Oh Rats! Controlling Unwanted Guests In Your Home

Oh rats. You just saw a little critter out of the corner of your eye, and the panic sets in. So what do you do? Well, it’s definitely important to take care of it one way or another. Rats can cause extensive damage to your home, and carry diseases that could harm you and your family. As the weather gets colder, they’re looking for a new home. So don’t let it be yours!

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  1. See the signs. Look for rat droppings. They’re more active at night, so take a look around in the morning. You might also hear scratching noise on the roof, walls and under floorboards. Look at wood or cables and see if it’s been gnawed at.
  2. Cut of access points. Prevent the infestation before it happens. Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens, screening vents and chimney openings. Seal cracks and holes on the exterior of your house, where utility lines and pipes enter the home. Use caulk and/or copper mesh.
  3. Keep it clean. It’ll provide less places for rats to nest! Keep a lid on outdoor garbage cans and keep them distant from the house. Clean up any debris outside the house as well.
  4. Keep food sealed. Be careful about what you use to store food. Avoid bags or boxes, but rather seal food in metal or glass containers with lids. Keep up with sweeping and picking up any crumbs.

Still having issues with rats? Call in a professional! Protect All Pest Control serves all North Metro Atlanta for unwanted fall pests. Give us a call at 770-212-9990 or visit our site for a full list of pest control services.

DIY Flea Repellents!

This time of year we love to let our pets roam outside. They roll in the grass, play with other animals and seem to have a blast. It’s all fun and games, until you see that first flea.  It seems like such a hassle going to the vet for flea removal, and most medicine can get all gooey and gross. These few repellents are easy to throw together, and they’re natural!

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Keep your pets safe and keep fleas out!

DIY Flea and Tick Spray

Ingredients:
-8 oz. apple cider
-4 oz. warm water
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-Spray bottle
-Funnel

Directions:
1. Pour all ingredients into a spray bottle.
2. Apply to pet and brush daily to every other day.
3. Comb through fur.
4. Do a daily check or fleas/ticks whether or not you spray it that day or not!

Homemade Flea Powder

Ingredients:
-1 cup food grade diatomaceous earth
-1/2 cup neem powder
-1/2 cup yarrow powder
-20 drops eucalyptus essential oil (leave this out if it’s for cats)!

Directions:
1. Mix all ingredients together and put in a shaker top container.
2. Apply from head to tail along your pets spine in dry condition. Brush your pets fur going the opposite direction so the powder comes in contact with the skin. Avoid the eyes and nose. Rub the powder onto the belly and legs as well. Try to get the flea powder on as much skin as possible.

Tip: Fleas seem to like the tails, area right above the tail and the belly/groin area. Concentrate a lot on those areas!

Here are a few other DIY repellents we found helpful:

Still need help with fleas? Protect All Pest Control does a complete home inspection prior to treatment! We’ll use only the safest products in your home, and educate you on all things fleas. Give us a call at 770-212-9990. 

 

Control And Banish Bed Bugs!

They’re not attracted to dirt, they’re small, and they can’t fly…but they can bite! Bed bugs are commonly found in hotels and inns. They tend to crawl from the infested bedding and furniture into your luggage, ready to infest your home (and your body) when you return home. Once introduced in your home, they can spread easily from one room to another, and once spread, can take weeks to months to control. Luckily, you can prevent bugs when you travel and while in your home.

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Here’s a few things you can do to get rid of bed bugs!

1. Inspect. Bed bugs most often hide near where you sleep because you are their food source. Also, remember that they tend to prefer wood or fabric over plastic and metal. When inspecting for bed bugs, check for live and dead bugs, rusty stains, small spots of red/black fecal matter, tiny cream-colored eggs, and pale yellow skins that nymphs shed as they grow. Look in cushions, carpet edges, loose wallpaper, dark cracks, headboards, etc.

2. Declutter. Cluttered areas are bad because it allows the bugs a place to hide. Cleaning regularly will make inspection easier and prevent bugs from gathering. Get rid of items that you no longer use, or that cannot be washed, heated or steam cleaned. If your mattress has holes or multiple tears, think about replacing it!

3. Vaccuum. Suck up those bugs, and their eggs! You may have to take the attachment off the vaccuum to really get in those deep crevices. The floor is only the start; consider vacuuming your mattress, bed seams, box spring, bed frame, joints and bed curtains.

4. Do Laundry. Wash and dry your infested clothes and bedding with warm water and high heat. Around 120 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal. To be completely safe, consider washing and drying twice. For items that can only be dry cleaned, use a hot dryer for at least 30 minutes.

5. Steam. Steam cleaners emit steam at a minimum temperature of 100 degrees Celsius and bed bugs generally die at 50 degrees Celsius, or about 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Steam clean mattresses, upholstery and items that can’t be washed. You can choose a dry steam or a low vapor steamer that leaves behind less moisture.

Protect All Pest Control specializes in bed bug infestations! You’ll be on your way to a stress free and pest free house with our quick and effective services. Contact us at 770-212-9990!

Summer is Prime Time for Bed Bug Infestations

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The only things you should bring home from your summer vacation are happy memories!

Here in Woodstock, Kennesaw, and Acworth, summer is the season when we celebrate the little things in life- a cold popsicle on a blazing hot Georgia afternoon, watching fireflies from the front porch on a sultry evening, backyard barbecues with friends on the weekend- but unfortunately those are not the only “little things” that come with summer. It’s also a major season for bed bug infestations!

Increased need for professional bed bug treatment

Pest control companies have been seeing more and more cases of bed bug infestations over the last decade. According to this year’s survey of pest control professionals by the National Pest Management Association, 99.6 percent had applied bed bug treatment in the past year. But 15 years prior, that number was only 25 percent.

Why is summer the season of bed bugs?

While a bed bug infestation can happen at any time of the year, summer is particularly risky due to summer vacations. Increased travel from home to hotel means that unsuspecting homeowners end up bringing bed bugs home in their clothes and luggage. Missy Henriksen of the National Pest Management Association says,

Our survey has found that residential settings and hotels continue to be the top places where pest professionals are finding and treating for bed bugs. As summer travelers eagerly visit destinations, new and familiar, it’s important to remind them that the best way to stem the spread of bed bugs is to be vigilant during and after their trip.

How to banish bed bugs

At Protect All Pest Control, we provide bed bug treatments in Kennesaw, Woodstock, Acworth, and throughout the north metro Atlanta area. By the time you see the signs of an infestation, it’s already a pest control code red, so don’t wait– call us immediately for bed bug treatment so we can help you banish bugs from your home or business!

Give us a call at 770-212-9990 to discuss our residential and commercial pest control services today, and be sure to check out our tips to avoid bringing bed bugs back from vacation.

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Flea Season Tips for Your Pets and Home

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Keep your furry friends flea-free!

With the arrival of warmer weather, your dog or cat is at risk for attracting fleas, especially if they spend a lot of time outdoors. The fleas come in on your pet, fall off in your house, and take up residence in your carpets, furniture and bedding. Once they’ve infiltrated your home, they’ll continuously lay eggs and multiply into a full-blown infestation that’s difficult if not impossible to exterminate without the help of a professional pest control company.

Flea-borne disease and health hazards

Fleas aren’t only a nuisance; they also present a health hazard to both your pets and family. Their bites can cause:

  • Itchy allergic reactions
  • The spread of parasites, such as tapeworms
  • Skin infections
  • Anemia

How to prevent and treat flea infestations

You can help protect your pets and home and avoid infestations by following these tips:

  • Watch your pets for signs of fleas, such as excessive scratching, licking, or flea dirt (dried blood on their skin).
  • Bathe your pets after coming in contact with other pets, such as in dog parks, vet visits, or boarding.
  • Keep the grass in your yard trimmed and keep your pets away from tall grass where fleas live.
  • Wash your pet’s bedding, gear, and stuffed toys often in the warmest water possible.
  • Frequently vacuum your floors, rugs, and furniture.
  • Launder your bed linens in hot water.

If you do end up with a flea infestation, don’t panic- but don’t delay, either. You’ll need the assistance of a pest control company to rid your home of these uninvited guests. That’s where we come in at Protect All Pest Control! Give us a call at 770-212-9990 for professional and safe flea treatment in Woodstock, Kennesaw, Acworth, and Canton.

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