For as long as humans have been building structures, pests have been intent on sharing the space. These pests are seeking comfort, food and protection, and they can find everything they want inside homes, offices, stores and restaurants. The interior is typically climate-controlled so that it is neither too warm nor too cold, no precipitation falls inside and food is readily available.

Pests are unsightly, however, and many of them can pose a serious threat to the health of your family and pets as well as your furnishings.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches pick up bacteria and other pathogens on their bodies, feet and legs. They then contaminate the surfaces on which they walk. Cockroaches are known to carry streptococcus, salmonella, staphylococcus and a host of other diseases as well as parasitic worms. Furthermore, they can trigger allergic reactions, and researchers believe that children living in infested homes have a higher incidence of asthma because of the cockroaches.

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Spiders can be particularly unnerving to encounter. Two types that are well-established in Virginia, however, can cause serious harm to humans. The brown recluse and black widow spiders both have toxins in sufficient quantity to cause intense pain or discomfort, and the bite of the brown recluse can cause ulcerated sores that typically leave scars.

Rodents

Rats, mice and other rodents thrive in Virginia. Unfortunately for humans, they can also spread diseases. Rodents have been shown to transmit approximately three dozen different diseases from plague to leptospirosis, a disease that can lead to liver and kidney failure that can be acquired from inhaling particles of rat feces. Rodents can also chew on electrical wiring, wood and many other materials that are integral parts of a building.

Termites

Termites can cause extensive damage to any structure. Unfortunately, the colony may be well-established before the presence of termites is even suspected.

Other Pests

Other pests, such as bedbugs, wasps, ants, fleas and stinkbugs can be a nuisance, and many of them can also cause allergic reactions in both humans and pets.

People often wonder why the Annandale area has so many different types of pests. There are a number of reasons, but the proliferation of pests in the area is due primarily to three factors.

  1. Winters in the area are relatively mild compared to states such as Alaska or Minnesota. Winter temperatures in Virginia do not get cold enough to decrease their numbers sufficiently.
  2. Rainfall in the area tends to be slightly above the national average. This means that pest populations in the wild will have adequate water to thrive, and when their populations grow, they will start looking for new territories, such as your home or business.
  3. Most pests prefer warm, humid environments. The Annandale area has both high humidity and warm springs and summers.

Controlling pests can be a difficult proposition, particularly if they are well-established. There are many different methods that can be used to treat an infestation, but only a licensed professional can provide you with the safest, most effective methods. If you have a problem with pests, call the experts at My Pest Pros. We are a family owned business committed to helping our customers protect their health and their property.

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Residential Pest Control

No matter how secure your home might be, pests can find their way inside. They may enter unnoticed when you open your door, find a tiny crack around a window or locate another "secret passage" between your yard and your home. You may also carry them inside in a grocery bag or package. Once they have successfully invaded, their population will increase dramatically in a very short period. Cockroaches, mice, spiders and many other home invaders can pose a serious risk to your health, contaminate your food or damage your home and belongings. Eliminating pests, however, is a job that should be left to the professionals to ensure the safety of your pets and family as well as to make sure that the pests are truly gone. My Pest Pros has the training and experience to eliminate any type of pest that may be troubling you.

Commercial Pest Control

No matter what type of business you operate, pests are not going to help you retain customers or protect your investment. Cockroaches, for example, can ruin a restaurant's reputation, but they can also play havoc with customer loyalty at a grocery store, clothing boutique or hair salon. Bedbugs, mice or cockroaches can cause bookings at your hotel to plummet. Nor is it just your customers who may want to escape your business — your employees may be unhappy and spend more time worrying about the pests than handling their tasks. Whatever kind of pest is troubling your business, the experts at My Pest Pros has the solution.

Green Pest Control

For many decades, pesticides were the first strategy attempted for pest control. Growing concerns over the effects that pesticides were having on the environment, however, led to the development of alternative methods that were ecologically friendly. When you combine risk of environmental damage with the fact that many pests have developed varying degrees of immunity to traditional pesticides, it is easy to see the benefits of "green" pest control. Organic treatments, sanitation modifications and biological controls can often be the safest, most effective solution. At My Pest Pros, we practice this type of integrated pest management, which includes ensuring that pests are identified accurately and employing pesticides only as a last resort.

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