On your mark. Get set. Go! The Olympic Games are right around the corner as the whole world will tune into their TV sets for the opening ceremony on August 5. In honor of this great event, Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor’s is having our very own Olympics for some distinguished pests. Let’s have a look at our most skillful competitors to see what we can expect for this year’s first-ever Pest Olympics.

Weight Lifting

In this case, don’t judge a book by its cover. They may be small, but ants are impressively strong. They can carry many times their own body weight and studies show that their neck joint can hold pressures up to 5,000 times greater than its own body weight. Wow!

Ants have been pumping iron day-in and day-out ever since Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor’s announced their first ever Pest Olympics. However, it is important to make sure that ants stick to the weight room; if they venture into your home, it could get destructive. Ants can cause structural damage to your home and build nests on your property that could turn into colonies. We certainly don’t want them building their own Olympic Village at your home.

High Jump

The high jump is going to be a tough competition this year. We have a lot of great prospects, but we are mostly focused on the fleas at this Pest Olympics. A flea can jump up to 8 inches high which is approximately 150 times its own height. To put this into perspective, if fleas were the size of humans, they would be able to jump approximately 970 feet high.

Fleas are not only hard to eliminate in this year’s games but also in a person’s home. A flea bite can be extremely itchy for pets and humans. Fleas can cause tapeworms and anemia in pets and female fleas can produce up to 27 eggs per day. Luckily, Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor’s knows how to rid a family home of fleas in a guaranteed safe way.


The 2016 European Soccer Championship just ended with Portugal taking home the gold. However, for this year’s Pest Olympics the spiders are looking like pretty tough competitors. In between spinning webs and hiding in the corners of your basement, spiders have been gearing up to present their soccer skills at this year’s games. They make for quite limber athletes and their eight legs give a whole new dimension to the game of soccer, making it easy to beat their opponents with some very fancy skills.

Spiders are definitely going to be tough competitors this year, but don’t let their intimidating exteriors scare you unless they are poisonous. If so, leave it up to the experts off the field to take care of them. Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor’s will help get rid of these eight-legged pests to prevent spider problems in the future, especially in a person’s home.

200 Meter Medley Freestyle

Watch out Michael Phelps, there are some rodents that are trying to beat your record! Rats are able to tread water for more than three days and have the ability to swim up to a half mile. They have also shown an impressive ability dive into the water at least 100 feet and they can hold their breath for as long as 15 minutes. Not to mention, their tails give them a forceful advantage as they are able to push themselves through the water with great ease.

Rats are the type of pests that you want to keep solely to the swimming competitions because having them in your home can raise a few concerns. Rats carry diseases and can cause safety hazards as they are able to chew through electrical wiring. They can also reproduce within two months so it is important to get rid of rats quickly within a household. At Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor’s we are able to trap these rodents and get rid of them safely to make sure that future infestations do not occur.

Keep Calm and Go for Gold

As you can see, we have some very exciting events to watch for the first ever Pest Olympics. We expect that there will be a lot of upsets and exciting games this year. Each pest has a certain skill to offer but only the best will be able to take home the gold. However, if these pests decide to switch their sport to that of destroying your home or landscape, then Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor’s will be only a call away. We would like to wish those in the Pest Olympics a good luck as well as all those competing in the Rio Olympics this summer.

Let the Pest Olympics Begin! in Virginia

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