Laurel Park’s average annual rainfall is higher than the average American city’s rate. There is less snow than the average city, and the average high and low temperatures are not extreme. Summers are humid and long, and winters are cold but have some milder days. Plenty of moisture means plenty of vegetation. Also, homes and restaurants in the area provide additional food sources for pests.


Ants are one of the most common pests in Laurel Park. Most ants are small, and they invade your home in search of food. Eliminating them can be difficult without the help of a professional since they can easily squeeze through screens and cracks under doors. Some ants bite and cause itchy skin bumps. Formicidae ants produce formic acid and can cause serious skin irritation. If you have fire ants, they are probably outdoors building mounds. These ants deliver venom when they sting and can put you in the hospital if you are allergic to the venom. Argentine ants are becoming problematic in the area. These ants do not pose health risks to humans but will destroy helpful ant colonies that are important for maintaining vegetation health. Carpenter ants feed on anything from garbage to sugar and chew the wood of trees or eaves to make their homes.


These resilient pests are hard to kill if you use sprays and sticky traps. Most products from home improvement stores only kill a few roaches. The best way to eliminate them is with bait from a professional. Only professionals have bait that is not harmful to pets or people but will destroy roaches. It destroys them because when one poisoned roach is dead, the others will feed on its carcass. This continues until the entire colony is gone. From large reddish-brown American cockroaches or black Oriental roaches to small tan German and Asian cockroaches, there are many different types that inhabit homes. They are usually seen in bathrooms or kitchens but will travel to other rooms if there are crumbs or garbage. Roaches pose a health risk since they get into your food. While they eat it, they also defecate and regurgitate on it.


Termites chew everything from wallpaper and textiles to rotting trees and foundation beams depending on which type invade your property. These elusive pests usually gnaw wood from behind walls or backsides of beams, and you may not discover them until the damage is extensive. One of the telltale signs of a problem is dirt tubes along your walls and foundation. You may see gnawed wood, piles of shed wings from swarmers or visible pests. Never guess on termites. If you suspect a problem, call a professional immediately. These pests cost homes and businesses in the United States billions of dollars each year in damages.

When you notice any of these pests or others, Gibson Pest Control is here to help. Our services are prompt, thorough and effective. Call us today for a free quote.