After a long, dark winter, spring’s bright sun and the warm winds of summer are, well, a breath of fresh air. The only downside? Termites and other pests in and around your home are ready for business as well.

Termites have been swarming, Carpenter Ants are seeking out homes to build new nests and Carpenter Bees are drilling into soffits and trim boards. All manner of pests are awakening to begin their life’s mission of feeding, nesting and reproducing in our home environment. These annual rites of spring and summer should fill us all with a sense of awe at the beauty of the natural world around us but should also remind us that some pests can damage our homes and, in some cases, our health if not properly controlled.

“Regular maintenance is the key to proper pest management” says Brian Delaney, President of ProTech Pest Control based in Springfield, Virginia. “Early detection and treatment of pest problems save homeowners and businesses literally thousands of dollars in damages and treatments costs. Sadly, our technicians and inspectors discover aggravated termite and pest problems every day where extensive measures could have been avoided if problems had been noted earlier. In nearly every case the structure in question has not been inspected or maintained regularly by either the homeowner or a professional pest management firm.”

“Termite damages in the U.S. this year will top 5 billion dollars” added Delaney. Add to that the treatment and repair costs of Carpenter Ants, Carpenter Bees, Bed Bugs, rodents and other pests and the case for regular maintenance becomes compelling”.

There are many things that homeowners and business owners can do themselves to avoid pest problems:

•Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home including entry points for utilities and pipes.
•Keep tree branches and shrubbery well trimmed and away from the house.
•Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
•Store garbage in sealed containers and dispose of it regularly.
•Repair fascia and soffits and rotted roof shingles; some insects are drawn to deteriorating wood.
•Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around basement foundation and windows.
•Store fire wood at least 20 feet away from the house and five inches off the ground.
•Call a qualified pest professional for additional advice and treatment if necessary.

For more information on pest management, contact ProTech Pest Control at 703-440-8000 or visit the ProTech Pest Control website at www.protechpest.com.

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ProTech Pest Control is a professional pest management organization serving the following areas:

Springfield Branch: City of Alexandria, City of Fairfax, City of Falls Church, Arlington County, Fairfax County

Fredericksburg Branch: Caroline County, Culpeper County, Fauquier County, King George County, Louisa County, Orange County, Prince William County, Rappahannock County, Spotsylvania County, Stafford County

Winchester/Leesburg Branch: City of Leesburg, City of Winchester, Clarke County, Frederick County, VA, Loudoun County, Shenandoah County, Warren County, Berkeley Springs, WV, Charles Town, WV, Martinsburg, WV, Berkeley County, WV, Jefferson County, WV, Morgan County, WV

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