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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

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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!

Start your PEST FREE life TODAY!

By:Tim

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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!

By:Tim

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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.

Conclusion:

 

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

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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!

 

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By: Tim

 

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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:

 

  • Make any necessary repairs around the exterior of the home. Make sure there are no holes, cracks, or damaged parts of the roof, walls, or gutter. If you do find a hole, check to make sure no animals have already moved inside so as to avoid trapping them inside of your home.

 

  • Any doors, windows, or other openings should be kept closed to prevent wildlife from entering.

 

  • Clean up any piles of debris such as leaf piles or trash around the home. It is also preferable to keep any wood piles away from the home.

 

  • Seal any pet food and trash cans. Any sign of food outside the home will quickly attract a variety of wildlife.

 

 

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

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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

 

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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

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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

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Mice in the house.

Mice

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:

 

  • Unscreened vents
  • Cracks and gaps in the exterior structure
  • Crawlspaces
  • Unsealed windows and doors
  • Roof damage

 

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

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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

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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!

 

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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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Camel Crickets

Camel Crickets or Cave Cricket or Crawl space spiders

 

Throughout the past month, the state of Georgia has been dealing with unusually high temperatures, and it is expected that the coming months will continue this trend. While some may rejoice at this news, others are hopeful that cold weather will come soon.

 

But there’s a catch.

When it comes to pest activity, unusual variations in temperature can cause problems for homeowners. Pests that might otherwise stay far away will seek out shelter in homes to escape the unusually warm temperature. One such pest, the camel cricket, can be a nuisance for homeowners.

 

Camel crickets, or cave crickets as they are sometimes known, are brown, wingless crickets that grow to around 5 cm in length. Like most cricket species, they have large back legs, which they use for jumping, and long antenna. Camel crickets require a very specific environment to live, and prefer areas with high levels of moisture and cool temperatures. For this reason, they are often found beneath piles or debris or in crevices. Due to their reclusive nature, it is rare to encounter them in the wild.

 

So why do they matter to you?

 

When temperatures are above average, the environment that camel crickets are residing in may become unlivable for them. In such instances, they will seek out new shelter, and this can lead them into homes.

 

Camel crickets seek out parts of the home that mimic the conditions they prefer in the wild. This means they will often take up residence in areas such as crawlspaces, ventilation, or in basements. Because they can go long periods of time without food, it is possible for them to remain hidden in your home without you being aware.
Camel crickets usually do not reproduce outside of ideal conditions, but if they do they can establish a population in your home. While they are normally not destructive themselves, they can sometimes lead predatory pests such as scorpions and spiders into your home by acting as a food source.

 

The fact is no homeowner wants to deal with crickets or any other pest roaming around their home. If you suspect that camel crickets are active in your home, you might want to call in a licensed pest control company to inspect your property and identify any signs of pest activity.

At Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have decades of experience treating pests of all kinds. Our technicians are trained professionals, and we begin each treatment with a thorough inspection. We use information gathered from the inspection as well as guidance from our in-house pest experts to formulate a safe, targeted treatment plan to deal with your pest problems!

 

So if you are dealing with crickets, or any other pest, call us today at 770-479-1598!

 

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

By: Tim

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Ant Control

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!

By: Tim

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Stink Bugs- Cherokee County Georgia

Stink bugs

There are a variety of pests that can damage your lawn and garden during the spring and summer months. The scale of damage that these pests can cause varies greatly, from the incredible destructive Japanese beetle to the generally harmless June bug. While these two pests are fairly well known, one lesser known species, the stink bug, can cause a great deal of frustration for homeowners.

Stink bugs are a member of order Hemiptera, and therefore are considering to be “true” bugs. While there are a variety of species of stink bug that vary in size and color, they generally grow up to between 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch in length. As adults, stink bugs are usually a mix of brown colors. However, as nymphs, they are often yellow and red in coloration, which can make them a little easier to spot at this stage. Stink bugs are found across the United States, and their rapid spread has been a source of concern for both farmers and homeowners.

Female stink bugs reproduce fairly rapidly, laying up to several dozen eggs at a time. These eggs are placed on the undersides of plants, and new nymphs will hatch in less than a week. These nymphs will feed and grow for the rest of the summer until they are forced to find a warm, secluded place to survive the winter. Stink bugs usually become an issue for homeowners during this time, as the stink bugs will sometimes seek out hiding places inside homes. They tend to choose secluded spaces in the home to hide such is inside walls or in closets and garages. Due to their relatively small size, it is easy for them to exploit cracks and gaps in the exterior of the structure and gain access to the inside. Stink bugs inside homes do not feed or reproduce, but their presence in the home can still be a nuisance to homeowners if they are in an open area.

When spring returns, the stink bugs will emerge from their hiding places, often congregating on the exterior of the structure in mass. They will return to feeding, and can cause damage to a variety of flowers and agriculturally significant plants such as apples, corn, soybeans, and peaches. Using their piercing mouthpart, the stink bug will feed on the fruits, leaves, and stems of different plants. This can damage the fruit permanently, and will leave behind a characteristic scar on the plant.

Due to the fact that stink bugs can be a pest in two very different ways, treatment naturally varies depending on the situation and time of year. Since stink bugs are extremely difficult to remove from a home once the gain access, a focus of structural treatment is usually on the exterior of the home. It is also important to inspect the structure and identify any potential areas that the stink bugs could exploit to gain access to the home. It is best to have exterior treatment done for your home during the early spring, as this can ensure your home is protected before the stink bugs begin to appear.

Treating to protect plants from stink bugs can be a complicated process. Specific treatment products must be used to ensure that the plant is not harmed by the treatment, and this can often require professional assistance from a trained technician to be done correctly.

If you are dealing with stink bugs or any other pests around your home this summer, Canton Termite and Pest Control is your one call solution to your pest problems! Our technicians are trained professionals, and we begin every treatment process with a thorough inspection of the property. We use the information from this inspection to formulate a safe, targeted plan to eliminate your pest problems once and for all!

So if you need pest solutions, or simply have a question, call us today at 770-479-1598!

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

By: Tim

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Cicada Killers- Big Hornets- Canton Georgia

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.        

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. 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. Call Today 770-479-598 By: Tim

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Roof Rat control- Cherokee County Georgia

Roof rats

Bugs are not the only type of pest that can cause problems for homeowners. There are a variety of wildlife species that can be very frustrating to deal with if they are lurking in or around your home. One common pest that homeowners deal with here in Georgia is the roof rat.

Oftentimes, when people think about a rat infestation, they often assume that they would be found in basements, kitchens, or pantries. However, certain types of rats, such as the aptly named roof rat, specialize in infiltrating attics and upper levels of homes. These rats typically exploit exterior damage to the roof or gutters of a home, and use these cracks and gaps to gain entry. Once inside, they will nest in secluded parts of buildings, usually hiding in piles of debris.

Recently, there has been an uptick of roof rat activities in the suburban communities of Cherokee county. According to our wildlife specialist, Will Botts, this is most likely due to the large amount of construction and development going on in the county. While is this is very good for the local economy, this type of construction often disturbs rat nesting sites in the wild, which causes the rats to seek new accommodations. Oftentimes, this can lead them straight into neighborhoods and communities, where they will seek shelter in homes.

Roof rats consume a large variety of foods. They are skilled scavengers, and will consume any type of fruits, nuts, and meats if necessary. Any excess food they might find will often be stored in their nests, and will be used either as food for the winter or for their young.

Roof rats can be destructive if not dealt with. Once they are inside homes, they tend to create a mess, leaving behind damage and droppings. They can also bring disease and bacteria into any area that they live, and for this reason homeowners should be careful if they encounter the rats. They will also damage electrical and water lines, and can create a fire hazard by chewing through wires. Due to the risks that they pose, it is important to deal with the rats as soon as possible if they manage to infiltrate your home.

If you are concerned about the potential threat that roof rats could pose to your home, there are a few signs that you can look for that may indicate roof rat activity. Naturally, the most obvious sign is spotting a rat in the home, however homeowners can also look for signs of habitation, such as droppings or grease marks that are left behind in areas of activity. The most common sign that homeowners notice are the sounds of movement late at night. Roof rats are typically nocturnal, and homeowners often hear sounds late at night caused by the rats moving around in the attic.

To keep your home free of rats. Our wildlife specialist recommends that homeowners periodically check the exterior of the home for any damage or openings that rats could exploit to enter the home. It can also be beneficial to have a licensed wildlife specialist inspect the home, as this can help to identify any vulnerabilities that might otherwise go unnoticed.

At Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have years of experience dealing with wildlife of all kinds. Our team is highly trained, and is equipped to deal with any wildlife threat that you might face. All of this comes at an affordable price and is backed up by a customer satisfaction guarantee!

So if you are concerned about wildlife in your home, or simply have a question, call us today at 770-479-1598!

By: Tim

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Carpenter Ants – Canton Georgia

Carpenter Ants control

Ants can be a frustrating summertime pest for homeowners. Some ants can ruin indoor and outdoor activities, and others can infest your home in search of food scraps. However, while these things can be frustrating, the carpenter ant is by far the most damaging type of ant to infest your home due to its destructive tendencies.

Carpenter ants are one of the largest ants in the United States, with adults of the species growing to over 1/2 an inch in length. They are typically black in coloration, but can sometimes be other colors depending on the species and region. Contrary to popular belief, carpenter ants are not one specific species, but are a type of ants that is divided into many different species, some of which do not consume wood.

Carpenter ants prefer to live in habitats that contain large amounts of wet, decayed wood. Carpenter ants tunnel through wood, creating nests and tunnels. Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not consume the wood that they remove as they lack the necessary bacteria to break down cellulosic materials. Despite this, carpenter ants can cause substantial damage to your home by excavating wooden parts of the structure. Once they have established a nest, the queen of the colony will continuously lay eggs to create a large population of workers. Since the queen can have a lifespan of up to 20 years, the population can become extremely large. The growing nest will require more room, and often the workers will expand further into the structure if necessary.

If the nest becomes too large, the queen will sometimes produced winged swarmers, which will leave the colony, mate, and establish new satellite colonies nearby. These colonies will have no queen, and will remain linked with the original colony.

Since carpenter ants do not consume wood, they must establish colonies close to a source of food for the population. Like most species of ants, carpenter ants have a diverse diet, but they tend to prefer to consume sweet foods or meats. Carpenter ants are nocturnal foragers, which can make it difficult to spot their activity around your home if their colony is not located. Oftentimes, the ants will nest in wood beneath appliances, within wooden furniture, or around skylights. These areas offer the ants room to build a nest while remaining secluded and hidden from homeowners.

Typically, carpenter ants build out their nests fairly slowly, and will not cause major damage to your home overnight. However, due to their reclusive nature, it is possible for the ants to remain hidden for long periods of time, which can allow them to cause substantial damage if left unchecked. For this reason, it is important to identify their presence in your home as quickly as possible. The best way to do this is to have an inspection of the property completed by a licensed pest control company. A trained technician will be able to spot signs of pest activity in your home, and this can be traced back to a hidden carpenter ant colony if one exists in the home. It is important that the company that you call in is one that you trust because a careful eye is often required to spot the evidence of carpenter ant activity.

At Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have decades of experience treating for pests of all kinds. Rather than simply applying a basic treatment to each home, we begin every job with a thorough inspection of the property. We use this inspection to identify signs of pest activity and to formulate a safe, targeted treatment plan to deal with your pest problems once and for all!

So if you are dealing with carpenter ants in your home, call us today at 770-479-1598!

By: Tim

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

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Our Reviews
Gary Brumage
Gary Brumage

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 month ago

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

Jamie O'Neill
Jamie O'Neill

5 out of 5 stars

posted 4 months ago

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...

valerie hultquist
valerie hultquist

5 out of 5 stars

posted 6 months ago

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.

James Pritchett
James Pritchett

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

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!

Debra Wright
Debra Wright

5 out of 5 stars

posted 4 months ago

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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