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The Pantry Moth

Mealworm

Pictured: Pantry Moth Larvae known as Mealworms. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

 

Deep Kitchen Invader

Also known as the Indian Mealmoth, the Weevil Moth, and sometimes the Lesser Wax Moth, the Pantry Moth is a highly common household invader. It is also frequently referred to as the flour moth or grain moth, two of its favorite kitchen haunts. Most have discovered its larvae, caterpillars known as waxworms, embedded deep within bags, boxes or bins of grain products within their pantry. If not, chances are you have witnessed full-grown Pantry Moths flying around (primarily at night), or at least, found carcasses lying about in deep, dark, seldom accessed shelves and corners.

What To Do

When you see an adult pantry moth, it’s imperative to head for the kitchen, and any place dry food is stored in your home. Look for cocoon webbing or larvae in food products, beginning with the oldest and unsealed items first. The Pantry Moth can destroy quite a bit food in a very short period of time. Even worse, less than diligent response can lead to the larvae showing up as an unintentional secret ingredient in your dinner. Ewwwww!

Prevent Pantry Moth Infestation

But don‘t worry. There are steps you can take to minimize the risk of Pantry Moth infestation in your home. First, aways be sure to carefully discard all infested food product, and carefully check other suspicious candidates. Second, remember that a sealed bag or cardboard box is not enough. Keep all dry food products in moth-proof containers. Next, be watchful for expired dry food goods in your pantry. In particular, be on the lookout for aging dry grain items and dispose at once.

The Final Step

To ensure that no accidental Mealworm Muffins come out of your kitchen, there is one final step for you to take. Call your trusted local pest protection expert for thorough, preventive Pantry Moth treatment. At HonorGuard Pest Management Services, we know how to handle Pantry Moth problems!

Contact HonorGuard Pest Management of Nashville

We are grateful to continually be recognized for our excellence in service. At HonorGuard, we are your Middle Tennessee Pest Management Experts for commercial properties as well as residential homes. For professional, lasting help with the Pantry Moth, and all your other pest elimination issues, give us a call at HonorGuard Pest Management Services at (615) 242-5440. We look forward to serving you!

 


 

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Winter is a Key Season for Pest Control Application

Bat in the house

A Break from Bugapalooza?

Ah, winter. Seems like you’ve been battling one bug or another all year long. But now that winter’s here and it’s starting to get really cold, you should be able to take a break from bat, mouse, and bugapalooza. After all, nothing like a good winter freeze to take care of those annoying pests right? Not exactly.  “Common sense” might seem to suggest otherwise, but truth is that winter is a key season for pest control application.

Your Comfy Home

As for that winter freeze we talked about a moment ago? It does “take care” of those annoying pests – or rather, it motivates them to take care of themselves and their families. Just like you, small animals, bats, rodents and insects head for cover when the weather turns frosty. And they enjoy your comfortable home as much as you do.

Winter is a Key Season for Pest Control Application

That’s why a winter pest control application is so important. We’ll carefully inspect your property to identify and treat all points of entry throughout your home. This is particularly vital because inspection and treatment performed during the initial invasion period is always most effective. Without treatment, pests allowed to remain undisturbed in your home tend to move to deeper cover, making them more difficult to reach. Once they’re settled in, some will happily nest and feed on the upon your home all winter, while others go into a dormancy until they reemerge in warmer temperatures, but in far greater numbers. Can you say creepy crawly?!

Save Your Spring with Honorguard Pest Management

Through winter pest control applications we can stop the invading bugs and rodents in their tracks. Why not take steps now that will prevent damage to your home and save your spring from a massive pest infestation? At HonorGuard, we are your Middle Tennessee Pest Management Experts! We service commercial properties as well as residential homes. Give us a call at HonorGuard Pest Management Services at (615) 242-5440. We look forward to serving you!

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Mouse in the House

christmas mouse

Photo by Alan Turkus

 

Mouse in the House!

“ ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a ….” EEEEK!!!

Mouse?

Was that the word you were looking for before you were so rudely interrupted?? Well, dear reader, I am afraid that is probably incorrect. When it comes to a mouse in the house, he’s seldom a solo invader. You see, a mouse leaves powerful urine scent trails that send a high alert to their other field-wandering friends. After all, the never-ending smorgasbord of Christmas cookie crumbs, cakes, and other delightful holiday goodies left sitting out and lining the corners of the kitchen floor, is simply too good not to share. No, unfortunately, it’s not a mouse you’re dealing with. It’s MICE.

Your Next Problem

If you’re not able to remove all existing mice within your home immediately, and successfully pinpoint and seal all areas of access, those mice will rapidly reproduce. The gestation period for a mouse is 19-21 days, with each litter consisting of 3-15 mice. Furthermore, a single female mouse can bear anywhere from five to ten litters a year, so those numbers can add up pretty quickly.

Damage & Disease

Now imagine all those teeth gnawing away at your wires, your plumbing and your insulation – a major potential fire hazard! Then there’s the soiling of so many precious family keepsakes with their concentrated urine and feces. After that, think about the disease, germs, and even fleas that mice may be carrying. Had enough? Even if you try to put the thought of them out of your mind, there it is; that incessant chewing and gnawing you suddenly hear while you’re trying to sleep. Now have you had enough?

Don’t Worry.

At HonorGuard Pest Management, we know how to handle Nashville mice extermination. We’ll remove all existing mice, thoroughly clean all traces of their presence, and ensure every point of entry is sealed up tight. No more gnawing in the night, or disgusting souvenirs in your food pantry. You’ll be back to enjoying a 100% mouse-free house!

Contact HonorGuard Pest Management of Nashville

We are grateful to continually be recognized for our excellence in service. At HonorGuard, we are your Middle Tennessee Pest Management Experts for commercial properties as well as residential homes. For professional help with lasting results for all your pest elimination issues, give us a call at HonorGuard Pest Management Services at (615) 242-5440. We look forward to serving you!

For info about special offers and savings from

HonorGuard Pest Management, click HERE: www.pestmanagementashville.com/

Protect Your Home and Family From Bed Bugs

Bed Bug Bites

Bed Bugs Get Around

Did you know that Bed Bugs love to travel? It’s true. That’s why it’s especially important to be on the lookout for signs of the dreaded insects during the holidays, when the number of visitors entering your home is at an all-time high. They can secure handy spots to stow away in clothing, purses, bags, luggage, and shoes. So what’s the best way to detect and protect your home and family from Bed Bugs?

The First Step:

Knowing what you’re looking for. Bed Bugs are:

  1. Small reddish brown insects
  2. Most often found on your mattress near the seams and edges, often appearing as dots
  3. Bed Bugs lay little white eggs, and shed crusty skin as they progress through life cycles
  4. Often indicated in large numbers by the detection of an oddly sweet smell in an area
  5. Known for leaving swollen red bite marks on skin exposed while sleeping

Second Step:

Clean your home thoroughly, especially all places where guests are likely to place their belongings while visiting.

Third Step:

In the case of overnight guests, be sure to change all bedsheets to light colors. That will make it easier to detect the presence of invading insects.

Fourth Step:

When guests arrive, prepare a singular location for all coats & belongings to be stored, such as a hall closet, and clean immediately upon guest’s departure. If coats are to be stored upon a fabric surface such as a bed or sofa, cover the surface with a clean, sturdy sheet before guests arrive, and toss directly into a hot water wash as soon as the last guests leave.

Fifth Step:

If you’ve detected Bed Bugs in your home, don’t try to go it alone. Call HonorGuard Pest Management as soon as possible. We’ve got all the experience you need to help you eliminate Bed Bugs from your home thoroughly, and permanently.


Protect Your Home and Family From Bed Bugs

With HonorGuard Pest Management of Nashville, your family and home will be free once more from the bane of Bed Bugs. As your Middle Tennessee Pest Management Experts we are happy to help you find lasting results for all your pest elimination issues. Give us a call at HonorGuard Pest Management Services at (615) 242-5440. We look forward to serving you!

For info about special offers and savings from

HonorGuard Pest Management, click HERE: www.pestmanagementashville.com/

Bird Feeder Thieves

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Nashville Bird Feeder Thieves

Fall and winter are prime feeding seasons for many beautiful birds soon to be passing through our region. If you’re an avid bird watcher and feeder, you know your birds often face a battle for the feed you provide for them from a number of different animals. Here are the top three threats to successful bird feeding, and the best tips to foiling these bird feeder thieves.

1) SQUIRRELS

Probably the biggest offender in the crimes against bird feeders category, squirrels are notoriously hard to outwit – not because of their intelligence, but due to their athleticism and sheer persistence. Placing bird feeders at least 10’ away from squirrel jumping points is one effective option, except that birds are least vulnerable to window collisions when feeders are very close to the house. Feeding the squirrels with dried ears of corn or such in a spot far from your feeders is another option, however most people do not wish to support and encourage squirrel populations on their property. Barriers called squirrel baffles are a good option. They look like an inverted bowl generally placed atop and beneath a bird feeder.

2) CATS

Here we refer to the domestic house cat. While most cats today are kept as pets, the natural predatory instinct never leaves the animal. As such, hundreds of millions of birds are killed by cats each year. Often lurking in landscaping near feeders and birdbaths, cats are very successful hunters, even with the addition of a bell on their collars. The only truly effective way for bird lovers with pet cats to protect the birds is to keep the cats indoors at all times.

3) RATS & MICE

Drawn to the seeds that fall to the ground beneath feeders, rats and mice can be hard to get rid of in bird feeding zones. Your best bet is unfortunately for your bird friends, to stop all feeding for 2 or more weeks until your unwanted friends leave for greener pastures. When you resume feeding, choose feeding options that minimize the loss of seeds to the ground. Bird feeders with larger custom catch trays will work, but must be cleaned regularly. The catch tray introduces a new problem in potential spread of illness through the bird droppings which will also be caught by the trays.

CONTACT HonorGuard Pest Management of Nashville

In the case of rodents such as squirrels, rats, and mice, your best strategy in protecting the beautiful birds you love is to contact your trusted local pest management professionals. At HonorGuard, we are your Middle Tennessee Pest Management Experts for commercial properties as well as residential homes. For professional help with lasting results for all your pest elimination issues, give us a call at HonorGuard Pest Management Services at (615) 242-5440. We look forward to serving you!

For info about special offers and savings from HonorGuard Pest Management, click HERE: www.pestmanagementnashville.com/

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10 Most Common Attic Pests

bats in the attic

1) RATS

These creatures are known as “commensal” rodents. This means, roughly, that they don’t want to live in the wild; they want to live around people. Preferring to subsist on the food and shelter of populated areas, rats are common home invaders. Their incredible agility allows them easy access throw climbing and squeezing through tight spaces. The attic is a favorite haunt for the rat.

2) SQUIRRELS

As we mentioned last time, squirrels are the most common attic invader among animals. Cute? Perhaps to some, but as full-fledged members of the rodent family, squirrels can cause the same amount of damage as rats and mice. A 1½” hole is enough for the squirrel to slip through.

3) RACCOONS

Among the most aggressive in accessing a space, are another very common attic dweller. Raccoons are known to be expert climbers who frequently tear open shingles and screens to gain access. Gaps in eaves are another popular point of entry. Large swaths of ductwork or insulation torn apart, along with dog or cat-sized droppings are tell-tale signs of raccoons at work. Ducts or insulation ripped apart, that’s another sign of raccoons in the attic.

4) OPOSSUM

Opossum are not as frequently found in the attic due to their larger size and lesser agility. Still, given the opportunity (such as a wide, open duct or vent), opossum are happy to make themselves at home inside yours. With larger droppings and a distinctive odor, an opossum taking up residence in your attic is not too difficult to detect.

5) HEDGEHOGS

While they are big fans of the attic for lodging, the hedgehog, like the opossum, needs a larger

opening to successfully access it. The easy indicators of a hedgehog at bay is again, large waste droppings as well as shed quills strewn about the floor.

6) BIRDS

AGH! Birds. Most people think of birds almost synonymously with the attic. Easily gaining access through gaps and windows, they tend to shower a space with chalky droppings, lost  feathers, and nests, both active and abandoned.

7) BATS

Another creature synonymous with the attic, bats are most often silent and detected by their accidental emergence into main areas of a home, or by being seen leaving an attic. Able to slip through tiny slivers of only ½”, they most often enter near the roofline. A preponderance of bat droppings, or “guano” (highly toxic to humans), is another tell-tale sign of their presence.

8) SNAKES

You may not often think of snakes when you think of the attic. However, a good rule of thumb is that where you find rats or mice, snakes are often close behind. Because many snakes are climbers, accessing the attic is not a problem. Most people are never aware of  their  presence unless they encounter a shed snakeskin.

9) COCKROACHES

Is your skin crawling yet? You may or may not know that attics are one of the favored adopted homesteads of the cockroach. They choose the attic for their ability to breed in undisturbed solitude. Entering through the tiniest gaps or drains, cockroaches can seem quite impossible to eradicate.

10) TERMITES

Long known for their love affair with wood, termites especially love attics because the wood within an attic is often the most exposed of any area of your home. Not only can termites spell death to your property value, they can also spread disease!  DIY treatments for termite are simply not worth the money. Termites are far too destructive to gamble with an elimination solution bearing questionable results.

CONTACT HonorGuard Pest Management of Nashville

For safe, effective and lasting eradication of any of these home pest issues, professional treatment by a licensed pest management  company is crucial. At HonorGuard, we are your Middle Tennessee Pest Management Experts for commercial properties as well as residential homes. For professional help with lasting results for all your pest elimination issues, give us a call at HonorGuard Pest Management Services at (615) 242-5440. We look forward to serving you!

For info about special offers and savings from HonorGuard Pest Management, click HERE: www.pestmanagementnashville.com/

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Professional Nashville Squirrel Removal

squirrel stare

 

Professional Nashville Squirrel Removal

It’s one of the creatures we think of most when we imagine fall. They’re the cute, innocent, furry little creatures with big fluffy tails bearing acorns, right? Well, if you’re a Middle Tennessee homeowner, chances are you’re already at least somewhat wise to the truth. Yes, many do consider the squirrel to be cute and innocent in appearance. But these little critters are known to many homeowners to be the peskiest creatures they face all year. That’s why professional Nashville squirrel removal is so popular.

Squirrels are rodents

Not only are squirrels an incredible nuisance outdoors, gleefully stealing birdseed and uprooting gardens and landscaping everywhere, they are also the most common of all animal attic invaders. Did you know that the squirrel is a rodent? It’s true. Requiring an opening of  only 1½” in diameter, the quirrel makes itself at home inside yours quite handily. Do you feel violated yet? Well, you may have unknowingly seen evidence of their presence. Looking like plump brown grains or seeds, squirrel droppings are just as dangerous to humans as those of their relatives, rats and mice. Yech! They’re also just as dangerous to your insulation, electrical wires, and plumbing.

Get ‘em gone!

Need more compelling reasons to want them gone? We didn’t think so. As with other rodents, squirrels can be particularly hard to eradicate. That’s why it is always recommended to enlist professional help for thorough, lasting squirrel removal.

Contact HonorGuard Pest Management of Nashville

At HonorGuard, we are your Middle Tennessee Pest Management Experts for commercial properties as well as residential homes. For professional help with lasting results for Nashville squirrel removal, and all your pest elimination issues, give us a call at HonorGuard Pest Management Services at (615) 242-5440. We look forward to serving you!

 

For info about special offers and savings from HonorGuard Pest Management, click HERE: www.pestmanagementnashville.com/

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Top 10 Facts About Mice

A mouse and her brood in your house!

Mice!

When cold weather begins to settle in, you know they are looking for ways to take shelter in your room. It’s not a pleasant thought, but at HonorGuard Pest Management Services, we’ve got you covered! Today we bring you our top 10 facts about mice to help you learn a little more about this common fall home invader.

Did you know that:

  1. Mice can slip through holes as small as a dime.
  1. They have extremely strong teeth, often biting or gnawing through objects blocking their path.
  1. They can jump up to 1 ½ feet in the air.
  1. Mice have an excellent sense of balance, which permits them the ability to walk along telephone wires, ropes and similar thin objects.
  1. They can run up almost any vertical surface; wood, brick, weathered sheet metal, cables, etc, and can easily travel for good distances hanging upside down.
  1. Mice multiply extremely fast, having up to 12 babies every three weeks.
  1. They spread diseases like Salmonella and Hantavirus, and can carry as many as 200 human pathogens. These pathogens are spread through their fecal droppings and urine.
  1. Mice will create an elaborate home within your home, designating different areas of their environment for food, sleeping, and even elimination of bodily fluids.
  1. Their whiskers and hairs allow them to travel in the dark, next to walls in their burrows or elsewhere.
  1. Mice eat frequently, between 15 and 20 times a day. That’s one reason your home is especially attractive – the abundant access to food.

The red flags of mouse invasion

Scratching sounds, chewing marks, foul smells, tiny footprints, fecal matter and noticeable urine trails are all clear warnings of mouse invasion. Beware! As we mentioned above, mice often carry dangerous pathogens and diseases, not to mention the risks associated with their droppings and urine.

 

If you notice signs of a mouse infestation in your home…

Give us a call at HonorGuard Pest Management of Nashville. We will conduct a free, thorough assessment of your situation and recommend the best treatment plan. At HonorGuard, we are your Middle Tennessee Pest Management Experts for commercial properties as well as residential homes. For professional help with lasting results for all your pest elimination issues, give us a call at HonorGuard Pest Management Services at (615) 242-5440. We look forward to serving you!

For info about special offers and savings from HonorGuard, click HERE!

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10 Fall Pest-Proofing Tips

house mouseWhen the weather begins to get cold, we run for the comfort of our nice warm homes. Guess what? We’re not alone. Rats, mice, cockroaches and spiders love the idea of finding a nice warm place to call home throughout the colder season too. They all need to find shelter during the winter to survive, and your house will do nicely, thank you very much. As you probably know, these pests can pose serious risks to both people and homes. Here are ten ways you can prevent uninvited house guests from invading your home during the chilly season.

10 Fall Pest-Proofing Tips:

  1. COVER OPENINGS WITH SCREENING – Like attic vents, openings to chimneys, mail slots, animal doors, and any other areas open to the outdoors.
  2. KEEP BASEMENTS, ATTICS & CRAWL SPACES DRY – Pests are drawn to areas of moisture, which they need to survive. Using dehumidifiers in basements and garages will help keep these areas dry.
  3. SEAL ALL EXTERIOR CRACKS & CREVICES –  Caulk and steel wool works well. Remember, some rodents can fit through a hole the size of a dime.
  4. KEEP KITCHEN CLEAN –  Crumbs and garbage attract pests. Clean up after each meal and properly close in-home garbage cans.
  5. REPLACE WEATHER STRIPPING & LOOSE MORTAR – This one is also effective in keeping cold air out of the house.
  6. REMOVE EXTERIOR HIDING SPOTS – Firewood must be t least 20 feet away from the house. Also, be certain to keep shrubbery well trimmed.
  7. INSTALL DOOR SWEEPS & REPAIR DAMAGED SCREENS – These are an ideal entry point for household pests.
  8. INSPECT EVERYTHING THAT GOES IN THE HOUSE – Be certain to check anything that has been left or stored outside particularly. Nobody likes these hitchhikers!
  9. DO NOT LEAVE PET FOOD DISHES SITTING OUTSIDE – People food, pet food – it’s all the same to pests. Simply avoid attracting them in this way.
  10. PROPER EXTERIOR WATER DRAINAGE – Water is very attractive to pests, so do everything you can to keep your house dry, like Installing gutters or repairing an existing drainage system.

 

Of course, the best infestation prevention and elimination plan is always to contact a pest management expert, like the pros at HonorGuard Pest Management of Nashville. We will conduct a free, thorough assessment of your situation and recommend the best treatment plan. At HonorGuard, we are your Middle Tennessee Pest Management Experts for commercial properties as well as residential homes. For professional help with lasting results for all your pest elimination issues, give us a call at HonorGuard Pest Management Services at (615) 242-5440. We look forward to serving you!


For info about special offers and savings from HonorGuard, click HERE!

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Top Tips for Bed Bug Removal

bed bugsBed bugs. Just the thought of these tiny brown creatures collecting in your home causes shameful shudders. It’s true, there is quite a stigma attached to these nasty little pests, but the simple truth is that  any home can become vulnerable to bed bugs.

Bed bugs feed on our blood, causing itchy bites and generally irritation. They are classified by the EPA, the CDC, and the USDA as a public health pest. However, they are not known to transmit or spread disease.

Bed Bugs cause other public health issues, like:

  • Allergic reactions to bites, including anaphylaxis in some cases.
  • Secondary infections of the skin like impetigo, ecthyma, and lymphangitis.
  • Mental health impacts like anxiety, insomnia and systemic reactions.

Bed Bug Removal Tips:

PROPER ID – Make sure the insect in question is bed bugs, not fleas, ticks, or something else.

CUT THE CLUTTER – Removing their hiding places makes treatment much easier.

WASH AND HEAT-DRY beddings and clothing regularly. Also remember to clean hampers.

DON’T SHARE – Mark or destroy any infested objects before disposal so they are not reused.

THOROUGH VACUUMING – Helps! Be sure to carefully dispose of vacuum bag after each use.

GET PROFESSIONAL HELP – HonorGuard Pest Management knows bed bugs.


At HonorGuard, we will perform a free consultation at your home or business  in which we will prepare a comprehensive treatment plan to eliminate all pests, and prevent their return. For professional help with lasting results for all your pest elimination issues, give us a call at HonorGuard Pest Management Services at (615) 242-5440. We look forward to serving you!


 

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