At Better Termite & Pest Control, we know how hot and humid it can get in Fort Belvoir, VA, because of its subtropical climate. Combine this with above-average precipitation levels, and you have an environment that proves appealing to all kinds of pests. We’ve been providing pest control since 1968, so we know the patterns and characteristics of pests like termites and rodents.
The more common termite in this area is the subterranean termite. These live underground and like to tunnel up through moist soil in search of wet or decayed wood to eat. If you have walls or wooden fences that have direct contact with the soil, these will be the prime targets. They can also enter through your basement and, given enough time, will tunnel up to your attic. When the time comes to swarm, they develop alates, or winged termites. Discarded wings on the floor of your basement are a sure sign that you have a termite invasion. There are other warning signs, such as hollowed out wood and “mud tubes,” which are tunnels about the width of a pencil.
You don’t want to wait until you hear a rustling behind your walls; once you call over Better Termite & Pest Control, we’ll inspect your property and present you with options for extermination. We can perform a barrier treatment using Termidor®, ALTRISET™, or Premise® termiticide, or we can set up an Advance® Termite Bait System that will take the termites’ attention away from your home to containers full of poisoned bait.
Unlike termites, rats and mice can damage both your home and your health. They can enter through holes in the roof and cracks in the basement as small as a quarter of an inch, and they’ll build their nests using soft materials like cardboard and fiberglass insulation. Though mice usually stay put, rats will start gnawing at your wood in no time to get to your kitchen area. Both rats and mice are carriers of viruses and bacteria, including salmonella, plague, and hantavirus. They don’t have to be threatened in order to attack humans; they often bite people in their sleep, especially infants.
If they come in contact with your food, it is probably contaminated and should be thrown out. Always be cautious because contact with rodents’ saliva, urine, and excrement can transmit disease. Even breathing in air that’s contaminated with feces can be dangerous. Our company can eliminate your current infestation with a low-risk treatment plan centered on baiting. We’ll also advise you to seal up any entry points. If rodents are coming in through the weep holes, which are holes that allow water to drain out, our team can install a new screen on these. Afterward, we can sanitize the infested area.
Affordable Pest Control in Fort Belvoir
Better Termite & Pest Control is proud to serve Fort Belvoir and the rest of Northern Virginia. We’re a family-owned company that works with some of the top builders in the area to augment its treatments. To ask any questions or request an inspection, give us a call today. New customers can take advantage of several discounts.