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 email@example.com 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.
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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“If you have a wooden structure or cellulose materials, they will come.”
That’s a little creative play on a famous movie line, but it is so true when it comes to a massive pest: termites.
These immensely destructive pests are active in Maryland, especially in March and April, but do damage all year round. Termites have to be exterminated or they will cause massive, uninsured property damage.
But, first, we need to understand how termites work.
The Eastern Subterranean Termite is indigenous to our area. They live in colonies under the soil. They have a queen, soldiers, winged reproductives (swarmers), and worker termites. The winged reproductives (swarmers) are the ones usually seen by homeowners. They resemble flying ants and can go unchecked, as many homeowners think they are only ants and not as damaging.
The swarmers, however, are not the ones causing damage. They mate and begin a new colony. They spawn the worker termites which cause damage to wood and cellulose-containing materials when they forage for food. Termites convert the cellulose from wood products into sugar, then utilize it as a food source.
If you see the following “termite red flags,” you know you have an infestation:
- “Shelter Tubes.” These 1/4 inch wide dirt tunnels will show up on the foundation, along with exposed wood. They may also dangle from the ceiling.
- Dirt tightly packed in cracks or crevices on the structure.
- Piles of silvery, membranous insect wings, all about 1/4 inch long, on floors, on window sills, or in spider webs.
- Floors that sag or cracks that settle.
- Paneling that has dark or blistered areas. Peeling or blistered paint that has moisture under it.
When you see any or all of these termite infestation red flags, your home or business is under attack. It’s time to take action.
However, termite control cannot be done effectively by using over-the-counter solutions. Termites are too powerful and too destructive for most home remedies. It’s recommended that homeowners and business owners contact a termite control technician or specialist who can analyze the infestation and apply the correct solutions.
Pest Shield, Inc., provides experienced termite control technicians who use effective solutions to rid your home of termites. We offer termite control protection and prevention for private homes, apartments, condominiums, and multi-family residences. We serve residences in Mt. Airy, MD and the counties of Montgomery, Carroll, Frederick, Howard, and the Northern Virginia region.
Contact us to schedule a complimentary inspection of your residence or business or to request other services. Call us at (301) 829-0060 or email email@example.com.