Pest Control in Alexandria, Virginia
Pests are an unavoidable part of life, but they don’t have to infest your home or business. And if you do experience an infestation, you don’t have to deal with it alone.
All American Pest Control offers pest extermination services throughout the Alexandria, VA, area. With over 25 years of experience helping a variety of customers, we get results.
Many types of pests can plague your home or business, and All American Pest Control can help you with them. We provide general pest control, and we have enough experience across the board to help both residential and commercial clients. Some pests we help clients get rid of are:
You can read more about these pests below, but we’re also happy to answer all your questions. When it comes to keeping insects and other pests out of your home, knowledge is power. When you know what’s attracting the pests, you can better keep them from wanting to come anywhere near you.
One of the most frustrating experiences many people have with pest control is that the treatments don’t seem to work. To avoid this problem, choose All American Pest Control. We’ll keep working until we solve your problem.
Infestations can take some time to overcome, and while we’re happy to take care of the problem, we’d also like to save you money, time, and worry by preventing future issues. Our preventive maintenance plans enable us to come to your home or professional building weekly, monthly, or quarterly to keep pests away.
Protect your home or business with pest control services from an experienced professional. To make an appointment or learn more about how we can help you, call us at 703-379-4049.
Cockroaches can enter your home in many different ways, from the outside through the cracks and crevices, vents, sewer and drain pipes. We even bring them in on products like grocery bags, boxes, purses and on our person! Your home provides an ideal breeding ground for cockroaches with plenty of food, warmth, and nesting sites. Cockroaches are nocturnal, remain active all year round, and reproduce quickly. Cockroaches can cause health issues because of the dust created by cast – off cockroach skins, dead bodies and droppings. This can aggravate asthma/allergies, especially in children and sensitive individuals. They also carry a range of serious illnesses including salmonella, dysentery, gastroenteritis and typhoid. The risk is particularly high in homes with children, the elderly or those fighting illnesses. Cockroach droppings also cause eczema and asthma.
Adult body length is ½” excluding the tail. Their coloration ranges from gray to almost black, with a metallic sheen. All silverfish taper from head to tail. They are covered with silvery scales and have a flat carrot shaped body. Three long, slender antennae-like appendages project from the end of the abdomen, giving them the name “bristle tails.” All silverfish are nocturnal and hide in cracks and crevices. They can be found almost anywhere in a house or commercial structure. Silverfish will survive for weeks without food or water. They prefer temperatures of 70-85 degrees and humidity of 70-100%. Silverfish are fond of paper, particularly glazed paper, wallpaper, and wallpaper paste. They will also eat proteins such as dried beef and dead or injured of their own kind. They may be found anywhere but especially in attics with roofs made of wooden shingles.
Millipedes are similar to centipedes, but have two pairs of legs per body segment. Some people mistakenly refer to them as “wireworms.” Millipedes are usually brown to blackish in color. The elongated body is rounded, not flattened, and they have no poison claws or legs. They usually coil up when disturbed. They are usually restricted to moist places where they feed on organic matter. In the fall, they may become a nuisance because they migrate away from feeding areas and invade homes. Because they crawl along the ground, they are usually found in lower floors and basements. Once inside the home, they usually die due to desiccation, although in moist basements, they can survive longer.
Centipedes are sometimes called “hundred-leggers” because of their many pairs of legs. Even though they are predaceous and therefore beneficial, most customers consider them a nuisance pest. Some species can inflict a painful bite, but it is not lethal. They are widely distributed throughout most of the United States and the world.
Spiders are arthropods, not insects. They have four sets of legs and eight simple eyes, sometimes six. Below their eyes are two jaws which end in a hollow fang that connects internally to a poison duct. There are approximately 3,000 species in North America and 35,000 in the world. All spiders are predators, paralyzing or killing their prey with venom. They feed by injecting a predigested fluid into the body of their prey and then consuming the digested liquid food. Most spiders are nocturnal and will scurry away when disturbed unless they are tending egg sacs or young.
Crickets don’t just annoy with their constant chirping; they can damage paper products, clothing, furniture and even walls! Some simple measures to help control your Cricket population include (but are not limited to): glue traps; bug spray; removing any eggs; ensuring your home or property is well sealed; cover / seal all trash outside; cut back vegetation; removing bright outdoor lights and drawing shades at windows to conceal interior lights; lastly, allowing natural predators to live (lizards and spiders, cats and birds) on your property.
There are obvious dangers to having bees and wasps inhabit your area, however, you may not be aware if the bees are European or Africanized. The Africanized species tend to be very aggressive when swarming.
Bees can cause property damage as well. If a swarm takes residency in a wall void inside of a house, the hive and honey will damage the interior of the house if left untreated. Call us today and we will remove the hive in a safe and efficient method, making your property safe again.
Germs can be transferred from fleas and tick to their host as the insects feed. Homes near areas frequented by wild animals may be susceptible to invasion by ticks, and pets may track fleas into the home upon returning from outside. We are trained to help you with these pests in the unfortunate event that they make into your home.
In order to deal with possible infestations, our licensed exterminators will first inspect your home and the area around your home to determine the magnitude of the infestation and then work with your family to devise a course-of-action to tackle the source of the pests, permanently remove them and prevent future infestation.
Starting at $150
Termites have a reputation for destruction that is well-earned. They feed on cellulose from any wood or wood by-products they come across, from fallen trees to paper products to wood construction in houses. These tiny pests damage more homes each year than hurricanes, fires and tornadoes combined. Most homeowners insurance does not cover Termite Damage Repair, so call us today to get your home evaluated.
Termite swarms can look like ant swarms, so if you are seeing any of this activity, save a few and give us a call for us to come out and evaluate your home.
PREVENTION TIPS FOR TERMITES & WOOD DESTROYING INSECTS
Remove all wood debris that is in contact with the soil
Store fire wood away from house and off the ground
Fix any leaks in pipes and drains
Make sure drainage from the roof is directed away from the house
Insulate home well to reduce condensation from temperature gradients
Replace mulch that is close to the home with gravel
Schedule yearly termite inspections for your home
Bed Bug Extermination
Starting at $100
Bed Bug Control is generally not something a homeowner can control, count on the experts at All American Pest Control to do it for you!
The adult bed bug is 3/16” long, oval, flat and rusty red or mahogany in color. The bed bug is flat and thin when unfed but becomes more elongated, plump, and red when it is full of blood. Bed bugs hide in cracks and crevices during the day, preferring to rest on wood and paper surfaces instead of stone and plaster. It leaves these harborage areas at night to feed on its host which include humans, birds, dogs, and family pets.
The blood meal requires three to ten minutes and usually goes unnoticed by the victim. After feeding, the bite site may become inflamed and itch severely.
WAYS TO IDENTIFY A BED BUG INFESTATION:
Stains on the head and foot of the mattress
Red Bite Marks (Red bites in a row)
Starting at $100
Indoors or outdoors, ants can be a nuisance, a health risk, and can potentially damage your property. There are a wide variety of ants in our area, and proper control begins with proper identification of the ant species. Ant's preferred diet and behavior vary widely based on their species, so there is no “single solution.” We individually tailor our control program based on your property and the target pest.
Some ants prefer to feed on sugars, some prefer to feed on proteins, and still other's diet's change based on the time of year. Some ants damage wood by digging it out to provide shelter (Carpenter Ants) and some can damage electrical circuits in Air Conditioning Units and other electronic devices (Argentine Ants).
We have the knowledge and experience to effectively and safely meet your needs.
Carpenter Ants are among the largest ants, from 1/4- to 3/8-inch long. The most common Species is black, but some have reddish or yellowish coloration. Workers have large mandibles. Carpenter Ants reside both outdoors and indoors in moist, decaying or hollow wood. They do not eat wood but will feed on nearly anything people eat-particularly sweets and meats and other insects. Carpenter Ants cut "galleries" into the wood grain to provide passageways for movement from section to section of the nest, which can cause the damage in your house to occur faster. They can leave sawdust" behind that provides clues to nesting location. The carpenter ant resides both indoors and outdoors in moist, decaying or hollow woods. If this happens to be in the frame of your house, it could cause serious damage.
Prevention Tips for Ants
Clean up spills immediately
Reduce moisture in the building/home
Keep food in sealed containers
Keep bushes and plants trimmed away from the home/roof
Replace mulch against building with pea gravel
Re-caulk windows and doors as needed