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Flea Bites 101

A Health Threat to Both Pets and Their Humans
Fleas are certainly an itchy annoyance to cats and dogs, but did you know they can bite and transmit disease to humans, too? Fleas can cause allergic dermatitis and are the most common transmitter of the albeit rare but still present bubonic plague.

Do Fleas Bite Humans?

Unfortunately, the answer is yes, fleas do bite humans. These parasites commonly appear during the warmer months and feed on the blood of any warm-blooded mammal, people and pets included. Able to jump as high as 150 times their own height, these pests can easily transport themselves inside a home by latching onto pets playing in the yard as well as to shoes, pant legs and picnic blankets. Fleas will infest areas where pets and people sleep, such as bedding and carpeting, and then rapidly multiply, as females are able to produce 400-500 offspring over their 100-day lifespan. Although pet owners are primarily at risk for flea infestations, these biting pests can also be brought into yards via wild animals like raccoons or skunks and then make their way into homes.

What do flea bites look like?

Flea bites appear as small, red bumps with a “halo” around the bite center. Unlike tick or mosquito bites, they remain small and usually appear in groups of three or four, or in a straight line. On humans, bites are commonly found around the ankles or legs, as well as the waist, groin, armpits, and in the skin folds of the elbows and knees.

Are flea bites serious?

According to NPMA’s Medical Advisor Jorge P. Parada, MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA, fleas can cause a whole host of problems. When it comes to pets, fleas can cause serious allergy dermatitis and are capable of transferring tapeworms and inducing anemia. As for humans, flea bites can be quite itchy and painful while excessive scratching can damage the skin further and invite secondary bacterial infection. Although rare, fleas can also transmit the bubonic plague and spread the bacterial disease murine typhus to humans.

How to Treat Flea Bites

Flea bites will usually subside on their own without any treatment. You could also consider using calamine lotion or anaesthetic creams to treat flea bites. However, in order to stay safe from further biting, an infestation needs to be permanently and professionally dealt with. In order to prevent flea bites in the first place, homeowners should maintain a clean home by frequently vacuuming and washing bed linens regularly. Outdoors, lawns and yards should be kept well-groomed since fleas prefer to hide in tall grass. Additionally, fleas typically travel via rodents, so be sure to eliminate any rodent harborage sites such as overgrown trees or shrubs. Pet owners should practice active flea management by performing flea checks after pets have been outside, bathing and grooming pets regularly, and visiting a veterinarian annually.

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Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ants are considered an important species that helps in the balance of nature as in one way it helps in the decomposition of decayed woods. But, the same species tend to be annoying and a nuisance when it invades living premises of humans. Studies state that control strategies differs with ants based on their biology and behavior. If you wish to exterminate these ants in your living places do acquire some knowledge about them.

Appearance

Carpenter ants are the largest among other ant species. Its size ranges typically from 3.4 to 13mm long. Like wasps these ants are also social insects that live colonies. They are often spotted in black or red in color. The physical differentiation that it different from normal ants are its petiole and thorax. Carpenter ants have one petiole and evenly rounded upper thorax.

  • Roofs
  • Ceilings
  • Stumps
  • Wood pile
  • Sill plates
  • Roots of dead trees
  • Hollow core doors
  • Interior wall voids
  • Under exterior siding
  • Gateway of entry for carpenter ants
  • Door frames
  • Edges of siding
  • Crawl space vent
  • Plumbing
  • Wiring entrances
  • Clogged drains and gutters
  • Window casings

More importantly, parent colonies may be located outside the structure with satellites located within. Contact us for professional management options.

Behavior

Carpenter ants live in colonies that have a queen and worker ants. They have the capability to live in versatile conditions and often make their colonies in rotten trees, tree roots, tree stumps and logs. These ants are efficient underground drillers they can easily make passage from their nest to available food destination. Generally, the worker ants carry food to the nest and they tend to store it before the onset of winter season. These workers leave colony in the afternoon and returns back in the early morning. Queen usually take care of the colony and continues laying eggs. When the colony gets larger, swarmer a kind of winged reproductive are produced and this can be generally witnessed during March- June.

What they eat

Carpenter ants tend to collect sources of protein and sugar as their food- specifically sweets and meats. They highly feed on sugar syrup, jelly, honey and other sweet particles. They are extremely attracted by aphids, a kind of chemical that is present in sugar substances.

Signs of infestation

The immediate sign that gives indication is the presence of winged ants i.e. swarmers that can be spotted inside a building or home. If Wood debris or holes are spotted, it indirectly signs the presence of ants as they would make tunnels for their passage. Sometimes the deadly parts of ants can also be noticed in the corners of window and door. Faint rustling noise is a unique sign that confirms the presence of carpenter ants.

Damage

Carpenter ants tend to make their nests by aggressively digging into the wood. They make passage and tunnels extending it to their target destination by easily excavating woods that are damaged by water or other wood decay. Once they make little fissure they are capable of making it into large crater. Also they make situation horrible by making nests in wall voids, hollow doors and insulation. They infest on buildings and tend to expand their colonies huge on a larger scale.

Control measures

As baits and counter spray turn to be ineffective in treating carpenter ants some of the other effective control measures need to be employed in causing extermination of this species. Dust formulations show high impact in inhibiting its spread. Pyrethrins, cyfluthrin, deltamethrin and carbaryl are high used to control its colonies especially in treating wall void.

Even on employing effective control measures only the specific colonies of the ants can be cleared as the other worker ants can spread to other places in expanding newer colonies. To treat this kind of infestation ‘transfer liquid insecticides’ are highly used. It does not kill the carpenter ants immediately instead it transfers to other members of the colony. The method works well in controlling carpenter ants extensively.

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A Brief Rant About Ticks in Southeast Michigan

Ticks are small, blood-sucking vermin, that are commonly not much larger than a sesame seed. All varieties have bodies that are oval to round. All Have six legs when young and eight legs as adults. All sizes of all types of ticks bite and feed on blood. And all have the potential to carry disease. Pest Patrol sees ticks in our area starting in April. We continue to get calls to kill them till mid-November in most years. Our treatment area has several kinds of ticks in Southeast Michigan.

The most common tick we see in our office is the American Dog Tick. As the name implies, the American Dog Tick does like the taste of dogs, but also infests cats, cows, horses, mice, rats, raccoons, opossums and frequently humans. These often are the ticks you find on the back of your neck near your hair line. Dog ticks are found in both wooded areas and in open fields. Diseases transmitted by the American Dog Tick to humans are Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Tularemia.

Fun Fact: American Dog Ticks mate while the female is attached to you and feeding…. then the female lays 6,000 eggs. Nice!

Deer Ticks (more properly called Blacklegged Ticks) are also very common. These guys are seen on the forest floor and along wild animal and human trails. I’ve seen these ticks on cement, asphalt, pavers and even sandy beaches.

If you watch them, you’ll see them move toward you as you scuff your feet or make some kind of disturbance. They will even follow you as you slowly back away. The young of this type of tick is translucent and very difficult to see. Deer Ticks don’t care where they attach to people. They simply attach as fast as they can. Diseases attributed to Deer Ticks are Lyme’s Disease, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, deer-tick virus, and ehrlichiosis. Deer ticks drop off their host after feeding to mate and then lay around 2,000 eggs at a time.

The Lone Star Tick is next. It gets its name not from being imported from Texas, or because it’s big (everything is bigger in Texas!), but rather because it has one poorly shaped “star” on its back; reminiscent of the Texas State flag.

I find these occasionally while in the woods and sometimes in fields, and sometime congregated in impressive numbers. Oddly enough for an insect, these strange fellows like to hang out in the shade and will feed on any kind of bird, animal or people. They are kind of the omnivores of the tick world. And because they hitch rides on birds, the birds help distribute them over wide areas. Diseases associated with Lone Star ticks include Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Tularemia.

Woodchuck Ticks. Woodchuck ticks are found on woodchucks and skunks and near the dens of woodchucks and skunks. What young lass or lad could resist poking a stick down a woodchuck hole to see what will happen? Well, they might get ticks! Woodchuck ticks will happily parasitize dogs, cats and people too. Diseases of Woodchuck Ticks? I only know of one…Powassan Encephalitis, a rare brain swelling disease of humans.

Brown Dog Ticks. Brown dog ticks will attach themselves to any color of dog, not just the brown ones. But really, although Brown dog ticks do prefer dogs, they will bit people too. Interestingly, Brown Dog Ticks are very adept in living indoors. They do very well in warm, dry weather and find our homes to be fine tick housing. Outside they live in brushy gardens up near buildings. The diseases they carried are Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever for people and then the canine varieties of ehrlichiosis, babesiosis.

Here are some tips that might help you to prevent a tick problem.

Call Pest Patrol. Most tick problems can be solved or prevented with one or two tick treatments a year.
Keep the brush and grass trimmed low around your home and building.
Use Bug repellent containing DEET.
Stay on paths when possible.
Wear light colored clothing.
Check yourself and your clothes for ticks after being outside.
Check your kids and their clothes for ticks after being outside.
Check your pets for fleas and ticks regularly.
Remove any ticks you find quickly to reduce the chance of disease transmission.
Control rodents in and around you home so they don’t gift you their ticks.
Check with your doctor if you feel feverish, have a rash, or are achy or fatigued.
Don’t let birds nest on your house.
Don’t poke sticks down woodchuck holes!

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Flying Ants VS. Termites

Are you finding winged insects crawling around on your home or business? It can be disturbing. After all, carpenter ants and termites are known to eat away at buildings and cause structural damage. If caught too late, this structural damage can be significant. But, since carpenter ants cause millions of dollars in property damage each year and termite damage is in the billions, it is important to be able to tell the difference between these two insects when swarmers appear.

From A Distance
When flying ants or termite swarmers appear, it is often as a swarm. If the swarm happens at night, you’ll see both of these insects flying around a nearby streetlight or exterior lights on your home. Light leaking out of your windows will also draw them in. This attraction to light is also why you will most often find these two insects crawling on the inside of your windows. They are trying to get to the sunlight outside. When this happens, you should also know that this is a strong indication that you have a mature ant or termite nest inside your home.

If you’re seeing lots of winged insects, and you are not inclined to get up close and personal, you can often tell which of these pests you are looking at by whether or not there are ants crawling around nearby or in their midst. When ant and termite swarmers mate, they lose their wings. But you’re not likely to see wingless termites walking around with winged termites. They will be tucked away inside the wood. That is why the presence of ants is a sign that you’re looking at flying ants. It is also highly unlikely that winged termites will be hanging out with wingless ants.

Another distinction between these two insects that can be seen from a distance is the shape and color of their wings. While all insects have four wings, these wings come in a wide variety of shapes and colors. The wings of termite swarmers are white and stack on top of each other. This makes the white color bolder and the wings appear as though they are one. When crawling around together, it can look like tiny feathers fluttering on the ground. Carpenter ants have yellowish wings that appear more transparent. These wings do not stack exactly on top of one another which create a cleft at the end.

Up Close
The best way to tell what insect you’re looking at is to catch one and look at it up close and personal. The first thing you’ll notice–if you’re looking at a termite–is that the wings are about ? or ? inch longer than the body and completely rounded on the ends, as mentioned earlier. If you’re looking at a flying ant, you’re likely to notice that the two wings on each side are also unequal in length, and more pointed at the end than termite wings.

Since flying ants are ants, they will look like ants. That is to say, they will have the distinct, pinched waist of an ant. Termites do not have this pinch at the waist.

The antennae on termites and ants are also quite different. Ant antennae have an elbow in them, and they have a stick-like quality. Termite antennae look like they are made out of many, tiny balls stacked on top of each other, and they are straight.

Termite swarmers are considerably smaller than carpenter ant swarmers. But, since you’re probably not going to find both of these insects swarming your home at the same time, this fact isn’t likely to help you determine which pest you have. It is good, however, to know that a carpenter ant swarmer can be as much as 13 to 17mm in length. If you’re finding winged insects that are much smaller than this, you probably have termites.

Control Measures
If you’re finding winged insects around your home, it is important to do something about it. While carpenter ants are certainly much less of a threat than termites, they can still do a tremendous amount of damage if left untreated. Carpenter ants are also a warning sign that your home is being damaged by water. These insects prefer soft or rotted wood to create their tunnels and nest galleries. If you have a broken or obstructed gutter system, it can be very bad for the equity of your house.

If you live in our extensive service area of Maryland, D.C., and Northern Virginia, reach out to us today. American Pest is a national pest control leader and a trusted advisor to government agencies and municipalities. You can trust our educated team to protect your home or business from wood-destroying insects.

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Pest Control Advice When Buying a New Home

Few things are more exciting than purchasing a home, and to ensure the process goes smoothly, certain steps must be taken. Aside from any cosmetic updates you may want to make to your new residence, it’s important to also account for any problems that may not be visible to the naked eye. One such problem is a termite infestation. This is why a new home pest inspection is so important.

Termites, commonly referred to as “silent destroyers” for their ability to voraciously chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper undetected, cause more than $5 billion in property damage each year, which is typically not covered by homeowners’ insurance. Before signing on the dotted line, prospective buyers should always request a termite inspection, commonly referred to as a wood destroying organism (WDO) inspection, by a licensed pest control professional to avoid getting stuck with costly repairs after the deal is done.

While a standard home inspection assesses the physical structure of a home from the roof to foundation, a termite new home inspection focuses on detecting the telltale signs of termite damage, as well as conditions conducive to infestations, such as cracks, crevices and moisture. Once completed, the pest control professional will issue a new home pest control report and recommend a course of action. When touring a new home, experts recommend keeping an eye out for the following signs that could mean a termite infestation is hiding in plain sight:

  • Mud tubes (used by termites to reach a food source) on the exterior of the home
  • Soft wood in the home that sounds hollow when tapped
  • Darkening or blistering of wood structures
  • Small piles of feces that resemble sawdust near a termite nest
  • Discarded wings near doors or on windowsills indicating swarmers have entered the home

While the above are signs of an active termite infestation, it’s important that prospective homebuyers are also aware of situations that could be attracting termites to the home. When touring a property, here are some additional things to keep an eye out for, and how to mitigate their effects should you move forward with purchasing:

Firewood
Many homeowners keep firewood stacked against their home for easy access. However, this can actually draw termites toward the home and provide a point of entry.

Tip: Keep firewood and woodpiles at least 20 feet away from the home and store wood on raised platforms at least 5 inches from the ground.
Gutters
Termites are attracted to moisture, and clogged gutters can cause water to pool and make insulation vulnerable to termites.

Tip: Divert rainwater away from the foundation with down-spout extenders, and install splash blocks to prevent water from pooling and attracting termites.

Stumps

While it may seem easier to leave a tree stump in your yard, rotting wood can serve as termite fuel and eventually result in termites entering the home.

Tip: Have a professional service remove any excess wood from your property.
Mulch
Mulch is frequently used against the foundation of a home, and can serve as a source of food and moisture for termites.

Tip: Minimize the usage of wood mulch and keep it at least 15 inches from the home’s foundation. Monitor existing mulch for any signs of termite activity, especially below the surface.

Branches
Tree limbs and leaves that come in contact with the roof or the home’s exterior can provide a pathway for termites to enter the home.

Tip: Trim back any branches or shrubbery to ensure nothing is touching the home.
Due to termites’ incredibly destructive nature, prospective homebuyers should take steps to detect and prevent an infestation. No matter what side of the housing market you’re on, it’s important to get a new home pest control inspection. We recommend you contact a licensed pest control professional to assess and treat a termite infestation before it escalates into an expensive and irreconcilable problem.

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Before You Check In – Check for Hotel Bedbugs

If you are planning a vacation this summer, remember to be prepared for the tiny things that might affect your comfort, specifically the hotel bedbugs that you might not notice, but will ruin your trip, and may even decide to follow you home. The star rating of the hotel or the cleanliness of the location will not determine if the bedbugs have taken up a home in your hotel. You need to look for additional signs to help insure that your hotel room is bedbug free.

Recognizing the Signs of Hotel Bedbugs

– Start with reviews. Check out what others have to say about their stays in the hotel of your choosing. If you know someone that has stayed recently, consider asking them about any bites or rashes that they may have received during the stay. Bedbug bites do not always hurt, but they will leave marks. Some websites such as bedbugsregistry.com have been set up specifically to help you do a check for hotel bedbug reports.

– Keep your luggage away from the room until you have had time to inspect the space. Bedbugs love to crawl around and get into luggage to travel home with visitors. Before you settle into the room, make sure you will be traveling home alone.

– Look for bedbug signs. The excrements of the bedbugs look similar to clotted blood. Check for brown discoloration around the headboard and along the base of the bed. Remember that bedbugs are flat and items attached to the wall can offer perfect hiding places for these insects.

– Strip the bed down to the mattress and the box springs. It may cause you a little extra work to remake the bed, but you need to see what might be hiding beneath the clean sheets. Again, you are looking for any signs that the bedbugs have been hanging out. You might see some of the bugs, but they are fast and do not like to be exposed. Looking for the signs they have been there is your best option.

– Check any locations that might offer potential cover for the bedbugs. Look at pictures attached to the walls. Inspect furniture in the room. Even look around the dressers and in drawers or closets.

– Remember that if your room shows no signs of infestation, that does not mean that there are no hotel bedbugs. Other rooms could be infested and the bedbugs will crawl from room to room. Keep your luggage up off the floor to help protect it from what might be lurking in the other rooms.

– Speak up. If you do find any issues, then take your concerns to the hotel staff immediately. You may choose to change hotels, but you could also consider changing rooms. Remember that just because one room has issues does not mean they all have issues. Do ask for a room at least several floors from the one where you saw the hotel bedbug signs.

It sounds scary that you need to take such precautions when traveling. The good news is that bedbugs are a nuisance and not a danger. They do not carry disease, although some people do have allergic reactions to the bites.

Take a little time to check out your hotel before you settle into the space. A little research can keep you from letting hotel bedbugs ruin your stay.

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Several summer advices from pest control service to keep vermins away from your property

To have an opportunity of organizing a good summer day with your family you should beware of some pest, that can ruin your plans. We prepare you 10 summer tips for helping you avoid these annoying little creatures.

  1. Block vermins’ potential entrance

First things first you have to check every window, doors, walls etc. whether they have holes, gaps or not. If they do have, then you should repair them beforehand.

  1. Cleaning kitchen

A pile of crumbs on the counter or floor is similar to a treasure chest to ants as well as other insects. To avoid this situation, you should let them find these kind of treasure somewhere else but not on your kitchen. Such regular actions as wiping counters, sweeping floors, putting food away and taking trash will help you to implement your plans.

  1. Standing water isn’t needed

Really help in getting rid of mosquitos, as it’s their breeding ground to start a big annoying family. It’s not always easy to determine the standing water’s presence, so do your best in checking and cleaning all potential areas, that can contain it.

  1. Keep your yard clean

Green friends can be your worst enemies when it comes about pest, who also like to live off the overgrowth areas. Don’t forget to trim bushes and trees near your house. It’s also one of the obvious advantage of this event avoiding the weeds on your yard.

  1. Don’t let your fruits and veggies be spoiled

If you do, then you should be ready to wait for another fly-guests around your house-outdoor, who will mercilessly devour your multi-day results. We assure you that is a real headache that you don’t want to.

  1. If you have firewood

The circle of possible pests in your home gets wider when there is a firewood nearby. Definitely, if you don’t store them properly, then termites will covet it even without you knowing about it. Storing them at least five feet from the house or shed can save you from unexpected visitors.

  1. Don’t pollute your outdoor territory with meat

You have to understand that rotten meat and summer sun in a mix don’t work so well. So be sure to throw meat scraps in your outside garbage without doubt, if the garbage will be picked up in the next two days.

  1. Swings and outdoor furniture

Be sure that you provide regular checking of your swing sets and outdoor furniture for the spider webs and egg sacks presence. Always remove them immediately after seeing them

  1. Keep items in their places

Always remember that what is used outside shouldn’t be brought inside. That rule works vice versa. If you are still prone to break it, then don’t forget to follow hygiene measures both for you and items.

  1. Pest control service is always ready to bring you help

Despite the fact that you are free to choose option where you can deal with pest troubles on your own, sometimes there are problem, that requires specialist’s work. Don’t forget about it and always be sure that out company will provide you the best service from inventory of your issues and create a personalized plan to keep pests away to exterminating annoying little creatures. Think ahead if you wish to save your summer vacation within your property.

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Mosquitoes And The Zika Virus

The U.S. has been battling mosquito viruses for some time now, and we’ve come up with all kinds of ways to fight. Viruses like malaria, West Nile, chikungunya, and yellow fever claim the lives of 1 million people every year according to the World Health Organization. But here in America, we’ve been successful at keeping the death toll down below a mere hundred. This is due to several factors such as the use of DDT back in the 1950s, widespread mosquito abatement, early warning systems, and the immediate availability of medical services. But the Zika virus, which is spreading at alarming rates through Central and South America, has our government on high alert. It has even prompted the governor of Florida, Rick Scott, to declare a state of emergency in four counties where people have been diagnosed with the Zika virus.

Why the fear? Because, although at this moment there is no evidence that this virus is being spread through local mosquito populations, it could start at any time. And, Zika virus has been directly connected to microcephaly, a congenital condition in newborns that is characterized by an abnormal smallness of the head and incomplete brain development. Not only is there no vaccine, but it has also been discovered recently that Zika can damage babies at ALL stages of pregnancy. For a country that has done so well to fight mosquito-borne viruses, an outbreak of Zika could spread panic.

The good news is the U.S. government has begun a program, with the aid of American Pest, to create mosquito trapping programs to study seasonal trends of mosquito populations and the diseases they transmit, including the Zika virus. These surveillance sites are vital in tracking disease vectors and the potential threat to human populations.

It is important to understand that, as of this writing, Zika has only been found in travelers who have recently been to countries where Zika is widespread. Government health departments are watching this virus closely and will inform news agencies when the virus is found to be spreading locally. But, be aware that Zika often shows no symptoms. That means it may spread a great distance before it is detected by health authorities. That is why it is vital to take extra measures to prevent mosquito bites, especially if you are pregnant.

Top Mosquito Prevention Tips

Repellents are still the most effective method of preventing bites. Be sure to choose a repellent that has DEET or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

When going out, be sure to wear long sleeves and pants when possible.

For added protection, spray repellent on your clothing. Mosquitoes can get their needles through some fabrics.

Be aware that mosquitoes can come up under your shirt and under your pant legs to bite. Tuck clothes in if mosquitoes are particularly bad.

Avoid being out at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

Wearing light colored clothing can reduce bites. Mosquitoes use silhouettes to zero in on their target. The darker the silhouette, the better for them.

Be aware that an open door is an invitation for mosquitoes to get inside.

Window and door screens are the first line of defense for your home. Do routine inspections to make sure you don’t have any holes, and patch holes when you find them.

A good breeze is a great way to keep mosquitoes away. If nature has not provided one for your backyard, it is a good idea to create an artificial one. Place fans where you intend to sit, lounge, or lay in the sun. Mosquitoes are terrible fliers and will avoid areas where wind is strong.

If you’re thinking about getting a bug zapper for those mosquitoes, you might want to think again. Studies have shown that while zappers will lure mosquitoes onto your property, they are only effective at killing male mosquitoes. Since it is the female that draws blood and spreads viruses, all you’ll have is a mosquito magnet.

When traveling to other countries or camping in the woods, be sure to use a net to protect yourself while you’re sleeping. There are also many wearable items made with mosquito netting. These are great if you have to mow the lawn or you intend to be in an area that is heavily populated with mosquitoes, like a swamp.

Make your yard less inviting to these pests. Mosquitoes need standing water to breed and bushes to hide in from the afternoon sun. If you have an obstructed gutter, water collecting in yard clutter, standing water in bird baths, or some other kind of stagnant water source, you’ll have more mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes lay eggs in your lawn. Lots of them. That is why you’ll notice a lot more mosquitoes after it rains, and why it is important to have routine treatments from a pest controller.

If you need help with mosquito control around your home or business, American Pest can help. Our certified team of educated professionals is not only the pest control company our government depends on for vital research, we are also the company residents and business owners in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and D.C. rely on for effective pest protection. Together, we can protect our nation and our communities from mosquito-borne viruses.

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How to Get Rid of Ants in Your Home

As soon as you see them, you want to get rid of ants that show up in your home. Even if it is one lone scout, that one ant will return to the nest and bring an entire army to invade your space. Identifying the ants and the likely reason for the invasion can be the two vital keys to getting rid of ants in your home. Ants may be beneficial to the environment, but they do not make good roommates. Take these three steps to get rid of ants indoors.

Step One: Identify the Ant

Different ants have different habits and different needs. You may be able to identify the ants in question with the help of your favorite Internet search engine. Identifying the invaders may require the experience of a professional pest control expert. Once you know what kind of ant you are dealing with, then you can prepare a plan to take back your home.

Step Two: Why are They Here

Depending on the ants, your home may offer the invaders a source of food, water or their own secure domicile. You will want to eliminate whatever resources the ants are finding in your home. Make sure that all food is stored in sealed containers. Check for moisture issues around the house or under the house since some ants prefer damp locations for building their homes. Clean around the inside and outside of the house to eliminate any traces of food or other ant-friendly items.

Step Three: Kick the Ants Out

You can get rid of most ants by eliminating their resources, but some will be inclined to hang around no matter how much your prepare or clean. You need to locate the nests of these determined invaders first. After you have located the nests, they need to be removed. Use a vacuum to suck up the ants and then dispose of them in a location far away from the house. Keep in mind that even if you poison the ants, you will still want to remove the mess that is left afterwards.

Additional Tips to Help Get Rid of Ants

Keep debris, wood, and other items away from the foundation of the home. You should clear leaves and other debris from around the eaves, the window edges, and the doors. Keep garbage cans and other disposable items away from the house. Put all foods in containers that are airtight – for added measure while you get rid of the ants, consider keeping all food items in the refrigerator or freezer.

The ants may be coming one by one – but you are just three steps away from sending them back out the door. Knowing what kind of ant is invading will be the first step in determining your actions. Once you identify the culprit, you can take the steps you need to get rid of them. A pest control expert can quickly identify the ants and apply the right methods to get rid of ants in your home.

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Pest control service’s advantages

There are different benefits of hiring bugs exterminators – even more than in case when you’re dealing with these creatures on your own. 

There are more different benefits of hiring bugs exterminators than in case if you’re dealing with these creatures on your own. For your good i’s necessary to hire some technicians, who specifies on little foe’s extirpation. By having a knowledge how to treat and handle infestations, they can help you organize good safety of your house whether it’s old or new.

Specialized plans

Your property is your castle. Thus its protection from the pest invaders has to be the best protection ever. First things first the pest control employees make a plan that will be specific to your properties. This applies to the size of your apartment, the infestation level and ideas considering long-term prevention. You additionally have the choice to accomplish pre-treatments on new construction, perimeter treatment and emergency services to take care of hives and nests. Pest controllers will continue to monitor your house showing you the actual treatment areas and all sorts of improvement.

Price

Despite the fact that the service of property treatment is not a cheap pleasure, it is wise to choose lesser of two evils as the house repairment from pest invasion will cost even a huge price. Beside you surely don’t know how to properly track the signs of carpenter ants or termites. It’s logical to bring this hard work to people, who knows how to deal with this specific situation rather than overpay huge amounts of money for fighting the consequences.

Сhemical danger

Pest control technicians are taught to understand how their products or services work and choose the best area to place them outside and inside your house property. Adamantly many organizations use products only that are instantly save for home and environment. When technicians need certainly to use items that may be hazardous they should provide the expertise to guarantee the safety of the family. You can find big amount of chemical sprays offered to consumers but simply keep in mind that in real life the experience of hazardous chemicals can’t offer you some superpowers.

Time and versatility

Pest-fighting organization understands busyness and always ready to adapt to it. Usually companies’ employees do their job past sunset and on weekends.

Proper planning and using the chemical products is the key to successful protection of your property. Pest control companies monitor and report whenever they spray and know before the product stops working when the retreatment is required. Many companies ready to exterminate the bugs invasion for free, if you have contacted them before.

Possible risks

Not everybody knows that using wrong method of pest exterminating may cause bad consequences for your life. It’s not enough to just kill your foes as in that case, for example, bees can make even worst irruption and mice can scatter throughout your house carrying diseases like the deadly Hantavirus. It’s only makes the situation obvious for hiring high-qualified professionals, who will deal with vermin as required.

You can be sure, that these specialist knows their job and will save you both from pest threat at least for next year and possible chemical poisoning. So be prudent and save yourself some time and money by appealing the professionals, which will guarantee you the best service and will rid you from problems of pesky invaders in your home.

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