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How to Avoid Yellow Jacket & Hornet Infestations

June 11, 2021

It’s the height of summer, and that means it’s time to take precautions against yellow jacket and hornet infestations. These insects are a nuisance for many reasons, including their painful stings. If you have children or pets who go outside often, then this is especially important! Luckily there are some easy steps that anyone can take to avoid these pests from getting into your home.

What are yellow jackets and hornets? 

Hornets and yellow jackets are two types of wasps. They live in colonies, as bees do, but hornet nests can have thousands to tens of thousands of workers while a yellow jacket nest has only up to about 50 members at any given time. 

How do yellow jackets and hornets infest in a home?

Yellow jackets and hornets can infest in a home by finding gaps around the windows or doors. They fly into these small spaces then enter the house through an unscreened opening.

How to get rid of yellow jacket & hornet infestation? 

Your best course of action is to hire a trained professional. Keep the following in mind to avoid yellow jacket and hornet infestations this summer. Here are some tips to consider when it comes to avoiding an infestation. 

  •  Install window screens on all windows, doors, fire escapes and vents.
  • Seal gaps around window frames with caulk or weather stripping before installing a screen.
  • Check external walls for cracks that may allow wasps inside to nest
  • The best way to prevent bee and wasp nests is vacuuming up any  yellow jackets or hornets that come into the house. Once they are in the vacuum, seal them up so you can take out your frustrations by killing as many of these insects as possible!
  •  Contact a professional pest control company to be sure there is no live nest left behind and it’s not just one individual wasp or yellow jacket 

If you’re experiencing a yellow jacket or wasp infestation, contact the professionals at Rid All Termite & Pest Solutions today. We know how to get rid of these pests without the use of potentially harmful pesticides and we can do it quickly so that your family is protected from an unwanted pest problem.  Rid All Termite and Pest Solutions has been serving a variety of Mississippi and Tennessee cities for over 20 years. With over 10,000 homes served on our belt, our experienced technicians are committed to making your house as sturdy and safe as possible with our superior pest removal services. For a full list of services, visit our website or give us a call at 901-377-9915.

wasp venom

How Dangerous is Wasp Venom?

May 28, 2021

Summertime is a season that most people look forward to all year and even though summer is associated with beach time, BBQs, outdoor concerts and dining, fishing, kayaking and so much more, one thing that is a downside of summer is the bugs! Most people associate summer with mosquitos and while they can certainly be a nuisance, wasps are also prevalent this time of year. So just how dangerous are wasp venom? While wasp stings can be uncomfortable, most people recover quickly and without complications. Here is some more information about wasps, according to Healthline. 

Symptoms of a wasp sting

The majority of people without sting allergies will show only minor symptoms during and after a wasp sting. The initial sensations can include sharp pain or burning at the sting site. Redness, swelling, and itching can occur as well.

Normal local reactions

You’re likely to develop a raised welt around the sting site. A tiny white mark may be visible in the middle of the welt where the stinger punctures your skin. Usually, the pain and swelling recedes within several hours of being stung.

Large local reactions

“Large local reactions” is a term used to describe more pronounced symptoms associated with a wasp or bee sting. People who have large local reactions may be allergic to wasp stings, but they don’t experience life-threatening symptoms, such as anaphylactic shock.

Large local reactions to wasp stings include extreme redness and swelling that increases for two or three days after the sting. Nausea and vomiting can also occur. Find out what’s happening in your body during an allergic reaction.

Most of the time, large local reactions subside on their own over the course of a week or so.

Let your doctor know if you have a large local reaction after a wasp sting. They may direct you to take an over-the-counter (OTC) antihistamine medication (such as Benadryl) to reduce your discomfort.

Having a large local reaction after a wasp sting one time doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll react to future stings in the same way.

You could have one strong reaction and never show the same symptoms again. However, a large local reaction could be the way your body routinely responds to wasp stings.

Try to avoid being stung to prevent these uncomfortable symptoms.

While wasp stings can certainly be uncomfortable, for the most part people who do not have allergies can recovery quickly and still enjoy their day! Rid All Termite and Pest Solutions has been serving a variety of Mississippi and Tennessee cities for over 20 years. With over 10,000 homes served on our belt, our experienced technicians are committed to making your house as sturdy and safe as possible with our superior pest removal services. For a full list of services, visit our website or give us a call at 901-377-9915.

Termites

What Exactly Do Termites Do To Your Home?

April 26, 2021

It goes without question that a termite infestation in your home is less than ideal. Though you want to rid your home of any kind of pest infestation, you especially want to take the steps to make sure pests don’t come and infest your home. While they won’t physically hurt you like bed bugs or other pests, they can do a lot of damage to the physical being of your house. 

Termites cause more damage to your home than you may think, so it’s very important to have a trusted termite and pest control company on hand to make sure termite removal is never more than one call away. But what kind of damage will termites exactly do to your home? Here’s a list of some of the most serious damage termites can do to your home: 

  • Structure. Because termites need moisture rich soil to thrive, most termites will build their colonies in the foundational wood of your home, like in crawl spaces and foundational walls. Once termites settle, they can cause serious damage not only to those areas, but to other structural areas as well. These areas are extremely hard to fix, and can end up costing a lot to repair. 
  • Indoors. When the termites inside your walls are not removed, they can move into the inside of your home and continue wreaking havoc. Dry wood termites in particular can cause damage to wood furniture in your home, as they do not need the moisture rich soil to survive. That’s why it’s so important to call a pest removal company as soon as you think you have a termite infestation so it doesn’t get any worse than it needs to be!
  • Windows and Doors. Although some areas of your home will be difficult to check for termite damage, other areas such as your windows and doors will be easy to inspect. These entryways are typically installed with wood, and so it’s extremely important to make sure there’s no damage there that could cause further damage. Signs of termite damage to these areas are weakness, cracks and holes in the wood, or waviness. 

Rid All Termite and Pest Solutions has been serving a variety of Mississippi and Tennessee cities for over 20 years. With over 10,000 homes served on our belt, our experienced technicians are committed to making your house as sturdy and safe as possible with our superior pest removal services. For a full list of services, visit our website or give us a call at 901-377-9915.

pet infestations

The 3 Worst Pest Infestations

March 29, 2021

Few things in life are as frustrating as finding out that you have pests in your home. What’s worse is when it’s not just one or two stray bees or mosquitos, but when you have a full-on infestation. Don’t get us wrong, all infestations are bad, but let’s take a look at what we think the worst types of pest infestations are. 

TERMITES

If you are not careful, termites can wreak serious havoc on your home. Infestations grow rapidly, and many homeowners are oblivious to the signs of wood damage around them. They enter the home from the outside and burrow their way in through wood compromising the structural integrity. Once they’re inside they begin to eat away at the wood of the home. They can do serious damage to everything from sheathing, rafters, joists, and studs. The United States Department of Agriculture estimates that U.S. residents spend at least $1 billion a year on termite control and repairs every year, earning them the title of the most destructive wood pest in the U.S. 

WASPS

Nothing quite puts a picnic or playtime on high alert like discovering a wasp in the area. Now multiply that by two thousand when you find a hive of wasps. Wasps are often considered one of the worst types of pests for several reasons. First, they are very territorial. And because they build their nests into existing sheltered areas such as eaves, gutters, and chimneys, you might not see them until it’s too late. Wasps are also prone to attack humans, especially before and after their breeding season, which is in the spring. And unlike bees, who have a barbed stinger, wasps’ stingers aren’t left behind after stinging you, so they can sting you multiple times without dying. 

BED BUGS 

While bed bugs aren’t the largest or most dangerous of pests, they are often considered one of the worst to have in your home. These little bugs are brought into the house by the owner. They cling to packages and bags that came into contact with other infested areas. Typically when it’s dark they find themselves a new hiding place closer to a food source. What do they like to eat? You guessed it, you! Bed bugs survive on human blood. Once they make their new house a home, they start reproducing. Most people don’t know they have bed bugs until they’ve been turned into a bed bug buffet. The bites are usually painless at first, but eventually, can turn into tiny itchy welts. 

While pests can cause a lot of property and physical damage, perhaps the worst part of an infestation is the toll they can take mentally on a homeowner. The fear and anxiety of having ANY pest inside your home is stress that nobody should have to live with. If you realize you have a growing pest problem, the best thing you can do is act fast. They will not leave until you seek professional help!

Rid All Termite and Pest Solutions has been family-owned and operated for more than 20 years. In that time they have served more than 10,000 homes and businesses across the Mid-South region. Rid All has extensive experience with a large number of pests including ants, bed bugs, cockroaches, hornets and wasps, termites, spiders rodents, and more. All of their treatments are people and pet-safe. To schedule a free estimate call 901-377-9915.

Spider Infestation

Dangerous Spider Infestations

February 19, 2021

You’ve probably seen a spider or insect running around your house before because it’s not uncommon. Safely removing those pests should never be a dangerous or life-threatening experience. That’s why it is important that you know which spiders are dangerous and which ones are of concern to you. 

If you have a common spider problem in your house, it’s easy to remove them in a safe manner. However, if you have a dangerous spider infestation, it’s best to leave it for the professionals at Rid All Termite and Pest Solutions. Take a look at the list of dangerous spiders below. 

Black Widow Spider: These spiders are the most poisonous spiders in the U.S., and ones that you should avoid at all costs. They’re known for their black bodies and red hourglass icon on their abdomens. You can typically find them in a dark, enclosed space, such as a crawlspace or cellar. One bite from this dangerous spider and you could have a reaction that ranges from mild muscle cramping and burning to severe cramping and shortness of breath. While bites from a Black Widow Spider are rarely fatal, it’s important to seek medical attention right away if you suspect you’ve been bitten by one. 

Brown Widow Spiders: These are the cousin of the Black Widow Spiders and can often be found underneath toys and equipment. Although these spiders have less of a presence than their cousin, their venom is twice as powerful. However, they pose less of a threat because they only inject about half as much venom and are far less aggressive. 

Brown Recluse Spider: As their name suggests, these spiders like to hang out alone. These spiders like to hide in dark, secluded areas of your house, and because of their reclusive nature, it’s possible that you could have an infestation without even knowing. Brown Recluse Spiders are known for their violin-shaped body marking and having only three eyes, instead of four. If you get bitten by one, your reaction could include a painful and itchy sore that can destroy your skin and tissue. 

Do you think you have a dangerous spider infestation? If you do, call the professionals at Rid All Termite and Pest Solutions immediately. We have been serving a wide area and range of clients since 1997 with professional and affordable service. 

Whether you have a spider infestation, termite problem, or bed bugs, our experienced professionals can end any problem you may have without harming you, your loved ones, or pets. To find a location near you, visit our website for our list of service areas, pricing, and services offered.

Commercial Pest control

Importance of Keeping Your Business Pest Free

January 11, 2021

Imagine you’re out to eat at a restaurant and all of a sudden you feel a mouse run across your feet. Or, imagine you’re trying on clothes at a local store and in the corner of the changing room, you see a spider weaving a web. What would you do? You’d probably freak out, right? 

After you freak out, what else are you likely to do? Probably leave and never come back, right? You might even tell your friends and family about your experience and tell them to never go there. You could even go as far as going online and writing a negative review for thousands of people to read. 

As a business owner, this sounds like a nightmare doesn’t it? That’s why it is crucial to keep your business pest free.

On top of losing customers and having your business’s reputation ruined, having pests in your business can be a serious health and safety hazard.  

When a lot of people think of pests, they think of filth and disease, and believe it or not, they’re not wrong. Pests are likely to track bacteria, disease, and viruses into places where people shop and eat. 

Pests can also cause serious damage to your business’s property and products. Some pests eat away at your walls and boxes, while others make a mess that can be hard to clean up. 

The best way to prevent any of this from happening is to have Rid All Termites & Pest Solutions come and take care of the problem. It’s important that you don’t shrug off a couple of cockroaches or a mouse that’s in your store. Get rid of these pests immediately. 

A one-time elimination may initially help your problem, however, the key to keeping your business pest-free is to have a regular inspection and treatment. Depending on your landscaping and location, you may have recurring issues that require spraying every few months. 

Lucky for you, Rid All Termite & Pest Solutions can take care of all your pest problems. For more information, visit our website or give us a call at  901-377-9915!

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Keeping Your Home Pest-Free

December 21, 2020

Are you getting tired of pests invading your home? No matter what time of year, pests can be a huge problem for homeowners. Scheduling regular pest control services from Rid All Termite & Pest Solutions is the key to keeping your home pest-free in the long term. However, there are different things you can do to help prevent a serious pest infestation in your home right now. Follow these tips to help make sure your home stays pest-free. 

Keep FireWood, Bricks, and Stones Away From House

Pests love it when you stack wood and bricks near your house. It gives them shelter and a place to hide. A good rule of thumb is to stack your wood and bricks at least 20 feet from your house. 

Cover Trash and Keep in Tightly Closed Bins

Pests are always on the hunt for food, and once they find a trash can that they can get a meal out of every now and then, they will stay close to your house. To prevent this, keep your trash cans sealed and tightly closed. To help keep flies away, empty your trash can every week. 

Watch for Water

Pest need two things to survive, food and water. Rodents will follow a water source and insects usually like damp cool places. To eliminate the risk of pests getting close to your house, eliminate the water source. Look for areas where water may pool up after a rain shower, and make sure you turn off your garden hose completely. 

Keep Kitchen Clean

Your kitchen could be a hot-spot for pests. Pests can typically be found wherever there is a food source. If you want to keep your house pest-free, clean your kitchen. Don’t leave food out on the counters, seal all bags and containers, and sweep up your crumbs. 

Keep the Rest of Your House Clean

Not only do you need to keep your kitchen clean, but you should also keep the rest of your house clean. Pests love dirty, unkempt areas like attics and basements. To avoid a pest infestation in your house, vacuum regularly and perform a deep clean at least once every two months. 

Keep Up With Yard Work

Overgrown grass, bushes, and gardens draw in wild animals and give insects a place to thrive. If you want to keep pests away, take care of your yard. Mow your lawn weekly, trim your bushes, and rake up leaves and sticks. 

No matter if it’s spring, summer, fall, or winter, pests can be a problem. Take the proper precautions to help ensure that your house stays pest-free. 

If you are experiencing a pest problem or would like to schedule an inspection, call the professionals at Rid All Termite & Pest Solutions. For more information visit our website, or give us a call at 901-377-9915!

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Wasp Infestation Tips & Tricks

November 25, 2020

Wasps are common pests in warm climates. They can be painful with their sting and a severe threat to those with allergies. An infestation is the last thing you want for your home or business. Learning precautionary tips can help you keep you, your family, and your business safe from wasp infestation. Read below to learn a few ways you can conquer and control these pests from taking over. 

How to Avoid Wasp Infestations 

A wasp sting can cause multiple reactions like swelling, irritation, soreness, hives, and life-threatening symptoms, such as not being able to breathe. Unfortunately, they can sting more than once, unlike bees. However, wasps usually won’t sting unless they’re provoked. All in all, we need wasps for the pollination process, so next time a wasp lands on you, gently blow on it instead of swatting or freaking out to avoid a sting. Avoiding a sting isn’t the same as preventing infestation. It only takes one wasp for a whole swarm to start taking over. 

  • Where to Look: If you have your suspicions that there’s a wasp nest somewhere in your home, there are few places you should check first. Look in outdoor covered areas, like grilles, sheds, tree branches, porch ceilings, and under porch decks. Some indoor areas to check include attics, inside windows between the screens, and other crawl spaces in your home. 
  • How to Avoid: An easy way to avoid wasps is to hide sugary foods. For example, if you’re cooking outside with some friends, try to avoid leaving out food or covering unattended food. Another dependable way to prevent a wasp infestation is to cover all holes that could lead inside your home. Whether it’s the screen door or a small hole in the attic, you don’t want an infestation inside your house. 
  • Plant a Garden: As stated above, wasps pollinate too! Planting a garden far away from your home can attract them to a new source other than your garbage. Planting a garden is good for the environment and a great pest control tactic. 
  • When to Call Pest Control: A giant wasp nest should not be taken on by one person, even if you’re not allergic. If wasps see their queen in danger, there will be a price to pay, and it will be painful with multiple stings. If you notice a nest anywhere near or in your home, call your pest control experts today! 

At Rid All Termite & Pest Solutions, we offer a variety of general pest control services. This includes regular inspection and treatment. Depending on your landscaping and location, you may have recurring issues that require spraying every few months. We’re also available for emergency pest extermination. Our technicians are ready to clear out a termite nest or spray for mosquitoes 24/7. For more information, visit our website or give us a call at  901-377-9915!

Silverfish

Silverfish Infestation

October 23, 2020

Silverfish get their name from their silvery, metallic look, and fish-like look and movements. These bugs are typically 12-19mm in length and have three bristles on their rear. They have a flat body that is often compared to a teardrop or carrot. 

These fish-like bugs can be found throughout homes in the U.S. They love dark, humid areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and attics. They especially like damp paper and clothing, and can often be found in boxes. 

Silverfish are known for their destructive eating. They will destroy paper, clothing, and wallpapers. They love sugars and starches and can often be found eating away at cellulose, glue in books, shampoo, linen, silk, and other dead insects. 

To know if you have a silverfish problem, keep an eye out for some of these signs. They typically leave feeding marks such as holes, notches along an edge, or surface etchings. You can also find yellow stains, scales, and/or tiny feces that look like black-pepper pellets. A lot of people notice that they have a silverfish problem when they come down on ceiling soffits or drop from skylights and canister light fixtures. 

If you have a silverfish problem that is localized inside your house, you can assume that you brought them inside with you on food material, such as a box. If the infestation is widespread, you should start looking outside. If you have items stored against or near your house’s exterior, you should move or remove them immediately. Silverfish can easily climb up walls and get into your house through windows, door frames, utility pipes, and vents. 

You could also try using a dehumidifier to fix the problem, repair leaky pipes and drains, and repair any moldy or wet wood. You should also try to avoid keeping old books and magazines in your basement, attic, or garage or leave flour and sugar in unsealed containers. 

If you suspect or notice that you have a silverfish problem, it’s best to call a licensed pest control professional like Rid All Termite & Pest Solutions to properly inspect the home. Call us today at 901-377-9915 or visit our website to get the job done right. 

Spiders

Which Spiders You Should Know About

September 14, 2020

While finding the occasional spider or insect in your home may not be uncommon, safely removing those pests should never be a dangerous or life-threatening experience. That’s why it’s so important to know which spiders are harmless, and which ones are of concern to you. 

Removing common spiders from your home is simple and easy to do in a safe manner, but the removal of dangerous spiders is best left to pest management professionals like Rid All Termite and Pest Solutions. We’ve compiled a list of the most dangerous spiders to you, so you know what to look for before you call a professional, and definitely before you try to remove it yourself: 

 

  • Black Widow Spider. As the most poisonous spider in the U.S., this is one you want to avoid. Known for their black bodies and red hourglass icon on their abdomens, these spiders are typically found in dark, enclosed spaces like crawlspaces and cellars. It is important to know that females are the ones to look for, as males do not have the red hourglass marking. Bites from Black Widow Spiders are venomous and can result in reactions that range from mild muscle cramping and burning to severe cramping and shortness of breath.  While bites are rarely fatal and do not often leave lasting damage, you should still seek a medical professional immediately if you suspect you have been bitten by a Black Widow Spider. 
  • Brown Widow Spiders. A cousin to the Black Widow Spider, these spiders have less of a presence than Black Widows and likely originated from South America. They are often found underneath toys and equipment. Though their venom is twice as powerful than the Black Widow’s, they pose less of a threat because they only eject about half as much venom, and are much less aggressive. Be careful, as they can sometimes be found hanging around Black Widow Spiders, too!
  • Brown Recluse Spider. These spiders like to hang out alone, as their name suggests. Because of their reclusive nature, it is possible to have an infestation in your home without ever knowing since they tend to hide in dark and secluded areas of your house. While Brown Recluses Spiders are known for their violin-shaped body marking, they are easily identifiable by their 3 eyes, instead of 4. These spider bites can cause a painful and itchy sore that heals slowly and can destroy your skin and tissue. Children and the elderly should be particularly careful of these spiders, as they pose the biggest risk to these demographics. 

 

Rid All Termite and Pest Solutions has been serving a wide area and range of clients since 1997 with professional and affordable service. Whether you have a spider infestation, termite problems, or bed bugs, our experienced professionals can end any problem you may have without harming you, your loved ones, or your pets. To find a location near you, visit our website for our list of service areas, pricing, and services offered. 

Rid All Termite & Pest Solutions
6229 Hwy. 305 N. Suite J
Olive Branch, MS 38654
901-377-9915 tiffany@ridallbug.com
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