RichPro Pest Management Knowledge

Mosquito Bites: Keep Your Family Safe

While mosquitoes have a relatively short lifespan – a few days to a few weeks, with females living longer, they continuously breed and come back to bite you. These tiny pests can wreak a lot of havoc, from itchy bites to diseases that are sometimes fatal. Diseases include West Nile virus, malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever and other viruses that cause encephalitis.
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Virginia Mosquito Control

Mosquitoes in Virginia are coming out, now that spring is here. Because mosquitoes can carry disease and are – at the very least – annoying, you’ll want to do everything you can to control them. The fun in barbecues and backyard pools disappears when mosquitoes swarm around you and cause itchy bites. In addition to professional spraying, you can also help with mosquito control by keeping the yard clean of standing water and debris. When you go out, you should also protect yourself from mosquito bites, even if you do everything to keep them from being attracted to your yard.
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How To Prep Your Home for Termite Season

Getting ready for termite season may not be as fun as getting ready for a holiday season, but it can be a rewarding experience if you take the time to do it right. Termites are a dangerous force not just to your home, but to your very health. Termites tend to be the most invasive when the wood of the home makes direct contact with the soil surrounding the home. The termites that live in the dirt find a food source that they can follow straight into the structure. And even if the wood of your home has been pressure-treated, you're still at risk for termite damage. We'll look at how to get ready for this season so you're less likely to have structural problems.
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Termite Season Is Just Around The Corner

Keeping termites away from your home during termite season is an ongoing battle unless you take termite prevention seriously. Termites look for places to live and eat during the spring. The types of termites you should look for in the southeast include subterranean termites, drywood termites, dampwood termites, Formosan termites and conehead termites. All termites chew through wood and damage your home’s structure. Termites do over $5 billion in damage every year. Instead of being a statistic, contact RichPro Pest Management to head the swarms off this spring.
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Beware of Bed Bug Bites

Bed bugs are one of the most feared insect infestations, largely because they're notoriously destructive. Couple that with the difficulty of getting rid of them, and it can be downright debilitating for people to wake up itching in the middle of the night. Bed bugs feed on the blood of mammals, and they're generally active at night. They live anywhere, including in furniture, clothing, and carpets. They're shaped like an oval, have a reddish-brown body, and can reach up to 7 millimeters in length. If you're wondering if you've found one, look for a flat bug with no wings Bedbugs generally won't travel from one place to another unless humans or animals carry them. Learn more about these little monsters, and what to do if you find them. 
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Bed Bugs: The Silent Invaders

Bed bug infestations can happen to anybody, and once they occur they often cause tremendous stress to those impacted until the problem is resolved. Unfortunately, getting rid of bed bugs is exceptionally difficult; they hide well and can live for a very long time without feeding. Even more discouraging is the fact that over-the-counter insecticides are often not safe for your use in your and especially in the bedroom – the most common room affected by bed bugs.
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The Importance of Quarterly Pest Control Service

Pest control is rarely fun for property owners to think about. The possibility of bugs on the grounds or in the building can be so unpleasant that many won't even consider the idea until they absolutely have to. But before you wait for the bugs to make their way in, you might want to consider how quarterly pest control can keep them out in the first place. It's far easier to tackle the preventative work than to rid the property of the last termite or rat. Pests cause billions of dollars worth of damage, enough that you can't afford to ignore the possibility. Pests can even be deadly. A single bite from the wrong spider can be enough to endanger your life. Learn more about what quarterly pest control can do, and why it's worth it. 
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What Types of Diseases Do Rodents Carry

It’s not only wild rodents that carry disease, but pet rodents can carry disease, too. The most common diseases are leptospirosis, hantavirus, salmonella, lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV) and tularemia. In addition to introducing disease into your house, wild rodents cause all sorts of damage by chewing on wiring, chewing holes in walls, ripping out insulation and more. If you see one mouse, you can bet there are more. If you can’t get rid of them with traps, call Rich Pro Pest Management for professional rodent control services.
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Winterizing Your Home from Pests

Winter pests are starting to look for a warm place to live during the cooler months. If you thought you were done with pest control now that we’re well into fall, some of these bugs are going to be very happy. Just like you, bugs want to be warm for the winter. You can help get rid of pests by taking several steps, including eliminating their habitat.
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Telltale Signs of Rodents in Your Home

Mice are sneaky little critters. You may not see them in your home, but you may see signs of a rodent infestation. Rat poop along baseboards, shredded nesting material including fabric and paper, chewed up walls, clothing and food packaging and urine spots on food containers and floors are all signs you need rodent control to clear an infestation. Another sign of rodents in your home includes finding food in closets, bathrooms and storage boxes. You may even notice stale smells in areas you normally keep closed up, including closets and cabinets.
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