When you think of winter, you don’t normally think of mosquitoes.
These pests are usually associated with hot summer days while hanging out at the pool, working in the garden or fishing at the lake. Mosquitoes typically exist in fifty-degree or higher weather. However, don’t let that fool you.
In fact, mosquitoes are around. You just don’t see them. During winter, mosquitoes, mainly females, go into “diapause” as they shut down their development, and hibernate until March and the males die. Many female mosquitoes are fertilized before going into diapause, so they are able to lay eggs when the warm weather arrives. When the temperature rises, a new swarm of mosquitoes will invade your home.
We, in the home pest control business, have seen mosquitoes in the dead of winter, especially when temperatures range from 40 to 60 degrees, even here in January. So, protect yourself and your family with some home pest control measures:
- Mow your yard: Mosquitoes need tall grass, weeds, and flowers to protect themselves from heavy winds that knock them down and make it difficult to fly. Trim the hedges, cut down any tall grass, weeds or other non-essential flowers and brush to keep them away.
- Remove standing water: After a rain, you may find standing water in any number of locations around your home. Empty the wheelbarrow, buckets, tarps, flower pots, old tires, and planters. Also, sop up water in birdbaths and tractor seats. This is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. If you keep the area dry, you will drive mosquitos away.
- Pool water: If you own a pool, it is essential to keep it dry and covered. After a heavy rain, check to make sure no water got into the pool. If so, drain it.
- Unclog gutters: Clear your gutters of wet leaves and debris. Stop outdoor leaky pipes or faucets. Add holes to the bottom of wooden or tire swings so water can drain away.
- Close the trash can: Make sure can lids are shut tightly and aren’t flipped upside down.
- Get rid of unused containers in your shed and yard: If it has rust on it, it might need to be tossed. Old, broken, rusty or unused containers are great places for mosquito breeding and nesting grounds. Do an inventory and toss ones you no longer need.
- Insect repellent products: Spray yourself and loved ones regularly. There is a large variety of mainstream and organic sprays. Make sure you do not have any allergies and follow application instructions.
Don’t let winter weather fool you. Mosquitoes are still at work, hibernating for an active spring and summer. You can rid yourself by doing these smart home pest control tactics and perhaps, save yourself from having to call us professional exterminators in!
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Fall has gotten quite cold in Central Maryland.
It even feels like winter on some days. If you think it’s cold for us, imagine how it must be for those rats and mice! Their little bodies are shivering and they want to find a place that is warm.
So, where do they go? They go to your home, of course. They have to find somewhere to live for the winter as their grasses where they burrow and live have died off. As the cold weather hits, mice and rats will leave their dead homes and scurry into your live one.
They can get into your home pretty easily, too. They can squeeze through a hole as small as ¼” inch. Those holes in your home can be found where wires or pipes come in. Look behind your oven or refrigerator to see if there are holes. Mice also love bags filled with leftovers! They will spend hours gnawing into bags and then eating the contents. If you think that is gross, they also eat your dog or cat’s food and feces!
Additionally, when they invade your home for food and shelter they also use it as their bathroom. They drop their waste on your floor, in your cabinets, and on your countertops as much as eighty times a day.
So, how in the world does a Central Maryland resident stop these pests from absolutely soiling and infesting your home? It can be done both personally and professionally.
Home Pest Control Tips: What you can do
It may seem like stopping them is a hopeless situation. Yet, there are steps you can take to prevent mice and rats from invading your home, food and pets.
First, seal up any holes around wiring and pipes. They cannot get in and crawl down the wires or pipes if you have sealed them off. This can be done with caulk, cement, tape or other types of sealants.
Second, store food in sealable plastic or glass containers. Do not store your food in plastic or paper bags.
Third, clean up your countertop and floors of all spills, crumbs and other food items. Use a green cleaner or safe detergent.
If these measures fail, then you may need to call a professional pest control company to intervene.
Professional Home Pest Control
If everything you have done has failed, call your local home pest control company. Your trained Pest Shield Technicians will also inspect for conducive conditions (holes, channels, etc.) that can contribute to mice and rats infestation.
You can take preventative measures to stop your home from being invaded by mice, and rats by calling our experienced home pest control technicians to rid your home of these pests. Pest Shield, Inc., will send a home pest control consultant to your home. Call us at (301) 829-0060. We serve Mt. Airy, MD, Central Maryland and the counties of Montgomery, Carroll, Frederick, and Howard.
Fall is a time of year to enjoy pumpkin spice, raking leaves, cooler weather and spiders and crickets.
Spiders and crickets! No one enjoys those but they will make their appearance and can be a serious nuisance in your home. You need to be on the lookout for these pests as cold weather triggers their migration from outdoors to indoors.
You can stop them from invading your property by identifying them and then using home pest control to exterminate them.
First, there are two types of crickets in Central Maryland: camel and field.
Camel crickets are commonly known as “spider crickets” or “sprickets”. The reason they are called that is that they actually look like a spider/cricket hybrid-really ugly. These insects prefer dark, moist locations such as basements and closets. They also hide under leaves, logs, benches, and burrow their way into small cracks in walls and floors.
While these weird-looking creatures are harmless, they can be everywhere. Also, when they are feeling threatened, they will jump toward or on you. They do have one redeeming value: they eat other insects.
Keep in mind that these crickets climb through vents and into ceiling cracks. So, one way to prevent them is to repair cracks in foundations, stairwells, doors, windows and basements. If this fails, contact your local home pest control exterminator.
Field Crickets are the flatter, darker shorter crickets. They can jump very high and get into cabinets and pantries. However, they, like Camel Crickets, tend to hang out in basements, closets and other dark, moist places.
These crickets are harmless, also, but reproduce in large numbers. Field crickets can do great damage to clothing and furniture. They are quite destructive. The most annoying thing about them is their chirp. The males chirp loudly, often and, of course, during the night when you are trying to sleep.
Get a dehumidifier and place it in the basement or other dark places in your home where these crickets may live. This will reduce the moisture and drive the crickets out. You can also drown them in soapy water or simply vacuum them up!
There are many, many types of spiders in Central Maryland. We will cover just two types in this blog: Brown Recluse and Wolf Spider.
Brown Recluse (also known as “Violin” or “Fiddleback”)
This spider is not native to Maryland but we see them everywhere! The Brown Recluse is not one to be taken lightly. It is a light cream to dark brown color. They hide in dark or secluded areas such as basements and woodpiles. They typically eat cockroaches and crickets, dead or alive.
Their venom can have bad effects. A bite will become red and swollen with red rings around it. The bite eventually becomes a swollen, fluid-filled blister. It may take twelve months or longer for it to heal so if you suspect you’ve been bitten by a brown recluse, see a physician immediately.
Brown Recluses may live as long as four years. If you have found these pesky spiders in your home, shake out your shoes and bedding, seal cracks in your walls and always wear gloves when working in the woodpile or lumber. Or, you can call a home pest control exterminator to treat your home.
A more common spider found in Central Maryland homes is the Wolf Spider. These spiders are about two inches long. They are furry and have a dark cross pattern on their back. They can be found outdoors but when fall arrives and the weather gets colder, wolf spiders will enter your home and nest there.
They do bite but it is not venomous. However, if you have allergies you may want to see a physician. Preventative measures include removing trees and shrubs from being close to your home and sealing all holes and cracks in your home.
Home Pest Control
You can take preventative measures to stop your home invasion of spiders and crickets or you can call our experienced home pest control technicians to rid your home of these pests. Pest Shield, Inc., will send a consultant to your home. Call us at (301) 829-0060. Serving Mt. Airy, MD and the counties of Montgomery, Carroll, Frederick, and Howard.
Summer is winding down. It has been incredibly hot and humid in the Central Maryland area. Insects continue slamming many homes. Our exterminators and pest control technicians have been busy! Extremely humid summers like this one can be a bonanza for us exterminators but very difficult for homeowners.
We have touched on different summer insects that you would need to perform pest control on. Though many insects die off at the end of summer, many others flourish and continue to cause damage even into the late fall.
Our area is home to several different species of yellow jackets. They are characterized by being 3/8” to 5/8” with a black striped abdomen. They typically nest in the ground. German yellowjackets nest in walls of homes and buildings. Aerial Yellow jackets use paper and build nests outside in bushes, shrubs, houses, sheds, and other shrubberies. Yellowjackets eat other insects. Once fall comes, these insects become very aggressive.
European Hornets also pose a threat to your home and health. These hornets are very large, at 3/4” to 1 3/8” in length. Their abdomens are brown with yellow stripes. These insects normally nest in buildings, barns, and hollow trees. It usually eats other insects, too. You will see them at night as lights attract them. They are aggressive only near their nests.
However, if their nests are near a structure, you need to be careful. Nests are also large and hornets buzz around at dusk or later at night. They can be treated with an insecticide but those are not always effective. You may want to treat them during the day but wear protective clothing and equipment and a veil. (A bee veil is recommended.)
If you decide against doing the pest control on your own, you would do well to stay clear of the yellow jacket and hornet nests. Both are large and both can swarm and sting. Please be careful and be aware of your surroundings.
Instead, call a pest control professional. Pest Shield, Inc., will solve these common nuisance pests utilizing our non-repellant transfer effect treatments mainly from the exterior of your home. Your trained Pest Shield Technicians will also inspect for conducive conditions (moisture, vegetation/trees/bushes touching the home; leaf litter, etc) that can contribute to Odorous House Ant populations.
So, call our experienced pest control technicians to rid your home of these yellow jackets and hornets. Pest Shield, Inc., will send a consultant to your home. Call us at (301) 829-0060. Serving Mt. Airy, MD and the counties of Montgomery, Carroll, Frederick, and Howard.