How To Spot A Termite Infestation

Termite infestations are both very common and very damaging to the home. The best way to protect the home, is to be able to recognize that there is an infestation, and take care of it immediately. There are three signs that you should look for to determine whether you have a termite problem or not.

Swarming

A swarm of termites is a cloud of flying termites that fly very close to one another. Because swarming happens so fast, unless you are home, you may not see it. In the spring, termites that are looking to reproduce will come out in numbers to find a place to form a new colony. If you see a swarm, contact your trusted pest control company immediately.

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Damage to the wood is a sign of termites. Unfortunately, it is not until they have already done serious damage that you will notice the damage, because termites eat wood from the inside out. If you knock on the wood and hear a hollow sound, you should call a trusted pest control company.

Mud Tubes

Termites will build tubes in the mud to search for food. If you see tubes in your foundation or in the basement walls, there is likely an active infestation and again, call your trusted pest control company.

Debris and Wings

When termites swarm, they can lose their wings and leave debris behind. If you notice debris and wings on your windowsills, you should contact an exterminator. The debris can look like sawdust. The sooner you have the home inspected, the less damage the termites can do to your windows.

The more you know about termite infestations, the better. Termite infestations can destroy a home if they are not caught in time. Being able to recognize that there may be an infestation is your first line of defense. If you think you may have an infestation, give us a call at 770-212-9990, and we’ll spring into action.

Say No to Stink Bugs

stink bug extermination AcworthMany of the pests we battle pose actual health and safety risks for your family, from salmonella-carrying roaches to rats and mice infected with hantavirus. And then there are the pests that, while not dangerous, are nevertheless extremely annoying. As temperatures drop here in the north Atlanta suburbs, you may see more and more of one particularly annoying pest, the brown marmorated stink bug.

How to spot stink bugs

The brown marmorated stink bug is an invasive species from Asia and is easy to spot thanks to its shield-shaped body and mottled brown color. These pests first arrived in the U.S. fairly recently, in 1996, yet can now be found in over 40 states, causing millions of dollars worth of loss in the agricultural industry every year. So what makes them so annoying as house pests? When threatened, they emit an awful smell. Think stomping them will do the trick? Think again. Crushing them also releases the unpleasant odor.

5 tips for preventing a stink bug infestation

Stink bugs need to find a warm place to spend the winter, and your home provides the perfect environment, especially secluded spots like the attic or basement. To keep these stinky home invaders at bay, check out these tips for preventing a stink bug infestation in your home.

  • Use yellow bulbs in outdoor light fixtures. Stink bugs are attracted to light, but yellow bulbs seem to decrease their attraction.
  • Examine window and door screens for holes and repair if necessary. Look for other possible entry points around siding, utilities, and any other cracks and crevices and seal with caulk.
  • If bringing anything outdoors into your home, look it over first to make sure there are no stowaways.
  • Stink bug infestations can be pre-treated, so schedule pest control preemptively.
  • If stink bugs do find their way into your home, use your vacuum attachment to remove them, then throw the bag away in the outside trash to keep the odor from leaking out.
  • Contact an exterminator right away to treat your home before the infestation gets out of control.

If you’re seeing stink bugs or other pests in your home, call us ASAP for treatment! And if you don’t have pests in your home, keep it that way by scheduling regular pest control treatments from Protect All Pest Control. We are happy to provide pest control services in Kennesaw, Woodstock, Acworth, and throughout the north Atlanta area.

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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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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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Termite Inspections: What to Know Before Buying a Home

Woodstock termite inspectionsSummer is the height of real estate season, with buyers rushing to close on new homes and settle in before school starts in the fall. If you are buying a home, be sure to remember this important but easily-overlooked real estate tip: Have the home inspected for termites before you buy.

Termites are a big problem for American homeowners, causing an estimated $5 billion in damage to buildings annually. Termite colonies can house up to a million of these wood-eating pests, and over the course of years they can cause invisible but serious damage to your home. Many lenders require a termite letter (a document stating that an inspection found no sign of termite infestation) before approving a mortgage, but you should have a termite inspection performed on your potential home regardless.

Termite damage is often hidden and hard to spot, so it’s wise to hire a pest control company with experience in termite extermination and inspection. The only signs of a termite infestation- small mud tubes found in crawlspaces, attics, or around the perimeter of the foundation- are easy to miss if you don’t have a trained eye and knowledge of how these pests behave.

If you do find out that your dream home has termites, don’t despair. Termites are a common problem and can be effectively treated using liquid treatments. At Protect All Pest Control, we offer a range of termite treatment services to help you banish these bugs from your home. However, finding out about a termite problem before you buy is still very important because it will play a part in your negotiations with the seller, who should pay for the treatment or provide some other monetary compensation should you choose to buy the home.

To schedule a termite inspection, give us a call today at 770-212-9990, or use our contact form to get in touch.

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3 Tips to Fight Fleas This Summer

flea prevention for dog in yardSummer is here, and people in Woodstock, Acworth, and Kennesaw are enjoying the season by spending more time outside. Unfortunately with summer comes flea season, creating an itchy, unpleasant problem for pets and their families. Read on for 3 tips to fight fleas this summer, from our team at Protect All Pest Control.

Catch it early.

A flea infestation can go from mild to major in no time at all, so it’s important to deal with the problem sooner rather than later. Signs that you may have fleas in your home include:

  • Pets scratching or grooming more than usual
  • Itchy bites
  • “Flea dirt”- the feces of adult fleas, which can often be found on rugs, pet bedding, and anywhere else your pet rests. Flea dirt can be identified as such by dropping it into water. Regular dirt will look the same, but flea dirt will release a red color because it contains blood.

If you discover flea dirt or find fleas on your animal, call us immediately to discuss flea treatment for your home.

Protect your pets.

The best way to keep fleas from invading your home is to keep them off your pets. Apply a flea and tick prevention product on a regular basis, and bathe/groom them regularly. Clean animals are less attractive hosts to fleas, and combing your pet’s fur will help you identify a problem early.

Protect your home.

The best way to keep fleas out of your home is to keep them off your cat or dog. Beyond that, minimizing risk is the name of the game. Try to minimize the places where fleas could hide. Limit the areas where your dog or cat sleeps, and use washable pet bedding. Frequently vacuum and clean the areas where your pet spends the most time, and dispose of the contents outside immediately after. Fleas can live in your vacuum cleaner and escape back out into your home.

If you have fleas in your home, don’t wait. Call us today at 770-212-9990 to schedule an inspection and get rid of these nasty pests.

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Considerations in Hiring a Professional Pest Control Company

Professional Pest Control Woodstock and KennesawHiring a Professional Pest Control Company is the best way to control bugs and insects in your home but it is not something that should be done without proper due diligence. When preparing to hire a pest control company for your home in Woodstock GA or the surrounding area here are some considerations to take in to account.

The Company

Is the company bonded and insured? This can be important to both protect your property and protect against liability.

Knowledge

The technician, or representative, should be knowledgeable enough to answer your pest control questions. There may be a question or two that he does not know off-hand, and, if so, he should be willing to say he will find out and let you know. It is better to hear an honest “I don’t know, but I’ll find out,” than to be given a wrong or made-up answer.

Price

The lowest price is not always the best deal. If a company says it will solve your problem in one service for $X, and your problem still exists after you’ve paid for that service, you haven’t saved any money. Instead, you will most likely need to start over with another service provider and end up paying a great deal more than if you had chosen quality over price the first time.

Consultation

At some point during your pest control service, the technician should make recommendations for future prevention. Depending on the service being performed, it is possible that this could come before, during, or after service. For example, if the inspection reveals a potential pest infestation, the technician should inform you and recommend immediate clean-up. If a structural issue is found, the pest control technician may wait until the end and recommend maintenance and/or repairs. Consultation is one of the earmarks of our Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program.

Protect All Pest Control is all about Protecting YOU and all you care about from pests that can cause harm to you, your family and your wallet. Call us at 770-728-8520 or use the convenient “Contact” feature on our website to schedule your pest control service in Woodstock, Kennesaw, Acworth, Marietta and surrounding areas.

 

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Health Consequences of Pests in Your Home

Pest Control KennesawPests and Rodents are generally unwelcome visitors in your home. While their mere presence is certainly a nuisance, did you know that they could also be putting your family in jeopardy of developing serious health risks? Learn more here about the specific types of health risks associated with common household pests.

Rodents Can Spread Disease

Nobody likes sharing their home with rodents, but did you know that mice, rats, and other rodents can pose a disease spreading threat? More often than not, this comes in the form of rodent droppings, which can build up quickly in isolated areas of your home like your attic, pantry, and baseboards. These droppings can trigger allergic reactions, and even spread diseases like the Hantavirus.

The spread of harmful bacteria is also a real threat when rodents have invaded your home. Rodents can carry and transmit bacteria like salmonella and contaminate any food that they come in contact with, as well as the surface areas of your home.

Cockroaches – Bacteria and Allergens

Everybody knows that cockroaches are dirty creatures, but were you aware of the potential health risks that are associated with this pest? Cockroach allergens, which are left behind in their droppings and saliva, have the potential to severely affect children. 1 in 5 children are known to have sensitivity and increased asthma symptoms when exposed to theses allergens, so it isn’t a health threat to be underestimated.

Cockroaches are also known to spread Salmonella, E. coli, and other bacteria threats around your home, especially when they come in contact with food, cooking equipment, and other common household items.

Ants and Health Risks 

In general, ants travel and live in large groups, so if there is one around there are undoubtedly others in the vicinity. Since ants are constantly on the search for food sources, they may find their way into your home in hopes of finding nourishment. If you have food that is exposed inside of your home, it could attract ants, who are known to spread bacteria and contaminants. Be sure to keep any food items well sealed to insure that these pests don’t show up in bunches.

To help prevent insects and pests and the health hazards that they present contact Protect All Pest Control for all your professional pest control needs.  We service Woodstock, Kennesaw, Acworth, Marietta, and surrounding area. Call us at 770-728-8520 or use the convenient “Contact” form on our website.