Integrated Pest Management for Your Business

Pest Control for Business - Woodstock GAIf you own a business, you know how critical it is to protect this investment as it is essentially your livelihood.  From building a positive reputation to increasing your revenue, your clients and customers are at the heart of what you do. The incidence of pests and rodents in your businesses can affect the way your customers view you and your company.  Further, pests and rodents can pose serious risks to the health of your employees and the safety of your property.  Even though pests and rodents are small in stature, their effect on your business bottom line can be enormous.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) a proactive approach to pest control offered by Protect All Pest Control in Woodstock, GA and surrounding areas, is a common sense way for businesses to address pest and rodent problems.

This method of pest control offers sound solutions, which focus on four key items:

  • Inspection of your business facilities
  • Identification of current and potential pest issues
  • Treatment of current pest problems
  • Prevention to stop future infestations

IPM is a more complete approach to pest control, it is based on an individualized approach to pest control based on your business’ unique needs.  When utilizing IPM, the pest control professionals at Protect All Pest Control do not use a “one size fits all” approach.  We may make recommendations for such items as sealing cracks, removing a food or water source or, when necessary, employing pesticide treatments. IPM is about finding the best and most comprehensive treatment for the pest control problems including potential termite issues in your business.

To learn more about the IPM services offered by Protect All Pest Control in Woodstock, Kennesaw, Acworth, Marietta, and surrounding areas, call us at 770-728-8520 or use the convenient “Contact” feature on our website.

 

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Fun Bug Facts – Did You Know? (Part 2)

Pest Control Services in Woodstock GAWe are back again with another edition of our popular “Fun Bug Facts”!

This started as a periodic posting on the Protect All Pest Control Facebook Page as an opportunity for us to pass along some of the knowledge we have gained over the years as pest control professionals.

After the response that we received we decided to do an expanded version periodically here on our website.

This time we will be covering Fleas, Rodents, Spiders, and Termites, any of which if you have in your home we will be glad to take care of with our professional pest control services.

Fleas

  • One female flea can lay about 18 eggs a day and just 20 fleas on a dog can produce 360 eggs per day and over 2000 eggs in a week.
  • Fleas can jump 7-8 inches vertically and 14-16 inches horizontally.
    A female flea may consume up to fifteen times her own body weight in blood each day, to support the huge production of eggs.
  • There are 1,830 different kinds of fleas known throughout the world.
  • The “Flea Circus” is real. There actually are people who will hitch living fleas to tiny carriages with gilded wires, and in the flea’s struggle to escape it causes them to appear to dance, jiggle, or otherwise move things around.

Rodents

  • In the U.S., rodents try to come inside from October through February for warmth and food.
  • Mice can fit through an opening the size of a nickel.
  • Mice can jump a foot high.
  • Each year in the winter, rodents invade an estimated 21 million homes in the U.S.
  • One pair of mice can produce hundreds of offspring in a year.

Spiders

  • Spiders don’t get caught in their own webs because they have self-oiling legs.
  • 36% of homeowners surveyed said they had problems with spiders during the past year.
  • The largest spider in the world is a species of tarantula found in South America where one specimen had a leg span of over 11 inches.
  • Spider silk from some House Spiders has been used to help stop bleeding from wounds, by placing a mat of silk over the wound.
  • Little Miss Muffett, of nursery rhyme fame, was a real person. Her father was the Reverend Doctor Thomas Muffett, who lived in England in the 16th century and who had a fascination for things from Nature. Apparently, in order to determine the effect various spiders’ bites would have on people Dr. Muffett would subject his daughter to the bites.

Termites

  • Termites eat non-stop – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Subterranean termites spend winters underground.
  • The total weight of all of the termites in the world is greater than the weight of all the humans in the world.
  • Subterranean termites are a concern in every U.S. state except Alaska.
  • Given enough time, termites will feed until nothing is left of the wood but a shell.

To view part one of this series on our website you can simply – Click Here

If you have any questions regarding pest or insects in your home you can call Protect All Pest Control at 770-728-8520 or use the convenient “Contact” feature on our website. We service the north metro Atlanta areas of Woodstock, Kennesaw, Acworth, Marietta, and surrounding areas.

 

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Considerations in Hiring a Professional Pest Control Company

Pest Control Woodstock and KennesawHiring a Professional Pest Control Company is the best way to control bugs and insects in your home but it is not something that should be done without proper due diligence. When preparing to hire a pest control company for your home in Woodstock GA or the surrounding area here are some considerations to take in to account.

The Company

Is the company bonded and insured? This can be important to both protect your property and protect against liability.

Knowledge

The technician, or representative, should be knowledgeable enough to answer your pest control questions. There may be a question or two that he does not know off-hand, and, if so, he should be willing to say he will find out and let you know. It is better to hear an honest “I don’t know, but I’ll find out,” than to be given a wrong or made-up answer.

Price

The lowest price is not always the best deal. If a company says it will solve your problem in one service for $X, and your problem still exists after you’ve paid for that service, you haven’t saved any money. Instead, you will most likely need to start over with another service provider and end up paying a great deal more than if you had chosen quality over price the first time.

Consultation

At some point during your pest control service, the technician should make recommendations for future prevention. Depending on the service being performed, it is possible that this could come before, during, or after service. For example, if the inspection reveals a potential pest infestation, the technician should inform you and recommend immediate clean-up. If a structural issue is found, the pest control technician may wait until the end and recommend maintenance and/or repairs. Consultation is one of the earmarks of our Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program.

Protect All Pest Control is all about Protecting YOU and all you care about from pests that can cause harm to you, your family and your wallet. Call us at 770-728-8520 or use the convenient “Contact” feature on our website to schedule your pest control service in Woodstock, Kennesaw, Acworth, Marietta and surrounding areas.

 

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Health Consequences of Pests in Your Home

Pest Control KennesawPests and Rodents are generally unwelcome visitors in your home. While their mere presence is certainly a nuisance, did you know that they could also be putting your family in jeopardy of developing serious health risks? Learn more here about the specific types of health risks associated with common household pests.

Rodents Can Spread Disease

Nobody likes sharing their home with rodents, but did you know that mice, rats, and other rodents can pose a disease spreading threat? More often than not, this comes in the form of rodent droppings, which can build up quickly in isolated areas of your home like your attic, pantry, and baseboards. These droppings can trigger allergic reactions, and even spread diseases like the Hantavirus.

The spread of harmful bacteria is also a real threat when rodents have invaded your home. Rodents can carry and transmit bacteria like salmonella and contaminate any food that they come in contact with, as well as the surface areas of your home.

Cockroaches – Bacteria and Allergens

Everybody knows that cockroaches are dirty creatures, but were you aware of the potential health risks that are associated with this pest? Cockroach allergens, which are left behind in their droppings and saliva, have the potential to severely affect children. 1 in 5 children are known to have sensitivity and increased asthma symptoms when exposed to theses allergens, so it isn’t a health threat to be underestimated.

Cockroaches are also known to spread Salmonella, E. coli, and other bacteria threats around your home, especially when they come in contact with food, cooking equipment, and other common household items.

Ants and Health Risks 

In general, ants travel and live in large groups, so if there is one around there are undoubtedly others in the vicinity. Since ants are constantly on the search for food sources, they may find their way into your home in hopes of finding nourishment. If you have food that is exposed inside of your home, it could attract ants, who are known to spread bacteria and contaminants. Be sure to keep any food items well sealed to insure that these pests don’t show up in bunches.

To help prevent insects and pests and the health hazards that they present contact Protect All Pest Control for all your professional pest control needs.  We service Woodstock, Kennesaw, Acworth, Marietta, and surrounding area. Call us at 770-728-8520 or use the convenient “Contact” form on our website.

 

 

 

 

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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Difference Between a Pest and Beneficial Insect

Pest Control KennesawSome people feel that anything that is a bug or insect is a pest. This is not true. Not all insects are pests, some are beneficial insects and include any of a number of species of insects that perform valued services like pollination and natural pest control.

The concept of beneficial arises from the outcome from a human perspective. In farming and agriculture, where the goal is to raise selected crops, insects that hinder the production process are classified as pests, while insects that assist production are considered beneficial. In gardening; pest control, habitat integration, and aesthetics are the desired outcome with beneficial insects.

Encouraging beneficial insects is actually part of the strategy of Integrated Pest Management.  A service offered by Professional Pest Control companies including Protect All Pest Control that strives to reduce reliance on chemicals in the treatment of homes and businesses.

Some of the insects that could be described as beneficial include –

Ladybugs
Most ladybug adults and larvae feed on aphids and other soft-bodied insects.

Spiders
All spiders feed on insects and are very important in preventing pest outbreaks.

Predatory Stink Bugs
Some predatory stink bugs keep pests in check and feed on caterpillars, sawfly larvae, and grubs.

Wasps and Honey Bees
Are both pollinators that enable increased yields of blossoms, vegetable, and fruit yields.

If you have questions regarding beneficial insects and how they affect the pest control of your home in Woodstock, Kennesaw, Acworth, or Marietta call Protect All Pest Control at 70-728-8520 or use the convenient “Contact” feature on our website.

 

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Government Regulation of Pest Control Products and Application

Pest Control WoodstockThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the primary government agency responsible for regulating pesticides in the United States.

Their mission is to protect human health and the environment. The EPA Office of Pesticide Programs handles most of the regulatory issues pertaining to pesticides. The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) gives the EPA authority to determine which pesticides can be used in the United States, and how they can be used.

The EPA (in conjunction with other federal and state agencies) evaluates new pesticides and proposed uses, determines if emergency situations warrant temporary approvals of certain pesticides and periodically reviews current research related to the safety of older pesticides. They also enforce pesticide regulations and provide support to state and regional EPA programs designed to protect, certify and train pesticide applicators.

What all of this means is protection for homeowners that use professional pest control companies in the form of determining safe chemicals, appropriate level of use and application methods.

In addition, most states (including Georgia) have several types of commercial applicator certifications. FIFRA requires that commercial applicators pass a written exam prior to receiving a license.

The EPA also administers the EPA PestWise program, which works to protect human health and the environment through innovative pest management practices. The three main goals of this program are –

1. Encourage the adoption of Integrated Pest Management practices through grants and other technology transfer initiatives.

2. Provide assistance for transitioning to Integrated Pest Management practices.

3. Increase public understanding of pests and pesticide risk as well as demand for sustainable approaches to pest control.

As a professional pest control company with certified and licensed technicians, Protect All Pest Control is familiar with all EPA guidelines and are active participants in Integrated Pest Management or IPM.

If you are looking for a company in the Woodstock, Kennesaw, Acworth and Marietta areas to handle your pest control needs in the most professional way possible, call us at 770-728-8520 or use the convenient “Contact” feature on our website.

 

Bugs for the Spring Season

Pest Control Woodstock GAAlmost no bugs or insects truly take a holiday. Some may be more prevalent in certain seasons than others as they emerge from hibernation or begin their mating season. Spring, and specifically the month of April is a big month when people begin to notice some of the most common and dreaded bugs. That is why spring is one of our busiest seasons for new pest control customers.

Starting now you will be more likely to be seeing the following –

House Spider

These pests are harmless and useful but are dreaded and feared. The House Spider is actually nature’s complimentary pest control service for your home. Very few people however welcome this free service. The primary way to keep these pests out of your home is to take away their food source – other bugs!

Smokeybrown Cockroach

Though they are closely related to the American Cockroach, the Smokeybrown is smaller and it flies. It is very comfortable in warmer climates like Georgia and is happy living inside as well as outside. This pest can find its way in to your home through windows, doors, hitch hiking on firewood as well as gaining access through the eaves and soffit vents of your attic.

Carpenter Ant

This is Georgia’s largest ant and the most destructive when it comes to potential damage to your home. These pests will actually force out termites in your home and take over their destructive nature. While Carpenter Ants do not actually eat wood, they do gnaw at it to create the galleries in which they live and like termites are capable of causing structural damage to your home.

These are just a few of the bugs and pests that emerge in the spring you should also be on the lookout for fire ants, wolf spiders, and the good old American cockroach.

Spring is also the time that termites become more active and even begin to swarm. Call us for an inspection and to learn about our various termite treatment options.

Too much to keep up with? There is a simple solution, call Protect All Pest Control serving the North Atlanta communities of Woodstock, Kennesaw, Acworth, Marietta, and surrounding areas. We can handle all your pest control services.

Call us at 770-728-8520 or use the convenient “Contact” feature on our website.

 

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The Bugs That Are in Your Home

Pest Control Woodstock and KennesawMost of us know that we have various pests and insects in our homes.  We see the flies landing on a windowsill, a parade of ants that convenes at crumbs left on our kitchen counters, or laying eyes on a roach. What most people do not realize is the large proliferation of insects that are in their home that they never see.

A recent study conducted by entomologists from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and North Carolina State University  recently did a study to find out what was the norm and how many different insects and in what quantity people could expect to find in their homes.

The group collected over 10,000 specimens from 50 homes in and around Raleigh NC. After processing sorting, and identifying this collection they found that as many as 100 or more different species of insects and pests could be residing in a single home.

The overwhelming groups were flies and beetles, followed by ants, wasps, spiders, stink bugs, moths, silverfish, and cockroaches. The families of species that were found in more than 90 percent of the homes surveyed: ants, carpet beetles, cobweb spiders, and dust mites.

In addition, don’t forget termites, they are a silent intruder who can live in the wood framing of your home. They are often in place for as long as seven to eight years before making themselves known. This is why we at Protect All Pest Control refer to them as your “oldest roommates”.

With this type of knowledge it only makes sense to employ a professional pest control company that can offer your home a complete and total solution to your pest control needs. Simply employing spot methods is not the solution to keeping your home pest free.

Protect All Pest Control, servicing clients in Woodstock, Kennesaw, Acworth, and Marietta offers comprehensive and proactive solutions such as our Integrated Pest Management (IPM) services to not only eradicate the bugs you do have but prevent future infestations.

Schedule an appointment by phone at 770-728-8520 or use the convenient “Contact” feature on our website.

 

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Bed Bugs and Spring Break

Pest Control for Bed Bugs in Woodstock GAOne of the last things on your mind when heading put for spring break is probably bed bugs. Unfortunately though one of those most common sources of bed bugs are from staying in hotels and rental accommodations.

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is encouraging anyone traveling this spring to brush up on bed bug prevention tips.

From hostels to five-star hotels, bed bug encounters have become much more common in all types of lodging facilities,” said Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA. “Fortunately, there are a few things Spring Break travelers can do before, during and after their vacation to avoid finding bed bugs in hotels and bringing them home in suitcases.

The NPMA offer the following tips to enjoy a spring break free from bed bugs –

  • At hotels, thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking, including behind the headboard and in furniture. Pull back the bed sheets and check the mattress seams for pepper-like stains that may be evidence of bed bug activity.
  • Set your luggage away from walls and never place it on the bed. Use a large plastic trash bag or a protective cover to store your suitcases during your hotel stay.
  • If you see anything suspicious, notify management and change rooms immediately. Be sure your new room is not adjacent to the possibly infested room.
  • After your trip, inspect and vacuum your suitcases thoroughly before bringing them into the house. Consider using a garment hand steamer to steam your luggage, which will kill any bed bugs.
  • Wash all of your clothes – even those that have not been worn – in hot water

If these tips fail, and you end up returning home with bed bugs which become infested in your home, Protect All Pest Control can help.

We offer professional pest control for bed bugs and all other types of insects and pests in Woodstock, Kennesaw, Acworth, and Marietta. Call us at 770-728-8520 or use the convenient “Contact” feature on our website.

 

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