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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!!!


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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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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How much time do you spend behind the wheel?

Here at HonorGuard, our field level employees spend a major part of their working day driving.  With such a large portion of our day devoted to operating a vehicle, it is easy to understand why we would include driver’s safety as a significant segment of our training program.  However, as HonorGuard’s safety trainer, I recently took time to look at how much time we spend behind the wheel on personal travel.  For instance, a simple commute from Lebanon to Nashville generally involves 45 minutes to an hour and more than 30 miles of travel…each way!  Anyone who has travelled this route during rush hour has a very good idea of the number of vehicles that are going in the same direction.  While I don’t commute from all parts of town, I do suspect that the east side of town does not hold a monopoly on commuter frustration.   HonorGuard employees who do travel these routes verify my suspicions to be true.  With that being said, I would like to share a few principals that all drivers should use.

First and foremost, make routine inspections of your vehicle.  When was the last time you inspected tire wear and inflation?  How about making sure if turn signals and brake lights work?  In a commercial operation like ours here at HonorGuard, this should be weekly.  For personal vehicles, if you are not doing this at least once a month, you should make it a habit.  Vehicle safety begins in the driveway or the garage.  Far too often we overlook these items until it is too late.  Once we leave home and begin that trip to the grocery or commute to work, our safety depends on building 5 routine habits that will lead to a safe arrival.

First, maintain a lookout up to 15 seconds in your direction of travel.  Most people pay close attention to the things immediately in the direction of travel.  However, driver safety involves making sure you are aware of problems before you encounter them.  Stalled traffic, inoperable traffic signals and emergency vehicles are potential problems that should be addressed prior to the time they appear “just in front” of the windshield.  Secondly, keep in a lookout in all directions.  Scanning 360 degrees allows a driver to be aware of all potentially dangerous situations.  Rear view and side mirrors should be scanned routinely to keep this field of vision.  Third, make sure you communicate early.  Signaling a change of lane after you begin your move isn’t the best practice.   Make sure other drivers know your intentions before you change direction.  Fourth, have an escape plan.  Keep your eyes moving and think ahead to ensure you can safely maneuver your vehicle to avoid a collision.  If you are scanning mirrors, you should know where the openings are at all times.  Finally, when the time comes, act decisively.  By using the first 4 principles of safe driving, you should be prepared to make a move and let other drivers know your intentions to avoid problems.  Hesitation in taking defensive action usually leads to failure to avoid the problem.

At HonorGuard, our pest and termite control vehicles are on the road around 36,000 miles a month.  With us, safety is first.  HonorGuard takes pride in ensuring the safety of our customers and employees.   Our pest and termite control protocols are designed to protect you and your home from unwelcome pests.  We hope these driving tips will protect you while you are away from home.  Remember, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.

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