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Atlanta Pest Control

roachThe transportation hub of the southeastern United States is Atlanta, GA. It all began in 1837 when two railroad lines intersected. Since then the city has flourished, growing to a population of five million people.  Atlanta is also visited by thousands of travelers every year to see the Braves, Six Flags, Grant Park, and Legoland. There are some other unwanted guests that will come to Atlanta and visit, but these guests won’t leave. These unwanted guests are pests.

What pests live in Atlanta? 

There are many pests that will live in Atlanta. Some of the more common pests are: crickets, cockroaches, spiders, ants, and earwigs. These pests can live in Atlanta year-round due to the weather. Atlanta does get cold, but will not stay under a deep freeze for months at a time.  The weather will allow the pest to reproduce and really infest a home.

AtlantaWhere will these pests live? 

Every pest has their own habitats and needs, and will be found in different areas. Crickets and cockroaches can be found in dark moist areas, both inside and outside of the home. Spiders will live in dry areas where they can place their webs in the high traffic areas of other pest insects. Earwigs eat organic matter that is decomposing, so they can be found in piles of leafs, and organic debris. Ants will live in areas where they can find food and take it back to the colony.

Can these pests infest a home?

Once the pests have found an area around a home they like, they will first take over on the outside then work their way to the inside.  The pests will need to find new food sources in these new living areas in order to survive. The pest will then move to the inside of the walls of an adjacent home. In the wall, the pest can survive and be protected from the outside elements; and really infest.

Atlanta Pest Control 

Bulwark Exterminating
5221 Palmero Court #105
Buford, GA 30518
(770) 904-4141
bulwarkpestcontrol.com  
Dixie Wildlife Control
893 Church Street
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 424-1300
dixiewildlifecontrol.com  
Critter Patrol
6300 Powers Ferry Road Northwest #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 445-0949
critterpatrol.com

All About Giant Water Bugs

Giant water bug (Lethocerus indicus)

Giant Water Bugs are truly creepy crawly creatures that you probably don’t want to encounter. The Giant Water Bug is one of the largest insects in North America, with an average length of approximately 1.5 inches, although some grow up to 4 inches long. Giant Water Bugs are often mistaken for cockroaches and beetles, although they are not the same thing.

What Are They?

The Giant Water Bug is a true bug that lives in freshwater streams, ponds, and lakes. They are extremely strong swimmers, although most of their time is spent perching as they await their prey. Water Bugs are attracted to light, earning them the nickname “electric-light bugs.” They are also known as “toe biters” due to the nasty bites they can inflict. Another nickname these bugs are known by is Alligator Ticks or Fleas.

What Do They Look Like?

Giant Water Bugs have short, pointed beaks under their heads, along with piercing, sucking mouthparts. Their wings overlap at the hind end of their abdomen, creating an x-like pattern. They have long legs with clawed front feet, which they use to inject chemicals into the bodies of their prey.

Where Do They Live?

Giant Water Bugs are found in North America, more specifically the U.S. and Canada. They live in freshwater streams, ponds, and lakes, particularly those with aquatic vegetation. These insects prefer slow moving water, end spend most of their time waiting at the bottom of a body of water for fish or mall amphibians to pass by.

Giant Water Bug (1)

What Do They Eat?

A Giant Water Bug’s diet consists of fish, aquatic crustaceans, and amphibians, including baby turtles and water snakes. Once they strike, they inject powerful digestive saliva with their rostrum which turns their victims’ insides to liquid, which they then suck out with their mouthpiece. The Giant Water Bug’s bite is considered to be the most painful bite delivered by any insect, although it’s not really poisonous to humans – although it can cause the affected area to swell and cause excruciating pain.

What Do They Do?

Giant Water Bugs spend most of their time below the surface of water, although they are attracted to artificial lights and have been known to fly at them. When Giant Water Bugs are sitting motionless beneath water, they resemble dead leaves, which protects them from predators and camouflages them while they wait to attack their prey. The Giant Water Bug only lives for about a year. The males of the species carry eggs on their backs, which the females attach with a glue-like substance. Males cannot mate while carrying eggs.

Giant Water Bugs aren’t really a threat to humans, although their bites are extremely painful and their appearance can be intimidating. To avoid attracting water bugs, make sure you don’t have any containers of standing water around your yard. If you notice more Giant Water Bugs around your home than usual, don’t hesitate to call in a pest control professional to take care of them.

About the author: Chris is an associate for a NJ pest control company.

How to Keep Pests Out of Your Home

Roach HomeThe fight against pests in your home is a year-round battle that is tough to win. It doesn’t matter where you live or what you do to keep them out, pests eventually find a way into your home. However there are steps you can take to limit their access and reduce the number of pests you find.

A lot of homeowners act by calling a professional pest control service to come in and spray for pests. Although this is a recommended first step to take, the fight doesn’t stop there. Professional services can slow pests down and lower their population, but homeowners must carry out a few do-it-yourself steps if they wish to stop seeing pests altogether.

Finding & Sealing Passages

Most homeowners feel their home is tightly sealed, but it’s actually full of tiny holes that become passageways for small insects. Pests can find their way into your home through the smallest cracks imaginable so it may be impossible to make your home completely bug proof. However you can seal most cracks if you take the time to find them.

Start by examining the exterior of your home and filling any holes with caulk. This means checking under decks, steps and other places that may be hard to reach. The foundation of homes is often the site for many cracks that allow pests inside. It won’t be fun work, but it’s necessary if you want to stop seeing pests in your home.

Areas of the home notorious for cracks and holes include doors, windows, dryer vents, exhaust fans, soffits, and chimney gaps. Make sure to check these areas thoroughly before moving onto any other pest preventing steps.

sealing openingsMake Your Home Less Desirable

Pests are constantly on the move looking for a new place to call home. If they happen to stop at your home, there’s probably a reason why. Chances are high that you’ve either left cracks unfilled or your home’s surroundings are inviting them to stay.

Pests naturally need water to survive and they often look for places that have plenty of moisture. So if you’ve got pests you need to eliminate areas that might be collecting water. Walk around your property after it rains and see where water is collecting and not draining properly. Once you find these areas, see what you can do to fix them.

It’s best to have the soil slope away from the foundation so make sure this is the case with your yard. Places of heavy vegetation around the home can keep siding and soil damp so continually keep bushes and plants trimmed back. Mulch is well known for collecting moisture and it’s a great home for roaches and other bugs. If you have mulch around your foundation, make sure water is draining properly. Plumbing leaks should obviously be fixed to prevent moisture buildup.

Eliminating clutter is another way to make your home less desirable to pests. All bugs, insects and rodents look for clutter because it’s a form of protection. Remove all clutter from carports, garages, porches and other areas so pests don’t see it as an appealing home.

Taking these precautions is certainly going to make your home less inviting to pests. However it’s very important to have the assistance of a professional pest control company. You can buy powerful pest control products at the store, but it’s not the same as hiring a professional. If you want the best results, have a professional service spray every six months.

Author Bio: Jensen is a contributing writer for Heron Lawn & Pest Control.

The Top 3 Pests In Atlanta

I recently had the pleasure to sit down with some pest control professionals In Atlanta, GA. These professionals have taken hundreds of phone calls from concerned Atlanta area citizens this summer, who’ve become fed up with bugs invading their homes. I asked them point blank, “What are the top three pest invaders in Atlanta?” “What pests do receive the most phone calls about?”

Here were Bulwark Exterminating’s top three most common pest invaders in the Atlanta area:

3. Fire Ants

Red Imported Fire Ant

If you live anywhere in Georgia, you are likely very familiar with the Red Imported Fire ant. Fire ants are notorious for stinging relentlessly whenever you disturb there huge nests that can plaque a property. The mound-building activity of the red fire ant has damaged plant roots, lead to the loss of crops, and interfered with agricultural farming in the State of Georgia. In order to best control the populations of fire ants in and around your property, Atlanta Fire ant control is necessary.

2. Spiders

Black Widow Spider

There are not very many spiders in Atlanta that are dangerous to humans, with the exception of the black widow spider which has very toxic venom that can be life threatening. There are approximately 100 reported deaths from spider bites in the 20th century. Despite this really low number, that doesn’t stop Atlanta residents from running to the nearest phone to call an Atlanta spider control professional whenever they see any big ugly spider.

1. Roaches

Roach

The south has a huge cockroach problem, and of course that includes Atlanta. The most frequently called about pest in the Atlanta area, according to the roach control professionals at Bulwark Exterminating, is the cockroach. This is because of the cockroach’s high proliferation rate. The mild winters allow for roaches to breed more often, and make it easier for these disease carrying pests to survive. These roaches invade Atlanta homes searching for the water in your drains and the food in your kitchen cupboards.
In Atlanta, Oriental roaches are often called “waterbugs.” The most common roaches found in the area are the American cockroach, and the Asian cockroach. No matter the species of Atlanta cockroach, Atlanta homeowners just don’t want them in there homes spreading disease. Serious cockroach infestations require Atlanta roach control.

Atlanta Pest Control

If you are commonly seeing pests like spiders, fire ants and roaches in and around your Atlanta area home, get help! Get professional pest control in Atlanta!

Bulwark Exterminating
5221 Palmero Court #105
Buford, GA 30518
(770) 904-4141
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
Dixie Wildlife Control
893 Church Street
Marietta, GA30060
(770) 424-1300
dixiewildlifecontrol.com
 
Critter Patrol
6300 Powers Ferry Road Northwest #600
Atlanta, GA30339
(770) 445-0949
critterpatrol.com
 
 

Top 5 Bugs That Carry Diseases

When you think of insects, you probably automatically think of diseases. Not all insects spread diseases, but the ones that do are definitely something to worry about. While some bugs do good things for the environment, like fertilize soil and pollinate plants, their disease-ridden counterparts spread harm and to humans and animals alike. But which bugs are the most dangerous? Below we’ll take a look at the top five nastiest insects that you’ll want to steer clear of.

Mosquitoes

Sucking Mosquito

Mosquitoes have probably been the bane of human existence since the dawn of man. Although mosquitoes are deadlier in underdeveloped countries where diseases are more rampant, they can be equally as dangerous in the U.S., where they have been known to spread West Nile Virus. The most commonly disease spread by mosquitoes is malaria, which is responsible for the death of tens of thousands each year. Mosquitoes also spread Yellow Fever and Dengue Fever.

To evade mosquitoes, make sure there is no standing water in your yard, employ the use of bug spray and citronella candles, and if all else fails, invest in a bug zapper.

Cockroaches

German Roach

Cockroaches are disgusting in their own right, living for years in inhospitable environments such as landfills and sewer systems. It is said that cockroaches would withstand a nuclear holocaust, a belief that has good reasoning behind it; they can survive almost anything, including an entire week without a head. These pests have roamed the earth since the days of the dinosaurs, and thousands of species exist, although only four species dwell in houses.  Cockroaches are filthy creatures that spread bacteria, being that they love to feast on things such as feces, trash, and refuse. In fact, more than 30 bacterial strains have been isolated in cockroach species; most of these bacteria will only cause an upset stomach if you become infected, although some can cause leprosy and typhoid. Pest control professionals are usually required to rid your home of a cockroach infestation.

Ticks

Wood Tick On Skin

Ticks may be small, but they’re not to be taken lightly; these pesky little guys are notorious for spreading diseases, especially in rural areas. Ticks typically live in highly vegetated areas, like woods and yards. There are actually over 100 species of ticks, and nearly all of them have a reputation for biting humans. Since ticks feed off of blood, it makes it fairly easy for them to transfer diseases directly into the bloodstream of their victim. Ticks are well-known for carrying diseases such as Encephalitis, Typhus Fever, and Lyme disease. Lyme disease is the most common illness caused by tick bites, and can have lifelong effects on the body. Lyme disease symptoms include nausea, irritability, and confusion. It’s vital that you always use bug spray and do a thorough check of your hair, body, and clothing when frolicking through the woods.

Fleas

Flea

Fleas are more than just a nuisance; they were responsible for several generations of plague. Millions of people died after flea-bitten rats carried the plague to populated areas. Fleas are still fully capable of carrying – and effectively spreading – diseases easily. If your dog or cat has fleas, be sure to take measures to get rid of the parasites. If your house has become infected with fleas, the easiest way to get rid of them is to call a pest control professional.

Flies

Fly Up Close

Flies are disgusting creatures. They feed and lay their eggs on feces and garbage, then tap-dance all over your food if you let them. Flies also regurgitate their stomach contents onto food in order to liquefy and slurp it up. Really, flies are not a pest that you want to contend with. Flyswatters, bug spray, and bug zappers are a good way to deal with these disease-spreading pests. It’s also important to remember to keep all food items covered or tightly sealed prior to eating.

Mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks, fleas, and flies are just a few bugs that carry diseases. It’s always important to take measures of precautions when dealing with insects, especially ones that bite. Bug spray can really your best friend, especially during the warm summer months when bugs roam rampant. If you’re planning on spending a substantial amount of time outdoors this summer, make sure to protect yourself from bug bites that could infect you with diseases.

Author Bio: Chris is a blogger for Excel Pest Control a NJ based pest control company.

Staying Pest Free In The Winter: 4 Tips To Help You Reclaim Your Home

As fall fades away, families spend more time indoors talking, playing games and gathering around the fireplace. However, they aren’t the only ones who want to seek shelter from the cold; many pests, like mice and roaches, are also interested in staying warm and comfortable. Naturally, you don’t want anything in your home that doesn’t belong there. The following tips will help you reclaim your living space from these little intruders.

Use Plastic, Not Paper

It is important to store your pantry food in a container that pests can’t gain access to. The paper boxes you purchased the food in, therefore, are not going to work. Instead, place your food in a plastic container. Rodents will be hard pressed to chew through them, and they have the added bonus of keeping your food much fresher over time. Remember, one of the reasons that pests are entering your home is because they want easy access to food. If you take away that access, they will have to go elsewhere in order to survive.

Clean Regularly

If nothing else, pick up your home each evening so the floor space is clean. Anything you leave laying around is a haven for pests; they can hide in it and will consequently feel comfortable putting down roots in your house. Completing a quick pick up will make your living space look better and should also discourage pests from making your house their home.

Seal Up Holes

Walk around the perimeter of your house, and take the time to closely examine the walls. If you see a hole or a crack, make sure to close it up. Even larger pests, like mice or rats, can squeeze into very small spaces, so it is important that you don’t neglect to fix any openings that you find. A bit of caulk should solve most problems, but if you have a particularly large hole, you may need to bring in a handyman to take a look at the situation.

Check Your Screens

If you have mesh screens covering your doors and windows, periodically check them for any holes or tears. Much like a crack in your foundation, a hole in your screen will allow all different types of pests to get into your home. These screens are useful, though, for allowing fresh air to flow into your space, so you shouldn’t discontinue their use altogether. Simply be vigilant about maintaining them properly.

While many people think of summer as being the prime season for pest problems, the truth is, winter can be quite difficult as well. If you are struggling to control the pest population in your home, try the four tips above. With enough time and effort, you should be able to get rid of pests once and for all.

Morgan is a proud mother who enjoys spending her days discovering fun and interesting things to do with her young son. At night, she is an avid writer and solves all her pest problems with the help of a Jersey City Pest Control company.

Pest Control Atlanta Wishing You A Merry Christmas

Christmas 2010 with snow in Atlanta!

Christmas with snow in Atlanta! (Photo credit: Capt Kodak)

A Merry Pest Free Christmas

Christmas is a mere two weeks away… Crazy I know. There is so much to be done. Among the last minute Christmas gift shopping, the decorating of a gingerbread house, the mailing of those last few Christmas cards, and the hanging of the Christmas lights; don’t forget the pest control. Pests like rodents, spiders, and cockroaches can ruin an otherwise pleasant holiday season.

A Pest Free Christmas

Pest control companies primarily offer both spider control, and cockroach control. These treatment programs can not only eliminate these troublesome pests from your property, but keep them from ever returning.

If you are in the Atlanta, GA area, and are having trouble with roaches, black widows, fire ants, or even rodents; call an Atlanta pest control professional today!

Have a very merry and pest free Christmas!

Atlanta Pest Control Companies:

Bulwark Exterminating
5221 Palmero Court #105
Buford, GA 30518
(770) 904-4141
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

MosquitoNix Atlanta
433 Bishop Street Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 872-5770
mosquitonixatlanta.com

Orkin Pest & Termite Control
1935 Cliff Valley Way NE #118
Atlanta, GA 30329
(866) 713-9979
orkin.com

 

 

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