Snakes in Canton and Ball Ground, Georgia

Snakes In Canton and Ball Ground, Georgia

There are several kinds of snakes you can find in Canton and Ball Ground, Georgia. Some snakes are poisonous like the rattlesnake, copperhead, and cottonmouth (also known as the water moccasin) while some are non-poisonous like the rat snake, garter snake, and corn snake. There are a few ways you can identify a non-poisonous snake from a Water Moccasinpoisonous snake. Non-poisonous snakes have a rounded head with round pupils while a poisonous snake have a pointed head with slit pupils. Poisonous snakes have heat-sensing pits unlike non-poisonous snakes.

Generally, humans and snakes can live together in harmony. Most snakes will avoid human interaction at all cost. Having snakes around can be beneficial because they eat cockroaches, mice, and rats. Non-poisonous snakes can also drive poisonous snakes away. The reason snakes like to live around your home is because they can find food, Black rat snakewater, and shelter. On occasion, they will become a problem because they are getting into your house or in your personal space. If a snake gets stepped on or cornered it may feel threatened and can bite you or your pets.

Here at SurGuard Exterminating, we are well trained in taking care of the occasional snake that invades your personal area. We will try with every effort to live catch and release in a more suitable area so everyone is happy. It’s also a good idea to keep brush piles, firewood, and debris piles away from your home since these areas can be a perfect harborage for snakes.

Feel free to contact us if you have an unwanted visitor and need him removed. No snake too big or too small!

Written by Carson Gibson (age 11)

David Gibson, Owner

SurGuard Exterminating, Inc.


Termite treatment and control in Canton, Ball Ground, Woodstock and Marietta, GA. Are They a Serious Threat?

Are Termites Really a Serious Threat in Cherokee and Cobb County, Ga?


With springtime approaching in Cherokee and Cobb counties, the sounds of baseball, soccer, and outdoor fun is in the air.  While kids big and small gear up for their springtime activities, there is a threat lying in wait.  Lurking underground, silently targeting your home, is a nasty little insect called subterranean termites.  They typically show up unaware to homeowners and business owners and have one thing on their minds… EAT YOU OUT OF HOUSE AND HOME!

Did you know Termites are a $5 Billion threat?

Of the termite species throughout the United States, subterranean termites are the type most likely to attack your home. They are social insects that nest in underground colonies. There can be millions of termites in a colony, but you may never see evidence of them until it’s too late. In fact, termites cause more that $5 billion worth of damage each year in the U.S. alone – damage not covered by most homeowner’s insurance. Termites can be in your home for several years with very few visible signs of activity. Without quarterly and annual inspections, termites can go unnoticed for years while continuing to damage your home.

What do termites look like?

Termites are ofter mistaken for flying ants, but there are noticeable differences:

SurGuard Exterminating–Both swarming termites and swarming ants have two pairs of wings. Termites front and hind wings are the same shape and size. However, ants front wings are larger than their hind wings.

–Ants’ antennae are elbowed, while termites’ are straight.

–Ants have a narrow, pinched waist, while termites’ waist are thicker and less defined.


Signs of termite activity.

–Termites swarming during the day or early evening and often after rainfall.Unknown-1

–Shelter tubes appearing on or around the foundation.

–Baseboards, window sills, door frames, and floors may seem soft or hollow.

–Dead termites or termite wings on the windowsills or along walls.

Your home is one of the most important investments you’ll ever make. The first step to insure your home is sufficiently protected is to schedule an inspection with one of our termite professionals. These inspections are FREE, so what do you have to lose.  A thorough inspection will be made to determine the best treatment method for your home. Once a treatment plan has been initiated, termites beware!

If we can be of any assistance, feel free to call SurGuard Exterminating in Canton, Ga.

With The SurGuard Advantage, you can rest assured your home is protected – 24/7!

David Gibson, Owner

SurGuard Exterminating, Inc.



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Zika Virus in Georgia? Should I Be Concerned?

Zika Virus in Georgia?  Should I Be Concerned?

Several mosquito-borne viruses circulate in Georgia each year that are capable of causing disease in both humans and animals. The most common of these viruses include West Nile virus, Eastern Equine encephalitis virus, and LaCrosse virus. This year, there is the threat of a possible new virus known as the Zika virus, stemming from “the yellow fever mosquito”. Recently, there have been quite a few diagnosed cases of Zika virus in the United States. As of now, these people appear to have all contracted the virus while traveling to other countries, such as Central and South America, where there is a serious outbreak. The yellow fever mosquito that transmits the Zika virus already lives in the United States, found mostly in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and South Carolina. As of now, mosquitos infected with this virus have only been found in Puerto Rico; however, these southern states could begin seeing infected mosquitos as spring approaches and temperatures increase. With the abundant amount of rainfall Georgia has received this winter, it will establish a lush breeding ground for mosquitoes.SurGuard Exterminating

Mosquito-borne viruses generally cannot be transmitted from person to person. The viruses are spread when an infected mosquito bites you. Symptoms from any of these viruses usually consists of flu-like symptoms: fever, headache, sore throat, fatigue, aches, or a rash. These symptoms can last for a few days to several weeks, sometimes resulting in more serious side effects. While others may not develop any symptoms at all. In addition to these side effects, The Zika virus has been linked to Guillain-Barre syndrome which can cause temporary paralysis and it poses a threat to unborn babies when their mother is infected. There appears to be a link between the virus and microcephaly, a disorder in which the brain and skull do not develop as they should. A May 2015 outbreak of the Zika virus in Brazil led to nearly 3,500 reports of birth defects linked to the virus and has since spread to 20 countries in Central and South American and the Caribbean. Currently there is not a vaccine or even a test to detect this devastating virus caused by a single mosquito bite.

While mosquitoes are most active in Georgia from late spring through early fall, it is important to safeguard you, your family, and your pets against them. Possible measures that you can take consists of dressing in light colored long-sleeved shirts and long pants & stay indoors when mosquitoes are most active. The most effective solution to this problem is a two step process called “vector control.” The first step involves changing or eliminating the mosquitoes natural breeding sites in and around your home. This consist of removing water sources that mosquitoes use as breeding sites such as empty flower pots, kiddie pools, buckets, bird baths, and other container debris. The second step in this process is using a chemical control. Larvicides can be used in water sources that can not be removed such as ponds, temporary flood pools, and ditches. Larvicides will eliminate the mosquito larvae before it matures and begins biting. Chemical barriers (adulticides) are effective against adult mosquitoes and can be applied on a regular basis throughout early spring, summer, and early fall. Typically, areas where adults, children, and pets live, work, and play can be treated to help control biting mosquitoes.

Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions or concerns about this upcoming mosquito season and how you can safeguard your loved ones. Here at SurGuard Exterminating, your health and safety is our highest priority.  

David Gibson, Owner

SurGuard Exterminating