Maryland Residents Mini Guide To Avoiding Bed Bugs
Columbia, Maryland - our jewel of a city nestled between Baltimore and Washington D.C. offers a quaint small-town feel with big city comforts. While we can enjoy the nightlife or catch a show at the Merriweather Post Pavillion or spend the day at the golf course or shopping in downtown, we can also just relax and take in the beauty of the nearby lakes, sit next to a babbling brook, saunter through the woodland paths, or hike the trails at the Middle Patuxent environmental area. It is a gem of a city to be certain, and the perfect place to quietly live and raise a family. However, the affluence, comfort, and recreation that Columbia offers are the exact things that draw in unwanted pests and the pressures they cause. Whether you are dealing with destructive or harmful pests like carpenter ants, cockroaches, termites, and rodents or nuisance pests like bed bugs, silverfish, stink bugs, or any number of various other pests that call Columbia home, rest assured you have an expert that can help just right around the corner. With over 90 years of experience in Columbia and the surrounding areas, we haven’t met a pest yet that we can’t take care of. In fact, American Pest has earned QualityPro and QualityPro Green accreditations from the National Pest Control Association (NPMA)! These are the industry’s highest marks of pest control excellence, and our quality service is here just for you.
One of the most notorious pests to invade Columbia homes and businesses are bed bugs. These small, nocturnal, reddish-brown creatures are about the size of an apple seed and can tuck nicely away in any small crack or crevice in your home or business to wait out the day. Then, when all is quiet and dark, they come crawling from their hiding spots to feed on their favorite meal – human blood! These pests are extremely difficult to eradicate without the help of a professional like American Pest.
Our bed bug treatments are both discreet and effective in eliminating bed bugs from your Columbia home or business. We offer conventional pesticide treatments for bed bugs, mattress and box spring encasements, heat treatments, and a K-9 bed bug detecting unit that will quickly and accurately identify the presence of bed bugs and exactly where they are hiding out--allowing us to pinpoint our treatment options. No matter how you look at it, when you partner with American Pest for your bed bug elimination needs, these creatures will quickly and safely become a distant memory.
Carpenter ants are large black ants that invade homes and businesses, causing costly damages to support beams and structural wood. Carpenter ants prefer wood that is damp or rotting so their presence may indicate a far greater issue than just ants.These pesky creatures don’t eat the wood like termites do; they simply bore through the wood to create nesting sites and tunnels to and from food and water sources. There is typically little evidence that you have a carpenter ant colony nesting in your walls because they prefer to forage for food at night when all is dark and quiet. However, before any other signs of an ant infestation are noticed, some homeowners may find small sawdust-type debris piles--evidence of carpenter ants--that the ants push out from inside the wood they are currently tunneling through. Carpenter ants can also be heard. If you suspect that these ants are nesting inside your walls, knock on the wood and put your ear up to listen.
If you have found evidence of carpenter ants or if you have actually seen these creatures in or around your home, give American Pest a call. Our Preferred Care residential pest control programs offer year-round protection from carpenter ants and many other common household pests. This program also offers year-round peace of mind for you with seasonal visits from one of our highly trained and certified pest control specialists. Plus, each of our pest control plans is backed by our Pest Free Pledge. We guarantee that if covered pests return between scheduled visits, we will return and deal with them with no extra charge to you.
Here at American Pest, we offer three convenient and reasonably priced pest control programs that provide you with year-round pest protection and the expertise and backing of our 4 board certified entomologists, 13 associate certified entomologists, and 30-plus state-certified technicians. Our comprehensive and environmentally friendly programs are designed to keep your home pest free while ensuring the safety and protection of you, your family, and your home.
Preferred Care - This affordable program offers protection from more than 30 common household pests with year-round coverage for year-round peace of mind. Our seasonal treatments (4 X per year) utilize both exterior and interior applications to ensure that your home remains pest free, and it is backed by our Pest Free Pledge Guarantee.
Preferred Care Plus - This valued plan offers protection from more than 30 common household pests with year-round coverage plus the added benefit of termite monitoring. This plan also utilizes seasonal exterior and interior treatments (4 X per year) to ensure a pest free home. It is also backed by our Pest Free Pledge Guarantee.
Preferred Care Complete Termite – If you know that termites are a problem for your home, then this is the plan for you. This plan offers protection from more than 30 common household pests with year-round coverage plus the added benefit of termite elimination. We utilize seasonal exterior and interior treatments (4 X per year) to ensure your home remains a pest free home. It is also backed by our Pest Free Pledge Guarantee.
If you want to be freed from the worry of costly damages and dangerous diseases that pests cause, partner with American Pest and experience the peace of mind that comes with our home pest control program.
If you are dealing with termites here in Columbia, you are more than likely dealing with Eastern Subterranean Termites. These destructive creatures are actually considered the most damaging of all termite species. Across the country, this species of termite is responsible for causing in excess of five billion dollars annually in costly termite damage, and for most homeowners, termites are not covered under existing homeowner insurance policies. These insects live deep underground in large colonies; sometimes numbering in the millions. Foraging termite colonies usually remain undetected until the resulting damage becomes moderate to severe, which is why year-round monitoring is the preferred method for controlling and eradicating these pests.
Here at American Pest, we offer homeowners termite monitoring services through our Preferred Care Plus plan. This program treats for more than 30 common household pests and monitors for the presence of termites every other month throughout the year, so that if termites decide to invade your property you will know it quickly and will have the chance to prevent extreme damage that can occur without monitoring. Also, if you are one of the many homeowners that have discovered a termite colony in your home or on your property, we can deal with that too. For the safest and most effective termite treatment, we utilize the Sentricon® Termite Colony Elimination System. What better way to obtain the peace of mind that comes from knowing you are termite free than with a partnership with American Pest.
Here at American Pest, we provide commercial pest control services with our highly rated ProCare Program. Our ProCare program is one of the most comprehensive commercial pest control plans in the industry and can be tailored to be utilized in any type of business or industry because we take into account the industry specific rules, regulations, and concerns. Our highly trained professionals use the STAR approach for proper identification and treatment of pests. STAR stands for survey, target, analyze, and report. This method not only ensures your business will become pest free, but it also ensures that your business will remain that way, and you will have the needed paperwork to fill any requirements that an audit may bring.
Whether you are a small business, a large corporation, or a government building, American Pest has the plan for you. Our local communications center representative are available to you 24 hours a day to ensure that your pest issues are timely and efficiently resolved. Protect your employees, customers, facility, and reputation by partnering with American Pest for your pest control needs.
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