How Can I Pest Proof My Home?

Nashville, Murfreesboro and Mt. Juliet TN This fall as we break out the jackets, sweaters and look forward to cooler temperatures, pest with four or more legs may be crawling into our homes. Pest adapt to the ever changing environment. Homeowners need to take steps year-round to pest proof their homes. In the fall and winter months, the most common home invaders are house mice. A considerable health threat, these critters can transmit disease and have been proven an allergen to children. Mice are also known to consume and contaminate our food, chew up woodwork and insulation, and trigger electrical problems by nibbling on wires. Some tips to consider when …

What is Mold Remediation?

Mt. Juliet, Murfreesboro, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Nashville, TN We get this question a lot from our customers.  Mold remediation is the removal and clean-up of toxic or black mold from a home, school or business.  Mold can cause a variety of health problems that is why it is extremely important to treat the mold immediately. Mold is caused by poor moisture management and can begin to grow in as little as 24 hours of the moisture being present. Once we determine there is toxic or black mold present we will take special care to remove the mold using specialized equipment. Mold remediation isn’t enough though you need to take steps …

Truth About Bed Bugs

Nashville, Murfreesboro and Mt. Juliet TN Question:  I recently read a story about bedbugs. The last time I heard anything about bedbugs was when I was a child getting ready for bed, “Sleep tight, and don’t let the bed bugs bite.” What’s the real story? Answer:  You are correct. Bed bugs in the U.S. have not been an issue for years. However, as international travel has increased so have bedbugs. Though more common abroad, and known for superior hitchhiking abilities, these nocturnal, elusive transient pest, are on the rise across the U.S., and getting rid of them is a difficult lengthy process. Bedbugs derive their name from their tendency to …

Facts About Mold

Mt. Juliet, Murfreesboro, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Nashville, TN Top Facts You Should Know About Mold and Mildew Mold can affect your health and some symptoms include asthma, allergic reactions, and other respiratory ailments Mold the only way to truly control mold indoors is to control the moisture in your home If you have a mold or mildew problem then you must control the moisture after having a mold remediation or clean up done. You MUST fix the source of the water to prevent future mold and mildew growth Damp or wet areas must be cleaned within 24-48 hours to prevent mold and mildew growth If you have mold or mildew …

Why Get a Termite Inspection?

Nashville, Murfreesboro and Mt. Juliet TN Question:  Why Should I get a Termite Inspection? Answer:  Franklin, TN area homes are just like any other home when it comes to termite inspection and treatment. Having your home inspected by a trained professional is a must. A termite infestation can be hard if not impossible to detect to the untrained eye and signs of the termite problem is almost always in a very hard to reach area of your home. All of the property that contacts the ground and every part of the structure that is wooden must be inspected for termites. Concrete and masonry floors must also be inspected for signs …

Insects vs. Bugs?

Nashville, Murfreesboro and Mt. Juliet TN Question: Can you settle an argument? My wife told me that a spider is not an insect. Is she pulling my leg?  Answer: The bug world is tricky; all insects are bugs, but not all bugs are insects. So, technically, your wife is correct. According to the Big Bug Book, here are the facts. Insects (Hexapoda or Insecta) have six legs. Spiders (Arachnida) have eight. Insects eat lots of things, even plastic, paper and lint. Spiders eat mostly insects. Insects have antennae in order to smell. Spiders don’t, they sense through bristles on their legs. Insects usually have wings. Spiders do not. Insects have …

Musty Crawl Space

Mt. Juliet, Murfreesboro, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Nashville, TN What can be done about the musty smell in my home? I think it’s coming from the crawl space. Answer:  Many homes built in the middle Tennessee area suffer from poor moisture management. The musty smell is most likely coming from the crawl space. Crawl Space mold and mildew exist because of excess moisture and mold can cause allergies affecting your family’s health. A plumbing leak, poorly installed vapor barrier, water intrusion in the crawl space, or just warm humid air entering the crawl space resulting in condensation could be the source. Alone or in combination these conditions will lead to mold …

Mold Inspection and Clean Up

Help I have mold in my crawl space! Cookeville | Bowling Green | Franklin | Jackson Question:  Our home is for sale; the buyer paid for a Home Inspection, and his report said we had mold or a mold like substance in the crawl space. What are they talking about, and what should we have done? Answer:  You are not alone; we get calls every day with the same question. Many homes built in the middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky suffer from poor moisture management in the crawl space. The mold is most likely aspergillus or penicillium, both very common types of mold found in crawl spaces. Crawl Space Mold, …

Crawl Space Moisture Barriers and Waterproofing

Mt. Juliet, Murfreesboro, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Nashville, TN Question from a long time Ameri Care Services customer in Nashville Tennessee.  She writes, “I’ve been one of your customers for years and have recommended you to friends and family.  However, recently I received a phone book with a magnet on the cover saying “you fix crawl spaces”. I had a plumber under the house back in the summer, and he said I had some standing water in my crawl space; is this a problem?” Answer from Tom Swett owner of Ameri Care Services.  He says, “It’s not uncommon for most houses in Middle Tennessee to get some standing water. If the …

What Kind of Spider is in My House?

Nashville, Murfreesboro and Mt. Juliet TN Question from Nashville Tennessee Resident about spiders: All this spider talk has made me a little nervous. I was watching TV last night when down from my ceiling pops this tiny, yellowish spider like he was saying hello. I freaked out and swatted and don’t know where he landed. Is this a spider I should be concerned about? Answer from Ameri Care Services owner and general manager Tom Swett Without seeing the spider, I can’t be certain, but sounds like you were paid a visit by the Yellow Sac Spider.   Like most pests, as the weather gets colder and it becomes more difficult to …

Top 5 Pest Control Concerns?

Nashville, Murfreesboro and Mt. Juliet TN Q: What would be the top five pest concerns during the summer and early fall?   Answer: In a recent survey, homeowners sounded off about the pest that concern them most and pose the biggest threat to their health and safety during this time. Mosquitoes came in on top followed by ants, ticks, wasps and hornets. Spiders rounded out the top five. We suggest the following: Since pests invade from the outside by way of vegetation and structural guidelines that run along your home, make sure tree branches, shrubs and plants are trimmed back away from the home. Check for and seal off any …

Are the Chemicals Used in Pest Control Safe for My Family?

  Nashville, Murfreesboro and Mt. Juliet TN Today’s pest control products are far superior than in years past, and are safer for people and the environment. Pesticides for household insects are designed to be applied at low concentrations and are usually designed for particular application methods and specific sites in the house. We also have an entire line of bait products that include baits for termites, ants and roaches. Additionally, pesticides are tested extensively for adverse effects on health. Before a product can be used, numerous studies are conducted by the manufacturer and independently evaluated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Based on the current body of knowledge, registered pesticides …