Banish Bugs From Your Property With Smash Pest Control’s Pest Removal Services

There are the usual suspects that make up the bulk of requests we get for pest control services – termites, roaches, and mice – but what should you do when the pest at the heart of your problem doesn’t fit the standard description? Can a professional company like Smash Pest Control handle an infestation of ladybugs? What about a sudden spike in house centipede sightings?

No matter what the dilemma is, Smash Pest Control can take it on. We’re experts in all things pest-related, even the occasional intruders that you may not be familiar with. Request your free estimate online or call us now to schedule an inspection.

Why Am I Suddenly Seeing Centipedes in My House?

If you were to look up “creepy crawly” in the dictionary, there’d probably be a picture of a house centipede next to the entry. With 30 legs and a body stretching nearly two inches long, spotting a house centipede can leave you feeling uneasy.

These critters are more than meets the eye and they actually do a lot of good. Its diet is made up of other household bugs like spiders, cockroaches, springtails, and ants and their presence helps keep other pest populations at bay. House centipedes are attracted to moisture and plentiful food sources. An uptick in activity could be due to a new moisture issue such as a leak or an increase in other pests.

Should I Be Worried About Ladybugs in My House?

In many cultures, ladybugs are a symbol of good luck. They’re a representation of resilience and new beginnings – until they take over your home, that is. When temperatures dip, ladybugs will look for a warm place to congregate and there’s a good chance that they will choose your home.

What damage can a few ladybugs cause? A lot. Don’t be fooled by their pretty appearance, ladybugs emit a yellow, foul-smelling fluid when they’re scared that can stain walls and furniture. They’ve also been known to trigger allergic reactions that can result in skin irritation and hay fever.

Two Beetles

Why Are Beetles Trying To Get in My House?

There are hundreds of thousands of species of beetles worldwide. Estimates suggest that there are more than 150 species of beetles In Middle Tennessee alone. Different types of beetles are drawn to different things.

Some beetles consume wood and may be attracted to the area where you store your firewood. Other beetles could be lured in by houseplants or certain kinds of fabric. Determining the correct beetle species is crucial in eliminating an infestation.

Are Springtails Harmful to Humans or Pets?

Springtails are small, wingless insects that are usually gray or black. They get their name from their “spring tails” that help them leap to safety when they’re threatened by predators. They’re relatively harmless as they don’t bite and haven’t been known to cause property damage – they won’t even bug your houseplants much.

Springtails feed on decaying roots and fungi, and their presence is an indication of a moisture problem. Finding the cause of the increased moisture and treating it can be enough to reduce your springtail population.

Winter Springtails

Can Carpenter Bees Sting You?

Male carpenter bees can be territorial and fly erratically around people, but they’re all bark and no bite. Only female carpenter bees have a stinger and they’ll only use it if they sense they’re in danger.

The primary concern about carpenter bees is the amount of damage that they can inflict on a property. They burrow into untreated wood to create their nesting tunnels which weakens the structure over time. If you have a wooden deck, porch, siding, or other structures, you can be sure it has been scouted by a carpenter bee.

How Do I Get Rid of a Hornet’s Nest?

A hornet’s nest is a serious problem that requires professional intervention. If you have a new nest somewhere on your property and you suspect it’s hornets, get inside to safety and call Smash Pest Control as soon as possible.

Hornets will aggressively defend their nests so you should never approach one. Hornet stings can be more painful than bee stings and pose a higher risk for severe allergic reactions.

Hornets Flying into Nest

What Do Yellow Jackets Look Like?

There is no shortage of flying, stinging insects in Middle Tennessee, and it can be tough to tell which one is nesting on your property. Yellow jackets share a lot of similarities with their close relative, the hornet, but they’re smaller in length and aren’t as bulky.

While hornets will ruthlessly protect their nests, yellow jackets reserve their aggression for guarding food sources. Unfortunately for us, yellow jackets aren’t picky eaters. They need foods high in sugar and protein and will dine on anything ranging from nectar to scraps of meat.

Trust Us Smash Pest Control for a Pest-Free Home

You don’t have to live with a bug nuisance on your property, even if it’s not especially dangerous or destructive. Evict those pests from your home or business and reclaim your space. The Smash Pest Control team is always here to help. Call us at 615-551-4029 or get your free estimate online.


Our thorough Pest Guide includes larger pests too, like mice. Don’t worry – we can handle them!