Ants vs. Termites - Protect Your Home This Spring
Spring has sprung in Maryland and Virginia! With warm, breezy spring weather comes all sorts of treats and activities: Popsicles, trips to the playground, bike riding, and Sunday night baseball games.
There’s too much adventure to be had to let these two common springtime pests wreck the fun!
Ants and termites may be small, but they can do a lot of damage to your home and peace of mind. Keep reading to learn more about the warning signs that these pests are making your house their home, and to find out what you can do to stop it!
Ants are one of the most pervasive pests in this area. As the weather warms up, ants start foraging for food - and sometimes they find it inside our homes!
Ants can enter through the tiniest cracks in your home in search of food or water. It’s not uncommon to find ants sneaking through cracks and crevices around doors and windows.
Ants leave a chemical trail, called a pheromone trail, which allows other ants to follow their tracks for food and water. This trail is invisible to human, making it trickier to keep new ants out once you’ve gotten rid of the ones in your home.
Because entry points and scent trails attract a continual stream of ants, DIY pest control methods are often ineffective. You can kill the ants you see on your counter tops, but there’s no guarantee that you can stop the whole colony from following in their footsteps.
Your best bet is to call on your local pest control professionals. An expert will be able to identify what type of ants are invading your space and customize a solution to eliminate them and prevent more from returning.
B.O.G. Pest Control offers effective treatments for homeowners in Maryland and Virginia, designed to banish ants without putting your family at risk.
Need to keep ants away while you wait for your pest control technician to stop by?
Leave that can of Raid on the shelf! Windex or a vinegar solution are a safer alternative for your family, especially around areas where food is prepared or served.
April showers may bring May flowers, but they also put our homes at risk of termite damage. Termites are silent destroyers - meaning that by the time homeowners realize they have a termite problem, the damage has already been done.
How can you protect your home?
Start by eliminating moisture conditions and termite food around your home.
Repair leaks quickly, keep gutters clean and free of debris, and patch any openings that make it easier for termites to gain access to your foundation. Keep firewood away from the side of your home and ensure that trees and shrubs planted close to the home are properly trimmed.
Watch for warning signs of a possible infestation:
A swarm of winged insects, called termite swarmers, in your home or around the soil
Cracked or bubbling paint, or termite droppings
Wood that sounds hollow when tapped
Discarded wings from swarmers
If you suspect that termites are taking their toll on the foundation of your home, it’s important to get professional help as quickly as possible. A certified termite inspector can investigate the extent of your infestation, as well as the extent of any current damage. They will also be able to guide you through the extermination process and explain a variety of options to prevent future infestations.