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  • Ants

    • What are ants?

      Georgia is a place where insects of all kinds thrive, with ants being one of the most common to find in and around our yards and homes.

      Ants are social insects that live together in large numbers dividing their members into different groups. Each group has a specific job that they are responsible for. Worker ants make up the majority of an ant colony. One of the worker ant's most essential tasks is leaving the nest each day to forage for food. Workers are the ants you see traveling around your property.

      Argentine ants, crazy ants, fire ants, odorous house ants, pavement ants, pharaoh ants, and thief ants are examples of the ants that make themselves well known to Georgia homeowners.

    • Are ants dangerous?

      Ants are viewed as nuisance pests, and since they can easily be squished by your shoe, most people aren't too scared of these insects. However, some do pose more significant problems than others and cause harm to our property or our health.

      Fire ants are tiny terrors that are aggressive and swarm in large numbers anything they view as a threat. Simply walking past a nest on the way to get your mail could trigger an attack and leave you to deal with many painful bites and stings.

      Pharaoh ants have adapted to living indoors and pose significant health risks. They are a serious threat in hospital settings. Pharaoh ants carry and spread disease-causing pathogens and seek sources of moisture from patients' wounds and IV bags.

      The best way to accurately identify what type of ant is on your property, determine their threats, and have them quickly removed is to partner with a local and experienced professional.

    • Why do I have an ant problem?

      Ants will make themselves at home anywhere there are food and shelter sources available. Though they prefer to nest outside using soil, wood, rocks, and other natural elements to their benefit, food often draws them into our homes.

      Ants are opportunistic scavengers, so they won't hesitate to take advantage of our trash cans, kitchens, or pantries that provide them with reliable food sources. Once inside, many will decide to stay and create a satellite nest near their newfound food sources.

    • How do I get rid of ants?

      Partnering with a professional is always the best way to remove ants from your home and prevent them from returning. At ProCare Pest Services, we are committed to our customers and providing the exceptional and reliable services necessary to rid your home of unwanted pests.

      We are a local, Marietta-based pest control company that understands the unique pest control needs of people living in and around Marietta and Lawrenceville, Georgia. Using sprays, spot treatments, granular treatments, and more, we will successfully solve your property's ant problems. To learn more about our residential and commercial pest control offerings, please call us today!

    • Where will I find ants?

      You will find that ants in Georgia are active throughout much of the year, especially those that have decided to create an indoor nest.

      Ants living indoors take advantage of the temperature-controlled environment and remain active, feeding and breeding throughout the entire year. Some of their most popular indoor nesting sites include wall voids, crawl spaces, and attic spaces. If you regularly see ants moving throughout your house, a nest is likely present.

      Ants living outdoors are most active during the late spring, summer, and fall. Those are the times of the year when temperatures are warmest and plenty of food is available in your yard and gardens.

    • How can I prevent ants in the future?

      Ants are some of the most challenging pests to keep out of our homes. To help prevent problems with ants, we want to offer the following prevention tips.

      • Caulk any cracks that develop in your foundation.
      • Replace damaged trim or mortar.
      • Install door sweeps and repair torn screens.
      • Create a barrier between any soil or mulch and your foundation.
      • Reduce food odors by keeping lids on trash cans, picking up uneaten pet food, maintaining clean outdoor eating areas, and regularly washing dishes.

       For more helpful ant control information, reach out now!

  • Bed Bugs

    • What are bed bugs?

      Belonging to the family Cimicidae, bed bugs are further classified into the genus Cimex; this classification refers to insects that feed on blood. The most common bed bug species encountered today is scientifically known as Cimex lectularius, and its primary host is humans.

      Bed bugs are nuisance pests and don't spread diseases. They invade our homes, typically without being spotted, and hide in hard-to-reach places. They are prolific and can quickly create a widespread problem that needs professional assistance to take care of.

      It is also important to note that it is not poor hygiene or clutter that causes bed bug infestations; anyone can end up with one in their home. And while it can be easier for bed bugs to hide in cluttered places, any area with humans available for a blood meal can host a bed bug infestation. Infestations are typical in high-traffic areas where people pass through and either drop off or pick up bed bugs. For example, bed bug hot spots include hotels and motels, airports, schools, libraries, and public transportation areas.

    • How can I stop a bed bug infestation?

      When it comes to bed bugs, you can take a few steps to prevent these pests from moving in. These can help you stop a bed bug infestation before it takes hold making it more difficult to remove.

      Below are some expert bed bug prevention tips:

      • Wash your clothes with hot water and dry them on high heat after returning from travel.
      • Always elevate luggage in hotels or motels and on public transportation to stop bed bugs from crawling on them.
      • Check for signs of bed bugs such as red staining and bed bug bodies in accommodation areas or other structures.
      • Leave secondhand items or furniture outside overnight on a white sheet to check for bed bugs; staining and sightings of bed bug bodies mean the item is infested.
      • Vacuum interior areas and wash fabrics regularly to eliminate undetected bed bug hitchhikers before infestations grow out of control.

      If you are struggling with an active bed bug infestation on your property despite following these tips, contact our expert residential and commercial pest technicians at ProCare Pest Services. Only professional help can assist you in totally removing bed bugs from every hidden area of your property.

    • Are bed bugs dangerous?
      Even though bed bugs bite humans and lead to itchy bumps, this pest is not known for transmitting any particularly infectious or dangerous disease. That said, bed bug bites may trigger allergy issues in certain individuals and lead to anxiety or insomnia as individuals struggle to sleep knowing these pests are in their house. It is important to prevent these pests from getting inside if you want to stop a bed bug problem from escalating.
  • Centipedes & Millipedes

    • Can centipedes and millipedes cause problems?
      Besides being unsightly visitors to your home, centipedes and millipedes may bring other problems. Certain species of centipedes can be poisonous, and they may bite, injecting venom through their front legs. This venom can cause itchiness, rash, or an uncomfortable stinging sensation. Similarly, when threatened, millipedes will secrete defensive fluids; these are not poisonous, but they may cause a rash or allergic reaction in certain individuals. It is important to keep both centipedes and millipedes out of your house to avoid the potential negatives of encountering these pests.
    • What are centipedes and millipedes?

      Centipedes and millipedes are both types of arthropods that belong to the class Chilopoda. These critters are nuisance pests that invade homes or businesses whenever conditions for survival outdoors are inhospitable. Their preferred living locations are not inside human structures but rather outside in humid areas.

      Around your home or business, you are most likely to encounter centipedes and millipedes in basements, crawl spaces, bathrooms, and kitchens, where they hide in secluded, dark, and humid areas.

      • Centipedes: Even though 'centipede' means 'one hundred footed,' not every centipede has one hundred feet. The number of feet that a centipede has depends on how many segments its body has and the species. In general, centipedes will have between fifteen and one hundred and seventy-seven pairs of legs, one pair per body segment. Centipedes range in color from brown and grey to red, green, and blue, and they appear wormlike with flattened bodies. Centipedes are carnivorous and mostly eat spiders, worms, and other soft-bodied insects.
      • Millipedes:Similar to the centipede's name, 'millipede' means 'one thousand footed,' but no known millipede species today are found to actually have one thousand feet. For the most part, millipedes will have between forty and four hundred legs, with two pairs of legs per body segment. Millipedes are black, brown, or grey, but some species may have orange or red markings visible on their bodies. Millipedes enjoy eating decaying organic matter.
    • How do I prevent centipedes and millipedes in the future?

      You can take steps to prevent a centipede or millipede infestation by following our expert tips below

      • Keep centipedes and millipedes out by sealing cracks around windows and doors.
      • Ensure that exterior doors and windows as closed as often as possible and invest in window and door screens to keep these pests out.
      • Fix moisture and drainage issues around your property that create the moist conditions centipedes and millipedes love so much.
      • Address pest prey issues around your property with the help of ProCare Pest Services to decrease centipede food sources.
      • Cut back long grass and remove outdoor debris, so millipedes have less food, and both centipedes and millipedes have reduced hiding spaces.

      If you are still struggling with a centipede or millipede infestation despite putting prevention tips into place, contact our expert residential and commercial pest technicians at ProCare Pest Services for further assistance and pest removal.

  • Cockroaches

    • Why do I have a cockroach problem?

      Cockroaches take advantage of residential properties to access food, moisture, and conducive conditions. This pest isn't picky with what they eat, so you could be attracting them with crumbs, garbage, pet waste, food grease, and much more!

      They also like cool, dark, and damp places to live, so it can be the perfect space to thrive in a home that provides these conditions, especially if they are trying to escape dry or unfavorable weather.

    • What are cockroaches?

      Cockroaches are resilient pests with the ability to survive for a month without food, two weeks without water, and a week without a head. Species in our area include:

      • Smokey brown cockroaches
      • American cockroaches
      • German cockroaches
      • Wood cockroaches
      • Oriental cockroaches
      • Brown-banded cockroaches

      It's essential to correctly identify the species you are dealing with for effective removal, so you should always call experts if you suspect a cockroach problem.

    • How do I get rid of cockroaches?

      Trying to get rid of cockroaches yourself will only cost you more time, money, and effort than necessary because cockroaches are among the most challenging pests to remove as they are resistant to traditional products.

      The best way to handle a cockroach problem is with professional pest control. ProCare Pest Services can assist you if you are currently experiencing a cockroach infestation or want to prevent future ones.

      You can learn everything you need to know about our residential and commercial pest control offerings by calling us at ProCare Pest Services.

    • Are cockroaches dangerous?
      Yes, cockroaches are dangerous because of the diseases and bacteria they can transmit. These diseases can include listeriosis, salmonellosis, giardia, leprosy, cholera, dysentery, gastroenteritis, and typhoid fever. Bacteria they can spread include E. coli, streptococcus, and staphylococcus.
    • Where will I find cockroaches?
      If cockroaches find their way into your home, they will gravitate toward bathrooms, kitchens, basements, laundry rooms, and garages because these areas provide the conditions they look for. But these critters are nocturnal, so there is a good chance you won't see them but will notice signs like droppings and damage to food packaging.
    • How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

      To prevent cockroaches in the future, you should work on reducing and eliminating the factors and conducive conditions that attract them. Do this by:

      • Removing food. Keep your home and property clear of food sources by regularly cleaning, using garbage cans with lids and without holes, and removing pet waste from the yard. You should also wash dirty dishes and pick up pet food at night.
      • Reducing moisture. Cockroaches require a lot of moisture to meet their needs, so make your home less attractive by cleaning gutters, removing organic debris from your yard and away from the foundation, repairing any leaking pipes and faucets, installing weatherstripping, and using dehumidifiers.
      • Removing entry points. Cockroaches will squeeze through cracks in the foundation, under windows and doors, and vents and drains. You should take the necessary steps to seal these potential entryways by repairing cracks and gaps and installing covers on vents and drains.
      • Reducing harborage areas.  Keeping your yard and home clear of unnecessary clutter is essential to preventing cockroaches. Keep your yard maintained and your home organized.

      Reach out to ProCare Pest Services for expert cockroaches control and prevention!

  • Fabric Pests

    • What are fabric pests?

      Fabric pests are destructive little critters that can damage your clothing, linens, bedding, and other fabrics. Some of the most common fabric pests we deal with in our area include carpet beetles and clothes moths. Read on to learn more about these pesky invaders.

      Carpet beetles:

      • Dwell in dark, undisturbed areas and commonly infest carpets
      • Oval-shaped bodies measuring between 1/16 and 1/8 of an inch (adults beetles) 
      • Black with speckles of white, yellow, orange, and brown
      • Feed on keratin (a fibrous animal protein that larvae can digest), compromising items made of wool, fur, silk, feathers, felt, leather, and skin

      Clothes moths:

      • Prefer dark and undisturbed places like attics, basements, and closets
      • Small in size (but larger than carpet beetles), measuring about 1/2 an inch long,
      • A beige color with narrow wings and small hairs
      • Feed exclusively on animal fibers like wool, fur, silk, feathers, felt, and leather, causing damage to scarves, coats, sweaters, rugs, pillows, blankets, comforters, toys, etc.
    • How do I know if I have a fabric pest problem?

      If you’re not sure how to tell whether or not you have fabric pests or not, there are some signs to be on the lookout for. Here are a few common signs of fabric pest activity around your property:

      • Beetle or moth larvae found in carpet piling
      • Damage to any fabrics or textiles around your home
      • Living or dead insects found near windows and door frames
      • Shed skin and fecal pellets left around infested areas
      • Visible eggs in air ducts, closets, and cupboards
    • Are fabric pests dangerous?
      As evident in their name, fabric pests cause damage to all kinds of fiber products. They can be destructive to wool items, carpets, rugs, clothing, and even taxidermy mounts.
    • How do I get rid of fabric pests?
      If you think you may have fabric pests on your property, the best thing to do is reach out to a team of experienced pest professionals and commercial pest exterminators. Contact ProCare Pest Services today to address your fabric pest control needs. We have lots of experience identifying, exterminating, and preventing these destructive intruders and guarantee protection you can trust. Reach out to us to learn more.
    • Where do fabric pests live?

      There are many places where fabric pests can live. Following their food source, they’re often near fabrics, and they tend to lay their eggs on wet or stained clothing. They gravitate to remote areas like the outer edges of carpets and upholstered furniture.

      Often, fabric pests are even inside floor vents and ducts where pet hair has accumulated. They’re usually in hard-to-see places that are dark and protected, like rugs under furniture or in the folds of clothing, or the pleats in fabrics. A Marietta pest control professional can detect and eliminate fabric pests from your property.

    • How can I protect my property from fabric pests?

      When it comes to keeping your property protected against fabric pests, it’s a good idea to be proactive in your prevention efforts. Here are some tips for preventing fabric pest activity around your home or business:

      • Dry clean or frequently launder susceptible items like wools and other vulnerable fabrics.
      • Get rid of any eggs or larvae around the premises and eliminate pest-attracting odors.
      • Inspect clothing carefully, paying attention to seams, creases, cuffs, collars, and folds.
      • Keep sensitive items properly stored and packed away in tightly-sealed containers or bags.
      • Routinely monitor and check vulnerable areas for signs of pest activity.
      • Vacuum along baseboards, carpet edges, beneath furniture, inside closets, and around stored items.
    • What do fabric pests eat?
      Fabric Pests feed on a variety of materials and common fibers like wool, silk, leather, and others.
  • Fleas & Ticks

    • What are fleas and ticks?

      Fleas and ticks are commonly seen parasitic insects that feed via bites on their host that allow them to drink blood. Unfortunately, the preferred hosts for these pests are humans, cats, dogs, or other mammals, and both flea and tick populations can grow rapidly until they are completely out of control.

      Additionally, fleas and ticks are most noticeable during the warmer months, but it is possible to pick up an infestation of these pests year-round.

      • Fleas: Fleas belong to the order Siphonaptera and are small external parasites that typically grow around 0.13 of an inch in length. They are most commonly seen in the fur of dogs and cats, where their small size and impressive jumping skills allow them to move fast and hide out. Fleas will be dark brown in color and have hard exoskeletons which make them difficult to kill. Plus, any bite received from a flea is itchy, which can leave you and any pets around scratching constantly.
      • Ticks: Belonging to the classification of Arachnid next to spiders and scorpions, ticks are further removed into the subclass of Acari. There are plenty of different tick species that are spread throughout the United States; these species will either have hard bodies or soft bodies and grow larger than fleas (especially when feeding), which further classifies them. The most commonly encountered tick species include the deer, lone star, and dog ticks.
    • Are fleas and ticks dangerous?

      Fleas and ticks may be relatively small pests, but this doesn’t make them any less dangerous once an infestation has moved onto your property. Fleas and ticks are both quite prolific and can reproduce rapidly. This means that a handful of this pest on your property can quickly turn into a full-blown infestation.

      Additionally, fleas and ticks are well-known for carrying some serious illnesses that may need medical attention. Fleas are known for passing murine typhus, tularemia, tapeworms, bubonic plague, and heartworms (to animals) through their bites, while ticks are known for diseases such as Lyme diseases, ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

      Plus, flea and tick bites may cause allergies, and a large flea infestation on your property can bite your pets to the point where they are anemic, possibly even causing fatal reactions. All of these negatives are why you need to be so diligent about preventing fleas and ticks around your property.

    • How do I get rid of fleas and ticks?

      To stop flea and tick populations around your property, follow some of these easy prevention tips:

      • Keep the grass cut low and remove any outdoor debris to reduce flea and tick hiding spots.
      • Make sure to treat any pets with flea and tick repellent under the guidance of your veterinarian.
      • Wash pet bedding regularly and groom pets often to catch fleas and ticks before they become widespread.
      • Clean and declutter your house, frequently vacuuming to pick up any stray flea or tick invaders.

      And remember, if you’re struggling with a flea or tick infestation on your property, your first stop should be ProCare Pest Services. Our Marietta pest exterminators and commercial pest technicians can take care of your pest problems in no time.

  • Mosquitoes

    • Why do I have a mosquito problem?

      Mosquitoes are a problem for anyone living in Georgia. Our climate provides the perfect amount of heat, humidity, and rainfall to allow mosquito populations to explode.

      Any outdoor space in our region is prone to experiencing problems with mosquitoes, but if your property has or is near things like densely wooded areas, ponds, tall grass, and a lot of flowering vegetation, mosquitoes are likely to be present in large numbers.

    • What are mosquitoes?

      Mosquitoes are annoying and dangerous pests; though they are tiny in size, the impact they have is enormous. Mosquitoes are pests that drive people indoors because of their relentless bites.

      Mosquitoes thrive in Georgia. Our hot, humid weather conditions provide the perfect environment for them to create large, difficult to manage populations.

      Though mosquitoes are unwanted pests, when living out in nature away from people, they do benefit the ecosystem. Mosquitoes are small flies that provide a food source for many animals, including fish, bats, and birds. Female and male mosquitoes feed on plant nectar as their primary food source; as they feed, they help to pollinate different plants and trees.

    • How do I get rid of mosquitoes?
      For the best mosquito control in and around Marietta and Lawrenceville, Georgia, turn to the local pest professionals at ProCare Pest Services. Our mosquito services treat both the adults and the breeding sites using eco-friendly products. Our seasonal (April thru October), monthly services will ensure that your property is no longer overrun by biting, diseases spreading mosquitoes. Contact us today to learn more about the benefits of partnering with us and implementing our professional home pest control and commercial exterminator services.
    • Are mosquitoes dangerous?

      In addition to plant nectar, female mosquitoes require blood meals from people and animals to get the protein they need to produce viable eggs. Though mosquitoes have a short lifespan, while here, they feed on many different hosts and, during the feeding process, are capable of acquiring and spreading many diseases. While not every mosquito bite will result in sickness, the more contact you have with these biting pests, the bigger the chance your health will eventually be affected.

      In addition, in Georgia, cats and dogs are at huge risk of being infected with parasitic heartworms after being bitten by mosquitoes. Pets in our region should be on a year-round heartworm preventative prescribed by their veterinarian.

    • Where will I find mosquitoes?

      Mosquitoes are outdoor pests; however, they regularly wind up inside our homes after moving indoors through torn screens or open windows or doors. The more mosquitoes buzzing around your yard, the more likely some will eventually end up inside your home.

      Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk. They are seen in large numbers swarming around their breeding sites- areas of standing water. This time is also when you are most likely to be bitten by mosquitoes.

      During the heat of the day, most species of mosquitoes like to rest and escape the heat. Tree canopies, weeds, overgrown grass, woodpiles, and the underside of decks are common places to find mosquitoes resting.

    • How can I prevent mosquitoes in the future?

      While you can never eradicate mosquitoes entirely, you can significantly reduce their populations with the help of professional and regular mosquito control services. In addition, it is essential to get rid of as much standing water from your property as possible.

      Keep gutters clear, remove yard debris, and get rid of tree stumps. Store containers that can collect water upside down, repair dripping hoses or outdoor fixtures, and regularly empty and refill pet water bowls and wading pools with fresh water. It is also important to regularly cut grass and prune landscaping to reduce shady hiding spots on your property that mosquitoes can take advantage of. Call today to learn more about working together to stop your Georgia yard from being overrun by mosquitoes.

  • Occasional Invaders

    • What are occasional invaders?

      The term 'occasional invaders' refers to insects or arthropods that occasionally invade human structures due to unfavorable conditions outdoors. You are most likely to see occasional invaders invade during seasonal changes when the weather becomes inhospitable (too cold or dry) or a significant weather event such as a rainstorm. In general, occasional invaders can't figure out how to exit your home or business or find that they enjoy living in a safe, temperature-controlled environment and will stay put, causing problems.

      Examples of the most common occasional invaders that invade human structures include:

      • Cave crickets
      • Grasshoppers
      • Earwigs
      • Silverfish
      • Scorpions
      • Fruit flies
      • House flies
      • Stink bugs
      • Boxelder bugs

      Infestations of any of these pests can be problematic, so if you start to see an occasional invader or two on your property, reach out to ProCare Pest Services for help with identifying the insects and total removal before these nuisance pests take over your property.

    • How do I get rid of occasional invaders?

      If you want to keep occasional invaders out of your property and prevent them from ever starting an infestation, follow the prevention tips below:

      • Make sure to seal the cracks around your windows, doors, and foundation to stop pests from sneaking inside.
      • Keep exterior doors and windows closed whenever possible and invest in window and door screens and weatherstripping for extra security.
      • Fix drainage issues and leaks around your property to prevent pools of excess moisture from attracting pests.
      • Ensure that grass in outdoor areas is cut low and that you remove any yard debris to stop pests from being attracted to the exterior of your property, where invading interior areas is the easy next step.
      • Declutter interior areas often and consider using plastic, airtight containers for stored items, as these are harder for occasional invaders to get themselves into.

      Should you find that occasional invaders have managed to make it inside despite your best prevention and control tactics, contact ProCare Pest Services for help identifying your Marietta pest problems and total expert removal of any occasional invader. Learn more about our residential and commercial exterminator solutions.

    • Do occasional invaders cause problems?

      While most occasional invaders are not known to bite humans, trigger allergic reactions, or pass along diseases, all types of occasional invaders may still be a nuisance when occupying your property. Depending on the species, the insects may fill your property with an unpleasant odor, leave behind stains on fabrics and surfaces, and be an overall unpleasant sight to encounter.

      Additionally, occasional invaders such as scorpions are more dangerous due to the likelihood of stings, and insects such as house or fruit flies can spread bacteria and pathogens around your property, increasing your risk of illness.

      For all these reasons, you should work hard to ensure your property is pest-proof and free of the factors that may attract occasional invaders indoors.

  • Pantry Pests

    • Are pantry pests dangerous?

      Pantry pests are not dangerous like other pests that cause structural damage, bite, sting, or transmit disease-causing pathogens that make people very ill; however, they are still never a welcome sight in any Georgia home.

      Female pantry pests lay their eggs in or on appropriate food sources; their preferred breeding sites are the foods stored in our home's pantries and kitchens. When the eggs hatch, the larvae feed on the food provided, contaminating it with their feces and saliva.

      Food waste is a large concern associated with pantry pests; the larvae contaminate way more food than they could ever consume.

    • What are pantry pests?

      Pantry pests refer to a group of insects that feed, breed, and contaminate stored foods. Some of the most common foods to be used by these insects as breeding and feeding sites include flour, cereal, oats, dried herbs, dried tobacco, dried beans, whole grains, bird food, and pet food. 

      Three of the most common pantry pests to invade Georgia homes are the cigarette beetle, grain weevil, and Indian meal moth. A Marietta pest professional a can identify and control pantry pests in your home.

    • Where will I find pantry pests?

      Pantry pests can live successfully anywhere that provides suitable breeding sites and larvae with appropriate food sources. Some of the most common places that experience problems with pantry pests are grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, schools, and warehouses that store or process food.

      Signs that pantry pests are in your home include:

      • Webbing along in the corners of bags, boxes, or containers where dry goods are stored.
      • Shed insect exoskeletons inside packaged food.
      • Dry goods that have an unpleasant odor.

      At the first suspicion of pantry pest activity in your home, immediately reach out for help.

    • How can I prevent pantry pests in the future?
      In addition to regular pest control services, the following tips will help reduce your chances of introducing pantry pests into your Georgia home. Regularly clean out pantries and cabinets, wiping away crumbs and other food debris. Practice proper food storage by removing dry goods from their original packaging and placing them in hard-sided containers with airtight lids. Always inspect food packaging for rips before purchasing. For more information about pantry pest control, call today.
    • Why do I have a pantry pest problem?

      Pantry pest infestations often begin at food processing or storage facilities. The contaminated food is then purchased and stored in kitchens and pantries.

      Food packing with holes or otherwise damaged allows adult pantry pests to move inside and lay their eggs. Then, a pantry pest infestation follows when the contaminated food is purchased and brought into your home.

      In addition, pantry pest adults can enter our homes through gaps found around windows and doors or through torn screens. Many are attracted to light which draws them to our homes. Once inside, the females will search for a suitable place to lay their eggs, like the dry goods stored in your house.

    • How do I get rid of pantry pests?

      For the best residential and commercial pest control in Marietta and Lawrenceville and the most effective way to eliminate pantry pests from your home, turn to the local experts at ProCare Pest Services. Because we are a local company, we live in the areas we serve, giving us a deep understanding of the pest pressures our customers face throughout the year. We are always committed to our customers and ensuring their experience with us is positive.

      To learn more about ridding your home of pantry pests and other unwanted household pests with the help of ProCare Pest Services, call today!

  • Spiders

    • Are spiders dangerous?

      Although many people believe all spiders are dangerous, this isn't the case. There are only two medically dangerous species in the United States, the black widow, and the brown recluse. Unfortunately, both of these species live in our area, but the good news is they don't attack people just for the sake of attacking, and bites are rarely fatal.

      In general, spiders use their fangs and venom to catch and subdue prey and protect themselves. So unless you bother one of these pests, they should leave you alone. If bitten by a black widow or brown recluse, it's important to seek medical attention. Also, keep in mind that some people are allergic to spider venom, so even a bite from a Joro spider can cause a reaction.

    • Where will I find spiders?
      The most common places to find spiders inside are under furniture, window frames, corners of rooms, and closets. They will also gravitate toward lightly-trafficked areas like the garage, basement, and attic as these places often have prey pests and provide quiet hiding spots.
    • What are spiders?

      You're probably already familiar with spiders and their eight legs, but you may not know about three specific species in our area.

      • Black widow spiders: Shiny black body with a reddish-orange hourglass marking
      • Brown recluse spiders: Light to dark brown with a darker violin marking on the back
      • Joro spiders: Various colors like gray and yellow bodies with red markings on the abdomen 

      Understanding how to distinguish between species is essential in case of a bite, as you will learn below. A local home pest control professional can help you identify and control spiders in or near your home.

    • How can I prevent spiders in the future?

      Want to put an end to seeing spiders in your home? With our ongoing pest control services, you can keep spiders and prey pests away, but you should also implement these prevention tips to help reduce conducive conditions for these pests:

      • Reduce moisture by repairing leaks, replacing water-damaged wood, and removing organic debris from the yard and gutters.
      • To keep moisture from building up, use dehumidifiers in areas of your home where necessary.
      • Remove garbage, crumbs, and open food containers to eliminate food sources for prey pests.
      • Keep insects and spiders out by removing entry points such as gaps around windows and doors, cracks in the foundation and exterior walls, and damaged screens.

      Reach out to our expert team at ProCare Pest Services for assistance with preventing spiders and the prey pests they feed on.

    • Why do I have a spider problem?
      The most common reason people experience spider problems is that there are other underlying pest issues. Spiders are predators that feed on other insects, so if there are high populations of insects living on your property, then there is a good chance they will attract spiders.
    • How do I get rid of spiders?

      To get rid of spiders, call us at ProCare Pest Services. When you work with us, we will first look over your property for Marietta, GA pest problems to ensure we implement the right treatments. Part of our control process is sweeping down spider webs to deter these eight-legged critters from living there. We also spray exteriors, cracks, crevices, sidewalks, and driveways and use treatment methods such as spot-treating problem areas, spraying baseboards, and applying a granular to the yard.

      You can utilize our quarterly residential and commercial exterminator services to keep your home or business free of spiders and the pests they hunt. Contact ProCare Pest Services to find out how to get started.

  • Stinging Insects

    • Are stinging insects dangerous?

      Stinging insects can be dangerous, but it is often situational and depends on the type of pest and other factors. Here are a few things you should know:

      • Most stinging insects only sting when they feel threatened.
      • Social species are more aggressive than solitary because they have to protect their colony and queen, so carpenter bees are less dangerous than wasps and yellow jackets.
      • Male carpenter bees can't sting.
      • Yellow jackets are more aggressive than other wasps.
      • Unlike honey bees, which have a barbed stinger, wasps, yellow jackets, and carpenter bees have smooth stingers, which means they can sting multiple times.
      • Children and animals are more susceptible to a sting from one of these pests because they are more likely to disturb a nest accidentally.
      • Some people are allergic to these pests and will experience a more severe reaction.

      In general, it's best to keep your distance from stinging insects to avoid a sting.

    • What are stinging insects?

      Wasps, yellow jackets, and carpenter bees are some of the stinging insects we see most in our area. Interestingly, yellow jackets are a type of wasp, but we differentiate between the two because yellow jackets are larger than other wasp species.

      At the same time, carpenter bees are wood-damaging pests. They don't eat wood but bore into it to create their nests. Also, carpenter bees are solitary, meaning they don't live with a colony like yellow jackets.

    • Where will I find stinging insects?

      It might seem like stinging insects will find you when you're trying to enjoy your time outside as they are curious pests. However, you can find these insects in places like under decks, rock piles, and inside walls if there are cracks in the home's exterior.

      Carpenter bees will bore holes in wood that is damaged or weathered, including furniture, decks, fences, doors, play structures, sheds, and more.

    • How can I prevent stinging insects in the future?

      To prevent future problems with stinging insects, remove attractive factors such as water and food sources and nesting sites. This task should include repairing leaks, reducing flowering plants, addressing other pest problems, replacing damaged wood, and filling ground holes.

      Ask the technicians at ProCare Pest Services for more stinging insect prevention tips.

    • Why do I have a stinging insect problem?

      Food is one of the most attractive factors for any pest, including stinging insects. While carpenter bees consume nectar and pollen, wasps and yellow jackets feed on other insects. However, they also eat nectar and pollen, making them important pollinators in the ecosystem.

      These pests are also attracted to water sources, so you could attract stinging insects if you have a leak or other moisture issue. And like other pests, these insects look for somewhere safe to build their nests, including ground holes, stumps, dead trees, eaves, and many more similar places.

    • How do I get rid of stinging insects?

      If you notice stinging insects on your property or are experiencing a problem with these pests, look to Marietta pest control experts for help. ProCare Pest Services can assist with stinging insects through our residential or commercial pest control plan.

      We start by walking your property to identify issues. And after, we will sweep spider webs and wasp nests on upper eaves and corners. Other treatments will be applied to your home's exterior and yard to keep stinging insects and prey pests away.

      To learn more about our residential pest control offerings, call us at ProCare Pest Services.

  • Termites

    • Are termites dangerous?
      Termites pose the biggest threat to our structures. People rarely come into contact with termites, but structures invaded by these wood-eating pests are under daily attack. Termites cause more than five billion dollars in damage and prevention costs across the United States each year. If you think you don't need to guard your home against termites because your insurance company will take care of the repairs, think again! Most insurance companies view termite damage as preventable and won't cover repair costs.
    • Where will I find termites?

      Subterranean termites nest underground in damp soil. Workers move through the ground or inside mud tubes to their foraging sites without much notice. Unlike ants or other insects, you won't see them trailing across your lawn, through gardens, or on the surface of decks.

      Termites like to feed on structural wood hidden behind walls, siding, wood trim, and under floors inside our homes. Since moisture is key to a termite's survival, wood near windows, doors, sinks, and tubs is most likely to be invaded by hungry termites.

    • What are termites?

      Adequate rainfall and warm temperatures make Georgia a place where termites want to live. The southern United States is where termites live in vast numbers. It isn't a matter of if termites will get into our homes in our region, but rather when!

      Termites are social insects that live and work cooperatively in large groups. Subterranean termites are most common in Georgia and throughout the rest of the U.S. They nest underground, and the workers leave the nest each day to forage for food. Termites feed on the cellulose found in wood and other organic matter; the subterranean termite's preferred food source is wet or decaying wood. 

    • How can I prevent termites in the future?

      Doing everything to guard your property against damage from wood-eating termites is vital when you call Georgia home. Below is a list of things you can do to prevent problems with termites in and around your house.

      • Schedule regular termite inspections.
      • Remove tree stumps, fallen trees, and scrap wood from your yard.
      • Maintain a 12-18 inch barrier between the soil and your foundation.
      • Seal cracks in your foundation.
      • Replace wood mulch with a non-organic material like rubber mulch or crushed rock.
      • Address moisture issues by repairing leaky pipes, hoses, and faucets.
      • Reduce humidity levels in your home by ensuring adequate ventilation and using dehumidifiers and air conditioners.

      To learn more about our termite control opinions, contact us today.

    • Why do I have a termite problem?

      Three things promote termite damage: wood, wood making contact with the ground, and moisture. Properties with fallen trees, old wooden fences, woodpiles, logs, or outbuildings in decay provide termites with reliable food sources they can't pass up. Pieces of wood making direct contact with the ground like deck posts, wood shingles, and porch steps offer termites easy entry and exit points.

      Since subterranean termites have high moisture needs and prefer to feed on wet or decaying wood, leaky pipes, poor ventilation, gaps around windows, roof damage, and damage to siding will create moisture issues that attract termites.

    • How do I get rid of termites?

      For the best termite control in Marietta and Lawrenceville, turn to the local experts at ProCare Pest Services. Because we are a local company, we all live in the areas we serve, giving us a deep understanding of the termites that call our region home.

      We will begin with an inspection to look for termites and problem areas on your property. Our professionals will then develop a treatment plan involving bait stations and/or liquid treatments. With the implementation of our quarterly visits, we will help you maintain a property that is free of termites throughout the year.

      To learn more about our effective termite control services, please speak with one of our friendly and helpful experts today!