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residential pest control

When you trust the expert technicians at Tennessee Valley Exterminating, you can rest assured that you are working with the absolute best exterminators in the Nashville, Tenn., area. Our highly qualified staff can help you with monitoring services and bait systems to remove any pest within your home.

We can provide protection against and extermination services for a variety of household invaders, including:

In addition, we provide real estate inspection letters for those looking to buy or sell. If you or someone you know is in need of our exterminating services, don’t hesitate to contact us today.
ants

ANTS

There are over 700 species of ants in the United States. Although ants do not carry communicable diseases, most people still find them unappealing and annoying. In fact, ants are considered to be the number one pest problem in the country.

Since ants can fit through nearly any crack or crevice, it is easy for them to invade your home. Ants are attracted to sweet foods, but will consume anything that is left out. When an ant scout discovers a source of food, they leave an invisible scent trail for other ants to follow. This is why you often see ants walking back and forth along the same path.

Where Ants are Found
Ants live in all kinds of environments, including yards, dead trees, wall spaces and under crawl spaces. The biggest indicator of an infestation is actually seeing ants in your home.

Aside from being a nuisance, there are several ants in the South that can be destructive to property, like carpenter ants. Although carpenter ants do not eat wood, they will cut passageways through wood. Overtime, this can damage the stability of a structure. Seeing a sawdust like residue in the home is a good indicator of a carpenter ant invasion.

How to Keep Ants Out
Keeping a neat and tidy home can help discourage ants from visiting, but not completely prevent them from entering. Removing dead and decaying wood from your property can also reduce the risks of an infestation of carpenter ants. Aside from chemical treatments, there is really no way to keep fire ants from building colonies in the yard.

Although there are many over the counter pesticides labeled for ant control, most of them just eradicate the ants you see while leaving the greater colony intact. If you suspect an ant infestation in your home or on your property, give us a call right away. 

carpenter ant extermination

CARPENTER ANT EXTERMINATION

Carpenter ants are among the largest ant species. They live in very large colonies, either indoors or outside. Carpenter ants are a special nuisance for homeowners because they easily find their way into the interior of the home in their search for food and shelter. Controlling these pests requires help from a professional exterminator.

A Problem For Homeowners
Carpenter ants are generally black in color, with a few subspecies having yellow or red coloring on their bodies. These ants prefer to live in decaying wood, forming colonies in large open galleries within rotting material. Although carpenter ants do not consume wood, they find the habitat of moist wood cavities especially appealing.  Carpenter ants will destroy any wood in your home, which can lead to significant structural damage.

The colony is therefore most likely to be found beneath an old stump, below a porch or deck, or inside the walls of the home. The colony expands in size at an incredible rate, with foragers providing a constant supply of food from the nearby environment.

Carpenter ants like any type of food that is sweet or sugary. They also consume meat and fat. Foragers will locate a good source of food and bring back a sample to the colony, leaving a scent trail behind. This trail soon becomes an ant highway, with thousands of foragers heading to and from the food source.

Signs Of Infestation
Ant trails are the easiest way for homeowners to locate the nest. Ants will find an opening into the home and make their way into the pantry, the floor areas of the kitchen behind the appliances, and into cupboards. They often use routes that take them through the interior walls.

Carpenter ants often build smaller satellite colonies near the main nest. These can be easily spotted because they are generally found at a very shallow level beneath the soil. Queens and reproductive males are found only in the parental colony. The satellite colonies consist only of foragers and workers.

Removal Of The Colony
Several different colonies can successfully grow to huge numbers in a very restricted area. Homeowners have difficulty removing the entire population because a large number of workers are constantly foraging in other areas around the property. Unless the queen and all males are destroyed along with the majority of workers, colonies will rebound within a short period of time.

We can quickly locate the parental colony and remove it. Any points of entry into the home can be found and permanently sealed. This ensures that no further infestation will occur. Exterminators use the safest, most effective chemicals available. People and their pets are kept out of harm's way, and dangerous toxins are used in such a manner as to keep the surrounding environment free from contamination.  

Although there are many over the counter pesticides labeled for ant control, most of them just eradicate the ants you see while leaving the greater colony intact. If you suspect an ant infestation in your home or on your property, give us a call right away. 

Termite Control

Ant

Termite
ant comparison
Ant or Termite?
Winged termites are usually (but not always) smaller, about ¼” in length. They appear to have two body segments, straight antennae, and two pairs of equally long wings. Ants have three body segments with a narrow waist, elbowed antennae and a longer pair of front wings.
termite comparison
Control 
Eastern subterranean termites are the cause of most structural damage to homes in Nashville. These insects live in large underground colonies and will choose the best possible wood supply as their source of food. Although the population of these nests increases slowly at first, homeowners often do not recognize the signs of an infestation until the structural integrity of the home is severely compromised.
termite colonies
Subterranean Termite Colonies
Termites often swarm when a colony reaches a certain size. Young termites grow wings and will take off in search of a new home. Swarms can occur at any time of year, but are more common in late spring and early summer. A new colony will consist of a single queen, reproductive males, soldiers and foragers. If a suitable supply of dry wood is found, termites will construct an underground nest and prepare for breeding.
Subterranean termites will identify the quickest route to the wood source and proceed to construct mud tubes leading from the colony to the food supply. These tunnels are difficult for the homeowner to locate and can remain undetected unless a professional exterminator is contracted to inspect the property.

Once these pests have direct access to wood, consumption of the food takes place at an alarming rate. The colony will increase in size rather slowly for the first 12-18 months. Afterwards, a population explosion may occur. This increases the need for food exponentially. Unless the colony is discovered and removed, the house or commercial building can suffer many thousands of dollars in property damage.

What to Look For
If termite wings are found scattered around the property, it is likely that a new colony is being constructed in the nearby vicinity. Signs that an invasion is underway include the presence of mud tubes leading from the ground below the foundation upward to the support beams of the house. Damaged wood becomes weakened, resulting in bowed or cracked sheetrock. If the wood being consumed by the termites is near the floor, fine sawdust may be noticed around the baseboard.

termite
Get Help Immediately
If you see any of the early warning signs on your property, you should give us a call immediately.  We have been controlling termites in Nashville since 1959, and our highly trained technicians will quickly come out and handle the problem. Check out our FAQ for more details.
Termites cause over a billion dollars in damage to homes and businesses each year. Termites can go undetected until it is too late. The professionals at Tennessee Valley will treat the infestations in your home, building or warehouse. We can also help protect your investment by offering the latest preventative measures to keep termites from returning.
mouse control

MOUSE CONTROL

Having mice in your home can lead to health risks as well as property damage. Not only are they unsightly, they can also carry a lot of diseases. This means they can be very harmful to anyone living in your home. Mice can also carry fleas and worms on them. Mice will also defecate and urinate everywhere. This can lead to some very unsanitary conditions. If you have a mouse problem, you should not waste any time getting the problem under control.

Signs of Mice Infestation
There are many signs that point to you having mice in your home. The obvious first sign is that you see them. Even if you see just one, you should know that means that more can follow. Another sign of mice in your home is chewed wires, cables and wood. They love to chew on everything. Look low to the ground for any signs of chewing. This is a good indication that you have mice.

What Attracts Mice and How to Keep Them Away
Mice are gluttons. They love to find leftover food and food in trash cans to eat. Homes that leave dirty dishes and food on the counters and floors will more likely come to have a mouse problem. They are also attracted to the smell of food as well. Try to keep food contained as best as possible. Prevention also starts outside. Garbage bins need to be kept covered in strong bins that mice cannot get into easily.

To prevent a mouse problem from happening, you should make sure you have no holes in the house that they can come in from. Food and garbage both inside and outside need to be kept under control to keep mice from hanging around. If these precautions don't work and you still get a mouse problem, professionals should be called.

Leave it to the Professionals
If you are looking for effective mice control, then you should give us a call. We are trained and qualified to take care of the mouse problem with the best possible results. We have all the tools necessary to easily get rid of all the mice and ensure that none come back.

rat control

RAT CONTROL

Rats are very difficult to get rid of once they are established in your home. Rats are incredibly smart and stealthy. They can hide in your home and do a lot of damage before you know you have a problem. By then, it can be almost impossible to get rid of them yourself.

Protect Your Home
Rats are very destructive. They will destroy your home and your possessions. They can chew through walls and create fire hazards by chewing on wiring. Their chewing is not the only danger. Rats also leave behind urine and droppings that carry disease and will make your home smell bad. They can contaminate your food and create a health hazard in your home. They can transmit different diseases, the most notable one being hantavirus. Although they tend to shy away from humans, some rats become brazen enough to bite or attack people.

Signs of a Rat Infestation
It is clear to see why you need to stay on top of a rat infestation. If you see one rat, there are probably more. Signs of a rat infestation include holes gnawed into food containers, rat droppings, chewing or scratching noises in the walls, and a musky odor in the home. In addition, rats tend to follow the same trail when they move about and the oils they leave behind make a dark stain. When you see walls or ledges with a dark oily stain, it could be a sign the area is traveled heavily by rats.

In southern states rat infestations can occur all year. The creatures seek shelter during the rainy season, and when the weather gets too hot or too cold outside. Here at Tennessee Valley we can help safeguard your home against rats so they can't get established. It is easier to keep them out in the first place than it is to get rid of them once they take over your home. Because rats are so dangerous to the health and safety of your family members, these pests are not ones to mess around with. You need competent advice and professional tools so you can get rid of them quickly and stop them from coming back.  If you need rat control give us a call right away.  We have been exterminating rodents for over 55 years, and are confident we can leave your home rat free.

bed bug

BED BUGS

Although they're called bedbugs, they don't just live in beds. Clutter, baseboards, carpeting, sofas and other furniture are all posh resorts to bedbugs, and at night they come out to dine on your blood, an all-you-can-eat buffet to them.

If you ever wake up with itchy or bruised skin, you may have a bedbug problem without even knowing it.

Fortunately, a bedbug problem is entirely controllable under professional care. Using state-of the art equipment and techniques, our licensed exterminators will inspect your home's environment and construction to identify the problem and determine the best course of action.

We are committed to providing a quick, affordable, and most importantly, effective solution to your pest problem, and we take every measure to protect your and your family's safety throughout the process.

So whether you suspect you have a bedbug problem or just want to make sure you never get one, we have the expertise and training to get rid of your unwanted house guests, for good.

For more information or to schedule a free inspection and estimate, please contact us today. Female bedbugs can lay up to five eggs a day and 500 during a lifetime, so call today, before your small problem becomes a big one.

spider control

SPIDER CONTROL

Spiders seem to be everywhere right now. With cooler temperatures and shorter days, spiders are extra busy eating as much as possible and laying eggs before winter. Homeowners are reporting an abundance of spiders both in yards and houses.

Spider Season is Here
In addition to looking for water, spiders are looking for warmth. With the advent of cool fall weather, spiders make the transition from outdoor creatures to indoor ones.  Homeowners often don’t notice the abundance of spiders in and around their home until later in the summer when they have gotten bigger. Bigger spiders weave bigger webs, making them much easier to see. Additionally, cooler weather brings early morning dew which clings to webs. As the sun’s rays reflect off the shimmering, dew-encrusted strands of all the funnel webs in a yard, homeowners might think an army of spiders moved in overnight.

Orb spiders create the lovely, circular webs that people generally associate with spiders. Those webs can be a foot or more in diameter now. Despite the size and seeming abundance of spiders and their webs, most of these spiders are not of concern to humans.

Most spiders found inside actually provide a service by eating insects which are bothersome to people. However, there are two spiders which do pose health concerns. These are the black widow and brown recluse.  Homeowners are reporting more sightings of brown recluses and black widows. Children and the elderly are most at risk for severe complications from these spider bites. Concerned homeowners should call a professional pest control or extermination company.

flea

FLEA AND TICK CONTROL

Fleas are mainly brought into the home by pets that venture outdoors, especially in densely landscaped or wooded areas.  Treating your pets with over the counter or prescription medication and cleaning pet areas and bedding will help prevent these pests.  However, given that fleas can survive over a long period of time without sustenance, you need to contact an exterminator like Tennessee Valley Exterminating Company to ensure their eradication.  

Like fleas, ticks mainly enter the home through pets.  Ticks also live in wooded and tall grassy areas.  By keeping these areas separate from recreational areas through landscaping or fence barriers, ticks are less likely to enter the home on a pet or person.  Ticks are major disease carriers so bites and infestations should be treated promptly and correctly. 

roach control

ROACH CONTROL

Identification of conditions conducive to the existence of roaches is vital in providing long term control. These conditions will include the presence of food, water, and shelter. Removal of any or all of these items limits the likelihood of initial as well as recurring infestation. Areas of special concern may be commercial kitchens and break rooms throughout the facility. Addressing cleaning schedules and proper sanitation practices, food storage areas and cardboard management plans, as well as sealing of cracks and crevices throughout the facility thus removing excess pest harborage areas, would be integral parts of a successful program. 

As a part of Tennessee Valley Exterminating we will provide clear documentation outlining solutions to each of these areas. Usually this involves working to establish written protocols on cleaning schedules, food storage protocol, and cardboard management. 

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Contact Information

Tennessee Valley Exterminating

3807 Dickerson Pike
Nashville, TN 37207

Phone: 615-868-8429
Fax: 615-860-3924

Business Hours:
Monday-Friday 7 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. - noon
Sunday closed

Financing Available
In Business Since 1979

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