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Beneficial Besties: Potter Wasps

Once you see their nests, it’s easy to understand why this wasp is named the Potter Wasp. They construct jug-like brood nests that resemble pots.
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It's Raining... Sugar?

Honeydew is a sugary secretion produced by plant feeding insects like aphids and scale insects. While sucking up the sugary plant sap, they excrete the excess sugar as little droplets from their back end. 
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Beneficial Besties: The Blue-Winged Wasp

Have you ever seen a blue wasp? Wander near a patch of mint in late August or early September and you may encounter this natural marvel, named for its gorgeous iridescent blue coloring.
 
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Autumn Invasion

Stinkbugs originated in Southeast Asia where the climate is warm and tropical. Stinkbugs enjoy the outdoors in the summer but begin to look for shelter when the weather starts to cool.  
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Beneficial Besties: Hover Flies

You may see this garden friend and think “Bee!” but it is actually Hover fly, Allograpta oblique. The bright yellow and black bands make them look like wasps and help protect them from predators who will try to avoid a potential sting.  
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Jacket Weather

If the weather is cooling where you live, you may have noticed a surge in the stinging insects buzzing around outside. Worker wasps are finishing up a long, hard summer tending to numerous broods of metamorphosing new wasps.  
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Beneficial Besties: Bumblebees

If you’re puttering outside these days, you are likely encounter a bumblebee or two (and hopefully more!) sipping nectar from the still-blooming flowers. These gentle, humming insects are a welcome sight on a sunny day, going about their work with a gentle ease that is fascinating to watch
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Protect this House

Calling all Ravens Fans!! Don’t miss out on our company-wide Ravens contest featuring two fantastic tickets to the September 17 game against Cleveland Browns in Ravens Stadium. 
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Asset Protection aka Termite Control

Asset protection is a major consideration when selecting termite control. Our homes are usually our most significant financial investment and insurance policies generally don’t cover the damage caused by subterranean termites
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Fight the Bite

Every parent knows the dread of a bee sting and the worry that accompanies it. Is the stinger out? Will my kid be allergic? How badly does it hurt?  In most cases, the stings are simply an unpleasant experience.  
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Rat Czar versus Rat Catcher

At Home Paramount, we spend a lot of time on the road, delivering our services to customers.  In the Baltimore metro area, it’s helpful to understand the hidden lingo of the bumper sticker to figure out folks’ affiliations (and to pass the time while stuck in traffic on 695 or 83).  
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When is an Ant not an Ant?

In the heat of the summer, you may come across some colorful creepy crawlies out and about. One in particular has a very misleading name, the velvet ant. Common in fields and on dirt roads, these colorful ‘ants’ aren’t actually ants at all; instead they are wingless female wasps in the insect family Mutillidae.
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Fight the Bite

Worried about mosquitoes this year? You’re not alone – experts say this season is going to be a high pressure summer for these pests. There are a couple of things you can do to fight the bite.
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A Walk in the Woods

There’s nothing like a walk in the woods or a fun camping trip in the summer. The leafy shade of a wooded park or path is so inviting! But we do recommend that you go into the woods prepared. 
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Happy Fourth of July!

Home Paramount’s company colors are red, white and blue so it’s no surprise that the Fourth of July is a favorite holiday. We are proud to remain a family-owned and operated and a true “American” company, based in the USA.  
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Calling all Bookworms!

At last, it’s time for summer reading. We’re, of course, partial to books about creepy-crawlies. What could be more fun than our favorite “Bug Books”?
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Mosquito Fish

As we see it, summer has finally arrived and many of start to once again think about fishing – unless we’re lucky enough to live in Florida in which case we’ve never stopped thinking about it. 
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Memorial Day 2017

Many of our clients and co-workers have the privilege of living near the nation’s capital, arguably the best place to celebrate the Memorial holiday, honoring those who died serving our country.
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Spring Pest-Proofing – it’s not too late!

Want to pest-proof your home? We’re all for our awesome homeowners lending a hand in our pest push-back. A punch-list is always handy when you’re running through the spring checklist - feel free to use ours: 
 
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Mosquito Abatement

The warmer seasons beckon us to go outdoors but how do you fight the bite from those pesky mosquitoes? In addition to regular treatments, homeowners can reduce the number of biting adults in the yard by reducing the availability of breeding sites for mosquito larva.
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Ants or Termites?

Often, we receive calls for Termite Swarmers only to discover it was an undercover ant. Carpenter ants, for example, are often spotted swarming. But since every species of ants sends breeding adults out to mate, you may encounter several different types of Ant Swarmers.   
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Got Swarmers?

Starting to see flying insects in and around your home? They may be termite swarmers which emerge from the nest each spring to mate and form new colonies.

 
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Prepare for Spring Pests

It’s the last day of February! While most people save their midnight revels for New Year’s, those of us in the pest management industry are more likely to anticipate tonight’s calendar change as we move into our “busy season”.
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All Bugs are Insects but…

Did you know that all bugs are insects but not all insects are bugs? Bugs are classified within the order called Hemiptera and are grouped together because they all share a specialized mouth part that is used to suck juices. An easy way to remember this is to convert Cogito ergo sum into bug talk. Rather than I think, therefore I am, a bug would philosophically remark, I suck, therefore I am a bug.
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Pest Pals

There is nothing that makes our heart go pitter patter quite like the Valentine’s “Love Bug” talk – who doesn’t want a bite from that friendly fellow?  And in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, it inspires us to temporarily abandon our “We don’t like bugs either” position and spread a little love with a shout out to our favorite pest pals:
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Love Bugs

Are lovebugs, like Cupid’s golden arrow, a complete February fiction? As a matter of fact, we can confirm that the lovebug, otherwise known as Plecia nearctica Hardy, is real. These velvety black flies appropriately sport a romantic red thorax and mate in Florida twice a year, peaking in May and September.
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2017 Sales Award Meeting

Our 2017 Sales Award Meeting is fast-approaching and we are once again looking forward to a fabulous day. There is so much to be proud of and grateful for in 2016 – new offices, new clients and new team members – to name a few. But beyond the applause and awards, it’s just nice to spend some time together.  
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Overwintering in South Florida

Millions of people migrate every year to warmer places like Stuart, Florida to enjoy a balmy winter full of sand and sun.  Those retreating to the tropical climate of South Florida may trade the snow for a problem of another sort, namely pests!
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Watch the Woodpile

It’s the holiday season! The time to gather around the fireplace to roast chestnuts, melt marshmallows or just enjoy the crackling warmth of a traditional fire
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All I Want for Christmas are the Bed Bugs Gone

Going home for the holidays? In addition to worrying about busy schedules, last minute presents and difficult relatives you may also be worrying about bed bugs.
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Cockroaches in Your Commercial Kitchen

Do you have cockroaches in your commercial kitchen?  Most people recoil from cockroaches and for good reason. These dangerous insects spread disease, picking up bacteria, viruses and pathogens on their jaunts through the nastiest places in your buildings.
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A Mouse in the House?

Sometimes you see them, sometimes you don’t, but there are signs that mice have taken up residence in your home or office. It’s move-in time and they are coming whether you like it or not.
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Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees

Each year, we participate in the East Coast’s largest holiday extravaganza – the Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees. This three-day event features over 700 of the area’s most imaginative trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses all under one roof at the famed Cow Palace on the Maryland State Fairgrounds.
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Ready for Fall

Do you know how to keep pests out of your house this fall? The temperatures are dropping in the Mid-Atlantic which means that the pests around your home are starting to look for a warm place to spend the winter.
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Rodent Control Tips For Landlords

Are your rental properties ready for rodent season?  At Home Paramount, we work with landlords and property managers to help properties get through the fall pressure season pest-free.
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Home Paramount Pest Control Announces Acquisition of Sherlock's Termite and Pest Control, Inc.

Forest Hill, MD –Home Paramount Pest Control Company is pleased to announce the purchase of Sherlock’s Termite and Pest Control, Inc. of Sterling, Virginia.

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Don't Miss the Festival of Trees

This most wonderful time of year is made even better with Home Paramount’s participation in the annual Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees. Join us at the Maryland State Fairgrounds on November 27 and 28 from 10-9 and November 29 from 10-6 when the Cow Palace becomes a veritable wonderland of more than 700 trees, wreaths, and gingerbread houses bedecked by creative local designers. Home Paramount Pest Control will display two trees this year. You do not want to miss this fun!

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Thanksgiving Travelers

Last year an estimated 46.3 million Americans traveled 50 miles or more during the Thanksgiving weekend. With so many miles covered, it’s likely some of us may pick up hitchhikers along the way – we just won’t know it. These stealthy hitchhikers don’t signal drivers with outstretched arms and extended thumbs. Rather they just climb into your bag or attached themselves to your clothing without being noticed.  Instead of entertaining you with folksy stories of life on the road, these hitchhikers will feed on your blood and leave you with itchy welts. Of course, I am referring to the bed bug.

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Halloween Pests

Is there any holiday more suited to pest control than Halloween? I think not. It may be the only time of year when people festoon their homes with spiders, bats, rats, webs and other creepy-crawly things. We usually spend our time removing such things from the homestead. So, before and after October 31, you may need us for…

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Spider Sightings Increase in Fall Months

Many Home Paramount customers notice an increased presence of spiders in the early fall months as the arachnids become more obvious while they search for a mate. Even though most spider species in the United States don’t pose health risks to humans, most people aren't comfortable with spiders sharing their space. The best way to prevent spider infestations is to remove harborage sites.

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PROTECTING PETS FROM FLEAS AND TICKS

Tips to keep household pets free from the health risks of blood-sucking pests

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Overwintering Pests

The temperatures are slowly sinking and our Mid-Atlantic clients may start to notice pests trying to find a place inside to call home. Stink bugs, wasps, millipedes and other pests are cold-blooded, which means that their body temperatures are dependent upon, and approximate the temperature, of their environment.

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Lyme Disease Awareness Month

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month.  As a pest management professional, I can think of few things more important than awareness and prevention of this unfortunate disease that is spread to humans through the bite of an infected tick.

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Not a Creature Was Stirring (We Hope)

It’s time.  Thanksgiving has passed and we can dawdle no longer.  Grab the ladder – we’re going up into the attic.

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There's no Place Like Home

In my office sits a house-shaped box with the phrase, “There’s no place like home” from the classic movie Wizard of Oz.  It was given to me by a colleague who wished to remind me of the attributes of our organization.  I appreciate it very much.

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Happy Veterans Day

It is Veterans Day, the immensely important civic holiday that honors the brave men and women who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States.

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Stink Bugs or the Invasion of the (Apple) Flesh Eating Winged Insects

It is autumn in Maryland. The thrilling chill in the air that sends us to pumpkin patches and apple orchards also sends the stink bugs to our warm, welcoming homes.

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Lions and Spiders and Bears, Oh My! or Why Halloween is a Special Holiday for Pest Control

It’s Halloween!  Time to appreciate webs and rats and creepy crawlies and sudden attacks from a vertical-hanging-down-from-the-ceiling-eight-legged-spiders!  This is supposed to be scary-fun but let us agree to do enjoy this kind of stuff for just one day. 

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Entomophobia or Why Writing a Blog is Worse than Spotting a Cockroach

The fear of pests is called entomophobia. There are other, more specific, phobias such as arachnophobia (the fear of spiders) but I think, generally, people who experience this anxiety will not quibble about particulars. It’s enough to know that the beast hurtling at you is small and wily, determined to wreak all manner of havoc on your much larger world. I, happily, do not experience this particular fear. Still, I sympathize with those who deplore bugs.

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PREVENT PESTS FROM TRIGGERING INDOOR ALLERGIES THIS SPRING

With the welcome arrival of spring comes some universally unpopular side effects: asthma and allergy symptoms. Every year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) designates May as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, coinciding with the peak season for allergy-related symptoms.

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It’s Raining… Sugar?

Honeydew is a sugary secretion produced by plant feeding insects like aphids and scale insects. While sucking up the sugary plant sap, they excrete the excess sugar as little droplets from their back end. 
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