Four Simple Ways To Keep Spiders Out Of Your Maryland Home
Towson is a community located within Baltimore County, Maryland. Towson provides its residents with many eclectic neighborhoods to work and live in. It is also home to the much respected Towson University. Towson has hot, humid summers and mild to cool winters; the fairly mild weather not only helps to keep residents active year-round, but many insects and other pests remain active as well. Termites are one such pest that is active year-round and are found living throughout Maryland including in Towson. Termites are much more than a nuisance; their ability to feed on the structural wood of a property 24/7 causes severe and costly damages.
Let the termite control professionals here at American Pest keep your Towson property free of termites all year-long. Our termite control services are not only extremely effective, but are extremely safe for people, children, and pets to be around. Find out today why so many Maryland residents trust American Pest to protect their properties from termites
American Pest has been in the business of eliminating pests since 1925. We pride ourselves in being able to provide the residents of Maryland with safe and effective pest control solutions that eliminate and control a wide variety of pests. We provide general residential and commercial pest control services along with services to take care of specific pest problems, like termites. Other specific pest control services that we offer include bed bug control, stink bug reduction services, rodent protection, mosquito and tick control, and bird control (commercial properties).
Contact the pest control professionals here at American Pest today to learn about our termite control services, to schedule a termite inspection, or to learn more about any of our other quality pest control services for your Towson home or business!
The most common species of termite found in Maryland is the subterranean termite. As their name suggests, these termites typically live and nest underneath the ground. An interesting fact about subterranean termites is that what they look like depends on what job they hold in the colony. The termites are divided into 3 different castes: workers, soldiers, and reproductives.
Workers have a soft, creamy white body, are wingless and blind, and grow to about 1/4 of an inch in length. If exposed to light or air, the workers will quickly perish.
Soldiers look very similar to the workers except they are a bit larger and have an elongated yellow head, large strong jaws, and short legs.
Reproductives are the largest members of the colony, are winged, are dark-brown to black, and are about 1/4 to 1/2 inch in length.
Termites are responsible for billions of dollars’ worth of damages to properties all across the country. They work year-round feeding on the structural wood of the building that they are invading causing serious structural issues. It is usually not until signs of their presence are noticed that the property owner realizes that the termites have invaded; unfortunately, this is after the damage has already been done.
It is very important to understand what the signs of termite activity look like, so that at the first sign of these wood-eating insects on your property, a professional termite control expert can be contacted. Seeing a termite swarm or evidence of a swarm is one of the most common ways that property owners discover that they have a termite nest located in their home or on their property.
It takes a typical termite colony 2-4 years to fully mature, and a mature colony can have hundreds of thousands of termites in it. Due to overcrowding and lack of food, reproductives swarm from the mature colony to find a mate and create a new colony in a new location. Signs of a termite swarm include finding piles of their discarded wings on windowsills and in doorways, finding piles of dead termites, or finding the large black termites crawling around on the interior or exterior walls of your home.
Mud Tubes - Mud tubes are about the width of a pencil and are what the foraging termites use to travel back and forth from their nest to their food source in. Mud tubes are usually found running along the ground, on the foundation, or on the inside of basement walls.
Sagging windows or doors, drooping ceilings, or wood floors that are buckling.
Painted walls that look splintered or blistered.
Small holes on the surface of wood in your home. The termites use these holes to push out their waste and other debris.
Termite elimination and control is something that needs to be accomplished by professionals. DIY termite control solutions simply do not work and just allow the termites to feed deeper into the structural wood of your Towson home or business. American Pest is the termite exterminator of choice in our area. Our termite control solutions provide the services needed to completely eliminate a termite infestation and to permanently prevent a re-infestation.
A thorough termite inspection by one of our highly trained experts.
The installation of the Sentricon® System with Always Active™. This system is extremely effective, discreet, and requires no drilling or liquids to be applied to your soil. Sentricon® with Always Active™ is very environmentally friendly and leaves behind no unsafe or offensive odors.
Once the original infestation is eliminated, the system remains in place and provides continuous monitoring for new termite activity.
Regular maintenance on Sentricon® with Always Active™ is provided by our experts.
Do you have a mouse in your house? Even if you don’t see one, the answer might still be yes. Mice are a nuisance pest and can also be a health hazard for you and your family, spreading disease and destroying your property.
Since mice are mostly nocturnal and tend to live in quiet, out of the way places of your home, it may not always be easy to identify a mouse infestation. There are some signs you can look for around your home. Here are five signs you may have a mouse problem:
Gnaw marks: Mice have teeth that continuously grow and must gnaw constantly to keep their teeth healthy.
Rub marks: Mice leave oily marks on the wall as they run between their nest and food sources.
Noises: Mice make nests in between walls. If you hear scurrying in your walls or attic at night, it is most likely mice.
Droppings: Mouse droppings are about 1/8 to 1/4 inch long. They are rod-shaped with pointed ends.
Odor: The strong smell of urine in your home can be a sign of mice.
These signs could point to a mouse infestation. If you see any of these signs, or you think you have a mouse problem, call us today.
Cockroaches are resourceful and creepy pests, and are one of the oldest pests in the world, thanks to their ability to survive. In the interest of survival, roaches will enter your home in search of food, water, and shelter. Even if you keep your home spotless, roaches can find their way in.
Roaches can enter your home in a number of ways. German and brown-banded roaches are excellent hitchhikers. They catch rides into your home in luggage, bags, groceries, cardboard boxes, or even new furniture. Other roaches, like the American cockroach, use sewers to gain access. Make sure any openings around sewer pipes or outdoor drainage are properly sealed. Some species will crawl through the smallest of holes, including around windows and doors, along pipes, and through crawl spaces.
If you are concerned about roaches getting access to your home, our highly trained technicians can inspect your home for potential access points and help develop a plan to keep roaches out.
Pet owners and outdoorsmen alike know all about ticks. These little pests latch onto you or your animals when you get near them, usually outside in woods or tall grass. After they attach to a host, they can remain attached and feeding for long periods of time.
Ticks can not only be painful for you and your pets, but they can also be dangerous. The ticks in our area carry Lyme disease. It only takes a tick being attached for 24 hours to spread this disease to its host, which can mean major health issues for you or your furry friends. Along with Lyme disease, ticks can spread other disease like Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
It is important that you consistently check your pets and yourself for ticks after spending time outside. If you want to do more to keep your home, family, and pets tick-free all summer, call us today. We can treat your home to eliminate any active tick infestations and identify factors around your property that may be attracting these bloodsucking pests onto your property in the first place.
No one wants mosquitoes around. These bloodsucking pests can ruin any great outdoor activity, forcing you inside on even the nicest of summer days. Not only are mosquito bites annoying, they are also dangerous. Mosquitoes can transmit disease like West Nile virus, malaria, and encephalitis. Basically, mosquitoes are a pest you just don’t want to deal with.
While it may feel like mosquitoes are everywhere, there are things you can do to reduce their presence on your property. Since mosquitoes need water to reproduce, the biggest step you can take is eliminating standing water around your home. Some areas where mosquito larvae frequent include:
Anywhere else standing water collects
Mosquitoes are most active around dusk and dawn. If you have to be outside at those times, here are some steps you can take to reduce your exposure to these bloodsucking pests:
Wear long sleeves and pants.
Use insect repellent.
Use fans to keep mosquitoes away.
Avoid dark colors and floral prints.
Don’t wear cologne or perfume outdoors.
You can also call American Pest for professional mosquito treatment. We will treat areas of standing water that can’t be removed and apply a mosquito repellent around your yard to keep the population down. These treatments will last through mosquito season, usually April through September.
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