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.
Home Pest Control: Odorous House Ants
If you live in Howard, Montgomery, Carroll, or Frederick County, Maryland, and are experiencing an issue with ants, the most likely annoying culprits are known as Odorous House Ants. They are often referred to by homeowners and home pest control professionals as Sugar Ants. These smaller ants (1/16″ to 1/8″ inches) invade Central Maryland by the thousands. They create homes on our countertops, in our sinks and even in our dishwashers.
They are found almost everywhere.
They derive their infamous name because if you happen to squish one, they emit foul odor resembling a rotten coconut.
Odorous house ants colonies usually have around a few hundred to tens of thousands. The bigger colonies even have several queens. These particular ants are very resilient. Even the injured workers don’t stop. They keep working. The queens can also survive without food or water for up to two months. Heat or cold do not seem to affect them either. Once a colony of odorous ants is built, they are very difficult to remove from a home.
Using their many nests, odorous ants forage for food. They will move the queen and workers from nest to nest to deliver food. Their goal is to get as close to the homeowner’s food as possible. Their favorite food? sugar and anything that has it.
During the winter, the colony will stay in a single nest. In spring and summer, they create multiple nests as food is easier to find. Then, when winter returns, they go back to the same nest location. The months they are are most active are March to September and were most inactive October to December. Most of their home invasions occur after rain. They are also quite tolerant of other ants, so they only add to any infestation that you may have meaning they will only add to your home’s pest infestation.
Odorous house ants also colonize near heat sources or in the insulation. If the weather is hot, they may nest in toilet lids or house plants. Outdoors they can be found under rocks and in the soil. However, you can really find them anywhere around your home and just about anywhere inside it.
Though you may want to spray them with an over-the-counter product, we urge you not to do it. These annoying pests can “bud” or develop multiple colonies when disrupted and spread quickly, making the problem even worse. Know that these main colonies are outside the structure and travel back and forth to our homes, developing “satellite “ colonies when conditions are favorable such as our homes.
Pest Shield 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 ants. 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.
Everybody loves summertime.
The school kids are at home. College students are at home. Teachers are at home. Grandparents are at home.
And the ants are home.
Yes, summertime in Maryland/DMV and that means that ants are probably going to invade your home, and unlike your family, they are uninvited and destructive. Ants will not only tear up your property, but they can also injure your loved ones and pets.
Here are the main types of ants in Central Maryland that can cause problems:
- Carpenter ants: These ants build nests inside of wood. They tunnel and remove wood along the way. They also contaminate food. They need moisture to survive. You can keep them away by removing water-damaged wood from your home and making sure gutters are clean and properly draining water. Store wood away from the house and trim trees and bushes that are touching the house.
- Pavement ants: They build their nests under pavement, but can also be found in walls and under floors. Be sure to clean up pet food, your food, and beverages and keep your kitchen clean. Food should be stored in sealed containers. Your home’s foundation, windows, and doors should also be sealed.
- Acrobat ants: These nasty ants sting when threatened and get in your food. Seal window cracks, doors, pipes, foundation, and exterior walls. And, again, clean your dishes right away and store food in sealed containers.
All of these ants have one thing in common: they are destructive! You can do your own “pest control” by taking the necessary precautions of storing or wiping up food right away.
If you have spotted these ants and they are taking over, Pest Shield Inc.’s team of Pest Management Professionals will work with you to ensure that your home or business will have the most effective Green Pest Control and Management Reduction Strategy to rid you of these ants! Call us at (301) 829-0060.
We have a proven strategy to reduce destructive, disease-carrying, common nuisance pests in and around our client’s homes and businesses. It is a pro-active approach where we reduce the conditions that are favorable for pest populations in your home to thrive.
Here are some practical tips and recommendations that will work synergistically with Pest Shields Pest Management Service for both homeowners and businesses:
- Moisture Reduction: this is the best way to reduce mosquitoes and other pests such as termites, carpenter ants, odorous house ants, and other pests.
- Vegetation Reduction: trim remove plants, bushes, and tree limbs from touching the structure(s).
- Source Reduction: remove leaves, debris and other stored material that attracts pests and rodents.
- Sanitation removal and repair: this removes potential food source attractions for pests inside and outside
- Structural Modifications: remove weathered wood and potential entry avenues to the foundation including pipes, HVAC lines and holes in screens.
- Regular Pest Assessments and Applications: Pest Shield Inc’s professional, award-winning staff can assess, recommend and apply.
Pest Shield Inc.’s team of Pest Management Professionals will work with you to ensure that your home or business will have the most effective Green Pest Control and Management Reduction Strategy incorporating all of the above recommendations! Call us at (301) 829-0060 for a free inspection.