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Do YOU Have Hidden Termites? – Fayetteville Georgia Termite and Pest Control, Ennis Exterminating

Are termites playing Hide-And-Go-Seek in your home . . . only you aren’t looking for them, or don’t know where to look?  Do you have a brick veneer home like the one in this video?  Maybe you don’t have a brick home, but instead the exterior of your home is finished with stucco, concrete siding, vinyl or even wood siding.  Take a minute to stop and think about how YOUR home is built.

Some homes have a blended exterior finish such as brick front and concrete siding, or a stone front with brick sides.  All of these types of exterior finishes hide many weak spots, or voids, that are not easy, practical or possible to inspect all the way around the home with 100% accuracy.

The National Pest Management Association says that “Termites alone cause over $5 billion in property damage annually, a cost not covered by homeowners insurance.” and that “Subterranean termites eat 24/7, making them the most destructive species of termite found in the U.S.”

Subterranean termites are the type of termites we have in Fayetteville Georgia and most of the Southeastern United States, making our region one of the highest termite activity areas in the country.

The bad news is  that many people either don’t know how much damage termites can cause OR they simply wait until termites are a problem before taking action to stop them from eating their home from floor to ceiling . . . causing thousands in damage that CAN be prevented.

The GOOD news is that you don’t have to wait until termites have attacked your home to begin the protection process!  It doesn’t matter if you know you have termite activity in your home, or if you simply want to minimize the risk and prevent termites from becoming a major problem.

As you can see in this video, termites can be present for a long time in areas that are not easy to detect, even with superior technology and experience.  If you want to know more about termites or any other pest…or maybe you just have a simple question about termite protection or any other pest issue…call Ennis Exterminating at 770-716-0867 and ask for me, Glenn Laney. I’ll be happy to speak with you any time!

Here’s wishing YOU a PEST-FREE Day!

Glenn

PS:  And don’t forget to ask about our FREE Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

 

 

 

What’s in YOUR Crawl Space? – Fayetteville Georgia Termite and Pest Control, Ennis Exterminating

Well . . . what IS in your crawl space?  If the answer is “I have no clue”,  “How do I get in my crawl space?” OR “Why would I go down there?” . . . you need to venture through small opening on the outside of your home every once in a while and face the spiderwebs, crickets, dust, dirt, snake skins and all the other things you might find down there just so you know what is going on and possibly take care of some maintenance items before they become major repairs.

That’s the hard way, but there IS an easy way!  Have someone else crawl down there for you and take some pictures of anything they find that needs your attention.  When we inspect crawl spaces for termites we are also on the lookout for wood destroying fungi, wood boring beetles, excess moisture, plumbing leaks, standing water, ants, roaches, disconnected dryer vents, wildlife and a whole host of other things that aren’t specifically related to the pest control services we provide.

We aren’t HVAC professionals, plumbers or carpenters . . . we are EXTERMINATORS . . . WE KILL BUGS!!  That said, as an added value to the service we provide, we try to find other things you need to know about and end up discovering lots of stuff in crawl spaces that no one else would ever see simply because we are THERE, in the depths of your crawl space.

If you haven’t been in your crawl space and want someone to take a look for you, OR maybe you have a simple questions about bugs, pests or termites . . . call Ennis Exterminating at 770-716-0867 and ask for me, Glenn Laney. I’ll be happy to speak with you any time!

Here’s wishing YOU a PEST-FREE Day!

Glenn

PS:  And don’t forget to ask about our FREE Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

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Are ANTS Active in the Winter? – Fayetteville GA Pest Control and Termite Protection

We get a lot of people calling in the late fall all the way through winter with ants in their homes that they are sick and tired of dealing with.  They’ve probably tried half the products on the shelves in the pest control section at the local supermarkets, all the “old wive’s tales”, home remedies and many other things with no long term success.

Even worse than trying everything they can think of before calling a professional, many people will spray harmful poisons on their kitchen or bathroom counters where they prepare foods or keep their toothbrushes without a second thought about the hazard of having those harmful chemicals so close to items that actually go in their mouths.

Don’t get me wrong, you can kill a lot of ants by spraying any number of things on them . . . but you will quite possibly make the problem worse before it gets any better.  This is true in the summer months when the population is at its highest outside the home and also true when the population is on the decline when the colony is looking for a sheltered location to survive over winter.

This video shows where ants can be in and under your home during the cold months when they aren’t as active outside.  It doesn’t matter if you call them “piss ants”, “sugar ants” or if you know they are likely Argentine Ants, Crazy Ants, Odorous House Ants, Pavement Ants, Little Black Ants or Pharaoh Ants . . . we will get to the bottom of your problem and

If you have ants in your home or maybe you just have a simple question about ants, or any other bug or pest like; spiders, scorpions, termites, roaches, rats, mice or mosquitoes . . . call Ennis Exterminating at 770-716-0867 and ask for me, Glenn Laney. I’ll be happy to speak with you any time!

Here’s wishing YOU a PEST-FREE Day!

Glenn

PS:  And don’t forget to ask about our FREE Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

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Velvet Ant is a Beautiful Creation – Fayetteville GA Pest Control and Termite Protection

Have you ever seen one of THESE?  Velvet Ants are one of the beauties in the insect world of Georgia.  We run across these creatures every once in a while out in the fields when we are doing other work, and its always a joy to see something we don’t get to see every day.  These Velvet Ants are actually parasites on certain species of ground dwelling wasps where they actually lay their eggs on the larvae of a few other species of wasps as a food source for their own larvae.

Once they develop into adults, they will eat plant nectar and consume water for hydration, but their parasitic behavior stops.

If you see one of these beautiful creatures . . . enjoy watching it, but LEAVE IT ALONE!  Their sting is apparently excruciating, but I thankfully wouldn’t know first-hand . . . and I don’t plan to experiment just to have first hand knowledge.

This is one of those insects you don’t need to worry about controlling.  They are solitary, and have no workers or colony to treat.  They are also so tough that entomologists often have a difficult time piercing their hard exoskeleton with a pin when mounting them on an ID card.

If you find one of these roaming through your yard and have a question about it, call Ennis Exterminating at 770-716-0867 and ask for me, Glenn Laney. I’ll be happy to speak with you any time!

Here’s wishing YOU a PEST-FREE Day!

Glenn Laney

PS:  And don’t forget to ask about our FREE Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

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Interior Termite Activity & Damage – Fayetteville GA Pest Control and Termite Protection

Close your eyes and visualize this scenario . . . well, I guess you can’t really close your eyes AND read at the same time.   Imagine walking into the home you just purchased carrying the last box of your stuff in from the moving truck.  The house isn’t perfect, but you got a great value when you bought it . . . knowing that your sweat equity would pay off in the long run when you get ready to sell it.

You set the last box down, out of the way in the dining room, while you prepare to clean, paint and make your new house feel like home.  You come inside, close the door (maybe a little harder than intended) and a large part of the wall collapses to dust right in front of you!

What you didn’t know before you made the down payment and committed to a 30-year mortgage is that the house is infested with termites on all four sides, and you now have a major repair list you weren’t counting on or budgeting for.  YES . . . this actually happens more than you might believe!

Watch this short video so you will know some of the glaring signs of termite activity you can look out for before making that 30-year commitment and signing on the dotted line for your new mortgage.

Unfortunately, without a proper termite inspection during your “due diligence” period . . . THIS COULD BE YOU!!!  Don’t let this be you!  Don’t get caught in this situation and be stuck without a plan or a budget to deal with this!  Looking for these signs of termite activity on your own does not mean you don’t need the home inspected by a termite professional, it is simply a guide of some glaring signs you can be aware of as you view the home yourself for the first time.

Also, don’t just walk away from a house that you like simply because of past or present termite activity in a house.  You just need to KNOW the facts before deciding, and the only way to KNOW is to have any home you are considering owning thoroughly inspected before you get too committed in the process.

If your home hasn’t been inspected for termites in the last year, or you don’t remember the last termite inspection your home received, call NOW to schedule an inspection.  Maybe you just have a simple question about termites, or any other bug or pest like; spiders, scorpions, ants, roaches, rats, mice or mosquitoes . . . call Ennis Exterminating at 770-716-0867 and ask for me, Glenn Laney. I’ll be happy to speak with you any time!

Here’s wishing YOU a PEST-FREE Day!

Glenn

PS:  And don’t forget to ask about our FREE Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

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Bug Free Home Tip – Fayetteville GA Pest Control and Termite Protection

Have you ever stepped in a sloppy, muddy pit when walking around your home?  Where were you when it happened?  Hopefully it wasn’t near your septic tank drain field!

Watch this short video to see a common muddy area around YOUR home that is an oasis for bugs and other pests.

Air conditioning condensation lines are common areas for excess moisture around the foundation of your house.  Not only will this create a tiny ecosystem oasis where bugs and pests can thrive during periods of extreme drought, but it can also create a WEAK SPOT in your termite protection if your home is protected by a liquid barrier termite treatment or make your home even more susceptible to termite infestation and damage if you have no termite protection at all.

May I just say that no termite protection at all . . . in Georgia and most of the southeastern United States . . . is a bad idea to begin with.

Now that we got that out of the way, if you:

  • Don’t have termite protection at all
  • Don’t remember the last time your home was inspected for termite damage
  • Have a problem with BUGS or other pests inside your home and need some help, OR . . .
  • Maybe you have a simple question about some other kind of bug or pest . . .

Call Ennis Exterminating at 770-716-0867 and ask for me, Glenn Laney. I’ll be happy to speak with you any time!

Here’s wishing YOU a PEST-FREE Day!

Glenn Laney

PS:  And don’t forget to ask about our FREE Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

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Valuable Tip for Fewer Bugs Around YOUR Home!! – Fayetteville GA Pest Control and Termite Protection

Hi Folks,

In the famous words of Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams, you have heard it said:

 “If you build it, they will come . . . “

Just as important as doing what ATTRACTS the things you want around your home is GETTING RID of what attract the things you don’t want around your home.

This new series of videos will highlight many of the SIMPLE of things you can eliminate around YOUR home that make bugs and other pests happy.  For crying out loud, LET THEM BE HAPPY SOMEWHERE ELSE!!  Roll up that red carpet and hang out the “Not Welcome” sign to bugs and pests in your home and yard.

Watch this quick video to see one of the MOST common conditions we see around homes that creates an oasis for bugs and pests . . . and can make your home susceptible to termites or even WEAKEN termite protection you invest your hard earned money in to keep your home termite-free!

For $2 – $3 you can get all the hardware you need to extend your A/C condensation line away from your house and keep it from dripping right on your foundation.  Not only does this excess moisture create an area for bugs and pests (like ants, roaches, centipedes, mice, rats and mosquitoes) to rehydrate, but it can also flood termite bait stations in the immediate area or weaken a liquid termite barrier around your foundation.

We suggest getting the condensation lines as far away from your house as possible without interfering with your lawn mower, walkways or other high traffic areas.

If you have a problem with BUGS or other pests inside your home and need some help . . . OR maybe you have a simple question about some other kind of bug or pest . . . call Ennis Exterminating at 770-716-0867 and ask for me, Glenn Laney. I’ll be happy to speak with you any time!

Here’s wishing YOU a PEST-FREE Day!

Glenn

PS:  And don’t forget to ask about our FREE Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

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Clean Your Gutters to Get Rid of ANTS & CENTIPEDES!!! – Fayetteville GA Pest Control and Termite Protection

When was the last time you cleaned your gutters . . . or had them cleaned?  Last week, last month . . . LAST YEAR???  I tell people all the time how important it is to clean their gutters to reduce the moisture in and around their home, especially in times of drought like we’ve had in the last few months here in Fayetteville, Georgia.  (Gutter cleaning is important for lots of other reasons, also . . . including termites).

WELL, I guess I need to practice what I preach.  Watch this video to see what I found in MY gutters when I was up there this weekend cleaning them out before the next thunderstorm.

That’s a whole lot of ANTS!  After I put the camera down and continued cleaning the gutters, I actually found some happy centipedes crawling around in there, too.  Luckily I caught them and got rid of them BEFORE they got into my house, but that isn’t always the case.

Most of the time if ants have just gotten into the house, finding the trail and nesting site OUTSIDE is the quickest way to get rid of them.  THE PROBLEM IS, too often the home-owner fights the good fight against ants from the inside of the home only for such a long time, the ants get so comfortable they actually begin to NEST inside YOUR home.  Once the population has gotten to that point, its usually too late for a homeowner to get rid of them without professional help.

If you have a problem with ANTS or centipedes inside your home and need some help . . . OR maybe you have a simple question about some other kind of bug or pest . . . call Ennis Exterminating at 770-716-0867 and ask for me, Glenn Laney. I’ll be happy to speak with you any time!

Here’s wishing YOU a PEST-FREE Day!

Glenn

PS:  And don’t forget to ask about our FREE Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

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Could YOU Be Bringing in More Than You Bargain For On Your Firewood? – Fayetteville GA Pest Control and Termite Protection

Is it possible that you are bringing in more than you planned on when you picked that damp firewood off the ground outside and carried it into your garage or basement?  Its June right now, and the temperatures in our area are high 90s, so thinking about firewood is not really on a lot of people’s radar.  The fact is, many people actually bring firewood into their garage or basement at this time of year to dry out in preparation for cold weather, when sitting under a cozy blanket next to the calming flashes of warm fireplace is appealing again.  I know I enjoy the warm glow of a fire when the time of year is right.

Strange things can happen when you bring firewood inside!  Watch this short video to see what happened in THIS home when they brought firewood into their garage.

I am guilty, too!  I bring firewood into my house on a daily basis during winter because I heat my house primarily with a wood burning stove, AFTER thoroughly inspecting my firewood (especially for termites).  Bringing firewood in isn’t the problem, but storing firewood inside can be a BIG problem.  Firewood can have stink bugs, ants, roaches, spiders, beetles and even YELLOW JACKETS, hunkered down under the bark for a sheltered place to over-winter until warmer weather returns.  Yellow jackets are actually the biggest problem I personally have in my home with firewood because they are hibernating in the wood pile, but will “wake up” when brought into the house and buzz around the house until they stop long enough for me to swat them.

To prepare your firewood to be dry when you need it, simply stack the wood OFF the ground and UNDER a tarp or other shelter, OUTSIDE!  I go to the nearest industrial center and get few pallets headed for the trash pile to stack my firewood on.  After proper storage, inspect each load for pests that will shake off onto your hearth BEFORE you bring it in, and go straight to the fire with the firewood instead of storing it inside.

If you’ve got a problem with termites or any other pest…or simply a question…call Ennis Exterminating at 770-716-0867 and ask for me, Glenn Laney. I’ll be happy to speak with you any time!

Here’s wishing YOU a PEST-FREE Day!

Glenn

PS:  And don’t forget to ask about our FREE Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

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Do Termites Infest Concrete Buildings? – Fayetteville GA Pest Control and Termite Protection

Imagine sitting at the kitchen table, reading the daily news (or latest social media grievances), enjoying a hot . . . fresh cup of coffee.  For some reason you glance away from your iPad and out of the corner of your eye you see a little pile of Georgia red clay on top of your carpet . . . out of place.  What do you do?  Well, you clean it up of course – BUT it returns!  The next time you walk into the room you see that same little pile of dirt and think someone in your house is playing a dirty trick on you.

This time when you clean it up you see something strange, but interesting.  Watch this video to see what COULD be making that little pile of dirt on top of your carpet!

That little pile of dirt can turn into much more than a nuisance you have to clean up over and over again.  It can lead to costly damage that you definitely want to avoid . . . and avoiding it is a simple phone call away!

If you’ve got a problem with termites or any other pest…or simply a question…call Ennis Exterminating at 770-716-0867 and ask for me, Glenn Laney. I’ll be happy to speak with you any time!

Here’s wishing YOU a PEST-FREE Day!

Glenn

PS:  And don’t forget to ask about our FREE Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

 

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