5 Things Every Maryland Homeowner Should Know About Pests


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We have many bugs and critters that can get into our Maryland homes. Many of them are just a nuisance to have around. They crawl on our walls. They fly around in kitchens and living rooms. And they crawl or land on us. But this ability to be a nuisance is not the real problem pests present. Today, we are looking at 5 ways pests can negatively impact you and everyone living in your home.

1. Pests Can Make You Sick

It is quite surprising how many ways bugs and wildlife can make you sick. They get into trash and sewers and pick up harmful bacteria, which they can bring into your home on their bodies. They eat things that are rotting and contaminate your home when they leave their waste in areas of infestation. They contract pathogens from contaminated animals and spread pathogens to you. Some pests breed in animal waste and others feed on animal waste. This exposes them to disease-causing organisms. Some pests have venom that can cause an allergic reaction leading to anaphylaxis shock. We could go on but you get the point. When bugs or animals come into contact with illness-causing pathogens or organisms, they become carriers of disease. In urban centers, where pests have access to dumpsters, trash receptacles, sewers culverts, and other bacteria-laden environments, there is even more risk of illness.

2. Pests Can Make Your Pets Sick

While dogs and cats are not impacted by the same disease we are and they have minor symptoms to diseases that can make us very sick, there are some pet-specific illnesses that you should know about if you have a pet, illnesses such as Lyme disease, bartonellosis, tularemia, leptospirosis, plague, rabies, heartworm, tapeworm, and ringworm, to name just a few.

3. Pests Can Damage Your Belongings

When pests get into your home, they can damage your belongings in many ways. Some will chew holes in your stuff. Some will stain your fabrics with their excrement. Many will contaminate stored items with their feces and urine. If you have items in storage, it is important to make sure they are stored in sealed, hard-plastic containers to protect them from damage. Pests target a wide range of materials. Some will feed on paper products. Some eat products that have glue in them. Some feed on clothing, upholstery, drapes, and other fabrics. A good rule of thumb is to protect anything that has organic material. For instance, you won't have to worry about protecting a stored light fixture but the shade on a lamp could get damaged.

4. Pests Can Damage Your Home

You are probably aware that subterranean termites are a threat for homeowners. They can do considerable damage to a home without giving any sign that they are present. But termites are far from the only pests that damage homes. Carpenter ants, carpenter bees, woodpeckers, wood boring beetles, mice, rats and many other pests can damage your home.

5. Pests Bite or Sting You

The most common stinging and biting insects we deal with in our Maryland homes are wasps, spiders, fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and, in recent years, bed bugs. All of these pests come with their own set of problems. Some are venomous. Some carry viruses. Some transmit diseases that can have life-long medical implications.

The Proper Perspective

As you can see, there are many ways bugs and wildlife can harm you, your family, your pets, and your property. That is why every Maryland home should have a pest control plan. We hope you will allow us to guide you in this important investment. The team at American Pest is one of the best in the industry. We employ highly-trained and fully-licensed pest management professionals who know what is necessary to properly manage pest threats in our Maryland service area and we offer residential plans that cover a wide range of pests so you don't have to pay for each pest individually. These cost-effective pest control service plans come with our pest free pledge guarantee.

If you'd like to learn more about our residential pest control packages and learn about what pest pressures you're dealing with around or inside your Maryland home, it is easy to get started. We provide free in-home pest control estimates upon request.

You don't have to wait until pests harm you, your family, your pets, or your property. With proactive residential pest control from American Pest, you'll have the protection you need in every pest season of the year. 

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