December 4, 2020

Bedbugs get their name because they usually reside in mattresses, but may also sneak into couches, chairs, carpets and any other surface that is covered with cloth. Not even your clothing is safe! They are tiny, oval-shaped and dark brown, and can sometimes be hard to see directly. Bed bugs can lay dormant for months. Here are seven signs that indicate that you might be dealing with a bed bug infestation. 1. Bites One of the most common signs of a bed bug infestation are bite marks. Bedbugs come out and feed at night, so if you wake up in the morning with small, red bites in patches around the body, you may have an infestation on your hands. Bites…

November 6, 2020

Some of our clients come to us and say, "There are flies in my house and I have no idea why". There's always that one problem fly just buzzing around your home and disrupting everything you are trying to do throughout the day. We are RID Pest Control, and we are happy to help you control and prevent those house flies from coming into your residence. Read on to find out some tips and tricks for control and prevention. House Fly Control So the flies are buzzing around and being well...pests! Maintain your house fly control with these methods. Use a house fly hanging sticky paper of your choice. The flies will be attracted to it and then get stuck and…

October 2, 2020

Pet owners know how scary it is to see their four-legged friends suffer. Not knowing what to do makes it even scarier. Bees and wasps are ideal for chasing. The quick zigzag motions provide endless amounts of fun for your furry friends. However, the trouble kicks in when your furry friends get stung. Even though most insect stings are not serious, your pet can have a severe allergic reaction. The buzzing sounds of stinging insects can bring about your cat’s predatory instinct. This might cause them to swat or even eat these stinging pests. For dogs, their playful nature makes it difficult for them to avoid being stung. Dogs can dig up an underground wasp’s nest or bark at the…

September 4, 2020

A home is an important purchase and one that you shouldn’t take lightly. Before purchasing a home, you need to make sure that it is inspected by a home inspector to make sure that everything is up to code. You also need to make sure there are no pest infestations. Here are some ways for you to check for pest issues in potential new homes.  Dirt and Grime Build-Up Dirt and debris are common signs of pest issues. As pests leave an area in your home, they can leave behind crumbs, torn wrappers, and other debris. Rodents, such as mice and rats as well as creatures like bats, will create greasy pathways in the home as they travel back and…

August 3, 2020

The summer brings warmer weather and longer days, but also more insects like ticks. Ticks thrive in hot, humid climates and prefer thick brush and grass. While most tick bites are relatively harmless, ticks are known for carrying bacteria and illnesses like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Knowing what to do if you’ve been bitten by a tick is essential for keeping yourself healthy and free of tick-borne diseases. Check Yourself Immediately After Outdoor Activities Ticks are fairly small and can be hard to spot, especially if they are attached to your clothes or on less visible areas like your scalp or armpits. If an infected tick is attached to you for too long, it can greatly increase…

July 3, 2020

Few experiences are as unnerving as hearing scurrying and scratching within your walls after everyone has turned in for the night. Their sickening sounds are enough to make your skin crawl. All you can think about is getting these tiny invaders out NOW. It is essential to keep your wits about you during these times. Equip yourself with proven methods for ridding your home of mice inside your walls. Look for Clues It is vital to identify your unseen enemies through an assessment of clues: Chewed or frayed cardboard boxes, wooden items, or plastic bags. Mice love to make nests, so shredded materials are a definite sign. Oily stains along the walls. Oily stains indicate the “runs” of mice. Follow…

June 15, 2020

Insects are a lot like humans in the fact that they are in need of food and shelter in order to survive. The majority of their lives are spent searching for these things, and once they find them they stay put! What does it take for these pests to not only survive but thrive? Keep reading to find out. Food Sources In order for any species of insects to survive, they need to find a source of food. This is their driving force, looking for the next source of food at all times. If they are able to find a consistent food source, then they will be able to build a home-centered around that source. Cockroaches, for example, will eat…

May 4, 2020

Pets are an undeniable part of the family. And as such, you worry about their health and wellbeing as you would yourself. Pests and other unwanted guests in your house can not only be annoying and gross, but also harmful and potentially life-threatening to your pets. Certain pests can harbor diseases or can be a parasitic presence for you and your pet. Read on to learn more about pest control services that keep your pets in mind. Flea Control Most people associate fleas with pets, but they can also cause discomfort and harm to humans too. Flea bites are not only annoying and unsightly, but fleas can also bring in diseases like tapeworms. Fleas can thrive and hide well in…

April 3, 2020

People living in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic may be familiar with the pesky invaders called stink bugs. While they don’t present any health dangers, stink bugs can be annoying to deal with for homeowners. The following is where stink bugs come from, and ways to get rid of them. Their Origin and Spread Brown stink bugs are native to Japan, Taiwan, China, and South Korea, and were first discovered in the United States in 1998. They quickly spread throughout the country and are now a common nuisance. How They Enter Your Home There are numerous ways that stink bugs can find entry into your home and start an infestation. Cracks and holes in your walls, doors, and windows are common…

March 23, 2020

Carpenter bees can wreak havoc around your home. They like to dig and burrow into wood decks and fences, and in a pretty short period of time can cause a serious amount of damage. Here are a few steps that you can take to protect your home against carpenter bees.   1) Cover Carpenter Bee Holes Covering bee holes is one of the fastest and easiest ways to prevent carpenter bees from ruining your deck, fence, or the trimming around your house. You can start by tacking tarp or thick pieces of fabric to cover the bee holes.   2) Fill Carpenter Bee Holes Filling carpenter bee holes is another effective way to keep carpenter bees from burrowing and coming…

February 28, 2020

You go down to the basement of your home to gather some supplies for weekend yard work. As you move some boxes and other junk around to find what you need, an eye-roll-inducing cricket appears. And it’s not alone. Crickets are commonly found in the basements of homes and can be annoying to deal with. No one wants pests in their home, let alone ones that are difficult to get out. One question you will have is “how the heck did they even get down here”? Let’s dive into why crickets are attracted to the basement of your home. Shelter As is common with almost all pests, the crickets are down there because basements are typically both dark and moist,…

January 1, 2020

There is a belief that having your pest control company come out during the winter is a waste of money. However, in the long run it will save you money come the warmer spring and summer months. Many also believe that bugs and other pests die when colder climates come although, both of these beliefs are actually false. Here are several reasons why you should consider having RID Pest Control treat your home this winter. “Hibernating” Insects It's true that there are less to no bugs present in the winter months whether they are in your home or outside. Because they are out of sight, some believe they are dead. Although some insects like mosquitoes die in cold temperatures, several…

December 2, 2019

If you are thinking that termites might take a winter break from chomping on the wood of your home, think again. These hardy pests will continue to eat through wood year round. Most homeowners do termite inspections during warmer months. While gardening or landscaping, a homeowner might run across termites. During colder months, you may not be as active outdoors, but termites certainly are. Termites Love Wood and Warmth There are four main termite species – drywood, dampwood, Eastern subterranean, and Formosan subterranean – meaning that termites live in nearly every region of the world. All species eat wood and can cause serious structural damage to your home. You may not see as many signs of termites in winter, but…

November 4, 2019

Ridding yourself of a pest infestation can be one of the more frustrating tasks you go through as a homeowner. They find any way inside possible and wreak havoc once indoors. Of course, the questions we all ask eventually comes up: “Where do all these pests come from?”. Luckily, we have an answer for you. Here are the top five ways pests find a way into your home and living space. Doors Just like us humans, pests come inside via doors as well. However, their method is a little more discrete. Bugs and critters can typically fit through the cracks under and around doors. The crumbs and dirt that accumulate at the bottom of door frames attract pests as well.…

October 1, 2019

Many people worry about pests being inside their homes. However, we often don’t think about the pests that are right outside our doors. When autumn comes around, the foliage is beautiful. But with that, there also comes large piles of leaves on your front lawn which are a perfect place for unwanted guests to hide. Here are four pests that like to hide in your lawn’s pile of leaves. Earwigs This reddish brown insect has a long, flat body and is about an inch long. It can easily be recognized by its pincers located at the tip of its abdomen. And they like to hide out in damp areas; like your lawn debris! Earwigs are not dangerous, but if agitated,…

September 2, 2019

Fleas tend to sneak up on you and your pets, and finding them should be concerning. Although they don’t breed on humans, they can harm your pet pretty significantly. If you find a flea, chances are that you’re find dozens more. They breed so fast that one female can lay up to 50 eggs in one day. If you want to protect your pet, it’s wise to first learn the signs of an infection. Expected Signs of a Flea Infestation It’s important to know and look for the signs of a flea infestation so you can take action before it becomes too serious. To deal with fleas, you need to be on the lookout for these signs: Fleas will bite…

August 1, 2019

There are many aspects about nature to enjoy whether you are on a hike, camping, horseback riding or reading a book in a hammock. In contrast, there are also things that you will not enjoy while in nature, one of those things being ticks. What Harm Can They Cause? These nasty little creatures can infect humans with various diseases. The Center of Disease Control and Prevention said the following about ticks, “Infections from tickborne diseases are on the rise, and new tickborne diseases have been discovered in recent years. Some ticks can transmit multiple diseases, posing diagnostic and treatment challenges.” Another common form of disease you can get through ticks is Lyme's Disease. When Are Tick Bites Most Prevalent? According…

July 1, 2019

If you’ve ever had a pest problem in your house, then you know that getting rid of them can be a long and difficult process. Trying to eradicate an infestation is an almost impossible task, and there’s only so much you can get done with over-the-counter solutions like what you can find at your local home improvement store. There is where professional exterminators come in. It takes skill and know-how to deal with casual and serious infestations, and we at RID Pest Control have the best exterminators and state-of-the-art equipment that helps us to handle any problem. But that’s not all, in addition to extermination, we also offer other services to help you deal with your pest concerns. For example:…

June 3, 2019

Here in the United States, the most common type of household cockroach is the german cockroach. When you mention cockroaches, many people have a strong negative reaction. And why wouldn’t they? Roaches have a reputation for surviving harsh conditions for centuries and spreading disease. In fact, their presence in your home may be causing you considerable alarm. If you’re concerned about roaches, then read on. You’ll discover the health effects of cockroaches in your environment, and why you might want to take action. What Attracts Cockroaches? First of all, why are roaches entering your home? Like most insects, they are attracted to food. Leaving spilled food on the countertops and floors or dirty dishes in the sink is guaranteed to…

May 1, 2019

Bed bugs. Just the thought of them gives people nightmares and sends shivers up and down their spines. These creepy crawlers hide in our mattresses and come out at night while we’re asleep and defenseless and feed on our blood. If this gives you the heebie-jeebies, you’re certainly not alone. No doubt you’ve done everything in your power to make sure your home is free of these nasty critters, right? But what about when you’re on the road? How can you be sure that the mattress you’re sleeping on in your hotel room isn’t infested with these little suckers? Here are some tips to keep free of bed bugs, no matter where you go: Check the Registry The first and…