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Hornets in Cherokee County Georgia

Here in Georgia, many homeowners will call us and report having spotted what look like enormous bees. While they can sometimes be mistakenly identified as Asian Giant Hornets, the creatures in question are typically European Hornets.

 

I have spoken before more generally about European Hornet biology. However, I would like to focus on their nesting habits and life cycle to help homeowners better identity areas of risk when they first spot the European Hornet.

 

European Hornets are social insects. They establish colonies every year and then abandon them during the winter. The life cycle of the colony begins in the fall of the year. During this time, the colony will produce a group of female European Hornets that will become queens. At the beginning of winter, those future queens will hibernate underneath loose tree bark, space between walls, or any other secluded space.

 

In the spring, the queens will emerge and establish colonies. These colonies are typically located high off of the ground. They can be found inside of tree hollows or inside of wall voids. Once the nest has been established, the queen will lay the a group of eggs. These eggs will become the first workers for the colony, and will perform the tasks that a required to sustain it. The average colony will eventually have at least several hundred workers, and these workers are often what homeowners will spot around their property.

 

Workers are tasked with gathering food for the colony. European Hornets can actually be beneficial in some cases due to their tendency to consume other pests, such as grasshoppers, yellow jackets, and caterpillars. Interestingly, European Hornets have a unique propensity to be nocturnal, and can often be seen gathering food and moving around late at night.

 

It is important to note that European Hornets are extremely protective of their colonies. If a person or pet comes too close to the colony, the workers will swarm and attack the intruder. The sting of the European Hornet contains an unusually high amount of venom, and can be a very serious problem for those who are allergic to stings.

 

If you have seen European Hornets near to your home, it is often better to call for a professional service rather than trying to exterminate them yourself. Not only can they sting people and pets, it is also very difficult to get close enough to the nest to exterminate it safely. If you have already located a nest, avoid sealing the area that it is located in until the nest is exterminated. European Hornets have been known to chew through the interior walls of structures and can move inside to escape.

 

Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, our team of technicians is highly trained and capable of dealing with any pest situation you might be dealing with. We will assess your situation, and provide you with the safest, most efficient, and most affordable solution in the industry!

 

So if you have a European Hornet problem, or simply a question, call us today at 770-479-1598! We will be happy to help you in any way that we can!

By: Tim

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Cucarcha – Canton Georgia

Hay muchas diferentes clases de plagas que causan problemas en Georgia. Sin embargo hay unas pocas bien adaptadas para vivir dentro de las casas tales como las cucarachas alemanas. La cucaracha alemana es pequeña, es una plaga de color bronceado que se puede encontrar con frecuencia dentro de las casas y de otras estructuras. Durante este tiempo del año, con frecuencia recibimos llamadas que varían de las áreas rurales como Waleska y Ballground hasta áreas más urbanas y pobladas  como Woodstock, Marietta y Alpharetta. De hecho, la cucaracha alemana es considerada como la plaga  que más se distribuye extensamente en los Estados Unidos.

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En el Sureste, la cucaracha alemana puede ser algunas veces confundida con la cucaracha asiática, la cual es muy similar. Estas se distinguen por su comportamiento. Mientras que la  cucaracha asiática se encuentra con frecuencia en las afueras, la cucaracha alemana raramente, si alguna vez, puede encontrarse afuera.

Las cucarachas alemanas sobreviven en ambientes húmedos y templados. Partes del hogar tales como la cocina y los baños proveen ubicaciones ideales para las cucarachas. La cucaracha alemana es un limpiador, y puede consumir incluso las cantidades más pequeñas de comida. También son conocidas por  consumir ciertas fuentes atípicas de alimentos, como la encuadernación de libros y pasta de dientes.

La cucaracha alemana es famosa por su habilidad para reproducirse rápidamente. Es frecuente encontrar infestaciones extensas escondidas en los hogares. La cucaracha alemana es más comúnmente traída a los hogares en cajas, bolsas o cualquier otro contenedor donde se pueden esconder.

Poco después de haberse introducido en un espacio, la cucaracha alemana con frecuencia, busca un área escondida donde pasa el tiempo durante el día, saliendo por la noche para buscar comida. Las hembras crean cápsulas de huevo, u ooteca, que pueden producir hasta 50 cucarachas. Las hembras cargan  a menudo estas cápsulas de huevos hasta que estén listas para salir, dificultando así la destrucción de la población dentro del  hogar.

Hay muchas señales fáciles para identificar la infestación de cucarachas. Las cucarachas alemanas a menudo producen excrementos de color oscuro. Estos serán pequeños y con forma de bolas o simplemente manchas oscuras que se encuentran alrededor de pequeñas grietas de la pared, o en las esquinas de los cuartos.  Otra señal es un desagradable olor a humedad que es producido por las cucarachas. Esto es causado por ciertos productos químicos excretados por las cucarachas y el olor será más fuerte cerca de su centro de población.

Las cucarachas alemanas son difíciles de eliminar. Sus infestaciones son a menudo masivas, con una población que se reproduce rápidamente y que permanece bien escondida durante el día. Debido a la dificultad en la identificación y el tratamiento de la cucaracha alemana, lo mejor es consultar a un profesional de control de plagas.

Aquí, en Canton Termite y Pest Control, tenemos  más de 20 años de experiencia lidiando con cucarachas alemanas. Nuestros técnicos evaluarán su situación específica y hallarán una solución segura, eficiente y asequible para cualquier problema de plagas.

Si usted tiene  problemas con las cucarachas alemanas, o simplemente tiene preguntas, llámenos hoy al 770-479-1598! Estaremos encantados de asistirleen lo que podamos!

 

Aquí está para usted la vida libre de plagas!

By: Tim

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Merry Christmas

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Yuletide Invasions

 

     It’s Christmas time again, and along with that come the many wonderful traditions built into our families over generations, bringing joy to household after household. Several of these traditions come with some side effects, ones that perhaps are quite unexpected. Almost no one would think of how pest control can become an issue around Christmas time… Except for Canton Termite and Pest Control. We focus on these problems for you, so that you might be able to better enjoy your holiday time with the family! Let’s address some of the pest issues you might have so that you don’t get caught off guard.

The Christmas tree: It’s easy to forget that when you cut down a living tree and bring it into your home, you’re bringing a veritable ecosystem into the house! Christmas tree farm owners are caught in between a rock and a hard place when deciding whether or not to use pesticides on their trees, because if they don’t, bugs cover the Christmas trees, sometimes injuring them! If tree farm owners use too many pesticides, they themselves may injure the trees, or put too many chemicals on the trees for them to be safe for keeping in homes. They walk the line for us! Where does this leave you, the innocent guy/gal just looking to get a nice tree for your family? Well, you can first talk to the vendor you buy your Christmas tree from, and see what they’re doing to protect your interests in the tree market and the safety of your home. Then, once you have decided which tree you will purchase, look it over for visible bugs, and make your purchase! If we at Canton Termite and Pest Control service your home, then give us a call if you are bringing home a Christmas tree and are concerned about pests. We will protect your home from potential issues with the tree and other winter pest control problems, such as those mentioned below.

The National Pest Management Association has provided you with some advice on how to protect your home!

“- Seal cracks and holes on the outside of your home to help prevent rodents from getting inside. Be sure to check the areas where utilities and pipes enter the home. A mouse   can fit    through a hole the size of a dime.

– Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and

windows.

– Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home. Mice and ants can make their nests in wood                                   piles and easily gain access to your home if the pile is nearby.

– Rodents can hide in clutter, so keep storage areas well organized, and store boxes off of the

floor.

– Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains. Extra attention

should be paid to kitchens and bathrooms as these areas are particularly vulnerable to                         cockroach infestations.

– Install door sweeps and repair damaged screens in windows.

– Screen vents to chimneys. Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and    dry.” (NPMA)

Even though the mosquitoes, gnats, and other bothersome pests that fly around during the warmer months may not be around, other insects, rodents, and pests will enjoy the chestnuts you roast over an open fire if you don’t prevent their presence by contacting a professional. Here are some other tips when preparing for the Christmas season.

1- Check your décor before you put it up: The tendency of bugs, rodents and other pests to invade boxes in the attic or basement is well known, so keep that in mind as you unbox your elves and nativity scenes!

2- If it’s coming inside, look for bugs: Don’t forget that we bring in other Christmas items besides trees. Live garlands and wreaths will be nice homes for mites, spiders, aphids, and even fire ants! Make sure to check for sure creatures before allowing their presence in your home. They make the holiday cheer much less enjoyable!

3- Check your coats: If your winter coats and boots just sit in the closet for months at a time until they are needed, make sure to perhaps wash them or clean them thoroughly to make sure that there are no fabric-devouring moths or dangerous brown-recluse spiders hiding. Canton Termite and Pest Control can easily handle these problems and eliminate chance of future problems with routine inspections and treatments, so make sure to mention this to the pest control professional that visits your home!

4- If it’s firewood, burn it: Keep firewood away from the home until you are ready to burn it— many bugs enjoy the protection of the logs in the colder temperatures, and if you bring the logs inside where it is warm, then the bugs have new areas to explore!

 

If you need more advice on how to protect your home from invasion during the winter months, feel free to call Canton Termite and Pest Control at 770-479-1598. We will be happy to assist you in whatever way we can.

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Termite Letter

Termite inspection for selling a house.

When you are selling a home in Georgia, it is important to have a Wood Infestation Inspection Report done for the property prior to closing. Generally, the lender prefers to see the report dated within 30 days of closing. The Wood Infestation Inspection Report, or WIIR, is a form that is used to report any possible evidence of infestation inside of a home or other structure before it can be sold. To acquire this form, you must call in a licensed pest control company to inspect the property and issue the completed form. Realtors will often list this form as a “Termite Letter,” but it actually covers many other wood consuming pest organisms.

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The average cost of this form is around $150, however some companies will offer this service for free or at a reduced cost to their existing customers. In many states, the form that is required is designated as National Pest Management Association (NPMA) Form 33. In Georgia, however, the WIIR form replaces the national one. It is still a valid replacement even if the lender is from another state.

 

When performing the inspection, the technician may need to look through the entire property, but generally the focus is on areas with ground contact. This report and the subsequent inspection covers the 5 most common wood destroying organisms.

 

Covered by the form:

  • Subterranean Termites
  • Powder Post Beetles
  • Wood Boring Beetles
  • Dry Wood Termites
  • Wood Decaying Fungus

 

The technician will complete the inspection of the property, and then will report whether or not the home has an active infestation or if it has conditions conducive to future infestation such as earth to wood contact. Technicians will also report any inaccessible areas such as insulation in crawl spaces or closed off areas. Those areas that are reported are marked as unconfirmed areas and special attention should be paid to them.

 

It is also important to note that the WIIR form comes with a 90 day guarantee. If an infestation of wood destroying organisms is found during that time, the company that issued the report will generally treat the property for free, however they are not responsible for the repair of damage caused by the wood destroying organisms. If the property is found to have an active infestation or undisclosed damage from pests, it must be treated and then inspected again before a sale can move forward.

 

If you are attempting to sell or buy any property, it is important to have a diligent inspection from a certified company. A trained technician will not only be able to confirm the status of infestation in the home, but also ensure that the WIIR is correctly filled out. This is important to protect buyers from purchasing homes with undisclosed active infestations as well as protecting sellers from being held responsible for possible future infestations that did not precede the sale.

 

In recent years, it has become common for real estate agents to recommend a pre-inspection. While this can be more expensive, it is often better to have this inspection to find any pest problems before any potential buyers are involved.

 

Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have decades of experience completing WIIR inspections for homeowners and real estate agencies. Our technicians can inspect your home and complete the WIIR requirements to allow your deal to move forward. If we find an active infestation in your home, we will apply the cost of the inspection to your treatment, saving you time and money!

 

So if you need a Wood Infestation Inspection Report, 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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Bugs and You: Cockroaches, Flies, and other nasty pests

Smokey Brown Roach in North Georgia

Smokey Brown Roach in North Georgia

 

  It may not seem commonplace to throw your food away if a fly lands on it—rather, most people will swipe at the fly to get it to go away, and then continue eating. What you are about to read may change your mind about whether or not that is what you choose to do.

All flies carry pathogens, mass amounts of bacteria, and disgusting habits that spread those microscopic dangers anywhere they land. When we speak of yellow fever, dengue fever, or typhoid fever, dysentery, malaria, and encephalitis, then a fly is involved in getting the organisms that cause those diseases to the victim. Biting flies and house flies alike, big problems can be caused by letting these insects hang around. The house fly is related to the above-mentioned diseases as well as anthrax and conjunctivitis! None of these diseases are enjoyable, and some of them are lethal. How often do you consider potential exposure to these diseases before you let your children eat after a fly lands on their food?

Let our professionals at Canton Termite and Pest Control help you deal with these pests! Call today at 770-479-1598. Now even though gnats may not be what you consider to be a fly, they pose similar threats, though less severe in ways. As stated in an article written earlier in the year for Canton Termite and Pest Control, you can have an infestation of several species, ranging from black gnats to fungus gnats, and their associated larvae. Depending on the species, gnats can post not just an annoyance to your family and friends, but a danger to your well-being. Particularly, female black gnats feed on blood, and can transmit multiple diseases to animals and humans alike.

Gnats will populate at a high rate, and their swarms will cause harm to anyone around them if they bite. When you consider the problems that gnats cause beyond simply irritation and even danger to your family, there is a host of issues that will present themselves. The first of these is what fungus gnats can do to plants. When a plant is repetitively overwatered, this is a good location for fungus gnats to lay their eggs. These eggs hatch quickly, and the larvae will feed on the plant itself. This will cause acute harm to the plant and eventually death, if the gnats are not dealt with, and this problem will repeat itself if standing water continues to be available to the adult fungus gnats for laying eggs. Due to the speed of their reproduction, fungus gnats

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can pose a threat to any kind of plant, whether they are decorative or edible plants. It is important to consult and/or bring in a professional to respond to gnat infestations of any sort because of the danger that the gnats will pose to plants, animals and humans. If you are worried about what gnats might be in your home and how to deal with them, call us today! I will mention one more bug and be done—cockroaches. Cockroaches are a well-known pest in America, are often used to represent filth and uncleanliness in a variety of media. What was previously considered just to be a smelly, unpleasant bug is now seen as a clear threat to human health.

 

Cockroaches quite often are the cause of allergic reactions in people with a predisposed allergy to the bug, causing dangerous asthmatic attacks to occur just from walking into a home or room. Cockroaches also are associated with gradual allergy development, meaning that you can become allergic if you are continually exposed to the bugs in your home! Children are especially vulnerable to this because they spend more time indoors, on the floor, etc. If a child obtains an allergy from being in an infested home, they will begin to have asthma attacks of increasing severity.

This can absolutely be life-threatening, and needs to be dealt with immediately. The allergies may not be able to be changed, but you can rid your home of the cockroaches by calling a  professional at Canton Termite and Pest Control today! Cherokee County is known to have cockroach infestations in some homes simply due to t

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (Halyomorpha halys) on white background

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (Halyomorpha halys)

he population of cockroaches in the area, so if you think yours might be one of those homes, then call us immediately, even if you aren’t sure! We can do a thorough inspection and ensure protection of your home and, more importantly, you and your family.

 

 

 

If you would like more information about cockroaches, flies, or gnats, then refer to other pages of Canton Termite and Pest Control’s website for detailed descriptions of each pest! If you have wildlife problems such as raccoons, squirrels, bats, snakes, or others, then access our wildlife website for more information on those pests! In either case, Canton Termite and Pest Control is dedicated to quality service in the area you need, when you need it. Have a blessed day!

— This article was authored by  Tim McWhirter Jr., Owner of Canton Termite and Pest Control

Call Tim today at 770-479-1598

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Roaches

Roaches in Canton Georgia

There are many different kinds of troublesome pests in Georgia. However, there are very few so well adapted to living indoors as the German roach. The German roach is a small, tan colored pest that can be frequently found inside of homes and other structures. During this time of the year, we often receive calls that vary from rural areas like Waleska and Ballground to more urban and populous areas like Woodstock, Marietta, and Alpharetta. In fact, the German roach is considered to be the most widely distributed pests in the United States.

In the Southeast, the German roach can sometimes be mistaken for the very similar Asian cockroach. They are distinguished by their behavior. While the Asian cockroach is often found outdoors, the German roach rarely, if ever, can be found outside.

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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Squirrels in Canton Georgia

Flying Squirrels

 

Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we receive many calls about flying squirrels. While there are approximately 44 species of flying squirrels around the world, here in Cherokee County the only two who tend to cause us trouble are the Northern flying squirrel and the southern flying squirrel. Flying squirrels are most easily recognized by the flaps of skin that connect their legs and arms. Though they do not allow for actual flight, these flaps allow the squirrels to glide between treetops with great ease.

Both species of flying squirrels that are native to the United States are present in the state of Georgia. The Northern flying squirrel is located in the northeastern part of the state, and the smaller Southern flying squirrel is located in every county in Georgia. While they are located broadly across the state, flying squirrels tend to be more active in rural areas such as Waleska, Big Canoe, Ballground, and Jasper.

 

The two species can be distinguished by their differing fur coloration. The Northern flying squirrel has thick, brownish fur with a white underside while the Southern flying squirrel has more grayish colored fur and a cream colored underside.

 

Flying squirrels are nocturnal animals. They will often forage for food at night. They have an extremely varied diet, and are known to commonly consume fruits, nuts, insects, and bird eggs. They are nesting animals, and will store up a food supply during the spring and summer months that will provide for them during the winter.

 

Unfortunately, when flying squirrels live near to residential areas, they will sometimes enter into homes and establish nests in attics and other out of the way areas. Because of their ability to glide, the flying squirrel can reach parts of the home that would otherwise be inaccessible. They will typically crawl through an opening or create one in the side of the home or roof. Once inside, they will create a nest out of any materials they can find. Flying squirrels have been known to take insulation and remove it to use as a nesting material. This can both result in damage and higher heating expenses.

 

Once the flying squirrels are inside. They will often try to form communities and store food for the winter. Since they are nocturnal, they can sometimes hide from homeowners for a long period of time. One of the most obvious signs of flying squirrel infestation is the sounds of their movements during the nights. They will also leave behind droppings and damage. Common locations of flying squirrel damage include:

 

  • Holes in walls
  • Electrical wiring damage
  • Damage to beams and rafters
  • Damage to insulation

 

While some other pests do cause similar damage. Flying squirrels will often be causing this damage in areas that cannot be reached by pests that are on the ground. It is also important to note that, due to their tendency to chew on wiring, they can create potential fire hazards in areas that are not commonly checked for damage.

 

Another danger that can be caused by flying squirrels is the spread of disease. Flying squirrels have been confirmed as vectors for Typhus(also known as Spotted Fever) as well as several other arboviruses. Fortunately, there have been fewer than 50 cases over the past few decades. However, it still is a potential danger. Another health concern is the bacteria that can exist both on the squirrels and the droppings they leave behind. Due to these concerns, any traces of the squirrels should be treated as a potential contaminate.

 

Flying squirrels are particularly difficult to remove from homes. Their tendency to build nests in out of the way areas as well as their ability to access spaces that are not accessible by ground makes them difficult to locate. Removal of flying squirrels requires specialized equipment and training to perform safely. Many times, it is necessary to use extremely long ladders and scaffolding to reach the squirrels. Working on these ladders and scaffolding is dangerous work and should be undertaken with the upmost caution.

 

Once the squirrels have been located, specialized traps, both lethal and non-lethal, are often used to remove the infestation. After these steps have been completed, it is important to repair any damage the squirrels might have caused and to sanitize the area they inhabited.

 

Due to these difficulties, flying squirrel removal is a job best left to the professionals. Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, our wildlife division has years of experience dealing with flying squirrels. We are proud to offer industry leading solutions for any pest or wildlife problem you may face!

 

So if you have a problem with flying squirrels, or simply 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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Groundhogs in Cherokee County Georgia

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Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we often receive calls about woodchucks. Woodchucks are mammals that belong to the squirrel family. In the Southeast, they are more commonly known as “Groundhogs” a name that originates from their tendency to sit low to the ground. They are characterized by their stocky frames and long, brown/grey fur.

Groundhogs are a borrowing species, and hibernate from October to February. They dwell in burrows for large portions of the day. In the wild, groundhogs are often found burrowed near embankments and in large open spaces.

When groundhogs emerge to feed. They will seek out and consume practically any green plant that they can find. When they are near to residential areas, this can create problems for those with gardens or decorative vegetation around their homes. One groundhog can easily destroy a small garden overnight if it is unprotected.

As residential development expands, more and more homeowners have had to deal with groundhogs moving and creating burrows around their homes. Groundhogs often create their burrows in areas that are protected from above. They will often build burrows underneath of porches, homes, and external structures. This can become especially problematic as their burrows can weaken the foundations of structures.

If you suspect that you have groundhogs located near to your home, the best sign is to find the burrow. The burrows are typically located near to food sources, and the groundhogs can be easily spotted when they emerge to seek food. They will often have multiple burrows around a single area. These burrows can be both unsightly when located in your yard and can cause damage to foundations when they are built beneath structures.

One of the best methods of keeping groundhogs out of homes is to build a fence around the perimeter of the yard. While the groundhogs can sometimes find a way around, the fence will reduce the number of groundhogs finding their way into your yard.

Dealing with a groundhog infestation can be difficult. The best methods for removing groundhogs are either the use of traps to capture them, or fumigation if the burrow can be located. These methods, while effective, are often best left to a wildlife expert.

Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, our wildlife division is made up of a team of experienced technicians that can assess how to deal with your specific wildlife problem. We are proud to offer safe, effective solutions at a reasonable price!

So if you have problems with groundhogs, or any other type of wildlife, call us today at 770-878-3098! We will be happy to help you in any way that we can!

 By: Tim

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

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Pest Control in Cherokee County

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    Every year, pests of all kinds cause monumental damage around the world. In the United States, the termite alone causes approximately $5 Billion dollars in damage expenses every year. It would be almost impossible to calculate the total damage that pests of all kinds cause in the world. Beyond simply their economic impact, pests such as mosquitoes spread a variety of diseases that have caused millions of deaths and terrible suffering around the world.cropped-logo-SQ.jpg

 

In the United States, we are very fortunate to live in a place that is free of many of the most dangerous types of pests. However, pests still cause a many problems to the millions of homeowners and businesses in our country. These problems range from simply being an annoyance to costly damage to homes and other buildings.

 

It is very clear that pests are responsible for substantial damage. Because of this, it is important that those who deal with such pests be well trained and knowledgeable about all of the potential pests they might encounter may face as well as the best methods for dealing with those pests. Being able to solve pest problems in the safest and most efficient way is the most important skill in the pest control industry.

 

Every year, we are faced with new and unique problems. Diseases such as the Zika Virus are spreading at alarming rates with insects acting as the vectors. Crops that provide desperately needed sustenance and a livelihood for those in the agriculture industry around the world are at risk of being destroyed by destructive species such as the Japanese Beetles.

 

It is also important to note that many of species that can be considered pests have important roles in maintaining ecological balance in the world. While the primary goal of pest control is to solve pest problems, we all have a responsibility to protect and preserve our world. When dealing with pest problems, companies and technicians should always remain aware of the broader impact on the environment. Every pest control company should be committed to dealing with pests using methods with minimal negative impact on the environment.

 

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Pest control is a broad and varied field. There are thousands of different potential pests that homeowners can face, all with different traits and specific challenges. In the decades that I have spent in the industry, I have gained a great deal of experience and insight into dealing with pest problems in a variety of environments and with various degrees of severity. I operate my business with the understanding that every customer that my team and I interact with is has unique problems that are of great importance. Because of that, understanding each customer’s problems and solving them in the best way possible is the ultimate goal of my business. In my opinion, good service starts with being able to empathize with the concerns of my employees and my customers. I work every single day with that goal in mind, and I consider being committed to that goal a requirement for every person who I employ within my company.

 

As the owner of Canton Termite and Pest Control, I take great pride in being the head of a company that provides an industry leading quality of service at an affordable price. Pests plague nearly every part of the world. Many homeowners have have first hand experience the frustration, fear, and expense that pests can cause. In some cases, these difficulties can be compounded when homeowners have difficulty finding a reliable pest control company. I have heard thousands of stories of people who have had to deal with companies with high prices, inexperienced technicians, and poor customer service.

 

When you have pest problems, you should not have to just hope that you get a good company, you should be able to use a company that you can trust to do the job right every time. For over 20 years, we here at Canton Termite and Pest Control have always striven to provide the best possible service for all of our customers. I believe that a business owner’s ideals are directly reflected in his company, and I am proud to lead a company that has a reputation of integrity, quality, and customer satisfaction.

 

To most people, pest control is probably not considered to be a particularly important profession. However, the damage and suffering caused Do it your selfby pests around the world is an issue of global relevance. For this reason, the research and work done by the pest control industry are necessary to counteract and minimize the problems that pests cause around the world. In the same way that doctors are responsible for treating every patient with the utmost care, I have always considered it a responsibility to solve any pest problem, big or small, with diligence and consideration. This philosophy has had an influential role in how I lead my company. For this reason, Canton Termite and Pest Control will always work towards the highest standards of quality in every aspect of our business.

 

When you call Canton Termite and Pest Control, you can always expect to receive the best service. Our team of highly trained experts who will work tirelessly to solve your problems with a focus on safety and quality, all at a fair, affordable price. Pest problems are frustrating enough without having to deal with a untrained or unreliable company, so when you need help with pests of any kind, you should choose the company that you know you can trust to do the job right!

So if you live in Cherokee county Georgia and have a problems with pests, there is no need to take a chance with a company you do not trust, call us today at 770-479-1598 and you can be sure your pest problems are behind you!

 

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

By: Tim

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Cicada Killer, Big Hornet in the grass?

             Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we receive many calls from homeowners who have found a swarm of what they describe as giant wasps around their home.

 

             Many of these calls have a common culprit, the cicada killer. Cicada killers are a species of large wasps that are common all across the Southeast. They are approximately two inches long and have a yellow/black body coloration. The males of the species are about two times smaller than the females. Their size and brownish colored wings often cause them to be misidentified as European hornets. For this reason, many people are afraid to approach them, especially when they are in large numbers.

cicada killer Canton Georgia

Fortunately, despite the similarities in appearance, cicada killers do not share any the aggressive and dangerous nature of the European hornet. While female cicada killers can sting, they are not aggressive and will only sting a human under rare circumstances. Even if they were to sting, the sting of the cicada killer contains only mild venom, and is relatively painless.

 

As their name suggests, cicada killers primarily feed on cicadas. Cicada killers will capture prey using venom to paralyze the captured insect. Once this is accomplished, the cicada killer will take the prey back to a burrow and inject an egg into the captured prey. The egg will hatch and a larvae will feed the prey while it grows.

 

Unlike many other species of wasps, cicada killers are not social insects. Rather than living in large colonies, the cicada killer will build a small, underground burrow to live inside of. The female cicada killer will lay eggs inside of this burrow during in the winter. These eggs will hatch, and the larvae will consume the prey that was left as a food source for several weeks. After some time has passed, the larvae will mature into a pupal stage. They will then emerge in early summer as adults. Once they have emerged into the world, the female cicada killers will consume prey to store energy. They will then mate and begin to create a burrow to house her eggs.

 

These burrows are usually found around lawns, concrete slabs, sandy areas, and other relatively clear outdoor spaces. While under construction, the burrows can be identified by the “U” shape the excavated soil at the entrance forms. Though the exterior is simple, the inside of the burrow is very complex. The female cicada killer will divide the burrow into a series of cells for each future egg. Once these cells are complete, the cicada killer will hunt and capture prey to leave inside of the cells for the future larvae to consume. The cells will be sealed off once they are filled, making it impossible for the prey to escape.

 

Cicada killers pose no threat to humans, but their large size and similarity to European hornets can sometimes cause panic. Cicada killers can often be found in large numbers in a single area, and this can prove to be an issue when that area is near to homes and other buildings. Large swarms of cicada killers can appear to be dangerous, and will scare people away from businesses. They can also make it difficult to enjoy time outside of your home.

 

Another problem is presented by the nests built by the female cicada killers. These nests are often large, and on well manicured lawns they are obvious and unsightly. The females will often pile the dirt that they excavate around the nest, and this can smother grass underneath. For these reasons, extermination is sometimes necessary for dealing with cicada killers.

 

Homeowners dealing with cicada killers can sometimes make use of certain DIY products. These products, such as dust based insecticide, can be spread around the nests to eliminate the cicada killers living inside. This can often be sufficient for dealing with small populations of cicada killers. It is important however, to pay careful attention to the labels of the products. Some of the products can be dangerous to humans and pets, and should therefore be used only as directed.

 

Some situations, however, call for professional assistance. Large populations of cicada killers are difficult to deal with using less potent products, and it is better to trust professionals with safe product application in more public areas like around a business. In such situations, it is much easier to allow professionals to use more efficient products and methods to eliminate the cicada killers.

 

At Canton Termite and Pest Control, we understand the frustration of cicada killers. You do not want your home or business to be surrounded by cicada killers. We pride ourselves on being industry leaders in safe, efficient, and cost effective methods for pest control. We will deal with any problem around your home or business quickly and at a price that does not break your budget.

 

So if you have problems with cicada killers, or simply a question, call us today at 770-479-1598! Ask for me, Tim McWhirter, and I will be happy to help you at any time!

 

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

By: Tim

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Giant Resin Bee, Big Bees, Hornets in Cherokee County

Giant Resin Bee

The giant resin bee is a solitary Asian bee that has been introduced into the southeastern United States. Exactly how is not known, but it is assumed that the introduction was a result of commerce and occurred within the last few years.

It was first reported in North Carolina in June, 1994 and is now known in most Georgia and the southeastern states.

If you live in or near Cherokee County or any neighboring Georgia counties, and you feel out of your depth with your pest problems, remember that Canton Termite and Pest Control offers FREE Inspections and FREE Estimates.

We will help you identify your problem and help you solve it QUICKLY and SAFELY!

Call us today at 770-479-1598 to schedule your appointment.

By Tim

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Pokemon Pest Control

Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have seen a significant increase in foreign wildlife recently.

 

Around the country, there have been reports of new and unusual wildlife, known as Pokemon, making an appearance. Our team was naturally concerned about this, and we have been in intense training for the past week preparing a response team.

In our research, we have identified several common types of these wildlife. Below is a list of confirmed species that our team has encountered, as well as information related to potential risks, normal habitat locations, and behavioral patterns.

 Pickachu toy character from Pokemon anime.

 

1.Pikachu:

 

This small, mouselike creature can be found in surrounding grasslands, forests, and sometimes urban environments. It is approximately 13.2 Ibs and slightly over 1’ tall. If you encounter this creature, it is important to remain cautious due to its ability to generate electricity from its body.

2.Squirtle:

 

This Pokemon can be best identified as a blue turtle. It is known to inhabit areas near to sources of water. The creature is approximately 19.8 Ibs and stands at almost 2’ tall. Remain cautious when approaching this creature. Our team found this creature to be difficult to capture, and we found the high pressure blasts of water it generates to be stronger than anticipated.

 

3.Magikarp:

 

In the decades I have spent as a wildlife and pest control specialist, I have never encountered a creature more dangerous than this. At approximately 22 Ibs of weight and only about 3’ of length, it may seem peaceful. Do not allow its small size and seeming lack of strength to confuse you, this is a terrifying creature.We have been unable to capture this creature nor identify any weaknesses it has. It seems to be so confident in its strength, it simply splashes at anything near to it. If you encounter this creature, DO NOT APPROACH!

 

Capture Methods:

 

Fortunately, through extensive research and development, our team has acquired a cutting edge technological tool to assist us in dealing with this new wildlife epidemic. This device combines advanced engineering with recent advances in theoretical physics to capture the creatures and place them inside of a small, spherical object codenamed the Pokeball. With this device, our team has reported success in capturing even the most elusive creatures, and we are considering expanding their use to traditional wildlife. As we continue to research, we will develop increasingly efficient method to humanely capture these creatures.

 Our team here at Canton Termite and Pest Control wishes you all luck in your quest to “Catch Em’ All!” We remind everyone to be safe and have fun. If you ever need any help catching Pokemon, or any other wildlife or pest, call us at 770-479-1598! We will be happy to assist you in any way that we can!

I would like to thank my son Aaron for providing  me with his expert knowledge for  this post.

By: Tim

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Bees, Hornets and Yellow Jackets

             Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we receive many calls about yellow jackets.

 

Yellow jackets are small insects. They can sometimes be confused with bees due to their similar size and coloration. They are distinguished from bees by their thin, elongated bodies and striped yellow/black coloration.

Despite a difference in name, yellow jackets are in fact a species of wasp. They are pollinators and are known to feed on many other pests such as flies. Yellow jackets are social insects, and will form colonies that can contain thousands of insects. These colonies are often ground-based, and can be found hidden in leaves, cracks in the ground, and on the undersides of buildings.

 

Despite the fact that they feed on other pests, yellow jackets can present a problem to homeowners due to their ability to sting. Many people are allergic to yellow jacket venom, and for this reason they can be a major risk. The colonies can often be large and the yellow jackets will swarm and attack anything that disturbs their nests. The tendency for the nests to be well hidden compounds this hazard. The nests can often be unintentional discovered and damaged by construction work or landscaping. Pets and children also could discover these nests without realizing the risk, and for those reasons it is imperative that any nests are quickly dealt with.

 

Often, it is a difficult task to find a yellow jacket nest, even if you have located the general area. The nests can often be camouflaged in the surrounding area. Even trained eyes can have difficulty spotting the nests. An example of this occurred on my own property. I was mowing around my home, and unintentionally drove over a hidden yellow jacket nest. This promptly angered the yellow jackets and caused them to swarm. While I escaped with only a single sting, sometimes a person can be less lucky.

 

Yellow jackets, unlike bees, have small, barbed stingers and can sting more than once. A swarm of yellow jackets can quickly sting a person or animal multiple times in quick succession. For this reason, extreme caution should be taken around yellow jacket nests. I would personally recommend anyone with a severe allergy to any kind of stinging insect make NO contact with a nest.

 

If someone has been stung with by a yellow jacket. Look for any sign of an allergic reaction, in some cases, the reaction is just minor redness and swelling. For such symptoms, many easy remedies exist such as Diphenhydramine(AKA Benadryl). However, in more severe cases, it may be necessary to administer epinephrine. It is important to remember that if someone is stung multiple times the combined venom can sometimes cause a more severe than normal reaction. Signs of a severe, or anaphylactic, reaction include the following:

 

  • Severe swelling
  • Red bumps on skin
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Hypotension

 

If you see signs of any of these reactions. It is imperative that you immediately call 911 and get medical attention for the person stung. Anaphylactic reactions can be fatal if left untreated.

 

Despite these risks, yellow jackets should not be exterminated unless they are a direct threat to humans or animals near to them. They are extremely beneficial in controlling the populations of other pests and serve an important function as pollinators. At Canton Termite and Pest Control, we are committed to doing our part in preserving natural ecosystems. For this reason, our treatment will often begin with an inspection of the nest site. Our technicians will determine the severity of the risk, and apply correct treatment methods accordingly.

 

Treatment methods vary depending on the location of the nests. Yellow jacket nests can either be below ground, hidden above ground, or located in trees and other difficult to reach areas. We will often make use of aerosol or dust products to eliminate the pests. Sometimes, it is best to preform these treatments after dark, when the nest population is asleep inside.

 

While some DIY treatments exist for yellow jackets, it is important to keep in mind my earlier warnings. Yellow jackets can pose a threat when treated improperly, and can sometimes be misidentified. In some scenarios, non-professional grade products are simply not strong enough to destroy the nests, and can instead cause the yellow jackets to swarm and sting anyone nearby. For these reasons it often ideal to leave their treatment to professionals.

 

At Canton Termite and Pest Control, our team has years of experience dealing with yellow jackets. We are industry leaders in the use of safe and effective treatment methods with prices that won’t break your budget! So if you have issues with yellow jackets, or simply a question, feel free to call us today at 770-479-1598! Ask for me, Tim McWhirter, and I will be happy to answer any questions you have.

 

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

By: Tim

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Big Roaches, Water bugs, Palmetto bug, Smokey Brown Roach!

Smokey Brown Roach

Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we receive many calls regarding Smokey brown cockroaches.

Smokey Brown Roach in North Georgia

Smokey Brown Roach in North Georgia

No one likes roaches, and many people find them to be terrifying. They are often associated with a lack of sanitation. Unfortunately, even well-kept homes can sometimes have roach infestations. In the Southeast, the most common large cockroach is the smokey brown.

 

Smokeybrown cockroaches are a fairly common pest. They are the largest local species of cockroach and can be identified by their brown/black body pattern. The smokeybrown is what most people associate with the word…cockroach, due to their shiny brown bodies. In outdoor environments, they are often found in warm, moist areas. This is because the smokeybrown is easily dehydrated and therefore must live near a water source.

 

The smokeybrown can often be found in gardens and forested areas around homes. Common areas include wood piles, mulch, and other outdoor debris. They are primarily nocturnal and will go out at night seeking food and water. The cockroaches can consume a wide variety of substances and are opportunistic eaters. This means that they will consume any food source available. Common food sources include:

 

  • Human food scraps
  • Plant Matter
  • Fecal Matter
  • Dead insects

 

The smokeybrown has a life span that widely varies, from around 200-700 days. The female will reproduce by creating approximately 10 egg sacs, also known as ootheca. Each of these egg sacs will contain an average of 20 eggs. The female will often attach these egg sacs to a safe surface where they will remain until the young hatch.

 

Smokeybrown cockroaches living outdoors do not pose a significant threat to homeowners. However, the roaches can sometimes be attracted to the lights in a home, and will make their way inside a building. They can enter through doors, windows, ventilation shafts, attic vents and any other opening in a home.

 

Once inside, they can often find a dark, warm place, such as an attic, to hide and reproduce. Due to the amount of time in the life cycle of the roaches, they will often stay hidden for up to a year before you begin to see them in your home. They will hide in a dark space and grow into adults before venturing out into the home.

 

Due to the requirement for moisture, the smokeybrown will often have difficulties surviving in any areas with a lot of air movement, such as ventilation shafts. However, if they find a moist area of the home, with limited ventilation, they can quickly become a frustrating pest to remove.

 

As they are the largest roach species in the area, it can be somewhat disconcerting to find them around your home. They will often leave their indoor hiding place at night and can be found around the home or outside seeking food. When looking for signs of roaches, homeowners should look for a blackish, tar-like residue. This residue is excreted by the roaches and is the best sign of an infestation.
To deal with an infestation, it is best to seek professional help. Some DIY products can eliminate some of the indoor roaches, but often roaches are continuing to enter the home from the outside. Non-professional grade products simply do not have the strength to keep the roaches out longterm. A professional technician is able to apply sufficient and longer-lasting chemicals to eliminate the infestation and keep the roaches out.

 

Exclusion and home repairs are other important steps to eliminate the infestation. The cockroaches will often have a particular area that they are entering through. So it is important to seal any potential entrances into the home. Important exclusion steps include:

 

  • Maintain ventilation in attics and crawl spaces
  • Discard old boxes and debris
  • Repair any leaking drains, faucets, and other sources of moisture
  • Remove any rotting leaf piles near to gutters and windows
  • Seal any exterior cracks or holes
  • Repair any caulking damage
  • Place mesh screens on vents and drains

 

These steps, combined with any other necessary repairs and chemical treatments, will help to quickly eliminate the cockroach infestation. As a homeowner myself, I can completely understand how unpleasant the idea of cockroaches in your home can be. For that reason, I am pleased to be able to provide you with the most efficient, affordable, and effective treatment options available. My team at Canton Termite and Pest Control has over 25 years of experience in the field! We are industry leaders in all forms of pest and wildlife control, including roaches.

My technicians will eliminate your roach problem as quickly and safely as possible for an affordable price that fits your budget! So if you have a cockroach infestation, or any other pest or wildlife concerns, call us today at 770-479-1598.

Ask for me, Tim McWhirter, I would be happy to speak with you and answer any questions you have.

 

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

By: Tim

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Fleas

Flea Control

Canton  Flea

Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we receive many calls regarding fleas.

As summertime arrives, it brings with it an increase in the flea population. Many pet owners dread the frustration and expense that can come from dealing with fleas.

Fleas can cause major irritation to pets. Fleas can also become a major problem when they are brought into homes by a pet or other animal.

 

One of the most common misconceptions about fleas is the time it takes to eradicate an infestation. Many years in the business has taught me that fleas are not a problem solved in a day. Even with the assistance of a trained professional, it can take as long as several months to completely eliminate a flea infestation. This is due to the life cycle of fleas.

 

When fleas lay eggs, it can be up to 12 days before the larvae hatch. These larvae will grow into maturity over the next 4-18 days before entering a pupal stage. It can take up to a month for the adult fleas to emerge. This means that even if the adult fleas are eradicated once, the eggs they lay will grow to become a new infestation of fleas some time afterwards. This cycle is difficult to break and requires multiple applications of products.

 

Even with the best professional help, it typically takes at least a month to deal with a severe flea infestation. For this reason, it is important to try to discover a flea infestation early before it becomes too severe.

 

It is also important to remember that fleas can carry illnesses that can be transmitted to pets and humans. Fleas can transmit these diseases when taking blood from a host. While not all fleas carry these diseases, possible carried illnesses include:

 

  • Murine Typhus
  • Bartonellosis
  • Tungiasis
  • Bubonic Plague

 

To identify a flea infestation in your home, the easiest identifier is your pet. Pets will often be irritated and scratching. Inspect the fur of the animal and look for small insects crawling between hairs or droppings in a red or black color. The animal will often have reddened skin as well. If you see any of these signs, seek the advice of a veterinarian to help eliminate the fleas on the pet.

 

Pets are not the only way fleas enter a home. Sometimes a mouse or other small animal can bring fleas into a home. If it is removed from the home, the fleas will remain and will seek out a new source of sustenance to survive.

 

The easiest way to identify fleas in a home is to look for the adult fleas. Fleas require a blood host to survive, so if a pet or other animal is no longer in the house, they will seek out another source. They are small, about 1/8 of an inch, and are typically dark colored. Fleas will often be seen jumping out of the carpet and onto pets or people around the home.

 

Once the fleas have been identified, homeowners should clean the entire house. Vacuuming all carpets and cleaning all linens is an essential part of eliminating the pest. After cleaning, it is best to contact a pest control professional to deal with the infestation.

A trained professional is able to both treat for existing adult flea populations as well as the larvae and eggs that will eventually hatch to replenish the population. However, it is important that homeowners continue to frequently clean any carpets, pets, and linens during treatment.

 

Unfortunately, there is no one time solution to fleas. Frequent cleaning, professional expertise, and efficient products are all required to eliminate the problem. The sooner a flea infestation is identified, the more quickly it can be eradicated. While there are some non-professional products and chemicals that can impact flea populations, often professional help is necessary to eliminate fleas. Because of the gap in time between flea eggs hatching, many products simply do not last long enough to destroy the entire population. The fleas will hatch again and return in full force even if the entire previous adult population is destroyed.

 

Flea control requires multiple applications of chemical treatment, and for this reason flea infestation is often best left to the professionals. Professionals also are more likely to find the eggs laid by fleas as well as identify the source of the infestation. By doing this, they can more easily find out how to eliminate the infestation and to prevent the fleas from returning.

 

As a homeowner myself, I can completely understand the frustration of fleas. Fleas are an irritating pest to have in a home. As a result, when you need help, you want to call the best person you can. Canton Termite and Pest Control is an industry leader in flea extermination. Our team is trained to deal with any pest problem in a safe, efficient manner with rates that fit your budget. We will work with you personally to develop the best method of treating your home or business.

 

So if you need help with fleas, or simply have a question about any pest, call us today at 770-479-1598 and ask for me, Tim McWhirter. I will be happy to answer any questions you have!

Here’s to helping YOU live Pest Free!

 

By:Tim

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Ants

Ants

 

     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!

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Termites

Termite in the yard?

If you want to protect your home from termites, the best method you can use is to have a termite inspection every year.  Your home will need a termite treatment every 5-7 years. This insures that you are up to date with your termite protection and that you do not have any infestations within your home. At Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have been doing termite inspections for over 25 years. Our technicians are some of the best trained people for the job. We have dealt with termites in every setting so we know the best methods of protecting your home from termite infestation.

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Big Mosquitoes ? Giant Mosquitoes- Crane flies

Crane Flies not a Mosquito – Canton Termite and Pest Control

 

             Crane flies are some of the more greatly misunderstood insects around. Appearing to most people as gigantic mosquitoes, they are quite often falsely accused of biting and performing Dracula-esque actions on humans and pets. The crane fly doesn’t even have the body parts required to bite anything like a human or pet, so, though confusing in appearance, they certainly cannot suck your blood! The American Mosquito Control Association has this to say about crane flies:Canton Termite and pest control

“Crane Flies (Tipulidae) are delicate insects varying in size from ¼ inch to as large as 1½    inches in length. The largest crane flies are sometimes called ‘daddy-long-legs’, ‘gully     nippers’, or “mosquito hawks”. However, they do not bite people and they do not eat          mosquitoes. Some species of crane flies emerge from aquatic sources and others from       terrestrial or decaying vegetation sources. Crane flies are not predacious and usually many      times larger than a typical mosquito. Adults are strongly attracted to porch lights. The larvae live in loose soil or organic matter and feed on the roots of plants.”

 

These insects are also called Mosquito Hawks, a name to which they have no claim whatsoever. The crane fly cannot, again, bite much of anything because of the way they are made, and so as a result, they are not predatory at all. What then do crane flies actually eat? Well, they mostly eat decaying plant matter, but not much! You see, crane flies only live in the adult stage you see flying around for a period of a few days, so they do not actually need to eat very much at all. Crane flies spend most of their lives in the larval stage, which has quite a large number of morphologies. This means, essentially, that they all can look different and be capable of performing different survival techniques through mechanisms they have been provided with to survive. There are more than 15,000 different species of crane flies! Here are some awesome examples of the different ways that the larvae of crane flies may appear under the soil of your yard, provided by Matthew Bertone, PhD:

“Some of them have inflatable rear ends that they use to move through soil more easily,    some have fringed setae on the end to break the water tension, and some have these weird         creeping structures, sort of like caterpillar prolegs with hooks on them, so it’s extremely     variable. We don’t know much about the larvae. In fact, for many species, we have never seen         the larvae… Most of the {adult} crane flies have big eyes, but we don’t know how good their           vision is and how much that’s used to sense where they’re going. The males in some of the groups have antennae with really elongate segments compared to females, but we don’t            know what the purpose of that is.”

 

As far as the adult form of the crane fly, Bertone has this to say:

“I’m always seeing photos of new ones, and it just blows my mind how they look or how they have all these crazy modifications. There are strange, wingless, spider-like snow crane flies that are thought to live in animal burrows and crawl underneath the snow; there are small, hairy ones; there are larger ones; there are lots of them that suck nectar — it’s a really diverse and pretty amazing group.”

 

This means there is incredible variety in development among the species, but I digress. Let me speak for a moment regarding the aspects of crane flies that affect your home, yard, and family.

 

Crane flies cause no harm to other creatures. This means that, although they look like super-sized mosquitoes, they are just harmless bugs that fly around and bother you sometimes; however, crane flies have been known to damage some kinds of turf in yards by feeding on the roots. UCIPM, a statewide integrated pest management program in California, has done some research on the damage to turf that crane flies can cause, and what to do about it:
“Affected turf appears as dying patches. Feeding damage may be apparent on roots, crowns,and aboveground portions of grass plants. Weeds may invade areas of dying turfgrass. Adults do not damage grass or feed at all. Although sometimes called ‘mosquito hawks, crane flies do not feed on mosquitoes or other insects or harm people… Turf can easily recover from crane fly feeding if properly maintained. Follow                 recommended irrigation and fertilization practices for your turf species. Crane flies are often associated with wet or waterlogged areas. Remove excess thatch and aerate to stimulate root growth and improve water and nutrient movement into the soil. Reduce shady areas by    pruning back tree branches to allow more light to reach the turf during the early morning and late afternoon. Beneficial nematodes may help reduce high populations.”

 

If you have a question about what crane flies might be doing you your yard, call us here at Canton Termite and Pest Control Today at 770-479-1598! For more information on crane flies, the articles below should be helpful. These articles and their sources were used to help write this blog post! Thanks for reading, and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us through Canton Termite and Pest Control’s website, email, or by phone.

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Honey Bees

Honeybees

Canton Termite and Pest Control

Canton Termite and Pest Control

 

     Honeybees are considered among our more familiar group of insects, being found in many children’s television shows, stories, and even in some peoples’ backyards. Our interest here at Canton Termite and Pest Control is to inform you as the reader in every important aspect of honeybees, whether it be their benefits to your home or their downsides. Let us start with their benefits.

Honeybees provide, well, honey. This thick liquid isn’t given nearly enough credit for its benefits to mankind over the years. Dr. Mercola, D.O.,  mentions in an online article several key roles honey can play:

1. Honey Makes Excellent Cough “Medicine”

The World Health Organization (WHO) lists honey as a demulcent, which is a substance that relieves irritation in your mouth or throat by forming a protective film.5

Research shows honey works as well as dextromethorphan, a common ingredient in over the           counter cough medications, to soothe cough and related sleeping difficulties due to upper respiratory tract infections in children.6

  1. Honey Can Treat Wounds

Honey was a conventional therapy in fighting infection up until the early 20th century, at which time its use slowly vanished with the advent of penicillin. Now the use of honey in wound care is regaining popularity, as researchers are determining exactly how honey can help fight serious skin infections.

Honey has antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidants activities that make it ideal for treating                wounds. In the US, Derma Sciences uses Manuka honey for their Medihoney wound and burn               dressings.

Manuka honey is made with pollen gathered from the flowers of the Manuka bush (a medicinal plant), and clinical trials have found this type of honey can effectively eradicate more than 250 clinical strains of bacteria, including resistant varieties such as:

MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)

MSSA (methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus)

VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococci)

Compared to other types of honey, Manuka has an extra ingredient with antimicrobial qualities, called the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF). It is so called because no one has yet been able to discover the unique substance involved that gives it its extraordinary antibacterial activity.

Honey releases hydrogen peroxide through an enzymatic process, which explains its general           antiseptic qualities, but active Manuka honey contains “something else” that makes it far                superior to other types of honey when it comes to killing off bacteria.7

That being said, research shows that any type of unprocessed honey helped wounds and ulcers heal. In one study, 58 of 59 wounds showed “remarkable improvement following topical application of honey.”8

  1. Honey Improves Your Scalp

Honey diluted with a bit of warm water was shown to significantly improve seborrheic           dermatitis, which is a scalp condition that causes dandruff and itching. After applying the             solution every other day for four weeks, “all of the patients responded markedly.” According                to the researchers:9

                “Itching was relieved and scaling was disappeared within one week. Skin lesions were healed   and disappeared completely within 2 weeks. In addition, patients showed subjective                 improvement in hair loss.”

  1. Help Boost Your Energy

A healthy, whole-food diet and proper sleep is the best recipe for boundless energy, but if you’re looking for a quick energy boost, such as before or after a workout, honey can suffice. This is particularly true for athletes looking for a “time-released fuel” to provide energy over a longer duration.10

  1. Reduce Allergy Symptoms

Locally produced honey, which will contain pollen spores picked up by the bees from local            plants, introduces a small amount of allergen into your system. Theoretically, this can activate your immune system and over time can build up your natural immunity against it.

The typical recommendation is to take about a teaspoon-full of locally produced honey per day, starting a few months PRIOR to the pollen season, to allow your system to build up immunity. And the key here is local.”

 

Now, just as a disclaimer, we do NOT recommend using honey as a “cure-all” of any kind! Proper medical treatment of all conditions is recommended. Honey is fun to use for a variety of healthful purposes, but it is not a replacement for modern medicine and techniques. On that note, let’s move on to the negative side of honeybees around your home.

Honeybees have a few different deviations in their genus and species, and this is very important to note with respect to their threat to people interested in gathering honey or living near colonies. The subgenus Micrapis is relatively harmless, as most of their stings cannot even penetrate human skin; however, their close relatives, of the Megapis subgenus, are larger, more aggressive, and more dangerous. These larger bees are easily aggravated and can sting most invaders to death if the colony is threatened. Africanized bees, more commonly known as Killer Bees, are a result of the mixture of European and Asian honeybees. They are much more aggressive, and also do not produce as much honey as other honeybees.

If you have a colony of bees near your home, call a professional today http://www.honeybeeexperience.com.

If you have wasps or hornets call Canton Termite and Pest Control can be reached at 770-479-1598. Honeybees are hugely beneficial, but they need to be respected as well. If they are too close to your home, then Canton Termite and Pest Control can handle the problem. For more information and details regarding a treatment plan, call at 770-479-1598 to find effective and friendly care from Canton Termite and Pest Control in the 30115, 30114, 30183, and 30107 areas. Thanks for reading!

 

Fun information:

In a recent film, Mr. Holmes, starring Ian McKellen as the great detective, honeybees play a subtle yet surprising role in the plot line. Sherlock Holmes takes up beekeeping as a hobby in his retirement, and he has hired a maid to care for his home, where she and her son live. The honeybees are falsely accused of stinging the young boy and causing an allergic reaction, when in reality the boy was stung by wasps from an unseen colony.  Honeybees do, in fact, sting, but they are not nearly as aggressive as other insects might be, such as the wasps mentioned above.

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Gary Brumage

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Wow, awesome service and can do attitude! We have been bothered by critters in the attic, flying squirrels, for some time. After many sleepless nights, home remedies, and ear plugs, we knew we had to do something else. We called one of the "big" companies and got a "huge" price with no other options.. We knew there had to be a better way so we called Canton Termite and Pest Control. William came out and did a thorough inside and outside inspection , quickly figured out the problem, and fixed it just about as fast. He thought the problem was solved but left traps in place for a few days. After five of the best sleep nights we have had in months we are convinced the problem has been well corrected. Without hesitation I would highly recommend Canton Termite and Pest Control for any job they feel qualified to take on. Many Thanks, Gary Brumage, Lake Arrowhead, Waleska

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Just wanted to thank our exterminator Joel @Canton Termite for not only responding very quickly when we had a minor insect infestation but for ensuring we stay bug free with our normal service. He always gives us plenty of notice and arrives on time and does a very professional job. Also want to thank the entire team... Tim, Ed, William and Brent for doing an awesome job with my home and my rental homes for the last few years. Keep up the great work...

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HONEST, HELPFUL, NOT IN BUSINESS TO RIP PEOPLE OFF! I called this company and spoke with a gentleman regarding a strange substance on the exterior of our home. I thought it might be termites because the paint was removed from the area as though it was being eaten. He asked me to email him a photo. He called me back and assured me it was not termites. He and the owner of the company gave me some suggestions of how to treat this mold-type substance. This could have easily gone in the opposite direction and charged me lots of $ to investigate a pest problem. No need to wonder if you will get a fair, honest deal with this company. They have a perfect 5 star rating because they have earned it the old fashioned way - by being honest.

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James Pritchett

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Last year the Cherokee County senior center assisted in me in finding a company to take care of a roach infestation in my home. I had tried several companies but I kept paying and the roaches never went away. William Botts with Canton Termite and Pest control came out and in 2 treatments got the job done. I am on a fixed income and appreciated the integrity and quality of this company. Today I realized I never thanked Canton Termite and Pest Control. I am thankful for what they did for me and refer my friends and anyone else who ask. They get the job done!

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Debra Wright

5 out of 5 stars

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Great customer service and prompt attention! William came out and did our initial application, but we need more treatment. Ed called me in no time and set up another treatment, same day! When Brent came out he was so professional and friendly! Took care of the application quickly, reassuring us that they are there whenever we need them! So glad I am using Canton Termite and Pest Control now for my pest services!

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