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Realizing the Value in Pest Control

Exterminator SprayingThe significance of pest control goes a lot deeper than many people realize. It’s safe to say that most of us dread the thought of ever having to use this type of service, but there are others that really never give it much thought until they absolutely have reason to. Pest control is much more than just making sure your residence is cleared of the bugs that commonly pop up here and there. Even if finding the telltale signs of insects or rodents in your home don’t necessarily concern you, there are several reasons that pest control services are necessary for a better quality of life.

Health Concerns

As a result of all the germs they carry around with them, pests have notoriously been the cause of sickness and disease in decades past. Better pest control over the years has led to a decrease in related health concerns, but we must continue to implement insect and rodent management strategies, especially in our homes, if we want to continue to prevent contamination. Many allergic reactions and asthma attacks are caused by pests that have infiltrated a home and gone undetected.

Agricultural Production

Pest control in agricultural production has always been crucial to maintaining much of our food source. Without it, there is a very real possibility that all of the plant-eating pests out there could wipe out many of the crops we rely on. A plant’s health and productivity depends heavily on the effective management of insects and the methods used to enforce it. In an effort to respect the environmental movement and the worries that many people have about the use of chemicals in agriculture, great strides have been taken to use sustainable pest control tactics.

Impact on Public Businesses

No one wants to eat in a restaurant or employ the services of a business where pests are obviously running rampant. This, again, suggests there should be cause for health concerns, especially when the contamination of food is in question. An effective pest control method must be executed immediately in a food service business. Any other type of industry or company can expect to see a decrease in client relations as well when they can’t keep up clean appearances which in turn will eventually begin to affect our economy’s growth.

Termite DamageStructural Damage

If you’re a homeowner, you should already be aware of the destruction caused every year by pests like termites, carpenter ants and rodents that will eat through a structure or chew on electrical wires and wreak all kinds of havoc. The cost of repairs can be quite hefty, and the stresses that come along with having to deal with an especially damaging situation can be prevented with regular termite and pest inspections and subsequent management procedures.

The key to living a lifestyle that doesn’t include pests is to be aware of your surroundings and take action before the threat of infestation becomes too much to handle. Whichever method you choose to use, the importance of pest control becomes evident once you become informed of just how much the lack of it would negatively impact our environment.

About the Author

Tiffany Olson is a full-time blogger from Northern California who writes regularly about home issues including pest control.  A great resource for information is Killroy Pest Control who specializes in pest control in Hayward.

Home Pest Control 101

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cockroach (Photo credit: Squallwc)

Because there are so many types of pest that come in all shapes and sizes, your home pest control needs to address a wide range of critters from termites, ants, and roaches to mice and raccoons as well. There are a number of pests that can make themselves at home in with little or no announcement.

Of course the best way to get rid of pest is by keeping them out in the first place. This is normally done by caulking around windows and joints, and using barrier products. Additionally keeping food sealed and removing any standing water will help control pest problems. However, it is inevitable that at least one pest will find its way into your home.

Below are a few points to remember when trying to prevent pests:

Seal points of entry.  Nothing wants into your home more than a foraging pest.  Bugs and rodents can find the smallest crack or gap in your foundation and slip under an unsealed door or window to find something to eat or a place to sleep.  Because of this caulking around your windows and doors can save you from an infestation while at the same time saving you on your energy bills.  Also be sure to check vents and where pipes or wires enter the home because there are often small gaps at these points.

Treat regularly. Preventive pesticides come in a number of forms including: liquids, granules, and bait stations. Use of these in conjunction with the other methods listed here will ensure that pests don’t invade your home. The most common application method for a liquid pesticide is to spray around the base of your home or near other points on entry.

Granules are another great way to keep pests out. Because they’re heavier and cannot be carried away by the wind or rain, granules don’t have to be applied frequently. Granules work when foraging pests picks them up. They are taken back to the colony, where these pesticides through their transitive properties and cause the colony to collapse. The best way to distribute granules is with a broadcaster, much like the one you use for seeding grass or flower seeds.

Bait stations work in much the same way as granules but they are placed in set positions through out the yard or home. But regardless of the type of pesticide you’re using applying it as dictated by the manufactures’ instructions is very important.

Keep food sealed. Food is a huge draw for many types of pest. One of the biggest in-home attractions for pest is unsealed food. But even if the containers were sealed mice and rats can chew through cardboard boxes.  And a number of pests can be missed even after they’ve enjoyed your hospitality. One way to stop this is through the use of airtight solid containers epically ones made out of glass and hard plastic. In addition to sealing you food make sure you don’t leave any out.  You should also cover your garbage cans.

Clean your sinks and tubs. Don’t leave water in the sink.  Sinks are dumping grounds for foods and drinks and when not cleaned consistently, breading grounds for bugs and bacteria.   Roaches are one of many types of pest that like dampness.  Keeping these areas clean (and dry) will reduce the likelyhood that pest can find water or food.

Keep exterior dry.  A nice green lawn is something that you work really hard to get.   And to keep your yard lush and green it will often require that you irrigate you lawn. But it is important that you keep the water off your house.  Soaking your house can attract pests who thrive in the damp while at the same time allowing the growth of mold.

This aritcle was written by Crystal C., a DIY specialist from Florida. Crystal advocates do-it-yourself pest control and recommends DIY home pest control to her readers as an alternative to expensive exterminator services.

Atlanta Termite Control


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Atlanta Termites

Termites are one of the most common, and one of the most destructive pests found in Atlanta, GA. Their nests, which are made up of tunnels, are commonly found underground or in the wood that they eat. You can find them on your property inside tree stumps, telephone poles, and in the lumber used to construct your home. Most termites eat the cellulose from wood, and wood by-products such as paper.

Types of Termites Found in Atlanta

The two most common types of termites here in Atlanta are the subterranean termite and the drywood termite. These two types of termites are biologically different from each other. It’s imperative to determine which of the two species you are seeing on your property before exterminating them, because each will react differently to insecticides. Subterranean and drywood termites range in color from a light yellow to black, with the only distinguishable difference being the number of veins in each termite’s wings.

Termite Destruction

A single colony of subterranean or drywood termites may contain several million insects. Larger colonies can forage deep underground, up to 300 feet into soil, or deep inside the structure of your home. This makes them very challenging to eliminate. Because of their capability to eat wood at a quick rate, these pests are accountable for a tremendous amount of property damage. This frequently results in extensive pest control treatments and expensive home repairs. Termites cause more damage to Atlanta homes than fires and storms combined, but are not usually covered in a homeowner’s insurance policy.

Worker termite

Worker termite (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Atlanta Termite Control

If you want to eliminate termites, finding a pest control company that has a lot of experience treating termites is essential. You should always opt for a nationwide company that has sufficient general liability insurance. Selecting a termite control professional is often times a long term commitment depending on the nature of the infestation. A commitment of this nature is only as strong as the company making it.

If you are seeing termites in or around your Atlanta home, contact a reputable pest control company today!

Atlanta Pest Control:

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