October 9, 2015 / Posted by admin / COMMENTS (0)

Why You Should Call the Pest Control Professionals

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Team Pest USA, located around Atlanta, GA, has been serving its community since 1971! Even with such a long history our goals have always remained the same. We strive to go above and beyond all expectations to provide a superior service that makes our customers glad they called us. Pest control can be a tricky undertaking if you don’t know what you are doing. Many people try to take matters into their own hands for a do-it-yourself approach, but it doesn’t always end with the best results. Here are a few reasons you should pick up the phone and give us a call for all of your pest control needs!

  • Knowledge – Pest control isn’t a one size fits all issue. Different pest call for different approaches. Most days there isn’t enough time to do the research necessary to rid a home or business of insects, bugs or whatever the pest may be. Our technicians are very knowledgable about any issue you may have and are already aware of how to execute.
  • Health – Many pests that find their way into a building or home carry with them a host of diseases. It is important to get rid of them quickly so as not to spread them to humans.
  • Time – Like we said before, not everyone has the time necessary to properly execute pest control. We have an effective team that can be in and out quickly.
  • Cost – It might seem more cost effective to perform pest control yourself, but by the time you buy chemicals and traps it can begin to become an expensive venture. DIY treatments don’t always take hold, and more have to continually be purchased. We treat the issue at the source to avoid the pests coming back.
September 18, 2015 / Posted by admin / COMMENTS (0)

Pest Prevention for the Fall Weather

fall leaves It’s fall, y’all! For many Georgians, this change of season signals a relief from the HOT summer months. While summer is fun, fall is always welcomed with open arms. This transition into the cooler months doesn’t mean that it comes without its downsides. It’s time for bugs to begin seeking shelter! Unlike you, the pests around your home don’t have a light jacket to throw on. Instead, they’re going to be attracted to one of the warmest spots around…your home! This fact doesn’t mean you are powerless to these new tenants though. Team Pest USA, located around Atlanta, GA, has these tips to make your home a little less appealing to pests this year.

  • Don’t leave food out – Many people take to baking warm tasty treats during fall, but those delectable goods are appealing to more than just you. Be sure to keep your food covered and stored properly and your garbage changed regularly so as not to attract unwanted pests.
  • Seal up your home – Any little crack on the outside of your home is an open door invitation to bugs and insects. Be sure to seal any that you can find as an added deterrent.
  • Examine your windows – Check for seals that aren’t tight and for any rips or tears in the screen. Fix or replace any screens that you find with a hole in it.
  • Chimney cap – This one is for the bigger pests out there. Installing a chimney cap can help keep out birds and other wildlife seeking shelter in your home.
  • Call the experts! – If you’ve done all of the preventatives listed above and you are still experiencing pest problems, give us a call! We’ll come out, asses the situation and move forward with the necessary steps to make your home pest free!
August 28, 2015 / Posted by admin / COMMENTS (0)

Signs You Have a Rodent Problem.

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Though we may experience another stint of warmer weather, it appears that temperatures are cooling off. For those of us who are ready for things to cool down a bit, the change of seasons isn’t all fun and games. This is because once we transition from summer to fall, the critters outside will want to move indoors with us. It’s critter season! All of those squirrels, mice and similar pests that you forgot about when spring rolled around are coming home for the fall and winter, your home! The signs aren’t always obvious that we have a critter problem, so how can we determine for ourselves? Team Pest USA, located in and around Atlanta, Ga, has these warning signs to look out for!

Warning Signs of a Rodent Problem

  • What time of year is it? Like we stated before that cooler months tend to push these pests from the outdoors and into where it is a bit warmer. Start looking for warning signs when the weather cools.
  • Check for chewing. From wires to insulation, check all of the things for unfamiliar wear and tear. This might be an indication that a rat or squirrel has been chewing on them.
  • Droppings. This is a pretty sure sign that an unwelcome guest might be inhabiting your home.
  • Sounds that go bump in the night. If you are hearing strange noises like scratching or scurrying, it might be a signal to call in the experts. Often times, homeowners will not see the critters, but they might hear them.
  • Stains and Smells. Are you finding inexplicable stains around your home? Or can’t seem to get rid of that smell no matter how often you clean? This too, might be another sign that you have a furry little roommate.

If you are experiencing any of these warning signs listed above, contact us! We will come out quickly and asses the issue. You can also keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter!

August 14, 2015 / Posted by admin / COMMENTS (0)

Pest Control for your Commercial Needs

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Pest USA has been providing quality and affordable pest control services to the Atlanta, Georgia area since 1971. As a company, we pride ourselves on being an industry leader and frontrunner of cutting edge services in our field. We do it all from rodent removal to mosquitos, and bed bugs to roaches. We have been performing residential services since we started the company, but did you know that we also perform commercial pest control services? We do! If you are home builder, we do termite treatments to have it cleared and up on the market. If you own a restaurant, we keep it bug free and up to health codes! Here is a list of everything we provide commercial pest control for:

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Apartment Complexes
  • Food Production Facilities
  • Warehouses
  • Hospitals
  • Gyms
  • Office Parks
  • Condos & Town homes
  • Many Other Businesses

If you fall on this list and need pest control services, contact us!

July 30, 2015 / Posted by admin / COMMENTS (0)

The Decline of Bee Populations

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Usually we swat them away, and if they get in our homes, we squash them. The fact of the matter is, bees are an essential part the complex ecosystem we all live in. Apples taste pretty good on their own, and some would argue even better in a pie, but without the pollination of bees, apples don’t exist. As a matter of fact, 1/3 of the fruits and vegetables that we enjoy, don’t exist. We need to remind ourselves that not only do bees provide the necessary elements for most of the foods we see in the produce section, but their numbers are dwindling. In some places the numbers have dropped by more than 50%, and all of this is excluding the fact that the economy will take a massive blow if measures are not taken. Many factors come to play when talking about what we now call, Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD):

CAUSES

  • Pesticides – Though pesticides keep insects that damage plants away, it is also one of the biggest contributors to the rapidly declining honey bee population. Recently introduced pesticides (1990’s), such as Neonicotinoids, are used as an alternatives to chemicals like DDT, but have proved to be deadly. This pesticide contains nicotine which we use to catch a quick buzz. Nicotine for bees, however, confuses their ability to find nutrition and suppresses their immune system, making it susceptible to parasites.  When a bee brings these toxins back to the hive it often creates a domino affect for the whole hive and can eventually kill off the entire colony.
  • Fungicides – As found in a study done by PLOS One, the combination of fungicides and pesticides has created a perfect storm of negative side affects to bees.
  • Poor Nutrition -The spread of modern agriculture, along with the destruction of many sources of the bee’s food are making it increasingly difficult to find nutrition. When grasslands filled with wildflowers are destroyed to make way for housing developments and other man-made constructions, the bees loose a source of food.
  • Parasites – You may already be seeing a trend here. It isn’t just one factor that has become the demise of many honey bees. It is a mixture of several. Parasites have become an issue where previously, it really wasn’t one. The bees natural immune system has properties to help ward off these pests, but when the pesticides lower their immune systems that becomes next to impossible

POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS 

  • Feed the Bees – This is possibly on of the more difficult solutions to execute. Farmers would need to be convinced to use their land differently, and massive efforts would need to be enacted to plant large quantities of wild flowers.
  • Find an Alternative to the Fungicides and Pesticides – Though these chemicals work to ward off other harmful elements to a particular crop, they are contributing to the rapid decline of honey bee populations.
  • Warding off the Parasites – Scientists in Frankfurt University have devised a way to attack the mites at the entrance of commercial bee hives. Other efforts are trying to come up with ways to turn off the mites breeding cycle.
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