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 …

Are Bed Bugs and Chiggers the Same?

Nashville, Murfreesboro and Mt. Juliet TN Question:  Are Bed Bugs and Chiggers the Same?                                                     Answer:  Both chiggers and bed bugs bite people and leave reddish, inflamed areas on your body,  that’s about the only way bed bugs and chiggers are the same. The blood bed bugs suck out of you provides nourishment to them, whereas chiggers make a deadly error when they bite people. The habitats, size and reproduction habits of bed bugs and chiggers are very different. Chiggers and bed bugs are pests with bites that can make life miserable. Although both insects use human blood for sustenance, many key distinctions between the two exist. The most effective way …

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs?

Nashville, Murfreesboro and Mt. Juliet TN Question:  How can I get rid of bed bugs? Answer: Its feasible to pick up bed bugs virtually just about any place—they have invaded workplaces, shops, resorts, fitness centers as well as numerous other areas. They can easily hide in your baggage or even on you, and be brought back to your home. Once inside, it is hard to get rid of bed bugs without having assistance from a seasoned exterminator. Having a  bed bug infestation has nothing to do with hygiene — it is possible to get them even in the highest quality resorts, and they can be brought into the most pristine households …

What does a Brown Recluse Spider Bite Look Like?

Nashville, Murfreesboro and Mt. Juliet TN Q: My son-in-law swears he’s been bitten by a Brown Recluse Spider, but it’s only a slight red mark, and he hasn’t become ill. I thought their bites were more serious than this; can you shed some light on the Brown Recluse and what to look for if you think you’ve been bitten? A: A Brown Recluse Spider bite is serious business. They inject poisonous venom that leads to itching, nausea, fever, severe pain in the area around the bite, and in rare cases, even death. Brown recluse spiders tend to bite humans when defending themselves. However, when in close contact with human beings, …

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, …