The Pest Experts Have a New Office!


Our new office space…we’re settling in nicely!

Did you know that we moved? Our new office in coming together nicely. If you need to contact us, our new address is:
Rest Assured Pest Control
1305-A Francis Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21227

Happy Thanksgiving, from our family to yours.

Our Youngest Staff Member (10 year old Dylan) even has an office!

Did Hurricane Sandy Affect Baltimore’s Rat Population?


Baltimore Flooding

This image is from flood waters during Hurricane Isabel.

According to an article in Bloomberg Business Week, New York City’s rat population survived, and potentially thrived in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  The same is true in Baltimore and other cities along the Atlantic coast.

According to the article:

“They’re a jack of all trades when it comes to locomotion,” says Rick Ostfeld of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y. “They can’t sprint, but they run well; they’re not Michael Phelps, but they’re strong swimmers; and even though they don’t have prehensile tails, they climb well. They do it all.”

Ostfeld notes that rats can easily swim a couple hundred yards. In fact, he says, “one of the ways that rats have dispersed around the world is by jumping off of ships and swimming to shore—the proverbial ‘rats leaving a sinking ship’ is actually based on reality.”

Make sure that your home and family are protected from rodents – and the diseases that they carry – by eliminating any debris or standing water surrounding your house.

Summer Flea Problems Still Around in October


If your pets are itching more than usual this year, they are not alone.  In fact, recent reports estimate a jump in flea cases by as much as 50% over the spring and summer of 2011.  An those fleas could wreak havoc on more than just your pets. If there are fleas and/or ticks in your home, it’s better to tackle the problem sooner rather than later. No matter what pest control company you choose, these preparation tips should help:

Remove all toys, decorative items, pillows, pet food and water dishes, and other items from floors so all areas can be treated.  Also, remove articles from under beds, furniture, and closet floors.

Remove or cover fish tanks and air pumps.  Where fish tanks remain, turn off air pumps before application (remember to turn pump on again after treatment has dried)

Thoroughly vacuum the carpets, baseboards, and furniture (especially under cushions), paying attention to areas where pets rest or sleep.  Research has shown that vacuuming effectively removes flea eggs and adults and aids penetration of the treatment into the carpets.  It is important to vacuum after the treatment as well.

After vacuuming, remove the vacuum cleaner bag (if applicable), seal it in a plastic bag and discard in an outdoor trash container.

Wash, dry clean or destroy all pet bedding.  Thoroughly wash all throw rugs.  Continue weekly as long as you have an active infestation.

Contact us today with any questions about services and treatments available.

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

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 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.

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.

Online Resources for Pest Control


Worker Termites in Situ

If you would you like to learn more about the dangers of bed bug, termite, and carpenter ant infestations, check out these interesting links:

To schedule an appointment to get rid of unwanted pests, call the pest experts at Rest Assured Pest Control in Baltimore, Maryland area at (410) 317-8510.

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With 30 years of experience in the industry, Rest Assured Pest Control understands your need for quality service at an affordable price. For even more savings on pest control services for your properties, contact us today for our special discount for new customers. We offer free home inspections, discounted rates on multiple locations, special savings when you refer friends and the potential to get 3 months free service.

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To keep bugs out of your house or to remove the ones that have already gotten there, call Rest Assured Pest Control at (410) 317-8510 today. Our friendly experts will let you know how best to treat the problem and get the job done quickly and professionally.