Posts Tagged ‘home pest control’

Termite Control: How Quickly They Can Decimate Your Home

You’ve seen the cartoons. Termites march to the home and quickly begin eating it up, beam by beam, roof tile by roof tile, then raid the furniture and consume it. In just seconds, the home no longer exists and the termites turn around and leave for the next home to eat.  While the cartoon is an exaggeration, the truth is not that far off. Termites can attack your home and decimate it. It may take several seasons to do it, but these pests can do massive and costly damage to your home. The bad news is that they can do…

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How Many Times A Year Should Pest Removal Be Done At Your Home?

Pests come and go during the year. In the spring and summer, bugs are heaviest. In the fall and winter, the bugs disappear. Maryland is like most east coast states in that regard. You can predict when an infestation is coming or leaving.  So, can homeowners prepare adequately for when pests invade a home? And, if so, how often during the year should pest control be done? Professional pest removal can help remedy an infestation. So, scheduling regular pest control treatments for twelve months is a proactive way to prevent pest invasion and prevent the homeowner from having to do…

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 Bed Bugs and the Damage They Can Do to Your Home

There is nothing cute about bed bugs. In fact, they can be destructive and annoying pests. You definitely don’t want them in your home.  What are bed bugs? These pests hide in beds. They dig into bed frames and mattresses during the day. At night, they feed on pets and people.  They do not have wings, are dark brown in color, have a flat and oval-faced body and are smaller than a ladybug. If they are in your room, you will smell their sweet, musty odor. They mark their territory by leaving red colored spots on your mattress or linen.You…

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Home Pest Control Update: Flying Ants or Termites?

Spring is finally here and with it the warmer and extremely wet mild winter, that means all types of flying and crawling bugs in Maryland! This includes our new clients in Woodbine, Gaithersburg, Columbia, Sykesville, and all of Maryland are calling us now about these flying insects with wings.  They may be winged ant reproductives or winged termite reproductives. But, how do homeowners tell the difference between the two?? First, the easiest way that a homeowner can tell if they have termites or an ant species is fairly simple: Ants (Carpenter, Odorous, Citronella, Pavement, etc.) have a definitive segmented body…

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Residential Pest Control Update: Mild Winter = Here Come the Pests

In the Maryland area, we have had a mild and wet winter. A mild winter and early spring may mean more pests in your home.*** But a mild winter leaves more above-ground insects alive, which means more will be active to emerge and reproduce when the weather warms, leading to more insects in spring and summer. More moisture and early plant growth will provide more food for pests. So more pests + more food = frustration and anger over pests in our homes. At Pest Shield, we are experiencing requests for service in the Rockville, Damascus, Mt.Airy, Gaithersburg, Frederick, areas…

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Pest Control: Here Come Termites and Ants

Termites There is no such thing as “a season off” for termites. Most people believe that since you can’t see them now, they must not be around. However, Central Maryland*** has a plethora of bugs and pests which don’t die they just burrow away in your home or on your property while the winter months come and go. Then, come out like crazy when spring hits. No, in fact, termites are the pests that keep on giving. Winter, spring, summer or fall. These destructive bugs never go on vacation. They can and will continue eating your home and tearing up…

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Home Pest Control: Prepare for Mosquitoes

When you think of winter, you don’t normally think of mosquitoes.  These pests are usually associated with hot summer days while hanging out at the pool, working in the garden or fishing at the lake. Mosquitoes typically exist in fifty-degree or higher weather. However, don’t let that fool you.  In fact, mosquitoes are around. You just don’t see them. During winter, mosquitoes, mainly females, go into “diapause” as they shut down their development, and hibernate until March and the males die. Many female mosquitoes are fertilized before going into diapause, so they are able to lay eggs when the warm…

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Pest Control Update: Mice and Rats are Active in Maryland in November

Fall has gotten quite cold in Central Maryland.  It even feels like winter on some days. If you think it’s cold for us, imagine how it must be for those rats and mice! Their little bodies are shivering and they want to find a place that is warm.  So, where do they go? They go to your home, of course. They have to find somewhere to live for the winter as their grasses where they burrow and live have died off. As the cold weather hits, mice and rats will leave their dead homes and scurry into your live one. …

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