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Bed Bugs

BED BUGS! Perhaps the most infamous pest for homeowners and hotels, bed bugs can be extremely difficult to remove once established in your home. Most people have at least heard a nightmare story of a bed bug infestation, and naturally, no homeowner wants to deal with these tenacious pests.


The question then, is how do you ensure that you never have to? We here at Canton Termite and Pest Control have decades of experience in the pest industry, and during that time we have seen and treated hundreds of bed bug infestations. During that time, we acquired quite a bit of firsthand knowledge about how, why, and when bed bugs infest homes. By sharing this knowledge, we hope to aid homeowners in their goal of keeping bed bugs out!


So how can bed bugs get into your home? And what are the common signs of an infestation?


The most common way bed bugs enter a home is via human traffic. Since bed bugs are a parasitic species, they will often hide in areas that come into close contact with humans, and this can include your luggage. Bed bugs will often sneak into luggage, used furniture, linens, and storage, and people will then bring these items into the home without knowing that they are bringing the bed bug passengers as well.

Once they are inside the home, bed bugs will often find a dark, secluded space to hide. While they can effectively hide in any part of the home, bed bugs typically seek out areas that are nearby to humans as they require a source of blood to survive. Thus this leads to them to often infest in and around beds, couches, carpets, and any other parts of the home where you might rest and relax.

Bed bugs are nocturnal, and because of this they will only emerge to feed late at night, when their host is sleeping. Bed bugs can sustain themselves on blood from any warm blooded mammal, but they have a particular preference for human blood.

While the concept of a parasitic pest feeding on blood sounds very troubling, bed bug bites themselves are not a threat to the health of a human. They are typically painless and will only begin to itch 24-48 hours after the feeding occurs. While bed bugs are not known to carry any diseases, it is possible for the bites to become infected if they are not disinfected properly.

Bed bug bites are often the first sign of their activity in your home that you will identify. If you are trying to identify bed bug bites as opposed to those of other pests, it is important to remember that bed bugs tend to leave bites in areas that are exposed during sleep. So a grouping of reddish, itchy bite marks on the arms, legs, and neck could be evidence of bed bug activity.

If you see signs of bite marks, you should check around the area for other signs of bed bug activity. Bed bugs often hide out in small cracks and gaps in and around the mattress, and thus you may find small black/brown dots and stains left behind. You should start your search by checking common infestation areas such as behind headboards, on mattress seams, carpets, or beneath the mattress itself. While these are not the only areas that bed bugs can infest, they are a good first start for determining whether or not you should call a professional service for a more detailed inspection.

What steps can homeowners take to keep their home bed bug free? And what should they do if they do see signs of bed bug activity?

Keeping your home bed bug free is largely centered around taking the proper precautions to avoid introducing the infestation to begin with. Homeowners should thoroughly check any furniture, luggage, or other storage BEFORE bringing it into the home to ensure that no bed bugs have tagged along.

Beyond this, it is also important to have regular inspections of your home so that any evidence of pest activity can be detected in its early stages. This will make treatment processes significantly easier and save you time, expense, and frustration!

It is important to note that, while bed bugs will frequently feed when a source is available, they do not need to eat frequently to survive. In fact, bed bugs can survive without a meal for up to a year!

Due to this, bed bugs will sometimes go into hiding if environmental conditions are no longer in their favor. This means that, when treating bed bugs in a home, it is typically necessary to treat multiple times over a period so as to ensure that the entirety of the population is eradicated.

If you are dealing with bed bugs, you want to rely on a reliable pest control service with the experience required to tackle the problem. At Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have decades of experience dealing with bed bugs, wildlife, and many other pests! We provide a wide range of treatment options that are affordable, effective, and backed by our industry leading 100% Satisfaction Guarantee!

So make today the last day for pests in your home, give us a call at 770-479-1598! We will be happy to help in any way that we can!


Start living PEST FREE today!

Bedbug Treatment

Bedbug Treatment


A lot of discussions has gone into the identification and prevention of bed bug treatments. This is only natural, after all, it is better to prevent a problem in the first place than to deal with it after the fact.

But the fact is, sometimes in spite of your best efforts you may end up with a bed bug infestation in your home. This can be a source of tremendous frustration and stress, but by knowing the steps that you should take in such an instance can help to make the solution easier.


So if you have a bed bug infestation, what treatment options are available and employed by a pest control company treating your home?


There are a variety of different treatment options for bed bugs, and ideally, multiple treatment options should be employed to maximize the effectiveness of the overall treatment. The right treatment for a particular infestation largely depends on its scale and location.


Generally speaking, there are two major categories of treatments that can be effective against bed bugs, heat treatment, and insecticide treatments. Each has their pros and cons, and it requires professional expertise to identify the best option to use in a specific instance.


So to begin, what are heat treatments? And how can they be used against bed bugs?


Bed bugs are extremely tenacious pests, and unfortunately, they have relatively few weaknesses. However, they are extremely sensitive to certain extreme temperature levels, and this can be used to eradicate an infestation.


Heat treatments are often employed on items and in areas that traditional pesticide treatment would be undesirable. This treatment can be employed for items such as furniture, linens, and luggage by locking these items into a “hot box” that will be raised to a temperature in the realm of 115-125 degrees Fahrenheit. At this temperature, any bed bugs inside will quickly be eradicated, and this can be very advantageous as it removes the problem without harming the items in question.


Heat treatments can also be done for clothes and other items by using steam treatments or washing machines. Washing and drying clothes at a sufficient heat can fulfill the same goal. However, while heat treatment is very effective, it can also be very expensive, especially when employed for a room or an entire home. In most cases, heat treatment should not be used for a home unless the infestation is at an extreme level as this is by far one of the most expensive ways to treat bed bugs.


So what about using pesticides to treat for bed bugs?


Pesticide treatment is the older of the two major treatment options. Due to this, it is more heavily employed as it is more universally applicable compared to heat treatments. Pesticide treatments are usually carried out in 2-3 sessions over a period of a few weeks to a few months. This is due to the fact that bed bugs can remain dormant for up to a year, and thus it is necessary to treat multiple times to ensure that the entirety of the infestation is eliminated.


Pesticides are an effective way to deal with bed bugs, however, they must be used correctly and in a safe quantity. Achieving this balance of effective treatment and safety is difficult, and it is a task best left to professionals. While it is possible to treat bed bugs with a variety of pesticides, many of these products require a professional license to acquire and thus your best option is to call in a licensed pest control company to treat your home.


How can homeowners know the best treatment option for their home?


Bed bug treatment is a complex, often difficult process, and as we have said each treatment option has its advantages and disadvantages. The key to a quick, efficient, and safe bed bug treatment in consultation with a trusted pest professional. Any treatment process should begin with a thorough inspection of the home to establish the severity and spread of the infestation. This allows a pest technician to formulate a targeted treatment plan to tackle the bed bug problem head on!


If you are a Cherokee County, GA resident in need of bed bug treatment services, Canton Termite and Pest Control is your one call solution! With decades of experience in the pest control industry, we have formulated a wide range of treatment options that are affordable, effective, and backed by our industry-leading, 100% Satisfaction Guarantee!


So make today the last day for pests in your home, give us a call at 770-479-1598! We will be happy to help in any way that we can!


Start living PEST FREE today!

Formosan Termites in Georgia

Formosan Termites in Georgia

It is no secret that termites are some of the most destructive pests in the world. Every year, billions of dollars is spent on treatment and damage repair as a direct result of termite infestation. If you are a homeowner here in Georgia, you are probably already aware of the threat that termites can pose to your home.

While you may be familiar with termites generally, did you know that there a variety of different termite species active in Georgia. Each of these species has a different lifestyle, feeding pattern, and capacity for destructive, and thus it is critical that homeowners are informed about the potential risks that each species can pose.

Though any species of termite can be destructive, a rare and particularly aggressive species of termites is beginning to spread here in Georgia. These pests are known as formosan termites, and while they are a rare pest, they can be a tremendous problem for homeowners.


So what’s so special about these formosan termites, and should homeowners be concerned about their activity?


Formosan termites are an invasive species that was originally introduced to the United States sometime after World War II. It is believed that they originally entered the country via a port, though the exact location is unknown.


Once they arrived in the United States, formosan termites began to spread around the country by infesting wooden railroad spikes, and this has allowed them to spread intermittently throughout the Southeast.


Formosan termites are differentiated in behavior from other termite species due to their ability to establish above ground shelters known as carton nests. These are typically made out of soil and a binding agent produced by the termite workers. These nests provide formosan termites with the moisture that other species must glean from the soil, and thus formosan termites can access parts of your home that are otherwise protected from termites.


Formosan termites will typically begin initial infestation during swarming season. During this time, the alates (winged reproductive members of the termite colony) will leave their home nests, mate, and find a location to establish a new colony. Unlike most termites, which attack a structure from below, formosan termites will sometimes establish carton nests in gutters, roof eaves, or other areas that are typically protected from termites. Thus they can sometimes bypass treatment barriers such as liquid treatment or bait systems.


Once they have established an infestation in your home, formosan termites can quickly cause major havoc. Nicknamed “super termites” Formosan termites are one of the most destructive wood destroying pest species in the world. This is primary due to their rapid feeding habits and large colony sizes. In fact, formosan termites can form super colonies that can contain millions of termites, and a single queen can produce more than a thousand eggs per day!
As they spread throughout your home, formosan termites will build mud tubes to allow them to spread throughout the structure, these tubes are some of the most obvious evidence of a formosan infestation. If allowed to spread, formosan termites can cause major damage to any cellulosic (wood based) materials in a home or other structure.


While the formosan termite is certainly a scary pest, the fact is that the majority of Georgia homeowners need not concern themselves with these pests. While they are incredibly destructive, they are also very rare, with just a few pockets of Georgia having active formosan colonies. For this reason, if you are not in an area with an active formosan colony, odds are you will never encounter these pests. Though formosan termites are not a major concern for Georgia homeowners, termite swarming season is just around the corner, and there are a variety of native species that could threaten your home! For this reason, there has never been a better time to schedule an inspection of your home to ensure that you are protected from termite threats!


At Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have decades of experience dealing with termites! We are an industry leading pest control company founding and operating right here in Georgia, and we offer a wide range of treatment options that have been carefully designed to eradicate pest problems in your home safely, effectively, and completely!


So don’t wait, call us today at 770-479-1598 and schedule a FREE inspection for your home!


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Pest Control Service- Silverfish

As we are still in the middle of winter, pest control and scheduling your next inspection may be far from your mind. While it is true that many of the most well known pests such as mosquitoes and termites are mostly inactive, all is not necessarily peaceful.

The truth is, there are a few pests that can invade your home year round, and it is critical to ensure that your home is well protected. One of the best examples of these types of pests is the silverfish, a pest that can go from harmless to significantly destructive when provided with the right environmental conditions.


What are silverfish?


Silverfish are the small, teardrop shaped insects that grow to around 20mm in length. These invader pests can be easily identified by their silvery-blue body coloration and the 3 distinct bristles that protrude from their tail.


The degree to which silverfish infest your home is largely tied to the environmental conditions that they require to survive. Silverfish naturally seek out dark areas with high moisture level. When an area experiences a significant dry season, silverfish can be pushed into homes seeking a humid area in which to reproduce and grow.


How do silverfish infest your home?


Silverfish can access the home from a variety of avenues. Due to their small size, they can easily exploit any cracks or gaps in the exterior of the structure, and they may also enter through ventilation, beneath door and window frames, or be carried into the home in boxes or bags. Regardless of how they enter, silverfish will typically be found in areas of the home that are near to a food source and contain sufficient moisture. As such, some areas that homeowners may want to investigate include:


  • Bathrooms, especially near to drains and sinks
  • Kitchens
  • Beneath large appliances
  • Washrooms
  • Crawlspaces
  • Boiler rooms
  • Around water damage


While you may spot silverfish in any part of your home, it is likely that they can be traced back to one of these areas. Silverfish growth and development rates are directly linked to the moisture content of their habitat, and thus if moisture levels in your home are not controlled you may find yourself dealing with a large infestation.


What do silverfish eat?


Silverfish feed on a variety of different carbohydrates, mostly sugars and starches. They can consume almost any food scraps or spills left behind, as well as a variety of unusual food sources such as glue, shampoo, linens, and cellulosic (wood based) materials.


This ties directly into how silverfish can be destructive in your home. When left unchecked, these pests can feed on wallpaper, books, fabrics, and antique furniture. While they are not as destructive as termites in capacity, many of the items they target are difficult to replace or repair, and thus it is critical to stop an infestation as quickly as possible.


How do you identify and prevent silverfish?


The key to silverfish prevention is in environmental control. Controlling humidity levels in vents, basements, and other external access points to the home will avoid unduly attracting the pests. Beyond this, you should also seal food sources and repair any water damage as quickly as possible.


If you suspect that you already have silverfish in your home, it can be difficult to remove them without professional assistance. A popular myth exists that silverfish can be killed by contact with cinnamon. While it is true that the pests will avoid cinnamon, they are not in fact harmed by it in any way, and thus it is not an effective way of treating an infestation.


Due to their reclusive nature and nocturnal habits, it is rare to spot silverfish moving around your home. However you may start to see small signs of damage on items that they are known to feed upon. If you begin to see these signs, the best option that you can employ is to call in a licensed pest control company to perform a thorough inspection of the home. A trained technician can spot signs of pest activity, uncover the source of the infestation, and apply treatment where necessary.



Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have decades of experience treating pests of all kinds here in the Cherokee County, GA area! Our technicians employ a wide range of safe, targeted treatment approaches that are designed to remove a pest population in its entirety quickly and completely!


So don’t let silverfish and other destructive pests roam free in your home! If you are noticing signs of pest activity, call us today at 770-479-1598! We will be happy to help in any way that we can!


By: Tim




When should you get your home checked for signs of termite activity? The answer may surprise you. The fact is, most homeowners are rarely thinking about pest activity during this time of the year, especially when the weather has been so unusually cold.

However, even though the weather outside is far too cold for most pests to survive, your warm home is still an ideal environment for a pest infestation to grow and thrive. While they are associated with springtime and warm weather, termites are and it is possible that an infestation is hidden somewhere in or around your home at this very moment.

This is not something that should cause you to panic, however. Generally speaking, termites are not as destructive during the winter because the cold weather forces their colonies to move deeper underground. Due to this, their access to your home is significantly reduced, though an infestation near to the heart of your home is an exception to this.

These subterranean infestations can be difficult to detect during the winter as they do not come close to the surface. As such, they act as a sort of time bomb, ready to explode as soon as warm weather allows them to feed once again. This can lead to homeowners being shocked by a sudden onset of pest activity.

Termites can be extremely destructive if left unchecked. Unlike most other wood destroying pests, termites have special proteins in their stomach that allow them to digest cellulosic materials, and this will lead them to feed on wooden framing, wallpaper, furniture, and any other wood in the home.

Naturally, this can quickly result in expensive damages to your home, so it is critical to detect any evidence of an infestation early. Since the termites may already be active in your home, you should schedule an inspection of your home by a licensed pest control service as soon as possible.

You may be tempted to avoid calling in a pest control company if you find signs of termite activity. After all, there are a wide range of products marketed for eradicating termites from your home. However, this can be a major mistake.

While many of these products do kill termites, many of them only kill workers that come into contact with treated areas. Since termite infestations are often centered in areas of the home that are difficult to access, such “kill-on-contact” products cannot fully remove the infestation. For this reason, most infestations require a targeted, multistep approach that is best left in professional hands.

It is also important to note that, depending on the termite species in question, certain treatments are more and less effective. Combine this with the variability of environmental conditions and the layout of your home, it can be difficult to effectively treat your home without professional training.

So what SHOULD you do if you are concerned about termite activity in your home?


The first step homeowners should take is to schedule an inspection of their home to identify any signs of pest activity. Having an inspection performed early in the year will both allow you to identify an infestation before it begins to actively feed again, and most pest control companies are not as busy during the winter season, and as such you are able to get inspections and pretreatments done before the rush.

A well-trained pest control technician can identify any signs of pest activity in your home. They can also note specific areas that are more at risk for pest infestation as well as any conditions that might be conducive to infestation. This information can then be used to construct a targeted treatment plan designed to safely and efficiently eradicate the pest population in your home.

So don’t let pests run amok in your home, call Canton Termite and Pest Control today to get the pest control solutions that need! We are a full-service pest and wildlife control company with decades of experience. Rather than simply providing generalized treatment options, we adapt our treatment methods to create treatment solutions that best fit your specific pest problems!

Start your pest free life TODAY, call us at 770-479-1598 and schedule a FREE inspection of your home!

By: Tim

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Ladybugs are everywhere. They are in my closets, they are on my kitchen counter, in my bathroom, swarming on the windows, and even in my dishes! If you’re fed up with having ladybugs in every crevice, then read on.

Coccinellidae, or a ladybird, or a ladybug, come from a fairly large family of beetles. I know you probably don’t care about that too much because you’re already fed up with vacuuming up endless hordes of the ladybug swarms in your home, so don’t worry—I’ll get right to the point.

These tips are pretty straightforward, but most often the fastest solution to an infestation is professional help. If you have issues that need resolving YESTERDAY, then give us a call at Canton Termite and Pest Control. God bless!


By: Tim


Refer a Friend and get $50.00


Refer a Friend

As we enter into the new year, we here at Canton Termite and Pest Control have a few resolutions that we want to fulfill. We have worked as a leading pest provider for the greater Cherokee county area for many years, and we are driven to continue to grow and reach new communities and customers.

While there are many avenues through which a business can reach out to new customers, we believe that the best way to do so is through the recommendations of our current customers who we have been and continue to serve. Pest control is a service business, and our main goal has always been to ensure customer satisfaction above all else.

We believe that you, our customer, are the best judge of our quality, and we believe that we could serve your friends and neighbors equally as well, and when our customers recommend us we wanted to find a way to show our gratitude. Therefore, beginning in 2018, we are now beginning an exclusive offer to our current customers:

If you refer a friend to us, and they sign up for a longterm service (e.g. Regular pest control/Termite protection) we will give you $50 for your trouble AND they will receive a discount on their new service!


It’s that simple. No red tape, no complications, anytime a new customer lists you as the recommendation that made them choose us as their new pest control provider by signing up for an ongoing service, we will send you $50 as a thank you for your trouble! We believe that the community as a whole prospers when we support each other, and we hope that our continued commitment to keeping you PEST FREE has helped to establish our reputation as a pest control service that you can TRUST to do the job right, EVERY TIME!

It’s fun! $50 can be a nice dinner, or a night out with friends! We want to be able to give back when you help us! So in 2018, if anyone you know is looking for a new or different pest provider, tell them to call Canton Termite and Pest Control at 770-479-1598!

By: Tim


Home Remodeling


Home Remodeling

Remodeling your home can be a fun affair. There are a lot of options and details to consider, and it is important to do everything right to avoid having any difficulties or expense down the road. While most people are aware of this, one commonly neglected detail of such renovations is how they will impact your home’s risk of pest infestation.

If done incorrectly, renovation and expansion of a home can result in a sudden incursion of pests resulting in damage and expense for homeowners.

So the question you may have is: what steps should you take to ensure remodeling does not expose your home to pest risks?

Pest activity is often heavily linked to the existence of what are known as conducive environmental conditions. These are certain conditions that determine whether or not a pest infestation could thrive in a certain environment. These conditions vary from species to species, but generally speaking all pests require a few major conditions to be ideal such as temperature, moisture level, and food availability.

When you are performing remodeling projects on your home, it is possible that you could be changing certain environmental conditions, making an area previously pest free into an infestation hotspot.

The most common instances in which this can occur are when homes are expanded or unfinished areas are completed. When you complete an unfinished area such as a basement, the change in temperature can sometimes produce moisture content in and around the wooden structure of the home, and thus oftentimes can attract various wood destroying pests such as wood decaying fungi, termites, and powderpost beetles. These types of pests can cause major trouble for homeowners, and can quickly cause damage that is expensive to repair.

Thus, when you remodel a part of your home, it is important to consult with your pest control provider to avoid creating any unknown vulnerabilities in your pest protection.


This is especially true if you are expanding the structure of the home, as this can create a hole in external treatments such as bait station systems and thus allow pests to sneak past. Oftentimes, it is best to get advice from a pest control professional before you begin renovations, as there are a variety of treatment options such as borate products that can more permanently protect your home if applied during construction.

Beyond structural changes, you should also pay careful attention to the materials that you are using in renovation. The popular trend of using “reclaimed wood” and antiques from deteriorated structures such as barns can create a various pest vulnerabilities. Not only are these types of wood often untreated, they may also have a pest infestation active inside the wood. This can result in a homeowner unknowingly bringing an infestation into the heart of their home.

Even new materials can present risks if they are not properly stored. One of the most common mistakes made at new builds or renovation projects is to leave building materials unprotected at the job site. These materials can become a hiding place for a variety of pests such as spiders, roaches, and termites.

For this reason, it is important make sure to keep properly store any building materials and to have those materials, new or otherwise, carefully inspected for signs of pest damage before bringing them into your home. This is a job best left to a pest professional, as the evidence of certain types of pests can be very subtle.

In conclusion, if you are considering renovations for your home, make sure that you take the proper steps required to protect your home from pests. If you have any questions regarding specific renovations, it can often help to call your local pest professional and consult them regarding any plans or necessary pre-treatment. Oftentimes there are a variety of pretreatment options that you could consider that will same you time, money, and frustration in the long run.

If you are a Cherokee County resident in need of pest control services, Canton Termite and Pest Control is your one call solution! We have been in the pest and wildlife business for decades, and we have a variety of safe, targeted treatment approaches designed to deal with any pest problem quickly and effectively!

So if you are considering renovations, or have any other pest problems, call us today at 770-479-1598!

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Merry Christmas


The Christmas season is a great time to reflect on past year, and here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have a lot to be thankful for. We have been successful and have continued to be able to serve our community as we have for the past few decades.

We have as ever remained committed to our goal of providing the highest quality of service possible and maintaining our integrity and reputation in the community. A large of part of why this was possible is due to you, our customers and friends, who have continued to rely on us for your pest control services. As a longtime member of the community, our customers are our neighbors, and we have always striven to treat anyone with whom we do business with respect and fairness.

As we go into the new year, we hope to continue to provide quality service and to expand our reach even further. Starting in the new year, we will be introducing a new referral program that rewards our existing customers when they refer us to their friends and neighbors. We believe that a good reputation speaks for itself, and we hope that this program will allow us to continue to grow!

So once again, we would like to thank you for a great year, and we wish you all a Merry Christmas! We hope that everyone is able to spend time with friends and family and share in the holiday cheer, and remember, if you have any humbugs giving you trouble, we have treatments for that!

From our family to yours, Merry Christmas and happy New Year!


How to pick a good Exterminator


Best pest control company in Canton

At Canton Termite and Pest Control, we strive to provide the highest quality of service possible to our customers. However, we are a small company that serves a limited area, and for some homeowners picking a pest control company can be a difficult affair. The pest industry is filled with thousands of companies, and it is critical that you choose the best option to avoid unnecessary frustration and expense.

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Our decades in the pest industry have taught us how to distinguish a good pest control company from a bad one. Below are some tips and standards that you can use to vet a potential company.

The right company should have reliable, professional technicians:

Pest technicians are the core of a pest control company. They perform any treatment that occurs in and around your home. Pest control operators understand this, so if a company’s technicians seem unprofessional, sloppy, or rude, odds are the rest of the company is not being held to a high standard. Beyond this, remember that these technicians would be treating your home with chemicals, so you will want to choose someone who is correctly trained.


The right company should have good reviews:


Pest control is a service industry, and most of a pest company’s revenue comes from long-term customers. Because of this, a good company that cares about its public image and strives to keep customers satisfied. When considering a pest control company, ask your friends and neighbors who they use for their service.

You can also check online for Google Reviews and testimonials about the company. These will give you a good idea of how a typical customer feels about the service. Since Google reviews can be left by anyone, you will also get a better idea of how the company treats customers across its entire service range.`

The right company should have certification and documentation:


For a pest control company to operate legally, most states require some form of training and certification. Unfortunately, some less honest companies will choose to operate illegally without any licensing, and thus their training and treatment methods are not audited in any way. Homeowners should we wary of companies that are hesitant to show proper certification.


The right company should have correct service procedures:


There is a lot more to pest control than just spraying chemicals. A technician should be a pest expert with extensive knowledge about the treatment products and procedures that he employs. While a technician cannot be expected to know the answer to all of your questions, they should be friendly and willing to find out for you.

Oftentimes, correct product application can be the difference between a success and failure in treatment. So it is important to hire a company that has safe, targeted treatment procedures. Beyond this, a good company should provide you with follow up documentation after treatment. This documentation should include a description of services rendered, the costs associated with those services, and other relevant material.

This documentation is important for you as a homeowner because it can serve as proof of service in any potential disputes. A good technician should also provide you with a follow up after service and provide recommendations about steps homeowners can take to prevent future infestation.


The right company should have prompt, friendly customer service:


When you have a pest problem, you want to have a company that you can call to fix the problem FAST. As such, you should choose a company that has a commitment to good customer service and efficient scheduling.

If a company seems unreliable or does not return your calls, odds are they won’t be there in time if you have a pest problem. A professional, reliable company should answer you when you call and call you back quickly if they are unavailable. These types of companies are dedicated to providing service to you as quickly as possible, and are the best choice for your pest control.



The truth is, there is not a set formula for distinguishing a good pest control service, and there are many other tips that you can employ to help you narrow your search. However, by using these tips as a filter, homeowners should have a much easier time finding a reputable pest control company.

If you are a homeowner in the greater Cherokee county area, Canton Termite and Pest Control is your one call solution to any pest problem. We have been in the pest industry for decades, and we offer a wide range of treatment options that will deal with any pest quickly, effectively, and safely!

So if you are dealing with pests, and need someone you can trust to provide solutions, call us today at 770-479-1598!

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

By: Tim


December 2017


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December 2017

General Update

It has been a busy month here at Canton Termite and Pest Control. We have seen both an increase in pest activity as well as greater needs for home inspections due to new developments and real estate transactions.

As always, we remain committed to providing you top of the line pest control service. Above all, we are in the business of keeping you pest free. To help facilitate this, we wanted to provide you, our customer, with a short update newsletter to let you know what we have been doing and our planned operations for the near future.

Beyond this, you should also be on the lookout for specials and

deals that we will be offering this season. Some of these will be included in the newsletter, but others may be on the way in the near future!

It is a high priority for us to remain accessible to our customer base so that we can provide support, expert pest advice, and other services to you as quickly as possible. As such, if you have any questions whatsoever, please feel free to contact us by phone, email, or through our website and social media pages!

Recent Pest Activity

It’s no secret that the temperature and other seasonal conditions have an impact on pest activity. Different types of pests are significantly more active at certain times of the year, and homeowners need to be informed of potential threats they should be on the lookout for.


Pests to look out for

Homeowners BEWARE! As temperatures begin to fall, many types of outdoor pests increasingly invade homes seeking a warm, safe environment for the winter months.

These pests can cause a variety of different problems and can cause expensive damage to the exterior structure, insulation, and wiring of the home. As such, it is critical to identify their activity as early as possible!


Pest Watch

We have had a busy month dealing with a wide variety of different pests. To help homeowners be better prepared for the types of pests that they may encounter, we publish short articles each week on our website giving you the inside scoop on how different pests operate. Below you will find short summaries of some of these articles. If you are interested in finding out more, check out our website!


Bed Bugs on Planes!

Most homeowners are already aware of the expense and frustration that a bed bug infestation in your home can bring. You would be correct in thinking that, true to their name, bed bugs most often infest mattresses. However, the truth is, bed bugs can infest almost anywhere with correct environmental conditions access to a live host.

So the question is, how do you keep yourself safe from bed bugs during travel? Check out our website for tips and tricks to help reduce your chances of picking up bed bugs

Pharaoh Ants

Pharaoh ants are a type of pest that homeowners may not commonly be aware of. However, if you are an owner of a hospital or other business, it is possible that you have heard of these destructive pests.

Pharaoh ants often enter structures during the winter due to their attraction to artificial warmth. Once inside, they can cause mayhem by spreading throughout the structure, spreading contaminates, and infiltrating food stores. Dealing with these tiny trouble makers requires a specialized treatment approach. If you are concerned about the threat of Pharaoh ants, check out our website for the full guide to these pests.

German Roaches

A roach infestation is a nightmare for most homeowners. The fact is, roaches are an unpleasant and destructive pest, and as a responsible homeowner you are probably very anxious to ensure that your home remains roach free. Unfortunately, there are several popular misconceptions about roaches, especially when it comes to how and why they enter your home. The truth is, any structure, regardless of how new or clean it is, can be at risk for roach infestation.

To find out more about German roaches and how to keep cockroaches out of your home. Check out our detailed post on German roaches here.

House Mice

As the weather grows colder, homeowners may begin to see a uptick in wildlife pest activity on their properties. These pests are often attracted to the warmth and food inside homes, and they will often attempt to establish nesting sites in attics, basements, and other secluded areas.


To prevent these damaging pests from causing you significant frustration and expense, it is critical to detect their presence early. If you are concerned about potential wildlife activity in your home. Call us today and schedule a FREE wildlife inspection!


Call Today 770-479-1598!

By: Tim


Snakes coming inside homes for the winter.


“I have a snake in my boot”

Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we pride ourselves on providing top of the line wildlife control services for our customers.  As the colder weather comes to Georgia, many animals will begin to seek shelter. In the wild, wildlife like snakes finds natural shelters from the cold. However, some of these animals will choose to use homes and commercial structures as a den instead.



There are several steps and precautions that a homeowner can take to protect their home from wildlife. While these steps will not entirely keep wildlife out, they can help to deal with most problems before they arise. Basic steps for homeowners include:







By making these adjustments around the home. The chances of wildlife infestation are greatly reduced. It can be difficult, however, to constantly keep up repairs, and this can allow wildlife to sneak into a home without being detected by the homeowner. Attics, crawl spaces, and other out of the way areas commonly attract wildlife invaders.


If you suspect that you might have any kind of wildlife inside of your home. It is best to act on that suspicion as soon as possible. The longer a pest is present inside of your home, the more damage and expense they will cause.


Many species of wildlife that can enter your home can fall under state and federal conservation laws. Some animals, like bats, are protected under law and cannot be disturbed or interacted with unless you have a license to do so. It is important to remember to treat all animals with caution. Many animals can carry dangerous bacteria and diseases. It is therefore advisable to maintain caution when interacting with any wildlife, whether they are inside or outside of your home.


Dealing with wildlife inside of your home can be a difficult task. Removing any animal is a complicated and potentially dangerous task. Wildlife control involves more than simply trapping and removing animals. It can also be a challenge to clean hazardous waste left by the animals and identify and repair any damage to the home. For these reasons, it is often best to leave the work to the professionals.


The rates charged by wildlife control technicians can sometimes seem expensive upfront. However, it is often a much simpler and cheaper option in the long run. Any mistakes in the removal and repair process can cause expensive problems inside the home. It is therefore typically preferable to hire a professional service that you trust to deal with your wildlife problems.


When dealing with a wildlife infestation, you do not want to trust such a complicated job in the hands of a company you do not trust. Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, our team has had years of experience with wildlife control. We strive to always offer our customers the best quality of service at an affordable price. We also offer free inspections. Before we ever charge you for a service, one of our expertly trained technicians will inspect your house and identify any potential problems. We will then create a plan that solves your particular problem in the safest and most efficient way.


So if you have any wildlife problems in your home, or simply a question, call us today at 770-479-1598. Ask for me, Tim McWhirter, and I will be happy to answer any questions you might have!



Here’s to YOU living wildlife free!

By: Tim


Thank You for your Business


Thank you.

During this week of Thanksgiving celebrations, I am reminded of the many blessings that I have in my life. This is a holiday that we all hopefully spend surrounded by friends and family, and it provides us with a unique opportunity to examine and appreciate the aspects of our lives for which we are most grateful.

We have been a local pest control provider for over 20 years. During that time, we have always worked diligently to ensure that we always stood by our morals and operated a business with integrity and fairness. It has always been our goal to provide the highest quality of service possible to every customer for whom we provide service.

As a local business, we believe that our customers are our friends and neighbors, and we have worked hard to build a reputation as a company that keeps its clientele 100% satisfied. The fact is, it is you, our customer, that gives me and my employees the opportunity to enjoy our blessings this Thanksgiving. It is because you have chosen to rely on us for your pest services that we have continued to thrive and grow and become a bigger part of the Cherokee county community.

So, this Thanksgiving, we here at Canton Termite and Pest Control are thankful for the opportunity to serve our community, and we hope to continue to do so for many years into the future. So, from our family to yours, have a happy Thanksgiving holiday!

-Tim McWhirter, President


By: Tim


Roach Problem


Roach Problem

german cockroach


No homeowner wants to deal with the nightmare that is roach removal. The fact is, roaches are an unpleasant and destructive pest, and as a responsible homeowner you are probably very anxious to ensure that your home remains roach free. Unfortunately, there are several popular misconceptions about roaches, especially when it comes to how and why they enter your home. The truth is, any structure, regardless of how new or clean it is, can be at risk for roach infestation.

So the question is, how do you keep roaches out of YOUR home?



While there are a large number of roach species, the primary species infesting homes here in Georgia is the German roach. German roaches are a species of light brown, winged insects that can be identified by the characteristic black stripes running horizontally down their back. These roaches have a preference for indoor environments and can be very difficult to remove from a home once they are well established.

German roaches have a preference for warm, high moisture environments that can be difficult to find outdoors. As such, they are often attracted to homes due to the large variety of food and artificial warmth. They are typically found indoors in areas such as kitchens, laundry rooms, and bathrooms. While large numbers of roaches may be present in these areas, it is unlikely that you will see them out during the day due to their reclusive nature.

Roaches have a wide and varied diet. Most species are skilled scavengers, and can consume a variety of different human foods, pet foods, other insects, and even atypical food sources such as book bindings. Due to this wide diet, almost any environment can sustain a roach population, and the only way to discourage their feeding is to keep any food sources sealed and clean up any messes promptly. If you have roach activity in a kitchen or pantry, you should carefully inspect any unsealed food as it may have been exposed to contaminates from roaches.

At this point you may be wondering, how exactly can you tell if roaches are active in your home?

Contrary to popular belief, it is rare to discover an infestation by spotting the actual roaches themselves. Typically, homeowners will notice signs of their activity initially. Roaches are nocturnal creatures, and they only emerge from their hiding places to feed during the night. If you are concerned about roach activity, look for common sign such as small, dark stains near corners, cracks, and wall openings. You may also notice the characteristic musty odor that roaches create in areas that they inhabit. If you notice some of these signs, you may want to call in a licensed pest professional to inspect the home.

German roaches in the home are able to reproduce rapidly. Within their ideal environments, these pests can quickly establish a population numbering in the thousands. Naturally, it can be shocking and gross to find a large group of roaches in your home, and you may be tempted to treat the pests as soon as possible. However, you should be cautious when working with DIY treatment products.

Many of these products are what are termed Kill-On-Contact treatment, and thus they only impact pests that directly touch them. Since most of the population is often hidden out of site, these products will do nothing to remove the majority of the pests. Beyond this, it can also cause the roaches to scatter deeper into the home, and can make the infestation more difficult to remove.

Removing German roaches is a multi-step process. There are a few steps that homeowners can take to eliminate conducive conditions that are allowing the roaches to thrive. Sealing any cracks and gaps as well as other avenues into the home will help to prevent the pests from entering initially. Beyond this, you should carefully inspect any boxes or bags that you bring into the home, as these are some of the most common ways that roaches are able to enter the home. If you live in an apartment complex, you should bear in mind that roaches can spread throughout a building through pipe systems, and this can expose you to risk if another unit has a roach infestation.

Beyond these steps, treatment is almost always required to remove roaches. A licensed pest professional is your best option to ensure that treatment is applied sufficiently to eradicate the entire infestation.

At Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have proudly served as a leading pest provider for the greater Cherokee County area for the past few decades. We offer a wide range of treatment options designed to deal with any pest problem you may face quickly, safely, and effectively!

So if you are dealing with roaches, or simply have a pest related question, call us today at 770-479-1598!

By: Tim


Bed Bugs 30115


Bed Bugs

Most homeowners are already aware of the expense and frustration that a bed bug infestation in your home can bring. You would be correct in thinking that, true to their name, bed bugs most often infest mattresses, sheets, and other associated linens. However, the truth is that bed bugs can infest almost anywhere that has a secluded hiding place and is near to a live host. An example of this occurred recently to a Canadian family traveling to London. In this instance, the bed bugs had infested the seats on the plane, and the family and flight crew were unable to do anything about the issue beyond simply waiting for the flight to be over.

While it might seem that this is an extreme example, the fact is planes, movie theaters, and any other areas that people frequent move in and out of can be hotspots for bed bug activity. This is especially true during travel, as it is highly probable that a passenger who is carrying bed bugs in their luggage would create an opportunity for the bed bugs to spread to the plane.

Travelers should be prepared to deal with this situation as much as possible should it occur. The question is however, what exactly should you do if you have bed bugs on your plane?

The first thing that should be addressed is the possibility that you could be exposed to bed bugs and not realize. This can occur because bed bug bites will often not show up on the skin for up to 2 days after the initial exposure. For this reason, you might be traveling with bed bugs or stay somewhere that is contaminated and be none the wiser.

If bed bugs are on your plane, there is unfortunately not a great deal that you can do to deal with the bugs themselves. Oftentimes you may not even notice bed bugs because they will remain hidden in small cracks and gaps. However, should you discover bed bug activity, there are a few steps that you can take to help mitigate the problem.

Generally speaking, your first step upon discovering bed bugs should be to notify officials with the airline. Because bed bugs are extremely reclusive, it is possible that you might be the only person to notice the infestation, and notifying the flight crew can help to mitigate the damage they can cause.

If you are concerned about being bitten during the flight, you should try to cover as much of your skin as possible. Bed bugs are unable to bite through most fabrics, so you will reduce the likelihood of receiving bites by covering up exposed skin.

You should also remember that, just because you found the bed bugs on the plane does not mean that they originated from the plane itself. It is entirely possible that bed bugs you find came from a previous location such as a hotel that you stayed in before the flight. Due to this, you should notify any hotels or other related services that you have used if you find bed bugs among your belongings.

While cases of bed bug activity on airplanes are relatively rare, they are still a risk that travelers should bear in mind. By taking proper care, you can reduce the likelihood of bringing bed bugs to and from your travels, and this can save you from the nightmare that is dealing with a bed bug infestation.

As a final note, since the main goal of taking precautions against bed bugs is to avoid bringing them into your home, it is critical that you inspect all of your luggage when returning BEFORE you bring it into your home. It is also important to note that, due to their prolific nature, even a small number of bed bugs hidden away could quickly establish a sizable population in your home. Travelers should be sure to carefully inspect everything that you are bringing back with you and make sure you see no signs of bed bugs.

If the worst case scenario occurs and you find bed bugs in your home, your best bet is to call in a licensed pest service ASAP. The truth is, there are almost no effective DIY treatment options available on the market, and as a rule of thumb the longer you wait to begin treatment for an infestation the worse it will become. Therefore, homeowners will often save time and money in the long run by calling in a service they can trust to completely eradicate the infestation.

At Canton Termite and Pest Control, we are proud to serve as a leading bed bug treatment provider for the greater Cherokee county area. We offer a range of safe, targeted treatment plans that we have a custom fit to each type of pest that homeowners may encounter. This helps to ensure that you receive the quickest and most effective resolution to your pest problems!

So if you are dealing with bed bugs, or any other pests, call us today at 770-479-1598!

By: Tim


Mice in the house.



Though it has certainly taken its time in coming, the cold weather is finally returning to Georgia. While this is good news for fans of layering and hot cocoa, colder weather brings problems for homeowners in the form of invasive wildlife pests.

As the temperature drops, many creatures abandon their homes in the wild and seek out new, warmer locations to east and survive the winter. Unfortunately, your home is the ideal place, and homeowners are often inundated with new and troubling pest threats! One such east, the house mouse, has been increasingly active in the greater Cherokee county area.


So what are house mice, and how can they create problems for homeowners?


The common house mouse grows to a little over 7 inches in length from nose to tail and is covered in short fur that is typically gray, brown, or black in coloration. House mice are extremely curious creatures and are often found in the wild in areas such as fields and spaces with significant foliage. These mice are active during the day, and will typically explore their environment in search of food.


Like most species of mice, the house mouse has an extremely varied diet. While they have a preference for nuts and seeds, they are opportunistic scavengers and will eat almost any type of food when available.

Because they do not hibernate, house mice must find somewhere to survive through the winter. This will often lead them to homes that are both warm and have a readily available food source.  These mice are quite skilled at infiltrating structures and can take advantage of the smallest gaps and cracks in the exterior of the home. Common areas that are often exploited by house mice include:



Any of these areas, and many others as well, can be the avenue that allows the mice inside the home. Once they are inside, the mice will typically establish a comfortable living space in a small, secluded area. They will often take nest building materials from the home and can cause damage to insulation as well as wiring and piping in some instances. While the degree of destruction largely depends on the size of the infestation, damage done to wiring and other important parts of the home can create a fire risk.


So you may be wondering, how can you know if mice are active in your home?


Like many wildlife pests, house mice are often discovered due to homeowner’s overhearing “bumps in the night” caused by the pests moving around after dark. Oftentimes these sounds can be hard to trace because the mice could be moving in almost any part of the home, including inside the walls and ceiling.


Another common sign of house mouse activity are leftover droppings in areas that they frequent. These resemble a rod or pill shape and are usually fairly easy to identify. If you are concerned about potential mouse activity in your home, it is often best to call a licensed pest control provider to inspect your home. While you might be tempted to save money using methods with less upfront expense such as DIY traps, this approach is often ill-advised. While a trap is an excellent way to catch one or two mice, DIY traps often do little to deal with the majority o the infestation that remains safely hidden in nesting sites. On top of this, these traps also do not help you to identify how the mice have entered the home, and thus leave you exposed to potential future infestations. Due to these reasons and more, you will often save yourself money and expense by calling in professionals sooner rather than later.


So WHO should you call if you are dealing with mice?


At Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have decades of experience serving is the leading pest provider for the greater Cherokee county area. We offer a wide range of targeted pest solutions designed to deal with any pest problem you might encounter quickly, safely, and effectively!


So if you are in need of pest or wildlife control, or simply have a question, call us today at 770-479-1598!

By: Tim


Malaria around Canton Georgia


Malaria Hysteria

Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we like to keep up with current events, including the recent press release on research that is being performed to reduce the risk of malaria. The work is primarily being done in labs at various schools across the U.S., including the University of California and John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. What they are seeking to accomplish is changing not the disease of malaria itself, but the vectors, or the mosquitoes carrying malaria.

So what’s the big deal? Well, mosquitoes carry quite a number of diseases from person to person, all over the world. The worst of these include the dengue, yellow fever, the Zika virus, and of course, malaria. The specific parasite group that causes malaria are plasmodium parasites, inhabiting the mosquito and waiting to enter another host. The mosquitoes also have a wide variety of other inhabitants in their bodies as well, and this is called a microbiome. These other bacteria and organisms have the ability to interact with each other, and potentially disable the plasmodium parasites by not allowing them to inhabit the mosquitoes. A man by the name of Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is researching a way to make the inside of a mosquito hostile against the plasmodium organisms. What does this mean for Canton, or for customers of Canton Termite and Pest Control? It might change how you feel about mosquitoes, but more importantly, it will stop the transmission of dangerous and life-threatening diseases.

By: `Tim


Ant Control- Canton Termite & Pest


Ants help, and ants hurt. In modern society, ants are perceived as a representation of filth, but in reality, they serve a wide variety of purposes in their ecosystems. Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we strive to provide you as the reader with valuable knowledge that you can use to benefit your family, home, and surrounding environment. Let’s start with explaining more of the benefits of ants.

Ants provide a valuable source of protection for plants from herbivores and insects that tend to destroy and eat plants and seeds. They safeguard the stems, leaves and seeds of the plants while taking the nectar that they are attracted to in the plant to their colony. This protection allows plants to flourish, despite the best efforts of many destructive garden pests. Ants also protect many different caterpillars, since the caterpillars produce a sweet substance called honeydew that ants quite enjoy. This allows many more caterpillars to develop into butterflies, making your backyard much more pleasant; however, some ants are not quite so helpful, including the dreaded red fire ant.

Red fire ants are imported, and as such, have fewer natural predators here in the North America region. These ants actually damage crops instead of help protect them, as well as get into machinery and damage electrical circuits by stripping the insulation. This potentially causes fires as well as expensive repairs. Fire ants also have a painful sting, and this can cause some people to have a life-threatening allergic reaction. Carpenter ants will tunnel into the wood supporting many structures, but they do not cause as much damage as termites do. Sugar ants will tend to be the small ants that you find making trails to your cupboards for food, but all ants enjoy the sweet tastes of granulated sugar, spilled sweet drinks, and other such food items. If you have an issue with ants, call Canton Termite and Pest Control today at 770-479-1598!


By: Tim


Roaches in Cherokee County Georgia


German Roaches thrive in warm, humid environments. Parts of the home such as kitchens and bathrooms provide ideal locations for the roaches. The German roach is a scavenger, and can consume even the smallest amounts of food. They are also known to consume certain atypical food sources, such as the binding of books and toothpaste.

The German roach is infamous for its ability to rapidly reproduce. It is not uncommon for extensive infestations to be found hidden in homes. The German roach is most commonly brought into homes in boxes, bags, or any other container they can hide within.

Shortly after being introduced into a space, the German roach will often seek out a hidden area in which to spend time during the day, coming out at night to seek food. The females will create egg capsules, or ootheca, that can produce up to 50 roaches. The females will often carry these egg capsules around until they are ready to hatch, making it difficult to destroy the population inside of the home.

There are many easy to identify signs of roach infestation. The German roaches will often produce droppings that are dark in color. These will either be small and beadlike or just dark stains found around small cracks, wall openings, or the corners of rooms. Another sign is an unpleasant, musty odor that is produced by the roaches. This is caused by certain chemicals excreted by the roaches, and will be strongest near to their population center.

German roaches are difficult to remove. Their infestations are often massive, with a population that is rapidly reproducing and remains well hidden throughout the day. Because of the difficulty in identifying and treating the German roach, it is best to consult a pest control professional.

Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have had over 20 years of experience dealing with German roaches. Our technicians will assess your specific situation and find a safe, efficient, and affordable solution to any pest problem!

So if are having problems with German roaches, or simply have a question, call us today at 770-479-1598! We will be happy to help you in any way that we can!

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

By: Tim

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Brent came over to our home to do a termite treatment. He was extremely conscientious, professional and very pleasant to talk with. He drilled holes through the concrete; some were very deep, approaching 18" - 24' or even more. He drilled these holes no matter how deep he had to go. He then applied the pesticide thoroughly. Then patched all the holes. After all that, he cleaned up all the debris. He is an excellent representative for the company. Would recommend him highly to anyone who asks about him.

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I bought a house recently and soon found out there was a multitude of unwanted critters and bugs. William has been awesome and has rid the attic and chimney of squirrels and my house is bug free. He is professional and honest and fair with the pricing and does quality work. Ed at the office is always great to talk with and he is always super helpful. Tomorrow William is trapping a goundhog and moving him to a forest to live. I love knowing they are also humane and caring when it comes to natures little critters.

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We have worked with Tim and William for four years now and would not even consider using any other company! They are very honest and have worked diligently to help us solve pest issues that we have had. They always follow up to be sure that the problem has been solved. It would be to a great advantage if all companies ran their business the way Canton Termite and Pest Control runs theirs!

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