Crawl spaces are the primary place for fungus to breed and grow. It can grow when wood is exposed to moisture and if it goes untreated it can be dangerous to your health. When humidity levels are high, it can cause plenty of problems for homeowners.
Fungus can cause many problems for homeowners, but one of the most significant problems is that fungus can cause health issues. Once it has grown in your home, fungus can drift into the air, potentially causing various symptoms.
You could develop symptoms including:
- A stuffy nose
- Red and itchy eyes or skin
Fungus leaking into your air can be especially dangerous for individuals with any sort of respiratory illnesses like asthma. It is estimated that 4.6 million reported asthma cases can be attributed to dampness and mold exposure in the home.
Fungus can also physically damage your home, causing wood to deteriorate and bend. This not only lowers the value of your home, but also makes it much less safe.
To reduce the risk of fungus in your house, try keeping an eye out for problem areas. If you know of an area in your house that constantly has a leak or a basement that floods, be sure to take action. Dry up leak spots and be sure to provide good ventilation to keep humidity levels down.
Increasing airflow throughout your home is always a good practice regardless if there has been a leak recently or not. Even doing simple things like taking a shower or cooking can create the right conditions for fungus. Be sure to properly ventilate these areas to reduce risk.
If you have fungus growing in your home, don’t panic. At JDC Pest Control we can help. For fungus removal we can offer a specialized treatment to eliminate and prevent fungus in your home.
Contact us today at 615-848-0025 to learn more or receive a quote.
Summer is in full swing — it’s the best season of the year, right? Well at least our kids will tell us it is. Summer comes with lots of fun activities like summer vacations, backyard barbecues, family reunions, all the other outside home activities… so what isn’t so great about summer? From a pest-control professionals perspective, it’s the surge in pests in and around your home and lawn. There is no denying that summertime keeps us pretty busy as the surge in insect populations rise around Middle Tennessee. Whether you’re enjoying a evening on the back deck with your family when a swarm of mosquitos leave you and your family with a dozen itchy bites, or a variety of pests take refuge from the heat in your crawlspace — the summer months keep us busy protecting our clients and their homes from unwanted pests.
Because we know this is a busy time of year and many of our neighbors are struggling with pests, check out 5 pest control tips to help you ward off as many unwanted pests as possible:
1. Keep Your Yard Clean: Doing your best to keep your grass mowed regularly, removing waste or debris and keeping toys and other outdoor equipment in their proper places can dramatically decrease the potential for harmful pests.
2. Get Rid of Standing Water: Mosquitos love standing and stagnant water. To help prevent standing water from happening, put up kiddy pools or water tables when not in use, keep an eye on landscaping, so that irrigation is not leaking and causing standing water, and check flower pots for stagnant water as well.
3. Seal Your Home: Making sure your doors and windows are sealed properly is one of the best ways to keep pests out of the home. Whether it’s mosquitos, spiders, wasps or cicadas – looking for cracks and gaps and sealing those will help keep your home pest- free. A properly sealed door on your crawlspace is also important.
4. Store Firewood Properly: Everyone loves a summer fire and roasting smores with family and friends. Many people have back yard fire pits and keep firewood at home. Make sure your firewood is stored a minimum of 5 feet away from your home. Termites and other pests love wood and storing firewood too close to your home can be a major problem. It’s also important to put your firewood up off of the ground and on racks.
5. Call JDC Pest Control: Some pest problems really need a professional to eliminate them effectively. When you notice pests in or around your home the best thing to do is call us and let our pest control professionals eliminate your issue quickly, safely and effectively.
We hope you and your family enjoy an amazing pest-free summer – but know we are here to quickly resolve any issues that might arise. Give us a call at (615) 848-0025.
Have you heard? It’s the year of the cicada. This has a lot of people around Middle Tennessee worried about what the cicadas are going to mean for them, their home, summer activities, lawn, landscaping, etc… so let’s talk about the cicadas!
Middle Tennessee isn’t the only area affected by the cicadas, most of the Eastern U.S. will get to experience the mass emergence of these interesting insects this spring. Cicadas are hard to miss not only because of their size and the large population, but also the signature serenading from the adult males that you can’t ignore.
So what are these incredible creatures that emerge every 13 – 17 years? Cicadas are a plant-feeding insect and are most closely related to aphids. Incredibly enough, there are several types of cicadas. There are annual cicadas that develop in one year and periodical cicadas that take years to complete their life cycles. There are 3 species of periodical cicadas that will emerge this year, or Brood X as they’re calling it:
- Magicicada Septendecim
So what’s the fuss about Brood X in 2021? We’ve all had a traumatic and dramatic last 18 months so hearing something as menacing as millions of giant, loud insects invading your lawns and summer plans sounds bad, but we’re here to tell you that everything is going to be okay. You can expect to see thousands of these cicadas per acre, but it’s important to know that cicadas do not harm people. We also consider their damage to plants to be minimal, however; you may wish to protect small trees, and other landscaping with netting. Netting your more delicate plants can help preserve them during cicada season this year. Pesticides are mostly not advised because they are relatively ineffective in controlling cicadas.
Though Brood X sounds scary, rest assured this every 17-year event, though scientifically exciting, shouldn’t cause you too much inconvenience as a homeowner.
Spring is known for sunny weather and beautiful flowers, but the pest control industry considers it to be the start of pest season. Pests such as termites, mosquitoes, ants, cockroaches, ticks, and fleas are responsible for a majority or infestations during this time. As the weather begins to warm up and it rains more, these pests emerge from their hiding places – ready to mate and form new colonies.
Termites are attracted to wood, especially water damaged wood. Termite colonies are known to target weak areas of decks and other parts of your home. Inspect the exterior of your home for any wet, rotted, or discolored wood and repair immediately.
Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water and these eggs become adult mosquitoes within a week. Mosquitoes are well adapted to water and can even fly in the rain, unlike other insects. To reduce mosquitoes, get rid of any standing water in or around your house.
Ant tunnels are built underground and when it rains heavily, their nests get flooded. Ants look for higher ground during this time and they may take up residence in your home.
Cockroaches live in wet environments like drains, pipes, and sewers during winter. When these places are flooded with rain water, they may move into your home as well. To prevent ants and cockroaches from getting into and staying in your home, seal any cracks or crevices and keep your home free of crumbs or open food sources.
Ticks and fleas love humid weather and you are likely to find lots of them after a period of heavy rain. The best way to prevent these pests from getting into your home is by inspecting yourself and your pet after time outside.
If you suspect there might be an infestation in your home, do not panic. Get in touch with a professional pest control company right away. At JDC Pest Control, our pest technicians are highly trained and fully licensed. Our pest control services include inspections and treatments for a variety of pests, fungus treatments, and crawl space encapsulation. We pride ourselves on the quality of our work and are committed to providing excellent service to the middle Tennessee area. Contact us today at (615) 848-0025 for more information on our services.
Finding out you have a pest infestation can be devastating. We understand how urgent your needs are at JDC pest control and it’s our goal to help our customers in a timely manner. We also realize that pest control services can sometimes come with a price tag you’re not prepared for and this is why we are excited to announce our $69 general pest control special! Services included in our pest control special are:
- Rodents (like rats and mice)
- Lady bugs
Whether you’re dealing with Rodents, Cockroaches or Moths, we have the tools to help your pest problems disappear. Not sure what kind of pest infestation you have? No problem. Just give us a call at 615-848-0025 to discuss your particular problem and see if it’s covered under our $69 pest control service special. Termites and Bed Bugs are not included in this special, but we do provide flat rate termite fees as well. If you’re interested in our termite inspection and treatments, we do flat rate pricing for houses below 3,000 SF at $499 and buildings 3,001 SF + at $649.
At JDC Pest Control, our pest control specialists understand that having a pest infestation can be incredibly unsettling. Discovering you have rats, cockroaches, termites or anything else inside of your home or business walls is frustrating and alarming — that is why we are here and offering these specials. If you’re in Murfreesboro, Nashville, Smyrna, Brentwood or any surrounding areas — JDC Pest Control is here to help!
Termites cause about 5 billion dollars of catastrophic damage to homes in the United States every year. These insects consume wood 24/7 and termite queens can lay up to 30,000 eggs each day – it is important to catch them early. Most homeowners do not realize they have termite problems until the damage is done. It is recommended that you have your home inspected for termites at least once a year.
Even if your home does not have a wood exterior, termites can get through brick and vinyl and feed on the interior of your home: ceilings, floors, cabinets, and furniture. Signs of a termite infestation include:
- Crumbling, damaged wood
- Wood that sounds hollow when tapped
- Hard to open windows or doors
- Uneven, bubbling, or peeling paint
- Squeaky floorboards
- Frass (wood-colored droppings)
- Swarmers (flying termites)
- Moldy scent in home
If you notice more than one of these issues, you should schedule an inspection with JDC Pest Control to confirm the infestation. What should you expect and how should you prepare for a termite inspection?
To prepare for an inspection, you should make it easy to access the sinks in your home so the inspector can check your water sources for any signs of an infestation. There should be easy access to your attic or crawl space as well. Lastly, you should trim any plants that cover the exterior or foundation of your home.
You should expect the termite inspection to take at least 45 minutes, possibly longer. In the interior of your home, the baseboards, walls, windows, door frames, cabinets, and closets will be checked during the inspection. If you have a garage, attic, crawl space or basement, they will also be inspected. The most important areas that will be inspected are bathrooms, kitchens, and utility rooms. Lastly, exterior walls and eaves of the outside of your home will be inspected.
If an infestation is found, treatment will be recommended. If nothing is found, the inspector still may suggest a preventative treatment.
At JDC Pest Control, our termite inspectors and technicians are highly trained and fully licensed. Our termite services include termite inspections, residential termite control, termite treatment, and structural fumigation. We pride ourselves on the quality of our work and are committed to providing excellent service. Give us a call today at (615) 848-0025 for any pest control or crawl space encapsulation needs.
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