Cockroach Control 101

Spiders, beetles and small insects are bad, but lets face it…roaches are the absolute worst; especially when they’ve set up camp in your own home. They’re fast, there’s plenty of them and they follow you.

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Don’t let these little buggers get into your home!

How’d they get here?

Roaches check out your place by crawling through tiny spaces around doors, pipes and other open spaces. They invade homes seeking out warmth, moisture and darkness. Contrary to popular belief, they aren’t attracted to mess, however leaving a sandwich on the table for 72 hours won’t necessarily help.

What kinds of roaches do I have?

While we categorize them generally as all cockroaches, there are variations of them.

  • German Cockroach: These multiply quickly and nest in kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Brownbanded Cockroach: These thrive in hotter/dryer regions and nest at eye level and higher locations.
  • Oriental Cockroach: These are drawn to humid areas, often called water bugs.
  • American Cockroach: These are also drawn to humid and hot areas, sometimes referred to as “palmetto bug.”

How do I get rid of them?

  • It’s tempting just to spray pesticide wherever and call it a day, but putting a little more strategy into it will help. Take away the things they need; warm shelter, food and water. Think about where you see them most, and find the source.
  • Set up roach traps with sticky glue.
  • In the meantime, organize piled newspapers, cardboard boxes, paper bags and general areas where they can hide.
  • Make sure food is in containers.
  • Do a deep clean, including vacuuming, sweeping, wiping, etc.
  • Take out the trash often.
  • There are a million home remedies out there, and many of them work! Here’s 10 you can try.

Want a professional? We’ve got you covered. Protect All Pest Control specializes in roach removal! Give us a call at 770-212-9990. 

Kennesaw Pest Control for Home and Business

Kennesaw exterminator You may not have known, but at Protect All Pest Control we provide not only residential pest control for homeowners in the north Atlanta area, but also commercial pest control for businesses large and small in Kennesaw, Woodstock, Acworth, and other local communities.

Safe pest control methods

In both residential and commercial settings we use Integrated Pest Management, or IPM. This pest control approach combines our expert knowledge of pests- what they eat, how they infiltrate your space, how to get rid of them, etc.- with environmental and safety knowledge in order to solve your pest control problem in the safest, least-invasive, and most efficient way.

By strategically deploying pest control methods that fit your exact situation, we are able to minimize the use of toxic chemicals. When we do use toxic methods, we do so in the safest and most effective way, to maximize the effect on your problem while minimizing exposure to people, animals, and the environment.

Commercial pest control

At Protect All Pest Control, we make it easy and affordable for you to keep pests out of the way so you can enjoy life at home and keep your business thriving. Our Kennesaw pest control services are especially important for restaurants, coffee shops, catering companies, bakeries, hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts, and any other type of food service or hospitality business, as well as educational and medical settings like day cares, nursing homes, hospitals, clinics, and schools. But let’s be honest- no matter what type of business you have, pest control is important to keep your workspace healthy and your customers comfortable.

If you’re looking for a residential or commercial pest control company in Kennesaw, Woodstock, Acworth, or Canton, contact us today for an estimate.

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Cockroaches and Asthma: Are Your Kids at Risk?

Acworth pest control for childhood asthmaAccording to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, one in five children in the United States is highly sensitive to cockroach allergens, which in turn increases the likelihood and severity of asthma attacks. Dealing with a cockroach infestation is distasteful enough, but knowing that these unwelcome insects could be harmful to your children’s health? That’s reason enough to call Protect All Pest Control right away.

The dangers of cockroach allergens

The saliva, feces, secretions, skin cells, and decomposing bodies of roaches can all prompt an allergic reaction, ranging from tiny red bumps on the skin to full-blown asthma attacks. Other symptoms include a scratchy throat, itching of the skin and nose, and irritated eyes. One clue that someone may have a cockroach allergy is if they experience allergy-like symptoms all year long, not just during “allergy season.” A doctor can check for this allergy with a simple skin prick test.

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America,

The amount of roach allergen in house dust or air can be measured. In dwellings where the amount is high, exposure is high and the rate of hospitalization for asthma goes up.

Preventing cockroach contact

If someone in your household is allergic to cockroaches, your first call should be to a pest control company. For every roach you see, it’s likely that many more are hiding in walls, behind furniture, and in closets or cabinets. Cockroaches are one of the most hardy organisms on earth, which makes them hard to exterminate. We have the professional knowledge and experience to effectively treat a cockroach infestation.

Other things you can do to discourage cockroaches from invading your space include:

  • Containing food to the kitchen and dining area only.
  • Keeping garbage covered and emptying it each day.
  • Keeping counters and floors clean of crumbs. That includes vacuuming under the refrigerator and stove. Don’t forget to clean your toaster’s crumb tray regularly as well.

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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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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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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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