Ant and Termite Control in Newport News

Ant control

For the best in Newport News ant control, you can rest easy knowing that Mares Exterminating is a simple phone call away. For many of us, ants are a simple nuisance that, in small groups, simply disappear on their own. However, when left to their own devices, ants can form a very well-organized, efficient, and extensive colony, doing great damage to your property and even presenting potential health risks to those living in the home.

With over thirty years experience in the industry, we specialize in helping you eliminate ants from your property for good, stopping the source of the problem rather than just dealing with the symptoms. A member of the National Pest Control Association, we’re 100% committed to customer satisfaction, and are fully licensed and insured for your protection. In fact, we take great pains to find technicians that are not only skilled and courteous, but have passed rigorous training and background checks before becoming members of our elite team.

When quality Newport News ant control is your first priority, it pays to make Mares Exterminating your first line of defense. We understand the business, inside and out, and make every effort to eliminate your problem with a minimum of expense or inconvenience. All of our solutions are safe, non-toxic to humans and pets, and designed to deal with your pest problem in a humane yet effective way. Call today to schedule your free consultation, and get rid of your home’s ant infestation problem for good!

Termite control

When you need Newport News termite control, you can’t afford to hesitate, or to put off the treatment you need to vanquish your property of pests for a single day. At Mares Exterminating, we’ve seen firsthand for over 30 years the amount of damage a termite colony can do, eating through the internal construction of your home, sometimes even threatening the stability of support beams and other structural necessities. Since termites reproduce at a rapid rate, the sooner you deal with the issue the better.

However, eliminating the presence of a destructive colony is only part of the battle. Since these particular pests often return to a previous place of residence, unless the appropriate steps are taken, you might find yourself playing host to an all new set of intruders in less than a year. That’s why we employ methods that not only rid your home of termites, but deter them from coming back in the future, making your residence an unwelcome one.

If you’re starting to suspect that you need Newport News termite control experts working on your side, a quick call to Mares Exterminating is all it takes to help you start down the path towards a fast and easy resolution to your problem. Our results are always 100% guaranteed, and our employees are carefully screened and thoroughly background-checked to ensure confidence and safety. Call today, and see why we’re the area’s number one answer to pest control nightmares!

Air Quality

The primary causes of indoor air quality problems are pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air. Inadequate ventilation traps the pollutants in the home. Once in the air, these pollutants can be inhaled and may trigger allergic attacks like asthma and rhinitis in susceptible individuals.

The most common indoor pollutants are:

  • Allergens from house dust mites
  • Allergens from pet (dog and cat) dander
  • Mould spores
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Allergens from insect and animal pests (cockroaches, mice and rats)

High temperatures and humidity levels in the home can also help to increase concentrations of some biological pollutants such as dust mite allergens and mould spores. Improved ventilation in the home can help reduce these effects. Simply improving the flow of air through the house by opening windows can aid the removal of allergens.

The use of dehumidifiers can help to control moulds and dust mites, which need humid environments to thrive. Some dehumidifiers incorporate electrostatic or HEPA filters, carbon filters and anti-fungal or anti-bacterial filters to prevent build-up of microbes in the dehumidifier.

Air purifiers, which filter the air of harmful pollutants, can help improve air quality. The critical factors affecting performance are capacity in relation to the room and the use of HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters, which remove very fine particles such as allergens.

Cleaning disturbs dust. When cleaning, try to avoid making allergens airborne. Vacuum cleaners with high-filtration HEPA filters prevent fine particles escaping to the air, and commercially available electrostatically charged dusters bind dust particles to prevent them being redistributed. Wet dusting will have the same effect, although this will increase the humidity in the home and may make dust mite problems worse.

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Allergy Control

The number of people with allergies is increasing. It is estimated that over 50% of people in the UK suffer from allergies of one kind or another, and allergy is the sixth leading cause of chronic disease in the US.

Allergies involve an inappropriate immune response. Exposure to a variety of substances, which may not cause any reaction in the majority of individuals, can result in sneezing, coughing, wheezing and itching in sensitised people. The substances causing these reactions are called allergens. They can include, for example, house dust mites, pet hair, pollen and fungal spores.

Controlling allergies involves not only taking medication to counter the symptoms of allergy, but also controlling exposure to the allergens that trigger allergies in the first place. One of the most significant environmental triggers for allergic reactions is house dust mite allergen. This can cause rhinitis, eczema and asthma. Over 85% of asthmatic children have been found to be sensitive to house dust mite allergens.


ActivAllergy Mite-Alert is available in the UK through:

  • Medivac Healthcare Limited.
  • Omni Nutraceuticals.
  • ActivAllergy Mite-Alert Kit Formats

The following kit formats are available:

ActivAllergy Starter PackActivAllergy Starter Pack

The starter pack kit includes the mini vac (a hand held device to vacuum up the dust sample), 2 disposable tests and the batteries to get you up and running in no time. Also included are comprehensive instructions on how to use ActivAllergy!

Price: £24.95

ActivAllergy Refill Pack

This refill pack contains 5 disposable test cartridges. (A new cartridge is needed each time you conduct a test.)

Price £29.95

ActivAllergy Combined Pack

Save £5 when you buy the combined pack; this includes the starter pack and the refill pack of 5 disposable tests.

Price: £49.95

Read more about allergy, allergy products and allergy treatment in our article.

Mite-Alert / Background Information

Background Information

House dust mite allergen (HMDA) is a common environmental trigger for asthma, rhinitis and eczema. Over 85% of people with asthma are sensitive to this allergen. The ActivAllergy philosophy is that if you can find specific “hotspots” of high allergen levels in your home, then you can take appropriate steps to remove these allergens and provide a healthier and safer indoor environment.

Many people have high levels of dust mite allergens in their homes. Dust mite allergens are proteases, chemicals that dust mites and all living organisms produce to help them break down and digest proteins. Dust mites use proteases to help digest their main food source – human skin. These proteases are excreted by dust mites, and can cause or trigger asthma and allergic reactions when inhaled.

While many people try to reduce allergen levels in the home, a big problem is knowing exactly where allergens are located. Dust mites thrive in warm, dark, humid environments such as beds and soft furnishings but until now, there has been no easy and reliable way of detecting dust mite allergen “hot spots”.

ActivAllergy Mite-Alert is an easy-to-use monitoring system designed for home use that enables testing for levels of house dust mite allergens. Results are available within fifteen minutes – alerting users to the exact location of problem allergen levels. Wherever high levels are found, recommended methods can be used to reduce them. ActivAllergy Mite-Alert also allows verification that allergen levels have actually been reduced once these measures have been taken. With routine monitoring a healthy home environment can be maintained.

For the first time, ActivAllergy Mite-Alert provides allergy sufferers with a simple device that allows them to complement their medication with an environmental monitoring and control regime to minimise potential suffering from allergic reactions.

Learn more about allergies in our next articles.


Allergy Triggers

In general, triggers are the things that make asthma or other allergies worse. Avoiding triggers is an important way of controlling asthma.

The most common indoor environmental allergens triggering asthma and other allergic conditions like eczema and rhinitis are listed below.

House Dust Mites

House dust mite allergens are important allergens in asthma and rhinitis. A large proportion of asthmatics are sensitive to house dust mites and their droppings. These allergens are believed to play a role in the development of asthma as well as triggering asthma attacks. Recent research has shown that children exposed to high levels of house dust mite allergen during the first year of life are statistically more likely to develop asthma in childhood or during their teens.

House dust mites are distantly related to spiders. They are almost invisible to the naked eye, being only 0.3mm long. Mites are most commonly found in dark, warm and humid areas of the home, such as bedding, carpets, upholstery and curtains. Their favourite habitat is the bed where, during the night, they thrive in the warmth and humidity from the body and the ready food supply of dead skin cells.

A bed may harbour thousands of mites. Dust mites produce allergens in the form of protease enzymes, which can attack the protective lining of the nose, throat and lungs. Moving around in bed makes the allergens airborne and easy to inhale. This stimulates the body’s immune system, triggering the symptoms of asthma and rhinitis.

Cat dander (hair, skin etc)

It is estimated that around 50% of children with allergic asthma are sensitised to cats. Symptoms due to actual sensitisation to cat allergens may not appear immediately, but take months to develop after initial close contact with the animal. Most people will know if they are allergic to cats, as asthma symptoms can be intense and develop rapidly when they are exposed to cat allergens.

Cat allergens come from the skin, saliva and urine of the animal and are deposited around the home. Lack of ventilation in the home will make exposure worse. Individual cats may produce differing levels of allergens so it is possible to be affected by particular cats and not others. The allergens are very persistent, lingering in houses where no cat has lived for years. They are also very fine and lightweight, so they are easily made airborne and inhaled. Cat allergens may be carried on clothing and so can be found in houses without cats, in schools and other public buildings.


The main pollens that cause allergic reactions like hayfever, rhinitis and asthma are usually grasses or tree pollens but also some weed species such as docks, plantains and ragweed. Each plant species has its own pollen producing-period throughout the year. In Britain in the spring (February to April) tree pollens such as birch and hazel are high, and during the summer (May to September) pollens from grasses and weed species are high. Fifty per cent of asthmatics are allergic to pollens of one sort or another.

Dog dander

Generally, the problems associated with dogs are similar to those due to cat allergens, but fewer people tend to be allergic to dogs.


Moulds send out millions of small spores that are spread in the air and these can trigger allergy symptoms. Indoors, moulds and mildew thrive in areas with increased humidity, such as damp cellars, kitchens, bathrooms and conservatories. They can be seen as black or coloured patches around window frames, refrigerator door seals, on damp walls and on shower curtains or in shower cubicles. They can also be found on stale bread and in the soil of houseplants. They most commonly occur in the home during the winter months when moisture and condensation is highest.

Indoor exposure to mould spores may also result from dry or wet rot. These are often present in old damp buildings such as churches or old halls. Flood-damaged houses may also suffer from serious mould problems while drying out.

You may also be exposed to spores outside during the autumn when moulds and other fungi are producing fruiting bodies such as mushrooms and toadstools.


In some areas in the USA, Japan, Taiwan and parts of France, cockroach skin particles and droppings have been shown to cause asthma and other allergies. In inner city housing in the USA cockroach allergens have been shown to be the major cause of asthma. Generally, allergic reactions to cockroach allergens are found in warmer climates, as the insects do not survive well in colder climates.

Monitoring Allergens

A significant number of allergens, whether in the home or in industrial environments are protease enzymes. Exposure to these allergens can sensitise susceptible individuals resulting in allergies like asthma, rhinitis, eczema and occupational asthma. House dust mite allergen, one of the most common causes and triggers of allergies is a protease excreted by the house dust mite.

Avoiding exposure to the allergens that cause allergic reactions is an important way of controlling symptoms, but up till now there has been no reliable way of monitoring allergens in the indoor environment. A new product, ActivAllergy Mite-Alert, is a device based on protease chemistries that measures levels of house dust mite allergens in the environment. This new tool can be used to alert allergy sufferers to levels of allergen that are high enough to trigger allergic reactions.

Allergy Barriers

Barriers, such as mattress and bedding covers are designed to contain allergens and prevent them from triggering a reaction in susceptible individuals.

House dust mite allergens are a major cause of allergic reactions such as asthma, rhinitis and eczema, and barriers that prevent exposure to these allergens can help to reduce the incidence of allergic reactions.

The mites love warm humid environments such as beds, carpets and soft furnishing. We spend around 30% of our time in bed, and our beds are the ideal breeding ground for house dust mites. Perspiration, together with body heat, and a ready supply of food from shed skin, create the ideal growth environment for the mites.

Mites excrete allergens, which accumulate in the bedding and can be easily inhaled during sleep. Barriers like mattress, pillow and duvet covers can prevent these allergens from escaping. They can also prevent skin flakes, which feed the dust mites, from getting into the mattress and bedding.

A wide variety of barrier covers are available from different suppliers at widely differing prices. The important factor, when buying covers is the pore size. A pore size of 10 microns or less is needed to provide an effective barrier against dust mite allergens.