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Baltimore is Still the #1 Bedbug City

Posted on Thursday, December 6th, 2018 at 5:32 pm.

When Atlanta-based exterminating company Orkin published their list of US cities with the most bedbugs, the last thing anyone from Baltimore wanted was to be the #1 city two years in a row. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened. Why is Baltimore home to the most bedbug treatments in the US? What about Baltimore makes it so popular for bedbugs looking to settle down?

Armor Pest Control in Baltimore is here to discover why Baltimore is so popular for bedbugs. We have excellent customer service and have years of experience removing bedbugs from your home efficiently and effectively. For a free estimate on your bedbug treatment, give the experts at Armor Pest Control a call today at 410-788-8014.

What are bedbugs?

Bedbugs, or cimex lectularius, are small insects that feed on human blood. They are considered one of the world’s major pests and infect the beds of millions of homes around the world. Some of the most prominent symptoms of having bed bugs include skin rashes, blisters, and allergic reactions. Oftentimes, these bedbug bites can become infected if the victim scratches them too much or does not take care in cleaning and sanitizing the wounds.

Bedbugs use a combination of thermal location, moisture, and carbon dioxide levels to locate an appropriate host. Bedbugs tend to only feed on humans and are known to carry human pathogens; however, more research is needed to confirm whether bedbugs actually have the ability to transfer diseases between humans.

Where are the bedbugs?

Bedbugs are almost exclusively found in beds, as they feed only when their human host is asleep. Bedbugs have also been reported to live in office buildings, hospitals, and on public transportation. Bedbugs are resilient and can live in everything from baseboards, upholstery, electrical switchplates, and car seats.

If you are looking to do a bedbug inspection, make sure to check the seams of your mattress. Oftentimes, bedbugs will hide in this area. The nasty pests are also known to live in clothing and any fabric that they have access to from the bed, ie. sheets, pillows, and comforters.

Why Are Bedbugs in Baltimore?

Being that nearby Washington also ranks extremely high for bedbugs, there must be something about the humid Chesapeake Bay region that attracts these pests. While bedbug infestations are still on the rise across all of the US, Baltimore seems like an exceptional example because it has jumped from #14 to #1 in just one year. Some point to the more strict reporting system that the property maintenance inspectors working for the City of Baltimore use. While it may seem like an anomaly, it is important to acknowledge that bedbugs are on the rise in the United States.

While the health impacts of bedbugs can be straining, the financial impact of removing them can be especially difficult. That’s why Armor Pest Control is offering free estimates on your pest control needs. From rodent control to your bedbug infestation, Armor Pest Control has more than 21 years of experience eradicating pests in residential and commercial settings. For more information about Armor Pest Control or if you are interested in getting a free estimate, call us today at 410-788-8014.

Common Maryland Pests Pt. 1 — Baltimore Pest Control Management

Posted on Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 at 10:19 am.

Curious what creepy, crawly critters and insects are running around Maryland? Below are some of the usual suspects. If you notice any of these pests in or around your Maryland home or business, be sure to give us a call at — 410-788-8014. We offer fast, affordable, and reliable pest control services in Baltimore Country and a number of neighboring counties, including Anne Arundel, Carroll, Harford, and Howard. Learn more about us and contact us today to schedule your service.

Common Maryland Pests

Rodents

Rodents can be some of the most alarming pests because of their size and potential damage. Mice, moles, and rats are capable of gnawing through many types of materials and are able to squeeze through unimaginably tight spaces. This, coupled with their keen ability to sniff out food, makes them a regular nuisance in the Northeast. Although rodents typically operate under the cover of darkness, they often leave behind waste and fur, which can contaminate a space. A successful rodent removal will involve baiting, trapping, and making sure your home or business is thoroughly cleaned.

Ants

Ants are social insects, meaning when you have an ant problem, you don’t just have a few ants — you have a whole community. There are an estimated 12,000 ant species on the earth, and while not every type exists in Maryland, it sure seems like we have most of them — but in reality, we have around 20 or fewer varieties. Because ants forage and develop colonies — sometimes far away from where you notice them — it can be difficult to fully eradicate them. An experienced pest control expert can, however, accomplish this through inspection, treatments, and regular follow-ups.

Termites

Unfortunately, termites can be found in almost every state, including Maryland. Here, we mostly have Easter subterranean termites, which are small, foraging insects that live in underground colonies. Each year, these pests account for over five billion dollars in damage in the U.S. While they are not an immediate threat to your personal health, they can wreak havoc on your home. If you spot any of the nasty critters, you need to contact a termite specialist immediately. They will be able to develop a specific treatment plan for your individual circumstances. Remember, time is of the essence with these pests.

Ticks

Primarily feeding on the blood of non-domestic wildlife, like mice, deer, fox, and raccoons, ticks are external parasites that are far too popular here in the Northeast. Because they are blood-feeding parasites, they pose a serious health threat and can carry and transmit diseases and illnesses to humans and domestic animals. Protecting you and your family from ticks can be done by being vigilant and making yourself aware of tick habits and habitats. Another solution is to work with a pest management service to create customize tick control solutions for your home or business.

Wait, where are the mosquitoes, spiders, silverfish, stink bugs, beetles, fleas, raccoons, and BED BUGS? Did they pack up and leave Maryland? Unfortunately, they did not. We’ll get to those in our next blog post. If you are in our service area and looking for reliable pest management services, contact us today.

Preventing Termites This Summer — Tips From Pest Control Experts

Posted on Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 at 11:38 am.

Termites are destroyers. Their insatiable appetite for wood can wreak havoc on your home. Each year in the US, these pests cause structural damage, necessitating billions of dollars in repairs. In fact, their dietary need for cellulose — the main component in the cell walls of plants and wooden structures, furniture, money, clothes, etc. — causes more wood destruction in homes than do fires and high winds.

To help protect your home this summer, Baltimore’s go-to pest control company, Armor Pest Control, would like to share with you some tips for preventing termites from invading and destroying your home. If you’re in need of a termite inspection or eradication, give us a call today at 410-788-8014.

Look For Signs of Termites

It is not enough to assume that you will know when termites have entered your home. This is a false assumption because termites prefer dark, moist areas, typically the undersides of wooden materials. Naturally, these are places you don’t inspect every day. To overcome this oversight, you can test your wood by giving it a tap. If it seems hollow, termites may be hard at work. Other visible indications of termites include mud tubes, which are what they construct to get the moisture they need. Another sign is termite droppings. However, these can be hard to spot for the untrained eye, because they are very small and the same color as wood.

How To Prevent Termites

Exterior

The exterior of your home naturally serves as a portal into your home. For example, broken shingles or tiles on your roof can pool moisture, which can attract termites. Similarly, AC units can provide a nice moist home for termites, as well as a nice stopover before destroying the wood in your home. To prevent this from happening, stay on top of roof maintenance and ensure that all moisture is being properly directed and released.

Attic

When is the last time you’ve been in your attic? If you are like most, it’s probably been awhile. Termites see the attic as a prime location. All the wooden beams and cardboard boxes provide an excellent and bountiful meal for termites. Check this prime spot for termite activity regularly, paying particularly close attention to the wood, moisture levels, and other potential signs of damage.

Living Room

If termites are able to make their way into your living room, they have hit the goldmine. Wood flooring, furniture, and skirting boards are all a great source of food for termites. To ensure that your living room doesn’t become a termite buffet, carry out regular inspections, keep furniture off the walls, and, if you are in the process of building a new home or remodeling, consider adding a termite barrier.

Garage

Garages can both be plentiful sources of food for termites as well as a passageway into your home. If your garage is like most, it probably contains a wide variety of items and potential termite food. Regularly check the shelves, containers, and items of your garage to ensure that termites aren’t gnawing away.

Garden

Garden areas are often full termite food. Mulch, for example, is termite heaven — moist wood chippings. Similarly, old tree stumps, fencing and decking, and piles of wood are all potential termite lures. To lessen the likelihood of termites setting up shop in your garden, remove old stumps and wood piles, leave a gap between mulch and your home, and use termite-resistant wood for decking and fences.

Termite Inspection and Removal

Although these tips can effectively deter termites, these are not a guaranteed fix. The best way to prevent termites and get peace of mind is to call a termite exterminator. A pest control professional knows what to look for and the best way to protect you and your home from these burdensome pests. If you are in the Baltimore area, give Armor Pest Control a call today. We can perform your termite inspection and, if necessary, extermination.

Pest Control Tips—Prepare Your Home for Cold Weather

Posted on Thursday, October 26th, 2017 at 2:24 pm.

Shorter days, colder temperatures and autumn rains signal the arrival of fall. Though it might be hard to believe, before too long, cold weather will be moving into the Baltimore area, and—as always—overstaying its welcome. And as you and your family take to your home for warm and dry refuge, so do pests.

At Armor Pest Control, we take pride in our work and in helping the families of Baltimore eradicate pests and keep homes safe, clean, and comfortable. To help with this mission, in this blog we will be focusing on some of the ways you can keep your home free of pests and rodents as the weather changes. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

Add the below tips to your list of winter-preparation tasks.

Eliminate Pest Habitats

As temperatures begin to drop, insects and rodents are going to start looking for warmer places to stay. Therefore, begin by walking around your home and looking for any potential pest and rodent habitats.

Insects typically seek locations that are covered, free of moisture, and safe from predators. In addition to looking for any objects or features that may serve as a portal for insects to enter your home. The following list can provide you with an idea of where pests may take refuge.

  • Gutters and Downspouts—Debris that has accumulated in your gutters and downspouts can provide a suitable habitat for bugs. To keep them from possibly moving into your home, clean out gutters and downspouts thoroughly, making sure that water can flow freely—this will also keep your roof and gutters in optimal condition.

  • Firewood—If you burn wood or have a collection of lumber outside your home, store it as far away from the house as possible. A stack of wood can be an ideal habitat for not just insects, but also snakes and rodents.

  • Push Back Mulch and Debris—If you have garden beds or trees around your home, it is likely that leaves and/or mulch are pushed up against your home. Eliminate any debris or leaves that are resting against your residence. This includes rock piles, old boards, bricks, etc. If insects have taken refuge there, when it gets colder, the decision to make their way into your home will be a no-brainer.

Seal Access Points

After eradicating some of the potential pest habitats, you will then want to make sure that they have no easy way into your home. This will not only help with pest and rodent control, but it will also keep the heat in and cold air out.

  • Check Seals Around Windows and Doors—Replace worn weather stripping and add caulking to any vulnerable areas. Remember, bugs and rodents don’t need much room to get in.

  • Inspect Basement Windows—Windows located at ground level are prime access points. Pay close attention to these areas, and if seals are missing or concrete is chipped, consider a replacement.

  • Seal Pipe Entry Points—Pests like cockroaches will often enter your home through outside connections like gas or water pipes. Check these areas and do your best to seal them off from outside invaders.

  • Secure Vents—Vents that go into the attic or bathrooms are an easy entry point for pests. Inspect these vents and make sure that they are equipped with proper screens and don’t have any gaps or holes.

Perform Home Pest Control

The last necessary wall of defense against preventing an infestation is to create a chemical barrier in and around your household. To schedule this treatment for your home, contact the exterminators at Armor Pest Control. We specialize in pest and rodent control, as well as termite and bed bug treatments. Contact Armor Pest Control for all your residential and commercial pest control needs!

Protect Your Home from Bed Bugs

Posted on Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 at 4:08 pm.

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It sometimes feels like an understatement to call bed bugs a pest—especially here in Baltimore, a city often regarded as the most bedbug-infested in America. They are a royal annoyance and pain. In our last blog post, we looked at bed bugs and some of their traits and habits, and what to do if you’ve been infiltrated. In this week’s post, we are going to shift this focus to prevention.

Bed bugs are hitchhikers that often travel by latching onto clothing, luggage, and furniture. For this reason, it can be nearly impossible to truly prevent them from entering your home. However, there are some steps you can take to protect your home. To help keep these pests out, Armor Pest Control has put together this list.

Simple precautions to protect your home from bed bugs:

  • Reduce clutter and therefore the number of hiding places for bed bugs.

  • Proactively cover your mattress and box springs in an encasement. This will eliminate hiding spots, and by using a lighter colored encasement, it will make spotting them easier.

  • Keep your home clean and vacuum regularly to sweep up any unwelcome guests.

  • Take caution when using shared laundry facilities. Since bed bugs love fabrics and clothes, laundry facilities can be a haven. Transport clothes in tightly sealed plastic bags and set your dryer to high heat—intense heat can kill bed bugs.

  • Isolate your room or apartment. This might include plugging and sealing cracks and crevices around the baseboard, light sockets, doors, and windows. This will impede the movement of invading bed bugs.

If you fear your home has been infested by bed bugs or some other pest, contact Armor Pest Control. We are Baltimore’s go-to pest control company!

Eww! Bed Bugs!

Posted on Tuesday, July 11th, 2017 at 9:22 am.

Baltimore has a reputation for plenty of things, some of them great, like amazing football and baseball teams and Natty Boh, and some of the things are not great. Among these is bed bugs. Earlier this year, a well-known national pest control company listed good old Charm City as the number one town for bed bugs. And while we all wish we’d be number one for lots of other things instead, the fact is that bed bugs are here and if you want to “get them gone”, you need professional help in the form of a pest control company that knows how to treat them. In case you don’t know enough about bed bugs to make the decision to get professional help, we’ll dedicate this week’s post to bed bug basics. When you are ready to cry uncle and get help, call Armor Pest Control.

Are bed bugs real?

Alas, they are real. For a long time they were not a problem and so the bedtime send off, “Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite” was just a saying. In fact, around the 1940s, bed bugs were pretty much eradicated from the developed world, according to Wikipedia. But, as a result of pesticide resistance, they have been making a comeback, likely having arrived back in the country via the suitcases of travelers. So, they are indeed all too real.

What ARE they?

Bed bugs are parasitic insects that have been around humans since we were living in caves and were mentioned in early Greek texts, and it seems they will be with us for quite a while into the future. These bugs are just 2.5 millimeters when they are nymphs and grow to 4.5 millimeters—that’s about the size of an apple seed.

I don’t see them on my bed, where are they?

Bed bugs are mostly active at night, though not strictly nocturnal. They spend the day hiding in cracks and crevices near where humans sleep.  They can be found in the seams of the mattress, corners of drawers in night stands, electric outlets, and picture frames.  It can be quite hard to catch them moving around since they are well practiced at hiding from humans. It is often easier to conclude that they are there by looking for their waste and/or blood streaks on the sheet or pillow case from them biting you.

You can often tell that you have bed bugs by the bites they inflict on you. Instead of random bites, for example, one on your calf and one on your arm, bed bugs will bite in a row or in clusters. They often bite people on the upper body, back, arms, and shoulders.

I Think I Have Bed Bugs

Lots of people have bed bugs these days and there is no shame in it. You can get them anywhere, from a vacation to the gym. It’s not your fault and there is something you can do about it. Since they made their come back as a result of resistance to pesticides, other means need to be used to treat them. Heat treatment is often the best way to get rid of them for good, but only after the scale of the infestation is seen by a pest control professional.

Call Armor Pest control for an inspection and send those bugs to their final good night!

Water Attracts Pests

Posted on Thursday, May 4th, 2017 at 4:19 pm.

Everyone wants to make sure they are doing everything they can to keep pests out of their house. Insects can carry disease and destroy food meant for humans and pests. Rodents can create lots of different types of problems that range from disease and chewing through electric wires, to biting people. And we at Armor Pest Control have good news there are easy things that you can do in and around your home to keep insects and rodents out of your home.  To learn some of these tips, keep reading.

Watch the Water

  • Of course, all creatures depend on water, and insects and rodents are no exceptions. If you have standing water or a dripping faucet you have a blinking “vacancy” light inviting all types of critters to your home.

  • Standing water is known for being a breeding spot mosquitoes.

  • This can be water in water dishes, poorly draining gutters, or just puddles of rainwater that don’t drain well.

  • Mosquitoes are carriers of diseases, including Zika and West Nile Virus and so any standing water around your yard would be dumped out.

  • It takes only 48 hours for mosquitos eggs to hatch into larvae so make dumping standing water out a daily chore.

  • You can pour pea gravel into puddles to discourage mosquitos and four-legged pests.

  • Water also encourages animals to come drink and pests are more likely to set up house close to a water source.

If you are doing these things already, and notice an increase in pests, call Armor Pest Control and we’ll come out and do an inspection. After an inspection we’ll make some recommendations for your. Call us today.

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Outsmart Mosquitos

Posted on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 at 12:43 pm.

As spring rapidly approaches, it looks like winter 2016-17 has been a bit of a dud. Yes, we saw a few flurries, but compared to past winters, there has been little accumulation and few days of deep freezing temperatures. We all know what that means: pests have not died off and will return with a vengeance on the first warm day. Add in the marshy topography of our area, and you have the makings of a mosquito, tick, and termite population explosion. Armor Pest Control can help keep you safe and your home free of destructive pests.

West Nile Virus Concerns

  • West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne virus that is spreading around the world as global temperatures rise.

  • According to the CDC, less that 1% of people who are infected will develop the serious neurological symptoms associated with this disease, but as the number of people bitten rises, so too will the number of people who end up with the potentially fatal results.

Other Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

  • Many people are concerned about the spread of the Zika virus and the return of Yellow Fever and Dengue fever.

  • The global population is more highly mobile than it has ever been and when people who have traveled from tropical zones come to Maryland, they can act as reservoirs for these illnesses. Luckily there have, to date, been no reports of Zika in Maryland.

Measures to Control Mosquitos

  • Inspect your property for standing water and eliminate them. This includes old tires, mud puddles, heat pump drip trays, and plant trays.

  • Make sure you wear long sleeves and pants and apply DEET.

  • Avoid being outside at dawn and dusk.

  • Have Armor Pest Control help you identify trouble spots and spray apply insecticide against mosquitoes.

Call Armor Pest Control today for Baltimore area pest control, including mosquito control.

Watch Out for Common Winter Pests! Part 1

Posted on Friday, November 18th, 2016 at 4:20 pm.

As the weather gets cooler, many people welcome relief from bugs and other pests. Maryland winters are no joking matter, and they do tend to kill of a majority of insects off. However, there are smart insects and small pests that seek out the warmth of homes over the winter, which means you might end up dealing with pests all year long. Don’t let this happen. Keep an eye out for the most common pests that get into households and get our help if you see them. In the next few blogs, we’re going to share the most common winter pests to make sure you’re watching for.

Moths

The warmth of your house will attract moths, and the clothing in your house will feed them. They feed on cotton and will chew through your clothing to survive. Even worse, they usually leave behind larvae that also eat cotton. If you start to see holes in your clothing or spot moth larvae, contact us immediately. We will be able to effectively exterminate them and allow you to keep your clothing.

Ants

These tough little pests can get anywhere and into anything. Drawn to warmth, they will head for your food and you’ll probably notice them quickly. They don’t go anywhere on their own, and their great numbers are a dead giveaway. They favor jars, cereal, syrup bottles, and other easy sources of food.

Stay snug and warm in your home this winter, and enjoy the absence of insects and other pests. If they try to encroach on your winter sanctuary, contact us for premium insect pest control!

How to Avoid Bedbugs on Vacation – Part 5

Posted on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 at 2:37 pm.

We know summer has wrapped up, but if you find yourself traveling for school activities or simply to enjoy the fall colors, there are pests waiting to hitch a ride with you! If you’ve read our previous blogs, you know we’re talking about bedbugs. Bedbugs are becoming more and more prevalent in the United States, and it’s essential to be on your guard if you’re staying in hotels. In our last blog, we talked about checking with your hotel to see what they do about bedbugs and having a plan for your clothing when you get home. Today, we have two more important tips.

Carefully check out reviews

  • You can go to the Bed Bug Registry, Yelp, and Tip Advisor to access insights on whether or not your lodging has bed bugs. The key is to take everything you read with a piece of salt. Sometimes, competing hotels or disgruntled employees go on these rating sites and lie in order to damage reputations. Additionally, if a hotel has a problem, chances are good they immediately addressed it.

Watch for bites

  • If you brought bed bugs home with you, sometimes bites are the first indicator. The bugs tend to bite three times in a line called “breakfast, lunch, and dinner.” Keep in mind that bites don’t always indicate an infestation; they simply mean you should call our insect pest control company for a professional inspection.

Armor Pest Control is your closest ally when it comes to pests in your home or business. We have the experience and expertise to quickly and effectively deal with any pest issue. Give us a call today!

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