Archive for the ‘Atlanta Pest Control’ Category

What Time Of Year Sees The Greatest Number Of Spiders

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Many people think that spiders are at their most numerous and active during the summer, especially the late summer. However, it is August and September that see the least amount of insects. Very few spiders will have fully matured by the time late summer rolls around. The orb-weaving spider as well as many house spiders are just a couple of the very few types of spiders that do mature fully by the end of the summer.

During the summer the low moisture levels make the environment less hospitable to spiders. For example, October through December as well as during the spring season, are the times of year when spiders will be at their most active, and this is due to the higher moisture levels in the air during that time of year. In regions with mild climates, such as the Northwestern United States, winter is especially more hospitable for spiders than the dead of summer.

Have you ever spotted a live spider, indoors or outdoors, during the winter months?

 

 

Bed Bug Doppelgangers

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Bed bugs are everyone’s worst nightmare. Just the thought of possibly having a bed bug infestation can cause people to go into full blown panic mode. However, because we have such a paralyzing fear of them, sometimes we see bed bugs when they’re not actually there. There are a number of insects that look almost identical to bed bugs, and the sight of one of these critters has caused many a person to freak out and start calling exterminators or worse trying their own home remedies that can lead to disastrous problems such as burning your house down or poisoning yourself with toxic chemicals. It’s a good idea to learn about these copycats and how to recognize them, so if you happen to spot one you won’t immediately panic and do something you might later regret.

One bug that is often mistaken for bed bugs is the bat bug. They are similar to bed bugs in appearance and while they prefer animal meals, they will resort to biting humans if an animal host is not nearby. They are small critters, only reaching 3/8ths of an inch, and are also flat and oval shaped. Small cockroaches, especially Asian and brownbanded cockroaches are also often mistaken for bed bugs. When found under beds or in dresser drawers, it can be very easy to think you’ve got bed bugs at first glance. Thankfully, these guys are harmless and don’t bite humans, so there’s no need to panic if you do see one.

Have you ever thought you had bed bugs and it turned out that you actually saw a copycat?

 

Torture Via Insects

Friday, July 8th, 2016

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have proven to be controversial for the military’s use of various torture techniques, mainly waterboarding. However, in documents declassified by Barack Obama, the Bush Administration either used or toyed with the idea of using insects as a method of interrogation.

This method of torture by insects was meant to be used against only one particular suspected terrorist by the name of Zubaydah. This method was considered for this terrorist because he had a known fear of insects. The idea was to put Zubaydah in a “confinement box” and to tell him that a dangerous insect that cause extreme pain through stings would be dropped in the box unless he furnished his interrogators with satisfactory answers to their questions. However, in actuality the insect that they would drop into the box would actually be a harmless insect, and therefore this method of interrogation does not constitute torture.

It turns out that this method was scrapped and never used due to fears that it may be argued to constitute torture afterall. In Zubaydah’s case it seems as though good old fashioned waterboarding did the trick.

If you were in charge, would you use insects to torture people?

Do We Really Eat Insects When We Are Sleeping?

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Many of us have heard from others that we eat many insects when we are sleeping, but is this true?  According to Matan Shelomi, an entomologist, the answer is no!  But that does not mean that you do not unwittingly consume insects in your sleep.

Insects are not stupid enough to crawl into our mouths.  Some bugs, such as roaches, have been known to trap themselves in the ears of people sleeping, but bugs instinctually avoid crawling into our mouths, as doing so would surely mean death. But unknowingly eating bugs that are in our food is a different matter.

No matter the quantity of pesticides used on crops farmers cannot keep bugs off 100 percent.  That means that if you eat anything more than microwavable food, you are most likely consuming at least a few parts of bugs that have remained on agricultural food products.  So, maybe vegetables are not a bad source of protein after all.

Have you ever found an insect in your food? What did you do?

Atlanta Pest & Termite Control Experts

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Tips for preventing pests at spring picnics, barbecues and other outdoor events

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Bug Busters USA offers the following tips for preventing pests at spring picnics, barbecues and other outdoor events:

  • Before the party, check all window screens and screen doors and repair any holes. As guests come in and out of your house, make sure the doors close behind them.
  • Remove or drain any sources of standing water in your yard that could serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes, including birdbaths and garden ponds.
  • The majority of mosquito species are most active at dusk and dawn, so if you are planning an event before sunset, make sure there is plenty of insect repellant on hand containing an EPA-registered active ingredient like DEET or Picaridin. Placing citronella candles on decks and patios can also help to minimize the presence of mosquitoes during an event.
  • Stinging insects, especially yellowjackets, are attracted to sugars and proteins. Provide clear plastic cups for your guests, as aluminum cans and plastic bottles are convenient hiding places for stinging insects.
  • Keep all food and beverages in sealed coolers and containers to avoid contamination from ants and flies, and keep garbage cans sealed and away from guests.
  • Immediately clean up any spills or crumbs from tables and other surfaces, and bring utensils and dishware indoors shortly after the meal.

Best Pest Control Company in Atlanta

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Bug Busters USA Earns Esteemed 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award

 

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Bug Busters USA has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the consumer review service in 2013.

 “Only about 5 percent of the companies Bug Busters USA competes with in Georgia are able to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a mark of consistently great customer service.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2013 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, have a fully complete profile, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2013 Super Service Award logo next to company names in search results on AngiesList.com.

Keep the Warmth In and the Pests Out

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

The weekend is a great time to check for cracks and crevices in the home where pests might enter http://bit.ly/LMD2t5 

  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of your home to help prevent rodents from getting inside. Be sure to check the areas where utilities and pipes enter the home. A mouse can fit through a hole the size of a dime.
  • Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home. Mice and ants can make their nests in wood piles and easily gain access to your home if the pile is nearby.
  • Rodents can hide in clutter, so keep storage areas well organized, and store boxes off of the floor.
  • Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains. Extra attention should be paid to kitchens and bathrooms as these areas are particularly vulnerable to cockroach infestations.
  • Install door sweeps and repair damaged screens in windows.
  • Screen vents to chimneys. Keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.

Consider TAP Pest Control Insulation

Different insulations are made from fundamentally different materials. Tests at Oak Ridge and Brookhaven National Laboratories and the University of Illinois reveal that insulations with the same laboratory R-values do not perform equally in real homes. Researchers found that the effective R-value of blown fiberglass plunges during cold weather, while the effective R-value of cellulose actually increases. The researchers also discovered that sum- mer temperatures offer no relief for fiberglass, since its effective R-value withers then, too.


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Un-bug A Friend Save $50 from Bug Busters USA!

Friday, January 31st, 2014
Un-bug A Friend Save $50 from Bug Busters USA!  

Simply refer your friends or family members to Bug Busters USA through our Un-Bug A Friend program. When they sign up for either a Home Service or single Application Service from Bug Busters USA you can receive up to $50 toward your next service!
  • $10 credit for single Application Service
  • $50 credit for Annual Home Pest Control  Service

There are Three Ways To Un-Bug Your Friends!!!

  • Call your local Bug Busters USA office with your friend’s contact information.
  • Print & Mail the completed form located here
     to your local Bug Busters USA office or simply hand it to your Bug Busters USA Technician.
  • Online, complete this form and press ‘Submit’.

Tips to choose the right Georgia pest control company

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Looking to hire a professional pest control company in Atlanta?

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Buying pest control for your home and family is a big decision. If you are looking to hire a pest control company in Atlanta utilize these helpful tips to make sure you make the right choice!

  • Ask friends, neighbors and other reputable businesses to recommend pest control companies they have used successfully and how satisfied they were with the service.
  • If a sizable amount of money is involved, get bids from several pest control companies.
  • Don’t rush a decision. Since you are paying for professional knowledge, look for someone whose judgment you can trust.
  • Before signing a contract, be sure to fully understand the nature of the pest, the extent of the infestation, and the work necessary to solve the problem.
  • Find out if the pest control company has liability insurance to cover any damages to your house or furnishings during treatment.
  • If a guarantee is given, know what it covers, how long it lasts, what you must do to keep it in force, and what kind of continuing control, prevention and management are necessary.
  • Buy value, not price. Beware of bargains that sound too good to be true.