Make 2018 A Pest-Free Year

Make 2018 A Pest-Free Year

With 2018 quickly approaching, you may be starting to think about making some New Year’s resolutions. If making your home more healthy and comfortable for your family is how you want to make a fresh start in 2018, then you may want to look into some year-round pest control programs. There are many benefits to year-round pest control. One of those benefits is making your home pest-free all year long, and not having to worry or lose sleep over what pests are lurking in the dark corners of your home. As you know, pest’s aren’t just a nuisance; some can be very dangerous. Cockroaches and rodents inside your home can be extremely detrimental to your family’s health through bacteria, viruses, and parasites that they may introduce to your home and food. In addition to the many health concerns those pests can cause, pests like termites can cause serious structural damage to your home before you even know that you have an infestation. These and other damaging pests can cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars in damages, not to mention the stress and sleepless nights they can cause you and your family.

Year-round pest control means you don’t have to worry about pests all year long, and that saves you money in the long run. You won’t have to call an exterminator after an infestation of any of these pests creeps up on you. That will just cause you to scramble to get them exterminated when you could have avoided the inconvenience altogether. Once these pests have been evicted, the only sure fire way to make sure they won’t come back is with year-round protection. Take a look at these year-round pest control programs from Russell’s Pest Control in Knoxville and Eastern Tennessee. We are a trusted home pest control company that understands just how important your family and your home are to you. That is why we have been fighting pests for over 45 years, and we want to offer homeowners in Tennessee the safest, most effective and efficient pest control available.

Our Power Program gives you year-round protection from over 30 common household pests, like ants, spiders, roaches, mice, silverfish, fleas, beetles, stinging insects and other common bugs. We start with a thorough inspection of your home for pests and follow through with four service treatments per year that are guaranteed. If pests return, so do we!

The Power Gold Program gives you the same great protection as our Power Program with the addition of termite control by the use of the Sentricon® System with Always Active™. This system is useful not just for effectively eliminating termites, but monitoring for their presence in the first place!

With the Power Plus Program you also have the Power Program benefits, but with the addition of control for seasonal pests like mosquitoes, fire ants, fleas, and ticks. In addition to the four regular visits per year, our experienced technicians will use outdoor treatments that target those seasonal pests monthly while they are active.

Our Power Platinum Program offers the best protection overall that covers all of the 30+ most common pests included in the other programs, plus Sentricon® with Always Active ™, as well as treating for mosquitoes, ticks, carpenter bees, and fire ants seasonally.

As you can see, Russell’s Pest Control has something for every need and budget. If you are a homeowner in Knoxville and Eastern Tennessee, give us a call with your pest control New Year’s resolutions. All of us at Russell’s Pest Control would like to wish you a very Happy New Year, and we look forward to making your home pest free throughout 2018!

2 Big Reasons Overwintering Pests Come Inside

2 Big Reasons Overwintering Pests Come Inside

Are you enjoying the mild winter we’ve been having? You can bet that bugs and wildlife are. They usually have to find a place to hide when snow and cold temperatures come to Tennessee. You are probably also aware that cold temperatures are one of the big reasons overwintering pests explore man-made structures in fall. But what happens in a winter when temperatures don’t dip way down? Well, there is another reason bugs and wildlife enter homes. And that is what we’re going to be looking at today.

You’ve probably already guessed what the second big reason is. Yup. Food. Those critters are always looking for it; spring, summer, winter, and fall. They can enter your home any time of year to find a bite to eat but, in winter, outside food sources are harder to come by, so their desperation has pests working overtime. This will have them exploring your exterior walls and foundation.

Three of the pests we’re seeing a lot of are roaches, rodents, and ants. These aren’t your typical overwintering pest. While stink bugs, lady bugs, and boxelder bugs will have a hard time finding a bite to eat inside your home, roaches, rodents, and ants will not. These pests can live on a wide selection of food, including many of the foods you and your pets eat.

When roaches and rodents get into a home, they rarely have any reason to leave. Most homes are target rich environments for these invading armies, and they are more than happy to build a home inside your home.

Most ants live in the soil. So, unless you have crawl spaces under your home, you won’t have to worry about ants moving in–except for one. Carpenter ants live in wood. Since your home is made of wood, there is a good chance they’ll find plenty of habitat options. Of all the ants that invade homes, carpenter ants are the worst. They aren’t just a nuisance pest. Their home-building efforts can hurt your equity.

If you’re seeing roaches, rodents, or ants, it isn’t surprising. This is the perfect winter for these overwintering pests to invade. You can also bet that all of these critters will be more abundant this spring, since they didn’t have to spend too much time in dormancy this winter.

Get protection for overwintering pests this winter, and all year long, with a little help from the friendly professionals here at Russell’s Pest Control. Our certified pest specialists know the habits and habitats of Tennessee pests, and are trained in the most advanced pest protocols. With our year-round pest control plans, Power, Power Gold, and Power Platinum, you’ll get exactly what you need.

At Russell’s Pest Control, we get pests out and keep them out, all year long.

Nobody Wants Cockroaches Sharing Their Home

Nobody Wants Cockroaches Sharing Their Home

Have you ever heard about what happened in the early 2000s? As people watched a television commercial play out, suddenly a cockroach began crawling around on their television screen. One man threw his shoe at his TV and broke it. Another person threw a helmet. But the cockroach wasn’t even real. It was just part of the television commercial! It got taken off the air fairly quickly. Wouldn’t it be nice if getting rid of cockroaches was really that easy? Well, actually, it can be, with a little help.

Before we tell you how you can get rid of cockroaches easily, let’s review some things you can do to keep cockroaches out in the first place. Here are some simple steps you can follow:

  • Dry up any moist/humid areas in your home with fans or dehumidifiers. Don’t leave standing water around sinks, tubs or toilets.

  • Carefully clean your home, paying close attention to areas where food is present.

  • Place dirty dishes in a sink full of soapy water instead of in a stack on the counter.

  • Store all food in the refrigerator or in tightly sealed containers.

  • Only put pet food down at mealtimes.

  • Carefully inspect the outside of your home and seal up any gaps or cracks.

  • Make sure all of your screens and door sweeps are in good working order.

  • Trim back bushes and trees from your home.

  • Keep a dry area around your home by creating a barrier of crushed rocks.

  • Do not leave pet food, or any other food outside.

  • Make sure all garbage cans are properly sealed and stored away from your house.

Get cockroaches out and keep them out!

If you have discovered that cockroaches have already invaded your home, Russell’s Pest Control can help. Having been in business since 1971, we’ve learned a few things about cockroaches. We’ve learned that, if left unchecked, cockroaches can multiply quickly. And we’ve learned that they spread diseases and illnesses such as salmonella, staphylococcus, polio, and many more, which is why we have developed year-round pest control plans, like our Power Package. This powerful plan is specifically designed to wipe out more than 30 harmful household pests, including the difficult-to-eradicate cockroach. At a low monthly rate, the Power Package offers quarterly pest service, year-round protection, and Russell’s Pest-Free Guarantee. This means that if we service your home, and pests return in between visits, we will gladly return and take care of the problem at no extra cost to you.

Get help today by calling the experts at Russell’s Pest Control and the only cockroaches you’ll see in your home are the ones crawling around in television commercials. A pest-free home is a happy home.