Pest Control 101: Ant Infestation in Maryland Homes

Everybody loves summertime. 

The school kids are at home. College students are at home. Teachers are at home. Grandparents are at home. 

And the ants are home.

Yes, summertime in Maryland/DMV and that means that ants are probably going to invade your home, and unlike your family, they are uninvited and destructive. Ants will not only tear up your property, but they can also injure your loved ones and pets.  

Here are the main types of ants in Central Maryland that can cause problems: 

  1. Carpenter ants: These ants build nests inside of wood. They tunnel and remove wood along the way. They also contaminate food. They need moisture to survive. You can keep them away by removing water-damaged wood from your home and making sure gutters are clean and properly draining water. Store wood away from the house and trim trees and bushes that are touching the house.  
  2. Pavement ants: They build their nests under pavement, but can also be found in walls and under floors. Be sure to clean up pet food, your food, and beverages and keep your kitchen clean. Food should be stored in sealed containers. Your home’s foundation, windows, and doors should also be sealed. 
  3. Acrobat ants: These nasty ants sting when threatened and get in your food. Seal window cracks, doors, pipes, foundation, and exterior walls. And, again, clean your dishes right away and store food in sealed containers. 

All of these ants have one thing in common: they are destructive! You can do your own “pest control” by taking the necessary precautions of storing or wiping up food right away. 

If you have spotted these ants and they are taking over, Pest Shield Inc.’s team of Pest Management Professionals will work with you to ensure that your home or business will have the most effective Pest Control and Management Reduction Strategy to rid you of these ants! Call us at (301) 829-0060.

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