When we’re inspecting our homes for pests, it’s easy to overlook one of the main hiding spots: our plants. Whether they’re inside or outside, plants are a primary source of food for lots of insect and wildlife species. Once they’ve attracted pests, they will only encourage more, increasing your need for our Atlanta pest control services.
How to Inspect for Damage
Some signs of pest damage are very obvious. Wildlife pests like raccoons and squirrels can dig up and devour whole plants in your garden. Mice and rats will eat large portions of stalks, leaves, and fruits, leaving mostly destroyed plants behind. Larger insects will eat holes through leaves.
No matter where you work, there is no bigger turn-off for a customer than seeing a pest skitter across your office floor. Customers view a pest’s presence as a strong indicator of other problems with your business, and they will happily take their money elsewhere if you give them a reason to. To keep your customers (not to mention employees) around, you need to make sure your office is pest-free.
Schedule Regular Pest Control
The quickest and most effective way to deal with your pest problems is to schedule for one of our Team Pest USA exterminators to perform regular Atlanta commercial pest control treatments at your office. We will treat both the interior and exterior of your office space with the most effective pesticides available.
People aren’t the only ones who spend more time indoors when the weather gets chilly, so do other creatures. According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), nearly a quarter of all homeowners report mice and rats in their homes during the winter. They come inside seeking food and warmth. Rats are more common in urban and rural areas, while mice are more likely to be found in the suburbs. Whether you live in Atlanta, Roswell, or Alpharetta, it’s important to remember that pest control should also cover rodents.
The Dangers of Rodents
Rodents are dangerous to our homes, where they can damage the structural integrity. They chew wood, piping and electrical wires, which can result in fires. Basically, they can eat through anything that is not copper or galvanized.
Mice and rats can also endanger our health. They carry bacteria and diseases, including salmonella and hantavirus. They can transmit diseases through droppings and bites. They also carry additional critters inside with them, including fleas, lice and ticks, which can make people and pets miserable.
A couple of rodents can quickly become an infestation. A female mouse can give birth to a dozen babies every few weeks. That’s why it is essential to keep that first critter from making its way into your home. As Atlanta pest control experts, we recommend a few preventative measures to help you keep your home from becoming a cold weather haven for local rodents.
Precautions Outside Your Home
Be sure to seal cracks and holes in the exterior of your home, particularly around pipes, vents, chimneys, windows, and the foundation. Replace loose mortar and weather stripping. Inspect your home for cracks in the foundation and crawl space, between the siding and concrete block, and other areas where different types of material adjoin. Mice can fit through a hole the size of a pencil, and rats can squeeze in through an opening the width of a quarter. If you have holes in your property, you’re losing heat as well, so you need to repair them.
Keep firewood and shrubbery from touching your home. It is easy for a mouse to step from firewood or bushes into the home. Store your firewood at least 20 feet away and five feet off the ground. Make sure that your shrubberies are trimmed so that they are not brushing up against the house.
Our Team Pest USA professionals are not just experts at Atlanta termite control and wildlife removal. They know how to keep unwanted critters from getting inside in the first place. They can give your home a full inspection. Experts recommend that you have a full evaluation of your house’s exterior twice a year.
Precautions Inside Your Home
If you understand where rodents like to make themselves at home, you can remove temptations. Rodents like food, moisture, and clutter. Keep food in sealed containers, and fix leaking pipes. Rats and mice are good swimmers. They have been known to get into sewer lines or climb up drain pipes. Keep boxes and other potential hiding spots off the floor.
Signs of Rodents in your Home
You may not see rodents scurrying around, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. They usually come out at night when people are asleep. However, you may hear movement, particularly inside the walls. You may see droppings, teeth marks on wooden surfaces, tears in your packaged foods, or scattered crumbs around packaging. You may notice foot and tail prints on walls, floors, or in dust. Our Atlanta pest control professionals are trained to spot these telltale signs.
Whether you believe you may have a rodent problem, or want to ensure that your home is sealed up properly, call our Atlanta pest control experts. We will do a full evaluation of your home and make any necessary repairs. If we see evidence of critters, we will discuss our removal process with you.
Before the weather really gets cold and your home or business becomes the Bahamas of the neighborhood rodent population, give our Atlanta pest control experts a call at 770-985-4444 for a free inspection.
Mankind has done a pretty good job at setting clear boundaries between civilization and wildlife, but every now and then, Mother Nature reminds us that we are not alone, that our greater intelligence and numerous technological advancements can be instantly surmounted. Natural disasters like tornadoes and hurricanes can be extremely devastating, but surprisingly, so can six-legged insects. That’s right, Georgia: there is a new predator in our midst, and it is more ruthless than any other of its kind in the animal kingdom. Many residents have already had to contact Atlanta pest control companies, but this is only the beginning.
The Tawny is Here
Think fire ants are bad? Well, they have nothing on tawny crazy ants. Fortunately, this species does not pack a stinging bite like their red-colored cousins. However, the tawny crazy ant has the distinct advantage over all other ant species of being simply out of its mind. A helpful comparison would be the warriors of Sparta. They have no fear and dominate neighboring colonies by brute force before their victims even have time to defend themselves. They are quick and are very aggressive, and for all these reasons have earned the reputation for being the baddest in the land! Atlanta pest control experts note that the species was first discovered in Texas in 2002, but has since traversed state lines and are now in Georgia.
Why They are a Threat
Aside from being the menacing creatures that they are, what makes them a particular threat to humans is their attraction to warmth. More specifically, they tend to invade electronics upon entering homes and buildings. They feed on the internal components of computers, handheld devices, outlets and anything else on which they can get their mouths. The tawny crazy ant is a very small ant, the size of a flea actually, but has been known to completely devastate electrical wiring in large buildings.
They travel in incredibly large colonies, although Atlanta wildlife control professionals prefer the term “super colony” given their vast numbers. Fortunately, understanding how the ants migrate may be the ultimate defense against them. Most colonies move via human transportation, which is why keeping a watchful eye on your property and contacting our Atlanta pest control business upon noticing the pests is essential.
At Team Pest USA, our technicians have experience with tawny crazy ant cases. As experts in Atlanta wildlife control, we can help safely eliminate the problem.
Providing a pest-free environment for your children and pets requires vigilance and persistence. Never let your guard down and always make sure the products you use are toxic only to the pests, and not to your children or pets.
Keeping your pets and kids safe from pests can sometimes feel like a losing battle. This is mostly because your pets and kids are usually unmindful or blissfully unaware of the danger pests pose to their health.
Some mosquitoes carry the West Nile virus which has proven to be quite deadly in a number of cases. Mice are especially dangerous because most diseases they carry are easily transferred to humans, either through contact with their feces and urine or a bite from the ticks that feed on them.
Whatever anti-pest control method you use, make sure it is not exposing your child or pet to toxic substances at the same time that it is ridding your environment of pests. Some anti-insect room sprays contain chemicals that can be harmful not only to the pests, but to your kids and pets as well. When in doubt, consult a professional pest control expert to ensure the pesticide products you use in your home will not end up harming your pets and kids.
It is next to impossible to teach curious toddlers not to put things in their mouths and the same goes for most pets. If you are using a pest-control device that is designed to trap or poison pests, make sure to place them in places your kids and pets cannot easily reach. Just as an added layer of precaution, have the current number of an emergency poison control center displayed in a central location of your house. You can call 911 if you suspect your child or pet has ingested poison, but your call may need to be transferred to another department. A poison control center can give you immediate advice.
As with overall health, vigilance is the key in protecting your kids and pets from annoying and potentially harmful pests.
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