5 Spring Pests to Watch Out For

The kids are already buzzing about summer vacation. Unfortunately, so are pests! Which bugs are buzzing around the house this spring? Keep an eye out for infestations of these pests.

5 Pests to Watch for This Spring

  1. Carpenter bees. You can prevent most carpenter bee infestations by painting over exposed wooden surfaces. But what do you do when carpenter bees invade your home? Call Protect All Pest Control, of course!
  2. Termites. If sawdust trails don’t lead to perfectly round holes, you may be dealing with a termite problem instead of carpenter bees. Keep an eye out for swarmers, but don’t wait to call a termite control service. A subterranean termite colony can eat about a pound of wood a day, and they never stop eating. Termite damage adds up fast.
  3. Ants. In summertime, the ants go marching by the thousands. And while black ants are merely a nuisance, fire ants pack a serious sting. Bid adieu to all varieties by calling our team for ant control in Acworth.
  4. mole in dirtMoles. You know that old saying, “Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill”? Well if you ignore a molehill, it can turn into a mountain of a problem! Moles help out in the garden by eating underground pests, but they also tunnel through the yard, which causes more harm than good. Luckily for your garden, Protect All Pest Control is on the job.
  5. Snakes. Atlantans are sharing snake sightings across social media, but we prefer to nip this problem in the bud before you find snakes slithering through your yard. Call us to install a snake barrier around your home.

The Buzz on Carpenter Bees

Spring has arrived. The birds are singing, honey bees are buzzing, and . . . why is there sawdust on the porch? Termites aren’t the only pests who burrow into wooden rafters, railings, and trim. Carpenter bees damage wood by burrowing in to lay their eggs. Even worse? Woodpeckers love snacking on these bugs, and they’ll peck apart your home to get to them.

5 Signs of a Carpenter Bee Problem

  1. eastern carpenter beeYou see large bees that are mostly black. Carpenter bees look like bumblebees, but they don’t have the yellow markings on their abdomens.
  2. Bees buzz around looking ready to attack. Male carpenter bees act aggressive if you get too close (don’t worry, they don’t have a stinger). Female carpenter bees are less aggressive, but may sting if you touch them.
  3. You find piles of sawdust and see bees. You can breathe a sigh of relief: those piles of sawdust might not indicate a termite problem. Carpenter bees burrow into wood, although they don’t eat the pulp.
  4. You see wood with perfectly round holes. Female carpenter bees may destroy your property, but they’ll make sure they look good doing it. Carpenter bee holes appear in unpainted wood, often high up in the eaves, and are smooth and deep so the bees can lay their eggs and rear their young. Look for holes with a half inch diameter.
  5. The wood makes noise. If you listen closely, you can usually hear carpenter bees at work inside the wood.

You can deter carpenter bees from taking up residence by painting or staining wooden surfaces. Does your home already have a carpenter bee infestation? Call Protect All Pest Control.

7 Pest Control Terms to Know

When you call Protect All Pest Control, our technicians work diligently to give you the best possible customer service. That means an attention to detail, an explanation of our pest control methods, and availability to answer any questions. But sometimes it helps to learn the lingo.

7 Pest Control Terms to Know

  1. girl in front of blackboardRepellants. Repellents discourage pests from entering an area by spraying a treatment that’s foul-smelling (to bugs, not people!) or harmful to pests.
  2. Pheromones. The hormones insects produce to attract mates for reproduction, pheromones can be used to attract pests to traps.
  3. Attractant. A more general term for attracting pests to traps, attractants can include bait, pheromones, or anything else that’s enticing to insects.
  4. Registered pesticide. A pesticide that meets all of the requirements necessary for use in the United States.
  5. General-use pesticide. Over the counter pesticides available to the general public. DIY pest control may work for minor infestations, although annual professional treatments are recommended to prevent pest problems. Off-label use of general-use pesticides is often illegal.
  6. Restricted-use pesticides. Pest control treatments that may only be purchased by certified pest control specialists. Restricted-use pesticides may be harmful if used incorrectly.
  7. Integrated pest management. Pest control that uses a variety of practices to manage pest problems in an ecologically-friendly manner. Integrated pest management (or IPM) services often include monitoring traps and utilizing attractants, and use pesticides only as a last resort. Its goal is long term pest control and damage prevention.

Have a question about pest control services in Acworth? Call Protect All Pest Control.

5 Things to Know about Bed Bugs

Bad news from the pest control world: Atlanta has moved up in the ranking of America’s top cities for bed bug infestations. The metro Atlanta region ranks 16 this year, which is up 3 spots from the 2016 list. Here’s what Acworth homeowners need to know about bed bugs.

5 Things You Need to Know about Bed Bugs

  1. little boy sleepingThey’re a major problem. Hotels aren’t the only places that deal with bed bug infestations. Homes, apartments, dorm rooms, office buildings, and even local transit can become infested with these pests.
  2. They like cities (but live in the country, too). Bed bugs can thrive almost anywhere, from crowded city hotels to clean, rural homes. Why do they have a reputation as city-dwellers? Bed bugs incidents are three times as common in cities because close-quarters living makes it easier for them to spread.
  3. They’re tough. Think leaving your mattress in the cold overnight is enough to kill a bed bug infestation? Think again. They can survive in temperatures from around freezing to 122 degrees. Professional pest control is the only sure way to contain a bed bug infestation.
  4. They’re sneaky. Try to catch a glimpse of them in daylight, and they’ll hide in boxsprings, picture frames, electrical switchboards, and any other crevice they can find. They’re lured out at night by the temptation of a tasty bite while you’re asleep.
  5. They’re subtle. Bed bugs have saliva with an anesthetic quality, making bites almost pain-free. You may notice red marks on exposed skin after you wake up.

Got bed bugs? Call Protect All Pest Control in Acworth.

15 Minutes to Pest-Proof Your Home

Warmer weather is just around the corner. But with fresh grass and blooming flowers, springtime also means pests, pests, pests. Regular pest control will keep ants, cockroaches, and other spring pests from invading your home. Protect All Pest Control a few DIY pest control tips for homeowners to help discourage seasonal pets.

4 Easy Ways to Pest-Proof Your Home

  1. crumbs on cutting boardPut away the buffet. Food debris attracts pests to your home. Stop temptation in its tracks by cleaning kitchen counters after cooking. Take the garbage to the curb every night. Go through the pantry and make sure that all loose food is stored in an airtight container to prevent pests from getting into the food.
  2. Seal entry points. Bugs can slip through the smallest cracks. Store small holes and cracks with low-VOC silicone caulk, carefully going over areas near doors and windows to make sure all holes are sealed.
  3. Spring clean the house. How many pests are making a nest in your mess? It could be too many to count. Take a few minutes at the end of each day to sort through closets, cabinets, and storage areas. Get rid of any unnecessary junk during spring cleaning, or it may wind up housing pests over the summer.
  4. Fix your faucets. Food isn’t the only thing drawing pests into your home. Water draws them indoors as well. Fixing leaks and removing standing water is an effective way to make your home less appealing to pests.

Call Protect All Pest Control for ant control in Acworth, GA.

How to Keep Pets Safe During Pest Control

With rodents on the loose and ants on the way, it’s easy to get wrapped up in winter pest control. But don’t forget that you’re not the only one who lives in your home! Your pets may bring pests home, and they need to be protected during pest control services. Protect All Pest Control lives up to our name by protecting your pets while we remove rodent and insect infestations. Here’s what you need to know about keeping pets safe during pest control.

Let Us Know

We use pest control methods that are as safe as can be, but let us know about dogs, cats, and other pets in your home. That way we can be clear about which safety precautions to take during your service appointment.

Contain Your Pets

Curious pets may come and investigate while we spray for bugs or build barriers to rodents and snakes. At best they’ll be underfoot, making our service technicians less efficient during your appointment. At worst they’ll investigate something they shouldn’t and wind up with a noseful of something nasty. It’s always safest to contain your pets during a pest control appointment. If you have questions about where we’ll be working, ask your technician before he or she gets started.

Don’t Forget the Fish!

marine aquariumPets like birds and fish are already contained, but don’t forget to let Protect All Pest Control know they’re there. We may take special precautions to cover their cage to protect them against overspray. Birds may also have sensitive respiratory systems which may be agitated by pest spray applied too closely to their cage.

At Protect All Pest Control, we protect your family and pets while removing unwanted pests. For more information about safe pest removal in Acworth, call today.

Are Your Pets Bringing Home Unwanted Guests?

Every pet owner knows that feeling: you come home to find your dog scratching, scratching, scratching. Your cat has deposited a tiny, furry, and decidedly dead gift on your bed. Pets bring home all sorts of pests, from fleas to ticks to mice. But are your pets attracting pests to your Acworth home?

3 Ways Pets Attract Pests

  1. dog and cat playing on grassPet food. Let’s face it: our pets are messy. Most pets aren’t picky eaters, and they wind up tracking food all over the house. The solution isn’t to move dinner outdoors—that actually attracts more pests, tempting bugs and rodents towards the source of sustenance. Instead, feed your pets in a contained area like the kitchen. Train them not to beg for snacks or make a mess. And always store uneaten food in an airtight container to prevent attracting pests.
  2. Pet waste. Bugs love dung, and your pets potty spot may be a breeding ground for pest problems. How can you prevent pests from following the source of the stench? Pick up after your pets, disposing any waste to avoid attracting vermin. Hose down the lawn after your pet urinates outdoors. Not only will this keep your yard clean and pest free, you’ll get a reputation as a great neighbor!
  3. Passengers. Pets carry all sorts of pests home, from fleas and ticks to bedbugs. Check your pets after they’ve roamed the great outdoors to make sure they aren’t bringing home unwanted guests. If you do wind up with a pest infestation, contact the vet and Protect All Pest Control to take care of the problem.

5 Pest Prevention Tips for Winter

Most homeowners think of summer as “bug season.” But winter pests are also a major problem for homeowners in Woodstock. The cold weather drives rodents and insects indoors, where they have free access to food, water, and shelter. Studies show that 21% of homeowners have had a rodent problem, and 45% of rodent infestations occur during winter months. Protect All Pest Control has a few tips to give you a pest-free winter.

5 Winter Pest Control Tips

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  1. Mind the gap. You’d be amazed at how small an opening mats and rats can squeeze through. It just needs to be big enough for their skull—and they can chew it bigger! Seal any gaps, holes, or cracks that could be entryways into your home.
  2. Remove temptation. Your kitchen is a free buffet for winter pests, especially around the holidays. Instead of wrapping leftover cookies in plastic wrap, seal all your food in airtight containers.
  3. Deep clean. Crumbs on the carpet and the sweet scent of garbage tell pests that there’s a vacancy in your home. Wipe down counters, vacuum regularly, and empty the garbage as often as possible.
  4. Brush off brush. Do you have firewood stacked by the house, a pile of molding leaves by the porch, or a bunch of brush that never got hauled off during the burn ban? Outdoor scraps are a good place for insects and rodents to hide (and to sneak into your home when you’re not looking). If you can’t get rid of them, pile organic debris and downed tree limbs far away from the house.

Have you detected a winter pest infestation in your Woodstock home? Call Protect All Pest Control.

Keep Your Holidays Pest Free

It happens every year. The holidays have snuck up on us again! Friends and family are coming from all christmas tree ornament over to join one another for the festivities. With so many different things going on it can be difficult to pay attention to little things like keeping your home pest free for the holidays. Here, at Protect All Pest Control in Acworth, GA, we know the struggles and time constraints the holidays present. So, we have compiled a list of pest control tips to keep in your arsenal this season!

  • Keep Sweets Stored Properly – ‘Tis the season for many sweets. With all of the freshly baked cookies and pies around, you can be sure that ants are looming around the corner. Be sure to cover and store sugary foods properly to avoid an infestation.
  • Bug-Free Christmas Tree – Bugs and insects love to hitch rides into our homes by means of the Christmas trees we put in our living rooms. Keep your tree pest-free by, first, inspecting it before you bring it inside, and then shake it vigorously to dislodge any that might be hiding.
  • Door Sweeps – If you have a house full of people, doors are going to opening and closing many times throughout the day. The last thing you need is an extra means of entry for pests. Installing door sweeps can help close off those gaps that might be at the bottom of our doors.
  • Inspect Fire Wood – Another thing to inspect for bringing it inside is fire wood. It can be such a pleasant scene to see a fire going with decorations surrounding it. But pests love to hang out in wood piles, so it is important to give the pieces you’re bringing in a once over.

Fun Facts About Those Pests

Here at Protect All Pest Control, located in Acworth, GA, we are in the business of keeping pests ants 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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