Situated at the southern end of Virginia’s scenic Shenandoah Valley, Pulaski has a mountain temperate climate with warm summers and cool winters. The nearby rural landscape and wonderful weather combine to provide an ideal habitat for a variety of pests. While many will remain outdoors, a few will make their way inside your house. Some pests like termites and bed bugs are active year-round.
Termites are a major threat for homeowners across the country. These voracious eaters can cause a significant amount of structural damage to your home in a short period as they consume wood, insulation, siding and other building materials. Hidden inside walls, the colonies are difficult to detect and may go unnoticed. Signs of an infestation include mud tubes leading to your home from the earth around the foundation or a pile of wings around the perimeter of your house. After swarming and finding a nesting site, termites shed their wings. You may hear a hollow sound when you tap on pieces of wood.
If you notice any of these signs, you should schedule a termite inspection as soon as possible. Even if you do not see signs of termites, a regular inspection and termite control program can serve as insurance to prevent these invasive pests from gaining access to your home.
Bed Bug Control
The bed bug population has rebounded in recent years. These parasites can be carried into your home in luggage, packing materials and the folds of clothes. Their bite can cause an itchy rash. The prospect of these nocturnal creatures latching on your body and feeding while you sleep can be extremely unsettling. If you are experiencing an infestation, it is important to treat the pests correctly. This reduces the risk that the insects will become established in other parts of your house. Do-it-yourself treatments are often ineffective because they do not kill the eggs and larvae. A superheated dry steam vapor treatment applied by a professional will eliminate existing bed bugs and lessen the potential for another recurrence in the future.
Crawl Space Encapsulation
Traditional, vented dirt-floor crawl spaces foster moisture, mold growth and wood rot problems that can weaken the structural integrity of your home. Although designed to allow circulation of fresh air from the outside, space usually contains trapped, dirty damp air. This creates a space that is less energy efficient that can also diminish the quality of your indoor air.
Improperly sealed and insulated crawl spaces create cold floors in the winter driving up the amount of energy required to heat your home. Mold spores, dirt, dust mites, and other allergens can flow from the crawl space into your living quarters. This can cause severe respiratory problems like asthma and bronchitis. These problems can be resolved by encapsulating your crawl space. The installation of vapor barriers and sufficient insulation eliminate moisture, mold and dirty air, which protects your home and the health of your family.
Hire a Professional
Along with the well-being of your family, you should protect the investment that you have made in your home. If you notice the signs of a pest infestation or need to encapsulate your crawl space, give Bug Man Exterminating a call for a free, no-obligation estimate. We understand the importance of safeguarding your family and maintaining your home.