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A Guide To Common Pests In Alpharetta, GA

In Georgia, the year-round warm weather is a big selling point for many people. But because of the weather, pests can be a big problem year-round for people living in the state. As a Georgia resident, you should know about pests and the problems they cause so you can recognize infestation signs and get ahead of them before they get worse. Many people might not realize how dangerous and costly pest infestations actually are, which is why you should always call in professionals when signs first arise. The more you know about pests in the area, the better off you will be!

For years, Urban Pest Control has been a trusted pest control company in the Alpharetta area. Committed to servicing the community, we offer free reservices for all treatments. You won't find another pest control company as knowledgeable and experienced as Urban Pest Control. We are the only company in the area that includes termite services in our general pest plans because we know the seriousness and dangers of a termite infestation.

To learn more about the pests that might come onto your Georgia property and how to protect against them, check out our pest control guide below. Reach out to us today to request a free quote for your Alpharetta property!

American Cockroaches

American cockroaches are the largest home-invading species in the United States. Cockroaches have a reputation for being the dirtiest pests, and this is for a good reason. If they get into a home or business, they can contaminate food, parasites, and several spread diseases such as salmonella, cholera, plague, dysentery, giardia, and typhoid fever.

When it comes to cockroaches, removing them from a property can be difficult because they reproduce quickly, have strong immune systems, and are masters at hiding. Conventional pesticides are not always effective against these pests as they become more resilient. The earlier you catch a cockroach infestation, the easier it will be to get rid of them. Signs of an infestation include:

  • Black pepper-like droppings.
  • Shed skins.
  • Chew marks on leather, books, and other materials.
  • Finding eggs that look like dark capsules.

If there is one pest you don't want inside your home, it the cockroach. Species like American cockroaches will wreak havoc on homes or businesses, making the property unsafe for people. Professionals like the technicians at Urban Pest Control are experienced and knowledgeable when it comes to cockroaches. Don't try to get rid of an infestation on your own; instead, let Urban Pest Control do the hard work for you. When you work with us, you can rest assured that we will get the job done right with our proven cockroach control methods, keeping you and your family safe. For more information on cockroaches, contact us today!

Ants

Ants are common home-invading pests in Georgia. Species you might encounter include black ants, fire ants, Argentine ants, and pavement ants. Each of these species is unique, with different habitats, food preferences, and levels of danger.

Although many ant species are not dangerous, they can contaminate food and make people sick. In comparison, other species can cause more severe problems, such as Argentine ants, which are invasive in the United States. Because of this, they are detrimental to the ecosystems they invade. Other species like fire ants are aggressive, have a short fuse, and will attack any perceived threat.

To keep ants from getting into your home, try the following tips:

  • Keep food stored in airtight containers
  • Clean up crumbs and spills, including pet food
  • Fix leaks and remove damaged wood
  • Make sure doors and windows close properly
  • Seal cracks in the foundation, walls, and floorboards

It can be challenging to get rid of ant infestations because of how many members there are in a colony. Although store-bought products might seem to be effective, they are not and can make infestations worse. Instead, let professionals assist in doing the job right. With Urban Pest Control, you will not only have existing pests removed, but you will also know the source of the problem and have it rectified to keep more pests from invading. To learn more about ants and how we can help with our pest control services, contact Urban Pest Control today.

Mosquitoes

These tiny flying pests can wreak havoc in yards and public spaces. Mosquitoes are most active when the weather is warm, which is most of the time in Georgia. As a temporary parasite, female mosquitoes rely on people and animals for blood meals to produce viable eggs while both males and females feed on flower nectar for sustenance. When mosquitoes bite, they inject their saliva, which creates a bump and itching. Their saliva can also transfer dangerous diseases to people and animals.

Standing water is one of the most important factors mosquitoes need to survive. Female mosquitoes only need a few inches of standing water to breed. And they can lay hundreds of eggs at a time, letting populations get out of control quickly. You might not even know your property is hosting mosquito breeding sites. Places to consider are:

  • Clogged gutters
  • Flower planters
  • Birdbaths and ponds
  • Kiddie pools
  • Garbage cans
  • Lawns without proper drainage

It is no secret that mosquitoes are a problem in Georgia, but they don't have to be. Although the weather allows them to thrive, you can take control by removing the attractive factors from your property. These include getting rid of standing water, keeping grass and shrubbery cut short, and removing yard debris. For more information and assistance with mosquito control, contact us at Urban Pest Control. Out mosquito control solution includes applying ATBS bait to the home's exterior, focusing on shaded and high moisture areas.

Rodents

Rodents mean dirt and filth, and for good reason. Rodents, such as rats and mice, carry diseases and parasites and can contaminate food with feces. Both rats and mice only need small holes to squeeze through to get inside, where they look for food, water, and nesting spaces. Common rats in Georgia include Norway rats and roof rats.

Not only are rodents dangerous to health, but they are also destructive. Rodents' teeth are constantly growing, and to keep them maintained, rodents need to chew. They can chew through wires, clothing, furniture, carpet, walls, pipes, drywall, insulation, and much more. Some of the materials they chew through can provide nesting materials where they can reproduce, which can happen rapidly. To prevent this from happening in your home, you should eliminate the following factors:

  • Remove food sources such as crumbs, garbage, easily accessed packaged goods, and pet food.
  • Remove water sources such as leaking pipes.
  • Seal up holes and cracks in the foundation, around doors and windows, and the roof.
  • Reduce the clutter in your home to eliminate nesting areas

Never take a rodent infestation lightly, as your health and home are at risk when rodents get inside. Although you can buy baits and traps to get rid of rodents, these products don't get to the root of the problem and can be dangerous if misused. If you believe you have rodents on your property, it is better to reach out to professionals than to wait and see what happens. At Urban Pest Control, we will inspect for signs of rodents and possible entry points. And if needed, we will place bait stations and traps as part of our rodent control methods. To learn more about rodents and what we can do to help, call us today!

Stinging Insects

Stinging insects might be some of the scariest pests to encounter because their stings can be painful and cause discomfort. Common stinging insects in the area are wasps, yellow jackets, hornets, and mud daubers. People often confuse hornets and wasps with bees because of their appearances and behaviors. Like bees, the terms wasp and hornet are names for larger categories.

The more important distinction when it comes to stinging insects is whether they are social or solitary. For example, yellow jackets are social and considered aggressive. They build nests as a colony to protect the queen. When threatened, yellow jackets will attack in numbers and sting multiple times. In contrast, mud daubers are a solitary species that build small nests out of the mud for an individual rather than a whole colony. Unlike yellow jackets, mud daubers aren't aggressive and are not likely to attack.

You can reduce the possibility of stinging pests on your property by doing the following:

  • Keep foliage trimmed to discourage nests from being built.
  • Remove food sources like fallen fruit and hummingbird feeders. 
  • Keep garbage cans and compost piles secure.
  • Don't overwater flowering plants or allow them to over flower.

No matter the stinging insects, you should not try to remove them from your property on your own. Even if a nest doesn't seem active, it can still be dangerous to handle it. Instead, you are better off leaving it to the professionals. Our trained technicians at Urban Pest Control know how to handle stinging pests, so you don't have to. We will inspect and treat your property to help keep these dangerous pests from building nests again. For tips and information about stinging insect control, contact us today!

Termites

Termites are silent destroyers. They can infest a property and go undetected for years, and by then, extensive damage is the result. Subterranean termites are the most destructive species in the country. As social insects, they live in colonies containing tens of thousands of members and can even grow to a million individuals. Workers make up the largest portion of subterranean termite colonies, and they are constantly chewing and tunneling, eating away at the structure of your home with their saw-toothed jaws.

Subterranean termites use mud tubes to travel from their underground nests to food sources. These mud tubes allow them to avoid predators and slip through cracks in foundations. Although you might not be able to detect termites, there are things you can do to make your property less desirable. These include:

  • Removing moisture by repairing leaky pipes.
  • Addressing other moisture issues using dehumidifiers.
  • Removing and repairing water-damaged wood.
  • Keeping woodpiles stored and away from your home.
  • Sealing cracks in your foundation.
  • Creating a barrier using stones between your home and any mulch or soil.

When it comes to termites, professional intervention is essential to ensure the safe and complete removal of an infestation. With almost all other pest control companies, you have to pay extra for termite services. At Urban Pest Control, we realize how dangerous termites are, which is why we include termite control in our general pest control. We will always inspect exteriors and interiors for signs of termites and conducive conditions.

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