It Could Be Worse: Pests NOT Often Found in Gainesville, VA

Gainesville, Centreville, Haymarket, and the surrounding region have a lot of pests. Insects can be found everywhere in the United States, but our combination of humidity, rain, greenery, and urban areas means that we are likely to see a wide variety of pests in the region that can cause us discomfort – or even harm.

As a local pest control company, we often focus on what pests are more likely to affect us here in the region. For a little change of pace, let’s talk about the ways that we’re lucky here – pests that are not frequently found in Virginia, or may not be found at all.

The Pests That Weren’t

The following are pests that are either not found in the area, or not found with the same frequency as other states.

  • Africanized Honey Bees – Commonly known as “killer bees,” Africanized honey bees are a hybrid of African honey bees and European honey bees. They are highly aggressive and can be dangerous when disturbed. However, they are primarily found in the southern states, particularly in the southwestern regions.
  • Formosan Termites – Formosan termites are a highly destructive termite species known for their rapid and extensive damage to structures. They are particularly problematic in the southern states along the Gulf Coast and have been found in areas like Florida, Louisiana, and Texas.
  • Brown Recluse Spiders – Brown recluse spiders are venomous and can inflict painful bites that may cause tissue damage. There are occasionally sightings here in Virginia, but they are rare. They are typically found in the central and southern parts of the United States, including states like Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.
  • Black Widow Spiders – We do have black widow spiders here. Quite a lot of them, in fact. But we are not faced with the same level of infestation as the rest of the country. California, Arizona, and other Southern and Western states can have massive black widow problems. We see them often, but not to such a degree.
  • Kissing Bugs – Kissing bugs, also known as triatomine bugs, can transmit a parasite called Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes Chagas disease. They are typically found in the southern states, including Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico.

We also are not prone to red imported fire ants, which are one of the few ants that pose a real danger to humans. We also do not have any scorpions species native to this area, and sightings are almost non-existent.

Pest Control for the Pests That Are

We are lucky to not have some of the worst pests that exist in this region. But we do still have pests. Get pest control for the pests that do exist in Gainesville and the surrounding areas by contacting ExtermPRO, today.