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Honey Bees . . . and other Pollinators – Fayetteville Georgia Termite and Pest Control, Ennis Exterminating

Honey Bees are some of the most interesting beneficial insects to observe in nature.  THAT’S RIGHT . . . I said beneficial insect.  We know there are a lot of people who hear the word INSECT and don’t even begin to think “beneficial.”

The truth is there are FAR MORE beneficial insects than insects that are pests, and honey bees and other pollinators are one group of beneficial insects.  Honey Bees have been in the news a lot over the last few years due to the unexplainable Colony Collapse Disorder and other problems threatening the overall health of the pollinator population.

Pollinators are very important for making sure we have a healthy and sustainable food source since they transfer pollen between plants and improve the quantity of food each plant produces.  If you go even deeper, they not only assist in the creation of plant foods for human consumption, but they also provide plant foods for the rest of the plant eating animals one earth.

Certain types of wasps, beetles, ants, butterflies, moths and other types of bees are also instrumental pollinators, and are actually described as more efficient than honeybees.  Honey Bees are random pollinators and will gather a little bit of pollen here and there from different plants and take it back to their colony to make honey.  Other pollinator insects very efficiently target specific types of flowers and vigorously collect pollen.

The difference in Honey Bees and other pollinator insects is that the Honey Bees are a social insects usually living in a colony of thousands of bees,  and are more controllable than other solitary pollinators.  Though they do exist in nature without man’s intervention, they also live in man-made bee hives that can be taken from one place to another for the pollination of specific crops.

There are some dangerous varieties of Honey Bees, sometimes referred to as “killer bees”, that are very aggressive and can cause death by an anaphylactic reaction to multiple stings.  Overall, Honey Bees are usually not aggressive and can simply be watched without being a threat.  If you encounter a Honey Bee hive, or a swarm of bees, it is best to leave them alone since the most common place for an aggressive behavior is when they are protecting their hive.  If you are allergic to bees, keep a good distance away from their hive for your own safety, and consult your doctor about how to limit your risk of allergic reaction while outdoors.

If you have any questions about Honey Bees, or what to do if you see them in your yard,  Call (770) 716-0867 TODAY 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!

 

 

How To DESTROY Mosquito Breeding Sites – Fayetteville Georgia Termite and Pest Control, Ennis Exterminating

How much do you LOVE Mosquitoes?  If you’re like most people, mosquitoes are not on the invitation list for your back yard.  In fact, you may have wondered for years how to UN-invite them from dinner around the patio table so you can enjoy using your outdoor living area without being pestered by the nuisance blood-suckers.

Do YOU want to know how to DESTROY mosquito breeding sites around your home?  Watch this short video to get an idea of how to get rid of mosquito breeding sites from your lawn and landscape.

Here is a short checklist of conditions in and around your yard that you can look out for and correct:

  • Throw away, or turn over, any containers that may collect water, such as jars, flower pots, wheel barrows, children’s toys or play pools.
  • Clean out pipes and gutters.  Make sure there is no standing water; clean out any dirt, leaves or debris that may be blocking the flow of water.
  • Repair leaky pipes and hose bibs around your home.  
  • Maintain a regular schedule of pool and hot-tub cleaning using the proper chemicals.  Drain swimming pools and hot-tubs that are no longer maintained or used.
  • Make sure outdoor garbage cans are covered.
  • Check you septic drain field to make sure water doesn’t accumulate.
  • Don’t let water sit on tarps, swimming pool covers or plastic sheeting over patio furniture. 
  • Get rid of old tires.  If you have a tire swing for children, drill holes in the bottom so that it does not hold water.
  • Watch out for ANYTHING ELSE that could be holding water around your home and either turn it over, throw it away, or drill a drain hole in the bottom of it to let the standing drain.

If you would like a mosquito breeding site analysis for your home, or maybe you have a simple question regarding mosquitoes or any other type of pest, Call (770) 716-0867 TODAY 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!

Why are WASPS In My House? Fayetteville Georgia Termite and Pest Control

Have you ever had wasps getting inside your home and you couldn’t figure out where they came from?  Every once in a while we get a call from someone who has wasps that continually get inside their home and it is usually one of the two or three common entry points that allow them inside.

It’s one thing to have a single wasp get inside your house, but to have a few wasps every day getting inside is a different story.  A single wasp inside can simply fly through a door when the door is open for a few seconds too long, but when you have multiple wasps a day getting in it becomes more of a problem.  Most of the time when we are dealing with bugs and pests we focus on patterns rather than single insects.  If you see a single spider, it may just be a single spider and not a big problem.  The same thing goes for roaches, stink bugs, centipedes and even wasps.

This video highlights one of the places wasps can gain access to the inside of your home and become a particular nuisance.  These wasps are fairly contained inside the vent hood grease filter, but a few did escape into the room and cause some concern in this kitchen.  If you are like most people, its hard for you to stand still and not swat, duck or wince when a wasp or other flying, stinging insect is buzzing around your face.  The good news is that unless you are near their nest, wasps are usually not very aggressive and your chance of getting stung is low.  That said, we know you want the wasps out of the house.

If you have wasps getting inside your home, or maybe you have simple questions about wasps or 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!

Can MAJOR Termite Damage Be Stopped? – Fayetteville Georgia Termite and Pest Control, Ennis Exterminating

Finding MAJOR termite damage isn’t something that happens every day . . . but unfortunately for some home-owners it does sometimes happen.  For the unfortunate who have experienced major termite damage, they seem to always ask “Can this termite damage be stopped?” OR “What do I do NOW?”  Let’s handle these questions separately . . . but keep scrolling after reading the answers to these two questions for the third question you should be asking instead.

Can termite damage be stopped? – The short answer is YES.  Termite damage can be stopped, but it CANNOT be reversed!  Simply getting rid of the active termites currently eating the structure of your home does not reverse or undo the damage already done.  In many cases, termite damage that is caught early is not always a structural issue requiring major structural repair.  Many times termites can infest a home and do only superficial or aesthetic damage that requires only aesthetic repairs.  This is true especially if termite activity is caught or detected early and the termites are dealt with in a quick and efficient manner OR if the home is preemptively treated in order to PREVENT termites from becoming a problem BEFORE they attack.

What do I do NOW? – After you find out you have termites your options are 1) Stop the termites from eating your home OR 2) Let the termites keep eating your home.  In most cases stopping the termites is the obvious answer and should be chosen without much thought.  Stopping termites is usually a simple process (though it does involve hard work) that can be done pretty quickly.  We’ve seen a few homes that are beyond repair, with the cost of repairs being more expensive than the total value of the home.  If the damage is significant, you may want to get a repair estimate before spending ANY money on termite protection.

THE THIRD QUESTION

Can termite damage be PREVENTED?  Yes!  Termite damage can be prevented by protecting your home BEFORE you have a termite infestation.  A simple phone call to schedule a termite inspection of your home begins the process of termite protection.  Your home is a major investment and home owner’s insurance does not cover termite damage.  Simply having an inspection each year does not guarantee you will NEVER have termites, but just laying eyes on the common areas where termites are found in and around your home could be the difference between smaller repairs and MAJOR REPAIRS.  If you are like most home-owners, you like the idea of NO REPAIRS best of all.

If you want to know more about termites, want to schedule a termite inspection for your home…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!

 

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!

Fayetteville Georgia Termite and Pest Control