World Pest Day Brings Awareness This Summer
It is that time of year again! The time where you can feel the sun’s warm embrace, study the beautiful, blooming flowers, and smell the freshly cut grass. It’s the perfect time of year to shake off the winter blahs! Unfortunately, people aren't the only ones who think so. Pests are also coming out after a long winter, looking for a nice place to spend their summer vacation. They’ll be looking for a place rated with five stars that is complete with accommodations and on-site dining! To pests, your home or property could fit the bill. These springtime pests can include:
With almost 90 years of experience, American Pest has developed safe and effective programs for Elkridge pest control. Whether it be for your home or your business, we know how to solve any pest problem. Contact us today for more information on the pest control services available to you.
No one wants to see ants crawling across the cupboard. While these small pests are harmless, they can be a huge nuisance. It seems no matter how many of them you get rid of, they just keep coming back. Ants make their way into homes to find shelter and food. To them, your crumbs are a delicacy. There are some things you can do to try to make your home seem less appealing to this tiny insect such as:
Make sure any crumbs or spills are cleaned up
Don't leave dirty dishes in the sink
Store food in airtight containers
Repair any leaky pipes that may cause moisture buildup
Trim bushes and shrubs near your home
If you think you may already have a problem with ants, contact a pest control professional. Trying to use pesticides and sprays to get rid of ants on your own can do more harm than good, and when it comes to ants, killing just a few isn't the answer. To truly eradicate an ant infestation then entire ant colony needs eliminated. American Pest offers an exceptional home pest control program to help you get rid of ants and other invading insects.
Termites are common in the spring in Elkridge. While termites are not dangerous to humans, they can do extensive damage to the structure of your home or business. Termites are credited with $5 billion in damages in the U.S. every year, so it is very important to contact a professional immediately if you think you have a termite problem. If untreated, termites can cause extensive and costly damage to the structure of a building. Some termite signs to be on the look out for include:
Mud tubes along foundations
Small holes in wood or drywall surfaces
Sagging windows or door frames
Distorted paint on wooden surfaces
Contact American pest today, and rest assured that our veteran professionals know how to get rid of termites.
Stinging insects, such as hornets, yellow jackets, and wasps, come out of hibernation in the spring and start searching for new nesting grounds. It can be next to impossible to prevent stinging insects from building a nest on your property, but you can keep a close eye out for likely nesting areas. Some of these common nesting areas include:
Under eaves and overhangs
Beneath decks and porches
In hollow trees
If you do find a nest around your Elkridge home or business, do not attempt to knock it down on your own. When an insect, such as a wasp, stings, it can not only be painful but can result in a serious allergic reaction. Let us make sure any nests are removed quickly and safely from your property so you don't have to worry about your kids, pests or yourself getting stung this season.
The fear of bed bugs finding their way into homes and businesses is growing in Elkridge and throughout the United States. They have the ability to travel on nearly any surface. If you plan on traveling this year American Pest has some tips to help keep bed bugs from being present in your life.
Before you travel, check reviews to see if the hotel you're going to be staying at has had any recent bed bug problems
When you arrive, thoroughly inspect your hotel room including the mattress before bringing your luggage in.
When you get back home inspect your luggage and immediately wash all clothing in the hottest water possible.
If you have followed all of these steps and bed bugs still manage to find a way into your home, contact us today to talk about bed bug treatment options. American Pest offers effective relief from these biting insects, including K9 inspections and heat treatments. Whether you would like a bed bug inspection performed to ensure these pests are not present or if you are 99% sure there is already an infestation, American Pest can help!
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