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Tips and guides to safeguard your family and home from bugs, rodents and critters that bite, sting or just gross you out.

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Sheriff's leadership increases community safety

We appreciate the innovative work Sheriff Alfonzo Williams is doing to make his community a better place, a safer place. We are privileged to present him with Cingo’s Circle & Shield award.

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Fund-raising, personal commitment help bring orphans to safe homes

Adoption advocate Beth Drafts raises money to help families overcome the high cost of adoption. Her relentless efforts to help orphaned children makes us proud to honor Beth with our Circle & Shield award.

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GUIDE TO IDENTIFY & TREAT BACKYARD BITES

Keep your kids safe this summer.

Get the mom's guide to identify and treat backyard bites.

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Happy People

Happiness Happens

The Secret Society of Happy People (yes, it’s a real thing) has deemed August “Happiness Happens” month. At Cingo, we believe that happiness is so important that it's part of our Core Values. We strive to be Happy People Making People Happy on a daily basis. We apply this not only to interactions with our customers, but with each other as well. Since the world can always use more happy people, here are a few tips for becoming one.

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Back to School Safety

It’s that time of year again! Back to school means time for new school supplies, a new school year wardrobe and first day of school photos. As exciting as heading back to school can be, as parents, we are constantly thinking about protecting our children. Some of the main school safety concerns for children actually occur during travel to and from school. Whether they walk, bike, ride the bus, or drive, we want to ensure they arrive safely at their destination. So, as your kids prepare to return to school, or even if they’ve already begun their first day of classes, it’s a good idea to review school travel tips with the entire family.

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Health  |  Pest Control Tips

Fleas, ticks, and health risks

Endless sunny days and warm weather make summertime a favorite season to play outside with our families and pets. We spend a lot of time protecting them from the small dangers of the outdoors. We put sunscreen on to protect ourselves from the sun, use insect repellent to keep the mosquitoes away and keep cool water on hand to avoid overheating. But what about the pesky creatures Fido may bring in from your yard?

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Curious Critters

Insects that inspire: the magic of fireflies

There is something magical about fireflies. Do you remember chasing and catching them in your childhood? Did you collect them? I remember collecting them in mason jars that my grandmother used for peach and fig preserves. How many could we catch? Would there be enough to serve as a make-shift nightlight? Would it be okay if I kept them just until morning, please? As I grew up, my days catching fireflies dwindled, but I still loved seeing them light up the backyard in summer.

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Cingo News  |  Circle & Shield  |  Community  |  Happy People

Loving childhood motivates sisters to create a safe space for girls

Ginger Horne and Becky Greene's selfless commitment to creating a safe space for girls captured the attention of Cingo. We are proud to award Ginger and Becky our Circle & Shield award, the Cingo way to honor the quiet heroes in our community.

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Health  |  Pest Control Tips

Mosquitoes and blood-borne illnesses

Summer is in full swing, and unfortunately that means so are the mosquitoes. Mosquito bites are a nuisance, but there are many additional reasons to protect your family, your pets and yourself from their bite. Some types of mosquitoes in the U.S. and around the world spread viruses that can cause disease and according to the CDC, mosquito-borne disease has more than tripled in the U.S. since 2004.

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Cingo Operational Updates

Service interruptions and operational updates for Cingo in Georgia and South Carolina will be posted here.

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Cingo News  |  Circle & Shield  |  Community  |  Happy People

Cingo honors Lyle Gordon of Douglas

Lyle Gordon has given much of his time since retirement keeping people in his community safe and secure. His endless passion to help others makes us proud to honor Lyle with our Circle & Shield award.

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Curious Critters  |  Pest Control Tips

The ants go marching

One by one, four by four ... ah, geez, the Ant Army is on the move again. Ants are one of the most common pests we southerners encounter. It seems that no matter what the weather, ants will make their presence known. Dry conditions can summon them, and wet weather encourages them, too. We can't control the weather, but there are steps homeowners can take to prevent ants from marching into your home.

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The connection between roaches and asthma

As parents, we spend most of our time protecting our children. We teach them to look both ways before crossing the street. We make sure they’re wearing helmets. We read nutrition labels and limit their screen time. Our desire is to protect them from all harm, but can we really? No matter how much time and effort we put into their well-being, there will always be dangers that we are unable to control. Asthma is a condition that affects 8.4 percent of children in the United States. Even though this condition often develops on its own, we know that limiting exposure to certain triggers can decrease a child's likelihood to develop asthma or have asthmatic episodes when there is a preexisting condition. The third leading cause of asthma in children originates from the presence of cockroaches in the home. Ironically, a cockroach infestation is both treatable and preventable.

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Cingo News  |  Circle & Shield  |  Community  |  Happy People

Teen tackles tough issue to help keep others safe

Effingham County teenager Darius Scott’s drive to raise awareness of human trafficking makes a difference. We are proud to award Darius our Circle & Shield award, the Cingo way to honor the quiet heroes in our community.

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Health  |  Pest Control Tips

Your best options to manage mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are always looking for a blood meal. (Gross, we know.) You basically have two options: keep them from biting you or eliminate them from your yard. And with the recent announcement from the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) that the number of illnesses caused by mosquito, tick & flea bites have tripled in the United States over the last 13 years, it only makes sense to evaluate your protection options.

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Health  |  Pest Control Tips

Sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite

Warmer weather has finally arrived.  Weekend beach trips have begun and summer vacations are being planned. While you may be dreaming of warm, sandy beaches or mountain-top views, don’t forget the little menaces that may be hiding in your home away from home. Bed bug infestations are on the rise in the last decade and even the nicest of hotels and resorts can fall victim. You can significantly reduce chances of bringing bed bugs home by following a few simple precautions and pest prevention tips.

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Carpenter bees ... a real buzzkill

Spring is officially here! After suffering from cabin fever all winter, you’re ready to soak up some vitamin D and take on your spring projects in the great outdoors. You’re well equipped to tackle your honey-do list: tool belt strapped on, sunglasses, and water bottle in tow. As you step into the back yard, you breathe in the spring air, feel the warm sun on your face, and hear the buzz of a nearby bee flying around your head. Wait, what? Bees? Oh, geez! There are bees out here!

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It's Bat Appreciation Day

No, no, not the bats you find at the ballpark. Today we appreciate the ones that fly, and eat mosquitoes. "Appreciate" may seem like an odd word choice. The only reason I can find to truly be thankful for the bat population is their insatiable appetite for mosquitoes. If you've ever visited the swamps of Waycross or floated down the Savannah River, you know the misery of mosquito bites.

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Cingo News  |  Circle & Shield  |  Community  |  Happy People

Cingo honors Dublin’s Jay Bailey

Jay Bailey’s selfless commitment to improving lives of children captured the attention of Cingo. We are proud to award Jay our Circle & Shield award, the Cingo way to honor the quiet heroes in our community.

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Spring is right on time, and so are the termites

Warmer weather has arrived in Atlanta and across the southeast. The grass is turning green. The birds are chirping. Spring cleaning and household projects are underway. Spring is also the most common season for termite swarms. These swarmers will scour the area in search of a home for their new colony. Every year, many homeowners unknowingly invite termites into their homes. Here are a few of the most common mistakes that open the door to wood destroying insects.

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What homeowners should know about termite swarms

Ahhh, the signs of spring—flowers blooming, new growth, kids playing outside and termites swarming. Wait, what? Yes, that's right, termites. While these insects do damage year-round, you’ll be most aware of them during the spring swarms. What does it mean to homeowners?

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Health  |  Pest Control Tips

Can green pest control be effective?

Our society is becoming increasingly aware of the products and chemicals that we use and breathe in on a daily basis. We shop in the organic section at the grocery store, purchase natural skin care products, and inform ourselves about the chemicals that enter our bodies. For those of us looking to live more naturally, avoiding toxic substances extends to what we clean with and the pesticides we use. Being conscious of what chemicals are used in the home can be important to protect ourselves, our families, and our pets, but we also want to make sure those products are effective.  Do organic or non-toxic pest control options actually work? 

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2017 Good Stuff award winners announced

Each year Cingo honors employees who have  excelled at living and working by the Cingo core values.  Some of the critera for the award include their willingness to help others, community and industry involvement, exceeding company standards for their position and exhibiting leadership in everything they do. 2017 Winners include Shawn Brantley, Ashley Crouch, Chris Landing and Jeffrey Williams. 

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Curious Critters  |  Pest Control Tips

 Love Bugs: What's to love?

Love is in the air, but there is not much to love about love bugs. Often called kissing bugs, they do not sting or bite, but can be quite a nuisance. These tiny red and black flies congregate in open sunny areas and splatter on vehicle windshields and grills. They are a pain to clean and can even permanently damage the vehicle’s finish.

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Curious Critters

It's Groundhog Day!

That’s right woodchuck chuckers, it’s… GROUNDHOG DAY! This morning, both Punxsutawney Phil and our local groundhog, General Beauregard Lee, saw their shadows. The Yellow River Game Ranch, which housed General Beauregard Lee until December of 2017, boasts his accuracy rate is the highest of any predicting groundhogs at 94%.

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Health  |  Pest Control Tips

You know pantry pests are gross, but what are the health risks?

It’s Saturday morning. The kids are up— much earlier than you would like. You get the coffee started and stumble over to the pantry to grab a box of cereal. As you open the door and light hits your shelves, out flies a pantry moth. How did he get in there?

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We knew it all along: Jimmy Allgood is a Top Influencer in Georgia

The chairman of Delta Airlines. The governor of Georgia. The chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court. When you’re included on Georgia Trend’s list of the 2018 100 Most Influential Georgians, you’re in some darn good company. We’re proud to say that Jimmy Allgood, the man who founded the company today known as Cingo, is among the impressive list of Georgians honored this year.

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Curious Critters  |  Pest Control Tips

Squirrels in a Nutshell

There are so many things to love about squirrels! They’re adorable, friendly and highly intelligent. They help the environment by planting trees with their forgotten nuts, and they even keep pests away by eating insects in yards and gardens. And while today is Squirrel Appreciation Day—no kidding, it’s a thing—there is not much to appreciate about the damage they can do to your house.

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Cingo Honored as 2017 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®

Cingo has been named as one of the 2017 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in the Nation®.  This is the first year that Cingo has recieved this recognition, which "identifies and honors companies that deliver exceptional human resource practices and an impressive commitment to their employees." Cingo is the only pest control company to make the list and was also recognized as one of the The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® in Atlanta in the summer of 2017. 

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Pest Control Company Invests in Leadership Training

The Cingo Vision Builders program has twelve new graduates. The primary goal of this leadership class is for team members to develop and enhance skills to be used in both professional roles and personal lives. The program began in 2009 and has proven to be a great asset for the Cingo team.

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5 Expert Holiday Pest Control Tips

Let's face it, holidays can be stressful. And while we can't help you with the cooking and wrapping, we can help you keep your home pest-free this season. What attracts little black ants and roaches? Which critters are ready for you to build a fire? When should you think about your outdoor pets? Follow these simple tips to cross pests (and we mean the bug kind) off your list. Then, sit back and enjoy time with family and friends.

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Curious Critters  |  Pest Control Tips

Keep the mouse out of your house

Remember the mouse mazes from science fair projects? Mice are curious and persistent, a combination that leads them to reward. If you don’t want your home to be their prize, try these house mouse prevention and mouse control tips.

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World's most beloved mouse turns 89

Hot Dog, Mickey Mouse, it’s your birthday! Since Mickey’s debut in Steamboat Willie in 1928, he has fascinated children and adults alike, bringing out the inner child in us all. While Mickey will always be near and dear to our hearts, most of us would agree that he is the only mouse we want visiting our home.

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Have no fear (of bugs) this Halloween

Arachnaphobia? Entomophobia? Apiphobia? What are you afraid of this Halloween? If crawling critters give you the heeby geebies, you are not alone. Did you know there is actually a term for fear of butterflies? Which fear was featured in a box office smash?

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Thanks for the Mosquitoes, Irma

Hurricane Irma may be gone, but she certainly left a lasting bite.  If you were wondering why you've been seeing a lot more mosquitoes in the past few weeks, you can blame Irma.

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Why you shouldn't crush Kudzu Bugs

It may look like a beetle, but that Kudzu bug is more closely related to the stink bug. You don't want these uninvited guests hanging around during the holidays. Kudzu bugs are quite small, only about a quarter inch long when fully grown.

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Hurricane Irma Update

UPDATE: Wednesday, September 13 Cingo operations have resumed, and the Customer Care Center is working to get appointments rescheduled. Thank you for your patience. You can reach the Cingo team directly through our website or at 800-726-0083.

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Mosquitoes or mosquitos, they both suck.

Summer should be the time for barbecues and lounging by the pool. Unfortunately, the hot, muggy weather in Augusta and eastern Georgia is the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. These pests can ruin your outdoor fun and send you running for cover.

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Summer camp and bed bugs, what moms should know

As summer comes to an end, our campers are enjoying the last of the s'mores, saying goodbye to new friends and packing up their trunks. Before you bring those foot lockers and suitcases into your laundry room, you'll want to be sure bed bugs aren't hitching a ride into your home. Bed bug infestations are on the rise in the last decade, and camp cabins and other close sleeping quarters are frequented by these pests. You can significantly reduce chances of bringing them into your home by following a few simple precautions and pest prevention tips.

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Keep pests out of your picnic with 10 expert pest control tips

Ants in your applesauce and bees on your burgers can take the fun out of outdoor dining. Who invited those guys?  The pest experts at Cingo have assembled their top 10 tips to help you take back your yard from pests. After all, it does belong to you! 

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DEET gets it done

Today is insect repellent awareness day. It seems like everything has a day now! And while many of the "celebrations" feel like an excuse (Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, comes to mind) or a bit of a stretch (National Bat Appreciation Day), this one makes sense to us. We know a thing or two about bug bites, insect stings and repellents.

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Allgood Archive  |  Happy People

2016 Good Stuff award winners announced

This post originally appeared in The 'Good News, a blog by Allgood Services, Inc. dba Allgood Pest Solutions. In February 2017, the company changed its name to Cingo.

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A letter from CEO Lanny Allgood

CEO Lanny Allgood shared exciting news with customers and partners. Over the next twelve months, our company will transition our business name from Allgood Pest Solutions to Cingo. Wow. Why? For more than 20 years, two companies have operated in Georgia under the name Allgood – this Allgood company, based in Dublin, GA, and another one based in Duluth, GA. While that has served both well in terms of brand growth, our markets now overlap, and that is confusing.

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Dublin, GA based Allgood Services, Inc. to change name to Cingo

Allgood Pest Solutions, which opened its doors in Dublin in 1974, is changing its name to Cingo. “Changing the name is a big deal for all of us,” said Lanny Allgood, the company’s sole shareholder. “Yet over the past year, the anxiety of change has transformed into true excitement.”

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Allgood Archive  |  Pest Control Tips

"Killed the fleas. Walked the dog."

This post originally appeared in The 'Good News, a blog by Allgood Services, Inc. dba Allgood Pest Solutions. In February 2017, the company changed its name to Cingo.

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These folks have the good stuff

This post originally appeared in The 'Good News, a blog by Allgood Services, Inc. dba Allgood Pest Solutions. In February 2017, the company changed its name to Cingo.

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What's the connection between pets and pest control in Charleston?

This post originally appeared in The 'Good News, a blog by Allgood Services, Inc. dba Allgood Pest Solutions. In February 2017, the company changed its name to Cingo.

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Allgood Pest Control and Charleston Termite join forces

This post originally appeared in The 'Good News, a blog by Allgood Services, Inc. dba Allgood Pest Solutions. In February 2017, the company changed its name to Cingo. Allgood Pest Solutions and Charleston Termite Company have officially joined forces to protect the Low Country from pest threats. The acquisition, which was completed in August, provides new product options for hundreds of customers.

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Vision Builders program develops leaders at Allgood Pest Solutions

This post originally appeared in The 'Good News, a blog by Allgood Services, Inc. dba Allgood Pest Solutions. In February 2017, the company changed its name to Cingo. The Allgood Vision Builders program has twelve new graduates. The primary goal of this leadership class is for team members to develop and enhance skills to be used in both professional roles and personal lives. Charles Williams did a great job with the first class in 2009 and lead the 2015 class, which kicked off in February. Each of the three day-long meetings had a theme, and this year’s sessions included key objectives in the areas of communication, leadership and confidence.

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Teaming up with Realtors in Georgia's Lake Country

This post originally appeared in The 'Good News, a blog by Allgood Services, Inc. dba Allgood Pest Solutions. In February 2017, the company changed its name to Cingo. Property sales in the Lake Country are steadily increasing and Lake Country Board of Realtors (LCBOR) members continue to help families find their perfect homes. At Allgood Pest Solutions, we want to partner with realtors to make the process easier – from getting a termite inspection and letter before closing to protecting your client’s home from termites and families from pests once they move in.

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Allgood Pest Solutions brand operated by two unrelated GA companies

This post originally appeared in The 'Good News, a blog by Allgood Services, Inc. dba Allgood Pest Solutions. In February 2017, the company changed its name to Cingo.  

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Allgood Archive  |  Happy People

Congratulations, That's Good Stuff

This post originally appeared in The 'Good News, a blog by Allgood Services, Inc. dba Allgood Pest Solutions. In February 2017, the company changed its name to Cingo.

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Allgood Pest Solutions Expands in Augusta, Statesboro and Waycross

This post originally appeared in The 'Good News, a blog by Allgood Services, Inc. dba Allgood Pest Solutions. In February 2017, the company changed its name to Cingo.  

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Allgood Pest Leads Event for Charleston Animal Society

This post originally appeared in The 'Good News, a blog by Allgood Services, Inc. dba Allgood Pest Solutions. In February 2017, the company changed its name to Cingo.

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Allgood Pest Solutions expands in Augusta with Allstate Pest Control

This post originally appeared in The 'Good News, a blog by Allgood Services, Inc. dba Allgood Pest Solutions. In February 2017, the company changed its name to Cingo.  

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Allgood Pest Solutions Expands in South Georgia Market

This post originally appeared in The 'Good News, a blog by Allgood Services, Inc. dba Allgood Pest Solutions. In February 2017, the company changed its name to Cingo.

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Allgood Archive  |  Happy People

Allgood employees have the good stuff

This post originally appeared in The 'Good News, a blog by Allgood Services, Inc. dba Allgood Pest Solutions. In February 2017, the company changed its name to Cingo.

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Allgood Pest Solutions Acquires Second Firm in Charleston Market

This post originally appeared in The 'Good News, a blog by Allgood Services, Inc. dba Allgood Pest Solutions. In February 2017, the company changed its name to Cingo.

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