Are Atlanta Residents At Risk for Zika Virus?

Zika is spread by tiger mosquitoes

You have probably heard of the Zika Virus and you may have seen last week’s article in the AJC. At least one case of Zika has been diagnosed in Atlanta so far in 2016, and the primary carrier of this diseases is a well-known pest in Atlanta: mosquitoes. Mosquitoes have plagued communities all over the world. It is almost ironic that such a tiny insect can cause enormous health epidemics. The species of mosquito that carries Zika is the Aedes Aegypti, which is not native to the Americas, but has recently invaded parts of Central and South America.

Zika Virus in Atlanta

ABC is dedicated to keeping our friends and neighbors informed when a public health concern arises in Atlanta. We usually don’t get questions from customers about mosquitoes until the summer hits, but this year we have because of Zika. We have the need-to-know answers to important questions you may have … Read Full Post »

DID YOU KNOW? It’s Rodent Awareness Week!

Did you know that it’s Rodent Awareness Week 2015?

Every year in November, the National Pest Management Association holds Rodent Awareness Week to educate homeowners about some of the most cringe-worthy pests — rats and mice. Rodent Awareness Week is the perfect time of year to take action and protect yourself from rodent problems.

In Atlanta, it isn’t uncommon to find rodents or their droppings in basements, storage sheds, attics, or the roof. Our customers often ask us how to get rid of rats on their own. This can be tricky without the help of an exterminator. But there are a few things that homeowners should know before calling in a professional.

Why & When Do Rodents Move In?

Rodents will enter a person’s property for one or both of the following reasons: food & shelter during winter. While mice and rats find their way onto your property and into your home for food and … Read Full Post »

Where do Mosquitoes go in the Winter?

Where do mosquitoes go during the winter months?

Atlanta has been ranked the worst city in America for mosquito problems, and it’s no surprise that ABC Home and Commercial’s mosquito control is one of our most popular services. Mosquitoes in Atlanta have always been a pesky problem during the summer months, but these persistent pests seem to all but disappear during the city’s fall and winter months. Just where do mosquitoes go during Atlanta’s colder months?

Some quick mosquito facts about Atlanta’s most hated pest will provide some insight.

Q: Why do mosquitoes ‘bite’ us?

Mosquitoes don’t actually ‘bite’ humans. Mosquitoes pierce the skin and suck the victim’s blood, and in the process, the insect’s own saliva is deposited on the person’s skin. What most people describe as a mosquito bite, characterized by that distinctive raised and itchy red bump, is the human body’s immune reaction to a mosquito’s saliva.

Mosquitoes feed on our blood, … Read Full Post »

5 Awesome Activity Spaces for Indoor Summer Fun in Atlanta

Summer in Atlanta can be a scorcher. The nickname “Hotlanta” fits the city well between the months of June and September. And when the temperature gauge reads 90+ degrees, outdoor activities can be draining for parents and their kids.

Indoor family activities offer Atlanta residents “cooler” alternatives that are just as fun as trips to Piedmont Park or the neighborhood pool. Check out a few of our favorite indoor places to bring the kids in Atlanta.

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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 … 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 In the Atlanta Area

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 »

Keep The Ants From Marching into Your Atlanta 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 »