Common Misconceptions: How to Get Rid of Ants in your Home


Ants are a ubiquitous worry among homeowners. This video explores common misconceptions about ant removal and suggests effective alternatives for homeowners.

 

In this video, Mark Govan explains that salt is poor strategy for killing ants. Because ant species vary widely, salt provides inconsistent ant control. Specialized ant control solutions allow homeowners to target their specific home infestation. Therefore, he suggests several useful commercial products for keeping your home ant-free.

Keep your home safe from ants with a green treatment program from Rest Assured Pest Control. We’re happy to use our insect removal expertise to keep your Baltimore home safe from pests. Call (410) 317-8510 to learn how you can earn three free months of service with a one-year agreement

Bugproof your home with these online resources


Bedbug

Whether your home is infested with termites, carpenter ants, cockroaches, bed bugs, or any other pest, our recent blogs will give you some great tips on how to prolong the effectiveness of pest-control services. For more information, check out these great resources from around the web:

For more information, contact Rest Assured Pest Control, Baltimore’s preferred pest control company, at (410) 317-8510


Carpenter ant

From Baltimore to Los Angeles, nearly every home owner in the United States is concerned about a termite infestation in their home. However, there is another pest that can be just as troublesome as the termite: the carpenter ant. Like termites, carpenter ants have the capacity to damage the integrity of your home’s structure. Here’s a closer look at the ins and outs of a carpenter ant infestation:

  • Carpenter Ant Nests: Carpenter ants build two types of nests: parent colonies and satellite colonies. Parent colonies consist of a queen, her brood, and worker ants. As the carpenter ant population increases, however, workers create satellite colonies within 20 to 40 feet from the parent nest. There may be several satellite colonies in one home at any given time, each containing several thousand carpenter ants. If you notice any of the signs of an active carpenter ant infestation, contact your local pest control company.
  • Infestation Damage: As carpenter ant populations grow, so do the number of colonies (and amount of damaged wood) within your home. While the damage caused by carpenter ants is not as severe as the damage caused by termites, a carpenter ant infestation may cause significant structural damage if not treated within a reasonable amount of time. To prevent the spread of carpenter ants throughout your home, be sure to contact a professional pest exterminator at the first indication of an infestation.
  • Control Methods: The best method to control a carpenter ant infestation is to locate and destroy the parent colony. Doing so on your own, however, can be challenging – which is why you should contact your pest control company if you suspect a carpenter ant infestation within your home. Pest control companies utilize the latest technologies and techniques to completely rid your home of carpenter ants.

If your home is infested with carpenter ants, don’t hesitate to contact the professional exterminators at Rest Assured Pest Control. With more than two decades in the pest control industry, we are one of Baltimore’s preferred pest control companies. To schedule your free in-home inspection, contact us online or call (410) 317-8510

Tips for prolonging the benefits of your pest service


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Whether your home is infested with bed bugs, termites, carpenter ants, or any other creepy crawly creatures, professional pest control services can help you regain your home and your peace of mind. But what happens after the exterminator leaves? If you want to keep your home bug-free, there are a few things you need to do.

  • Keep Your Home Clean: Be sure to clean up any crumbs or spills as soon as possible. Also, tightly secure and put away all food when you are done with it. Nothing attracts pests more than the smell of an easy meal.
  • Wash Linens Often: If your home received pest control services for a bed bug infestation, be sure to wash and inspect your linens often to prevent a new infestation.

How do I protect my home this winter? Ask the Pest Expert!


 

Bill Brown currently serves as our resident pest expert and is happy to answer all your questions about protecting your home from rodents, bugs, termites and pests of all types. Want to submit a question? Email nobugs@thepestexperts.com & we’ll make sure we answer it here! To read Bill's bio and more about his novel, visit andthehorseherodeinon.com

Question:

It seems that our house gets some kind of unwelcome visitor every winter. How can we protect our home from squirrels, mice and other unwanted pests? —Joe in Laurel

Answer: Cooler weather means mice and other rodents will start looking for their winter homes. As the fall weather turns cool, rodents, like mice, will make their way into your home, seeking warmth, shelter, and food. Mice can be a big problem for some home owners, while others barely seem to be affected by them. Here are some tips to keep the mice out of your home this winter. Use these tips to make your house less attractive to mice. Let this winter be a mouse-free winter!

Seal Holes:

Closely inspect your house to find any small holes that might be an entryway for mice and other rodents. Stuff the holes with steel wool or fill them with expandable foam sealer. Both of these are available at your local hardware store.

Be Smart about Storage:

Mice are attracted to things they can chew through to make nests. Instead of storing items in cardboard boxes in your basement, attic, and garage, transfer everything to plastic storage containers. Mice can’t chew through the plastic, will be dismayed at the lack of nesting material in your home, and will be less likely to stick around. Food should always be stored in sealed containers. Mice are especially attracted to pet food and birdseed. Be sure to store these items in plastic or metal containers as well.

Trim Branches:

Squirrels find it easy to enter a home when tree branches are overhanging a roof. Keep all tree branches cut back several feet away from the roof line. Likewise, keep shrubs trimmed so they don’t touch the siding on the house. ?ere should be at least a foot clearance between shrubs and the outside walls of your home. Not only will this keep any rodents scurrying through the shrubbery from finding a path indoors, it will cut down on insects that are able to make their way inside.

Keep the Foundation Clear:

In addition to keeping shrubs and trees trimmed away from the house, keep the foundation area clear of debris and mulch. Wood chip mulch invites insects and rodents into your home. Leaf debris and weedy, untended flower gardens near the foundation give rodents the perfect cover to scurry around looking for an easy entry into your home. Keep this area raked and clean.

 

Do you know how to avoid getting bed bugs?


Bed bug infestations are steadily on the rise. Bed bugs reproduce rapidly, travel from place to place, and may require multiple pest control visits to be exterminated. It’s important to keep bed bugs from getting inside your home to start with. In order to protect your home from bed bugs, you first need to understand where bed bugs come from and how they get into your home.

To learn more, take a look at this video from Howcast.com. You’ll hear about some of the most common ways people get bed bugs and a few tips on how to avoid bringing them into your home.

 

If you suspect that bed bugs have already made their way into your home, don’t hesitate to contact Rest Assured Pest Control at (410) 317-8510. Call or visit us online to schedule your free home inspection