Health Threats Posed by Pests


Rodents, insects, spiders, and other common household pests are nothing if not annoying. These persistent pests always seem to find a way to get into your home, uncovering seemingly nonexistent crevices to make their way inside. In addition to being frustrating, these little nuisances also pose serious health threats, from spreading diseases and contaminating food or surfaces to inflicting serious pain with just one bite or sting. And you don’t even have to come into contact with them to catch their diseases. These pests can contaminate surfaces, food, and even the air.

Common Diseases

Household pests carry a range of diseases. A common disease carried by rats and mice are leptospirosis, an infection that can cause jaundice and kidney failure, hantavirus, and salmonellosis. Mosquitos frequently carry malaria. Cockroaches carry more than 30 different types of bacteria.

Other Health Problems

In addition to the diseases they carry, household pests can also lead to other health problems. In fact, many people who suffer from asthma are also allergic to cockroaches, making their asthma problems worse. People with allergies are at great risk of being allergic to wasps and hornets, meaning that one sting and they will more than likely end up in the ER.

Steps to Take

If you find evidence of infestation, be sure to wash all potentially contaminated surfaces and discard any food that could be contaminated. Be sure to wear protective gloves before coming into contact with the contaminated areas or items. And don’t try to fight the pests by yourself. Give us a call and let a trained BugMaster technician rid your home of unwanted pests and take preventative measures to stop it from happening again.

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BugMaster & Sexton Landscaping Tackle Summer ’16


Is your property ready for this summer’s increase in pest activity? The vice president of BugMaster, Austin Key, and CEO of Sexton Landscaping, Sid Sexton, are teaming up to discuss issues they have recently observed in Lower Alabama. Each company has over 40 years of professional experience in its respective industry! They’re here to give local property owners a heads up on what to watch out for this summer. 

1) What lawn and pest issues should Mobile and Baldwin County residences be aware of this summer?

Sid: A lot of lawn damage! We have noticed a rise in mole cricket and fire ant issues throughout lawns in Lower Alabama. Since these issues are occurring earlier in the season, they will be a bigger issue than in previous years.

Austin: We have been experiencing the same. However, many homeowners are not familiar with Mole crickets. These bizarre burrowing insects have an oversized cricket-like body and shovel-like forelimbs for burrowing. They spend the majority of their life underground. If not treated properly they can cause serious damage to your grass.  The red imported fire ant we have was introduced to the US in the mid-1930’s through the Port of Mobile and has been a problem ever since.

2)  Can you explain why all the sudden there are more of these pests popping up? 

Sid: Since winter was mild, more insects were able to survive and mature into the spring and summer seasons. Therefore, adult insects were able to reproduce and weak colonies experienced favorable conditions to grow.

Austin: Certainly the mild winter is a leading factor, but so is our very wet climate. These pests will cause more of a problem along with termites, fleas, and mosquitos. This summer, Formosan termites are here to stay; spreading across the Southeast, from Louisiana to Florida and all the way up to the Carolinas. As a matter of fact, we are dealing with them more than the native Eastern Subterranean termite.

3) What kind of an impact do these pests have on homeowners’ property, specifically their landscape? 

Sid: Mole crickets do significant damage throughout turf during their tunneling process. It destroys root structures and ultimately leads to turf death in the affected areas. Fire ants create tall and unsightly mounds near the base of trees, shrubs and branches if left around an unkempt yard.

Austin: That’s exactly right, Mole crickets are built to dig, and they feed on roots. You can sometimes hear them! Male Mole crickets have loud songs that they produce in holes shaped like a horn.

The notorious amount of precipitation in our area is what makes our fire ants a real problem. Significant amounts of rain can relocate fire ants all over a yard because they create a live floating raft. These can be dangerous to children, small pets and people with specific allergies, so not only are they a nuisance they can also be a health hazard.

Further information the residences of Lower Alabama should be aware of this summer:

Sid: Most pests and lawn issues can be easily managed and eliminated. However, taking preliminary action at the first sight of weeds or pests makes treatment easier. Giving either of these residential nuisances time to mature only compounds preventable issues. At Sexton, we provide full service, annual lawn care, and plant health care programs to help property owners.

We would like to thank BugMaster for the opportunity to participate in their blog. Their work to protect people from insects and critters goes hand-in-hand with our efforts. We are both fundamental partners in creating a beautiful and nuisance-free outdoor summertime experience.

Austin: BugMaster is a full-service company, offering: pest, termite, and wildlife control for over 40 years.  We leave the lawn care and anything turf to experts like Sid Sexton and the team at Sexton Landscaping. Consult the professionals to make sure you don’t have a problem with pest or when thinking about that new landscaping around your home you don’t want to do anything that could promote any unwanted guest. I believe if you catch any incident early enough it is less likely to become out of control, and will save you money in the long run.

Visit BugMaster today for a full list of services or call 251-666-4402. BugMaster, the bug stops here.

Visit Sexton Landscaping today for a full list of services or call 251-626-3309. Let them serve your Southern Alabama Landscaping needs.

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3 Illuminating Ideas To Handle Termite Swarms


Spring is the time of year when Formosan Termites take flight in “swarms” and seem to own the airspace in your neighborhood and more terrifying – around your home. These swarms are out to breed, spreading the colony, and finding a new home – you’re home. BugMaster has three straightforward and cost-effective ways to keep the termite swarms at bay.

3 Ways To Keep Termite Swarms Away From Your Home

1.  Turn off flood lights and porch lights.
Termite swarms are attracted to lights on your home at night. If you do not have company coming over and security issues are not a problem then turn off the lights located on your house.


2. Close house window drapes and blinds
The home interior lights through those beautiful bay windows are just as alluring to Formosan Termite swarms as the lights on the outside of the home. Blinds and drapes are great for privacy and keeping the termites away from your home.


3. Use a clip-on work light in the backyard.
Away from your home – add a work light to a high tree limb in a tree. The termites will be drawn away from your home and make their new home away from yours.

One last thing, homeowners, should manage and eliminate any moisture around, on or under the wood house. Termites need moisture to thrive and create a new colony.

Formosan Termite swarms are a part of our eco-system, and they can be alarming to see around your home and property. Seeing a swarm does not mean you have a termite infestation feeding on your home, but it is a good idea to call BugMaster (a Sentricon Certified Specialists) to inspect your home for any damage or possible termite issues.

The BugMaster Sentricon Certified Termite Specialists can inspect, monitor and help you keep your home protected. If you see termite swarms 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 – More Than Bugs – TV Spot

TV spot (2016) for BugMaster
Voice-over talent: Shelby Mitchell – @ShelbyRadioChic

By name you know BugMaster as the pros in pest control, but did you know they also offer wild life removal? Our pros examine your home at the first sight or sound of an unwelcomed critter. BugMaster also offers tap installation. When adding tap to your existing attic insulation, you get the added benefit of pest protection, plus lowering your energy cost.

Visit today for a full list of services or call 666-4402. BugMaster, the bug stops here.

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Serve It Up With Love – Tennis Tournament


A Tournament Where We All Win

BugMaster is proud to be the sponsor of the 11th Annual Serve It Up With Love Tennis Tournament. We encourage you to come out and play, or just come to watch and support this exciting event in our community. Benefiting the Child Advocacy Center of Mobile (CAC) to fund services in aiding abused children in the Mobile and Baldwin County area, this highly-competitive tournament was named the Charity Event of the Year by USTA Alabama in 2012. We hope to see you in the crowd or on the court for this great cause!

When: Thursday, April 14th – Saturday, April 16th – 2016
Where: Copeland-Cox Tennis Center
851 Gaillard Dr, Mobile, AL 36608
For a map and directions, click here.

Registration (Entry Deadline is April 13th):

The Ladies Tournament is played in a Team Format, with four courts of doubles. Sign up for a team of 8-10 players. Cost is $35 per player. Cost includes a Favor, Goody Bag, Breakfast and Lunch.  Check in is at 8 am and play begins promptly at 9am. Play ends at 12pm with lunch served immediately following.  During lunch, awards will be distributed, and raffles will be drawn.

• Women’s Tournament Registration & Information: Click here

The Men’s Tournament is played in a Combo Team Format, with three courts of doubles.  Sign up for a team of 6 – 8 players.  Cost is $35 per player which includes a Favor, Goody Bag, Breakfast and Lunch.  Check in is at 8am and play begins promptly at 9am.  Play ends at 12pm with lunch served immediately following.  During lunch, awards will be distributed, and raffles will be drawn.

• Men’s Tournament Registration & Information
: Click here

This USTA Sanctioned event is a Boys and Girls Singles event.  The age brackets are as follows:  8 & 10 (Quick Start) and 12–14–16-18.  You may enter one event only – First Round Consolation.  The play is an Eight Game Pro Set with no ad scoring.  This is a full-day tournament.  Cost is $35 per player.  This includes a Favor, Goody Bag, Lunch and Breakfast.  Check in is at 7:30am and play begins promptly at 8:30am. Wintzell’s Oyster House will be providing lunch for purchase for the family and friends of the players this year!

• Junior Tournament Registration & Information: Click here

For more information, please visit:

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TAP Insulation – Pest and Power Bill Control


TAP Pest Control Insulation is a recycled paper, borate-based home product that, not only keeps your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer (than any competitor’s product), but also helps protect your home and family from unwanted bugs, pests, and nuisance wildlife. TAP Insulation is one of the most effective ways to keep your home pest-free, and homeowners have reported that it has saved them up to 30% on their annual energy bills.

Save On Home Energy Bills
In the world of insulation, the resistance value (or r-value) is measured by the amount of heat that insulation releases out of your house. The r-value of TAP is extremely high, meaning that little-to-no heat is released from your house. The small paper fibers of which TAP is made create air pockets, making it difficult for heat or cold air to escape from inside your home, thus keeping your home warmer when you’re running your heater and cooler when you’re running your air conditioner.


Pest & Wildlife Control
TAP uses a borate-based product to eliminate bugs and unwanted animals in the home and attic. This product is lethal to bugs and pests, but is completely harmless to humans and household pets. TAP Insulation traps common household bugs and exterminates them before they get a chance to enter your home. Plus, it drives out unwanted animals if they do manage to get into your attic or home.

A Quieter (and more peaceful) Home
Similar to how TAP prevents heat or cold air from escaping your home, it also works to control the volume of outside noise that enters your home. Depending on the r-value of insulation that your home requires, TAP may be able to reduce outside noises.

Backed by a lifetime warranty, TAP Pest Control Insulation is a superior insulation product that guards against mold and mildew, offers excellent acoustical control and fire resistance with year-round energy savings, while providing permanent pest protection.

If you’d like to schedule an appointment, get an estimate, or need more information about TAP Pest Control Insulation or any other BugMaster service, visit or call our Mobile, AL location at 251-666-4402 or our Daphne location at 251-626-6667.

BugMaster is Mobile, Alabama’s only TAP Pest Control Insulation Provider and Dealer.

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Downtown Cajun Cook-Off Benefiting the CAC


On March 19, spice up your weekend and head to Cathedral Square for the Downtown Cajun Cook-Off, benefiting the Child Advocacy Center of Mobile (CAC)! While filling your stomach with gumbo, étouffée, crawfish pies, boudin balls, jambalaya, and the likes, you can also help local children who are victims of abuse.

The 2nd Annual Downtown Cajun Cook-Off is generously presented by Cunningham Bounds, LLC, and the BugMaster team is a proud supporter of this event. Last year was the Downtown Cajun Cook-Off’s first year and was extremely successful — it won two Nappies for 2015: the Best Annual Fundraising Event and the Best Annual Food Event or Cook-Off.

With over 20 local restaurants participating in this year’s cook-off, you don’t want to miss this prime-time seafood season event. Not only will there be delicious Cajun food to sample, but local artisans and performers will also be at Cathedral Square to fill your soul as you fill your stomach. Once you sample all the delicious food, stick around for the announcement of the winner of the cook-off!

Saturday, March 19
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Cathedral Square
Downtown Mobile, Alabama

Tickets & Donations:
Tickets will be available for $13 in advance at

Tickets will be $15 on the day of the event.

Tickets are $10 at the following locations:

Child Advocacy Center
1351 Springhill Ave. – Mobile, AL

Mellow Mushroom
5660 Old Shell Road – Mobile, AL
2032 Airport Boulevard – Mobile, AL

619 Azalea Rd – Mobile, AL
2520 US Hwy 98 – Daphne, AL

If you would like to become involved as a sponsor or on the committee, please email or call Elaine Henderson at 251-432-1101.

Like the Downtown Cajun Cook-Off’s official Facebook page here to stay posted on the latest announcements. Invite your friends to like it too so all can enjoy this must-attend event!


For more information, call 251.666.4402 or visit

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