The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recently released its bi-annual “Bug Barometer”, which forecasts pest populations in regions across the U.S. this spring and summer. Due to a warm December on the East Coast pest activity has been spotted earlier than usual.
What type of pests can Northern Virginia expect this summer?
A common pest found in the southeast, mosquito breeding thrived as a result of a wet and warm winter. The female mosquito seeks human blood while the male feeds on plant nectar. They can transmit dangerous diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever, encephalitis and West Nile virus.
Mosquito prevention begins with the elimination of its habitat including standing water around one’s property. Screened windows and doors can aid in keeping the insects out. It is recommended to limit outdoor activity during active times from dusk to dawn. Wearing long clothing and insect repellent containing DEET is also advised to prevent bites.
Subterranean termites live underground and build mud tubes to reach food sources and protect themselves from air as they tear into wood 24/7. They can also be found above ground in moist secluded areas.
These pest cause the greatest amount of financial damage for a home and its owners. Prevention is key. Keep water away from the foundation of the home by diverting it with spouts and gutters. Wood should be kept elevated, at least an inch off of the moist ground.
Ants can be found in spaces in the home near water sources and are attracted to sweets. Be sure to eliminate water sources around your home and seal up any gaps. Avoid stacking wood too close to your structure.
If your summer pests have gotten out of your control, contact a professional for proper identification and evaluation. ProTech Pest of Northern Virginia offers free estimates and has the experience and technology to rid your home of unwanted pests this summer.