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    The Common House Fly

    Last updated 1 month ago

    These nasty pests get their name from being the most common fly found around homes. Adult House flies can grow to one-quarter of an inch long and usually live between 15 and 25 days. House flies taste with their feet, which are 10 million times more sensitive to sugar than the human tongue! Their mouths absorb food like a sponge and they can only eat liquids. They can turn many solid foods into a liquid through spitting or vomiting on it, they are indeed nasty creatures. Their tongues are shaped like straws so they can suck up their food. They eat any wet or decaying matter, but they are particularly attracted to pet waste because the odor is strong and it is easy for them to find.

    House Flies can carry over 100 different kinds of disease causing germs.

    •  Keep you homes clean.
    •  Remove trash regularly from your home and seal your garbage cans.
    • Clean up pet waste quickly.
    • Use screens on doors and windows to prevent flies from getting into your home.

    The Health Risks Associated with Exposure to Radon Gas

    Last updated 1 month ago

    A leading cause of lung cancer, radon gas exposure presents a danger of which every homeowner should be aware. Since the gas is odorless and colorless, it is important to have your home tested at least once every couple of years. If the test reveals that radon levels in your home are more concentrated than the generally accepted level of 4 picocuries per liter, you should hire a radon reduction specialist to make your home a safer place to live and breathe.

    The average Atlanta home has a radon level greater than 4 picocuries per liter and indeed the Atlanta Metro is rated at the highest Radon Gas levels in Georgia. If you do not have a radon detector and have not had your Atlanta area home tested for radon gas in a few years, schedule a visit from a pest control professional who offers radon testing. Serving North Georgia and South Carolina, Baco Exterminating specializes in radon testing. To arrange to have one of our professionals test for radon in your home, call (877) 440-6862.

    Why You Need to Treat Outside for Fleas

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Pet flea infestation is unfortunately very common and generally a result of picking up a new batch of fleas from the outoddors.

    Much of your pets flea problem can be traced to outdoor sources, such as shady moist areas conducive to flea populations or areas frequented by animals like raccoons, mice, possums and squirrels that drop flea larvae.

    • Your pet can be reinfested with its own fleas, if your pet sleeps outside.
    •  It is common for flea eggs to drop of infested dogs and cats into the outdoor grass, which your pet frequents.
    •  In the same fashion discussed above, wild animals drop flea eggs outdoors, which later hatch.

    If you have a continuing flea infestation problem call BACO Exterminating Services  877.905.BACO.

    Tips for Preventing a Bed Bug Infestation When You Travel

    Last updated 1 month ago

    The rate at which bed bugs have spread throughout the country and world over the past two decades has been linked to an increase in domestic and international travel. If you are preparing for a vacation or business trip and want to keep the likelihood that you encounter bed bugs while away from your Atlanta home to a minimum, heed the advice offered in this article. These tips will also help you prevent bed bugs from traveling back with you and infesting your home and apartment upon your return.

    Choose Hotels Wisely

    Bed bugs do not discriminate between dumpy motels and five-star hotels. If fewer upscale hotels have sustained a bed bug infestation, it is because they are more likely to have a bed bug prevention and early detection plan in place. Read reviews, call hotels and ask what they do to prevent bed bugs, and check a bed bug registry for hotels you are considering before making your booking. Avoid hotels that have had bed bug trouble on more than one occasion.

    Inspect Hotel Room on Arrival

    When you enter a hotel room for the first time, roll your luggage into the bathroom and leave it there while you inspect the bed and surrounding area for signs of bed bugs. Look for blood stains and fecal matter that appear as small black dots. If you spot anything, inform the reception at your hotel immediately.

    Store Luggage up High

    Bed bugs can climb, but they are generally not interested in getting any higher than you sleep. Once you have done your best to ensure that your room is bed bug free, move your bags from the bathroom to appropriate surfaces four feet high or higher. For extra protection, store suitcases in zip-up plastic bags designed to protect luggage from bed bug intrusion.

    As an extra precaution, closely inspect your luggage and wash your clothes in hot water immediately following your return. If you believe that bed bugs have hitched a ride home with you or you discover signs of bed bug presence in your Atlanta home at any time, contact an experienced bed bug exterminator right away. For effective bed bug treatment from an experienced Atlanta pest control professional who uses the latest bed bug extermination technology, call Baco Exterminating at (877) 440-6862.

    Are You Overwatering Your Lawn?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    It is no myth that grass needs water to survive. When it is hot, sunny, and has not rained in a while, homeowners are more likely to worry that their grass is getting less water than it needs rather than more. Watering your lawn on a daily basis or giving it much more water than it needs each week, however, can lead to several issues. If you have been watering your lawn more than normal this summer in an effort to keep the summer sun from drying out your grass, keep an eye out for the following signs of overwatering.

    Pests Galore

    Worms, insects, and insect larvae are especially drawn to weakened lawns, which they attack and make even weaker. If you notice active grubs, armyworms, cutworms, or insects on your property, overwatering may be the reason these lawn pests find your lawn so habitable.

    Weeds

    A different type of pest, weeds thrive in overwatered grass. Buttercups, crabgrass, and yellow nuts edge grow especially well in short grass that receives more water than it needs. Remove weeds at the root, water less, and allow your grass to grow two or three inches high to deter weed growth associated with overwatering.

    Fungus

    Just as household mold thrives in overly moist rooms, the growth of fungus is common on lawns with excess moisture. If you spot mushrooms or rust fungus on your lawn, work with a pest control professional to develop an integrated pest management plan that decreases the likelihood that fungal and insect pests will be able to compete with your grass for space on your lawn.

    Overgrown Thatch

    Under ideal watering conditions, thatch decomposes before it can grow thick enough to harm your lawn. When a lawn is perpetually moist, however, thatch does not have the chance to break down naturally. Since thatch can deprive your lawn of oxygen and create a haven for fungus and pests, it is especially harmful.

    Regardless of whether or not their presence on your property is due to overwatering, lawn pests have got to go if you are to keep your lawn healthy and green. To hire a lawn pest control and turf care professional to return your Atlanta lawn to its pest-free state, call Baco Exterminating at (877) 440-6862.

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