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Termites, Mosquitoes and Bats, Oh My!

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SWAT Services has been bringing safe and efficient pest control and home renovation services to the Marietta, Cobb and metro Atlanta areas since 1984. We have 3 main areas that we can help you with in your home:

1. Termite and Pest Control
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      These pictures are of a hornets’ nest and what you could see of a huge beehive that we removed from clients’ homes. Eek! No one likes the thought of pests invading your home. Often these pests and bugs can cause damage to your home or even health problems to your family. SWAT can help! We can remove any type of pest from your home including termites, mosquitoes, ants, fleas, beetles, cockroaches, spiders, bees, hornets and much more. We offer year-round solutions, but during the summer time, especially in the South, we focus heavily on termite and mosquito control. Termite control is a must if you are a homeowner. SWAT offers regular termite inspections to help keep your home protected. Our technicians have all the knowledge and tools to help get rid of any and all troublesome pests. We also stay current on the latest technology so we can do our best to help you.

2. Wildlife Control
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It is equally disturbing to have unwanted wildlife in your home. SWAT can help with that too. We can remove squirrels, raccoons, opossums, skunks, birds, bats, snakes, rats, mice and more. Our technicians do this by conducting a thorough inspection of all vents, dormers, ingress and egress of pipes, cables and electrical wiring leading to your home. We want to get the wildlife removed and make sure there aren’t any others. All of our employees are trained and registered with the GA Department of Agriculture and will do their best to not only protect your home, but also to protect the wildlife that is removed.

3. Home Services
Often times a pest control company will come in and fix the pest problem, but you are left with putting your home back together where the damage was done. At SWAT, we have a home services division that can do the repairs where there was damage. SWAT also specializes in roofing, whole home painting, plumbing and home repairs to help you with other needs you might have with your home.
If you are having issues with pests, insects, or wildlife or need some work done on your home, call SWAT Services today for an inspection and free estimate. We are a locally owned company and most of our employees have been with us for 10 years or more so you know you are going to get great service and unmatched experience and expertise. Call us today at (770) 565-7928!

Termite Swarming Season for Metro Atlanta

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Termite Swarming SeasonSpring and early summer is termite swarming season for Marietta and metro Atlanta. Termites swarm because reproductive termites are forced out of their shelter tubes to mate and start new colonies.

SWAT Services provides inspection and treatment for these destructive home invaders. Termites do more damage to homes than wind, lightning and fire. And, the estimate for repairing termite damage in the US is over 5 billion dollars annually.

Termite damage is seldom covered by insurance. SWAT’s termite treatment program is designed to kill existing termites and protect your home from future infestations. Our treatments have a lifetime warranty for retreatment of any future active termite infestation and the repair of any damage caused by a future termite infestation. The warranty is renewable annually and is fully transferable to any subsequent owner of the property without payment of any transfer fees.

Minimize the Chances for Termite Damage

Homeowners in Atlanta can minimize their chances of a termite infestation by using these common sense guidelines during termite swarming season:
  • Eliminate negative slope of soil at the exterior foundation and extend gutter downspouts away from the house to low point in yard.
  • Choose your mulch wisely and avoid using wood chips adjacent to the foundation. Leave a 12 inch clearance from your foundation when placing mulch near your home.
  • Do not store firewood next to the structure, even if you have a concrete slab adjacent to your home. If possible, store the firewood off the ground. Eliminate scrap wood and wooden debris near your home, under your deck or in your crawl space.
  • Avoid using landscape timbers, railroad ties or other wooden materials that may serve as food for termites. If you feel the need to use these materials, leave space where the material joins the foundation.
  • Adjust your sprinkler heads to avoid spraying water against the foundation of the house and use caution when watering in these areas.
  • Eliminate all wood to ground contact at deck/porch support posts, step stringers and siding. You should be able to see the concrete footings at support posts and have discernable clearance at all siding, including cement fiber materials. Remove all cellulose debris from crawl spaces.
  • Be careful when landscaping not to disturb any chemical from your termite treatment. If you dig up the soil around your foundation or make any additions to your house that changes the footprint of the house, call your termite company for re-treatment.
Metro Atlanta is considered a high risk area for the likelihood of a termite infestation. If you see swarmers, think you may have a termite infestation or simply want a free termite inspection, call SWAT Services at 770-565-SWAT. We’re your metro Atlanta pest control professionals.

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Ag Commissioner Issues Warning to Prevent Termite Infestation

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Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin alerted Georgians that they need to “consider options” to prevent termite infestation as a result of recent flooding in the northern part of the state.

“Structures in Georgia are particularly vulnerable to termite attack and it is important to be protected,” says Irvin, whose department issues licenses for structural pest control operators.

The recent rainfall — and subsequent flooding — have saturated soils and damaged homes and businesses that will require major rebuilding. Irvin says now is a good time to review or re-establish termite control measures that may have been disturbed by the flooding.

Irvin says home and business owners should always seek professional help when dealing with termites.

“A licensed pest management professional can best answer the question ‘Is my home or business still protected against termites?’” Irvin says. “If you have a liquid termiticide barrier treatment or termite monitoring/baiting programs (to protect your structure), it is essential that the pest control company determine if the barrier or stations have been disturbed by heavy rains or flooding.”

Re-treatment of termiticide or re-installation of a baiting program may be required.

Irvin says a trained structural pest control professional will be able to look for soil erosion and ascertain if soil has been carried away by the rains and flood and deposited away from a foundation or next to it. If there is a shifting of soil away from a foundation, it may be probable that termite re-treatment will be necessary.

Irvin says re-treatment may also be needed if there is movement of adjacent attached slabs such as patios, porches, driveways and sidewalks or a foundation.

“The disturbance of the liquid barrier treatment or termite monitoring system is an unfortunate occurrence, and is neither the fault of the homeowner, business owner, or the pest control company,” the commissioner says. “A property owner needs to review their termite control contract to see who is responsible for the reestablishment of the termite protection. This can be found in the terms and conditions of the contract.”

Irvin advises home and business owners to prevent termite infestation, but to be cautious. He recommends seeking the advice of licensed professional pest control companies.

“If a company is not licensed in Georgia, it is illegal for them to practice termite control work, and your property will not be professionally protected,” Irvin says. “If you are in doubt, call Structural Pest Control, Georgia Department of Agriculture at (404) 656-3641.” You can also verify a company’s operator’s license at http://www.kellysolutions.com/ga/structural/

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Termite Swarming Season

This is the time of year that termites swarm (reproductive termites are forced out of their shelter tubes to mate and start new colonies) in Atlanta and surrounding areas. Swat Services provides inspection and treatment for these home invaders that do more damaged annually to homes than wind, lightning and fire. (read more . . . )

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