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All gutters need to be maintained regularly to prevent buildup that can cause water to freeze in the gutter. When this happens, your roof is unable to properly drain, which causes water to leak into the roof or through the walls of a home. Even screened gutters need to be cleaned routinely. Watch the video to find out more.
Experts recommend cleaning gutters at least once a year, even screened gutters. The screen can become unhinged from the gutter at any time, which can cause a gutter clog. The screen itself can even become clogged with debris. To find out more about the importance of having your gutter cleaned, watch this video clip.
Atkins Inc. has decades of experience performing gutter-cleaning services for residents in the Colombia, MO area. Find out more about our gutter cleaning, pest control, and handyman services by clicking the link to our website, or by calling us at (573) 303-0559 to speak with a friendly member of our staff.
Last updated 8 days ago
Though they are revolting, rats may seem like a relatively harmless household pest. But if you have rats in or near your home, your family is at risk for catching one of dozens of rodent-borne diseases. Here are some of the diseases that can be directly transmitted by rodents.
In the 14th century when hundreds of millions of people were falling seriously ill in Europe and Asia, few people could have guessed that it was because of a disease spread by rats. During this time period, Europe lost one third of its population to Plague, while China lost half. This dangerous bacterial disease is spread by direct contact with an infected rat or by receiving a bite from an infected flea.
Rats and mice have been known to transmit this bacterial disease in virtually every part of the world. If you eat or drink food or water that has been contaminated by rat feces, or if you receive a bite or scratch wound from an infected rat, you can get Rat-bite fever. You can also get it from contact with a dead rat or mouse, so be sure to always wash your hands after handling a dead rodent.
Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
This viral disease is spread quite easily. For a person to catch it, he or she just has to breathe in dust that has been contaminated with rodent feces or urine. Direct contact with rats or their waste or a bite wound from a rat can also spread this disease.
Coming into contact with soil or water that has been contaminated by an infected rat will result in the transmission of this bacterial disease. Eating food or drinking water that has been contaminated with rat urine can also cause leptospirosis.
Atkins Inc. of Columbia, MO has offered thorough, affordable pest control services since 1925. Call us at (573) 303-0559 if you have any questions for our pest management experts. And visit our website to learn more about the humane yet effective methods we use to control a rat problem.
Last updated 15 days ago
Rat-bite fever is an infectious bacterial disease spread by rodents such as rats and mice. It is most commonly spread when a person eats food or drinks water that has been contaminated by rat droppings or urine. Rat-bite fever can also be spread from the bite or scratch of an infected rodent, or by merely coming into contact with an infected rat, whether dead or alive. Symptoms of Rat-bite fever include fever, vomiting, headache, rash, and pain in the muscles and joints. High-strength antibiotics are used to treat Rat-bite fever. If left untreated, Rat-bite fever can result in abscesses in the internal organs, or infections of the brain, heart, or lungs. Untreated, Rat-bite fever can even lead to death.
Atkins Inc. of Columbia, Missouri has more than 85 years of experience offering pest management and rat extermination services. Call us at (573) 303-0559 or visit our website to learn more about how Atkins can use effective pest control methods to control your rodent problem.
Last updated 22 days ago
Atkins Inc. has offered professional pest management services to the Columbia, MO area since 1925. But did you know that Atkins is also known for its high-quality handyman services? Read this article to find out more about five handyman tasks that Atkins regularly performs for its customers.
Clean the Gutters
After rainwater collects in a clogged gutter, it freezes, which prevents rainwater from draining off the roof. This ultimately forces water into your home through the roof or the walls. If your roof’s gutters have become clogged with leaves, twigs, or bird nests, Atkins can help before damage is caused.
Fix the Leaky Faucet
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), dripping faucets that drip just once per second can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water annually. Reduce the harm on the environment and save money on your water bill by calling Atkins to fix your leaky faucet.
Install a Ceiling Fan
According to the New York Times, operating a central air conditioning unit costs about 36 cents an hour. Using a ceiling fan, however, costs just 1 cent for every 3 hours of use. Atkins can install a ceiling fan that will increase your comfort at home while decreasing your energy bill.
Replace the Sump Pump
Sump pumps can save you thousands of dollars by keeping your basement dry in the event of a flood. If your sump pump has started to leak or malfunction, call Atkins. We can replace it so that you can keep your basement safe from flood and mold damage.
Install a Swing Set
If you want a high-quality swing set for your kids, call Atkins. We can assemble the swing set quickly so that you don’t have to waste your time and energy on the project. Atkins can also set up tire swings, trampolines, and slides.
This is merely a fraction of the handyman jobs that Atkins Inc. of Columbia, MO can do for you. To find out if we can take care of your handyman project, call us at (573) 303-0559 or visit our website.
Last updated 29 days ago
Is your lawn losing the beautiful glow it once had in the summer time? While this is to be expected as Columbia transitions into fall and winter, there is also a good chance that this issue is being caused by yard pests. Read this article to get a better idea of whether or not your yard has been invaded by pests.
Your Grass is Orange
If your grass changes from green to burnt orange, in particular under trees, your yard might be infested with aphids, grass mites, or leafhoppers. Call a pest control specialist to treat your pest problem early so that your yard does not sustain further damage.
Your Lawn Has Dead Spots
Armyworms and cutworms, which are both two inches in length or less, will eat your grass at ground level. Grubs and mole crickets will eat the roots of your grass at night. Sod webworms, one of the worst pests to have in your yard, are less than an inch long and lay eggs that hatch into grass-eating larvae. If you have worms, grubs, mole crickets, or sod webworms in your yard, you will notice dead, brown spots on your lawn.
Your Lawn Appears Bleached
Does it appear that both the color and health of your lawn are fading? If so, the problem might be a pest called nematodes. These small, transparent worms will stunt the growth of your lawn and fade the color of your grass.
There are millions of insects in the Columbia, Missouri area—and many of them thrive off of the plants like the ones found in your yard. If you have a pest problem, call pest control services before it gets out of hand and serious damage is done. At Atkins Inc., we have served Columbia with quality pest control and lawn maintenance services since 1925. If you have any questions about how we can improve your yard, call us at (573) 303-0559 or visit our website.