ANTS

There are 5 different species of ants that can be found in the Maryland area which are illustrated below in the photographs.  Each has its own specific shapes and markings, and also has different likes with regards to their diet and lifestyle.  Ants can be exceptionally infuriating to the homeowner because they are difficult to get rid of.  And the reason most struggle with getting rid of these little monsters is because, most times, the do-it-yourselfer doesn't use the correct product(s) for the ant colony in question.  Yes, they all look very similar to the lay person, but there are clear and absolute differences to them.

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CARPENTER ANT

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ACROBAT ANT

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ODOROUS HOUSE ANT

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PAVEMENT ANT

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THIEF ANTS

Occasionally invading pests to include:
boxeider bugs, beetles, book lice, centipedes, crickets, earwigs, firebrats, millipedes, pillbugs, and sowbugs.

These pests include arthropods and insects that do not normally reside in the home but can find their way inside if conditions are favorable. These include: pillbugs, sowbugs, centipedes, millipedes, beetles, silverfish, boxelder bugs, stink bugs, silverfish, firebrats, ladybugs, crickets, mites, book lice, and earwigs. Often times these pests are harmless but do create a nuisance.

 

To avoid these pesky unwanted guests taking up residence in your home, start by caulking and sealing around entry points, such as windows and doors. Inspect the leaves of houseplants for signs of infestation. Your vacuum is your ally to ensure that the bodies of dead insects or shed skin and secretions are gone. Also, tour and inspect the outside of your house to make sure that shrubbery is well kept and not overly moist or overgrown,
creating a tempting playground for these pests which brings them that much closer to your home.

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CENTIPEDE

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STINK BUG

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EARWIG

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SILVERFISH

TERMITES

While there are several thousand species of termites in the world, if you're living in Maryland the EASTERN SUBTERRANEAN TERMITE is the most common.  And if the photo below happens to look like what you have - we've made it official!  However, termites are stealthy insects and many times they have caused lots of damage before ever detected.

EASTERN SUBTERRANEAN

TERMITE

What to look for:

Most often times there aren't many signs because Termites prefer to be underground, in between walls, and looking for nesting spaces and food sources.  You may, however, see things like mud tunnels, wings from reproducing females, or maybe a section of wood that seems particularly unstable or mushy in feel. 

 

If you have any of these indicators the best thing to do is having your suspicions inspected by a professional. The faster you eliminate the infestation, the less damage will occur.

A word about cockroaches . . .

Just ONE single Cockroach Egg can hold 50 nymphs!!! So don't be fooled by thinking it is a "single spotting" .  If you have seen one, generally speaking there are MANY. 

Proper sanitation and cleanliness is key when an infestation strikes.  And immediate treatment by a trained professional will target the active population and the nest.  Sprays and household remedies that kill cockroaches often times just divert them to alternative paths or rooms in the house.  Meanwhile the nests remain active and the problem persists.  Cockroaches carry disease, therefore its essential to treat them as soon as possible.  Its not uncommon for eradication to require several treatments, so beware of  "one and done" advertising when it comes to cockroaches. 

 

With a little patience, some thorough cleaning, and the help of licensed, trained pest specialist, you will take back control of your home.Let MD PEST PATROL assess the situation and get started with a plan to get rid of the pests quickly and easily!

COCKROACHES

There are 4 different species of Cockroaches commonly found in the Maryland Area, and the most commonly found in homes is the GERMAN COCKROACH. These roaches are easily transported and enter through tiny spaces.  BROWN-BANDED COCKROACHES can also be found in the home and they prefer warmer areas.  If you have a commercial property most often times the problem will be the AMERICAN COCKROACH.  And the fourth and final variety is the ORIENTAL COCKROACH, which we all affectionately refer to as the "Waterbug".  This seasonal bug loves the warm, moist weather which is why we see them frequently in the Spring and Summer months.  They love to congregate around decomposing organic matter as well.  .

Immediate treatment by a trained professional will target the active population and the nest.  Sprays and household remedies that kill cockroaches often times just divert them to alternative paths or rooms in the house.  Meanwhile the nests remain active and the problem persists.   Cockroaches can carry disease, therefore its essential to treat them as soon as possible.  Its not uncommon for eradication to require several treatments, so beware of  "one and done" advertising when it comes to cockroaches.  With a little patience, some thorough cleaning, and the help of licensed, trained pest specialist, you will take back control of your home.

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BROWN-BANDED COCKROACH

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AMERICAN COCKROACH

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ORIENTAL COCKROACH

(Waterbug)

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GERMAN COCKROACH