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    Why Roaches Are Bad for Your Health

    Last updated 1 day 7 hours ago

    The sight of a cockroach is enough to make any homeowner concerned. While cockroaches often evoke feelings of fear or aversion, there are many other reasons to dislike these household pests as well. Cockroaches are a common cause of both respiratory and gastrointestinal disease that could threaten your family’s health if an infestation is not dealt with promptly.

    Cockroaches and Allergies
    Cockroaches are a well-known allergen. Their droppings, saliva, and discarded exoskeletons can become airborne and circulate throughout your home, coming to rest on furniture, floors, and bedding. Cockroach allergens can trigger reactions that affect the skin, eyes, and lungs. Additionally, cockroach allergens are a common cause of asthma attacks in both humans and household pets. As the rates of asthma in the US continue to rise, cockroaches are becoming an increasing concern for those susceptible to respiratory problems triggered by their presence. Without measures to control them, cockroach allergens can persist in your home and cause chronic respiratory distress for pets or family members.

    Cockroaches and Disease
    In addition to posing concern themselves, these pests can also carry and transmit pathogens to your family if your home is infested. Cockroaches feed on animal feces as well as fresh and rotting food, making them subject to a variety of bacteria, fungi, and viruses that pose a health threat to humans. These insects have been known to carry pathogens that case diseases such as diarrhea, dysentery, intestinal infection, cholera, leprosy, typhoid fever, and Bubonic Plague. Some of the most commonly-carried bacteria include salmonella, staphylococcus and streptococcus. Cockroaches can also carry viruses that include the polio virus.

    Are you concerned that you may have cockroaches in your Columbia home? These pests are unsightly, unhealthy, and can cause damage to the furnishings and structure of your house. Atkins, Inc. specializes in pest control and other home services throughout the Columbia area. Contact us by calling (573) 303-0559 to schedule your free consultation and discuss your pest control options. Check out the articles on our blog to learn more about pest control, lawn care, and home maintenance.

    Tips for Avoiding Wasp, Hornet, and Bee Stings

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Although wasps, hornets, and bees can all sting, these insects behave very differently. Understanding the factors that cause each insect to sting can help you avoid a painful encounter.

    While wasps and bees are typically not aggressive, they may sting when disturbed or to defend their nest. Hornets are more aggressive insects, and may attack anyone that enters their territory. You can learn more about stinging insects and what to do if you encounter these pests near your home by watching this video.

    Never try to remove an insect nest on your own—call the pest control experts at Atkins, Inc. at (573) 303-0559 for professional help. We offer pest control, lawn care, handyman services, and more in Columbia, Missouri. Click through our website to learn more about how we can protect your Columbia home from pests and critters this summer.

    A Look at the Risk of Pests in the Spring

    Last updated 14 days ago

    This year, spring begins on March 20th. As the weather grows warmer, pests that laid dormant or less active during the winter will emerge. Many of these springtime pests include ants, cockroaches, and spiders. If you find signs of these pests in your home, don’t wait—contact a pest control company to handle the issue as soon as possible to avoid a large-scale problem.

    Cockroaches
    Although cockroaches are less active during the winter, spring signals a resurgence in activity for these insects. Cockroaches often spend the winter in mulch or bark found in your yard; when the temperature rises, they are attracted to your home in search of food. You can also carry cockroaches home from grocery stores or farmers’ markets in your purse, backpack, or shopping bag. Cockroaches can be difficult to eliminate on your own, so call in a professional pest control service for help.

    Ants
    Ants can set up a colony and multiply quickly, so signs of an ant infestation should be handled promptly. Winged carpenter ants may be mistaken for termites, which can also pose a serious threat to your home. If you aren’t sure which species of insect has moved into your home, contact a pest control expert to perform an inspection. The correct identification of the pests in your home will result in a more effective treatment solution to remove them.

    Spiders
    If you encounter multiple spiders in your home, it could be a sign of a larger problem. Spiders are predatory creatures that need a steady diet of insects to survive. When they take up residence in your home, it means there are other insects, such as ants, flies, or mosquitoes, present in large enough numbers to sustain a spider population.

    You can prepare your home for spring and protect your family from pests with help from Atkins, Inc. of Columbia. We specialize in a variety of services that include pest control, sprinkler system installation and maintenance, invisible pet fencing, and yard maintenance. Click through our website or call us today at (573) 303-0559 to learn more.

    What Attracts Rats to a Home?

    Last updated 23 days ago

    Many people believe that rats are only attracted to homes that are messy, dirty, or unsanitary. However, this stigma is not true. Rats are attracted to a home because it offers them the necessities of life: food, water, and shelter. These pests will enter and live in any area that provides them with ready sources of sustenance and protection from the elements or predators. In many cases, elements around the exterior of your home first attract rats. Clutter in your yard or dense, lush landscaping can cause rats to take notice of your home. Once on your property, rats can enter your home through a hole the size of a quarter in search of further sources of food, water, and shelter. Poorly-maintained siding, drains, and roofing can all allow rats to easily enter your home and create a colony.

    If you are concerned about rats or other pests in your Columbia home, Atkins, Inc. can help. We offer pest control, lawn maintenance, and handyman services to free your property of pests and keep it that way. You can reach us by calling (573) 303-0559 or clicking on our web contact form.

    Tips for Keeping Your Yard Safe for Your Dog

    Last updated 27 days ago

    Your pet is an important member of your family. Creating a pet-friendly yard takes only a few simple steps to ensure your pet’s safety and comfort. Atkins Inc. is pleased to offer DogWatch hidden pet fencing in addition to our pest control and lawn care services to maintain the beauty of your yard while keeping your dog safe and happy outdoors. 

    Remove Dangerous Plants
    Some plants and weeds can be dangerous for your dog. Common plants that are toxic to dogs include English ivy, American bittersweet, foxglove, mums, holly, hydrangea shrubs, amaryllis, and aloe. While some of these plants only cause minor discomfort, some can cause significant health problems if ingested. Additionally, plants containing burrs or sharp thorns could cause skin irritation, scratches, or cuts if your dog is allowed to play unhindered in your yard.  

    Control Pests
    Pests are not only a problem for your home, but for your pets as well. Curious dogs may disturb anthills, wasps’ nests, and other insect homes, resulting in bites or stings. Long grass can harbor ticks or snakes that can pose a danger to your dog, while some toads are highly toxic to dogs. Keeping your lawn well manicured and scheduling regular pest control services will keep your yard free of dangerous pests and create a safer space for your dog.

    Fence Your Yard
    Enclosing your yard with a fence will keep your pet contained so he cannot wander into streets or other dangerous areas. Make sure any physical fence you install is high enough that your dog cannot jump over it and solid enough that your dog cannot slip through widely-spaced posts or bars.

    Atkins Inc. can help create a happy and safe environment for your family and your dog. We offer pet fencing installation, critter control, lawn maintenance, and pest elimination services throughout the Columbia area. Click through our website or call (573) 303-0559 to learn more! 

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