Is it really green?
Those of us who live in Tennessee or Georgia know what it’s like to be overrun with pests. It seems like it gets worse every year, whether it’s fleas, mosquitoes, or other insects. And they aren’t just pesky—they’re dangerous. Many of them carry diseases that can affect our health long term. We’re often torn about whether or not to call an exterminator—we hate to use chemicals, but we can’t stand the fact that our yards or homes are taken over by insects.
We know how important it is to be responsible with our environment—after all, what we do now is what our children will have to deal with. That’s why we make green practices a priority. But we also understand that the term ‘green’ gets thrown around a lot these days. It seems like everyone’s realized that if they put the word ‘natural’ or ‘green’ on something, it’ll sell. That’s why we’d like to give you the opportunity to peek behind the curtain, so to speak, to get an idea of what we mean when we say ‘green.’
At HonorGuard, we use Green Pest Control (GPD) methods. Unfortunately, there aren’t any regulations on GPD, so what you’re really getting can vary quite a bit depending on which company you use. That’s why we want to let you know what this looks like for us:
Our green practices involve the use of Integrated Pest Management. The concept behind this is to practice supervised insect control, which involves the maximum use of biological (organic) product and minimizes the amount and frequency of chemical treatment by using better timing methods and a more thoughtful and tailored approach to each household. We don’t just have a standard treatment prescription for every situation. We look carefully at the problem so we can determine exactly what treatment is needed.
Our goal is to control the pest population while having minimal impact on environment, so we use the least amount of chemical product needed to get the job done, and the products that we do have to use have the least negative impact on you and the environment. Your safety is more important that just getting the job done. It doesn’t do you any good if we get rid of the mosquitoes and then harm your health. With HonorGuard, you don’t have to sacrifice the environment when you need help getting rid of pests. Give us a call to schedule your free Home Health Evaluation today.
Pests Don’t Disappear With The Winter Chills
The winter chills do thankfully bring a reprieve from those mosquito bites we’re constantly fighting in the South during the summer. But unfortunately, winter doesn’t bring a big break from pests overall — in fact, in a lot of ways, winter brings a bigger need to beef up our pest control efforts.
HonorGuard can help with seasonal and year-round pest management services – and that means both dealing with current pest issues, and working to prevent future issues from happening.
As the temperature is dropping, here’s why being diligent about pests during the winter months is key:
Pests Like Your Warm, Cozy Home, Too
We all seek solace in our warm homes during the winter — and unsurprisingly, a host of pests have that same instinct. Ant colonies will often take up residence in your home during the cold months. And rodents, including mice and rats, will seek out any weak points they can find to get inside and nest in your cozy walls, whether it’s through your basement or attic or your regular living areas.
HonorGuard can evaluate your home to find any problem areas that could allow pests to get in. And if you’re already dealing with pest issues, we can provide solutions, and help you prevent infestations from happening again.
Stop Spring Insect Infestations With Winter Prevention
Insects don’t disappear in the cold months. They’re generally holed up indoors too, preparing to lay eggs that will hatch in the early spring.
We’ve all become somewhat accustomed to expect potential bug problems with the spring thaws. But what you may not know is that you can do a lot to prevent spring insect problems by thinking ahead, in the winter.
By treating insects with HonorGuard’s winter pest control services — before those bugs are able to lay eggs and before those eggs are able to hatch — we’re able to get faster and more complete results than we would with treating an infestation after the fact.
Protect Your Business In The Winter
Pests will head for your warm office or shop just as readily as your warm home, and that’s not just frustrating; it can have a serious effect on your business, too. HonorGuard doesn’t just help homeowners keep pests out in the winter — we help business owners too.
Hold Off Pests All Year Long
At HonorGuard, we’re huge proponents of T·A·P Insulation — an insulation product that’s treated with boric acid, making it hugely effective at controlling (and eliminating) indoor pest colonies while still being safe for you, your family and your pets. T·A·P has other benefits too, from energy savings to sound dampening. Ask our technicians for more information!
Let HonorGuard help you keep pests out year-round, including during the winter months. Give us a call to make an appointment!
Out of sight, out if mind.
Termites can often be one of those problems we can put on the backburner. After all, they aren’t as creepy and obvious as, say brown recluse spiders or cockroaches, or as annoying as mosquitoes. While some homeowners might be quick to pick up the phone to call their exterminator over one of these pests, don’t turn your back on the possibility of a termite infestation.O No! I Have Termites! – Nashville TN – Honorguard Pest Control
Termites in Tennessee are predominantly the subterranean species, which means they live underground. They’re about 1/8 of an inch long, which is about half the length of a match head. (They can vary in size, some being larger than that.) They live in colonies, and will travel up to 130 feet from their colony to find food, which means that if they’re snacking on your neighbor’s house, they may very well be feasting on yours. Subterranean termites are attracted to moisture, too, so if you live in an area where moisture is often retained (try all of middle Tennessee this year), then you are definitely at-risk.
In the spring, termites take flight to start new colonies. If you see an ant-sized insect with wings bigger than its body zooming anywhere near your house or yard, it’s best to be prepared. The winged termites shed their wings when they land at their new colony-site, and then they get settled in for the job of expansion and feeding.
Don’t let your house be up on the menu. Preventive treatment is always best with termites, since a treatment after infestation can only eradicate the termites, not undo the damage they’ve already caused. The worst part about termite damage isn’t just that it’s unseen—it’s also not covered by homeowner’s insurance, which means you be one of the many who end up forking 5 billion dollars in damage annually. Yep—these barely-seen bugs pack a punch. They aren’t just happy with your house, they want your wallet, too.
Make a smart move today—schedule a quote and inspection to protect your home against termite damage. Honorguard puts their money where their mouth is when it comes to protecting your home. We cover up to 250,000 in new damage if you stay current in our lifetime protection plan. What are you waiting for—inspections are FREE, so there’s not a reason in the world to wait.
TAP Insulation at Its Best
Thermal Acoustical Pest Control Insulation otherwise known as TAP Insulation is a green filling that protects newly furnished homes and buildings. It is made using recycled paper that is infused with an active pest control chemical, borate. It is suitable for the nature of this business and what we use at Honorguard. This product has multiple purposes. It can also control and kill common household pests like ants, cockroaches and termites. For safety reasons, it is applied behind walls and up in attics to prevent contact with people. The makers of this product live up to their well-defined principles with regards to the effects it has on the environment and to the health of your family.
This innovative product is environment-friendly. It has excellent thermal properties and a perfectly unique method of pest control. Because of its “loose-fill” insulation, it provides a long-term benefit towards the reduction of energy consumption and the protection of your home from harmful insects and pests. The use of this product also assures safety inside and outside of the home It gives peace of mind to homeowners and families knowing that their home is not only safe from harm, but also secured when it comes to our health and living.
But with the borate chemical involved? Is it safe? Borates are mineral salts that are dug-out from the soil that are used by many products. Nowadays, they are used in products like contact lenses and anti-fungal creams. They are harmful and deadly with pests but only have minimal toxicity effect on humans and other animals. Therefore, there is no risk to human health and life.
Using this product can benefit the lives of people in so many ways. Because it saves energy, it can help lower monthly bills. This product was specifically designed to endure the toughest problems in the category of pest control. That’s why it is reliable and efficient and cost-saving too. The noises and creaks and flops of your attic or floor will be no more thanks to TAP insulation. Knowing that it works 24/7 gives you the assurance for a good night’s rest.
The TAP Insulation is just the beginning of new products made to perform tasks that can benefit the society in more ways than one. You can only get the best of this product with HonorGuard Pest Management Services where they offer only the best service for your pest problems. Because of this company, you will know why using TAP Insulation is a must-have in your home today.
Standing Water Can Be Dangerous
You often hear that you should be cautious about leaving water standing in or around your home. You may not know all the reasons why. Stagnant water is hazardous to you, your family and your pets. It makes pests and other dangers multiply and means you need to call Honorguard more often.
One way that standing water breeds a threat is because mosquitoes love it. Dragonflies and other flies also use standing water to replenish themselves. Because human rarely disturb the water, larvae can grow into adults. Believe it or not, the only place mosquitoes breed. Here in Nashville, we certainly don’t need any more mosquitoes! Mosquitoes carry diseases, including West Nile Virus which was identified in Davidson County just this summer. You may not know that mosquitoes also carry heart worms and tapeworms to dogs. Now you have another reason to hate them.
Compared to standing water from other sources, rain water is fairly clean. However, rain water left still can stimulate the growth of microorganisms and cause problems for some people. Homeowners who fail to keep gutters clean and in working order, may find that the water shows up in a leaky or damp basement or other interior spaces. Even if water is draining properly into the gutters, it must have a way to be channeled away from the home. Mold is a health hazard; causing respiratory problems and allergic reactions. Mold can start growing within 24-48 hours of water without movement. Mold comes in many different colors and textures and color alone is not a sure indicator of toxicity.
There is one last danger that is invited by leaving water standing in or around your home – E. coli and tetanus also grow there. In the right environment, E. coli can cause urinary tract infections, diarrhea, respiratory illness, pneumonia and numerous other illnesses which can be deadly to the very young and elderly.
Bottom line: make sure that your gutter system is working properly and that no water is left standing in or around your home.
Summer and fall are when most people spend numerous hours outdoors, which can lead a person to come into contact with many types of bugs, especially mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can carry diseases from each being that it may bite. If you have an accumulation of these insects outside your home, it is recommended that you call an exterminator. Honorgaurd Pest of Nashville specializes in removing mosquitoes, as well as other insects.
One of the main viruses that mosquitoes carry is West Nile. This trend is usually started when the insect bites an infected bird, and then spread amongst people and animals as they are bitten. West Nile can also spread through organ or blood transplants, so in the United States blood is tested to make sure there is no infection.
Many people who have West Nile are not even aware that they have the virus if the case is mild, however it can become so serious that it may make the brain, spinal cord, or their surrounding tissues swell. Most of the time people will fully recover from it, however some long-term symptoms are seizures, memory loss and brain damage. This is more common among children and elderly people. Very few cases of West Nile are fatal, and this usually occurs in the people of ages 70 and older.
Surprisingly about 80 percent of people who have West Nile have no symptoms, but when someone does they usually appear 3 days up to two weeks after the mosquito bite. Mild symptoms consist of fever, head and body aches, rash, loss of energy and appetite, and vomiting. More severe symptoms are higher fevers, confusion, stiff neck or paralysis, or sometimes a coma.
To determine if you have the virus the doctor will ask you questions to determine when you could have gotten bit and do a few blood tests. Unfortunately, there are no treatments for West Nile. While their body fights it off, most can recover at home, but some may be required to stay in the hospital. To prevent mosquito bites use insect repellent and wear long clothes when you know you will be in an area prone to mosquitoes. Also, avoid standing water and times of the day when insects are most active if possible.
No matter how clean one’s home may be, there is always a chance that mice could enter the space. There are many ways to get rid of mice naturally. In a study, the Environmental Protection Agency claimed that mouse poison is one of the most toxic because every year there were thousands of calls to pest control centers due to these pesticides. Due to the way the pesticides were contained, pets and wildlife were also harmed. Since these products are so harmful the EPA started to ban them. Many customers prefer not to have to deal with mice at all and call us for a consultation.
What many people do not realize is that there are many other ways to get rid of mice other than just poisonous products. First, make sure cracks and holes in the house that can allow mice to enter are sealed. This is also a great idea because it will cut back on your energy bill. Make sure items in the home that attract mice are stored properly, such as trash or food. Cats are also a common predator in the home, not just in the movies.
If you don’t mind coming in contact with the mice yourself, you can catch them in a live trap and release them in the wild away from your home. You can also use snap traps if you are looking to eliminate them. Glue traps are also common and are effective but not as good for the mice. Repellent sound devices are another non-harmful approach in which there are high pitched sounds released that humans are inaudible to and chase away mice. If it comes to the point where poisons must be used, look for weather- and tamper-proof boxes. It is also important to keep them away from children and pets. If stubborn mice problems continue, you may consider calling in professionals to help with the job.
As much as we hate to think about it, we all have unwanted pests in our home or work space. Many spend countless hours and large sums of money to clear these areas themselves. This does not always help the problem, and then you are stuck with the decision to hire a professional. Here are a few tips to make sure you get just the right company. At Honorguard, we do our best to work with the customer so that services and expectations are clear.
The first priority is making sure that your exterminator is qualified. Do they have a license and are their methods up to date? Also, how does the experience reflect the work? How long have they been working in their field and how well have newcomers been trained? To determine a company’s reputation, people can get references from different people they encounter, such as friends or neighbors, and not just from advertisements. Also, there are a variety of websites that can give reviews, as well as the Better Business Bureau.
Companies today are in competition with each other so many will go the extra mile to get your business. Feel free to ask for a free written estimate, and then compare between different companies before deciding. Also think about the costs later on. Some companies require long-term contracts, and some will provide a guarantee on their work. Customer service is a key factor as well. If they are willing to listen to your stores and address your concerns, they will be more inclined to want to help you later with the service.
Safety is another important issue. Not only do they need to make sure that their employees are safe, but that you are as well. Many companies are insured to protect the people and their property. When you find a business you are interested in document their name and contact information, but also their EPA registration numbers and the names of the equipment that employees will be using. Make sure and address any concerns you have about pesticides so that you are comfortable with the service you are paying for.
Bees or Wasps Nests – Can I Handle This Myself?
Many people suffer severe, even life-threatening, allergic reactions to certain ‘bee’ stings, so finding things that may be nests for bees or wasps can be upsetting. Finances may dictate a DIY approach, in which case it is important to know as much as possible before beginning. However, for those who suffer from such stings and can afford it, it makes better sense to take advantage of professional pest controllers.
How to Recognize and Distinguish Nests
There are a number of things that homeowners can do to determine which kind of nest they are probably observing. Here are a few:
- Notice the appearance and behavior of ‘bees’ around the house
- Become familiar with the differences between them
- Learn to predict where they are likely to build ‘unseen’ nests
- Understand and recognize the differences between nests
- Undertake preventive measures to discourage future nesting
As you can see from this brief list, there is a great deal of specialized knowledge required in the safe removal of bees and wasps’ nests. Becoming expert enough to recognize differences in the flying creatures, their nests and future nesting behavior is no small undertaking.
When Pest Control Makes Better Sense
Whether it is for convenience or to prevent stings, you may want to consider hiring a pest control professional. They are already highly trained experienced in handling all aspects of removal. Weighed against the costs involved in dealing with extreme reactions to stings and questionable effectiveness of DIY solutions, the expense of pest control plans and their trouble-free ‘administering’ may be a more attractive option.
This may be especially true for people who suffer strong reactions to certain bee or wasp stings. There are not only medical costs to consider but associated expenses and inconveniences to your time and comfort. Individual homeowners need to look carefully at their finances, consider all the variables, and then make a decision.
What Pest Control Professionals Offer
Professional pest controllers offer much more than a one-time removal of the bothersome bee or wasp nest. They work with homeowners to develop plans that make the most sense given all of the individual variables to be considered. They can control all pests with regularly scheduled and as-needed inspections, treatments, preventive measures, and nest removals. If possible, leave the worry and risk to a professional.
Ants Love Summer – Just Like You
During the warm summer months, it is not uncommon for homeowners to find that they have an ant problem in their home. Ants like the summer months too! Particularly if it has been a mild winter, ants breed in the warmer months. Ants, like all other living things, are on the hunt for sources of food, water and shelter from the Sun. There are a few things you as a homeowner can do to make sure they find this outside of your home.
To avoid an ant problem altogether, it is critical to investigate and discover how the ants are finding their way in. These insects will gravitate to any area that offers them a constant supply of food and water. With that in mind, the best way to avoid them is to make sure that everything in the house is clean and free of any leftover food products. This includes not only vacuuming and cleaning surfaces but also keeping the sink, in particular, sparkling clean. When the sink is dirty, it provides the insects with a source of both food and water. Cleaning up will cut off that supply and force them to head somewhere else if they wish to survive. Don’t forget to wrap up the pet food bowl too!
Although these particular types of pests are typically found in colonies, there will sometimes be a lone bug seen wandering across the floor or counter top. This is the scout and their job is to find a food source and relay its findings to the rest of the colony. If you see one on its own, it is a safe bet that there will be a whole line following within a short amount of time. Where there is one…
In the best case scenarios, it is easy for a homeowner to identify the exact spot from which the pests are entering the house. This may be a crack in a window or even a small crack in the walls of the home. The ideal way to handle this situation is to seal the crack up with caulk. It is not toxic and will not pose any threats to pets or babies living in the home. As an added benefit, this method of pest control adds extra temperature control to the home, which can lower the energy bill. At the first sign of a problem, inspect the home carefully for any possible entry point and seal it up immediately.
Sometimes caulk or other home remedies don’t do the trick. In this case, hire a professional pest control company. Find a licensed pest control professional that has experience dealing with this specific problem. Different kinds of ants can point to different kinds of problems. A professional may be able to come up with a more permanent and efficient solution to the problem. They can pick up clues that tell the story of how the ants came to take up residence in your house to begin with and what you can do to make sure they don’t return after treatment.
There are many recommended steps in hiring the right pest control company. Make sure that the company you hire is licensed and call the Better Business Bureau for additional peace of mind. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and get several bids before you make a decision. If someone is pressuring you to sign, take the time you need and pick another provider. You need to feel confident about the company — the ants are headache enough, right?
Paying for service can provide a couple of wonderful safeguards. Make sure you read and understand the guarantee offered from the pest control company. Many companies will continue to treat your home until the ants stop appearing. Another benefit of calling a professional is simply not having empty can after can of pesticide into your home and not knowing whether or not it will actually stop the problem.
Summertime is full of fun and excitement…but no one wants the excitement of a line of ants marching across their kitchen. In order to make sure that this does not become an issue, keep all surfaces in the home free of food and other debris. Also, make sure that the sink is left completely clean at all times. Remember, ants are looking for sustenance and shade and your job is to make them look outside of your house to find it. You may not be able to able to take care of the problem on your own, in which case be deliberate and find the pest control professional that is right for the job.