National Pest Management Association Partners with Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America on New Research

ABC Home & Commercial Services Supports New Survey Showing That Allergists Agree A Pest-Free Home is Important In Preventing Asthma and Allergy Symptoms

 

More than nine out of ten allergists surveyed (97 percent) believe a pest-free home is an important step in preventing asthma and allergy symptoms, according to a recent survey conducted by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) supported by a grant from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). The survey was conducted among medical professionals at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) in March 2014 in San Diego, CA. The findings are being released today at the beginning of National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month to remind homeowners that many pest-related asthma and allergy triggers can be avoided by practicing simple prevention measures.
The study, which included nearly 500 allergists, was conducted to assess physicians’ views on pests and … Read Full Post »

How To Sting-Proof Your Outdoor Activities This Summer

Memorial Day usually signifies the semi-official kickoff of the Summer outdoor season — it’s time to let the fun begin with picnics, backyard Bar-B-Qs and pool parties. However, nothing can derail a good time faster than a painful sting from one of the Atlanta area’s line up of common stinging insects.

Below are the most likely suspects, some info on where they are likely to nest and the best ways to ensure they don’t ruin your good time. It should be noted that many of the below bad bugs are very unlikely to sting you unless they perceive you as a threat to their nests or colonies.

Here we go:

Bald-faced Hornets

Aggressiveness: Bald-faced hornets are the most aggressive wasps in Georgia. Getting within 10 feet of their nests can earn you a pretty nice multi-sting welt or worse.

Where they live: Bald-faced hornets’ football-shaped nests are built of paper and usually are suspended from … Read Full Post »

Five Tips for Natural Pest Control

Sharing your home or office with pests is never an enjoyable experience. In Atlanta, with the changing seasons and weather conditions, having an unwanted encounter with a household pest can be more common than you think. Pests are constantly on the lookout for food, shelter and warm places to nest, and love nothing more than living in a warm home with delicious food. They are highly capable of making a discreet entrance, only to be noticed much later when the infestation has catapulted beyond control. So, what exactly can you do to keep these uninvited guests away? Here are five simple tips that can go a long way in preventing an infestation.

Seal Off All Those Cracks, Holes and Crevices

Believe it or not, most pests enter homes through the smallest of cracks and holes. Ants, rodents and roaches are able to sneak in through leaks in the plumbing, holes in the … Read Full Post »

When the Ants Go Marching into Your Home

Ants are remarkable creatures. They thrive in any kind of environment except in extreme climates such as the Polar Regions. Ants are social animals capable of lifting more than 50 times their weight by working together. Massive ant populations with their hardy characteristics pose a challenge for homeowners and pest control specialists.

The Social Life of Ants

Ant colonies are usually established outdoors hidden under gravel, concrete and a variety of organic material including mulch, dead vegetation and thick brush. The presence of ant mounds in your yard indicates an established and extensive colony underground with as many as 20 million ants in one nest.

Colonies include swarms of sterile worker ants that build and maintain the colony, gather food and care for the young. A colony may have more than one queen and may include winged male and female ants capable of reproducing and starting new nests.

Survival Skills of Ants

The 20,000 known … Read Full Post »

Caught Between a Web and a Hard Place

If you have long been afraid of spiders, you will likely be on the lookout for signs of infestations during all seasons of the year. Arachnids, however, are savvy creatures, and they can often begin building nests in out-of-the-way locations. Before you’ve had time to respond, you’ll be dealing with an infestation that can be very tough to eradicate. By checking for spiders in hidden areas, you can ensure that your house remains free of the pests (and keep your anxiety from exploding into full-blown arachnophobia).

Furniture Items

Though spiders most commonly spin webs in the rafters, a rarely moved piece of furniture may also make a lovely home. Couches or chairs that have remained in one place for several weeks should be closely examined. In nearly all instances, the critters will be found on the underside of the upholstery.

Sinks

Sinks are perfect havens for spiders that are looking to breed. In fact, … Read Full Post »

Ants Are Only Cute in Movies

In the movies, ants are cute creatures that everyone roots for; however, in real life they can actually do a lot of damage to your home. Because of this, it’s vital to contact a professional pest control company as soon as you begin to notice signs of an infestation. Keep in mind that ants nest in the crevices and cracks of your property and that they will also scavenge through your home looking for food supplies.

The Danger of a Carpenter Ant Infestation

If you begin to notice big black ants in your home, you most likely have an infestation of carpenter ants. This particular species of ant can cause extensive and very expensive damage to your home. In fact, once their nests have been built into your home, you’re likely to experience issues with your structural wood, rigid foam insulation, sheathing and subflooring. Unfortunately, carpenter ants are extremely common in many … Read Full Post »

Your Expensive Lawn Is No More

Moles are strange creatures that can cause devastating damage to your pristine lawn, especially when they are allowed to burrow out of control. The animals, in fact, tend to feed on worms and other subsurface creatures. If they’re not stopped, you’ll be left with dimples, holes, dirt mounds, and torn-up grass. With effective pest control methods, however, you can eradicate the critters and keep your yard looking great. Perhaps even more importantly, you can continue to impress your irritable in-laws when they next pay a holiday visit.

Appearance

True moles are generally distinguished by their prominent snouts. While many species are dark brown in color, others can range from black to white to pink. They generally have webbed feet and sharp claws, which they use to dig tunnels through the surrounding dirt. In fact, their claws enable them to make their way through even hard soil. Thus, they can pose significant problems … Read Full Post »

Tips to Prevent Pests from Entering Your Home

Is your home or office becoming a welcome haven for pests such as roaches, ants, bed bugs, spiders, termites or mice? While the sight of little ants crawling or spiders weaving webs can be fascinating, these insects certainly do not belong inside your home. Mice scurrying around the house and roaches raiding your pantry for food might not paint a pretty picture either. So, how exactly do you keep your home free of these unwanted intruders for good? What are the most effective pest control methods that really work?

Keep Your Food Supplies Sealed

Most pests eat almost anything that they can find. Free food is a very good reason for roaches, rodents and ants to find your home attractive. Seal your snack and cereal bags, pack away food items and never leave dirty dishes around in the sink. Make sure your trashcan has a tight lid and clean up food crumbs … Read Full Post »

Plants That Attract Outdoor Pests

Are you growing a rodent’s dream buffet in your backyard?

Although it’s common knowledge that in order to beat your enemy in battle you must first learn to think like them, this principle is often forgotten in the gardening world. The most common problem for gardeners is that in the excitement of planting everything you want, you forget to think of which plants your outdoor companions are silently waiting to devour once you turn your back. You may be unknowingly planting a feast outside that consists of all of your neighborhood rodents’ favorite foods, and they’ll be all too happy to invite the rest of their four-legged family over to finish off your flowers and vegetables before you ever get a chance to enjoy them.

Let’s take a look at the preferred snacks of rodents such as rats, mice, voles, squirrels and groundhogs. This is the first step of long-lasting rodent control.

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Signs of Infestation That Most Homeowners Miss

If you’re like most people, you prefer to live in an environment that’s sheltered from the elements and has an adequate food supply at hand. Unfortunately, many pests share your desire for a cozy home. Because they are small and often difficult to spot, you can have quite an infestation before you notice that pests have invaded. However, if you know what to look for, you can better defend yourself against unwanted intruders.

Termites come in two varieties: subterranean and drywood. The subterranean species makes their home in the soil, leaving it to feed. The drywood species prefers to invade wood floors, furniture and house frames, living out their lives within the invaded structure. Many homeowners never know they have an infestation unless they see them swarming. Other signs are less obvious, but may allow you to detect a problem sooner. One such sign is the appearance of mud tubes on … Read Full Post »