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A Roach is Still a Roach by Any Other Name…

A Roach is Still a Roach by Any Other Name…

A roach by any other name would smell as….well you get the gist.  In the United States, people have gotten creative with how to refer to a cockroach. Today, we’re breaking down those nicknames and misconceptions to help homeowners and residents identify insects in their homes.

What is a “waterbug”?

In the South, when people mention waterbugs, they are most commonly referring to the American cockroach. They are typically a reddish brown color and range from 1 1/4″ to 2 1/8″ in length. If your home is infested with American cockroaches, you may notice signs such as the roaches fleeing into dark areas, roach droppings with blunt ends and ridged sides, egg capsules, or a musty odor caused by roach pheromones.

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What is a “palmetto bug”?

Some people refer to these same American cockroaches as palmetto bugs. Another large roach commonly referred to as a palmetto bug, however, is the smokybrown cockroach. Smokeybrowns are closely related to the American cockroach and are similar in size. They are, however, more uniformly dark brown as opposed to the American roaches’ varied color. They are typically an outdoor pest but will retreat to warmer indoor areas during cold weather.
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What are German cockroaches?

German cockroaches are the only totally domestic roach, which means they require human interaction to thrive. It is also the most common species and the most difficult to control. They can breed up to six generations per year! They will feed on almost anything and can find their way into a home or structure by travelling in cardboard boxes, grocery bags, or used appliances. They require a warm, moist environment to thrive which is why they are typically found in kitchen and bathrooms.

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What makes cockroaches filth insects?

Cockroaches are disease carriers by nature. The rows of spines on the tarsi (the last segment of the leg) and spines along the tarsal pads pick up any filth they may walk across. Even their self grooming process is a way that they carry disease. They obsessively groom so one may thing they are a fairly “clean” insect, but in reality they are ingesting any filth that is on them when they groom. Then when they walk across surfaces in your home, the fecal matter they leave behind contains the filth that was removed from their antennae. They can spread diseases such as E. coli, Salmonella, and other kinds of human pathogens. Their saliva, urine, and fecal droppings also contain allergens which contribute to allergy and asthma symptoms.

What can I do to prevent them?

As with most unwanted pests, the best place to start is with prevention. Sanitary conditions inside the home with no food or pet food left accessible will create a less desirable home for pests. Sealing up entry points, addressing indoor and outdoor areas of excess moisture, and obtaining a regular pest management service are also ways of stopping an infestation before it becomes a problem.

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Sources:
http://www.pestworld.org/pest-guide/cockroaches/american-cockroaches/
http://pestcemetery.com/the-smokybrown-cockroach/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smokybrown_cockroach
http://www.pestworld.org/pest-guide/cockroaches/german-cockroaches/

How We Communicate with Our Customers and Why It’s Different

In a world of technology, it is hard to find the right lines of communication to effectively reach our customers and deliver remarkable customer service. American Pest Control has taken extra steps to ensure our communication reaches each customer in the most effective way that suites their personal needs. Just like we feel that your pest control service should be tailored to you and your family’s needs, so should the way we communicate with you.

OUR FIRST LINE OF COMMUNICATION

When you call the American Pest Control number you will reach one of our friendly, helpful and KNOWLEDGABLE Customer Service Representatives. What’s unique about our Customer Service Representatives at American Pest Control is that each one has obtained their Georgia Structural Pest Section Licenses which regulates pest management professionals and requires them to continue their pest control education to keep their licenses up to date. They have a great understanding of issues you are having and how to resolve those issues quickly. Once you have set up an appointment with our Customer Service Representatives, we send you an email to confirm your appointment. This email is a great security feature which will also include a picture of your technician, so you know exactly who to expect. The next communication you will receive will be from one of our Universal Technicians. They will greet you at your home ready to get to work. Once they have listened to your pest issues and concerns, they will start a service tailored to your specific needs. After the service, your technician will let you know what they found, how they will treat the issues and what you can expect in the next few weeks so that you can build a relationship based on communication and confidence in our services.

CONTINUED COMMUNICATION

Our communication with you doesn’t stop once you become a customer, in fact we increase communication efforts to insure you are never left out of any part of the process. We communicate with you the way you prefer to be communicated with and tailor it to fit your lifestyle. We call, text, and/or email one week prior to your scheduled appointment to alert you to your upcoming service. If this time and date doesn’t work for you, you may call the office and have it quickly rescheduled. If we ever find any additional issues during your service, from an unwanted animal in the attic to a damaged water pipe under your home, we will work diligently to remedy the issue and get in touch with you immediately. Along with keeping you informed of services, we are always here to personally answer any questions that might arise and never make you go through automated voice services to get to a customer service representative. You can even email a photo of a pest to your customer service representative or bring a pest by any of our office locations for identification.

As you can see, our lines of communication are always open and working to keep you informed, up-to-date, and to build the trust required to give you a remarkable customer service experience. We are always working toward better communication with our customers so that they can rest assured that we are always protecting their most important investments.

 

We value your feedback! We’d love to hear if you’ve been pleased with your service or if you have had any concerns with your experience, so your technician may send you a review invitation after your service appointment. This review invitation makes it easy to leave a quick review on Google, Facebook, or Yelp.

If you would like to learn more about our services please contact your local representative or visit us at www.AmPest.com!

Study Confirms Cockroach Bait Alone Improves Asthma Outcomes

Cockroach Bait Alone Improves Asthma Outcomes, New Study Shows

Recently a study was published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology  and found that by putting cockroach bait in homes, it reduced the amount of pests significantly and children had almost 50 fewer days with asthma symptoms a year.

The study followed 102 children with moderate to severe asthma living in the greater New Orleans area for a year. Most families (92%) had a household income of less than $25,000. In homes that were being treated with cockroach bait, technicians would visit every two to three months and place bait in the kitchen, living room and the child’s bedroom.

“Cockroach exposure is an important contributor to asthma disparities which, despite an overall trend for stabilization in prevalence, continues to rise among the poor,” said Felicia Rabito, PhD, Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. “Identifying interventions that result in clinical benefits and that are affordable, and feasible for low-income families are urgently needed.”

Children in homes being treated had better health outcomes. On average, they had 47 fewer days with asthma symptoms over the course of a year. Conversely, children with a cockroach allergy in untreated homes were significantly more likely to miss school and have unscheduled emergency department visits.

American Pest Control offers treatment for roaches of different kinds, inside and outside your home. Contact American Pest Control to have a certified technician inspect your home for any infestations that could be detrimental to the health of you or your family.  To learn more, access the study “Single Component intervention for cockroach control reduces cockroach exposure and asthma morbidity in children.”

reference: http://www.pctonline.com/article/cockroach-bait-improves-asthma-outcomes/

Bedbugs: 5 Common Misconceptions

Bedbugs are one of those pests most of us hope never to encounter. In addition to physical symptoms, they often cause mental trauma for those battling an infestation. Breaking down common misconceptions can help you avoid a potential infestation.

  1. Bedbugs will only infest filthy homes.
    This is one of the most commonly heard “facts” about bedbugs, but it is totally untrue! These crafty hitchhikers don’t care how clean or dirty the home is. If there is a cozy bed with a warm host to feed on, they will gladly follow you there. While bedbug infestations can be more difficult to control in unsanitary conditions, the bugs are just as happy sleeping in a 5-star hotel as they are in a run down shack.Image result for squeaky clean bedroom
  2. Bedbugs will only ever be found in beds.
    The same concept can be applied to this misconception as the first. If there’s a warm body and a place to hide, bedbugs can take up residence. A favorite chair or couch are just as likely to be the home to a bedbug infestation as the bed itself. They also have been known to find hiding spots such as behind headboards or picture frames, in electrical sockets, or in more severe infestations on the walls and molding. Check out the one below taking cover in a piece of Velcro.
  3. Bedbugs are microscopic.
    While at some stages of the life cycle bedbugs are very small, they are visible to the naked eye. Adult bedbugs are 4-5 mm long and reddish brown in color. If you know where to look, you can definitely see them.
  4. Bedbugs are nocturnal.
    Basically, they are awake when you are asleep. So if you sleep during the day, that’s when they will come out to find their meal. While they are typically most active in the wee hours of the morning, they will adjust their schedule depending on the current host.
  5. If there is no host to feed on, the bedbugs will die.
    A long vacation may seem like the simple method to get these pests out of your house, but unfortunately that is not the case. Bedbugs can go over two months without a blood meal.

 

Bedbugs can happen to anyone at anytime, even the most vigilant person. Thankfully, American Pest Control is knowledgeable and prepared to handle the situation. We have been treating bed bugs for over 45 years and go through rigorous monthly training meetings which cover a multitude of pests and treatment methods. When the bed bugs bite, call American Pest Control.

Wildlife Facts Cont. P.2

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Common Wildlife In Georgia

Snakes

Unfortunately, snakes are a vastly prevalent nuisance in Northeast Georgia. While it is smart to be weary of snakes if you are unfamiliar with them, there are far less venomous snakes than non-venomous in Georgia. If you find a snake on your property, ensure any pets stay away from it and call America Pest Control to send a wildlife removal specialist to your home. While snakes can be a problem if they take up residency within your home, they do keep away other pests like mice and rats.

Common Snake Species in Georgia

Venomous: Canebrake Rattlesnake, Pigmy Rattlesnake, Diamondback Rattlesnake, Copperhead, Cottonmouth (Water Moccasin), Elapidae (Coral Snake)

Non-venomous: Black Racer, Northern Water, Corn Snake, Eastern Garter, Eastern King, Black Rat, Milk Snake, Yellow Rat, Southern Ringneck

 

Opossum

Fun fact: opossums are nomadic, solitary, and nocturnal animals. However, sometimes they will take up lodging in building structures. They are most commonly found in winter and early spring. They pose the threat of structural damage as well as seeking out food sources like trash and pet food.

 

Armadillos

Also nocturnal animals, armadillos may cause issues on your property because they burrow during the day, and they may do it right under your foundation! Armadillos typically grow to be 12-16 pounds and live up to 15 years!

 

Rats

The two most prevalent rat species that inhabit Georgia are the Roof Rat and the Norway Rat. Rats are a huge issue, primarily due to the various diseases they could be carrying: Rat-bite fever, Eosinophilic Meningitis, Murine Typhus, and Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. Additionally, rats can cause serious issue with you home by chewing through wood and electrical wires. Rats are nocturnal rodents who colonize, so if you see one, you are likely to find more!

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Common Wildlife In Georgia

Bats

Believe it or not, the two most common types of  bats in Georgia are the Little Brown Bat and the Big Brown Bat. They are both insectivores (strict diet of insects) and actually help the environment by consuming large amounts of insects. They are protected by both state and federal laws, making it illegal to kill bats. When American Pest Control is called in for a bat problem, we use exclusion practices to eradicate the pests from your property and then ensure the bats cannot return.

Raccoons

Primarily found in the Northeast part of Georgia, raccoons are extremely intelligent and mischievous animals with the ability to climb trees and homes. They are often found in attics – usually looking for food and/or shelter. In springtime, female raccoons search for safe places to give birth and raise their young. This is a time to keep an eye out for extra raccoon damage. Raccoons will also cause damage to your pet food and garbage bins. Do not leave these unsecured outside.

Squirrels

The two most common squirrels in Northeast Georgia are the Eastern Gray Squirrel and the Southern Flying Squirrel. Squirrels usually take up lodging in attics and they may cause structural damage from droppings, chewing through wood, wires, and insulation. You can expect more squirrel activity in the fall and winter because of the cooler weather and in the spring during mating season.

Even more common pest to come…

Ant Facts: Visual Aid

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Wildlife Facts

When it comes to pest control, nuisance wildlife can be some of the most tricky and frustrating to deal with. But, not impossible!

There are some specific tips we have listed below that you need to know about wildlife in the Northeast regions of Georgia to help you protect your family and property from wildlife and potential danger.

Unless you are confident in what you are doing, please do not try to make contact with potentially dangerous and harmful wildlife. Instead, contact American Pest Control’s professional wildlife removal specialists for assistance!

Important Wildlife Tips

  • An easy way to help prevent wildlife from taking up residency on your property or home is by eliminating any potential sources of food, water, or shelter. All kinds of wildlife are looking for these necessities at all times. By ensuring that food is properly stowed away and potential entry points are sealed off, you may precent wildlife from infesting your home!
  • Certain wildlife like bats, raccoons, and other mammals may cause harm to you and carry diseases like rabies that could effect your family or pets. If you notice that an animal is behaving abnormally, foaming at the mouth, or seemingly experiencing a state of delirium, we strongly advise you to stay away from them and make sure to keep your pets away from them as well.

If you suspect some wildlife on your property is effected by disease or is experiencing some form of stress, please contact American Pest Control’s professional wildlife management specialists and we will be glad to assistant you immediately. 

Most Common Wildlife In Georgia

  • Bats
  • Raccoons
  • Squirrels
  • Snakes
  • Opossums
  • Armadillos
  • Rats

Bed Bugs Facts

Bed Bugs have become a huge issue in the United States over the past 20 years. For many, you may go your entire life never having an issue with bed bugs. But American Pest Control knows that for those who have been affected, there are almost no worse infestations to endure than that of bed bugs.

We have observed an influx of bed bug infestations and continue to provide our pest control services in the Northeast regions of Georgia. Our bed bug treatment method is outlined on our main website.

Bed bugs are nocturnal, which is convenient for them since the time people spend in bed is most commonly during the night! They feed on blood and they leave behind irritated and itchy bite marks. They are typically around 3-5mm long with a flat, oval-shaped body. When they are hungry (unfed) they are a rusty brown color but grow in size and turn more red-brown after feeding. Bed bugs can reproduce rapidly.

Wherever there is a host for them to feed from, you can find bed bugs, literally. In homes, you can typically find them near pipes, seams of furniture, tags of mattresses and box springs, and in the cracks on the bed frame and head board. Where there are severe infestations, bed bugs are found in the seams of chairs, between couch cushions, in the folds of curtains, in drawer joints, under loose wall paper… the list goes on.

Bed bugs are attracted to heat and the carbon dioxide given off by potential feeding sources. The most common time they feed is between 1 and 4 AM. After feeding, they retreat to their hiding places to digest and usually feed every 5 to 10 days. Bed bugs are typically brought into a home by hitching a ride on suitcases, furniture, and clothing and disembarking once in the home.