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


House with Brick, Architectural Vinyl Siding, Asphalt Shingle Roof

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!


 

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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

Bug bites, ventilation & bed bugs


Bedbug

Lately we’ve been discussing the benefits of bug removal and how to keep them out of your home. If you’re interested in finding out more about these topics, check out the following online resources. For a solution to your pest problems, contact Rest Assured Pest Control at (410) 317-8510.

  • Many people don’t realize how dangerous bug bites are. The Huffington Post explains the damage bug bites can cause.
  • It’s commonly believed that bed bugs are just an irritant and rarely carry disease. The Washington Post explores a new study that suggests bed bugs spread bacteria resistant to drugs.
  • This article offers tips for proper ventilation—follow suit to save energy and diminish the opportunity for insects to want to invade your home.
  • This helpful guide from About.com explains how to prevent all bugs and pests, in multiple areas of your home.

How bug removal can control disease


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While very few diseases are actually caused by insects, insects spread many diseases. If you want to create a clean, healthy environment in your home, pest control is necessary. Here are a few reasons that removing bugs will prevent disease from spreading into your home.

Carrier Elimination: Mosquitoes, cockroaches, flies, and other insects that wander through your home are infested with bacteria, parasites, and viruses. Bugs have hairy legs and sticky feet that attract contaminants, which insects bring into your home. Getting rid of bugs reduces the risk of spreading disease.

In addition to passively carrying contaminants, some parasitic insects actively spread disease. Mosquitos, for instance, pierce the skin to feed on blood. If the person’s blood has a disease-causing organism then the mosquito will pick it up and transfer that disease to each individual the mosquito bites afterward. Eradicating bugs will reduce your chances contracting diseases from insect bites.

Dust Management: Cockroaches are the most common household pest. They reproduce quickly and carry microbes that are dangerous to humans, causing allergic reactions and asthma. Cockroaches also shed skin and excrement heavily, creating dust in your home that can aggravate your lungs. Complete cockroach removal is essential for maintaining a disease-free home.

While many products are available for bug removal, a professional will be able to properly handle and eradicate all of the bugs from your home in the most thorough and efficient manner. At Rest Assured Pest Control, our pest experts can provide affordable, permanent solutions for all your home pest control needs. For more information or to set up a free home inspection, call us at (410) 317-8510.

Tips for protecting your home from ants


What time's the picnic?

Carpenter ants are the most commonly found ants inside homes. They look for moisture, food, and shelter. If they find these hospitable elements, they’ll create a nest. Ultimately, this can greatly damage the structure of your home. Here are a few things you can do to deter ants from invading your home:

  • Ventilate: Proper ventilation will prevent mold and mildew growth in your home. Because ants are attracted to moisture, mold and mildew will encourage infestations. Use fans and ducts to quickly eradicate pollutants and moisture by transferring it outside of your home.
  • Seal: Exterior holes can develop near wiring, doors, windows, trim, sliding, and your foundation. Seal them with caulk to prevent ants from entering. Weather strips can also work on doors and windows to thwart ants.
  • Prune: Trees and shrubs near your home can be used by ants to gain access to your home. Trim the foliage away from windows or possible openings. Be careful when bringing firewood into your home. Inspect the pieces for insects and, once the wood is inside, keep it elevated and away from moisture.
  • Clean: Food anywhere in the house is going to attract ants. Clean up spilled food or beverages immediately. Don’t leave pet food on the ground and take out the trash often. Cleaning will deter pests from entering your home.
  • Powder: If you know the location of where ants are entering your home, sprinkle talcum powder across their path. Talcum powder is a natural ant repellent that ants won’t cross.

If ants do become a problem in your home, don’t hesitate to find a quality pest control expert who will eliminate them. At Rest Assured Pest Control, our pest experts provide prompt, professional service to help you enjoy a pest-free home as soon as possible. For more information or to request a free home inspection, give us a call at (410) 317-8510.

Bed bugs 101


In a single night, bed bugs can bite a person 500 times. Whether they travel in on a piece of luggage or through a crack in an outlet, these tiny bugs have many ways to penetrate your home. Watch the following full clip to see how bed bugs get inside your home and bite through your flesh without you noticing. Once bedbugs make it inside, however, removing them will probably require the expertise of a professional.

 

For help removing bed bugs or any kind of pest in your home or commercial property, contact Rest Assured Pest Control for an affordable, permanent solution. For more information or to set up a free home inspection, give us a call at (410) 317-8510.

How infestations damage your home and your finances


Damage caused by Termites (series)

Between the mortgage, monthly expenses, and any remodeling plans, some homeowners may find that it’s a struggle just to stay within a monthly budget. When unfortunate and unexpected situations occur, homeowners may be forced to spend even more money in order to fix the problem. Termites make their home inside the walls and floors of homes, damaging the structure and stability of the living space and costing homeowners thousands of dollars. Here are a few things you look out for to make sure that your home, and your wallet, is safe from termite damage:

Know the difference between a termite and an ant:

Most homeowners do not know how to distinguish ants from termites. If termites are detected early, an exterminator may be able to eliminate the threat before serious damage is caused to the structure of the home. Recognizing a termite may mean the difference between affordable extermination and thousands of dollars in home repair.

Know your home and its surroundings:

Pay attention to any changes in the walls, baseboards, window sills, and door frames around your home, especially in the summer. Termites always enter homes from the outside first, so it is not uncommon for them to start eating away at the wood around your windows and doors before reaching other parts of the home. Termites may also wander around the inside your home and leave behind pepper-like fecal matter. If you see any of these signs, contact a termite exterminator to get a professional opinion.

If you suspect that your home is infested with termites or have any questions about what you can do to protect your home, contact Rest Assured Pest Control at (410) 317-8510. Our pest experts will work with you to ensure that your home is safe from termite damage

Protecting yourself while you travel this summer


Traveling- Black Business Suitcase in Hotel Room Hz

Summertime is perfect for visiting the beach, catching up with family, and traveling. Great deals on hotels and flights make visiting new and exciting places more accessible and affordable for everyone. However, there is one problem that travelers should be aware of whether they are staying in a motel or in a five-star penthouse suite: bed bugs.

These pests hide inside of mattresses or furniture, and since they are active at night, you might not know that they are there until you wake up the next morning with bites or irritated skin. If they infiltrate your luggage, they can end up in your home with you. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself from bed bugs while you travel:

Read Reviews: Look at online reviews of hotels and pay close attention to any reviews involving insects or bed bugs. The increasing frequency of international travel makes it inevitable that some hotel guests are going to bring along unwanted pests on their clothes or in their luggage. If a review mentions bedbugs, make sure you ask the hotel if they’ve been eliminated.

Stow Your Luggage: When staying in a hotel, do not place your luggage and items on upholstered furniture. Bed bugs are found in soft, warm surfaces, and can leap from one item to another, including your suitcase. If they make their way into the seams of your luggage, you might be taking these bloodsuckers home with you.

Inspect Your Hotel Room: Look around the room for bed bugs. The room itself might be clean, but maids do not always vacuum around and under the furniture. Avoid sitting on couches or carpeted floor, if possible.

Clean Up: Wash all of your clothes and vacuum your suitcases after you return home. It might be a hassle, but it is better to not take chances.

If bedbugs have infested your home, Rest Assured Pest Control has the tools and knowledge to eliminate them. If you have any questions or need a bed bug exterminator in the Baltimore, Maryland area, call us at (410) 317-8510, or visit our website.