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Thursday, October 17 2013

I just got a new puppy and in the process learned a lot about fleas and tapeworms. I thought I would share the information here:

My puppy seemed very sluggish the first day I had him. I was concerned so I got an appointment with a vet. After the exam, the vet told me my puppy had a tapeworm. He explained that fleas transmit the tapeworms when an animal ingests the infected flea.

He gave my puppy a shot to get rid of the current tapeworm, but he warned that the puppy must have a flea-free environment to prevent a new infection.

I went ahead and started monthly flea treatments for the dog. However, being in the pest control industry, I know these treatments are not enough to prevent him from ingesting a flea. These popular treatments are very helpful but it can take up to 24 hours to kill a flea once it comes in contact with your pet. The best way to prevent contact with fleas is to treat the home and yard as well. This is especially helpful for pets that have a flea allergy because it only takes a few bites to cause significant discomfort for the pet.

Our flea treatments cost between $50 - $100 and usually only need to be done once or twice a year. For more information you can contact our office at (770) 995-5053. 

Have a great day,

Julia
Alternative Pest Control Staff

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Wednesday, October 16 2013

Brown Recluse Size, How Big is a Georgia Brown Recluse

Here is what to look for...

Light brown body with darker brown marking in the center
Legs are lighter and uniform in color
Lots of fine short hairs on the body
The body will be 1/2 inch or smaller

Their webs are loose, sticky, light gray and have no pattern. 
They like to hide in small dark spaces where they will not be disturbed.

Signs of a bite...

Initially the bite is not painful. At 2-8 hours the area will become red, tender and swollen. If left untreated, it can form a growing ulcer that does not heal and is surrounded by purple skin discoloration and swelling.

Other symptoms can include: chills, fever, nausea, sweating, and itching.

Severity of symptoms differ from person to person with the worst cases often involving children or the elderly.

SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY IF YOU SUSPECT YOU HAVE BEEN BITTEN BY A BROWN RECLUSE.

First Aid

Wash bite with soap and water.
Put an ice pack on the area for 10 minutes, remove for 10 minutes and repeat.

Best ways to avoid a bite...

Keep the home free of pests (not only should this eliminate any brown recluse but it will also remove the household insects they feed on)
Wear heavy work gloves when sorting through items that have been undisturbed for long periods of time (especially clothes, shoes, woodpiles, picture frames, and cardboard boxes)


UNFORTUNATELY WE LIVE INSIDE THE DISTRIBUTION AREA FOR THIS POISONOUS SPIDER. IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW HOW TO ID THEM AND WHEN TO SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION.

IF YOU SUSPECT YOU HAVE A BROWN RECLUSE INFESTATION IN YOUR HOME OR OFFICE, JUST GIVE US A CALL AND WE WILL SEND OUT A TECHNICIAN RIGHT AWAY.

770-995-5053

http://alternativepestcontrol.com/contact

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Tuesday, October 15 2013

There is a reason spiders are associated with Halloween that goes beyond being creepy-crawly. This time of year is when spiders become the most active and visible. They have been growing steadily since spring and have reached their full size. Many of the spiders you see in your home now, probably came inside during the heavy rains this summer but were too small to be noticed. Some of them may be males that are on the move looking for a mate. Females can become especially large because they are about to lay their eggs before the first freeze.

Most spiders are harmless but the majority people would prefer not to share their home with them. So if your suddenly seeing more spiders than you can stomach, just give us a call at 770-995-5053.

http://www.alt-pc.com/contact


Stay tuned for posts about the two spiders that are not so harmless: the black widow and the brown recluse. We'll show you how to identify and avoid being bitten by these poisonous georgia spiders.

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Thursday, October 10 2013

Have any pest control related questions? Just post them here and we'll be happy to answer them. With thirty years of pest control experience there is no question we can't answer.

We can ID a bug.... Explain how different services work... Address safety concerns about chemicals.... Whatever you need to know we're here to help.

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Wednesday, October 09 2013

There is a new species of ant that has made it's way to Georgia. The Tawny Crazy Ant is unique because of the massive size of it's colonies. They are very difficult to control and must be identified by a well educated technician because typical ant treatments will not be enough. Check out the article below. If you suspect you have an infestation call us right away. We will keep our technicians up-to-date on the best way to manage these new household pests. 

Here is what to look out for:

They’re reddish in color, very tiny, and they run around and scurry really fast. And they don’t march in a straight row like Argentine ants. You may also notice electrical problems around the home because they are attracted to electrical wiring.


http://www.redandblack.com/uganews/science_health/drive-me-crazy-invasive-ant-terrorizes-georgia-through-numbers/article_f8c1dbaa-298d-11e3-b475-001a4bcf6878.html

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Wednesday, October 02 2013

http://bugguide.net/node/view/15740 is a great site. They even have a free service where you can post pictures of your mystery bug and they'll help you identify it.

For a quick simple ID of common house pests you can use our site
http://www.alt-pc.com/pest_id

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Monday, September 30 2013

Ragweed season is upon us, but outdoor pollen may not be the only contribution to allergy symptoms. As the temperature drops a whole host of pests migrate into our homes looking for warmth and shelter. By far one of the most hated of those pests is the cockroach. Everyone is grossed out by them and an estimated 26.1% of the US population is allergic to them. Cockroach allergy can cause all the same symptoms as pollen allergies but studies show they are particularly hard on children with asthma. 

Keeping the home clean and free of clutter can help avoid an infestation. Many sites recommend taking steps like cleaning the kitchen floors after every meal (for busy families this may not always be realistic). The best safeguard against cockroach infestations is regular pest control. At Alternative Pest Control we have nearly 30 years of experience preventing and treating roach problems in homes and businesses.

Protect your home from cockroaches and the indoor allergens they produce with regular and affordable services from Alternative Pest Control (770) 995-5053.

God Bless!
APC Staff

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Friday, September 20 2013

RBI stands for rigid board insulation. RBI is used in home construction because it improves energy efficiency. It's use has surged in the last decade with an equivalent increase in termite infestations. According to Clemson University researchers, RBI is "a superhighway for termites". It gives them easy access to the studs that support your home. The problem is made worse by brick, stucco and siding that hides RBI from view. 

This lead to the National Pest Control Association issuing a recommendation to Pest Control Companies not to accept jobs in which Termite conducive RBI problems couldn't be corrected.

Most companies reacted, not by trying to remove RBI problems, but by simply adding a clause to their warranties that relieves them of responsibility when infestations were caused by RBI or any other structural conditions which are conducive to termite infestations. This is just a loop-hole to not cover the most common cause of termite damage. It may sound like it makes sense to the consumer, but is actually no excuse for a failed treatment.

A few companies attempt to remove RBI. While this is a more honest approach than the former, it is expensive and you loose the energy efficiency, the very reason it was put there to begin with.

At Alternative Pest Control, we like to live up to our name and offer an ALTERNATIVE. We say you can keep your RBI and the energy efficiency that it gives you, with out loosing any peace of mind. Our warrantee covers RBI, no exceptions. Our unique approach to termite treatments is to eliminate ALL termites in the ground. It doesn't matter how much RBI is exposed when there aren't any termites in the first place. Every home, whether it has RBI or not, is venerable to termites. If termites colonize under your home they WILL find a way in. That’s why we believe the only responsible thing to do is to create a chemical barrier to prevent colonization. We believe so strongly in our approach, that if our treatment fails we not only cover the cost of ALL repairs but we give you back twice the cost of the treatment.

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Thursday, August 15 2013

The last decade has seen a huge resurgence in bed bug infestations. The number of reported incidents in New York City rose from 500 in 2004 to 10,000 in 2009, but its not just the big cities being affected. We've been getting calls from all over the metro area, from single-family homes in Lawrenceville, to apartment complexes in Dunwoody and gated communities in Alpharetta. Bed bugs can happen to anybody anywhere. So here are some tips on how to avoid a bed bug infestation in your home:

1. Know how to identify a bed bug. Adult bed bugs are reddish-brown with a flat, oval body that measures approximately ¼ of an inch (6.35 mm) long. Newly hatched bed bugs are translucent and 1mm long. 

2.Check for bed bugs before unpacking during a trip away from home. Change rooms or hotels immediately if you see any evidence of bed bugs.

3.Take care of bed bugs that may have hitched a ride on clothing.Separate laundry into plastic bags so the clothes can be placed directly in the washer without bugs escaping. Wash and dry the clothes on the highest setting that the fabric can withstand or take items to the dry cleaners.Undress on a hard surface floor rather than on carpet if you suspect bed bugs are on your clothing. Bed bugs do not travel on people like lice do. Wipe off the floor to capture any bed bugs that fall off the clothes.

4.Take care when bringing used furniture and clothing into your house. Wash clothing immediately. Furniture, however, should be inspected carefully before even bringing it into your home.


Taking these precautions can go a long way to keeping bed bugs out of your home. If you find yourself with bed bugs, despite all your efforts, there's no need to panic.

At Alternative Pest Control we pride ourselves on our ability to eliminate infestations quickly and without breaking the bank. While many companies regularly charge $600/room, we do the job for $200/room or less. 

JUST GIVE US A CALL AT (770) 995-5053 TO SET UP AN EMERGENCY BED BUG TREATMENT. OUR OFFICE STAFF WILL WALK YOU THROUGH THE PROCESS AND GET A TECHNICIAN OUT TO YOUR HOUSE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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Thursday, August 15 2013

Please look at those contracts. They have exemptions for just about every conceivable way that insects can damage your home. They may occasionally replace a window frame here and there, if the customer really makes a fuss, but when it comes to damage in the thousands, they leave the homeowner high and dry. 

Once you get a good look at their contracts take a look at ours. This is the whole thing copied and pasted from our damage bond:

" This guarantee is issued to the above owner and any subsequent owners of the listed property address after a subterranean termite treatment.
The guarantee shall remain in force for one year, and is renewable for at least 10 years upon receipt of the renewal fee on or before each anniversary of the original date of issuance,
Should a subterranean termite infestation appear while this guarantee is in effect, Alternative Pest Control, Inc. will treat that infestation at no additional charge to the property owner.
Should any new damage from subterranean termites be discovered while this guarantee is in effect, that damage will be repaired at no charge to the property owner. APC will also pay the property owner two times the original treatment cost in cash for the inconvenience.
AP.C. must be notified of the damage, by the property owner, and have an opportunity to inspect the area before repairs are made.
Live termites must be found to classify as new damage.
Damage existing prior to treatment whether visible or hidden is not covered under this guarantee. Any area of known existing damage is not covered under the damage guarantee until that area is repaired, Alternative Pest Control, Inc. will need to inspect the repaired area while it is still accessible.
The property owner shall be responsible for notifying Alternative Pest Control of any structural alterations made during the contract period.
Any structural changes or additions to the structure that are not depicted in the attached graph will not be covered under the guarantee until they have been treated by Alternative Pest Control. This treatment or re-treatment will be at an additional fee to the property owner.
Our annual renewal fees are below average because we have such low claims ratio and we guarantee that they will always remain below industry average."

THAT'S IT... NO LEGAL JARGON... NO FINE PRINT... JUST A PROMISE TO DO WHATS RIGHT. 

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