Common Pest Identification In D.C., Maryland & Virginia
When you understand the signs of pest problems and the dangers surrounding many of the pests that invade DMV homes and businesses, you'll know exactly when to call in the pros. Check out our pest library for the low-down on the most common property invaders we deal with.
Ants are well known as annoying household invaders, but they play an intricate part in the ecosystem when living out in nature. They act as a source of food for many other animals, rid the ground of dead insects and vegetation, aerate the soil, and move seeds to new locations.
Bed bugs are nocturnal insects that live primarily indoors, feeding on their sleeping hosts' blood. They require the blood of people, animals, or birds to survive, and blood is their sole source of nutrition. The bed bug is a pest that has always been associated with people because our blood is their preferred food source.
Cockroaches are unsightly, unpleasant pests that have come to view our Idaho homes and businesses as their personal feeding and breeding grounds. Adaptable creatures, many cockroaches have learned to survive by learning how to live with people.
Fleas & Ticks
Fleas and ticks are biting pests that feed on both human and animal blood and are a common problem in our DMV area yards. They move onto our properties on the backs of their animal hosts, where their eggs and larvae develop into new biting pests.
Biting pesky flies that take over our summers, mosquitoes are pests that we all encounter at some point or another when trying to enjoy ourselves outside. These insects have small bodies, long thin legs, and feather-like antennae. Like other flies, they only have one pair of wings.
The best way to tell the difference between a rodent and another type of animal is by their front incisors. Every rodent has continuously growing front incisors that they sharpen and prevent from overgrowing by constantly chewing on objects they come across.
After moving into our homes, these nocturnal insects will stay hidden during the day. It can take some time before you notice these pests in your house; it'll usually be when one of these alien-looking insects darts across the floor.
Spiders are arachnids that are well-known predators and help to limit the number of insects in the environment. Being an arachnid means that they have two body parts, eight legs, and lack wings and antennae.
Insects with stingers at the end of their abdomens used for paralyzing prey or defending themselves are called stinging insects. We see these insects buzzing around our yards and gardens throughout the spring and summer months, searching for food.
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