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Common Spring Pest Problems in Virginia

What are some of the common spring pest problems in Northern Virginia and Maryland that homeowners can expect this spring? What can you do to keep pests out of your home? And, how can you protect your family and home from pests this spring and summer?

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The weather affects pest pressure levels. The faster it warms up, the more pest pressure will emerge sooner and more intensely. Insects will never entirely die in the Washington, D.C. area over the winter, so they are overwintering and biding their time. Ants, spiders, and stinging insects are more resistant to the cold than other pests, and they will emerge as the weather warms up.

Termites are another spring pest that is more than just an irritation to homeowners. These destructive, yet often undetectable bugs may jeopardize your home’s structural integrity and cost you a lot of money in treatment and repair payments.

My Pest Pros’ 2022 Spring Pest Watch List

What pests are likely to be found in and near homes this spring? Here’s a rundown of early-season standouts:

  • Ants — Pavement ants, odorous house ants, and carpenter ants will be drawn to buildings in quest of food and a new home.
  • Termites – On warm days following a spring shower, keep an eye out for termite swarmers buzzing near windows and doors.
  • Wasps can nest within camping equipment, storage boxes, and near light fixtures, as well as in the rafters of sheds, barns, and garages.
  • Mice – It’s mouse mating season, so you could notice an increase in the number of these furry pests in your shed, garage, or basement.

If you notice any of these pests, it’s time to call a pest control company like My Pest Pros. Our early-season pest-prevention solutions will eliminate pests before they become an issue.

Spring Pest Prevention Tips

This spring and summer, you don’t have to wait until Memorial Day to have a pest-free home and yard. Taking a proactive approach to pest management can save time and money as compared to trying to repair a pest problem after it has occurred.

These basic methods can help homeowners protect their houses from pests.

Reduce What Attractants Pests

Follow these simple steps to reduce the circumstances that attract pests to your yard or house:

  • Clear the yard of twigs and rubbish left behind during the winter. These things provide hiding places for pests such as ants and rats.
  • Clean the gutters of leaves and trash. Pests such as ants and termites can get moisture from them.
  • Keep garbage and recycling can lids tight to avoid pests such as rats, insects, and animals from getting into them.
  • Clean up food spills and crumbs on the inside, keep food, especially pet food, in sealed containers, and dispose of garbage on a regular basis.

Block Pest Access Points

Examine the foundation, behind window and door frames, beneath eaves, along with utility access points, around chimneys, and along the roofline to check whether winter weather has created any gaps. 

With excellent quality materials, fill holes and fix screens and vent covers.

Watch for the Signs of Pest Activity

Keep an eye out for flying or crawling pests, abandoned insect wings (from termite swarmers), pest droppings, mud tubes on cinder block exterior walls in basements and crawlspaces, and bite marks or holes in food packages. All of these signs point to the presence of pests.

Call the Pest Control Experts to Protect Your Home

If your home is being invaded by pests this spring, it may be time to call in a professional pest control expert. The pest experts at My Pest Pros are here to help protect your family and home. Call us at 703-665-4455.

Why Mosquitoes Are Attracted to YOU!

Have you ever wondered why certain yards have a lot of mosquitos and others don’t? Or why mosquitoes are attracted to you? While some people seem to be mosquito magnets, others are simply ignored by mosquitoes. There are several major reasons why some homes and people attract mosquitoes, and what you can do to minimize your chances of getting bitten by mosquitoes.

Are mosquitoes attracted to you
Some people are especially attractive to mosquitoes.

What Attracts Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes feed on both blood and nectar. Mosquitoes are also attracted to water because it supplies them with hydration as well as a suitable environment in which to lay their eggs. This means that homes with a lot of water and flowers are more likely to attract mosquitos. Mosquitoes are attracted to plants as well. Mosquitoes prefer to reproduce in troughs, therefore plants that allow water to pool in them are more likely to attract them. The mainline is that mosquitoes will be attracted to anything on your property that can contain water. Mosquitoes will congregate around water in any container, from birdbaths to clogged gutters and beyond. Mosquitoes can breed in less than a teaspoon of water!

Backyard Areas That Mosquitoes Like

Mosquitoes are affected by the ozone layer depletion in the same way as people are. The bottom line is that the world is becoming far too hot. Mosquitoes seek a protected environment that is safe, cool, and out of direct sunlight. Mosquitoes will concentrate in parts of your property that are shaded from the sun during the scorching hot daytime hours. If you have tall weeds, grass, or bushes in your yard, you will almost certainly have more mosquitoes. Under decks, trampolines and playsets are other areas where mosquitoes can seek shelter in your backyard.

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Do mosquitoes prevent you from enjoying your backyard? Call My Pest Pros! We want to help protect your family, pets, home, and allow you to enjoy your time outside.

Mosquitoes are known to be attracted to perfumes, air fresheners, deodorants, and other scents. Mosquitoes are particularly attracted to floral fragrances. This means that properties with a lot of lovely-smelling flowers are far more likely to attract a lot of mosquitoes. 

This isn’t to mean that you should get rid of all your flowers. Instead, be selective while purchasing flowers. You can limit the number of mosquitoes harassing you and your family by choosing flowers, bushes, and other plants that do not have a strong aroma. Alternatively, mosquitoes will swarm along the perimeter of your property if you grow strongly-scented flowers and other plants far away from your pool, treehouse, garden, and other yard elements.

Mosquitoes Prefer Certain Colors

Dark colors attract these pesky pests, according to numerous research. Mosquitoes prefer everything with a deep and dark hue, from dark-colored garments to dark paint and beyond. These obnoxious bugs have excellent vision, allowing them to see targets from distance. Consider changing the color of your home, lawn ornaments, or clothing to reduce your mosquito problem.

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My Pest Pros mosquito and tick treatments can help reduce pest issues in your yard.

When it comes to pest control and preventing mosquitoes in your backyard, My Pest Pros is unrivaled in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. We can help if you have a mosquito infestation or any other pest problem on your property. We’ll assess your pest problem, recommend a remedy, and We’ll Get Rid of What’s Bugging You! Call today 703-665-4455 or contact us online!

Winged Termites Infesting Your Home

Winged termites flying around your Northern Virginia home can be terrifying. Termites cause an estimated $5 billion in damage every year in the United States, and nobody wants their home to be part of that statistic. Whether your home is in Woodbridge, Virginia, or Bowie, Maryland, termites are a huge threat to homes in our region. This blog article will share about the threat of termite infestations, why you should be concerned about seeing termites with wings, what you can do to prevent a termite issue, and how My Pest Pros can protect your home from termites.

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Termites with wings, winged termites or termite swarmers are a sign of a serious termite problem.

What Are Flying Termites?

Flying or winged termites are often confused with flying ants. While winged termites and winged ants have the same role in their colonies, they are definitely different species.

Flying termites, sometimes referred to as swarming termites, are responsible for helping the colony expand. Formally known as alates, the reproductives in a termite colony are seen during warmer days. They help the colony spread by creating new colonies.

Are Winged Termites Dangerous?

The simple answer here is no. Termites with wings do not bite and are not a threat to your family or pets. However, flying termites indicate a termite problem that can threaten your safety by damaging your home. You do not want to ignore an issue with termites!

Alates, reproductives, and swarmers are all terms for flying termites. When space and resources become scarce, their colony’s duty is to expand to new sites and reproduce. If you haven’t seen them before, you could mistake them for flying ants like carpenter ants, but there are a few significant differences that you can use to tell the difference:

  • Swarming termites are usually lighter in color than ants.
  • Termites have two sets of wings that are equal in size.
  • Ants have two sets of unequal-sized wings. Their forewings are larger.
  • Ant bodies are pinched at the waist, while termites are more cylindrical.

Will Swarming Termites Damage My Home?

While termite swarmers do not cause damage, they are a sign of a termite colony’s nearby presence. The workers in the colony can definitely cause damage to your home. Treatment by a pest control professional is strongly recommended if you see termite swarmers.

Local Exterminators to Protect Your Home

Let your local termite exterminators know if you’ve already discovered termite damage in your house or if you’re concerned about the flying termites you’ve discovered. My Pest Pros‘ termite control team is trained and equipped to handle termite infestations of all sizes and to assist you in keeping them out of your home in the future. For a free quote, contact us now!

What the CDC Says About Pest Control

Most people think pest control is only good for keeping pests out of the home and chemicals, but there’s so much more to it than that! Read on to learn what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC says about pest control.

The RX on Pests and Health Issues

Despite what most people think, pests don’t only have to do with structural damage—they also can be a health risk. The CDC says pest control professionals can play an important role in health and safety. The CDC released a few tips on pest control and how to manage it safely. Here are a few of their recommendations – Before treating an infestation, consider all options (non-chemical first) – Be aware that animals and insects may leave their nests or colonies during sprays or fumigation – Keep children and pets out of areas you’re treating; they may come into contact with chemicals that they shouldn’t – Use caution when applying pesticides near homes or businesses–to avoid health issues make sure you always use protective gear, including gloves.

1) The Health Risks of Cockroaches

Most people are familiar with cockroaches, but they aren’t aware of how widespread and dangerous these insects can be. In 2013, the CDC issued a report on diseases associated with cockroaches.  The CDC states that cockroaches have been reported to spread a lot of bacteria, parasites, and pathogens. This includes at least 33 kinds of bacteria, at least seven types of human pathogens, and six types of parasitic worms and at least. The harmful bacteria include salmonella (which causes food poisoning), staphylococcus (which causes skin infections), streptococcus (which causes pneumonia), and hepatitis A. It has also been linked to asthma in children. Crawling around areas where cockroaches spend time also means crawling around their feces, which may lead to tetanus and tuberculosis infection (CDC). It is more important than ever before that homeowners contact pest control professionals right away if there is any sign of a problem.

2) Bites and Diseases from Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are not known to spread disease. Bed bugs can, however, cause skin rashes, itching, and red welts similar to allergic reactions. They are most active at night when people are sleeping or sitting quietly so that they can easily feed on people without being noticed. Many homeowners try to treat their own bed bug infestations before turning to a professional pest control company only to find that it is too difficult for them to do it themselves successfully. A pest management professional (PMP) is trained in recognizing signs of bed bug infestation. While PMPs are often capable of treating many types of pests such as termites, ants and roaches, they specialize in treating infestations caused by insects like fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes as well as removing rodents from your home or business.

3) Keeping Homes Free of Mice, Rats, and Rodents

According to statistics published by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), millions of homes in America are infested with mice and rats. So if you’re thinking about setting up a home, be prepared: pests might find you first. What’s more, they’ll probably return—unless you plan to keep your new place free of mice, rats, and other rodents through ongoing pest control efforts. These small creatures breed quickly. An adult mouse may have as many as 200 offspring in a year, according to CDC estimates; most will die before reaching adulthood, but that still means you can expect hundreds of hungry little mouths ready to gnaw on everything from old leather boots to electrical wiring. Similarly, each pregnant rat can give birth to as many as 14 pups per litter—making it no surprise that populations can get out of hand quickly.

4) Mosquitoes, Ticks, and Other Outdoor Pests

It’s that time of year when we start to head outside and spend more time outdoors. With all these mosquitoes, ticks, and other pests around, it’s important to keep them away from you and your family. The CDC says you should use insect repellent with a DEET or picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or para-menthane-diol if possible. Be sure to follow instructions on the safe use of these products. If you’re allergic to any of these chemicals, talk to your doctor before using an insect repellent. Also, be sure not to apply sunscreen at the same time as using insect repellant as sunscreen may block absorption of ingredients in many repellants; apply sunscreen after using mosquito repellant. For ticks: Use tick removal tools—do not pull a tick off by hand; they can be difficult to remove properly without tweezers, which are designed for removing ticks correctly.

If you are concerned about the health and safety of your family and possible issues caused by these and other pests, don’t leave it to chance. Call or schedule an inspection with a pest control expert from My Pest Pros. Our team of pest professionals are licensed, trained, and have the experience to help eliminate and prevent pests that cause health and safety issues, or just keep you awake at night. Contact My Pest Pros at 703-665-4455 before the issue gets out of hand!

Are Alternative Mouse Control Techniques Effective?

Getting rid of mice is a top priority for most homeowners. We are often asked by potential clients about alternative mouse control techniques, strategies, and products. Alternative mouse products can include sprays, oils, and electronic products. In this article, we will discuss some of these alternative mouse control strategies, and how effective they are for preventing or eliminating mouse problems.

 Ultrasonic Rodent Repellents

Ultrasonic rodent repellents are one of the most common products we are asked about and see in homes or businesses struggling with mice problems. Ultrasonic devices are often sold in hardware stores, big box retailers, online retailers, and many other stores. The concept is that they emit an ultrasonic sound that humans cannot hear, but is annoying and distressing to mice. They are supposedly safe for humans and pets. The reality is that these devices are not effective. We see them in many homes with major rodent issues. They are even sold in major home improvement chains where we have been brought in to solve their mouse infestations. Our recommendation is to save your money and not purchase ultrasonic rodent repellants.

We grade these products: F

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint and other essential oils are thought to be helpful in repelling pests including mice and rats. These oils are inexpensive, non-toxic, and easily purchased at many local stores. You can even grow your own peppermint. Mice have poor eyesight and very sensitive noses, so the theory is that these products will help deter mice since they hate the smell.

The reality is a lot more complicated. A LOT of these oils is needed to make a difference. The smell may irritate you as much as the mice if you use enough. The smell of these products may also be very irritating to people with sensory issues. And, because mice will do whatever they need to reach a food or shelter source, they will ignore or overcome their discomfort.  These products also break down and will need to be reapplied often.

Growing peppermint in a garden can be helpful to deter rodents from eating your vegetables or flowers. Peppermint oil can help – not likely solve – minor rodent issues. But it won’t do much for major infestations.

Our grade: B

Animal Feces and Oils

Let’s just start with the obvious. Keeping animal feces around your home is unsanitary!

Just as mice will avoid areas with some oils, they will avoid areas with certain dried animal feces and oils. Here we are talking about the droppings of predators, primarily cats and snakes. Mice will often avoid areas with cat poop, snake feces and snake skins. A major downside of this approach to preventing mouse problems is that you have to handle feces, and as previously mentioned keeping cat or snake feces around is unsanitary. It’s also not a very practical solution. Having feces around also will not stop a rodent infestation that has already begun.

Our grade: F

Get A Cat

This is the most common refrain we hear in the field. While some cats are great hunters, many cats are, well, useless beyond their companionship. Get a cat because you want one and not solely for mice. Cats can sometimes alert you to a mouse issue and may catch some, but they may not be enough for a major infestation.

Our grade: C (for Cat)

The most effective strategy and method for eliminating mice issues is hiring a professional pest control company such as My Pest Pros. Our technicians have years of training and science behind their approaches to rodent control.

Call My Pest Pros today at 703-665-4455 if you have a rodent infestation.

Should I Hire an Exterminator?

Finding bugs in your home can be very distressing, especially if you’re unsure what type of bug it is and whether or not it poses any danger to you or your family. Should you hire an exterminator? What kind of exterminator should you hire? What if you don’t need an exterminator at all? In this blog post, we’ll explore these questions and more as we answer the question Should I hire an exterminator to spray for bugs in my home?

Should I hire an exterminator to spray for bugs?
Pest control technicians are trained to identify and safely treat for pest issues to protect your family, home and businesses.

What’s Causing the Pests

If you see bugs or other pests running around your home, you’re probably wondering what’s causing them. Before hiring an exterminator to spray for bugs, it helps to first eliminate any potential causes inside and outside of your home. Spend a few minutes checking both areas and, if possible, eliminating any obvious problems that could be contributing. For example, check under appliances in your kitchen and make sure they’re clear of food particles; clear out pet food bowls; remove clutter from closets; throw away trash; fix leaky faucets, drains, and pipes (and unclog toilets); seal up holes where mice might enter from outdoors. Also think about whether there are times of the year when you tend to notice more bugs—if so, pay extra attention at those times.

The point is: Address all possible pest-causing issues before bringing in someone to spray for bugs in your home. You don’t want these issues to come back after the exterminator has left! Even if you decide that eliminating and preventing pest issues is not something you want to do yourself, these are issues that a pest control technician will likely recommend be addressed by you. Problems such as these are what we refer to as conducive conditions that can attract pests.

Do I Need to Call An Exterminator or Can I DIY?

If you’re thinking about undertaking a DIY pest control treatment, it’s a good idea to weigh your options first. But, first things first: do some research. You don’t want to try out a DIY method on your own without knowing what you’re dealing with or understanding how best to handle these pests—it could end up doing more harm than good. The CDC recommends you call a professional exterminator if you have spotted bed bugs, cockroaches, fleas, and ticks; their bites can cause rashes and other skin conditions. Wasps, hornets and yellow jackets can be dangerous if you are not careful or if somebody is allergic. Some homeowners feel comfortable dealing with stinging pests, while others prefer to have a professional handle these potentially painful pests.  

Whether you feel comfortable trying a DIY approach or calling a professional exterminator is often a personal choice. Should you go the DIY route, be sure to follow the label carefully. Using ‘just a little extra’ or not following the directions carefully can and has led to fatal results.

Tips for Finding a Good Pest Control Company

Here’s how to find a reputable pest control company that will do its job effectively. Ask for recommendations from friends, family members, coworkers or neighbors who have had pest problems before. Check online reviews about various companies – people love reviewing businesses! Read the good and bad reviews. No company or person is perfect! Read the company responses as well. Finally, don’t hesitate to call and speak with a representative at a company you feel is reputable; if they won’t talk with you, it may be a red flag. At My Pest Pros, our customer service team is very knowledgeable about all our treatments and services. However, a service manager or field technician is usually the best person to answer technical questions.

How Much Does It Cost To Call An Exterminator?

Imagine going to a restaurant and asking how much it is to eat. The price of your meal would vary greatly based on what you order unless they have a price fixe menu.

Similarly, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question when it comes to pest control costs. This is one of the most frequently asked questions our office receives. The price of hiring a professional exterminator can vary greatly depending on factors like location, time of year, size of the home or property, the specific pest if it’s a major infestation or minor issue, and conditions in and around your home.

Our office can usually quote and schedule services over the phone, but some pest issues such as bed bugs, roaches, or termites usually require an in-person inspection.

Is it Time To Call An Exterminator For Insect Control?

You may want to consider hiring a professional exterminator if your home is plagued by infestations of bugs. A professional pest control company such as My Pest Pros can provide the peace of mind of knowing that your family and home are protected from major issues or even minor annoyances.

Call My Pest Pros at 703-665-4455 to protect your family today!

Why Do I Have Carpenter Ants in Winter?

Finding carpenter ants in your home at any time of the year can be distressing. But many homeowners are especially confused about why they are finding carpenter ants in winter in their home. Most people falsely assume ants and pests disappear during colder months. The reality is that carpenter ants likely found your home the ideal location for food and shelter this winter.

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Carpenter ants are active all year, but if you find carpenter ants in winter it may mean you have a nest inside your home.

What Are Carpenter Ants?

Just as their name suggests, carpenter ants love wood and are wood-destroying insects.

The typical carpenter ant colony has 10,000 to 20,000 workers and can do a lot of damage to your home. Carpenter ants do not actually eat wood. They chew through the wood to make nests. Carpenter ants create smooth tunnels as they excavate the wood.

Carpenter ants are live throughout most of the United States. They are typically black or a combination of black, red and brown. They are about ½ to 5/8 inch in size.

Food for carpenter ants is abundant outside. They will primarily eat honeydew, plant, and fruit juices, but will also eat other arthropods.

Where Do Carpenter Ants Live?

Carpenter ants usually build their nests outside in locations such as tree stumps, rotting wood, in or under firewood, and under stones such as walkways. Carpenter ants can travel long distances to food sources. They will crawl along wires, trees, and shrubs to enter a home through small cracks and openings.

Carpenter ant workers can travel up to 300 feet from their nest in search of food. Most of this activity takes place at night.

So, Why Do I Have Carpenter Ants Inside My Home?

Carpenter ant colonies are usually outside. This is especially true for the main, parent colony. Satellite nests can be located outside or inside. These colonies usually contain mature workers as well as larvae and pupae that they will care for and feed.

Because carpenter ants are cold-blooded, activity during the winter, or cold months, means they are coming from a warm area – usually your home. We get a lot of calls about carpenter ants when homeowners turn their heat on for the first time in the fall. The added heat can sometimes lead to an increase in their activity.

Treating Carpenter Ants

Eliminating the nest is the key to successful carpenter ant treatment and elimination. Because the nest can be 300 feet from where they are found, locating the nest can be difficult. It may not even be on your property.

My Pest Pros’ Professional pest control experts will use a mix of products including baits, dusts foams, and liquid products to eliminate carpenter ant infestations. Ideally, we will treat the nest, but that is not always possible. The products we used are designed for the ants to take them back to the colony for complete elimination. Our technicians will identify conditions such as moisture, wood rot, leaks, and other issues that can attract carpenter ants and other pest issues.

Call My Pest Pros today at 703-665-4455 if you have carpenter ants in the winter or other pest issues.

Be on the lookout for signs of rodents

When the weather gets cooler, rodents like mice and rats seek warmth indoors. According to the National Pest Management Association, 45% of rodent problems occur in the fall and winter. It’s important to pay attention to signs of rodents in your home or business.

Signs of rodents
Mice can chew threw wiring and cause fires

A rodent infestation can be a nuisance, but these pests are capable of spreading a variety of dangerous diseases, including Salmonella, murine typhus, infectious jaundice, rat-bite fever, and the potentially lethal Hantavirus. You should know how to spot a rodent infestation and take the necessary steps to keep them out.

Signs of a rodent infestation:

  • Rodent Droppings: Pellets can often be found under sinks, inside chewed cardboard boxes, along baseboards, and on top of wall beams in areas where food is stored.
  • Gnaw marks: Mice can bite through walls, wood, and wires. Mice are notorious for chewing on electrical wiring, which can increase the risk of a fire. Chewing on the wires helps keep their teeth sharp. Because rodents prefer tight and small spaces, they will even sometimes build a nest in an electrical box, where they can chew on the wires and cause a short circuit or fire. One 2012 report attributed 25 percent of fires to rodent damage.
  • Nests: Rodents prefer to nest in dark, secluded places where they are unlikely to be disturbed. Mice like to build nests out of shredded paper products, cotton, packing materials, and other fabrics.
  • Rub marks: Rats can leave dark markings or grease marks along walls and floors. This is caused by the rubbing of their oily fur as they follow trails from their nests to food sources.
  • Strange noises: Scurrying in the walls or in the attic could indicate a rodent problem. Mice and rats are more active at night. Rodents like these areas because they are quiet and likely to be undisturbed. Attic insulation is also used for nest building.

Protecting Your Home from Rodents

Even if your home has not experienced rodent problems in the past, the cold winter months can send mice and rats looking for new nesting locations. A mice problem or rat issue can spring up quickly with no warning. The best plan of action is to have a pest protection plan in place before you have a problem. A pest professional will inspect your home for possible gaps and entryways, prevent them from gaining access, identify conditions around the home that can attract pest issues, and help manage nearby rodent and pest populations.

My Pest Pros can help protect your home to prevent rodents and other pests. If you are seeing or hearing the signs of rodents in your home or business, give us a call and we can help eliminate those pest problems.

Call My Pest Pros today at 703-665-4455 or contact us online.

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How to Get Rid of American Cockroaches

The key to getting rid of American Cockroaches is:

  • Identifying their breed
  • Eliminating what attracts them
  • Using appropriate methods of termination (sprays, bait traps, etc.)
  • Seeking professional help

A cockroach infestation is not something anyone wants to deal with, but it does happen from time to time. Learning how to deal with these pests can help you prevent an infestation from getting worse and save you time, worry, and money in the long run.

How to Identify American Cockroaches

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Cockroaches can spread diseases

American Cockroaches are one of the most common breeds to infiltrate human-inhabited dwellings. They can get up to 1.5 inches long on average, making them the largest cockroach commonly found in homes.

These cockroaches are typically a reddish or dark brown color with a light brown area behind their head. They have a flat, oval-shaped body that can easily crawl through slim cracks and tighter spaces.

The American Cockroach has Antennae that can equal up to half the length of their body, and their long, spiny legs make them tiny track stars.

Adult American Cockroaches are equipped with a set of wings, but this does not do much to allow them to fly. The wings can be used for gliding, but this is only possible in warmer temperatures (usually around 85°F).

The Dangers of American Cockroaches

American Cockroaches are not prone to biting, but they do carry unwanted viruses, bacteria, and parasites, into your home.

The feces of American Cockroaches are known to cause issues such as:

  • Diarrhea
  • Dysentery
  • Salmonella

The shed skin of these cockroaches also poses a threat. Coming into contact with the skin and feces is known to trigger allergies or asthma attacks, especially in younger children.

What Attracts American Cockroaches (and How to Prevent Them)

American Cockroaches can survive in almost any environment, but they do have their preferences. If they had to choose between a cold, bright, dry space or a warm, dark, and damp one, it would be the latter almost every time.

Areas that are especially prone to infestation include:

  • Bathrooms
  • Kitchens
  • Basements
  • Storage areas
  • Sewer lines
  • Garbage disposals

They don’t move around much during the day and prefer to scavenge for food overnight. Anything will work, but cockroaches have a soft spot for:

  • Meats
  • Greasy food
  • Sweet food
  • Starches

They will also go after the adhesive on envelopes, paper, cardboard, leather, and any other organic matter.

The best way to prevent an infestation (apart from chemical prevention methods) is to make your home unattractive for them.

Make sure you are sealing up any leftover food and keeping it in the fridge. Clean up spills immediately, and do not leave anything sitting out overnight (including unwashed dishes or pet food).

Take out the trash daily, preferably before nighttime, and take the time to wipe everything down throughout the day. Vacuuming often will get rid of crumbs that you might not see, and decluttering will limit their hiding spaces.

Seal up any small entry points to your home, and repair any breaks or sweaty pipes as soon as you can. Use moisture-reducing products in areas of concern, and do not hesitate to step in and handle them when you see signs of an infestation.

How to Get Rid of American Cockroaches

You have a few options for handling a cockroach infestation:

  • Sprays allow you to effectively kill a roach on sight, and many will sanitize the area at the same time.
  • Bait traps can be placed every 6 feet, and they provide a mix of food, water, and insecticide that roaches will take back to the nest.
  • Barriers will prevent cockroaches and other insects from entering the area.

You can purchase any of these products over the counter, but dealing with the infestation can quickly become a money pit, drawing at resources like time and money if it is not handled perfectly.

Handing the task over to My Pest Pros is often the quickest and easiest way to get rid of American Cockroaches in your home. Call us today at 703-665-4455 for a fast response to get you feeling safe in your home once again.

How To Prevent Argentine Ants

Argentine ants are a common problem in many parts of the United States. These tiny little pests get into your home and get stuck to almost everything they can find, including food. They will contaminate any food and make it unsafe for you and your family to eat! In this blog post we will go over how you can get rid of Argentine ants from your home so that they don’t come back again!

Get rid of Argentine ants
Many homeowners struggle to get rid of Argentine ants.

What Do Argentine Ants Look Like?

Argentine ants are tiny little pests, about one-sixteenth of an inch long. They are black in color and have a reddish-brown abdomen. They get their name from Argentina, where they were first discovered.

Why Are Argentine Ants in My Home?

Argentine ants get into your home in a variety of ways. They can hitchhike on packages that you bring inside the house and get stuck to almost anything, including food items. If there is some sort of leak or spill anywhere inside your house (such as an overflowing toilet), it’s possible for Argentine ants to find their way in. They can also come in through cracks and crevices around your doors and windows.

What Attracts Argentine Ants?

They get inside when water pours out onto the ground around your home (such as during heavy rain or sewer backups), they get in via packages that have been left outside and brought indoors, they can come in if there is an opening anywhere on your windows or doors, and they can even get in through cracks and crevices.

How Can I Get Rid of Argentine Ants?

There are a few different ways that you can get rid of Argentine ants from your home. One way is to use a commercial ant bait, which the ants will take back to their nest and get rid of the entire colony. You can get these at your local hardware store or even some grocery stores.

Ant bait takes between one or two days to work, depending on which kind you get. You may see ants around your baits during this time if it is raining or humid outside, but this is normal. If you get your bait on a dry day and don’t see any ants for two days in a row, then it’s time to call an exterminator such as My Pest Pros to help!

Tips To Prevent Argentine Ants From Getting Into Your Home:

  • Keep food in airtight containers and get rid of any spills or leaks right away.
  • Repair any cracks or crevices around doors and windows.
  • Do not leave packages outside that may attract ants. Bring them inside as soon as you can.
  • Use a commercial ant bait to get rid of any colonies that have formed in your home.
  • Keep your home clean and free of clutter. Argentine ants love to nest in dark, undisturbed areas.

If Argentine ants or other pests are bugging you, call the experts at My Pest Pros today. We’ll Get Rid of What’s Bugging You!

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