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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3 Risks of Mosquito Bites

mosquito control in Woodstock GAWho do you think mosquitoes bite more: men or women? According to the Mayo Clinic, the jury is still out on that subject, but there’s no denying that these buzzing pests can put a real damper on your enjoyment of your outdoor living spaces during the summer months. While they’re certainly annoying, that’s not the only reason to consider professional mosquito treatments for your yard. Read on to learn about the risks of mosquito bites from the pest control experts at Protect All Pest Control.

Mosquito-borne diseases

Mosquitoes feed on blood from humans and animals. If a mosquito bites an infected animal and then bites you, the disease can be transferred via the mosquito’s saliva. Malaria and yellow fever can both be transmitted this way; fortunately they are not much of a problem for us in the U.S. Of course, there are still some serious mosquito-borne diseases to watch out for here in Georgia, including:

  • West Nile- Many people don’t even know they have contracted this disease due to mild or even non-existent symptoms.  However, some people will experience West Nile Fever, which manifests as fever, severe headaches, fatigue, back pain, and sometimes other symptoms like rashes or eye pain.
  • Encephalitis-  Encephalitis viruses cause inflammation of the brain. Symptoms can range from mild, flu-like complaints to confusion, seizures, and paralysis. This dangerous disease can escalate quickly so it is imperative to get immediate medical attention if you suspect infection.
  • Dengue fever- While rare, this disease has been found in the southeast. It causes high fever, severe pain in joints and muscles, vomiting, rash, and other unpleasant and possibly dangerous symptoms. Mild cases are sometimes mistaken for the flu.

While there haven’t been any cases yet in Georgia, the tropical disease chikungunya has recently been documented in Florida- just one more reason to make mosquito control a priority!

If you want to protect your family from mosquito bites and mosquito-borne illnesses, we can help. Contact us today for an estimate on mosquito control in Woodstock, Kennesaw, or Acworth, Georgia.

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Pest Control Tips: How to Beat Backyard Mosquitoes

Woodstock mosquito controlIf you’ve spent the time and money to create a beautiful backyard, summer is the season to take advantage of it. Unfortunately there’s one thing that can easily ruin neighborhood barbecues, alfresco family dinners, and lazy Saturday games of catch- itchy mosquito bites!

We can help you get rid of these annoying insects. Protect All Pest Control is now certified in mosquito control and we are happy to offer mosquito treatment services to our clients. Give us a call at 770-212-9990 for an estimate.

Professional mosquito control is the most effective way to keep mosquitoes from ruining your summer fun, but these tips can also help you cut down on their numbers.

  • Get rid of standing water- This is the number one most important way to keep mosquitoes out of your yard! Mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant or slow-moving water, so keeping standing water out of your yard will deprive them of their breeding grounds. Empty and re-fill bird baths weekly, keep rain barrels covered, and make sure any toys, sandbox covers, wheelbarrows, etc. are turned upside down so they can’t collect water. It’s also important to check loose tarps and covers that could be concealing puddles of rainwater (boat covers, grill covers, etc.). Remove any slack so that rainwater runs off instead of collecting.
  • Landscape with beneficial plants- Certain plants may help repel mosquitoes from your yard, including mums, marigolds, daisies, and asters. Basil and coriander (cilantro) are also thought to keep insects at bay, plus they can make a great addition to your summer cookouts.
  • Change your light bulbs– If you want to enjoy warm summer nights in your yard without enduring a swarm of bugs, switch to yellow-tinted bug lights. The wavelengths of these bulbs are less visible to bugs, so you can illuminate your porch or patio without attracting unwanted company.

Ready to win the battle for your backyard? Contact us today!

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The Top 3 Summer Pest Control Problems

mosquito control AcworthPest control is important all year long, but Georgia’s sweltering summer heat and humidity make it a necessity. Bugs of all kinds are out in force and are more likely to invade both your indoor and outdoor living spaces. Read on to learn about the top 3 summer pest control problems, and be sure to schedule your treatment with Protect All Pest Control to keep your house and lawn pest-free!

Roaches

Roaches really only need warmth, moisture, and shelter to survive, which unfortunately makes our homes a welcoming environment for them. Even if you keep your home spotlessly clean, roaches can and will find their way in. Here in Georgia, we not only have to deal with the smaller German cockroaches, but also the American cockroach, or Palmetto bug as it is regionally known.

Your Protect All Pest Control technician will use IPM (Integrated Pest Management) techniques to remove the roach infestation, and can also give you some pointers on how to avoid future infestations.

Fire Ants

Another scourge of the Georgia summertime is the dreaded fire ant, an aggressive ant that packs a painful sting. They are a particular cause of concern during the summer when children are out of school and often running around their yards barefoot. If you see the large, reddish-orange mounds that signify a fire ant colony, contact us ASAP to schedule a consultation.

Mosquitoes

Our Woodstock extermination company is happy to announce that we now offer mosquito control! Besides the annoying bites, mosquitoes pose a serious health risk. They can carry a variety of nasty diseases, from West Nile virus to malaria, and even a form of encephalitis. Don’t let the mosquitoes kick you out of your own backyard. Contact us for more information about our mosquito treatments, and fight mosquito breeding in your yard by eliminating any sources of standing water.

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