How Dangerous is Mold

how dangerous is mold

Nashville, Murfreesboro, Knoxville and Chattanooga TN Most of us are familiar with mold—from the black spots on shower curtains to the white stuff on old bread. We know to immediately throw out moldy bread–not only does it look hideous, but there is a distinct smell and taste to the bread which has even a tiny amount of mold on it somewhere. And we know to throw bleach on the shower curtain to get those black spots off.  If mold gets on clothes, it is called mildew, and we know to immediately rewash them. But what about mold inside of our homes or basement, is it dangerous? Can it cause health …

Protecting your Home Against Termites this Fall

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Nashville and Murfreesboro TN The fall season here in Middle Tennessee is known to be quite wet, and the rain has already been falling! This means moist conditions that are perfect for termites. Your Nashville termite experts have some tips for you on how to protect your home against termite damage this fall. Check for rot Take a look around the exterior of your home, paying special attention to wood areas such as trim work, around doors and windows, and around the gutters. Any exposed areas of wood or wood that is rotten can attract termites. The best solution for this is to repair or replace the damaged wood. Also, …

What’s Lurking in your Firewood

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Nashville and Murfreesboro TN When the weather turns colder, using your fireplace to keep your home warm can make for comfort during the chilly season without adding to your energy bill. Wood fires provide an old-fashioned charm and a pleasant, smoky smell but, by bringing firewood into your home, you run the risk of opening your home to some unpleasant pests. Actions you take now while preparing your firewood for later this year could end up causing you pests to deal with later on. Your local pest control experts at Ameri Care Services suggest you watch out for these insects in your next load of firewood: Powderpost beetles are the …

Why Should I worry about Water in my Crawl Space

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Nashville, Murfreesboro, Knoxville and Chattanooga TN A crawl space is a 2-3 foot tall earthen-based area under a house between the ground floor and first floor. It is only big enough to be accessed by a person crawling into it. The crawl space gives you access to the plumbing, electrical wiring, and heating and cooling systems of your house if you don’t have a basement. If you’re building your own house, a crawl space is much cheaper to create than a basement, which could cost as much as $150,000. It alleviates the problem of water pressure pushing against basement walls, which can seep into cracks and up in the living …

Three Reasons to Get a Termite Inspection

three reasons to get a termite inspection

Nashville and Murfreesboro TN The word “termites” is a dreaded word for all home or business owners. We see them as a destroyer of home, and we almost have a phobia about these tiny creatures as if they were the Plague in the Middle Ages. Even though we dread what termites can do, most of us believe that we are safe from them if we don’t live in the woods. This is completely untrue! There are strong reasons for hiring a pest control company to do a termite inspection for you, and your partners at Ameri Care Services have provided some important insights to help you make this important decision. …

What to do about an Ant Invasion

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Nashville and Murfreesboro TN Are you noticing more ants than usual this time of year? Whether in your home or business, ants can be more than just a nuisance. Here at Ameri Care Services, we receive many calls daily about ants invading homes and business of Middle Tennessee. While ants typically aren’t much to worry about, sometimes they can become an issue if an infestation develops and is not treated properly. Let’s take a look at some of the most common ants found in Nashville homes and businesses: Acrobat Ants: No, we aren’t talking about ants from the circus, but rather these ants walk while holding their lower abdomen over …

Why is the Paint Peeling on my Basement Walls

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Nashville, Murfreesboro, Knoxville and Chattanooga TN Are you noticing peeling paint in your basement or cellar? There are a few reasons why this may be happening—most of them are a simple fix, but a couple could be serious. Your Nashville waterproofing experts at Ameri Care Services want to educate you on the causes for peeling paint in the basement, and potential solutions. Settling is a natural, unavoidable event for any building and can result in peeling paint When a building settles, the ground underneath it is adjusting to the weight of the structure. As a consequence of that adjustment, the structure slowly sinks into the ground. This can cause some …

Why Year-Round Termite Control is Necessary for Nashville Residents

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Nashville and Murfreesboro TN If you own a home in the Nashville area, it is essential that you understand the threat of termites. Here in Music City, we have the most threatening termite – the subterranean termite, which costs people across the U.S. billions of dollars in damages each year. This particular type of termite, however, is a threat to Nashville property owners year round, and here’s why. As a termite colony matures, the male and female reproductives are created, which are winged termites that leave their colony to form new ones. Keep in mind that termites do not know the difference between the wood in your home versus the …

Why Hiring a Professional Pest Control Company is Smart

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Nashville and Murfreesboro TN Anyone that has seen, heard, or smelled a pest in the house has had that horrible feeling of “what to do next.” We all wonder if we can just deal with it ourselves or hire professionals. Pests are harmful to us mentally, physically, and economically. We all want to handle problems ourselves, but sometimes we need professional help. There are strong reasons for hiring a pest control company and your partners at Ameri Care Services have provided some important insights to help you make this important decision. What Problems do Household Pests Cause? Besides being gross and creepy, household pests can cause real problems. Pests like …

What should I do about Moisture in my Crawlspace

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Nashville, Murfreesboro, Knoxville and Chattanooga TN If your home is built with a crawlspace under it instead of a basement, it is important that the area remains dry. Excess moisture underneath your home can lead to an overgrowth of mold and mildew that eventually makes its way up inside your home. Not to mention, homes continually breathe as the air flows, which means mildew in your crawlspace could contaminate the air within your home. Your Nashville crawlspace waterproofing specialists at Ameri Care Services wants to share with you tips on what to do about moisture in your crawlspace. It is best to handle the situation as soon as you notice …

Rain Brings more Termites

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Nashville and Murfreesboro TN Termites do billions of dollars of property damage per year. Homeowners need to stay vigilant against these pests, especially when it rains. Why? Where there’s moisture, there are termites. You may not have known it, but these destructive wood-eating pests love wet conditions and rainy weather. During times of significant rain, termites can create a damp, moldy home in the soil where they can find wood, leaves, and other organic matter—all considered delicious food sources. Subterranean termites, referring to the species of termites that live in the ground, especially love wet weather. These termites also can do the most damage to properties. When it rains, these …

Tips to Prepare for Mosquito Season

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Nashville and Murfreesboro TN The official start of summer is in full swing. Late nights outside, enjoying time with family and friends while relaxing or barbecuing can be fun times until the mosquitos start pestering you and your guests. This summer, your Middle Tennessee pest control experts at Ameri Care Services have some tips to help you prepare for mosquito season. Take action now to help prevent mosquitos from breeding around your property, and keeping you from enjoying the outdoors. Eliminate standing water Speaking of breeding grounds, mosquitos prefer to lay eggs in standing water such as stagnant bodies of water, fountains, buckets or flowerpots with standing water, or any …