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Keep the Mouse Out of the House

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This weather sure has gotten cold, hasn’t it? Nothing like temperatures in the thirties to make you want to stay inside curled under a blanket. Well, guess what? Rodents feel the same way. Okay, maybe they don’t want to snuggle under a blanket, but they are looking to get out of the cold and to find food and your warm, cozy house could be their next target.   Here are some tips to help you keep mice and other rodents out of your home this winter from your Marietta Pest Control friends at SWAT Services.  
  1. Seal them out.
Mice are tiny creatures and they can fit their little bodies into a space as small as a dime. It would be worth your while to take some time to walk around the outside of your home and examine it for any openings. Make sure to look carefully around doors, windows, wiring gaps and even around your lighting fixtures. The biggest problem areas are often crawl spaces, basements and garages, so pay even closer attention to any gaps in these areas. If there is an opening that a mouse can fit through, they’ll eventually find it. When you see these openings, make sure to seal them up with caulk or silicone. In crawl spaces, you’ll need to look at vent screens that might be missing or damaged and fix those immediately.  
  1. Hide the food.
In the winter, mice will find it harder to get food outside so they’ll come inside looking for it. The best thing that you can do to hide your food is to put it in sealed containers. Mice can easily chew through paper or plastic bags, so put food in sturdy containers with lids. Also, make sure that pet food and garbage are also stored in sealed containers.  
  1. Eliminate places where they can thrive
If you have woodpiles, junk piles or loose garbage near your home, these can be perfect places for rodents to make their home and breed. To eliminate these breeding grounds, keep woodpiles stacked neatly and as far as possible from your home and remove any clutter or junk piles as soon as possible.  
  1. Peppermint Oil
One easy and cheap way to keep rodents away is by spraying peppermint oil on your walls and floors. This calming fragrance is actually the exact opposite to many rodents. All you have to do is mix two teaspoons of peppermint oil with one cup of water, put it in a spray bottle and spray along the walls of your home.   We hope that these are some helpful tips and that your home can be rodent-free this winter. But, if you find some critters have still gotten inside, call SWAT Services and we’ll help get them out. We always make sure to get pests out as safely and humanely as possible. Call during the month of January and you can receive our special: $150 off a full wildlife exclusion or $75 off a partial exclusion! This offer is good until January 31st. SWAT Services 1900 Lower Roswell Rd Marietta, GA 30068 770-565-7928

Facts About Your Creepy, Dark Crawlspace-Encapsulation FAQ

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Facts About Your Creepy, Dark Crawlspace-Encapsulation FAQ   If your home has a crawlspace, you know how dark, damp and just plain creepy it can be.  You might feel good about the fact that you know for sure that it is code-enforced vented by the builder.  But, did you know that recent findings actually suggest that year-round venting is not beneficial for homes?  Venting can even have a negative effect on your home.  If your crawlspace is left unfinished or just vented, here are some of the negative effects it can have on your home:  
  • Reduced indoor air quality.  The moldy, musty smell is actually bad air in your crawlspace.  Eventually this air will seep into your living spaces above.
  • Increase in humidity levels.  When you have a vented space, in the summer time especially, the difference in temperature outside and inside causes condensation to form on every surface, which leads to mold growth, wood rot and other moisture-related problems.
  • Moisture can also attract wood-boring insects, such as termites
  • Presence of insects will attract rodents and other pests (what a vicious cycle!)
  • Cold air has free passage under your home and cools down pipes and heating elements (furnace, duct work), which means there will be an increase in utility costs.
  Well, that doesn’t sound good does it?  The bottom line is, if you have a vented crawlspace, you need to get it encapsulated.  Encapsulation is the process of installing a liner up the walls of the crawlspace and over the exposed earth floor.  There is overlap of the wall and floor liners, all seams are sealed and the whole lining is fixed to the walls so it will not ever open.  Once you have an encapsulated space, you can count on reduced humidity levels, better air quality for your whole home, more energy efficiency (it can reduce your energy bills by up to 20%!), fewer critter problems, greater home comfort, reduced chances of costly floor repairs due to wood rot and on top of that all, an encapsulated crawlspace is an excellent selling feature!  

Is it time for you to get your crawlspace encapsulated?  Lucky for you, SWAT Services Pest Control Marietta, is offering a special for the month of November: $250 off a crawlspace encapsulation!  This offer is only good until November 30th so call us today! (770) 565-7928

 

Halloween Spiders and Bats Oh My!

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Halloween Spiders and Bats Oh My!!

They might make cute Halloween decorations, but spiders and bats are some creepy (and pretty cool!) creatures. We found out some truly frightening facts about these fascinating animals and wanted to share them with you. You might not want to read this before going to bed!

Spiders

Credit: Black Widow Spider/Wikimedia

Venomous Black Widow

Did you know that all spiders are venomous, except one family? That’s right; spiders use their venom to paralyze their prey. Eeek! What is even creepier is that there are some spiders that don’t use their webs to catch prey, like the wolf spider. These spiders just stalk and overtake their prey. Jumping spiders do not use webs either, but pounce on their prey. Now that will give you nightmares! Speaking of nightmares, there is a spider in South America called the Goliath Bird-eating Tarantula. Yes, it is as scary as it sounds. This is the largest spider in the world and can reach up to 1 foot in length and has 1-inch long fangs! And true to its name, it does, in fact, eat birds. We’re so relieved these are not in North America!
Credit: Sheri (Bellatrix on Flickr)

Goliath Bird Eating Tarantula

As creepy as they can be, though, spiders are some pretty amazing creatures. If you’ve ever seen an intricately spun spider web, you’ve been amazed at what they could do. Did you know that for it’s weight, spider web silk is tougher than steel? That’s pretty cool! Credit: "Dewy spider web". Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dewy_spider_web.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Dewy_spider_web.jpg

Bats

Okay, spiders are creepy, but at least we get used to the sight of them and they lose some of their creepiness. But, bats? Yeah, I’m good not seeing them. Here’s an amazing (and terrifying) fact about bats: they make up a quarter of all mammals around the world. That’s a lot of bats!!! Also, unlike many small mammals, bats can have a pretty long life. Some brown bats can live as long as 30 years! The world’s largest bat is the Flying Fox bat that lives in the South Pacific. It has a wingspan of up to 6-feet! The smallest bat, the Bumblebee bat, lives in Thailand and is smaller than a thumbnail and weighs less than a penny. Somehow, that seems just as creepy as the huge bat.
Credit: By Rusty Clark from merritt Island FLA (Fruit Bats / Flying Foxes) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Credit Rusty Clark Wikimedia Commons

As much as these animals give us the shivers down our backs, they are good to have around. Why? They eat bugs! Single brown bats alone can catch up to 1200 mosquito-size insects in one hour! So, yes, we need the bats and spiders so insects don’t overrun us. We just don’t want the guys in our homes, right? That’s where SWAT Services, Pest Control Marietta, comes in. We’ll help keep your home free of the pests that don’t belong there. Call us if we can help with the pests invading your home. And for just a few more days, you can take advantage of our October special: 5 quarters of residential pest control for the price of 4. This special is only good until October 31st, so call us today! SWAT Services 1990 Lower Roswell Rd Marietta, GA 30068 770-565-7928

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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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