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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/

Control Fall Pests Before They Control You

critter_control_honorguard_pest_control_nashville_tnAs summer fades away along with the warm temperature and sunny days, fall becomes more apparent. Leaves begin to change color and fall to the ground, and the wind has a cool, crisp edge to it. The weather turns chillier and we turn to the protective warmth of our homes. This idyllic seasonal change comes with just one problem: pests like the warmth of your house as well. Little critters like rodents and insects take the changing weather as a signal to find shelter before winter sets in and a heated home acts as the perfect refuge.

Most people rightfully feel disturbed at the thought of a pest infestation in their homes. Imagining disease-ridden mice scurrying about behind the walls or cockroaches scuttling out from under the refrigerator is enough to make your skin crawl. Unfortunately, these pests and others come with more hazards than a few sleepless nights.

One common pest is the rodent. Mice and rats are the most frequently seen rodents that infest homes and they can be quite dangerous. These animals carry diseases such as Salmonella and Hantavirus, which can be left behind as the rodents explore your kitchen at night or can be dispersed in the air if you accidentally disturb their fresh droppings. Another issue they cause is physical damage to your home. Mice and rodents chew on everything including wires, and these hot wires can eventually cause a house fire. They also enjoy nesting in insulation, so once they feel comfortable in your house, convincing them to leave is nearly impossible.

Another pest you might find in your home is the cockroach. These hardy bugs not only disturb homeowners, but they can also be hazardous to your health. Cockroach saliva and waste will induce physical reactions in people who suffer from allergies and asthma. They gather near improperly stored food such as old meals left in the open or garbage that has not been emptied recently. Killing cockroaches is challenging, as well. Seeing as they have survived for millions of years essentially unchanged, cockroaches are resilient critters. The only way to effectively eliminate cockroaches is to have a professional pest control company treat your home.

Spiders also pose threats to people. Several species of spiders in the US have venom that cause severe allergic reactions. These bites may require hospital visits, so eliminating spider infestations is crucial to your family’s health.

A pest that everyone fears is the infamous termite. These insects feed off of dead plant material, which means your home’s wooden support beams are not safe. Termite infestations happen quickly and often quietly, and before you know it, your home has become structurally unsound. Ridding your home of termites as soon as possible will save you thousands of dollars in long-term damage.

If you suspect you have a pest problem, get in touch with a professional pest control service to take care of it. In the areas of Knoxville and Nashville, Tennessee and Atlanta, Georgia, contact Honorguard Pest [] for an expert consultation. The service men and women at Honorguard want to protect your home as much as you do.

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Keeping Your Home Unattractive to Roaches

Roaches, despite being unable to bite, sting, or otherwise cause serious injury to either humans or pets, are almost universally despised. Even in cultures where they are edible treats, they are not welcome guests in the home. An infestation is troublesome and costly to deal with, so the best bet is to make the home unattractive to roaches in the first place.

Keeping roaches away from your home

First and foremost, roaches seek out water, requiring four times more water than food. Dripping faucets, damp mops and sponges, and wet coffee grounds or tea bags are all strong temptations for these pesky critters, as are pea traps in kitchen sinks and toilet bowls. Leaky faucets need to be fixed, and wet sponges should be placed in the dishwasher to be regularly washed with the dishes. Used coffee grounds and tea bags need to go into tightly sealed plastic bags before being put in the trash, and the head of a damp mop should be wrapped in a plastic bag. Either borax or vinegar can be poured into toilet bowls and sinks to discourage roaches from using them as watering holes.

Obviously, food is the next most attractive thing for roaches. Bread and cracker crumbs, grease on stovetops, sprinkles of flour and other edibles should all be wiped up immediately. Countertops, drawers, backs of pantry shelves and cupboards need to be regularly cleaned, ideally with a vinegar solution, and floors need to be kept swept and vacuumed. Trash should be removed from the home and indoor trash cans cleaned with vinegar.

Roaches are also attracted to paper, cardboard, and wood. Paper and cardboard products should be set out with the recycling on a daily basis, and wood piles should be well removed from the house, as roaches live in them and migrate indoors when the weather turns cold. Bookshelves need to be regularly cleaned and book bindings dusted.

Finally, roaches are nocturnal and satisfy their needs in the dark.  Accordingly, night lights left on in the kitchen, bathroom and basement may deter them from showing their ugly heads, but it will not prevent an infestation. In fact, if you suspect a roach problem, check throughout your home with a flashlight or by standing at a good vantage point when turning on a light in a dark room. If cockroaches are scattering, it is time to call us for a pest management appointment.

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Traveling This Holiday Season?

Each year at HonorGuard, we receive hundreds of calls from prospective customers who seek relief from various insect related problems.  However, there is one infestation that causes the most alarm and panic…the occurrence of bed bugs!

Bed bug infestations have rapidly spread across the United States.  The most common misconception is that bed bugs only occur in lower prices motels and apartments.  This is a myth and should be set aside.  Instances of bed bugs have no correlation to social or economic class.  Additionally, there have been several reports of bed bugs in structures that we would not normally suspect to harbor bed bugs.  In addition to resort hotels, bed bugs have been found in movie theaters, office buildings, laundries, shelters, in transportation vehicles, and other locations where people may congregate.

To better understand the problem, HonorGuard educates its customer in the biology and behavior of bed bugs.

  • Bed bugs are small, oval non-flying insects that are roughly the size of an apple seed in their adult form that feed by sucking blood from humans or animals.
  • Bed bugs can live in any area of the home and will harbor in very small cracks in furniture as well as on textiles and upholstered furniture. They tend to be most common in areas where people sleep and generally concentrate in beds, including mattresses, box springs, and bed frames.  It is not uncommon for bed bugs to infest couches, recliners, pull out beds and other furniture.
  • Bed bugs are light sensitive and therefore are most active at night.  They may bite any exposed areas of skin while an individual is sleeping. The face, neck, hands, and arms are common sites for bedbug bites.
  • A bed bug bite is painless and usually it is not noticed in the early stages of an infestation. Small, flat, or raised bumps on the skin are the most common sign; redness, swelling, and itching commonly occur.  Most people have no reaction to a limited number of bites.  Reaction to the bites is primarily a function of sensitivity by an individual.  However, research has shown that repeated bits may cause an increase in the chance of reaction.  Most people are unaware that there is a problem until the infestation has reached at least a moderate level!

The number one question we receive here at HonorGuard is “how did they get here?”  The answer is quite simple.  Bed bugs are world class hitchhikers.  Bed bugs live in any articles of furniture, clothing, or bedding, so they or their eggs may be present in used furniture or clothing.  They spread by crawling and may contaminate multiple rooms in a home or hotel and even in multiple dwellings in apartment buildings. They may also be present in boxes, suitcases, or other goods that are moved from residence to residence or from a hotel to home. Bed bugs can live on clothing from infested homes and may be spread by a person unknowingly wearing infested clothing.

The fear of bed bugs causes most people to declare they will never sleep away from home!  The reality is that most of us travel and a large number of people must stay in hotels or motels on a frequent basis.  While the vast majority of accommodations will never have a bed but problem, HonorGuard Pest Management offers some practical tips that will help to reduce the risk of unknowingly taking these unwelcome guests home.

Each time you check into a hotel or motel, you should turn on every light in the room before making a brief, but careful inspection.  First, peel back the bedding and look to see if you can identify fecal stains (small ink colored spots) on the tufts of the mattress and box springs.  These spots will resemble the stain a fountain pen would create if we dabbed it on the fabric.  Secondly, move the headboard about 2 inches away from the wall, if possible, and use a flashlight to continue looking for bedbugs, cast skins, and dots of blood or feces on the back of the headboard and on the wall behind the headboard.  If the headboard is mounted to the wall or otherwise immovable, shine the flashlight along the edges of the headboard and into available space between the head board, searching for the telltale signs of bedbugs.  Additionally, examine the night stands and headboard for egg cases (very small and semi translucent) in crevices and cracks on or near beds. You should also look at other areas such as under wallpaper, behind picture frames, in couches and other furniture in the room.  Make it a practice to keep suitcases on folding stands and do not use the drawers of chests or dressers to store your clothing.  Hang up folded clothes.  Likewise, do not place laptop cases or other bags on the bed.

Here at HonorGuard Pest Management, our experience is that “signs” of an infestation are found far more often than we find live bed bugs.  It should be noted that while fecal stains and skin casts suggest that bed bugs have been present, these do not confirm that the infestation is still active.  Observing the bed bugs themselves is definitive confirmation that an area is infested.  However, if no fecal stains or cast skins are found in the areas in or around the bed, the chance of a live infestation is greatly reduced.

Utilizing the tips provided by HonorGuard will reduce the risk of bringing bed bugs home.  However, if problems should develop, do not hesitate to call.  Our inspectors are trained to identify bed bug problems and HonorGuard Pest Management is one of the few companies in the area to be certified by Bed Bug Central to manage bed bug infestations.  While bed bug infestations can cause panic and alarm, HonorGuard technicians are well trained and have an excellent record in eliminating bed bug problems wherever they occur.

While this is an alarming issue, do not let the fear of bed bugs alter your Holiday travel plans.  Over 3 million people stay in motel rooms every night and the instances of bed bug infestations are very small in number.  We at HonorGuard travel on a frequent basis for both business and personal travel and we sleep comfortably after performing an inspection and utilizing our tips at reducing our risk.

 

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