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Winter bugs to be aware of, according to APS

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Around here, we are well aware that we must combat mosquitoes and fire ants throughout the summer (which seems to extend well into September and even November some years). Now that we’re finally seeing some holiday season temperature drops, it’s easy to be lulled into a false sense of security when it comes to the bug battle. After all, a reprieve from the heat must mean those creepy crawlies and buzzing biters are finally at bay, right?

Not exactly.

Alabama winters—as mild as they are—bring a host of brand new pest problems. It turns out that a select few insects are scurrying to get out of the cold by getting into your home. Here’s what to be on the lookout for and what you can do to safeguard your domain:

1) Argentine ants

These little buggers hate the cold and the rain. This time of year is a drizzly, chilly one in Alabama, meaning Argentine ants are on the move and headed straight for the comforts of your home! While they do not cause structural damage, they do have massive colonies as the result of being a species with multiple queens reigning supreme.

2) Brown marmorated stink bugs

You may sniff these little suckers out before you ever actually see them. Your oil diffuser and apple pie-scented plug-ins, unfortunately, are no match for these smelly insects. With a need for warm shelter to survive the winter, you may find them setting up shop in the warmth of your home or in nooks of trees in your yard. They don’t reproduce inside, but they do smell disgusting.

3) Carpenter ants

Night crawlers like the carpenter ants tend to feel more ominous than other varieties of bugs. Not only are they especially creepy with their midnight movements, carpenter ants can wreak total havoc on your home’s structural integrity. As moisture-seeking nuisances, you’re most likely to spot them marching around sinks, toilets, and tubs.

4) House flies

Unfortunately, these buzzing bothers are a year-round issue in our state. Persistent as a nagging step-aunt at a Sunday supper, house flies get their name from, well, invading your home! They seek out any cracks, vents, or other unsealed openings, eager to zip around your home, landing on the lane cake you painstakingly spent all afternoon preparing (all three layers perfectly symmetrical!) and annoying the ever-loving sanity out of you!

5) Ladybugs

When you were little, your momma may have told you these cuties were good luck. Now that you’re an adult with a home of your own, seeing hordes of these spotted monsters congregating throughout your upstairs bedrooms has you thinking momma didn’t exactly have the story straight. They seek to hibernate in your home and will gladly move right in to your guest bedroom to escape the wintertime chill outside.

So what can you do about these cold-hating creatures? First, avoid the urge to squish at all costs! Many of these insects either emit horrible odors or leave unsightly stains upon their pressure-induced demise. Your best bet is to Call the Shield! Otherwise known as Alabama Professional Services (APS), calling the Shield means contacting Alabama-based pest control and home improvement services with over 40 years of experience in making your home the source of respite it was designed to be! Included in the host of home services offered by APS, you’ll also have the Shield on hand to fix walls that have fallen victim to carpenter ants along with pest control experts able to get rid of the less-than-lucky ladybugs making your upstairs their wintertime vacation resort. Additionally, APS offers a team of experienced professionals who can help you trace the very spot where the pest problem originated! For many homes, the crawl space is the gateway to that pest problem as this area of the home often left unintended and subject to flittering, skittering insects to sneak in. APS is proud to offer crawl space repair and encapsulation services to create a safer, more secure home for you and your family.

Your home is meant only for invited guests! Take back your domain from the state’s most notorious wintertime bugs by calling APS today. The first step is a conversation followed by a completely free home evaluation! From there, an APS expert will determine what your home’s specific needs are and what needs to be done in order to eliminate these sneaky squatters! Whether it’s securing your crawl spaces, repairing structural damage, or simply putting those insects out in the cold where they belong, APS is happy to tackle your home woes with unparalleled courtesy, care, and competence. To begin the process of liberating your home from cold-weather creatures, Call the Shield at 205-538-2743 or visit calltheshield.com today for a FREE evaluation!

Don’t Let a Critter Create a Holly Jolly Catastrophe in Your Home!

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Whether you whip up a mean sweet potato casserole or you’re an expert in the fine art of calling a caterer, this time of year transforms your kitchen to a holiday hub. From Turkey Day to Hanukah, Christmas Day to New Year’s Eve—it seems as though there’s always a celebration with food at its center! The kitchen becomes our gathering space. The sweet mingling aromas of pies and tarts and turkey baking in the oven, the sound the spoon makes as it stirs the cornbread dressing in Grandma’s bowl, the glimmering shimmy shake of the cranberry sauce as it rests with can ridges displayed proudly on its serving platter—these are the smells and sights that simply draw us in to the home’s food epicenter.

Unfortunately, all those tantalizing smells and wayside crumbs from the cooking process can also draw in some seriously uninvited guests. Worse than the on-and-off again girlfriend your uncle is certain to bring to the gathering this year. More obnoxious than your third cousin who sticks his fingers in the mashed potatoes when he thinks nobody is looking. Crumb-hunting, creepy-crawling, holiday-ruining pests.

They come in droves: Rodents and bugs, maybe even a wayward raccoon who caught wind of the windowsill pie. Nothing could be more catastrophic than a critter darting through the holiday spread, ruining all the days upon days of prep work you put into your family’s celebratory feast. Fortunately, you have backup—you can Call the Shield!

Calling the Shield means contacting Alabama Professional Services (APS). APS is made up of a team of home improvement experts skilled in not only removing your pest woes, but also keeping them from a stealthy return. APS is a locally owned and operated pest control and termite control business with over 40 years of experience in making homes more comfortable.

If you’ve had the misfortune of a run-in with a skittering little mouse looking to capitalize on a stray piece of pecan or you’ve noticed a trail of ants weaving their way throughout your china cabinet, now is the perfect time to Call the Shield. You can get ahead of that infestation way before your guests begin pouring in thanks to the Creature Catchers component of APS’ vast services offered. In addition to removing whatever wildlife foes you face, APS professionals are dedicated to repairing any damages that your uninvited guests have left in their wake (including the dirty job of safely ridding your home of rodent droppings before your hyper-critical mother-in-law can tsk tsk you to death).

Included in the host of home services offered by APS, you’ll also have the Shield on hand to fix walls that have become a feast for some rapscallion rodent and even a team of experienced professionals who can help you trace where the problem originated! For many homes, the crawl space is the gateway to that pest problem as this area of the home is often left unintended and can become a hotspot for creatures to sneak in. APS is proud to offer crawl space repair and encapsulation services to create a safer, more secure home for you, your family, and all those incoming guests!

Keep your holidays merry, bright, and filled with all the delicious foods your family adores! APS can’t stop your Pop Pop from sharing an embarrassing story, but the team of professional home improvement experts affectionately known as The Shield can certainly halt the threat of an embarrassing insect or rodent run-in from ruining all of the time and effort you’ve put into your family’s holiday gathering! Stop those pests in their tracks way before your guests begin to arrive with Alabama Professional Services! Call the Shield today at 205-538-2743 or visit calltheshield.com today for a FREE evaluation.

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Article: Spring Brings Bloodsuckers in Alabama. Here’s What You Can Do to Fight Back!

alabama professional aps call the sheild After a weird winter that waffled between freezing and strangely warm, spring is finally here. The days have stretched longer, the breeze has picked up, flowers are coming into full bloom—and while this weather feels lovely, our unofficial Alabama state bird is destined to rear its ugly little head now that the temps are going up.

That’s right, folks, the winged jerks better known as mosquitoes are coming in hot. And they’re out for blood.

Mosquitoes are more than pests, though. They’re killers. In fact, it’s estimated that 700,000 people worldwide are killed by mosquitoes each year. Linked to a variety of diseases and known carriers of West Nile and the Zika virus, a bite from a mosquito can often result in a much larger problem than an itchy bump. In Alabama, with right around 60 species flitting about once the weather warms up, we face a particularly daunting threat when it comes to these vampiric creatures.

Mosquitoes thrive in warm temperatures and lay their eggs in standing water. That means those clogged gutters you haven’t quite gotten around to cleaning out and the bird bath with the stagnant water that no bird in its right mind would drink provide perfect birthing suites for female mosquitoes to lay hundreds of eggs. Eggs that hatch in just over a week and lead to an infiltration of even more bloodsuckers to battle.

Fortunately, Alabama Professional Services (APS) has you covered when it comes to both preventing mosquitoes and knocking them out once they appear. As a preemptive strike against the blood-hungry bugs, you can utilize APS’ state-of-the-art Gutter Protection Service as a way to eliminate one of momma mosquito’s favorite places to lay her eggs. Their patented Bulldog Gutter Guard installation works to filter rainwater into your gutter system while leaves and debris are blown away. The free-flowing roof drainage system allows your gutters to work at full capacity while saving you the hassle and danger of having to clean your gutters. In addition to helping keep mosquito-loving standing water from pooling up amid the gutter’s clogs, the Bulldog Gutter Guard will also prevent animals and birds from nesting. After all, your home ought to be open only to guests you’ve actually invited over.

In addition, APS offers comprehensive mosquito reduction as part of their pest control offerings. As a longtime licensed, trained pest control service provider, APS knows precisely how to resolve your mosquito problem and can even respond to your home’s needs on short notice. In addition, if you’ve been a bit lax on getting those gutters cleared out in the past and are now facing a hoard of birds or squirrels setting up shop along your roof, APS also provides Creature Catcher provisions to get the guests you never wanted away from your home.

From lawncare services to complete pest control and every home improvement action in between, Alabama Professional Services is proud to be a one-stop shop for all your home-care needs. Whether you’re trying to rid your domain of mosquitos or you’re looking to make your life a little easier with gutter protection, APS’ experienced team of experts will meet with you and develop a specific course of action to fulfill your home improvement needs. You deserve to be free from the disruptive, disrespectful, and dangerous mosquitoes that too-often plague our corner of the world. Let APS make your home the comfortable space it should be today by calling 866-253-6035 or seeking a FREE estimate here.

Keeping Your Home in Tip-Top Shape During Swarm Season

alabama professional servicesRainy weather followed by warm, humid temps—sound familiar? In Alabama, it’s a near-constant state of being, especially during this time of year. Aside from the muggy air permeating your lungs and making you feel generally uncomfortable, this Deep South state of being is synonymous with termite swarm season.

Swarm season occurs in full force when a colony of termites reaches a certain size during humid months like March, April, May, and June. However, swarms can occur during unseasonably warm, wet months—making Alabama a prime candidate for early infestations. Swarmers found outdoors near tree stumps and railroad ties are not necessarily an indication that your house is infested, but they can mean that if the pests are close by, it’s only a matter of time before their feeding frenzy makes its way to your home. If you have found swarmers indoors, you have likely become the victim of a termite infestation.

In Birmingham, Alabama, termites cause more structural damage each year than floods, storms, and fires combined… Read Entire Article

Pre-Emergent Care is a Preemptive Strike Against Weeds and Pests

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Pesky pop-ups of unwanted, unsightly growth that choke out your favorite shrubs and flowering plants. Poisonous spiders. A sleep-spoiling cacophony courtesy of crickets. Creepy centipedes. Stomach-turning roaches. They say the best defense is a good offense—and when it comes to combating the threat of weeds and pests, NOW is the time to take action to protect your home from not only the downright unattractive, but also the truly dangerous.

Because weeds compete with grass for sunlight, water, and essential nutrients, they decimate the quality of your lawn as a whole . In little to no time at all, common threats like crabgrass and chickweed spread like wildfire, smothering out the carefully cultivated elements of your yard and the plants you actually intended to be there. By eliminating the threat of a weed invasion when the weeds are still in their seed stages, you can overpower them, essentially nipping them in the bud before they grow too large to manage easily. The same goes for pests commonly occurring in our area—from the lowly cockroach to the menacing brown recluse, when it comes to critters that can certainly ruin your day (or at least scare the wits out of you!), acting against the imminent threat before it appears is the most effective means to maintaining your peace of mind.

The preeminent strike against unwelcome weeds is referred to as a pre-emergent control. When it comes to pre-emergent weed control and stopping pests, timing is everything. First, the proper herbicide and pesticide must be selected based on the threat at hand. Factors like climate, humidity, and soil quality all come into play when determining when to apply the pre-emergent treatment as a proactive punishment to your unwanted guests. However, even the slightest misstep—improper application (using too little or too much) and/or poorly timed implementation—can render your attack useless. Thanks to a knowledgeable team of experts at Alabama Professional Services (APS), you can eliminate wasted time and money while eliminating all of the guesswork.

APS is proud to offer the advantage of possessing extensive, hands-on knowledge and research about different types of weeds and pests. APS serves Irondale, Huntsville, Birmingham, and the surrounding areas. A dedicated team of APS specialists can effectively resolve your weed woes and pest problems before they get out of hand. As experienced professionals offering unparalleled service in Alabama for forty years, APS is confident in the ability to eradicate the threat these trespassers impose.
And all it takes is your initiative. Call the shield at 205-951-9717 , and you will be on your way to the specified, comprehensive treatment and ongoing care you deserve for your home and lawn. For more information about all of Alabama Professional Services’ offerings, visit alabamaprofessional.com .