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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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Pest Control Tips for Restaurants

Depositphotos_31449051_originalNo one wants to dine in a restaurant with unwelcome critters crawling around, and if your restaurant suffers from an infestation, your health and safety inspector will quickly make sure no one does dine there. Pests like flies, cockroaches and rodents all point to an unsanitary environment because they all carry diseases that could be passed onto your customers. However, you have many options to control pests like these to keep your restaurant clean and your customers coming back for more.

What Can I Do About Flies?

Flies are a big red flag to customers, because they symbolize a dirty environment. Flies feed off of decaying organic material, and each time they land on a new meal, they leave behind the waste from a previous feeding. Along with this waste, the flies leave behind many disease-causing pathogens that can lead to illnesses like cholera, dysentery and worse.

To control the fly population, there are many measures you can take. First, install screens on all your doors and windows to keep flies from sneaking in through gaps. Next, maintain an orderly cooking area. Flies swarm to food left out, so take garbage out more often and rotate stock to make sure nothing builds up for the flies to eat. Another good idea would be to store trash containers away from doors to make entrance to that room less enticing for the pests. Also use a powerful disinfectant on a regular basis to ensure complete elimination of any decaying organic matter on the floors and the cooking surfaces.

What About Other Pests Like Mice and Roaches?

Other common pests you may come across are cockroaches and rodents. Keeping these tricky vermin out is not as simple as shutting the doors and windows, unfortunately. They find their own ways into your restaurant, often forcefully, and inspectors are quick to spot these damaged areas. The recommended methods of keeping these critters at bay are similar to the flies. Maintain an immaculate cooking and dining area and the rodents and cockroaches will have no reason to invade your space. Clean thoroughly on a regular basis, and do not forget to clean out those dark corners you sometimes forget about.

A great option for keeping all types of infestations from happening is to talk with your local pest control service. They not only help you eliminate an infestation that has already begun, but they also give you tips and provide services to help stop them before they even become a problem. If you live in the area of Atlanta, Georgia; Knoxville, Tennessee; or Nashville, Tennessee; contact Honorguard Pest for a professional consultation. Take preventative measures to control any pests will help keep customers happy and your restaurant open for business.

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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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Choosing a Pest Control Company

As much as we hate to think about it, we all have unwanted pests in our home or work space.  Many spend countless hours and large sums of money to clear these areas themselves.  This does not always help the problem, and then you are stuck with the decision to hire a professional.  Here are a few tips to make sure you get just the right company. At Honorguard, we do our best to work with the customer so that services and expectations are clear.

Feel free to call all potential pest control companies and ask as many questions as you need to in order to feel like you are making the right decision.

Feel free to call all potential pest control companies and ask as many questions as you need to in order to feel like you are making the right decision.

 

The first priority is making sure that your exterminator is qualified.  Do they have a license and are their methods up to date?  Also, how does the experience reflect the work?  How long have they been working in their field and how well have newcomers been trained?  To determine a company’s reputation, people can get references from different people they encounter, such as friends or neighbors, and not just from advertisements.  Also, there are a variety of websites that can give reviews, as well as the Better Business Bureau.

Companies today are in competition with each other so many will go the extra mile to get your business.  Feel free to ask for a free written estimate, and then compare between different companies before deciding.  Also think about the costs later on.  Some companies require long-term contracts, and some will provide a guarantee on their work.  Customer service is a key factor as well.  If they are willing to listen to your stores and address your concerns, they will be more inclined to want to help you later with the service.

Safety is another important issue.  Not only do they need to make sure that their employees are safe, but that you are as well.  Many companies are insured to protect the people and their property.  When you find a business you are interested in document their name and contact information, but also their EPA registration numbers and the names of the equipment that employees will be using. Make sure and address any concerns you have about pesticides so that you are comfortable with the service you are paying for.

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Bees and Wasps — DIY or Not?

Bees or Wasps Nests – Can I Handle This Myself?

Many people suffer severe, even life-threatening, allergic reactions to certain ‘bee’ stings, so finding things that may be nests for bees or wasps can be upsetting. Finances may dictate a DIY approach, in which case it is important to know as much as possible before beginning. However, for those who suffer from such stings and can afford it, it makes better sense to take advantage of professional pest controllers.

Dealing with wasps - Nashville TN - Honorguard Pest

Dealing with wasps – Nashville TN – Honorguard Pest

 How to Recognize and Distinguish Nests

There are a number of things that homeowners can do to determine which kind of nest they are probably observing. Here are a few:

  • Notice the appearance and behavior of ‘bees’ around the house
  • Become familiar with the differences between them
  • Learn to predict where they are likely to build ‘unseen’ nests
  • Understand and recognize the differences between nests
  • Undertake preventive measures to discourage future nesting

As you can see from this brief list, there is a great deal of specialized knowledge required in the safe removal of bees and wasps’ nests. Becoming expert enough to recognize differences in the flying creatures, their nests and future nesting behavior is no small undertaking.

When Pest Control Makes Better Sense

Whether it is for convenience or to prevent stings, you may want to consider hiring a pest control professional. They are already highly trained experienced in handling all aspects of removal. Weighed against the costs involved in dealing with extreme reactions to stings and questionable effectiveness of DIY solutions, the expense of pest control plans and their trouble-free ‘administering’ may be a more attractive option.

This may be especially true for people who suffer strong reactions to certain bee or wasp stings. There are not only medical costs to consider but associated expenses and inconveniences to your time and comfort. Individual homeowners need to look carefully at their finances, consider all the variables, and then make a decision.

What Pest Control Professionals Offer

Professional pest controllers offer much more than a one-time removal of the bothersome bee or wasp nest. They work with homeowners to develop plans that make the most sense given all of the individual variables to be considered. They can control all pests with regularly scheduled and as-needed inspections, treatments, preventive measures, and nest removals. If possible, leave the worry and risk to a professional.

 

 

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