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Getting Rid of Pesky Pests in the D.C. Area

Updated June 15, 2021
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As any Washington, D.C. homeowner can attest, pest infestations are not all that uncommon.

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When it comes to insects, infestations of stink bugs, box elder bugs, beetles, house centipedes, silverfish and springtail are particularly troublesome in the Washington D.C. area.

Whether dealing with rodents like rats, mice, chipmunks, moles, opossums, raccoons and skunks or insects like stink bugs, bed bugs, bees, wasps, beetles and cockroaches, professional exterminators are equipped to handle your pest problems.

Here are 5 simple ways you can help protect your home from invaders.

Seal off any openings

Caulk windows and doors, and remember, animals and pests can climb, so check your attic and roof for any weak points.

Upgrade your insulation

Proper levels of insulation are a quick way to prevent pests from entering your home (and it can be a tax-deductible home improvement).

Put screens on windows and doors

If you enjoy fresh air, this is especially important.

Store garbage securely

When removing trash from your home, make sure cans are properly closed.

Thoroughly clean your home

Take the time to regularly clean hard-to-reach areas, like the spaces behind refrigerators and stoves, crawl spaces and cupboards. Crumbs and debris on the floor can be quite attractive to hungry insects and rodents.

Even though there are precautions you can take to help repel pests, it is prudent to have a professional exterminator in Washington D.C. check your home.

A qualified exterminator can help prevent pests from entering your home by spraying the inside of your home and the outside perimeter on a regular basis. It’s also important to remember that weather can influence the behavior of certain pests. Rodents are more likely to enter the home in the winter, while bugs and insects will tend to visit during the warmer months.

If you see bugs or rodents waltzing around your house, or notice signs of unwelcome visitors, it may mean the problem is already out of hand. It is best to call a professional to get the job done quickly, efficiently and humanely, as well as according to laws and codes.

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