Odorous House Ants on the Move in Donelson

Are you noticing a strange odor in your home that smells a little bit like rotten coconut? If so, you’re not alone. Many homeowners in Donelson and throughout Middle Tennessee are experiencing the same thing. That smell is coming from an ant that commonly invades Tennessee homes. It is called the odorous house ant. It is a tiny ant that is between 1/16 and 1/8 of an inch long and brown or black in coloration.

Why do I have odorous house ants?

There are many reasons these ants are inside your Donelson home. While all of these reasons may not apply to you, some of them definitely will:

  • Moisture around a home can attract odorous house ants. There are many ways a foundation perimeter can become damp but one of the most common ways is by overflowing water from an obstructed gutter system.
  • Wood piles, brush piles, sticks, leaves, and other organic materials attract odorous house ants.
    These ants will be drawn to areas where there is exposed soil.
  • These ants prefer sweets and are drawn to honeydew. Homes that have lots of vegetation often have aphids and scales, which produce honeydew.
  • Odorous house ants will take advantage of open trash. There are many sweet foods that get thrown out.
  • When these ants get inside, they will be drawn to areas of high moisture such as the kitchen and the bathroom. This is where you’re most likely to see them.

These attractants will make your yard and your home inviting to odorous house ants, but it is the availability of entry points that allow them to get into your home. Since these ants love moisture, they often use termite and carpenter ant damage to find a way inside. If you have an odorous ant problem, it is a good idea to have it checked out because you might have a more serious issue.

In Middle Tennessee, the best protection money can buy is our All-For-One residential pest control service. It gives essential protection from pests that can harm your health and property while it keeps stinky odorous house ants out. It is easy to get started with All-For-One, just schedule a free home evaluation. We’ll send a highly trained and experienced service professional, “not a salesman” right to your home. Your All-American service professional will help you figure out what pest pressure you have and what specific vulnerability your home and yard may have. Together, we can help you get control of the pests you’re concerned about.

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New College Grove Homeowner's Guide to Pest Control

This is a great time of year to move to College Grove. The temperatures are beginning to drop. The leaves are slowly turning to fall colors. And overwintering pests haven’t gotten in yet. If you purchase a home that has had residential pest control, you can pick right up where the last homeowner left off and get started with a residential pest control plan that will put a barrier of protection around your home. If you purchase a home that didn’t have pest control, you can have the interior inspected for pest activity as you get your exterior barrier put in place. Either way, now is an important time of year for Tennessee pest control. Here are a few reasons why.
 
Tennessee is home to pests that can make everyone in your home sick, including your pets. The common house mouse, the roof rat, and the Norway rat can make life miserable if they try to get into your home when the temperatures drop. Rodents chew on your home and make holes that allow rainwater to get in (and heat to escape). They chew on stored items, building materials, insulation, and also wiring, which can lead to a fire. They pick up and spread harmful bacteria, human pathogens, and parasitic worms. So it is not good when they get into your stored foods or kitchen areas. Worst of all, they bring ticks, fleas, lice, mites and other critters in with them. Some of these, like ticks, can expose you and your family to dangerous diseases. It is a really good idea to have a residential pest control plan that includes rodent management if you live in Middle Tennessee.
 
Overwintering pests are bad, but there are some pests in Tennessee that can be a serious threat all year long. Pests like the subterranean termite can do extensive internal damage to the structure of your home over time. When purchasing a home, you should have it checked for these wood-eating insects and invest in ongoing termite protection. It can be devastating to a family when extensive subterranean termite damage is found. It can completely wipe out your savings and put your family in a vulnerable position.
 
If you’re new to Middle Tennessee and we have not yet met, we’re All-American Pest Control. Our highly rated, QualityPro and GreenPro Certified service team is known for effective, on-time pest control service with a smile. Reach out to us today and let’s talk about your pest control needs.

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Most Dangerous Lebanon, Tennessee Pests

When you think of dangerous creatures in Tennessee, what comes to mind? Do you think of spiders? Certainly, brown recluse spiders would be on your list. Do you think of ticks? As Lyme disease spreads across the country, this is certainly a pest to be concerned about. But some of the most dangerous pests in Tennessee are often not thought of as dangerous. Perhaps it is because these pests come with cute little ears, cute little whiskers, and coats of fur. Can you guess which critters we’re referring to? Yup. Rodents. As we head into fall pest season, now is an important time to take a look at three overwintering pests which are considered to be the most dangerous pests in Tennessee. Let’s start with those “cute” little rodents.

Rodents

There are many animals that are classified as rodents but the two rodents we see inside our homes most are mice and rats. This has led many to use the term rodent interchangeably with mouse or rat. If these two rodents were just cute little furry animals, that wouldn’t be too much of a problem, but mice and rats spread harmful bacteria, pathogens, and parasitic worms. When they get into stored foods or explore sensitive areas such as silverware drawers, cabinets, and pantries, they contaminate them with the dangerous organisms in their fur and by exposing them to their feces and urine. They damage our homes, our furniture, and our stored items as they chew. Worse, all of that chewing can cause a live wire to be severed and a house fire to break out. And like all this isn’t bad enough, they bring ticks, fleas, mites and other parasites in with them, which come with their own set of problems.

Ticks

There are many species of ticks and they each come with their own set of disease threats. Lyme is just one of many dangerous diseases spread by ticks. A few of the most notable tick-borne diseases are southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI), Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF), ehrlichiosis, and tularemia.

Brown Recluse Spiders

In Tennessee, we have two types of dangerous spiders to watch out for: black widow spiders and brown recluse spiders. Of the two, brown recluse spiders can be a serious threat because these spiders can live and reproduce inside our homes. When they reproduce, they can grow their population quickly. While these spiders are reclusive and don’t prefer to bite, they can and do bite, especially as more spiders hatch. And, as you are likely aware, a brown recluse bite can have necrotic properties.

Controlling Dangerous Pests

At All-American Pest Control, we offer ongoing residential pest control plans that provide essential protection from rodents, ticks and brown recluse spiders. If you’ve been considering pest control for a nuisance pest, like ants or Asian lady beetles, keep in mind that year-round pest control service will help you get control of more than just those nuisance pest. Reach out to us today to learn more.

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Preparing for Fall Pests in Hendersonville, Tennessee

Fall is an important time of year for pest control. There are a few reasons why pest pressures increase at this time of year: the temperature is dropping; pest populations are maxed out, and school is back in session. Here is one way to group fall pests and apply fall pest prevention to reduce their ability to harm your health and property.

Temperatures Drops

There are many pests that get into homes when temperatures begin to cool: stink bugs, boxelder bugs, Asian lady beetles, mice, rats, squirrels, and more. If you have vulnerabilities, you could have a winter pest problem. And some pests don’t leave once they get in—that’s right, we’re looking at you, mice and rats. So it is a good idea to take the time to do an inspection of your exterior walls and address any entry points or vulnerabilities. Another option is to begin a residential pest control service. When you have year-round pest control, you get routine inspections from an educated service professional and appropriate treatments for keeping pests out.

Populations Are Maxed Out

Some pests start their cycles of development every year. They build their populations during the warmer months and, in the fall, their nest populations are maxed out. Yellow jackets and paper wasps are two good examples of this. Fall is a busy time for these wasps. It’s all hands on deck to feed newly hatched female reproductives that will become queens in the spring. If you have a nest on your Hendersonville property, it is a recipe for disaster because wasps are more aggressive in fall as they prepare their queens and prepare to die off. Do an inspection of your yard. Look and listen for signs of wasps. Look low for yellow jackets; they create nests in ground holes and in bushes. Look high for paper wasp nests; they prefer to create nests on tree branches, in rafters, under roof overhangs, and in other high, sheltered locations. If you see a nest, or see wasps going in and out of a gap on your home, contact a licensed professional to have the nest removed. Professionals have the gear to deal with wasp nests with the least amount of chemicals.

School Is Back in Session

You may not consider bed bugs to be a common fall pest but they are. Bed bug infestations rise as kids head back to school. This is because bed bugs are hitchhiking bugs that spread passively by riding in items that are carried, such as duffle bags, gym bags, book bags, and sleeping bags.

Fall is an important time of year for pest control. Let the service team at All-American Pest Control help you get ready. We offer one-time and year-round pest service in Hendersonville and throughout Middle Tennessee. We can help you keep those overwintering pests out.

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What to do When You Discover Termites in Thompson's Station

Have you discovered termite damage? How did it happen? Were you ripping out a wall in your home to expand a room? Were you digging up the soil around your fence posts to straighten your fence line? Were you noticing a weak spot in the floor of your kitchen and found the damage when you pulled up some floorboards? There are many ways to discover termite damage. But what do you do now? Here are a few suggestions.

1. Stay Calm

When dealing with a significant threat like this, it is important to let cooler heads prevail. Termite damage doesn’t happen overnight. It can take many months for subterranean termites to do significant damage to your home. It won’t help to panic.

2. Get Professional Advice

You may be tempted to ask a friend or go to a relative for help, but the wiser choice is to seek the aid of a certified and trusted termite control professional. Not only are termites difficult to control, but they are also extraordinarily difficult to detect. If your DIY termite treatments fail, you may not know it, and termites will continue eating away at your home, undetected.

3. Consider Your Options Carefully

There are many companies that promise to take care of subterranean termites and fall short with providing what they promise. How can you know which company to trust? You have a serious problem on your hands. You’re already looking at paying a contractor to fix the damage. The last thing you need is to pay out a bunch of money for termite control and not see results. Or worse, fail to realize you didn’t get the protection you paid for and continue to have subterranean termites damaging your home. Fortunately, there is one easy way to tell if a pest control company can deliver on its promise. The National Pest Management Association, a non-profit organization of more than 5,500 members from around the world, makes choosing a trusted pest control company easy. They provide testing and auditing for pest control companies and award the QualityPro Seal to companies that show excellence in business operations, environmental stewardship, consumer relations, employee education, and other key areas. Only 3% of pest control companies in the U.S. have earned this qualification. All-American Pest Control is one of them.

If you live in Thompson’s Station, let the service team at All-American walk you through the process of recovering from a termite infestation. And if you haven’t found termite damage yet, we can help make sure you never do. Contact us by calling, texting, or emailing us. Our contact info can be found at the top of this page.

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One of the Most Successful Companies in America

Hi, guys. Erin here. Something amazing happened this year and I wanted to take a minute to write you a short note to tell you about it.

Each year, Inc. puts out an annual guide to the 5,000 fastest-growing privately held companies in the United States. Guess who made it on the list this year? Yup. We did! All-American Pest Control is sitting at 4,888 with an impressive growth rate of 56%! It is estimated that there are as many as 5.9 million firms in the U.S. that employ at least 5 people. So, to be in the top 5,000 fastest-growing companies in the whole country… This is a big deal!

How did it happen?

The simple answer is hard work. Nothing in pest control is simple, is it? There is a lot more to it than just hard work—though you are some of the hardest working folks I know.

It takes dedication from beginning to end. The dedication to hire great service professionals with problem-solving skills and a heart for helping people; the dedication to mentor new team members and give them the support they need to be a success; the dedication to answer customer concerns and stick with them till their problems are completely resolved; the dedication to roll with the punches as we grow and to always keep a positive attitude. It’s hard work but you all put in the extra effort and it shows.

I want to take a minute to give big props to our senior leadership team and the mentors who work so hard to train and support our growing service team. I want to say how proud I am of our service team members who work closely with customers to deliver great pest control results and the highest level of customer service. And I’d like to thank our customers for sticking with us and growing with us. Thank you for your feedback and for believing in us.
 
As we move into 2020, I look forward to seeing where we go next. If we rise up the chart further, it won’t be a surprise. But that isn’t what matters most. What matters most is that we continue to challenge each other to be the best we can be and to strive toward excellence. If we do this, we will always be a success.

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How Common Are Stink Bugs in Brentwood During The Fall Months?

While stink bugs are a common fall pest in Brentwood and throughout Middle Tennessee, they don’t impact every home the same way. There are many factors that can increase stink bug activity around your home and conditions that can allow stink bugs to get into your home. Fall is when stink bugs are most likely to get in. So now is the perfect time to start preparing for fall stink bugs. Let’s dig in and talk about attractants and conditions that can make stink bugs more common around and inside your Brentwood home.

Stink Bug Attractants

These are crop pests so a yard that has a vegetable garden or fruit trees can be more attractive to these bugs. If you live near a farm, it can be even worse. Homes that are close to stink bug-infested farmland have a lot more trouble with stink bugs during the fall

Stink bugs don’t just eat vegetables and fruit, they can suck the sap from plants as well. Some ornamental plants can provide a source of nourishment for these insects. So homes with lots of vegetation experience stink bugs more often.

In the fall, stink bugs may choose to congregate on a home for no other reason than to take advantage of sun-exposed exterior walls. When they do, they often find a way in.

Conditions That Allow Stink Bugs In

There is a lot you need to know about stink bugs but this is the most important thing; stink bugs have a knack for finding tiny entry points in the exterior walls and foundations of homes. Some common points of entry are:

  • Gaps in weatherstripping.
  • Damaged or missing door sweeps.
  • Damaged bristles on the seal between sliding glass doors.
  • Broken seals or gaps around window or door frames.
  • Openings around pipes and wire conduit that pass through the foundation wall.
  • Unprotected weep holes.
  • Chipped mortar.
  • Cracked foundation walls.
  • Holes created by mice, rats, carpenter ants, termites and more.
  • Water-damaged wood.
  • Ripped or damaged screens.
  • Gaps around screens.
  • Gaps in rooflines, soffits, and fascia.
  • Gaps behind chimney stacks.
  • A chimney that does not have a damper.
  • Unprotected vents.
  • Gaps around roof penetrations.

There are many more, but you get the point. The ways stink bugs can get into your home are numerous and often hard to find. That is why it is so important to have ongoing residential pest control applied around your home. If you’d like to know how routine pest control service from All-American Pest Control works to address the problem of stink bugs in Brentwood, we’d love the opportunity to talk with you about it. We have experienced professionals standing by to assist you.

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Phorid Flies 101 For Nashville Residents

Are you dealing with a phorid fly infestation inside your Nashville home? Would you know it if you were? There is one easy way to tell. Phorid flies have a unique preference for running away, rather than flying away. If you go after a fly and it takes off running before it takes to the air, you’re probably dealing with phorid flies. If you are, here are a few things you should know.

Identification

It is important to know what type of fly you’re dealing with before you attempt to control these pests. Each fly is a little different. It is a good idea to capture one of your flies and take a close look at it. You can use a piece of packing tape wrapped around your hand. Lightly dab the fly and the tape will hold it in place. If you’re able, look to see if the fly has a humped back. The curvature of these flies has led some to call them humpbacked flies. Also, check its size and coloration. Phorid flies are between .5 and 5.5 mm in length. Their bodies are black or dull brown with some yellow mixed in.

Threat

Phorid flies feed on rotting organic material. This makes them a threat for the spreading of harmful bacteria and disease. A phorid fly infestation is often evidence of something rotting. It could be a dead animal in your walls. It could be an overfilled litter box. It could be an apple your toddler left behind the sofa. Whatever has allowed these flies to reproduce in your home, it is important to have them quickly addressed for health reasons.

Breeding Sites

Phorid flies breed in drains and plumbing where organic material is available to feed their larvae. This makes some homeowners mistake drain flies for phorid flies, though they shouldn’t. Drain flies have a distinctly moth-like appearance. If phorid flies are breeding deep inside your pipes, it could make it impossible to address this pest problem without hiring a plumber, which can be costly. That is why it is best to keep phorid flies from getting into your home.

Phorid Fly Control

Preventing phorid fly infestations begins on the outside of your home. Reduce moisture and organic debris that draws these flies near to your home and do everything you can to seal your exterior walls. Both of these things can be difficult to do but, with Perimeter Pest Control or Green Choice pest control from All-American, you can get the support you need to get the best results possible. Our licensed and experienced service professionals can give you a heads-up when your home is vulnerable and give you appropriate treatments throughout the year to keep phorid flies and other pests out of your Nashville home. Get started by requesting a free home evaluation.

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