All posts by Renee Eder

Traveling for the Holidays? How to Spot Bedbugs and Not Bring them Home with You!

Bed bugs can be a major nuisance. Their bites are itchy and uncomfortable, and in some cases can even cause allergic reactions. While it may seem like bed bugs appear out of nowhere, the truth is, bed bugs are notorious for hitchhiking from one location to another including from hotels to homes. All it takes is one pregnant bed bug hitching a ride in your luggage to start a full-blown infestation in your home. But, if you are diligent about checking for bed bugs when you travel, you can significantly reduce the likelihood of bringing them back as a souvenir!

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How Often Should Pest Control Be Done at Your House?

In the DC area, pests don’t seem to take a break throughout the year. As new pests roll into town with the changing seasons, they are on the hunt for safe places to reside, eat, and mate—and your home can provide the perfect conditions to do so.

While professional pest control can help remedy an ongoing infestation, scheduling regular pest control treatments throughout the year can keep you proactively protected. But just how often should pest control be done at your house? And what pests should you be worried about throughout the DC seasons?

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Common Pests You’ll See this Fall in Northern Virginia

The fall season is almost upon us here in Northern Virginia, and as the summer wanes, so do those pesky summer pests. With the arrival of cooler temperatures, however, comes a whole new host of critters too. 

Fall pests can be an extreme yet unavoidable annoyance to homeowners. While these creatures are bothersome year-round, they can be particularly troubling as the cooler weather might drive them into your house. Be sure to keep an eye out for the following home invaders:

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What to Do if a Chipmunk Gets in Your Home?

Chipmunks are adorable… there is no arguing that!  No matter how cute these little rodents are, however, they can be quite problematic if they get into your home. Although these animals are usually content to stay outside, sometimes a chipmunk will find its way into a nice cozy attic and decide it is a pretty good place to live. And sometimes chipmunks get in by accident. Either way, they can cause a bit of trouble.

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Pest Proof Your Deck or Patio to Enjoy Outdoor Dining

Warm weather is here and with it comes BBQs and outdoor dining! Eating a meal outside with family and friends can be a great way to enjoy the warm weather, while increasing your vitamin D intake and spending more time in the fresh air. But how do you make sure that annoying pests leave you alone? There are a few, simple tips to try to keep your deck and patio pest free during a meal outside!

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Giant Flying Joro Spider Multiplying Across the East Coast Could Soon Invade the DC Area

DC area residents and others living on the East Coast may soon find themselves facing an invasion of giant flying spiders. This may sound like a horror movie, but it’s the real thing. Large enough to cover the palm of your hand, the Joro spider is quite intimidating. But will these creatures pose a problem or will they simply be a colorful new addition to the insects in our area this spring?

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