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    Tips for Controlling a Bed Bug Infestation

    Last updated 11 days ago

    While there are worse things that could happen, discovering that you have bed bugs in your home or place of work is highly unpleasant. The faster you contact a bed bug treatment specialist after discovering these bloodsucking critters in your home, the easier it will be to control and exterminate their population.

    After calling a reputable pest control professional, there are a handful of things that you can do while you are waiting for the bed bug exterminators to arrive. These include washing and heat-drying all bedding and clothes that may have been exposed to bed bugs and cleaning up any clutter in your home so that the bed bugs have fewer places to hide.

    Exterminating bed bugs is not a DIY job. If you are looking for efficient, reliable pest control services from an Atlanta company with more than 20 years of experience, call Baco Exterminating at (877) 440-6862.

    Does Your Home Have Termites???

    Last updated 16 days ago

    Although most homeowners are aware of the damage that flooding, fires, and high winds can inflict upon their home, many do not realize that termites can cause structural damage just as severe as that wrought by these other forces of nature. According to the National Pest Management Association, termites cause about $5 billion in property damage every year. Read below to learn how to identify the signs of a termite infestation, and call a pest control expert immediately if you notice any of them.

    Bubbles or Bumps on Painted Wood
    Keep an eye on the walls inside your home, especially the texture of the paint finish. If a painted surface that was initially smooth begins to develop small bubbles or bumps, this may be a sign that termites are burrowing into your walls and chewing through wooden support beams or consuming the paper inside your drywall.

    Hollow Areas in Wooden Beams
    Termites do not like the light or heat, so even if you have exposed wooden beams in your home, you might not see a swarm of the insects on the surface of the wood. The colony will usually tunnel up and devour the wood from within, creating hollow spaces. Knock gently on beams to make sure they are solid. Remember to also check the beams that support your porch and awnings, as termites are agile climbers and can easily reach high places.

    Mud Tubes Filled with Insects – A sure sign!
    Often, homeowners will discover a termite infestation during remodeling or home additions. If you notice a tube of mud filled with many swarming insects, you may have a termite problem. You can distinguish termites from ants because termites have straight antennae and two wings of equal length, whereas ant antennae are curved and their wings are asymmetrical.

    Call Baco Exterminating at (770) 409-8882 if you think you have a termite infestation in your Georgia home; we will do a Free Termite inspection and provide you with a control program to match your budget. Our termite removal experts can eliminate these destructive insects before they cause further damage to your house’s structure . BACO Exterminating Services also offers a full range of other pest control services, including bed bug elimination and lawn turf care. Check out the BACO web site for Special Offers.

    Tips for Preventing Carpenter Ant Damage in Your Home

    Last updated 18 days ago

    Carpenter ants are more than just an unwelcome nuisance. Like termites, they have the capacity to wreak havoc on your home’s foundation. Especially fond of humid environments and moist wood, these pests prowl Atlanta neighborhoods looking for ideal nesting environments. By acquainting yourself with the conditions carpenter ants are drawn to, you can reduce the likelihood that your home will be a target. Before the weather starts really heating up, take the following pest prevention precautions in and around your home.

    Examine Your Home’s Foundation for Cracks and Crevices

    Scour your home’s floors, walls, and ceilings looking for cracks and crevices through which carpenter ants may enter, sealing or caulking any gaps that you find. Since many other pests are also capable of squeezing through spaces no greater than a centimeter in diameter, sealing up cracks and crevices in your home’s foundation is something you should do regularly.

    Attend to Leaks and Plumbing Problems

    Since carpenter ants are especially attracted to moist wood, repairing any roof leaks or plumbing problems that arise in your home immediately can help to keep them away. In preventing minor problems from becoming major ones and keeping repair costs down, the benefits of this practice extend beyond preventing a carpenter ant infestation.

    Store Firewood Up High

    Where firewood is concerned, the same rules that apply to termites stand for carpenter ants. Store wood outside of your home, but keep the wood high off the ground. Closely examine every piece for signs of carpenter ant or termite presence before bringing wood inside.

    While this advice will make your home less susceptible to infestation by carpenter ants, it will not altogether eliminate the risk. Should you discover or suspect that carpenter ants are nesting in the walls of your Atlanta home, contact a pest control professional as soon as possible. For a free consultation with Atlanta’s premier carpenter ant, termite, and bed bug exterminator, call Baco Exterminating at (877) 440-6862.

    A Look at Some Essential Spring Lawn Care Tips

    Last updated 25 days ago

    Spring has finally arrived in Atlanta, a great relief to most of the city’s residents after the record-breaking winter we’ve had. If you want to make the most out of the pleasant weather we are just now starting to enjoy, spend an upcoming weekend warding off pests and sprucing up your lawn. Tips that will promote a healthy, lush lawn for you to enjoy this spring and summer include:

    Raking and Cleaning

    Before you even start thinking about planting or fertilizing anything, it is important to clean up any winter debris that has accumulated in your yard. Depending on how well you have managed to maintain your lawn over the off-season, this may be as simple as a single raking. If your yard has been neglected for the past few months, you may need to dedicate a full day to this task.

    Tending to Your Soil

    Since a flat lawn is much easier to maintain than grass planted on even ground, you should smooth out your soil before moving on to the planting process. Use a shovel to even out the ground, aerate compacted soil so that it can breathe, and break up thatch with a specially designed rake or a designated dethatcher.

    Planting and Fertilizing Grass

    Once your soil is in good shape, you can reseed parts of your lawn that are bare. Follow guidelines recommended for the particular type of grass you are planting. A slow-release fertilizer, used in tandem with a safe herbicide, can promote healthy growth while simultaneously discouraging weed growth.  

    Deterring Lawn Pests

    In addition to herbal pests we refer to as weeds, several insects and other critters can threaten the health and vitality of a lawn. An experienced pest control company that is familiar with problem pests in your area can help you keep your lawn and garden free of aphids, armyworms, and other lawn-damaging critters.

    At Baco Exterminating, we have a wealth of experience caring for lawns in addition to driving out pests. To learn about BACO Turf Care Services and how they can help foster a weed-free, pest-free lawn on your property that will be the envy of your neighbors, give us a call at (877) 440-6862.

    March DIY Termite Tip

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Want to get rid of the termites gnawing at your floorboards? Just do like they do in South America and Africa: Take advantage of the rich nutritional quality of these insects by frying, sun-drying, smoking or steaming termites in banana leaves.

    Termites generally consist of up to 38 percent protein, and one particular Venezuelan species, Syntermes aculeosus, is 64 percent protein. In Georgia we don’t have Syntermes, thankfully. But, Georgia termites are rich in iron, calcium, essential fatty acids and amino acids such as tryptophan.

    Remember … Save a House … Eat a Termite.

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