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And A Pest-Free New Year!

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Have a pest-free New Year!’

Season's Greetings from McCall Service! In this article we are going to talk about some things you can do to make sure pests don't ruin your holiday fun, focusing on common pests and some of the best pest prevention tips. Although folks who live further north may get somewhat of a break from pests during the cold season, this is absolutely not the case for people who live in the South. In fact, you might be surprised at how quickly some pests multiply even in winter. A few female bed bugs can turn into as many as 5,000 in six months. A female cockroach can reproduce 400 a year. A termite queen can produce 2,000 eggs a day! And how about those mice? They actually reproduce even faster than the notorious rabbit. If you would like to know more about ridding your home of these pests and keeping them out, read on.

Some common Georgia pests in winter include:


With its warm climate, Georgia is ideal for termites of all kinds. We have three basic types of termites, subterranean, dampwood, and drywood termites. Subterranean termites require a moist environment and build nests under the soil. Dampwood termites require constant moisture and prefer water-saturated wood. Drywood termites require very little moisture.

Carpenter Ants:

These ants are typically around ⅝ of an inch long and are black, red, or light to dark brown in color. These tiny creatures destroy wood and feed on other insects, causing as much damage (and sometimes even more damage) than termites.


Rats and mice and other rodents do not hibernate. They are very active all winter long. What does this mean? It means that they will be actively seeking warmth and food in your Georgia home. This means bringing in bacteria and diseases from the places they have been roaming, such as dumpsters and sewers.

How to keep pests out of your Georgia home:

  • Seal up all entry points. Carefully inspect the outside of your home; your foundation, walls and roof area. Fill in any gaps or cracks using a caulking gun. Pay attention to areas around pipes, air conditioning units and anything else entering the home.

  • Screens. Make sure all your screens are in proper working order by either replacing them or repairing them.

  • Trim bushes and tree branches. Trim these and other vegetation away from your home. Leaves and branches can provide an excellent bridge for bugs and wildlife to reach to your walls or roofline.

  • Keep trash sealed. Inside and out, make sure all trash is in tightly sealed containers. If pests don't find any accessible food, they may move on to another home.

  • Clean up any crumbs or spills. Always wash dishes right away or leave them in a sink full of soapy water. Make sure you have no wet areas such as around sinks or tubs. Again, if bugs have no food or water, they will look elsewhere for these necessities.

If you want to be certain of a Pest-Free New Year:

Enlist McCall Service for all your pest control needs. Here at McCall Service customer satisfaction is our highest priority. If you have discovered pests in your Georgia home this holiday season, or you want to be sure they cannot break in this winter, give us a call. Let us help you have a Pest-Free New Year!


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