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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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Meet Our Sales Team!

 

 

 Faith Lyon

Resides in Nashville, TN

Hobbies: Interior Design, painting, drawing and reading

Faith is a Nashville native born and raised in this proud area and went to high school at McGavock Comprehensive. From there, she went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Tennessee in Nashville. She proudly served in the United States Army and National Guard. The military taught her honor and service to any and all jobs that she is in, and she has absolutely brought that training to HonorGuard.

Faith is certified in Perimeter Plus-Termidor and is qualified to inspect for termites and other wood-destroying organisms. She is also state certified in Category 7 for residential and commercial treatment inspections.

Faith prides herself as someone who has a strong work ethic and commitment to honesty in all aspects of pest management. She strives to bring comfort and peace of mind to those in need of our services.

 

 

Hi! My name is Ken Rozevink and I believe it’s important to know what local companies and services are available to serve you in your community! I also believe it’s important to know who’s coming to your front door. I am a hard working father of three, where I’ve raised our family in Murfreesboro and Franklin, and I’m looking forward to continually serving our community for many years to come.

My children are my pride and joy, and they are the reason why I work hard every day. You might see us at local parks on the weekends! Quality family time is the most important thing to me, and unless it’s raining, that’s where we spend our free time.

I have a background in Biology (University of Toledo) and have construction experience as well. With almost 7 years of experience in pest control, there isn’t much about your home I can’t help with. Don’t be surprised if I point out a few things we can help with! We provide a wide range of solutions for your pest needs.

I look forward to providing you with the most thorough inspection in Middle Tennessee! Thanks for choosing HonorGuard and keeping your business and dollars in Middle Tennessee.

Sincerely,

Ken Rozevink

Are Ants Bugging you?

Ants are the most frequent and persistent pests encountered around homes, schools, office buildings and other structures.  In addition to being a nuisance, ants contaminate food, build unsightly mounds on our property, and sometimes cause structural damage by hollowing out wood for nesting.  Some species, such as the Red Imported Fire Ant, inflict painful stings, which can be life-threatening to hypersensitive individuals.

To most people, all ants look the same. However, dozens of different species occur around homes and buildings, each having unique characteristics which may influence the method of control. In Tennessee, the most common structure-invading ants include carpenter ants, acrobat ants, pharaoh ants, and odorous house ants. The latter species has become a particular nuisance in recent years.  Knowing which ant(s) you have often requires the help of an entomologist or an inspector with a deep knowledge of ant identification.

Ants are social insects which live together in colonies. The colonies may range in size from hundreds to millions of individuals, depending on the species. Within each colony are different types of individuals, each with a specialized function. All ant colonies contain one or more queens, whose primary role is to lay eggs. The eggs hatch into white, grub-like larvae that later transform through pupation into adult “worker” ants. The workers feed and otherwise take care of the queen and developing larvae and are the ones seen foraging for food and water, often at great distances from the colony. Ants lay down invisible odor trails, called pheromone trails, which the workers follow between food and the nest. In many species, the trail of ants is distinct enough to be followed back to the nesting location, or to where the ants are entering from outdoors.  Periodically, ant colonies produce large numbers of winged individuals known as swarmers, or alates. These winged ants emerge from the nest to mate and establish new colonies. When a swarm of ants emerges inside a home, it’s an indication that a nest is present within the structure. Fortunately, the success rate for swarmers establishing new colonies inside buildings is low. Nonetheless, an exodus of winged ants emerging indoors can be disturbing and often mistaken for termites.

Ants build their nests in many different locations both inside and outside of buildings. Species nesting inside, or foraging indoors for food or moisture, tend to be the most challenging to control.  The mistake most people make when attempting to control ants is only spraying the ones they see. This approach usually fails because the ants seen foraging over exposed surfaces compose only a small portion of the colony.   Additionally, most contact insecticides available for home use contain strong repellents.  Ants that are not in the “kill zone” at the time of application will avoid the area until the product dissipates.  The residual effect of such products is limited and rarely provides any control of ants that did not come in contact with the initial application.  Most likely, there will be thousands of additional ants including one or more egg-laying queens hidden somewhere in a nest.  Without controlling the entire colony, effective ant management cannot be obtained.  Eliminating queens and other colony members within nests is essential in eliminating ants invading a structure.  Locating the colony is vital in implementing an effective ant control program.

Buildings contain dozens of nesting sites for ants. Preferred sites include wall voids, space beneath cabinets, and appliances; behind window and door frames; and beneath floors and concrete slabs. Most of these areas are inaccessible to routine inspection, making it difficult to determine their precise location.

Ants noticed inside the home may actually be nesting outdoors in the yard. Periodic inspections of the perimeter of the house should be made to locate any foraging ants.  If ants are seen along the foundation, efforts should be made to trace the ants back to the point where they are entering from outside. This may be along a window sill, beneath a door, or where the exterior siding meets the foundation wall. Ants usually prefer to trail along lines, edges or other right angles. When tracing ant trails, pay particular attention to cracks, seams, and edges created by baseboards, the tack strip beneath perimeter edges of carpeting, mortar joints, the foundation- siding interface, etc.  The nests may be in the ground or otherwise concealed under mulch, gravel, stones, landscaping timbers, pavement, or beneath the grass edge adjoining the foundation wall of the building. Some species of ants prefer to nest behind exterior siding or wood trim that has been damaged by moisture.

While it takes patience to locate an ant colony, results will be more rapid and permanent than if you only treat where ants are seen trailing.  If you have an ant problem, HonorGuard Pest Management will provide a free inspection and will make recommendations based upon the findings.  Killing ants is not overly complicated, but often it takes a good working knowledge of ant biology and habits to ensure the entire colony is eliminated.  HonorGuard technicians are fully trained in ant management and we constantly evaluate our protocols and products to ensure we achieve maximum results.

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