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My Home in Alexandria Has Ants All Over the Lawn, Patio and Driveway. What’s Going On?

There are few things more annoying than ants. There is never just one, and once you have an ant problem, there are very hard to get rid of. Pavement ants don’t sound like an indoor problem but make no mistake, they can be. With just a few cracks in either your...

Why do Odorous House Ants Love your Southern Maryland Home?

Are you noticing ants around your Southern Maryland home? There's likely a reason they're sticking around.  There are over 13,000 ant species throughout the world, but none quite wrinkle the nose as much as odorous house ants. As the name suggests, these ants release...

Carpenter Bees in Maryland and Virginia

Can a Carpenter Bee Damage Your Home? 3 Facts You Need to Know Have you seen big bees hovering near your home? Do you have piles of sawdust in places you haven't drilled holes? You might have an infestation of carpenter bees.  They are native to Maryland and Virginia,...

This is What You Should Know About Lone Star Ticks in Maryland

Ticks of any kind are a pest problem that no one wants to deal with, but what makes the Lone Star Tick different from other types? There are a few differences between this tick and other types of ticks that you should be aware of.  If you're dealing with Lone Star...

Pests in Maryland and Virginia: A Guide to the Brown Dog Tick

There's a lot to learn when you move to Maryland or Virginia. Soon enough, you'll learn that life in the southeast means you'll have to deal with a handful of pests unique to this climate zone — and the brown dog tick is one of them.  You've heard of ticks before, of...

American Dog Tick: What Any Virginian Should Know

The number of tickborne diseases is at an all-time high, with a 22 percent increase from 2016. Virginia is ranked fifth in the U.S. for the number of ticks affecting dogs and cats. It's important to educate yourself and understand different types of ticks. Let's take...

Are Centipedes a Threat to Homes in Maryland and Virginia?

You wake in the middle of the night and head to the kitchen for a glass of water. The instant you turn on the light, what looks like a hairball runs across the floor, going a foot per second. You, of course, panic. No one would blame you. House centipedes look...