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5 Characteristics That Make Fire Ants a Unique Ant Species

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Fire ants boast a painful bite – and one that’s very dangerous for those who are allergic. But this isn't the only way in which these fascinating creatures differ from other ants. Skyline Pest Solutions, serving Marietta, GA and greater metro Atlanta, explains the ways they stand out and why ant control is a must for your home or business when dealing with this species. Physical Features of the Fire Ant The fire ant has easily noticeable features that differ from those of other ants. While there are many kinds of fire ants, they all differ physically from other ants in the following ways: Two nodes between the trunk (or thorax) and abdomen Antennae is divided into 10 sections, including the "elbow" at the top Although usually associated with the color red, a fire ant may be red or black. The fire ant is between 1/8 and 1/4 of an...
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Why Mosquitoes Are Such a Nuisance During the Summer

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Mosquitoes pose many health threats, from the Zika virus to West Nile virus. While the risk of contracting these diseases is relatively rare, these little buzzers annoy victims with their itchy bites wherever they go. The Georgia heat and humidity provide ideal conditions for these pests, making mosquito control a must. Mosquito Behavior Understanding mosquitoes’ behavior can help you avoid being bitten. Their most active time of day is around dusk, so avoid going out as it starts to become dark or wear long pants and shirts to cover your legs and arms. Afternoons – the hottest, sunniest time of the day – are their least active biting periods. This is when they seek out wet, cool areas where they're no longer at risk of dehydration beneath the sun's rays. If they make their way indoors, beware. There's nothing slowing them down in the comfortable confines of your temperature-controlled, shaded...
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The Right Way to Check Your Luggage for Bed Bugs

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  Bed bugs have become a major concern in modern life. As we travel more frequently and to more places, these pests have more opportunities than ever to relocate. At Skyline Pest Solutions , we provide Atlanta, GA and other communities with effective bed bug control solutions, and we’d like to explain how you can prevent the critters from hitching a ride in your luggage.   Prevent Infestations Before You Go   If you're buying new luggage, opt for hard-shell cases. Otherwise, pack garbage bags to wrap suitcases in once you arrive. Pack ample resealable plastic bags to place your clothes in before putting them in drawers. Don't forget a flashlight for thorough room inspections if you don't have one on your smartphone.   Inspect Your Room First   Before inspecting your room, wrap your luggage in a plastic bag or put it in the bathtub; bed bugs can't crawl...
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A Look at the Places Wasps Are Most Likely to Infest

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  Spotting wasps in or near your home can be upsetting. Although a wasp sting isn't dangerous for most people, those with allergies or sensitivities can suffer reactions ranging from mild to life-threatening. If you've spotted a nest or suspect an infestation, professional wasp control is a must. Skyline Pest Solutions explains where nests can be found in or near Atlanta, GA.   How to Find a Wasp Nest   If you've noticed wasp activity, you'll probably find a nest on your property or somewhere nearby. To track the nest, leave pancake syrup or canned fish out as bait. A wasp colony will carry its food back to the nest or fly home in a straight line after feeding; watch from a safe distance.    Wasp Aggression   While the average wasp is passive unless cornered, it may become aggressive under these conditions:   Hot weather Overcrowded nest Becoming drunk...
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When the Sun Sets: The Nighttime Habits of Ants

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They don't spend evenings relaxing with a favorite TV show. It's hard to imagine one stretching and yawning on the way to bed. What exactly do they do when the sun goes down in Georgia? Are ants nocturnal, or do they turn in after a busy day foraging through your backyard and kitchen? It Depends on the Species Here in Georgia’s humid climate, the carpenter and sugar ant share all-night habits. Other ant species work around the clock, but these two never slow down. Unlike their pharaoh and Argentine cousins, carpenter and sugar ants keep their colonies running at full speed 24/7. You rarely see them in the moonlight, but they can see you. The insects have remarkable night vision because their huge eyes are filled with wide photoreceptors. Every ant in a nest can navigate the darkness through yards, walls, and kitchen cabinets. Ant control specialists use their knowledge...
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The Two Sides of Termites: Good in the Wild, Bad in Your Home

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They're not very attractive insects. Their reputation for property damage keeps them on everyone's list of most dreaded pests. Here in McDonough, GA, termites are recognized as a serious threat to homes and businesses, but the bugs play an important role in our state's ecosystem. The termite is actually good for the environment. They're Excellent Soil Engineers When you enjoy the natural beauty of Marshall Forest, you probably don't notice termite mounds. The structures serve as vertical doorways to colonies housing hundreds of thousands of insects. They're often surrounded by an abundance of healthy plants because they keep the underlying soil moist. Every termite mound represents miles of burrows under the forest floor. The tunnels aerate countless acres and serve as a subterranean irrigation system. A thriving termite nest in our great outdoors helps control storm runoff and minimizes erosion. Termite soil engineering makes a positive difference in the wild....
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Keeping Squirrels and Rats Out of Your Attic

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Having an invasion of rodents such as squirrels or rats in the attic is one of the most annoying pest problems that homeowners in Georgia might face. In addition to the sounds of scampering and chewing, these animals can cause significant damage when they take up residence in your attic. Since they are also intelligent animals, it can be difficult to get rid of them and to keep them from returning. It is important for you to take steps to keep these animals out of your attic. If you already have an infestation of them, you will want to remove them, repair the damage and prevent them from returning. Damage That Rodents Can Cause in Attics Squirrels and rats may chew up available paper or insulation in order to make nests. If you have books or boxes stored in your attic, they may be prime targets for invading rodents. They...
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3 Reasons You Need to Treat Your Home Fast for Termites

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If termites have invaded your home and you want to protect yourself from danger, taking steps to handle the problem is vital. Termites can cost you thousands of dollars in repairs if you don't get them under control at the first sign of their presence. The good news is that a knowledgeable and experienced pest control professional can help. Below are the top three reasons you need preventative termite protection or take action the moment you notice the red flags of a termite invasion. Termites Can Cause Structural Damage Termites that get into your home or place of business can eat wooden floors, walls, furniture and support beams. Some people don't know how to spot the warning signs or choose to ignore the threat, believing it will go away on its own. Unless you get rid of them promptly, termites can cause structural damage to your property before you know...
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How to Safeguard Your Home From Roaches

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The roach is a pest that often rears its head at night. You might see a few lurking around during the day, but you'll usually see them crawling on cabinets or on the floor after the lights are off in the home if they are inside the house. There are a few ways that you can safeguard your home so that you don't see these small pests that seem to make their homes in walls, under the refrigerator or behind counters. Roaches like an environment that isn't clean. Even if you think that your counters and floors are clean, you need to make sure that the food crumbs are cleaned off the counters, that trash is picked up and that there isn't dirt lingering on the floor. Avoid leaving dirty dishes sitting out, and keep trash bags from piling up outside the home. Consider lining your drawers and cabinets with...
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5 Signs That You Have a Termite Problem

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Termites are among the most destructive types of pests that homeowners and businesses might have. The National Pest Management Association reports that termites cause an estimated $5 billion in damage to structures in the U.S. each year. It is important for you to recognize the signs that you might have a termite problem. However, you should also understand that just because you don't see these signs does not mean that you do not have termites. If you see any of these signs or simply want to have an inspection to check for the presence of termites, the professionals at Skyline Pest Solutions are able to help. Swarms Subterranean termites live underground, but they emerge during warm days in the spring and summer in swarms. If you see swarms of small insects that look like winged ants, you likely have termites. The swarms may appear in your yard or inside of...
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5 Ways Squirrels Get Into Your House

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Like all animals, squirrels seek a secluded place to build their nests that is safe from the elements and predators. These annoying rodents consider your home an ideal habitat. You can prevent squirrels from setting up residence in your attic by sealing access points. The following are five common locations that squirrels can use to make their way inside your house. Roof Edge Clogged gutters as well as a broken or missing drip edge flashing prevent precipitation from running off properly. As the water backs up, the moisture damages the edge of your roof. Over time, portions of the underlayment will deteriorate creating a hole along the edge of the roof through which a squirrel can enter your home. Soffit Edge and Vents When soffits are installed, they may not be flush with the siding on the wall. This creates a space that may allow squirrels to enter your attic....
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Have a Pest Free Holiday

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The holiday season is just around the corner, and many people are already planning their family events. Although people often put a lot of thought into their holiday plans, they usually overlook the importance of protecting themselves and their guests from common pests. When the outside temperature drops, insects, rodents and other pests will search for shelter and a source of food so that they can survive the winter. Unless you take proactive steps to prevent the issue, you could have an invasion on your hands before you know it. The good news is that you can try several things when you want to keep pests out of your home. Preparing Your Home Pests will use small holes or cracks to gain access to your house, and you can use this information to your advantage. As soon as you get the chance, inspect the outside of your home for openings...
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Thanksgiving and Pests

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Everyone looks forward to the annual feast of Thanksgiving, even uninvited pests. No, we aren't talking about relatives. The cooler temperatures outdoors can make your home pretty appealing to pests, including mice, roaches, spiders, and ants. Here's how to protect your home and avoid unwanted guests this holiday season. Make Any Necessary Repairs Pests often enter homes through cracks in your home's exterior. Weatherproofing windows and doors keeps the warm air inside and the bugs and mice out. Also look for gaps or cracks near outside water fixtures and near the home's foundation. Use caulk to repair any open areas. Take Additional Precautions Outside Keep trash containers, recycling bins and firewood at least three feet away from your home. These items attract pests, who will be tempted to move inside as the weather continues to cool down. Keep lids on all outdoor trash receptacles to keep scavengers, like raccoons, away...
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Insulation

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When it comes to thinking about the most essential parts of your home, you probably don't give a lot of thought to your insulation. Insulation is something that's virtually never seen. However, it serves many vital functions within your home. If your home's insulation is inadequate, your heating bill will reflect this. It will also be difficult to maintain a steady temperature throughout the various rooms of your home. What are the purposes of proper insulation and what does the R-value mean for you? Read on below to find out the answers to these questions. Purposes of Proper Insulation Insulation does so much more than regulate the temperature throughout your home. Using insulation of a proper R-value for your area will make your home more energy efficient. At Skyline Pest Solutions, we provide an economically friendly insulation made up of 85% recycled materials. Additionally, our insulation contains a pesticide built...
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Rodent Awareness Week

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Rodents, including squirrels and rats, can become a major nuisance to your home or garden. These animals are known to be destructive and can damage the structure of your home as well as its contents if left to their own devices. They can also carry diseases and parasites, making them a potential threat to your home and family. If you suspect you have a rodent problem, it's important to deal with it right away as it can quickly get out of hand. Why Rodents Are Such a Problem There are several reasons that rodents can be serious pests: They chew voraciously, causing damage to your home and its contents They leave behind messy droppings that can pose a health risk and are generally unpleasant They can carry diseases and are often carriers of fleas and other pests They can spoil your food by sneaking into your cupboards or pantry and...
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Preparing Your Home for Fall Pests

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If you are worried that common pests will try to invade your home when the warm weather of summer fades, you are likely wondering what steps you can take to prevent the problem from occurring. Pests will want to find a warm place to hide during the cool months of fall, and your house could be a prime target. If you don’t take steps to stop them, pests can damage your home, contaminate your food and cause other problems that you will want to avoid. Fortunately, you can try several methods that promise to keep harmful pests away from your home and out of your sight. Protecting Your Home Proactively securing your home can work wonders to keep insects, rodents, and other pests at bay, and you can start by searching the outside of your home for small holes and cracks that can allow pests to enter. Using caulk, you...
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Gray Squirrels

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Don’t be deceived by a gray squirrel’s adorable appearance. This cute animal can cause a great deal of mischief. Find out why gray squirrels tend to be such a big problem for local homeowners. Costly Property Damage You certainly don’t want gray squirrels to take refuge in your home. For good reason, these animals love to break into attics. Not only does your attic provide year-round shelter, but it also gives squirrels easy access to trees. Don’t be surprised if your home sustains a lot of damage. From shredded insulation to chewed wood, the amount of destruction will gradually begin to take its toll. Even worse, squirrels can create a fire hazard by gnawing through electrical wires. Unsanitary Conditions While living in your attic, gray squirrels will cause the entire area to become unsanitary. The smell of urine and feces can linger in the air for days at a time....
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Centipedes and Millipedes

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Of all the crawling creatures that can invade, many people find centipedes and millipedes to be the most startling. Perhaps it is the multiple legs that seem to be going in all directions at once or the overall impression of a creature from another world. Often, people are not certain whether they are seeing a centipede, a millipede or a prop from a science fiction movie. This guide can help you determine whether your invader is a centipede or a millipede. Commonalities Between Centipedes and Millipedes Centipedes and millipedes are not insects, but they are members of the same phylum. Both have two antennae, segmented bodies, jointed legs, poor vision and exoskeletons. Both grow by molting, and when they are young, they will grow new body segments and legs every time they molt. Neither is known to carry diseases or cause damage to the structure they invade. More About Centipedes...
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Ants vs Fire Ants

An invasion of ants is one of the things that householders fear the most. As well as being unsightly, they can also give nasty bites or stings and some can even cause damage to the property. Thankfully, there is no need to just accept ants taking over your house when they feel like it. The Different Types of Ants There are dozens of types of ant that live in and around Atlanta. This is because the climate in Georgia is ideal for a number of different species of this pest. Among the common types that you may encounter are black ants, house ants, thief ants, carpenter ants and pharaoh ants. Fire ants are particularly common here at certain times of the year—during the warmer months—although technically this is a generic name used for various different species. What They Look Like You can sometimes identify the type of ant just by...
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Differences Between the American and Smokybrown Cockroach

Finding roaches in your home is sure to be a horrifying moment for you and your family. These are year-round pests that can quickly build up a big population once they find the right house to thrive in. After the initial panic, it is time to identify the pest so you can have the best course of action for ridding your home of them. The Differences Between American and Smokybrown Roaches There are many different types of cockroaches in the world. Two of the kinds that you are most likely to find in Georgia are the smokybrown and the American roaches. It is always good to be able to identify them, so you know what you are dealing with. The first noticeable difference you should be aware of is that the smokybrown roach is the smaller of the two, reaching a maximum size of some 38mm although most are smaller...
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Pest Prevention in Atlanta

Keeping your home free of annoying and dangerous pests is sure to be one of your main focuses as a homeowner. The bad news is that there is a wide variety of insects and creatures that can cause problems for Atlanta residents. Among the most common and annoying of these pests are ants and roaches. If your home has been invaded by either of these pests, then you are sure to want to find a solution as fast as you can. Ants There are several types of ants present in Georgia, with fire ants among the most feared of them. These ants give a nasty sting that can lead to serious health consequences or even death. They are typically red, copper or brown in color. Another type to look out for are carpenter ants. These ants give a painful bite and are usually black or red, although they also come...
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Why Customers Choose Skyline

Why Customers Choose Skyline At Skyline Pest Solutions, we work tirelessly to inform you about superior ways to keep your everyday Atlanta Metro experience pest free. To us, our mission isn’t just about getting rid of pests. It’s also about helping you stay educated. By giving you the tools you need to make smarter decisions, we let you get the most out of your pest control budget and protect the wonderful natural resources that we all share. What Makes Us Special? You may be wondering why you should work with us instead of other providers. Although there are many benefits to the services that we offer, informed consumers appreciate our skills and expertise most. As our past reviews demonstrate, Skyline Pest Solutions clients love the fact that we’re: • Always prompt whether we’re responding to emergencies or regular calls, • Conversant with ecologically friendly, humane pest control techniques, • State-certified inspectors...
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Identifying Stinging Insects

Identifying Stinging Insects About Bees There are primarily two types of stinging insects: bees and wasps. Among bees, we see the following around the Atlanta area: • Honeybees • Bumblebees Honeybees are slender and furry, with stripes on their abdomen that alternate black or brown and yellow or gold. The tips of their abdomens are sharp, and their stingers prominent. These are the only bees that have barbed stings and, therefore, sting only once before dying from a ruptured abdomen. They are not aggressive by nature, stinging only when they believe their territory is being threatened. Their nests are often found on branches, in the hollows of trees, and in wall cavities. Bumblebees are furrier than honeybees and twice as large. Their abdomens are rounded at the tip. The color of their stripes, usually alternating black and yellow, is less distinct. Many species of bumblebee nest in the ground, creating...
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Why Mosquitoes Love Georgia

Mosquitoes require water for breeding and Georgia makes for a great place for them to reside because of our humid and often times, rainy springs and summers. The added humidity keeps the moisture in the air, making it feel wet and sticky when you step outside. Standing water turns stagnant after some time and makes the perfect breeding spot for mosquitoes. The females lay their eggs in the water, and within a day or two, the larvae emerge and quickly grow into adults. 5 Tips for a Mosquito-Free Yard 1. Remove standing water. Removing any standing water on your property will drastically reduce mosquito numbers. Turn over unused pots that could collect rainwater, and fill up any holes in the yard or places like tree stumps and sidewalks. 2. Trim back the shrubbery. Overgrown shrubbery gives mosquitoes a place to rest when they're not looking for humans to feed on....
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Preventing Ants From Joining Your Summertime BBQs

Preventing Ants From Joining Your Summertime BBQs Ants are some of the world's most social and fascinating insects. Unfortunately, they also routinely turn up uninvited at backyard barbecues. An ant has distinctive features including a tiny thorax between a bulbous head and abdomen. Ants also have bent antennae that resemble elbows. Most ant species do not produce food within their colonies. Therefore, they have to forage for food. An ant can travel quite far from its colony to find food -- and when it finds food, it uses pheromones to signal other ants in the foraging party. If an ant happens to discover the serving table for your Memorial Day barbecue, you will very quickly have to deal with a table full of ants. If you want to host a barbecue this summer, take some time beforehand to plan a strategy for keeping ants away. These are some of our...
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The Most Common Summer Pests

The Most Common Summer Pests If you are like most people, you are looking forward to having some summer fun. From lounging outside on the deck to preparing delicious strawberry shortcake, there are plenty of fun activities to do during this time of the year. Unfortunately, the hot weather causes insects and other pests to come out in full force. Here are five of the most common summer pests. 1) Mosquitoes For good reason, people from around the world fear mosquitoes. These bloodsuckers have long been known for spreading disease. With the Zika virus being such a big concern, you must take the necessary precautions to keep mosquitoes away from your family. If you happen to see a mosquito swarm near your home, you must take action immediately. These pests love to hang around rain gutters and flower pots. Because mosquitoes are so tiny, they can easily creep through an...
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General Pest Prevention: Ants, Roaches

A 2010 survey reported that Florida is the buggiest state in the U.S. Georgia ranked number five. Most residents of these states commonly deal with cockroach and ant problems. Cockroaches Whether you call it a palmetto bug, a water bug or a croton bug, it might be a cockroach. American cockroaches and smokey brown cockroaches are often referred to as palmetto bugs. The American cockroach can grow up to two inches long and is dark brown with a lighter midsection. The smoky brown cockroach is similar in size but has a mahogany hue. Both of these cockroaches can fly. The German cockroach is much smaller than the American cockroach. This species is usually brown and has two stripes behind its head. Although German cockroaches have wings, they seldom fly. They are most often found in the kitchen and around water sources. Ants Although ants are much smaller than cockroaches, they...
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Skyline Bat Removal

Georgia is known for its lush green spaces that are attractive to people as well as to many types of wildlife. Even in the highly developed city of Atlanta, one can still find a number of rabbits, deer, opossums and even coyotes scampering about. While play time between birds and squirrels are fun to watch, discovering that you have a bat infestation is definitely not. Bats often invade human living spaces and set up nests to breed. They become a real nuisance when the smell of their accumulated droppings and urine permeate your home. While your friends' sage advice to “move out of the bat cave” worked when you were a renter, it’s time for a more sophisticated solution now that you're a homeowner. Types of Bats in Atlanta Bats enjoy setting up house in geographic areas that have temperate to very warm climates and adequate food supplies of insects....
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Save Money On Energy Bills With Insulation

If you are like most homeowners, you are actively searching for ways to protect your budget by lowering your monthly expenses. No matter where you live, you will find things that you can do to reach your goal. One of the most effective steps that you can take is to add high-quality insulation to your walls and attic. Overlooking this step would be a mistake that you don't want to make, but you will notice impressive results right away if you take this advice to heart. If you are still feeling skeptical, speak with anyone who has already added insulation to their home, which will give you a clear picture. How Insulation Helps No matter the time of year, you will likely want to keep your home at a comfortable temperature for you and your family to enjoy. But the heat from your home will leak outside during the winter,...
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Importance of Preventative Termite Protection

Did you know that anywhere from 60,000 to 1 million termites may live in a single subterranean colony? Standard insurance policies don’t cover termite damage, so prevention should be a top priority. Regular inspections by experienced professionals should be conducted at least once a year, but there are measures that homeowners can take in the interim. Reduce Moisture Moisture is highly conducive to termite infestation. Diverting water away from your home will make it much less inviting. Be quick to repair leaky plumbing. Fix dripping air conditioner condensation lines. Check the faucet area behind the washing machine. Attend to moisture problems in the basement, crawlspace and attic. Don’t let water pool around your foundation or on the roof, and regularly clean your gutters. Cut Off the Food Supply It’s cellulose that termites are after. This plentiful organic compound is in wood, plants, plant byproducts and even paper. Termites have clever...
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Protect Your Home from Termites

Protect Your Home from Termites Termites are destructive creatures and cause homeowners a number of headaches. After an infestation hits your house, you may be facing expensive repairs. In six months, termites can destroy an entire property. To guard against problems, it is important to understand a few ways to protect your home and why it is helpful to consult with a professional pest control company. Five Ways to Protect Your Home from Termites 1. Inspect Your Air Conditioning Unit. Termites love moisture. If your A/C unit has a leak, it will create a puddle that will attract these creatures. To avoid problems, it is vital to make sure that all tubes are free of cracks and that the moisture release is pointed away from your home's foundation. 2. Proper Storage. Your attic may be stuffed with old books, magazines, and photos. Paper is a prime food source for termites....
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How To Tell The Difference Between an Ant and a Termite

Ants and termites are often mistaken for each other, but these pests are actually quite different. Correct identification is crucial when you're trying to eliminate an infestation. Which One Is It? While ants and termites do resemble each other, they both have certain distinctive features. To determine whether you are dealing with ants or termites, take a close look at the insect's: Body:  How many segments make up the body? An ant's body has three segments. Termites' bodies only have two segments. Antennae: How are the antennae shaped? Ants' antennae are not straight; they have a noticeable bend in them. The antennae on a termite are long and straight. Wings: What do the wings look like? Ants and termites do not always have wings, but when they do, these appendages can help identify the insect. Ants have four wings, and the rear wings are shorter than the front wings. While...
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Five Facts About Squirrels and Rodents

Five Facts About Squirrels and Rodents Squirrels and rodents may be cute when observed in nature, but most homeowners do not wish to share their home with them. These critters cause expensive damage to homes and even present health and safety risks to the occupants. It's important to be aware of how these creatures get in, how they survive, and how they can ravage your home. Break-ins Are Their Specialty These animals are very adept at letting themselves in. Squirrels have surprisingly strong teeth and claws, and they have been observed tearing holes in wood, vinyl siding, and even aluminum chimney caps. Rats and mice gain entry by squeezing through tiny spaces. A small mouse can fit through a hole the size of a pencil eraser, so it's important to inspect your home for any gaps that could allow them to squeeze in. They Reproduce Prodigiously Rodents and squirrels reproduce...
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New Years Resolution: Keep your home Pest free

New Years Resolution: Keep your home Pest free With the end of the year approaching fast, are you contemplating various New Year's resolutions? Don't forget to put keeping your home free of pests on the list of possibilities. It's a great way to protect the comfort, safety and health of your family. What Attracts Pests? What lures pests into human homes? The exact answer depends on the pest, but it often comes down to food or shelter. Consider these examples: Bed bugs infest human homes because of the availability of food. They feed on human blood. Fleas also dine on blood, and they make every effort to be where people and animals are so that they have a ready food source. Termites invade human homes in search of food, but they prefer to munch on cellulose, an organic fiber in wood and wood products. Their appetite can cause a lot...
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Have a Pest Free Holiday

Have a Pest Free Holiday As winter approaches, people begin decorating and celebrating holidays with family and friends. Few individuals want to incorporate pests into the festivities. Unfortunately, as the outdoor temperatures cool, many creatures search for food and warmth inside of your home. Here are the most common pests in Atlanta during the winter months and signs of infestations. Common Winter Pests in Atlanta Rodents. When winter hits, mice and rats scamper for food. They enter your home through tiny holes near pipes, electrical outlets, or foundation cracks. When they get inside, many nest and invade your space. As they look for food, they leave bacteria behind, which can make you and your loved ones sick. Squirrels and Raccoons. Squirrels are most likely to enter your attic or basement, and raccoons find shelter under your deck or inside of your garage. Dangers occur as this wildlife begins chewing on...
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5 Ways Squirrels Get into Your House

5 Ways Squirrels Get into Your House Whether in wooded, rural areas or the middle of the city, squirrels are a common sight. While these animals’ small size and high-energy antics may be cute and amusing outdoors, they can do a lot of damage when they invade the home. As they are part of the rodent family, squirrels have constantly growing teeth that they must maintain by chewing. They can choose to chew on a variety of household materials, including: wood, siding, wires, and plastic, causing significant harm over time. Why They Come Inside In nature, squirrels often look to build nests in the cavities of trees, where protection from the elements and often a cache of food is readily available to support the animal and any young. However, scarcity of natural nesting sites can lead to competition, causing some squirrels to look for alternative shelter. In addition, there are...
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Don't Let Pests Make Themselves at Home in Your Pantry This Season

Don't Let Pests Make Themselves at Home in Your Pantry This Season You never know when a bag of your favorite self-rising flour or cornbread mix will include a hidden helping of pests. Even the most respected brands cannot produce pest-free products all of the time. When the efforts of commercial processors fail, a nightmare begins for unsuspecting customers. Here are a few pests that could be lurking in your pantry. Grain Beetles Sawtoothed grain beetles and confused flour beetles are common pests in homes and food processing facilities. These tiny beetles can infest products after harvest, during storage or while sitting on shelves in your local store. Drugstore beetles, cigarette beetles and weevils also cause problems. Most of these beetles measure less than one-tenth of an inch long, so they can go undetected until the infestation has spread. Meal Moths While some entomologists say that Indian meal moths are...
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Don't Let Ants Crash Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Don't Let Ants Crash Your Thanksgiving Dinner Many Georgians will be welcoming friends, family members and acquaintances into their homes to share and appreciate what they have this Thanksgiving. However, unprepared humans may also wind up with some unwelcome guests who want to share the food. Ants are especially problematic in the fall. This is what you need to know about these tiny food-stealing armies. Types Of Ants In Georgia If you have an ant problem in your home, you may have seen more than one type. These are the most common and problematic types in the Atlanta area. Carpenter Ants These ants are easy to identify because of how large they are. They may be brown or black. You will usually see them crawling on wood. Carpenter ants make tunnels in the wood and can wreak havoc on your walls, your garage and even your foundation. One of the...
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Get Educated on Rodent Awareness Week

Learn About Rodent Awareness Week Skyline Pest Solutions serves the residential and business customers in the greater Atlanta metro area. Our comprehensive pest-control solutions are supplemented by our rodent awareness week. Every relationship is important to us, and we always strive to give you the best information available on rodent detection and elimination. Rodent Awareness Week Rodents are small mammals that have the ability to transmit diseases to humans. Many of these diseases don’t come from the rodent. It is common for these diseases to be transmitted through small fleas or ticks, which tend to ride on the back of the rodent. Rodent infestation are often made visible through disturbing trails of feces or urine. They also tend to ransack pantry areas where open food containers might be located. Our service professionals can determine if you have a rodent infestation and develop a plan to eliminate these critters from your...
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Prepare Your Home for Pests This Fall

Fall Pest Preparation When the seasons change, so do the habits of the region’s pests. The cooler weather inspires rodents and insects to move indoors. To keep them from moving in with you, be sure to prepare your home before fall arrives. Preparation tips range from sealing cracks and crevices that allow pests entry into your home to storing food properly. For comprehensive preparation, hire a professional pest control company to inspect your residence. Steps You Can Take Any tiny nook or cranny in your home can be invaded by critters. Common fall pests include mice, flies, spiders and even wasps. These creatures can enter your home through cracks in your foundation as well as within gaps that develop around your doors and windows. Inspect these areas of your home. If you come across small to midsize openings, seal them with caulk. For large cracks or considerable holes, use steel...
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Protect Your Home from Squirrels This Season

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A great many homeowners enjoy the presence of wildlife on their property, and it's not an unusual practice to set up feeding stations to draw the animals in. Gray squirrels may be among the most popular visitors to your yard, and it's great fun to watch the adorable little critters scurry up trees and sit up to chew on a delectable treat. However, the gray squirrel is capable of causing some serious problems. Here at Skyline Pest Solutions, we've seen the damage that gray squirrels can do, and we've been called on to humanely remove several of these animals from homes throughout Atlanta, Georgia. An Attic Full of Gray Squirrels In many cases, you may find yourself infested with gray squirrels even if you've chosen not to place out their favorite foods or provide nesting boxes because many things in your home are naturally attractive to this animal. Gray squirrels...
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Protect Your Home from Pest Invasion This Season

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Your home is your sanctuary. After a long day at work, all you want to do is come home and relax. Unfortunately, insects may have a different plan in mind. During the summer months, your lawn becomes the long-term home of insect species like centipedes and millipedes. In Atlanta, homeowners need to remove these insect species before their summertime barbecues and picnics. By preventing an infestation and treating it right away, you can prevent insects from becoming a major problem. Be Wary of Centipedes and Millipedes In Latin, “cent” means 100. While a centipede may appear to have 100 legs, it really can have a wide range of legs. On average, a centipede can have 15 to 171 pairs of legs. Meanwhile, millipedes get their name from a Greek word that means 1,000. Like centipedes, millipedes actually have a wide range of leg pairs. Millipedes can have less than 100...
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Don't Let Ants Control Your Home This Summer

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How can you stop those ants from marching one by one this summer? From ruining a good picnic to painfully biting your skin, ants are always unwanted seasonal guests. If you live in the greater Atlanta area, here is a quick look at the type of ants that may try to take control of your home, office or property. Common Ants in Georgia • Argentine Ants – Considered one of the most common ants in Atlanta, Argentine ants are either light or dark brown and roughly an eighth of inch in length. These ants create huge colonies with hundreds of queens. Also, Argentine ants love to make their nests in moist soil, beneath boards, or near buildings. The problem with this ant species is the pheromone trails that they leave to signal their fellow ants to food. That is why a few small ants can soon turn into a large...
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Keep Your Home Roach Free All Summer Long

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The sight of a roach probably disgusts and angers you, but it can alert you to a problem that needs correction. Often appearing only at night, cockroaches can make their presence in your home difficult to detect. Their survival skills may astound you, but we can completely eradicate them from your home. Understanding the Challenge Roaches seek the same creature comforts that you enjoy, and their search for shelter, food and water can create an infestation in your home. They eat any organic substance, but bread crumbs in your toaster oven provide a source of food that attracts them. Research by University of Florida entomologists reverses the idea that roaches cannot smell. Studies show that they can detect aromas with their antennae. Their ability to mark a trail leading to food and water sources enables a colony to survive and flourish. Considering Differences between American and Smokey Brown Roaches Calling...
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Maintain a Mosquito Free Yard All Summer Long

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The Atlanta area is a popular breeding ground for mosquitoes of all types, and it is important to protect yourself for several reasons, including being able to avoid those annoying itches as well as potentially dangerous diseases such as West Nile virus and Zika virus infection. Fortunately, several solutions are easy to do yourself while others involve contacting a pest solution professional. Aedes Mosquitoes These insects, which are also known as yellow fever mosquitoes, have fascinating white spots all over their bodies. They are about 4-7 mm long, making them a little smaller than average mosquitoes. These insects tend to have a shorter lifespan than other types of mosquitoes, about 15-30 days. Aedes mosquitoes originated in Africa before spreading throughout the world. Anopheles Mosquitoes This species is best known as the transmitter of malaria, which female anopheles mosquitoes can transmit. Although malaria has been almost entirely eradicated from the United...
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Keep Your Home Free of Rodents and Snakes This Summer

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With the summer often comes parties and playtime in the backyard, but this fun might not last if rodents and snakes have made your property their home. Skyline Pest Solutions wants to protect your family and guests by teaching you more about these pests and wildlife. Common Rodents Rodents are attracted to garbage and waste from cereals, fruits, grains and vegetables. They also chew cardboard to make nests out of it. These pests contaminate food and surfaces with feces and urine, spreading diseases. Rodents chew on a variety of other items as well, including electric wires and insulation, which causes damage in and around homes. Be on the lookout for these common pests in Atlanta: Cotton Rats – Measuring 5.2 to 8.4 inches, these rodents have coarse, gray hair mixed with black. Their undersides are light in color, and their tails are bare. Deer Mice – Measuring 2.8 to 4...
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How To Prevent Snakes and Rats From Invading Your Home

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Snakes And Rats Snakes and rats are both enough to make most people uneasy when they are sighted in a home or in a yard. Both pests can be hazardous to the health of home occupants, pets and visitors. It is important to know how to identify a rat or snake problem and how to address it. Where To Find Snakes And Rats Both pests may reside indoors or outdoors. They prefer areas that have little foot traffic. Rats often prefer basements, attics and spaces behind walls. These pests colonize and multiply quickly. You may be aware of the problem until the colony has already grown significantly. However, rats usually leave signs of their presence. Gnawed food bags and containers are often telltale signs of rats or mice. Rats also leave droppings and odorous urine behind. Snakes may live behind walls, under foundations or in basements. Finding them can be...
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Preventing Ants & Roaches In Your Home This Summer

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Pest Prevention: Fighting Bugs in the Summertime Blue skies and blooming flowers must mean it's springtime in Marietta, Kennesaw, Acworth and surrounding areas. With summer fast approaching, people in Georgia are preparing their grills and backyards for some fun in the sun. Though you may love this time of year, there are a few million pests who love it just as much. If you want to minimize spring and summer bugs this season, Skyline Pest Solutions can help. Pest Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia Preventative pest management is the best method for avoiding pests like ants and roaches during the spring and summer months. It takes more than cleaning your kitchen and vacuuming crumbs off the floor to keep pests out of your home. You'll need to identify possible entry points and make home improvements to create a barrier between the inside and the outside. Ways to Keep Pests Out of...
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Keep Summer Grilling Mosquito Free

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Summer Grilling Pest-Free The joys of summer bring memories of splashing in the pool, lounging in the sun and grilling out with friends and family. With longer days and warmer weather, most people find time to enjoy the outdoors during summertime. However, summer also means annoying mosquitoes and pesky bugs trying to get in on the fun. Fortunately, there are effective ways to control mosquitoes from ruining your summer. Different Types of Mosquitos In Cumming, Alpharetta, Roswell and the surrounding areas, the most common mosquito species include the Southern House Mosquito and the Asian Tiger Mosquito. Southern House Mosquito – These mosquitoes are very active at dusk and can fly up to half of a mile. In addition, this species is known to carry the West Nile Virus. While most healthy people can fight off an infection of the West Nile Virus, small children and elderly family members may find...
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Pest Control For Warm Weather

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Warm Weather Pests As the weather heats up in Buford, Sugar Hill, Suwanee and the surrounding areas in the coming months, people being doing more outdoor activities. Humans are not the only ones how get more active as the weather heats up; pests do as well, and as they are looking for food, water and shelter, they often find refuge in our homes. Ants The most obvious way to prevent inviting these guests on to your property is to avoid leaving out crumbs when enjoying a barbecue or picnic with family and friends. However, sometimes they discover food sources inside and once they do, these insects invite their own family and friends to join them. Also note that the usually rainy Atlanta weather tends to drive ants indoors as well, so make sure that your home is sealed as tightly as possible. Mosquitoes These flyers are not only maddening in...
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