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 with a head, thorax, abdomen. They have pinched waists and they do not shed their wings.
Winged Termites (Alates) have no segmented body parts and definitely shed their wings. So, you will find a pile of wings around windows and door frames, especially after a nice soaking rain followed by sunny skies. These signs may indicate a termite issue.
In either event, don’t panic! For a free, accurate assessment you can send a photo or text photos of the pests in your home and we will promptly identify for you, which is the first step to a positive resolution.
Contact your local Pest Shield, Inc., professional home pest control exterminator. We can do a free, accurate assessment. Text pest photos to (301) 275-7765 for an identification. You may also call (301) 829-0600 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for a consultation. We serve Mt. Airy, MD, Central Maryland and the counties of Montgomery, Carroll, Frederick, and Howard.
In our next blog, we will delve into the Biology of Subterranean Termites. So visit us here again.
Hoping you have a safe and peaceful April.
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 for one of the homeowners’ biggest challenges: Odorous House Ants (OHA), which have become active already. These ants live in huge colonies, travel in well-worn trails marked by pheromones (chemical signals) sometimes reaching hundreds of feet long, and nest anywhere.
There are multiple queens in this colony so store-bought bait and sprays that promise to kill the queen will not be enough to rid your home of this scourge. (In most cases, these may make it worse!)
Outside these ants live on plants that host Aphids. These plant dwelling insects produce waste playfully called “honeydew” which are a major food source for the OHA. This is where the ants get started on their journey. Your kitchen is the finish line in a race to find sweets and proteins from spilled food or stored products in cabinets, on floors, or around sinks.
Here are some tips to help you prevent these pests.
- Sanitation is always a key preventive step. Clean up all spills immediately and seal any cracks or crevices on the exterior to eliminate entry points.
- Reduce/Remove leaf litter and plant growth from touching your home and attached deck.
- Correct any moisture sources which can lead to “Satellite” Colonies within your home (including wet or weathered exterior wood frames)
The natural facts about these ants make it very difficult to eliminate them from your home. Fortunately, Pest Shield has the experts to solve this problem. If all else fails, contact the experts at Pest Shield to solve this irritating and frustrating pest challenge, and, in most homes can eradicate these nuisance pests from the exterior, with little to no interior applications.
Contact our award-winning team of home pest control professionals for your free inspection today. Pest Shield Inc. can eliminate the ants from your walls, basement, kitchen counter, and pantry, or foundation. Call (301) 829-0600 or email@example.com for a consultation. We serve Mt. Airy, MD, Central Maryland and the counties of Montgomery, Carroll, Frederick, and Howard.
***For more information on the mild winter in Maryland, click here.
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 your property.
During the winter, however, termites change their strategy. They go deep. Termites need warmth to live so they will hide deep in certain places in your home. They will forage tunnels and even leave food sources above the surface because the cold weather is too much for them to risk going after it.
Winter does not change the termite queens as they will continue to lay eggs steadily. These eggs will hatch and a whole new group of termites will soon invade your home.
Though termites are around during the winter months, you may not see swarms of them from December through February. The best way to combat termites is to hire a professional home pest control company to help you exterminate them.
During winter, ants hibernate. Their body temperatures drop and they spend most of their time sealing up ant holes and burrowing into warmer ground or tree bark.
Ants don’t even need food during hibernation. Their fall diet was enough to keep them full for the cold winter months. They stay warm by huddling into groups. They also protect the queen as she sleeps.
Should ants appear near your doors or windows, the unusually warm weather that we have had in Central Maryland lately may have awakened them. As it gets cold again, ants will return to their huddles and their spots around the queen.
You should take the sight of ants in your home seriously. They have probably formed a colony somewhere inside your home.
If you see termites or ants in your home, call a professional home pest control company. Pest Shield Inc. can eliminate the ants from your walls, basement, kitchen counter, and pantry, or foundation. Our professional home pest control experts can help you get rid of ants, termites, and other pests. Call (301) 829-0600 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a consultation. We serve Mt. Airy, MD, Central Maryland and the counties of Montgomery, Carroll, Frederick, and Howard.
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