to offer.  As one of the leading pest control companies in the northern Atlanta area, we want to earn your trust, respect, AND your business.

Also, be sure to follow along on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter!

 

 

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