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Virginia Homeowners Beware Termite Season is Here

During the spring, termites look for a place to live and eat – and they stay there for what seems like forever. Getting rid of termites becomes an on-going battle once they get near or into your home. Virginia has several types of termites, including Formosan termites, conehead termites, subterranean termites, dampwood termites and drywood termites. Look for signs of termites to see if you have a termite infestation.
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Mosquito Lifespans: Get Ahead of the Swarms

If you have mosquitos buzzing around your home hoping to make their way in, you've likely wondered how long they live. The answer to this question largely depends on the type of mosquito that frequents your neighborhood. In Virginia, it's likely to be the Asian rock pool, yellow fever, banded spring, flood-water, or Eastern threshold variety. These are just a few species that can give homeowners of the state more than a few headaches. We'll look at how mosquitos perpetuate their genetic material and why taking care of them sooner rather than later is ideal. 
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Summertime Pests: Itchy Mosquito Bites

Although mosquitoes only live for a few days to a few weeks, it seems as though they live a lifetime – a human lifetime. They never seem to go away, especially when you want to enjoy some time outside. A mosquito infestation can cause a lot of problems – mosquito bites are itchy and they sometimes cause diseases such as malaria, West Nile virus and yellow fever. You can take several steps for mosquito control, including ensuring that no standing water is nearby and contacting RichPro Pest Management to spray your yard.
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Bed Bug Awareness Week: Bed Bug Tips

Few people really want to be aware of bed bugs. (In fact, the very thought could instantly cause our skin to crawl.) But that kind of squeamishness can ultimately lead to misconceptions about bed bugs, which can lead to an infestation if you're not careful. As tough as it might be to observe awareness week, there are a lot of benefits when you know how to identify a bed bug, what bed bug bites look like, and which bed bug prevention products actually work. Unfortunately, bed bugs can be one of the most relentless types of bugs to have in your home. They're extremely versatile when it comes to hiding and they don't necessarily need to feed that often to survive. As with so many things, awareness starts with vigilance. 
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Bed Bug Awareness Week: Bed Bugs 101

Once you find you have bed bugs, they are very hard to get rid of. Signs of bed bugs include bed bug bites – and though you usually find them in the bedroom, they can also be in other places in your home. These pests love to hide in mattress seams, walls, floors, bed frames, and even suitcases. You can unknowingly bring them into your house from an infested hotel or even a friend’s house. All you need to do is walk in your friend’s living room – if she has an infestation, there’s a good chance that you’ll bring these pesky bugs home with you.
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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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