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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!

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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/

All You Wanted to Know About Bed Bugs

No Bed Bugs SignAt HonorGuard Pest, we take the war against pest infestations seriously. When bed bugs invade your home, WebMD recommends you turn to the professional exterminators to rid you of this parasitic insect. HonorGuard Pest specializes in bed bug management by using a team approach with our certified technicians who are trained in exterminating bed bugs. Although bed bugs do not transmit any diseases, these insects do leave behind itchy bite marks and welts. Bed bugs can be incredibly difficult to spot, but if you ever wake up with itchy marks that were not there the day before, it is possible you have bed bugs in your home. We would like to share with you some facts about bed bugs to help you be informed about the signs and symptoms of an infestation.

How Bed Bugs Enter Your Home and Where They Hide 

With flat bodies about the width of a credit card, tiny bed bugs can sneak into small spaces, including your luggage, clothing, and any type of used furniture. Arriving undetected into your home, bed bugs tend to travel in groups and live in hiding places. Since they live on blood, these bugs tend to hide out in mattresses, box springs, headboards, and bed frames to have be in close proximity to people to bite overnight in their sleep. It is a myth that bed bugs are a sign of dirtiness because eventually these bugs spread throughout a property as they populate.

Bed Bug Bite Symptoms

Using their long beaks, bed bugs pierce the skin of sleeping victims and feed on their blood for three to ten minutes. Once bed bugs become engorged with blood, they sneak back into hiding. At first, the bites are unnoticable but soon develop into red welts that itch. Unlike fleas who tend to only bite around ankles, bed bugs will bite any exposed part of your body. To truly know if you have an infestation of bed bugs, you need to call HonorGuard Pest to schedule an inspection of your home to locate and identify these insects.

Signs of Bed Bug Infestation 

Besides waking up with itchy welts that were not there the day before, you should also look for the following signs:

  • blood stains on pillowcases and sheets
  • dark or rusty bed bug fecal stains on bedding and walls
  • bed bug egg shells and shedded skin in typical hiding places

an unpleasant, musty smell caused by the scent glands of bed bugs

Steps to Take to Clean Up Bed Bug Infestations

Although you will need to call Honorguard Pest to completely get rid of bed bugs, you can do a few things to start the cleanup process, including:

  • clean all bedding items, curtains, and clothes in hot water and then dry them on the highest setting of your dryer
  • vacuum frequently around your bed and immediately dispose of the vacuum bag in your trash can outside
  • encase your mattress and box springs in a plastic zippered cover to keep bugs from entering or escaping

If you suspect your home is infested with bed bugs, contact HonorGuard Pest today. We can schedule an appointment for a bed bug inspection to see if we need to proceed with the extermination process.

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Summertime – Sunshine, Grilling and…Ants

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!

Ants look for water, food and shade - Nashville TN - Honorguard

Ants look for water, food and shade – Nashville TN – Honorguard

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.

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The pitter patter of little feet in your home…mice!

For the past few mornings, there has been no doubt that fall is in the air throughout the Southeast. Brisk mornings, the sight of leaves changing color, and yes the ritual of college football season all mark the season between summer and winter. With this change, HonorGuard knows that this is also the time when “Mice Season” begins. Mice may be small, but they can still do a lot of damage. They destroy food, books, furniture and even appliances with their gnawing, urine and droppings. Even worse, mice in the home have been linked to a number of human diseases, including asthma. Because of their small size and inquisitive nature, they can fit through gaps as small as 1/4 inch wide, making them very hard to control. You might not see the mice, but you can probably hear them after dark, as mice are often more active at night. Do not be surprised if your pets paw at walls and cabinets where mice are hiding. Inspect for mouse droppings and nests in storage areas, such as garages and basements. Mice usually build their nests from materials like bits of cloth or shredded paper. Once a mouse finds food and shelter, it is rare that they will travel more than 30 feet from their home territory. The average lifespan of a mouse is 1 year and it is not uncommon for female mice to produce 5 to 10 litters of 5 to 6 mice per litter. Given plenty of food and a protected area, it doesn’t take long for a pair of mice to become parents (and grandparents) to dozens of offspring!

During warmer weather, mice are perfectly happy living outdoors where they feed on seeds and insects. But when cooler weather rolls in, mice waste no time in moving indoors. Garages and attics are usually quiet, protected places where mice thrive. HonorGuard Pest Management will receive dozens of calls from homeowners who have seen or hear a mouse in the house.

HonorGuard routinely advises homeowners to follow the three basic steps below to reduce the chance of developing a mouse infestation:

  1. Proper Sanitation – A clean, uncluttered home will make it hard for mice to find hiding places and food. Actually, mice can live on crumbs! Keep food and garbage in mouse-proof containers (metal or heavy-duty plastic with tight fitting lids), or in mouse-proof cabinets.
  2. Mouse-Proofing – Keep the mice out! Seal all openings around vents, wires and pipes with sheet metal, concrete or knitted copper wire mesh. Screen necessary openings, like fans and chimneys. Keep a tight fitting door sweep on all exterior doors. Seal or cover all openings, since mice can run up the sides of buildings and cross cables and wires.
  3. Removing Mice – Get rid of the mice you already have! Trapping is effective, and generally safer than using poison. Also, poisoned mice often die in hard-to-reach places causing a very unpleasant odor. Wood-based snap traps are inexpensive and work well. Set traps at right angles to the wall, with the trigger end touching the wall. Foods that attract mice — crunchy peanut butter, freshly-fried bacon, fruit, nutmeats, or gumdrops — can be fastened securely to the trigger of each trap with thread.

The bottom line is that the best way to control mice is to keep them out in the first place. Check your home yearly to make sure it’s still mouse-proof and keep your home and property uncluttered. Do not expect your cat or dog to keep mice away. You have to take the necessary steps to prevent mice from becoming a problem. Sometimes professional help is needed. Here at HonorGuard, we have the most comprehensive training program in the industry to ensure our technicians are capable of delivering the highest quality service available to homes and businesses.

For problems with mice or other pests, call HonorGuard today. We take pride in protecting our customer’s property from unwelcome guests.

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