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Identifying Silverfish In Your Home

Identifying Silverfish May Be Harder Than You Think

Silverfish get their name from the way they look. They are small in size and do not have wings. Silverfish love dark, damp, wet areas. Think garage, basements, water heater closets, bathroom cabinets, and kitchen cabinets. Although Silverfish don’t cause harm to humans, they are still a household pest.

Did you know a Silverfish can live for 8 years?!

Finding and Identifying Silverfish can be tricky. Most home owners do not know they have an infestation until they see one or two silverfish behind a refrigerator or in a basement. Once you see one or two, there are always more. They may be hard to find during the day. Silverfish are nocturnal pests.  Like rodents, they have prolific reproduction rates.

Here are 6 Signs of Identifying Silverfish Infestations

  • You see one
  • Fecal matter that looks like pepper
  • Tell tale damage to paper products
  • Yellow stains
  • You find skins
  • Activity in cracks or crevices

 

If you see any of the Identifying Silverfish signs listed above you need to seek professional pest control assistance.

Absolute Pest Control is dedicated to making your home safe for you family. If you have a question about fall pests or any other pest problem, please call us at 615-220-1933 or click HERE to email us.

Who Else Might Be Eating Your Cereal? (Pantry pest prevention)

Pantry Pest Prevention

Does the cereal in your pantry seem to disappear when no one is home? Is your son or daughter not hungry for dinner because they’re sneaking giant bowls of cereal? Or may it be more sinister?

If Not Them, Then Who?

There are a variety of pests that may wrecking havoc in your pantry. In providing Pantry Pest Prevention you should be looking for:

  • Ants
  • Beetles
  • Cockroaches
  • Flies
  • Moths
  • Rodents
  • Spiders
  • Weevils

This isn’t even a full list! These are the most common Pantry Pests. Unless you get rid of these pests, you may be in for a bigger issue than just food missing from the cereal box!

 

What To Do

If you notice pests in your pantry, clean it out completely. Throw away open half eaten packages. Consider investing in plastic containers for your pantry items. Some pests and bugs eat the glue on the boxes. Really! Make sure your pantry is free from crumbs. Routinely wipe down shelves and sweep in your pantry to prevent infestations.

If you find yourself fighting these pests and not winning, call a professional asap.

Absolute Pest Control is dedicated to making your home safe for you family. If you have a question about fall pests or any other pest problem, please call us at 615-220-1933 or click HERE to email us.

Shocking Facts:

Consumer Reports Shop Smart magazine checked with the Food and Drug Administration and found, for example, a 24 oz. container of cornmeal can have up to 745 insect fragments and 27 rodent hairs in one box. Pasta, nuts, peanut butter, dried beans, grains, coffee beans, even chocolate can carry them as well.

Mouse Poop in Your Cornmeal– Ever notice some dark specks in your cornmeal? The handbook allows for up to 13 “fragments” of rodent excreta in a 24-ounce container.
Grasshopper Legs in Your Peanut Butter– In a regular-sized 16-ounce jar of peanut butter, the FDA will allow up to 136 insect fragments and four rodent hairs.

How Weather Affects Insect Problems in Smyrna, TN

How Weather Affects Insect Problems!

Have you ever wondered what the weather has to do with pest control and the bug problems on Middle Tennessee? You may think it’s no big deal. But, it actually is!

Whether the weather is getting too hot or too cold for pests, they will look for a safe place to go. They want to get out of the weather just like we do. And, where do they go? Into your home, garage, she-shed, man-cave, or business.

We want to help you prepare and divert pests before you have a full blown infestation. Termites are a problem almost everyone has heard of and most Tennessee residents will have to deal with at some point. These winged pests are harder to identify until there is a bug problem. We offer annual termite inspections to keep your largest investment safe!

Other pests that are a problem…

Yellow jackets.

During the Summer Yellow jackets may spoil your fun. The weather gets warm and people go outside. You may not notice a wasp nest if you have not been to that outdoor venue before or if you haven’t been inspecting your home on a regular basis. Being proactive in reducing the onset of a yellow jacket infestation includes regular inspection around your home or business. It is a good idea to keep brush and trees trimmed and not resting on the ground. If you see a nest, get professional assistance to reduce the likelihood of an injury. Our licensed and trained technician do a wasp sweep at each maintenance appointment.

Spiders.

The fear from a small eight legged creature is real. They have even named it: Arachnophobia. You can read the full definition HERE. The two spiders in Smyrna, Murfreesboro, LaVergne, and Middle Tennessee that are a real problem are the Black Widow and Brown Recluse Spiders. Four other spiders that are just a nuisance include the American House Spider, Cellar Spiders (Daddy Long Legs), Wolf Spider, and the Zipper Spider. Keeping your garage clean, boxes organized in the attic or basement, and a regular schedule of inspection will reduce harm from a spider bite. The other spiders can be good at eating other bothersome insects. However, you don’t want them inside your home. Knowing How Weather Affects Insect Problems will help you avoid spiders from moving into your home.

Cockroaches.

Not just a song…. La Cucaracha! Cockroaches can tolerate quite cold weather. But, thy would prefer to just move into your home starting in the Fall. By Winter they have a warm and insulated nest. the Tropical species of cockroaches may die if the temperature falls under 60 degrees! If you were to put a cockroach in a freezer, it would die in about an hour (no we haven’t actually tried it). Their eggs take much longer to die in a freezer. Having regular inspections and a plan if a cockroach is found will help keep your home free from these pests all year around.

How Weather Affects Insect Problems!

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Funny Pest Control Commerical

Funny Pest Control Commercial

We can give credit where credit is due. This is a Funny Pest Control Commercial. We hope you enjoy it like we do!

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Pest Control in Healthcare Facilities

,Pest Control in Healthcare Facilities

What are the common problems we face when treating pest control in healthcare facilities? There are more pests in healthcare facilities than you may think. Those healthcare facilities include doctors offices, dental offices, urgent care offices, senior living facilities, and more. For the patients safety, maintaining a pest free facility is the utmost importance.

At Absolute Pest Control, we are experts in treating and eliminating pests in healthcare facilities. We understand the potential risks of pest control in healthcare facilities. Working as a team with each facility, so we will reduce any reoccurrence of any pest issues.

What are the common types of pests found in healthcare facilities?

Pest Control in Healthcare FacilitiesAnts- Ants can flock to trash receptacles, leftover food, and food storage areas.

Bed Bugs- Bed bugs are terrible and can easily transfer from luggage to bedding and certainly create negative press.

Birds- Birds are drawn to buildings for nesting, rest, and protection from the elements. The bird droppings can bring dangerous pathogens into the ventilation system.

Flies- Flies are known to be carriers of bacteria and pathogens.

What Will Happen If There Is No Pest Control In Healthcare Facilities?

There can be contamination of sterile areas. Patients and service providers may suffer from infections due to bug bites or stings. Furthermore, patients may complain or stop visiting the facility. The facility may suffer from turnover of employees. Consequently which will lead to a loss in revenue. Large infestation incur large bills to treat.

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Keeping Bugs Out!

Keeping Bugs Out!

Summer is the best time of year. Sipping your tea, swimming in the pool, playing with the kids, and swatting the mosquitoes away. Well that last one is annoying and can ruin your summer quickly. Here are some tips on how to start keeping bugs out and not letting them ruin your summertime fun.

Wash the Dishes

Bugs love left over foods and dirty dishes and sugary drink cans. If you have an insect problem in the house, check the kitchen. Clean and put away all the dishes. Put away all food and keep the refrigerator clean and rinse your recyclables before you put them in the bin. Speaking of bins, clean those once every few months too.

Yard Work

Keeping Bugs out starts in the yard. Mowing the grass and pruning the trees doesn’t just make the yard look nice, it also helps keep bugs away. Old mulch or grass are great hiding spots for insects. If you have animals and they play outside, they will bring those bugs inside. Keeping the yard trimmed, the trees pruned, the leaves raked all helps with keeping bugs out.

Speaking of Pets

Clean up after your pets. Bugs love pet food and waste. Make sure to dispose of unused food or bugs will overtake your pet’s area. Keep food in a air tight container when not in use. Wash their beds, fur, and blankets on a regular basis.

Walk the Perimeter

Walk the perimeter of your house, if you see cracks in the foundation you should plug them. Protect outside vents from pests by butting up mesh guards. Check windows and door frames. Make sure they are sealed properly. Check for rips or tears in your screens and replace faulty ones. Check for stagnant water. Mosquitoes love water so make sure you empty anything that might hold water.

You’ve Got to Know When to Fold Them

Keeping bugs out isn’t always something you can do alone. Sometimes it takes a professional. Don’t loose sleep over an itchy night with bugs. With regular maintenance and visits to your home and can keep the bugs away from your house and yard. Give us a call for a free estimate on Pest Control.

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Cool Facts About Lightning Bugs (Fireflies)

Super Cool Facts About Lightning Bugs (Fireflies)

What do you think of when you see Lightning Bugs or Fireflies?

I think of the warm summer nights catching them in mason jars. They light up a field beautifully at the first signs of darkness, almost making you feel safe.

Facts About Lightning Bugs:

  • Fireflies do not bite, do not have pincers, do not carry disease and, in fact, are quite harmless.
  • There are more than 2,000 species of fireflies, a type of beetle. Despite their name, only some species produce adults that glow. In the western United States, fireflies cannot produce light.
  • The light emmited is the most efficient light in the world. Nearly 100% of the energy in the chemical reaction is emitted as light.
  • Each species has its own flash pattern. It might look like Morse code, one short flash, followed by a long flash, etc. but scientists can identify the species based on the flashing pattern. A type of firefly called a Blue Ghost stays lit, rather than flashing.  Click here for a picture of the Blue Ghost Trails
  • In some places fireflies synchronize their flashing. This is AMAZING!  Click Here to find locations to see these light shows.
  • Fireflies live on every continent except Antarctica. Fireflies live in moist areas, especially at the edges where water in a pond, lake, stream or river meets a forest or field.

Speaking of Habitats…..

Fireflies are on the decline. The following factors that may be contributing to firefly decline include light pollution and habitat destruction—if a field where fireflies lives is paved over, the fireflies don’t migrate to another field, they just disappear forever.

If you are catching Fireflies in a mason jar:

  • make sure that there are air holes punched in the top
  • some grass
  • a moist paper towel in the bottom

They can only live like this for a couple of days before they must be released.

Want to help save Fireflies from disappearing?

Since many of the fields locally are being repurposed, catch some of the fireflies in these fields and relocate them to another.  Not only will you have a great light show, but you will also be doing your part to help others enjoy the show.

These Facts About Lightning Bugs are meant for educational and fun purposes.

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Pest Control for Apartment Complexes

Tips On Pest Control for Apartment Complexes

It may seem like a boring topic: Pest Control for Apartment Complexes… but it is important for the apartment manager! Roaches, bedbugs, mice, rats, silverfish, ants, spiders, termites, and others pests are all pests that most people don’t think about soon enough. A critical part of keeping your property safe and damage free means paying attention to pest control.

What Can You Do to Encourage Pest Control in Apartment Buildings?

Controlling pests can be difficult in the property where the pests want to attack, especially if you are not residing there. Building a good relationships with your tenants is very important. Plus, working on these five areas of pest control for apartments can help to minimize pest control issues, or even avoid them altogether.
 

->Check for Moisture Issues

Pests need water to survive and will often be found near places where moisture issues have not been addressed.

Require tenants to report issues:

  • leaking faucets or pipes
  • pipes that might be sweating
  • or seals around windows and doors that may be allowing moisture to come in

Windows and doors can be checked from the outside during regular maintenance checks every few months. The same applies to sheds, garages, or common areas. Make sure that downspouts are directed away from the building and have proper drainage outlets.

->Keep Trash as Tidy as Possible

Rodents are particularly happy when they can find a garbage collection area in an apartment complex that has gone unattended.

Used as a food source as well as a place to find nesting material, a cluttered pile of dumpsters or garbage cans may as well be a written invitation for mice and rats. Avoid this problem by ensuring that routine maintenance checks are being conducted. Ensure that trash bags actually make it into the dumpsters. Dumpster areas are washed down. All trashcan lids are closed, and piles of debris are not found lying about. 

->Seal Entry Points for Pests

Be sure that all of your apartment units are as secure from pests as possible by sealing entry points with caulk, copper mesh, or sheet metal. This may include dryer vents, air conditioning or heating ducts, as well as general sealing of cracks in windows and doors.

Perform seasonal checks to make sure that window and door screens do not contain holes and repair or replace them as necessary. Encourage your tenants to report any damage they may find and correct it immediately.

->Write Cleanliness into Lease Agreements

Controlling pests in multi-unit living spaces requires that management, staff, and residents all work together. If it is not already written into your contract or lease agreements, consider adding a clause that includes cleanliness standards.

This includes standards regarding trash removal, housekeeping, and reporting of issues or problems that could lead to pest control occurrences.

->Listen to Your Tenants

Tenants who report pest control problems should receive quick response in order to keep a small issue from turning into a much larger infestation. For example, roaches are able to move from one apartment unit to the next simply through ceilings and shared walls. If a roach problem happens in one unit, then it is likely to be affecting other units and will need to be treated a minimum of three times in order to eliminate the pests during each phase of the life cycle.

The sooner an issue like this is treated, the better the outcome. Listening to a tenant’s complaints about pests is a smart idea as they are your best source of information.

Prevention is always the best form of pest control, but pests can still become a problem. Calling us is the best way to safely rid your condo or apartment property of pests as well as actively preventing them in the future. We hope you enjoyed our Pest Control for Apartment Complexes.

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Do you Suffer From Musophobia?

Do you Suffer From Musophobia?

Most everyone has a phobia. Much like my fear of the dentist, since I was a child I’ve experienced anxiety when thinking about a visit to the dentist. I break out into a sweat thinking about going and immediately start looking for any and every excuse of how I can get out of my upcoming appointment. Life experiences, heredity, and your brain chemistry and genetics can cause Phobias. A common phobia is that of mice, or Musophobia. Do you suffer from Musophobia? Let’s do some research and find out.

AHHHH It’s a Mouse!

When you see a mouse do you jump on the couch, grab the closest thing you can swing, and scream loudly? If so you are probably a Musophibic. Other symptoms could be getting antsy when you see a picture of a rat or mouse, or when someone says the word or a joke about mice. Your mouth might get dry and you might have the urge to freeze, scream, or run.

Trunk or Treat

Cartoons, pictures, and many other references usually depict elephants as having Musophobia. Some zoologists say this is a myth. There is an episode of Mythbusters that show Adult Elephants actively avoiding mice. Women are often depicted as having a fear of mice as well, they are shown jumping onto chairs or other furniture and screaming when a mouse comes into view. Although in my life I’ve seen just as many men terrified of mice and women or elephants.

What is the Cure?

This phobia can be treated several ways. Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Response Prevention, Group Therapy, Medication or Mediation. Exposure is usually the most effective method.  With the help of a health professional and the use of gradual exposure the fear can be lifted. There is medication you can take as well. They do not cause a cure but do suppress the symptoms.  Make sure to ask your doctor what treatment is best for you.

When to Call a Professional?

If you find yourself with a mouse problem and you struggle with Musophobia I would contact a pest control company ASAP. If you do not have the fear you should research the pest before you attempt removal, it is best to contact your local Pest Control Company soon.

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Tennessee Ticks

Tennessee Ticks

Rocky Top will always be home sweet home to me,Good Ole Rocky Top, Rocky Top Tennessee. Lyme Disease, Zika, and West Nile are all carried by Tennessee Ticks. I’ve explored some facts about ticks and listed them for us below.

Types of Ticks

Tennessee has three primary types of ticks. The American Dog Tick, The Lone Star Tick and the Brown Dog Tick.

The American Dog Tick is brown with Silver and they 3-5% of them carry Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. They come out in the spring and summer.

The Lone Star Tick is smaller than the American Dog Tick and the female has a white spot on her back that gives the species it’s name. You may have heard of seed ticks. These small ticks are the larvae of the Lone Star Tick.

The Brown Dog Tick is actually more of a red color and looks a lot like the American Dog Tick. It is smaller and does not have any markings. The brown dog tick lives indoors and is found in areas that your pet frequents.

Building Fences

The best way to keep ticks out of your house and off your person is to have a fenced yard. Keeping stray animals out of your yard will keep ticks from migrating to your yard from their hosts. If you have pets make sure you treat them regularly for ticks. Check them daily and wash their sleeping quarters and toys often. Make sure you bathe your animals as well.

Tick Removal

I’ve read that ticks don’t like the smell of gasoline and that the smell can be used to remove a tick. I’ve read that rubbing alcohol can suffocate a tick and that petroleum jelly can be used to kill ticks. This is all untrue. The only way to remove a tick is with tweezers.

To remove the tick get the tweezers as close to your skin as possible. Once you have your tweezers around the base of the tick, as close to your skin as possible, you should pull in an upward motion. Once the tick is removed dispose of it immediately and wipe the infected area with alcohol.

Tennessee Ticks carry disease that can cost thousands of dollars to treat. The best treatment is prevention. Give us a call for a free estimate.

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