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.

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.

Wood Damagetermite inspections Marietta

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.

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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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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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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Termite Season is in Full Swing

Termite Control Woodstock GASpring is truly in full swing in the Atlanta area and it is beautiful but there is a downside. A long winter and late spring means termite season is a little late this year. But as the temperatures climb, termites are on the move and starting to migrate and move to new places. We are also receiving reports of termite swarms throughout the North Atlanta area.

Here are some things you may not know about termites:

  • Termites can squeeze through as small of an opening as 1/64th of an inch crack.
  • Termites resemble ants, but they are actually more closely related to cockroaches.
  • Worker and soldier termites are blind because they spend their lives in the dark.
  • Female queen termites lay one egg every 15 seconds.

The first step to see if you have a termite infestation is for homeowners to check their home for termites, checking baseboards, window trim or door trim that’s been damaged. Odds are, if it disintegrates in your hands, the termites have gotten to it.

The problem is most termite damage is not this obvious and requires an inspection by a Pest Control Professional to be spotted. Once you see crumbling woods the infestation is extensive and could require costly repairs.

This is why we recommend an annual termite inspection. With the prevalence of termites in Georgia, including the Woodstock and Kennesaw areas, anyone who does not have an annual inspection to see if there are any of these wood eating pests in their home is putting themselves at risk. The damage caused by termites is real and can be costly to repair and may have consequences you may not have even considered.

Contact the pest control professionals at Protect All Pest Control serving Woodstock, Kennesaw, Acworth, Marietta, and surrounding areas for an annual termite inspection.  Reach us by phone at 770-728-8520 or use the convenient “Contact” form on our website.

 

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