Mobile County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event – MARCH 22nd

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Community Announcement:
Mobile County residents will be able to dispose of their household hazardous wastes safely through a public drop-off. 

Mobile County - Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event
Saturday, March 22 | 9am – 2pm
The Grounds (formerly the Greater Gulf State Fairgrounds)

Open to Mobile County residents only
No contractors — households only

What you can drop off:

  • Paints (Oil based and Latex)
  • Household Cleaners,  
  • Automotive Fluids
  • Pesticides
  • Herbicides
  • Fungicides
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Aerosals

Items NOT accepted: 

  • Medications
  • Explosives (flares, ammunition)
  • Appliances
  • TIRES
  • Computers

 

Questions?
Mobile county environmental services      
(251) 574-3229

 

 

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Groundhog Day Determining Our Winter Weather?

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Groundhog Day is next Sunday and it is believed if the groundhog comes out and see his shadow it will be 6 more weeks of Winter. Usually, in Mobile and the surrounding areas, this isn’t so  much of a worry for us, but here lately it has been getting colder and colder.

Although having all this cold weather might not be ideal for us regular warm weather folks, you have to remember, it’s not good for the bugs either. Usually the temperatures do not drop so low as to have a big affect on our coastal pests, but when they do, it can mean less problems for you.

Did you know:

  • Insects are cold-blooded and will not develop or function well at temperatures below 50.  They rely on our warm temperatures to survive. This causes them to go dormant or die in the freezing temperatures.
  • Insects might lay their eggs in the winter to be hatched in spring. However, when the temperatures drop too low, these eggs don’t survive either, making spring time pests be less abundant. So their might be a few that survive but won’t be as numerous as we have seen in past Springs and Summers.

So all in all having some of this cold weather could pay off for us in the Summer. However, don’t forget many pests will come in to your warm home to find heat and shelter. Be sure your home is sealed up and protected so you don’t become a safe haven for these little buggers. Call BugMaster for a free inspection today.

At BugMaster, we can help you keep your home protected.  Call us at the Mobile location, 251-666-4402 or the Daphne location, 251-626-6667.

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Your Local Pest Experts and Certified Sentricon Specialists

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BugMaster is proud to announce that we have been named a Certified Sentricon Specialist for the Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System.

In fact, only about three percent of the termite management professionals in the U. S. have been selected as Certified Sentricon Specialists.  [per sentricon.com]

THE SENTRICON SYSTEM MANAGEMENT
As part of our service contract, the BugMaster Certified Sentricon Specialist first inspects the property for signs of termites.  We then strategically place Sentricon stations flush with the ground in the soil around your home and monitor the Sentricon stations over time for termite activity.  The Recruit® termite bait is used only where it is needed, to be shared by termites until the colony is eliminated.  With ongoing service, the BugMaster Certified Sentricon Specialist will continue monitoring to discover any newly invading colony.

Installation of the Sentricon System will neither disrupt your neighbors nor destroy your property, as it requires no machines or large vehicles. The bait stations themselves are inserted easily into the soil, are barely visible around your home, and do not interfere with any of your outdoor activities. Your BugMaster Certified Sentricon Specialist will monitor the stations at scheduled intervals, but you need not even be present.

THE SENTRICON® TERMITE COLONY ELIMINATION SYSTEM IS ENGINEERED TO DISRUPT THE DESTRUCTIVE LIFE OF THE TERMITE COLONY, BUT TO BE VIRTUALLY INVISIBLE TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.  AT BUGMASTER, WE ARE DOING WHATEVER WE CAN TO BE YOUR LOCAL PEST EXPERT. [per sentricon.com]

At BugMaster, we can help you keep your home protected. If you see termites or rodents , give us a call at the Mobile location, 251-666-4402 or the Daphne location, 251-626-6667.

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BugMaster Gets In The Holiday Spirit

BUG_HolidaySpirit The BugMaster crew was happy to get out and do something that makes a difference for the community. They spent the one day  decorating the Child Advocacy Center of Mobile‘s building and then took time out of their night to do some shopping for The Great Toy Drive with friends from WKRG News 5.

The Child Advocacy Center of Mobile provides a wide range of services in one central location to sexually abused and/or severely physically abused children and their non-offending family members so that they may begin their healing process, and to provide education and training in order to increase the public awareness of child abuse which will aid in the prevention of child abuse.

The Great Toy Drive is put on each year by local WKRG News 5 and local sponsors. BugMaster is happy to be a sponsor each year and this year in addition to that they were able to spend $3,000 on Christmas toys for the drive. Businesses, people and anyone who is willing come to WKRG or drop off toys at any of the sponsors. The toys are then distributed through the Salvation Army to individual families and other charitable organizations in the area.

With so much going on in these children’s lives already, it is important to let them still have an enjoyable Christmas experience. BugMaster realizes the need for the CAC is this area and the importance of these children having a Merry Christmas. BugMaster also works with the center year round to raise money for the different operations and costs the center may have.

If you would like to help, please donate to the Child Advocacy Center here or drop off toys at any BugMaster location or WKRG for The Great Toy Drive.

If you would like to donate decorations or a toy for the Child Advocacy Center, feel free to drop off at one of our locations. If you have questions or need more information, give us a call at the Mobile location, 251-666-4402 or the Daphne location, 251-626-6667.

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Christmas Decorating Without the Bugs

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Tis the Season to go into the basements, attics, garages or storage sheds to pull out all of the Christmas decor you have been secretly wanting to put up all year long. Time to untangle yet another light strand and install nature front and center in your living room. We want you to have a humbug free Christmas, so here are a few tips that will help keep pests from giving you a blue blue Christmas.

  • Inspect your tree carefully at the time of purchase. Look for webs, white dust-like residue on the needles, bore holes in the trunk, and small bird nests hidden among the branches (they may contain mites). If you see any of these signs, move on and look for a different tree.
  • Before you bring your tree indoors, shake it vigorously. This will dislodge debris like pollen, dust and dead needles.
  • As an extra step (for those in warmer climates), you may also want to spray the tree down with a garden hose and allow it to dry before bringing it inside.
  • If you see insects, don’t squish them. Many insects (especially aphids) will leave dark colored stains on your carpet and furniture if you squash them. A better alternative is to suck them up using a vacuum with a hose attachment.
  • DON’T apply insecticides of any kind to your tree. They are toxic and can cause harm to your family members-even when initially applied outdoors.
  • When bringing out the decorations, check boxes and packaging for moisture and damage, it could be signs of unwelcome intruders.

Combine these few helpful tips with a cup of eggnog or two and everyone will be rockin’ around the Christmas tree.

We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Bug Free New Year!

At BugMaster, we can help you keep your home protected. If you see insects or rodents when you start decorating, give us a call at the Mobile location, 251-666-4402 or the Daphne location, 251-626-6667.

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Is Your Home Properly Ventilated? Maybe You Need a Temp Vent

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As the weather in our area begins to change, the last thing on your mind might be your ventilation system. Although we think about things around our homes, the unseen parts we don’t think about could be the most damaging if neglected. The crawl space in your home might not even have a ventilation system in place.

An improperly ventilated crawl space can provide a source of moisture that can lead to mold, mildew, fungus and even structural decay.  Also, if there’s one thing termites are attracted to, it’s warm, moist, dead air environments such as those found under houses in crawl spaces or unfinished basements. Temp vents are just another great way to help keep you and your family safe.

An automatic foundation vent is typically made of a metal coil that is able to sense the temperature and open and close on it’s own when the temperature varies. This allows the space to be properly regulated to help prevent a wide range of problems.  BugMaster can easily install a temp vent on your home to help keep unwanted termites far away.

At BugMaster, we can help you keep your home protected and hopefully termite free. To learn more about our temp vent instillation services or for a free quote, call us at the Mobile location, 251-666-4402 or the Daphne location, 251-626-6667.

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Keep Halloween Fun for You and Your Little Critters

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Halloween is only a few days away! What are your little critters dressing up as? Super heroes, butterflies or pumpkins? Whatever they decide on, BugMaster hopes to help make your trick or treating adventure a fun and safe one this year. Here are some helpful tips to remember when you collect your sugary treats.

After you get your candy, make sure to store it somewhere safe. Ants and other bugs are quick to find sweets. To keep your candy bug free, make sure it is in a sealed ziploc bag or stored in a sealed container. This way bugs won’t be tempted to taste our little monster’s treats.

Also, be sure to check the candy before letting any of your little ones have a taste. Just because you are taking precautions to keep the candy safe for your loved ones, doesn’t always mean the person they got it from did the same. It never hurts to take extra precautions and check for unwanted pest.

Have a safe and happy Halloween from everyone at BugMaster!

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