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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.

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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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Bed Bugs Control – Canton Termite & Pest Control

Bedbugs
Bed bugs are a pest viewed by most homeowners with a degree of loathing. This distaste is warranted as bed bugs have the capacity to be a frustrating and expensive problem for homeowners. A great amount of misinformation exists surrounding bed bugs, and it is important that homeowners have a firm understanding of what bed bugs are and how they can be a pest. This knowledge can help you to better identify bed bugs and mitigate the threat that they pose to your home.

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are an insect taxonomically sorted into the Cimicidae family. Cimicidae contains a variety of parasitic pests, most of which have a specific animal that they feed on, such as the bat bug. The name bed bug, which is given due to the pest’s tendency to hide on mattresses, is usually referring to the Cimex lectularius, which is considered the common bed bug.

Bed bugs are infamous for feeding on human blood, and in fact the common bed bug has been shown to prefer human blood sources over other warm blooded mammals. Bed bugs are some of the most tenacious parasites in the pest world, able to survive in a variety of climates and go without food for up to a year.

Fortunately, while they do take blood from hosts, they are not a known vector of disease or illness. This means that, unlike other blood sucking pests such as mosquitoes, they do not pose a threat to homeowners as a spreader of disease. Despite this, bed bugs still leave behind bite marks on the bodies of their victims, which can be itchy and inflamed.

How do you identify bed bugs?

Due to their reclusive nature, it can often be difficult to identify bed bugs in your home. Because they are nocturnal, they often only emerge from their hiding places at night to feed. For this reason, the most obvious sign of bed bug activity are bite marks left by their feeding. While it is preferable to identify bed bugs before they begin to feed, the bites are the most common sign homeowners find.

If you believe that bed bugs are active in your home, the best way to confirm this is to search in areas where bed bugs tend to hide. Common areas where you might find bed bugs include:

• Cracks and crevices
• Mattresses
• Sheets and other linens
• Furniture and luggage
• Inside boxes or bags
• Crawling on baseboards

If bed bugs are active in these areas, you will often find black or brown stains left behind on any porous surfaces, and it is sometimes possible to spot immature bed bugs in these areas. Bed bugs are flat, round shaped insects that are typically reddish-brown in coloration. The adults are usually around 4-5mm in length. Even spotting one or two insects matching this description should be cause for concern, as a much larger population could be hidden elsewhere.

It is important to remember that bed bugs are excellent at hiding, and it can require a very detailed search of the home to locate them in some cases. Homeowners should be careful to keep their home free of unnecessary clutter, as this can provide bed bugs with easy hiding places.

Keeping your home safe:

Bed bugs are extremely difficult to remove from a home. Their rapid reproductive rate and ability to remain hidden for long periods means that they can sometimes outlast any treatment products that you might use in your home. To make matters more complicated, if the infestation is not completely eliminated, even one single female bed bug can rebuild the entire infestation anew.

Due to this, it is very important that homeowners call in a professional pest service to deal with bed bugs as soon as they are spotted. The sooner treatment begins, the easier it is to completely remove the problem from your home.

At Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have decades of experience treating for pests. Our technicians begin any treatment with a thorough inspection of the property, identifying any signs of pest activity or conditions conducive to infestation. After this, we will formulate a safe, targeted treatment plan to deal with your pest problems once and for all!

So if you are dealing with bed bugs, call us today at 770-479-1598!
By:Tim

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Ants- Canton Termite & Pest control

Ants

 

Customers occasionally call us and report finding swarms of small ants in and around their kitchens as well as on the outside of the home. Sometimes, the ants in question are of a species known as the white footed ant.

 Do it your selfWhite footed ants are extremely small, growing to only 2.7mm (About 1/10 inch) in length. They are usually black or brown in color, and can be most easily recognized by their white or yellow colored feet.

The white footed ant is most often found in Florida, where they are a common problem for homeowners during the spring and summer seasons. However, while they not as prevalent outside of Florida, the white footed ant can be found throughout the Southeast, including here in Georgia.

White footed ants are often spread unintentionally by humans when they hitch a ride on plants or on landscaping materials such as mulch. These materials will be taken to a new location, such as a home, and the ants will spread around the area in search of food to scavenge. Because of their small size, the ants are sometimes able to access areas that would be sealed from other pests.

One scenario that can be particularly problematic is when a homeowner brings a plant that is carrying the ants inside the home. This can allow them to establish a nest indoors, which can be an unexpected and unwanted surprise for homeowners.

The white footed ant has a fairly diverse diet, feeding on sweets, proteins, and dead insects. They are very fond of food scraps left by humans, and for this reason will often be found around kitchens or outdoor eating areas. Once an ant has found a food supply, they will communicate with the rest of the colony, and swarms of ants will move into areas where food is available.

Fortunately, white footed ants do not sting or bite, and their workers do not cause any structural damage to your home. However, the ants are often a nuisance to homeowners due to their scavenging. With each nest of ants containing millions of members, they can be problematic due to their sheer numbers.

The best way to protect your home from the nuisance of white footed ants is to prevent them from accessing the home in the first place. Carefully inspect any plants, pine straw, or mulch for ants, and be especially careful with any house plants.

If you are spotting these ants in your home, it is likely that they have a nest somewhere nearby. The best way to find these nests is to simply follow the trail of ants back from a food source to their nest. This can allow you to find the source of the ants and remove it from your home. If the ants are already well established in your home, it is often best to call in a professional pest service to inspect and treat your home.

At Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have decades of experience treating for pests of all kinds, including wildlife. Our technicians begin any treatment with a thorough inspect of the property, and use this to identify any signs of pest activity and any conditions that might be conducive to future infestations. Rather than using basic, generalize treatment options, we formulate safe, targeted treatment plans to deal with your pest problems in the most efficient way!

So if you are dealing with pests, 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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Smokey Brown Cockroaches

Smokey Brown Cockroaches

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

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 cockroach is the smokybrown.

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, 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 treatment, 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 20 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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Indian meal moths – Canton Termite & Pest Control

Indian meal moths

At Canton Termite and Pest Control, we will occasionally receive calls from customers who report spotting small moths flying around their home. While they are often mistaken for clothes moths, these moths can sometimes be the destructive Indianmeal moth. While the adult moths pose little or no threat, the larvae of this species can consume and contaminate a variety of food sources in your home.

 

Indianmeal moths are fairly small, with a wingspan of around 16mm. Their wings are grey in color, but are characterized by a brownish-orange pattern on the back half of the wings. The larvae of the species resemble small worms and are cream colored.

Indianmeal moths often enter homes as larvae. They infest dry food sources such as pet food, cornmeal, bread, rice, and flour. In most cases, the larvae will infest a food source at a food distributor or grocery store, and then will be brought into the home by the homeowner. Once inside, they will spread and infest other food sources around the home.

The adult moths can often be found around the home around nighttime. The adults are nocturnal, and like many moths they are photosensitive. This can lead them to spread far from the original infestation while following light sources in the home, which can make it hard to identify the cause of the infestation.

When the larvae feed, they leave behind silk webbing as well as fecal matter. This leads to the entire food source being contaminated. Due to their diverse diet, the larvae can quickly ruin a variety of foods in your pantry or storage cabinets.

If you are dealing with an Indianmeal moth infestation inside your home, the most important step to eliminating the problem is identifying the source of the infestation. Typically this will be a particular food source around the home that the larvae are feeding on and living around. Finding and removing any contaminated food sources helps to eliminate the population from your home.

It can also be helpful to identify and seal any cracks or gaps in your cabinets, pantries, or food storage areas that could have allowed the moths to spread around the home. Since pet foods are the most commonly infested food source, it is important make sure that they are sealed and kept moth free.

If you are still dealing with moths after taking these steps, it is often best to call in a professional service to inspect your home. At Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have decades of experience treating for pests of all kinds. Our technicians can thoroughly inspect your home, identifying any signs of pest activity and conditions conducive to infestation, and then use this information to formulate a safe, targeted plan to deal with your pest problems!

So if you have pest problems, 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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Sugar Ant Control – Canton Termite & Pest Control – Georgia

Sugar Ant Control

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During the spring and summer months, homeowners often call us to deal with infestations of ants that they find foraging for food in and around their homes. One species of ant that is often the culprit in these cases is the sugar ant.

 

While the term “sugar ant” is often applied to any ants that seek out sweet foods, they are actually a unique species known as the banded sugar ant.  Sugar ants vary in size depending on food availability, but can grow to around 15mm in size. The female ants are orange in coloration, and have a unique dark band on the rear of their bodies. The males, on the other hand, are completely black in coloration.

 

Sugar ants are right at home in suburban areas due to the abundance of food, but naturally occur in woodlands and forests. They typically prefer warm, humid climates, and this makes Georgia an ideal region for sugar ant activity. Like most ants, they are social insects, and build large nests inside of dirt mounds.

 

As their name suggests, sugar ants prefer sweet, sugary foods. However, they have a diverse diet, and can consume nectar, insects, and will sometimes farm honeydew from aphids. Sugar ants become a problem for homeowners when they enter into homes or outdoor eating areas foraging for food. They are attracted to any food scraps or stains, and will communicate with one another to allow hundreds of ants to descend on a food source at once.

 

While they do not sting, sugar ants can be a frustrating problem for homeowners due to their voracious attraction to any unsealed food sources. For this reason, it is very important to keep food sealed and to clean up any food spills, especially at outdoor events. If sugar ants have already established themselves near to your home, it is often best to call in a professional pest service to treat your property.

 

Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have decades of experience treating for pests of all kinds. Our highly trained technicians will inspect your entire property, identify any signs of pest activity, and provide you with the best treatment options to resolve your pest problems once and for all!

 

So if sugar ants are ruining your spring activities, call us today at 770-479-1598!

 

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

 

By:Tim

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Best Pest Control in Canton Georgia

Best of Life Award

Canton Termite & Pest Control Inc. has been honored recently with the Family Life magazine’s Best of Life award.

Readers have voted us the Best Pest and Termite Control company  in the Canton area.

We appreciate our customers’ support, and we will continue to work hard to provide superior service throughout Cherokee county.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our Reviews
Jamie O'Neill
Jamie O'Neill

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 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...

James Pritchett
James Pritchett

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 weeks 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!

valerie hultquist
valerie hultquist

5 out of 5 stars

posted 4 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.

Carl Carlson
Carl Carlson

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

I called William for a problem with carpenter bees. He was at my home within the hour. Problem solved. As we chatted I mentioned that in the spring we had birds nesting in our attic, now gone, but expected to return next year. He took the time to inspect the attic to figure out how they were getting in, and seal off the entrance... no additional charge. In short, he solved next years problem as a "good will" gesture (no pun intended). Great job. Great service. Did I mention William is now on my speed dial?

Debra Wright
Debra Wright

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 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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