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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?

Protect your family against common spring pest problems in Virginia
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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.

How to deal with bald-faced hornets at your Montgomery County home

Summer in the DMV is when you want to be outside enjoying the warm weather and it’s also peak season for dangerous stinging pests such as bald-faced hornets around homes in Montgomery County, Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, Prince William, Loudoun, Prince George’s counties, and the surrounding areas we service in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Bald-faced hornets as well as yellow jackets and other wasps and hornets are very aggressive and territorial.

While some homeowners may choose the DIY for eliminating pests, when it comes to bald faced hornets, wasps and other hornets, we recommend leaving this to a pest control professional.

Here is what you need to know about bald-faced hornets, yellow jackets, wasps and other stinging pests.

Bald-faced hornets

Bald-faced hornets build large, gray, paper-like nests about the size of a basketball that hangs from a tree branch or are often tucked away from the rain under a gutter or doorway. And boy can their stings hurt. They are extremely aggressive and once alarmed about invaders or threats the entire colony, which can number in the hundreds, will swarm and attack you. Bald-faced hornets attack the face and can sting repeatedly. If you see a bald-faced hornets nest, please call My Pest Pros immediately and keep people and pets away.

Hundred of eggs inside a bald-faced hornets nest removed by My Pest Pros

Paper wasps

Paper wasps are less aggressive than bald-faced hornets and other stinging insects, but can be aggressive and protective if you get too close to their nest. Their nests are often small honeycomb shaped and hang around doorways, soffits and other sheltered locations. Paper wasp nests can often be quickly removed either by DIYers if you feel comfortable. A professional pest control technician can also treat around your home to help deter wasps from building new nests.

Yellowjackets

Yellowjackets are a common pests, especially when you have a picnic or may be enjoying food and sweet drinks outside. Yellowjackets will usually leave you alone unless provoked or threatened, but they can be a major nuisance. Their nests can be hidden in the ground – a risk when cutting the lawn or children are playing in the yard – in tree stumps, attics, stone walls, and many other locations. We would recommend leaving yellowjackets to a pest control professional due to their painful stings and aggressiveness when threatened.

What to do if you are stung by a bald-faced hornet, wasp, yellowjacket or other stinging pest?

Some people are extremely allergic to stinging pests and should seek medical care immediately. For others, ice, an antihistamine, aspirin, and/or hydrocortisone cream can help provide relief. But we recommend seeking guidance of a medical professional because every  situation is different.

How to treat bald-faced hornets at your Montgomery County home as well as wasps and other stinging pests?

A professional will usually use one or more dust or liquid products to eliminate the colony. Treatment is usually performed in a single treatment, however, a second visit is sometimes required to remove a bald-faced hornets’ nest if it is extremely aggressive or in a difficult to access location. Paper wasp nests are treated and removed. With yellowjackets, the nest is not normally accessible so it’s not removed. But once the colony has been eliminated other yellowjackets will not move into the nest, so there is no threat.

To remove Bald-faced hornets, yellowjackets, and other stinging pests from your home in Montgomery County, call My Pest Pros at 301-447-0642. Learn more about stinging pests: https://www.mypestpros.com/bee-wasp-removal

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