Keep Your Holidays Pest Free

It happens every year. The holidays have snuck up on us again! Friends and family are coming from all pest control Acworthover to join one another for the festivities. With so many different things going on it can be difficult to pay attention to little things like keeping your home pest free for the holidays. Here, at Protect All Pest Control in Acworth, GA, we know the struggles and time constraints the holidays present. So, we have compiled a list of pest control tips to keep in your arsenal this season!

  • Keep Sweets Stored Properly – ‘Tis the season for many sweets. With all of the freshly baked cookies and pies around, you can be sure that ants are looming around the corner. Be sure to cover and store sugary foods properly to avoid an infestation.
  • Bug-Free Christmas Tree – Bugs and insects love to hitch rides into our homes by means of the Christmas trees we put in our living rooms. Keep your tree pest-free by, first, inspecting it before you bring it inside, and then shake it vigorously to dislodge any that might be hiding.
  • Door Sweeps – If you have a house full of people, doors are going to opening and closing many times throughout the day. The last thing you need is an extra means of entry for pests. Installing door sweeps can help close off those gaps that might be at the bottom of our doors.
  • Inspect Fire Wood – Another thing to inspect for bringing it inside is fire wood. It can be such a pleasant scene to see a fire going with decorations surrounding it. But pests love to hang out in wood piles, so it is important to give the pieces you’re bringing in a once over.

Fun Facts About Those Pests

Here at Protect All Pest Control, located in Acworth, GA, we are in the business of keeping pests pest control Acworthaway from your homes and businesses. But even though we don’t want insects and animals in our homes, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t interesting creatures! There are many fun and intriguing facts about animals that might surprise you, so instead of exploring how to keep them away this week’s blog will be taking a closer look.

  • All insects on Earth would outweigh all animals if put on a scale.
  • House flies have taste buds on their feet, so when they land on a surface they can actually taste it.
  • When the only queen ant dies, so does the entire colony, because no new workers are born.
  • A flea can jump 130 times it’s height.
  • Only female mosquitoes bite humans.
  • An ant can lift 20 times its own body weight.  If a 175 pound man had the strength of an ant, he could lift four tons.
  • Bed bug hatchlings are so small they can pass through a stitch-hole in a mattress.
  • Mosquitoes can detect carbon dioxide from 75 feet away.
  • Raccoons can vocalize more than 51 different sounds.

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Spot Pest Problems Before You Move In

Moving into a new home can be both an exciting and stressful thing to deal with. With all of the Pest Control Acworth planning, packing and transporting of items from one home to another, it can be easy to overlook the little details. There are many things to look for when searching for a new home, but one thing to always keep an eye out for is a pest problem. So, what are we looking for? Protect All Pest Control, located in Acworth, GA, is here to help! We have pulled together a list of things to check for to determine if your new home has any unwanted tenants.

  • Chewed or Frayed Wires – The last pest problem anyone wants to have in a new home is a rodents issue. Chewed wires can be a sign of just that, so keep your eyes peeled for them.
  • Droppings – This is another sign that you might have some critter looming. Check in and behind places that you wouldn’t usually see. The droppings won’t usually be out in the open.
  • Termite Signs – This one is another big thing to look out for. Termites can destroy a home, so ensuring your new home is termite-free can save you a lot of headaches down the road. Be sure to look for discarded wings, mud tubes and wood damage. All of these could be signs that the house has a termite problem.
  • Dead Bugs – When giving the house a walk through, be sure to check around doors and windows for any dead bugs. A large accumulation could be a sign that the house needs to be treated by a pest control company.

Are You Attracting Termites? Learn What NOT To Do!

termites treatments KennesawIt’s termite season in Georgia, and at Protect All Pest Control we are here to help with termite treatments in Woodstock, Kennesaw, Acworth, and Canton. These wood destroying organisms can cause expensive property damage, so it’s important to know the signs of an infestation and call for termite control immediately if you suspect these pests are present in or around your home.

Are you making any of these common homeowner mistakes that attract termites?

Keeping woodpiles near your house- Termites eat wood, so keeping a wood pile right next to your  home is basically inviting every termite around to an all-you-can-eat buffet. They can easily migrate from the wood pile to the structure of your home. To reduce the risk of termite infestation, keep your woodpile at least 20 feet away from your house, and ideally, at least 5 inches off the ground.

Using wood mulch near your foundation- Wood mulch is a common landscaping staple here in the north Atlanta area, but what many homeowners don’t know is that they are putting their homes at risk of termite infestation. To prevent termites from being drawn to your mulch and then coming into your home, make sure there is at least a 15 inch gap between your mulch and foundation.

Leaving your gutters clogged- Termites seek moisture, so allowing your gutters to get clogged with leaves and debris creates the perfect damp environment for termites. From there, they can damage your insulation and migrate elsewhere into your home. It’s also important to make sure you have downspouts that direct water flow away from your foundation and prevent accumulation. Pools of stagnant water can easily attract termites, as well as other unwanted pests like mosquitoes.

Regular termite inspections can help you catch these property-destroying pests early, so give us a call at 770-212-9990 or contact us online to schedule your termite inspection in Kennesaw, Woodstock, or elsewhere in north Atlanta.

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Warming Means Swarming: It’s Termite Season in Georgia

Woodstock GA termite inspectionsBuds are appearing on the trees and spring is in the air, but there’s another, less pleasant (OK, completely unpleasant!) sign of spring that you may have missed- swarming termites.

As the winter chill fades and temperatures creep upwards into 70 degrees or more, termites start to swarm in the southeastern United States. Here in the north Atlanta areas of Kennesaw, Woodstock, Acworth, and Canton, it’s time to keep an eye out for signs of termite infestation, or better yet, schedule your annual termite inspection.

Know thy enemy: Subterranean termites

Subterranean termites are the most common termite species in North America, and they cause more than $2 billion in damage each year. That’s more than the property damage caused by fire and windstorms combined! They start to swarm after the last freeze of the year, so now is the time to be watchful for these destructive pests.

What to look for: Signs you need to call a termite exterminator

Besides the obvious sign of swarming termites, you should also be on the lookout for mud tubes around your foundation, in crawlspaces, attics, and other entry points, and where pipes enter your home. Termites build these tubes to create a sheltered pathway from their colony to their food source- in this case the wood parts of your home.

Other signs are discarded wings and mud encrusted in small cracks and joints around the structure of your home. Unfortunately, all of these signs can be very subtle and it may be hard for an untrained eye to pick out the early signs of an infestation. That’s why it’s so important to have annual termite inspections performed by a trained pest control professional!

At Protect All Pest Control, we can help you catch termite activity early or treat a full-blown infestation before it can do more damage to your home. Call us today at 770-212-9990 to schedule your termite inspection or other pest control service!

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