A Year of Pest Removal in Review
As the year draws to a close and 2017 quickly approaches, it is time to take a look back at all of the pests we have seen over the past year. From the ants in early spring to the termites in the summer, this year has been one of the worst for pests in Maryland. Let’s review some of the peskiest of 2016.
The Ants Came Marching in the Spring
Once the winter snow melted, in marched the ants. Ants are one of the biggest pests that can be found in Maryland. From odorous house ants to carpenter ants, there are many different types of these pests that could come marching in your home during the spring months. Although many types of ants do not cause structural damage to your home, they can build nests in walls, floors, boards, patio blocks, under stones, and under plastic mulching. A single ant can march into your home and bring thousands of others with them.
The Mosquitoes and Zika Virus
With the mosquitoes came the Zika Virus. Named the Zika virus epidemic of 2015-2016, mosquitoes around the world have spread this virus around the world. Over the course of the year, there were more than 4,617 cases of the virus were reported to the CDC, many of which were obtained via local or travel-associated cases. So how can you protect yourself from the Zika virus? Take a look at our blog on the mosquito-borne Zika virus.
The Terror of Termites
Like ants, termites can burrow into your home in swarms. But unlike ants, termites can cause thousands of dollars in damage. These pests can cause buckling wood, swollen floors and ceilings, and have a similar scent to mold and mildew. Although there are more than 2,000 different species of termites, Maryland residents are mostly affected by the Eastern Subterranean Termite. These termites live in large colonies and can cause damage to your home. For more information on preventing a termite infestation, take a look at our blog on the subject.
The Stinging Pests
From wasps to hornets to bees, there are many different stinging pests that could affect your home in the late summer. These pests do more than just cause damage to your home as they establish a hive. Unfortunately, these stinging pests killed more than 921 people from 1999 to 2014. Wasps and hornets can be deadly if a person is allergic to their venom. This allergic reaction can cause hives, difficulty breathing and swallowing, wheezing, as well as minor itching, pain, and swelling. For more information on the wasps and hornets in your area, take a look at our in-depth blog.
Over the past year, we have seen many different types of bug infestations in your area. From small ant problems to thousands of dollars in termite damage, Eco Care Pest Management has seen it all. Don’t let your home fall victim to these pests in the New Year. For more information on protecting your home, call Eco Care today!