It is that time of year again. Tick season is upon us, and the warmer it gets, the more of an issue it seems to become. The month of May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, and with more and more people venturing outdoors, it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. We are receiving a growing number of calls about tick problems by the day. As most of you are aware, these pests can carry diseases that it can then pass off on to you or your pets if removed improperly. Pest USA, located in Atlanta Georgia, wants you to be prepared this season with some knowledge on effective tick removal.
Tick Removal and Care, Step by Step
According to WebMD, the most efficient method of tick removal is by using a pair of fine-tipped tweezers (do not grab tick with your bare hands).
- First, grab the tick as close to its mouth (the part that is stuck in your skin) as you can. The body of the tick will be above your skin.
- Do not grab the tick around its swollen belly. You could push infected fluid from the tick into your body if you squeeze it.
- Gently pull the tick straight out until its mouth lets go of your skin. Do not twist the tick. This may break off the tick’s body and leave the head in your skin.
- Put the tick in a dry jar or ziplock bag and save it in the freezer for later identification if needed.
- After the tick has been removed, wash the area of the tick bite with a lot of warm water and soap. A mild dishwashing soap, such as Ivory, works well. Be sure to wash your hands well with soap and water also.
Ticks can be a difficult pest to rid your home of on your own, so If you suspect that you have a tick problem around your home, give us a call!
Here at Pest USA, located in Atlanta, GA, we are in the business of keeping pests away 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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It’s gardening season! Many people wait anxiously from the time the dormant season begins until we reach the growing season again to get their hands dirty. If you have ever tended a garden, you know the hard work that goes into it. So the last thing any gardener wants is to see their labor destroyed by pests. It’s a constant battle every year to keep rodents or insects from ruining a good growing season. There is hope though! Pest USA, knows these struggles all too well, but we have some tips for you.
Pest Control for the Garden
- Keep it Neat – Often times gardeners keep their gardens free of weeds and dead or dying plants to ensure it looks healthy. But more so than that, keeping a garden free of weeds also deters harmful bugs and insects.
- Keep Plants Dry – This might seem counter intuitive to some green thumbs out there, but keeping a plant dry for as long as possible makes a garden seem less inviting. Many achieve this by watering in the morning to ensure that the sun has time to dry up the excess moisture.
- Use Homemade Pesticide – One of the many reasons a gardener grows his/her own fruits and vegetables is to avoid harmful chemicals in their food. One of the most effective deterrents for insects like Aphids is a concoction of things found in most people’s kitchens. 1 tablespoon canola oil and a few drops of soap added to about a quart of water, shake it well and add to a spray bottle to mist your plants.
- Cage it in – One great way to keep some of the larger pests, like mice and rabbits, out of a garden is to simply cage it in. many gardeners use chicken wire wrapped around their plants to ward off hungry onlookers.
We wish you a bountiful growing season! For more tips and pest control news, keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter.
By now the Zika Virus is an issue that most of us are aware of, but not all of us are completely up to date on the specifics. It was first identified in Uganda in 1947 and later on found in humans in 1952. Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that is transmitted from the bite of an infected mosquito; cases have been documented in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific. Now that we are officially in the spring season, and consequently mosquito season, it is important to be prepared with some knowledge on the subject. Team Pest USA, located in Atlanta, GA, is here is help! We have listed some important information below that will help you combat the threat this year.
The signs of the Zika Virus are similar to other mosquito borne viruses. It is characterized by pain in the eyes, joints or muscles. Other symptoms include fever, loss of appetite, headaches, vomiting, skin rash, fatigue, sweating, eye redness and chills.
There is no known vaccines for Zika yet, so most treatments are focused on mitigating the symptoms. Treating the symptoms includes rehydration, getting plenty of rest and tackling the fever and pains with acetaminophen.
The best way to approach the Zika Virus is to be proactive and prevent it from happening in the first place. Mosquitos are out in full force this time of year, so it is important to use bug spray when doing anything outdoors related. This is the season for backyard barbecues and get togethers, so if you want to be worry-free in your yard this year, call Team Pest USA for our mosquito control treatments!
We’ve all heard the phrase, “a job well done speaks for itself.” Team Pest USA, located in Atlanta, GA, believes this phrase reigns true for our pest control services as well! We strive to offer top notch and quality services with every job we do. Our passion is our customers! Recently, we have been receiving a number of positive reviews in regards to our work! With so many coming in, we thought it was time to compile them to share. Take a look at what our customers are saying about us!
- “Great company! I would not use any one else. They are always on time and exceed expectations!”
- “Team Pest has always provided superior service and great value on two private properties and a number of our community associations. Great people, great company.”
- “TEAM PEST USA….rocks…. they are the ultimate in service and expertise. Everyone that has been to my home is trustworthy and respectful. I would highly recommend them to anyone and of course even if you do not have pest… you still need a termite inspection for your home.”
- “Top notch service from a staff that goes above and beyond to ensure your pest problem is resolved, and that you are a satisfied customer. I highly recommend Team Pest USA!”
- “After having some initial issues with the company I have to say they stuck by there work as a business. We as a family are happy with the work they have done so far as it is ongoing. I appreciate Chris for stepping up as a sales manager and Tyler for being patient and understanding with the work that needs to be done on my home.”
- “The best prices for termite bonds, and absolutely awesome customer service! Thank you Trent O’Rear for going above and beyond to help me resolve my documentation issue while at my closing yesterday. You literally pulled over on the side of the road to help me. I can’t say enough good things about this company. I won’t hesitate to sing your praises to my fellow Realtors.”
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