Termites Facts Every Homeowner Needs to Know

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Nashville, Murfreesboro, Knoxville and Chattanooga TN Termites can be more than just a nuisance – costing homeowners in the U.S. billions of dollars a year in damage. Termite inspections are required when financing a home, but what happens after that initial letter? Down the road, your Nashville home (used or new) could succumb to a termite infestation causing extensive damage that costs you thousands of dollars, often not covered by homeowner’s insurance. Your middle Tennessee pest control company is here to share some simple facts that, paired with a little common sense, can protect your home for years. Fact: Termites and ants can look similar Ants and termites can look …

How Do I Know If I Have Bed Bugs?

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Nashville, Murfreesboro, Knoxville and Chattanooga TN Bed bugs are most assuredly an unwanted pest in any home or office. Unfortunately, bed bug infestations can happen to anyone at any time. The best way to determine if you have bed bugs is to provide a sample of a bed bug to your pest control technician. However, spotting the bed bugs isn’t always easy, and you may be a bit squeamish at the idea of catching a bug. There are definitely other ways to determine if you have a bed bug infestation. Where do bed bugs live? Bed bugs are insects that live in furniture, especially mattresses, and feed off the blood …

Keeping the Pest out of Your Home this Winter

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Nashville, Murfreesboro and Mt. Juliet TN The cooler air outside drives pests to look for a temporary home inside. It is no surprise that a home or building provides pests with the protection they are searching for; it is warm and dry inside. Here are some tips to help winterize your home for the winter and keep pests out. Remove habitat As fall approaches, be sure to inspect your home and remove any signs of a habitat built by pests. Clean out your gutters and downspouts, eliminating any debris that has built up over the summer and fall. Be sure to remove any debris that has collected along the foundation …

What Should I Do to Prevent Termites from Entering My Home?

Nashville, Murfreesboro, Mt. Juliet, TN Termites are a major nuisance. They are tiny, clustered, and ever-so-hungry! Yes, termites are one of the very few pests that keep nibbling on wood continuously. A typical colony of termites has between 350,000 to 1,000,000 termites. Imagine them constantly nibbling at the wood in your home and eating away different structures. No wonder termites have been billed as the number one reason for home destruction.  On top of that, a termite queen lays thousands of eggs a day, during the swarming season. She, also, lives for 30 to 50 years! Worst of all, termites are particularly adept at gaining entry to houses. Don’t you …

Nashville Ranks High on List of Bed Bug Infestations

Nashville, Murfreesboro, and Mt. Juliet, TN A recent study by leading pest company Orkin, calculated the number of bed bug treatments performed during 2014. The results were staggering, identifying cities with the worst to the least amount of bed bug problems.  Although bed bugs have been confirmed in all states across the country, some cities are worse than others. Nashville, Tennessee ranks high on the list for the city with the most amount of bed bug treatments performed last year. It’s important to know that bed bugs doesn’t always mean filth and unsanitary conditions since bed bugs can be easily transported by clothing, a hotel is the most common place …

How to Tell the Difference Between Flying Ants vs Termites

Nashville, Murfreesboro, and Mt. Juliet, TN  Question: What Is The Difference Between Flying Ants and Winged Termites? Answer: Both flying ants and winged termites are small, black household pests that can give homeowners the creeps, and not without good reason. These four-winged pests are notorious for their disastrous effects on the sanitation of indoor spaces and on the health of family members. Both pests nest in indoor spaces (now you know what they’re doing in your home or garage) and then swarm to form new colonies. Swarming is the mating and breeding phase of winged ants and termites. Flying ants, in fact, develop wings specifically for swarming and shed their …

Are Termites Active in the Winter?

Nashville, Murfreesboro, and Mt. Juliet, TN  Question:Are Termites Active In Cold Weather? Answer: In the warmer months of the year, termites seem to be active and can be found working without letting up. In the winter and wet months, they seem to disappear, leading many to believe that they either just stop working and hibernate or just die off under the snow or wet soil. Both of these seemingly obvious answers are far from the truth. Termites remain active throughout the year. Before getting into the details of what actually happens, here is a little background on the termite.   Termites Though they look like ants and are in some …

What to Expect From a Mold Remediation Company

Mt. Juliet, Murfreesboro, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Nashville, TN A tiny water leak or a dripping HVAC unit can become a huge problem for you when it results in mold. The most back breaking scrubbing may simply not suffice to get rid of mold effectively, and that is when you realize that it is time to call in the experts. But wait, do you know what these experts should do? Take a look at what you should expect from your mold remediation company. Mold Inspection—A Critical First Step The very first thing a competent mold remediation company will do is to start with a thorough assessment of your home with a …

Is Mold Causing Your Allergies?

Mt. Juliet, Murfreesboro, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Nashville, TN Do you ever experience coughing, sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, wheezing, or worsened asthma? You may wonder what causes these symptoms and how to prevent it. Sometimes, these symptoms can be what is known as seasonal allergies. The majority of people suffer from allergies caused by allergens in our environment such as pollen and spores that circulate in the air we breathe. If your symptoms tend to only appear during the spring and the fall, last only a couple of weeks and appear around the same time each year, you or your family member are probably suffering from allergies. However, have you ever …

Basements and Crawl Space in Cold Weather

Mt. Juliet, Murfreesboro, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Nashville, TN With all the cold weather we have been experiencing lately, we have been getting a lot of questions about what you should do for your basement and crawl spaces in extreme cold weather. While each home has a different set of circumstances here are some suggestions. The attic, basement and crawl space of your home are the most important areas to seal and insulate. The heat is trying to escape out of the attic while the cold air is being drawn in from the bottom. While the leaks in your basement and crawl spaces are smaller than the ones in the attic. …

Water in Crawl Space after Rain

Mt. Juliet, Murfreesboro, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Nashville, TN Question: I have water and moisture in my crawl space after it rains. Should I be worried about this? Answer: Yes you should this is a big deal since the foundation of your home is part of your crawl space. Water in your crawl space (or basement) can lead to toxic black mold, mice, rats, or insects. Since your crawl space walls are where the support for your entire house comes from you will want to have a professional crawl space waterproofing company like Ameri Care Services come in and give you a free evaluation. The solutions could range from sump pumps, …

Tips to Help Prevent Mold In Winter

Mt. Juliet, Murfreesboro, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Nashville, TN To help keep the air you and your family breath here are some tips on how to prevent mold and mildew from growing in your home. Make sure you have a good seal on windows and doors to prevent moisture from entering your home. This will not only help with mold growth it will help keep your heating cost down as well. You should have any leaky pipes or faucets fixed or replaces immediately. If you can’t have the problem fixed right away then shut off the water flow to the broken pipes or faucets. If you have any moisture in your …