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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

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,...
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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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