Aldie attracts many people due to its beautiful, relaxed natural setting as well as its location near Washington and many of its major suburbs. However, that same beauty also attracts plenty of pests such as mosquitoes, ticks and termites. Fortunately, Better Termite & Pest Control can help rid your house and property of these and other pests so that you can once again be safe and comfortable at home.
Mosquito bites are not only annoying, but mosquitoes can also transit diseases such as dengue fever, malaria, yellow fever and the Zika virus. Note that they are attracted to areas of standing water and like to lay their eggs there, so make sure that you have as little standing water near your home as possible. Asian tiger mosquitoes, which are known for being especially aggressive, have started becoming a significant nuisance in the D.C. area as of late. They were introduced to the United States in the 1980s when they were brought into Texas.
These tiny insects are about the size of a sunflower seed and are oftentimes difficult to see. However, they can have quite an impact. Like mosquitoes, they transmit diseases. The most common one is Lyme disease, which can cause neurological disorders as well as rashes and joint swelling. Other common diseases include Rocky Mountain spotted fever and ehrlichiosis. Headaches and a fever can result from all three of these ailments. To help prevent infestations, make sure your grass is kept short, and keep brush and weeds from the sides of your house. They can also make their way inside by hitching rides on people and animals, so regularly check them and yourself for ticks.
Termites can have quite a negative impact on the structure of homes, damage that is often not noticed until a significant amount of it has already been done. They can also squeeze through openings that are as small as 1/32 of an inch. Be on the lookout for branches that touch the side of your home as termites often travel from those branches to the outside of the house and then in through one of those tiny entryways. Also see if any of the paint on your wooden surfaces has cracked. Note that they tend to prefer being in basements and garages due to the higher levels of moisture and the ease of access to wood that exists there, so regularly check those areas.
If you are having issues with any of these pests or the many other ones that exist in Aldie, contact Better Termite & Pest Control, and we’ll ensure that you are protected from them. Our family-owned business has been protecting homes throughout the area since 1968.