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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!

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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!


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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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Tips for Avoiding Stinging Insects

bee-sting2We love this time of year. Backyard barbecues and balmy weather. But do you know who else loves it? You guessed it! Yellowjackets, Wasps, and Bees: the stinging insects. Some statistics report more than 500,000 people end up in the emergency room each year due to insect stings. That certainly sounds like cause for caution, doesn’t it?

You see, at this time of year, stinging insects are particularly numerous, and more aggressive as they busily prepare their queen for the winter ahead. The Yellow Jacket is probably the most common, building its nests on trees, buildings and the ground. They can sting several times, but fortunately, they are seldom aggressive unless provoked. Wasps, on the other hand, are known for unprovoked aggression, frequently nesting on ceiling beams in attics, garages and sheds. The mild-mannered Honey Bee is often confused with the Africanized “Killer” Bee, but they are in fact, extremely different. The Africanized bees have a far more dangerous venom, and are known for attacking in large numbers if their nest is threatened. They are also especially dangerous because they make their nests in unexpected places, like tires and empty cars.

Here is a list of basic tips will go a long way in helping you remain sting-free throughout the remainder of the season:

Tips for Avoiding Stinging Insects:

  • Always wear shoes outdoors, especially in grassy areas.
  • Always keep windows and doors screened.
  • Keep garbage in securely sealed cans and bins.
  • Never swat at a stinging insect (it increases the likelihood of an aggressive response).
  • Seek immediate medical attention if stung as reactions can be severe.
  • Have all nests discovered on your property removed by a pest management professional, like 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 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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HonorGuard Pest Management Selected by ThreeBestRated.com as Top Nashville Pest Control

to-p3The people have spoken, and we couldn’t be more humbled and proud: you noticed. HonorGuard Pest Management Services has been handpicked by threebest.com as one of the 3 Best Pest Control Companies in Nashville, TN.

At HonorGuard Pest Management Services, it’s not just in our name. It’s our commitment to you. It’s the only kind of business we are willing to operate. Thorough. Reliable. Efficient. Professional. Friendly. We care so much about your satisfaction that we have created a special seven point Customer Bill of Rights, just for you. It ensures that you will know exactly what to expect and you will know when we have fulfilled our commitment to you.

Some of our clients’ favorite things about HonorGuard Pest’s service include our pledges to:

  • Always offer FREE Pest Control Assessment, Home Health Evaluation, and Crawlspace Evaluation Inspections
  • Provide outstanding service with a yearly pest control service agreement
  • Return all calls for extra service no later than 24 hours to schedule another treatment.
  • Return to re-service your home, free of charge if between your regular scheduled treatments, you feel that you need additional service, or if you are not satisfied
  • Implement Integrated Pest Management for the best results with minimal use of chemicals
  • Identify those pesky pests with our bug identification program and your uploaded images

HonorGuard Pest Management of Nashville has also been awarded the 2014 Best of Service Award by HomeAdvisor, an Angie’s List Super Service Award, and a Better Business Bureau A+ Accredited Business rating. We are grateful to continually be recognized by the community we serve for our excellence in service. At HonorGuard, we are your Middle Tennessee Pest Management Experts for commercial properties as well as residential homes. So for professional help this summer with lasting results for your summer 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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10 Tips to Pest-Proof Your Home for Summer

summer-bugsEven though summer is officially still a few days away, summertime pests don’t tend to pay attention to calendars. That means you’re probably already seeing some unwelcome visitors starting to come around. During summer months, many pests, such as ants, spiders, flies, roaches, wasps and even rodents, are much more active. And many of them are looking to find refuge from the hot summer sun in your cool, comfortable home. So just what can you do to deter these invasive pests?

Luckily for you, HonorGuard Pest Management Services can help. We know pest control! As a special help to you, we bring you this list of 10 tips to pest-proof your home for summer.

EXTERIOR:

1. Eliminate mosquitoes by addressing any standing water: bird baths, clogged gutters, and pools not circulating water with a pump.

2. Pests enter your home through torn window and sliding-door screens, so be sure to repair them promptly.

3. Pests also love to take advantage cracks, so all exterior cracks – around windows, doors, air conditioning and water lines – must be sealed.

4. Keeping shrubs and trees trimmed away from your home will minimize pest nuisance issues.

5. Your outdoor garbage area should be inspected for pest activity regularly. Keep the area clean and uncluttered is your best bet to keep unwanted invaders away.

6. Keep all your garage and all outbuildings like pool houses, sheds and barns clear of food items and clutter. Rodents love to feed and nest in these locales.

INTERIOR:

7. Keep your pets’ feeding and drinking area clear of leftover food, and be sure to change the water daily.

8. Clean all countertops after each use, also being careful to clean up spills on flooring immediately, as food and drink residue will attract both ants and roaches.

9. Keep food cabinets tidy. Seal opened packages inside containers to avoid unwanted access.

10. Vacuum and clean your floors on a regularly.
For professional help with lasting results for your summer pest elimination issues, contact HonorGuard for your FREE Pest Management Evaluation. We are your Middle Tennessee Pest Management Experts for commercial properties and residential homes.

Give us a call today at (615) 242-5440. We look forward to serving you!

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Crawl Space Moisture Problems?

water1You probably already know that HonorGuard Pest Management is your go-to source for Greater Nashville Pest Control, but did you also know that we can help you effectively deal with all your Crawl Space moisture problems?

It makes sense when you think about it, doesn’t it? Moisture breeds mold, mildew, and creates a very enticing environment for all sorts of uninvited pests, from creepy crawly insects to a variety of animals. Additionally, moisture is one of the greatest enemies to your home’s solid foundation. The earth has a very high content of moisture in the soil. This moisture evaporates in an upward pattern and has nowhere to go but into your house. This moisture can lead to mold, condensation, odors, and again, a home for critters… all things that lead to damage. Over time, these situational problems can lead to structural instability, as well as, possible toxic mold that can be as serious health hazard to children and adults. Swift action is your best defense in preventing these serious problems from taking over.

Fortunately for you, at HonorGuard Pest Management, we are crawlspace moisture control experts! Our Moisture Management Program has been enormously popular with our devoted HonorGuard customers. That’s because our program delivers results you can depend upon.

We feature the The Clean Space Crawl Space Encapsulation System, which includes products that prevent crawl space moisture. Our process? We encapsulate the crawl space with a vapor barrier and then close the crawl space vents, and condition the space to make a healthier crawl space and home! The problem with a dirt or vented concrete crawlspace is that as warm air rises in your home, it draws the air that was previously in your crawl space with it. Unfortunately, this process enables moisture and mold spores, as well as anything else that may be lurking down there in the air, to circulate throughout your home in the very air that you breathe. Creating a moisture vapor barrier for the crawl space effectively eliminates that problem.

If you suspect that your home may have a moisture problem, contact us at HonorGuard for your FREE Crawl Space Evaluation. We will develop a customized plan for your home designed to manage the potentially destructive and unhealthy conditions caused by moisture in your crawl space. We’d also love to tell you about our FREE Home Health Evaluation.  Give us a call today at (615) 242-5440. We look forward to serving you!

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About: STINK BUGS

stinkBug600Q: Do stink bugs sting and/or bite?
A: No. The brown marmorated stink bug does not have the physical capacity to sting or bite. Their only means of defense is their characteristic “stink”.

Q: Why do stink bugs collect in large clusters?
A: When a stink bug finds a site that is suitable for overwintering it releases a chemical called an aggregation pheromone. The aggregation pheromone is a scent that attracts other stink bugs to the area. The aggregation pheromone is not the same chemical that causes them to stink.

Q: Will killing the brown marmorated stink bug attract more?
A: No. While this is true for some types of insects it does not occur with the brown marmorated stink bug.

Q: Are all stink bugs invasive (or foreign) to the United States?
A: No. All stink bugs belong to the order Hemiptera, family Pentatomidae with different species occurring throughout the world. We have several native stink bugs in the United States. One example would be the common green stink bug, Acrosternum hilare.

Q: How long do stink bugs live?
A: Adult brown marmorated stink bugs tend to live between six to eight months.

Q: Do they have any natural enemies (other than people, who generally detest the sight of them) in the United States?
A: Yes. Since stinks are not native to the United States it is unlikely that their natural enemies came with it when it was introduced into the country. However, there are various native natural enemies that do feed stink bugs including predatory stink bugs, assassin bugs, and two egg parasitoids. Unfortunately they attack many species of insects. Because of this they are unable to control the brown marmorated stink bug at this time.

Q: Are brown marmorated stink bugs a problem in their native range in Asia (China, Japan and Korea)?
A: Yes. They are an agricultural pest of fruit crops and soybeans in Asia. They are also a household nuisance pest in Japan and exhibit the same overwintering behavior that they do in the United States.

Q: If the stink bug cannot harm people or homes, why are they a problem?
A: Aside from being a nuisance to homeowners and tenants of apartments, townhouses, condominiums and office buildings, the potential exists for the brown marmorated stink bug to become a significant agricultural pest in the east. In fact, severe damage to apples and pears has already been seen in parts of Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

Q: Why does it want to get into my home?
A: The stink bug enters homes, apartments, townhouses, condominiums, office buildings, etc. in the fall so that they can stay warm during the winter.

Q: Are they breeding in my home? Are they making some kind of “nest”?
A: Generally not. During the winter months it enters a type of hibernation. During this time they do not feed and do not reproduce. In fact, females are incapable of reproducing until early spring. Stink bugs move outdoors in the spring where they must feed for several weeks before they become competent to lay eggs. Even if a stink bug laid eggs indoors on a windowsill or wall, there would be nothing to sustain the young bugs, which require plant food for growth and development. Occasionally, stink bugs are found feeding on house plants such as orchids and potted ponytail palms.

Q: Will they lay eggs on houseplants indoors?
A: Yes, but they seldom will unless you have bountiful fruit bearing plants in your home and do everything to ignore stink bugs on your plants.

Q: Will it damage my home?
A: No. They are a nuisance because they are large, can occur in large numbers and fly; however, they cannot cause any significant structural or cosmetic damage to your home.

Q: I have bugs in my home that look like brown marmorated stink bugs but they do not seem to smell. Are they stink bugs?
A: It is very possible you will not experience the characteristic “stink”. They will usually only release a smell when they feel threatened. Also, people’s sensitivity to the smell varies. There are other similar insects, like boxelder bugs, that exhibit the same winter behavior as the brown marmorated stink bug.

Q: Why can’t I just use a “bug bomb” or something to get rid of stink bugs?
A: “Bug bombs” or other insecticides may kill brown marmorated stink bugs present indoors but will not prevent more from entering a structure. Additionally, these insecticides are also not labeled for this purpose, and therefore not legally allowed. Another consideration: leaving large numbers of dead stink bugs in hard to reach places like attics may attract other pests such as carpet beetles and mice.

Q: So how do I get rid of stink bugs?
A: At HonorGuard Pest Management Services, your premiere Nashville Pest Control Company, we specialize in removing unwanted pests from your home. We’d love to help your home become free of stink bugs and other pests, and will be happy to tell you about our FREE Home Health Evaluation and FREE Crawl Space Evaluation when you call. 615-242-5440

We look forward to serving you!

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Termite Infestations

Every year termites cost U.S. homeowners over $5 billion dollars in home repair. There are two main types of termites in the United States: subterranean (underground) termites and dry wood termites (termites that live exclusively in wood). Although termite infestations are most obvious in the Spring, when swarms become visible, oftentimes infestations are less obvious and require professional inspection to determine infestation.

Honor Guard Pest Management of middle Tennessee and Atlanta specializes in termite infestation identification and control. In addition to the presence of “swarmers” (the winged termites that reproduce and colonize new areas) here are 4 quick tips for detecting a termite infestation:

1. Frass. Frass is a wood-colored dropping dry wood termites leave as they eat their way through wood.

2. Cracked paint on wood surfaces. Dry wood termites enter wood through cracks in the paint on a home’s surface. Keeping your eye out for cracks in paint along your home, getting regular paint jobs, and sealing up any holes can keep an infestation from occurring.

3. Mud tubes. Firewood, mulch, and wood chips provide an excellent source of food for subterranean termites. If you have them pressed up against the side of your home and you get a subterranean termite infestation, mud-tubes leading down below the foundation of your home are an obvious sign of termite infestation.

4. Hollow Sounding wood. Termites eat wood from the inside out, so their presence is rarely visible from the surface of wood. If you tap on wood in your home, however, and it sounds hollow, the presence of termites may be the cause.

Honor guard Pest Management specializes in pest management in the middle and eastern Tennessee regions, as well as all of the Atlanta Metro area. Our services include termite control, fungus control, attic insulation, crawlspace insulation, crawlspace encapsulation, and gutter and downspout repair, Nashville insect spray as well as any other preventative pest services or pest clean up. The number one Nashville pest control, we’re the place for Nashville pest help. If you have a pest problem and are in need of pest management, contact us today!

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Spring is Here!

Spring is here! The sun is out, your dog and kids are playing in the yard again, and the neighborhood-walking group is back and… well… walking. You love the spring because it means you can get outdoors again, but unfortunately it also means some uninvited pests might be trying to get in.

At Honor Guard Pest Control, we know springtime pests can be a problem, so we wanted to provide you with some preventative tips to keep your home clean and pest free.
Inspect your windows and doors for any cracks and seal them if you find any. Creepy crawlers like to keep warm at night and frequently burrow underground. If they can find an easier rout, such as a loose seal in your home, they’ll definitely come in for a “staycation.”
Deep clean kitchen appliances to remove food and built up grease. Dirty kitchens attract pests with food and are an ideal breeding ground for insects looking to feed their young. Remember, a lot of the time the messy bugs are attracted to messy hosts.
Remove limbs, branches, and other debris from your property. Broken and rotting foliage provides habitat to a host of pesky and fast breeding insects that can cause problems such as itchy stings and bites.
Keep firewood stored off the ground and away from the house.
Get rid of clutter. Insects like places to hide and a cluttered home is a bug’s ideal habitat. Consider cleaning out all of your crawl spaces so there isn’t any place unwanted guests could hide, or worse, breed.

We hope these tips help you avoid an infestation. But if your home already has a host of springtime critters, Honor Guard Pest Control is here to help. We specialize in pest management and pest control. We have a number of treatments including insect sprays to help mitigate termite control, attic insulation treatments and crawlspace insulation treatments and encapsulation for little critters that like in tiny places, as well as gutter and downspout remedy and repair.

If you’re in Nashville, TN and you’ve got a pest problem or are in need of fungus control. Contact us today!

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