Alexandria Pest Control
EcoTek provides pest control services to homes and businesses throughout Alexandria, which is a suburb of Washington, D.C. Alexandria has a well-known historic city center known as Old Town. Old Town offers a variety of shops and restaurants for people to visit including the impressive number of sites on the National Register of Historic places. Some of the places you may want to plan to visit include the Alexandria Canal and Tide Lock, as well as the Alexandria National Cemetery. With a population of 115,810* and a square footage of just over fifteen square miles, Alexandria is a thriving community that has a lot offer people interested in making it home.
Bordered on one side by the Potomac River with nearby wetlands, Alexandria is home to many different insects. The cool mild winters, and hot humid summers make Alexandria a breeding ground for a number of pests that can easily plague your home. Whether you are worried about cockroaches, bed bugs, fleas, tick or ants, you may be worried about the safety of your family and your pets. Some insects can prove more damaging to your home including termites and carpenter ants. There may also be additional concern of rodents moving into your home. As a homeowner, it is important to protect your largest asset, your home. If you suspect that you may have any issue with any of these pest, call EcoTek today. At EcoTek, we pride ourselves on offering quality pest control services that will keep your home and property safe for you and your family. We offer both conventional and organic options for most of our treatment services. Trust the professional at EcoTek to protect your and your family. Call today for a free consultation and estimate.
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Ants are social insects that live in large colonies. They are a very common household pest. Household ants usually build their colony outside of the home, and will send scouts inside in search of food and water. This means that if you see one or two ants, that more are sure to follow shortly. Carpenter ants are larger than household ants and pose a threat to your home, since they like to make their colonies inside of dead wood. You may spot them near your window sills or baseboards. They are slightly larger than household ants.
Ants can be difficult to deal with because in order to stop them from invading your home, you will need to kill the queen to kill the entire colony. Baits are one common method that may temporarily solve the problem, buy you may find that the ants keep coming back. It is important to eliminate any food sources by cleaning up after each meal. If you want to end your problem with ants for good, you should contact the exterminators at EcoTek for a free inspection and estimate. They can quickly identify the issue and determine the best ant control method for your particular needs.
Termites feed mainly on wood and cause billions of dollars in damages every single year. In addition to feeding on the wood in your home, they damage your furniture, books, insulation, paper, and swimming pool liners. They have also been to eat through the casings around wires cause a safety issue inside of your home. Outside of your home, they can also eat through your living trees and shrubs. Since they live inside of the wood, they may be destroying your property without realizing it.
Termites will swarm in the spring, and you may see signs of activities include mud tubes along the foundation of the home, as well as discard wings. If you have squeaky floorboards or the walls sound hollow when you knock on them, you may have issues with termites. The longer you wait to address the problem, the more damage you will need to have repaired. Contact EcoTek today for a free inspection and estimate. The estimate will include the cost of treatment as well as the cost of repairs (an optional service). It is important to complete the repairs to restore your home’s value and to prevent other pets like rodent from using the damage to find a way inside of your home. Learn more about our Alexandria termite control services.
Bed Bug Control
Bed bugs prefer to live near beds where they have easy access to their victims. Bed bugs tend to be the most active in the hour just before dawn and will wander out of their hiding place to feed. They will bite you several times during a feeding leaving a small line of bites. The bites are often itchy and can cause a serious allergic reaction in some people. While bed bags are not known carriers, they can be difficult to eliminate because of their small size which makes them difficult to find and kill.
If you are worried that you may have bed bugs, you can do an inspection, which includes looking at your sheets for blood stains. You may also see droppings that are small and black. You may also see rust colored stains on your mattress, box springs or along your bed board. Bed bugs were eradicated from the United States in the 1960s, but began to resurface about twenty years ago. Bed bugs are difficult to treat because the treatment needs to be applied directly to them to work. If you think you may have bed bugs, contact the experts at EcoTek to schedule a free bed bug inspection and find out about getting an affordable bed bug control treatment.
Another common pest in Alexandria are cockroaches. There are several different types of cockroaches, but the German and Oriental cockroaches are the most common types that we treat for. American cockroaches are larger and are also known as water bugs or Palmetto bugs. These roaches can grow up to an inch long and can fly. Cockroaches can be more than just a nuisance since they are known carriers of bacteria that can cause food poisoning. They can also aggravate asthma and allergies in some people.
Many roaches are brought into the home in packages or shopping bags. Some may wander in through cracks under your door or around your windows. If they find an easy source of water or food, they will stay. Roaches need water, which is why they tend to live in your kitchen, bathroom or laundry room. Cockroaches will hide in small spaces and can be difficult to flush out and completely eliminate. If you have seen just one or two roaches, you likely have a serious problem. Contact the exterminators at EcoTek for a free inspection and estimate that will provide you with a cockroach control plan that will eliminate the roaches in your home or business.
Flea and Tick Control
Fleas and ticks can cause a problem in any home. Although, fleas may catch a ride into your home on your pet, it is not uncommon for them to find their way into your home even if you do not have pets. Fleas can lay up to fifty eggs a day which means they can quickly become a problem. Home remedies are messy and not always effective. If you do not get all the eggs you may end up with another infestation in a few weeks.
Ticks can also pose a serious health problem for your family and your pets. Ticks carry serious diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. They can wander into your home and set up camp there or they may spend their time in your yard. The experts at EcoTek can address any flea and tick problems that you may be having and treat your home and/or your yard to prevent ticks. Contact EcoTek today to set up a free inspection and to receive a free estimate for flea and tick control that will protect your family and pets this year from being bitten.
Mice and rats can pose serious health problems for you and your family. They carry a number of serious illnesses such as salmonellosis, and the hantavirus. Not only do these rodents contaminate your food when they go exploring in your kitchen, they can wreak serious havoc on your home by chewing through wood, plaster, drywall and even wires. The damage and disease they spread can disheartening. They also have a short reproductive cycle meaning just one or two can quickly become a serious issue.
Signs of rodent infestation include scratching in your walls and ceiling. You may also see droppings around your home, along the walls or on your counters. It is important to deal with the issue right away so that your family does not become ill from any of the diseases threat they may carry. The rodent control experts at EcoTek can work to exterminate the rodent humanely and will come to remove them from your property until the infestation is completely cleared up. They can also help with decontamination, cleanup and repair. They will install inclusion barriers to stop the issue from happening again. Contact EcoTek for a free inspection and estimate.
Whether you are seeing signs of raccoons around your yard, or you are hearing animals in your crawlspace, it is important to act quickly to protect your family from the hazards that these animals can cause. Many wild animals will become aggressive when approached, especially if they have a nearby nest. They can attack you or your pets. These animals may also spread illnesses with their droppings. Another issue is the damage that they can do to your home. They can create a fire hazard if they chew through the wiring in your attic or crawlspace.
The wildlife control experts at EcoTek can perform a free wildlife inspection and come up with a plan to deal with the wildlife in your home. Our technicians will identify where the animals are coming in and install an exclusion better. They can trap and release the animals miles from your home. At EcoTek we only use humane traps that will not hurt the animals. Contact EcoTek today.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does each treatment take?
The initial treatment will include an inspection, and the entire visit should take about thirty minutes. Any follow-up treatments should take about twenty minutes for most homes. The bed bug treatments take longer and may be an hour per room.
What treatment options do you have?
We have both organic and conventional treatment options for most pest control treatments. The best treatment type may depend on the seriousness of the infestation and your current situation. You can request a specific type of treatment for your home, and your technician will discuss the different options for you. Both the organic and conventional treatments are safe and effective at eliminating pests.
Do I need to leave during a treatment?
You can be at home during the treatment, but we do ask that all pets be removed from the property during a pest control treatment. They will need to be gone for at least four hours after the treatment. Pets are attracted to the spray while it is still wet, but they will be safe once it is dry.
What treatment plans do you offer?
There are three different treatment plans available from EcoTek. You can choose between conventional and organic treatment plans, and one plan that includes termite control. Each plan includes quarterly inspections and resprays when needed.
Will the treatments negatively impact my family?
Our treatments are safe for your family and your pets. They are safer than the over-the-counter products that you can buy at the store. Additionally, you can rest assured because a trained technician will be sure that they are applied properly.
Is there any way that I can stop ants from coming in my home?/p>
There are steps you can take to prevent ants. The first is to seal the cracks around your windows and doors. Next, be sure that you do not leave any dirty dishes in the sink. Be sure to wipe down the counters and table after each meal and to sweep on a regular basis. Be sure to fix any leaks that may be in your home.
How can I tell if I have cockroaches?
The most obvious sign is seeing cockroaches in your home. You may see signs of droppings along the walls or on your counters. The droppings look like pepper flakes. Severe infestations have an odor. You may also see egg casings in your home.
How do I stop a flea infestation in my house?
The best way to prevent an infestation is through prevention. Treat your pets for fleas with an oral medication, drops or a flea collar. Your vet can help you choose the best option. You can also treat your yard for fleas to prevent them from coming into your home.
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