There are many common pests in the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati areas that can bite you. If you have bug bites on you or a family member, you may be trying to determine what has bitten you so you can work to get rid of it. Trying to find the culprit can help you to identify it. Here are a few common biting insects and the features that can help you to identify the bug.
Mosquitoes are most active in the early morning or evenings. They are not as active in the day due to the heat. They commonly live near water, such as lakes, rivers and dirty pool water. They are flying pests that are mostly brown, black or grey in color with white, silver, green or blue scales. Only female mosquitoes bite; the males do not.
Fleas prefer to come out in warmer weather. As such, they are more common in the spring and summer months, in comparison to winter months. They are about 1/6 of an inch long and are reddish-brown in color. They hop around. One common misconception about fleas is that they only bite pets. While pets, such as cats and dogs, often target your pet due to the protection that their fur or hair provides, fleas can live both indoors and outdoors and they can bite humans.
Ticks are another species that are much more common in warm weather. Ticks are actually arachnids. This means that up close, they look like small spiders. They vary in color based on their species and sex, but most are typically smaller than a sunflower seed. Most species have round bodies, and as is common with arachnids, most have eight legs. Ticks commonly live in wooded areas, so it is important to check yourself and your pets for ticks after you have been camping or hiking.
Bed bugs are one of the most challenging types of pests to get rid of. They can be hard to find, multiply quickly and require several treatments to completely wipe out an infestation. Many people believe that bed bugs only live in beds, but this is not the case. They prefer to live in dark, hidden places. They seek out a host and stay near that host. They are typically small in size, with adults typically only growing to about 1/4 inch in size. They often have red or brown bodies and are most active at night, often biting their host when he or she is sleeping.
Stop letting pests eat you and your family. Here at Perfection Pest Control, we can help to get rid of the pests that may bite you in the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati areas, including mosquitoes, fleas, ticks and bed bugs. Schedule your service with Perfection Pests today to protect yourself, your family and your pets.
Both paper wasps and yellow jackets are classified as wasps. Unfortunately, many people mistake one for the other, simply because they do not realize they are two different types of pests. If you know what to look for, you will be able to differentiate between a paper wasp and a yellow jacket. Here are a few of the key differences between these types of flying pests.
Yellow jackets are pests that are more commonly encountered during the summer months. Unfortunately, they can commonly be mistaken for paper wasps. Read on to learn what characteristics a yellow jacket possess.
Nests Low to the Ground
Yellow jackets commonly build their nests low to the ground or even underground. If you see them swarming near the ground, you are probably dealing with yellow jackets instead of paper wasps.
A Stockier Appearance
Another key difference between yellow jackets and paper wasps is their appearance. Yellow jackets have a stockier appearance. Their bodies are wider and rounder than paper wasps. They look like they have been eating well.
The final difference between a paper wasp and a yellow jacket is their demeanor. Yellow jackets are very aggressive and they like to sting. They love to come out and try to get meats and sweets, such as fruit. You can often encounter them during a picnic or barbeques outdoors. A yellow jacket will not act afraid of you, because they are not.
Just like yellow jackets, paper wasps are more commonly encountered during the summer months. However, they have some key features that can help you to differentiate them from a yellow jacket.
Long and Slender With a Thin Waist
A paper wasps body looks very different from a yellow jackets. A yellow jacket has a wider, more round body. A paper wasp has a long and slender body with a thin waist. Think about an hour-glass figure, where the waist curves in. A paper wasp has this feature.
Another characteristic that differentiates a paper wasp from a yellow jacket is their nesting habits. Paper wasps build aerial nests, or nests up high. You can often find their nests up in trees or on the overhangs of your home.
Only Sting in Self-Defense
The final difference between a paper wasp and yellow jacket is their behavior. Paper wasps are not aggressive and only sting in self-defense. They are more scared of humans and will back away when shooed away.
If you are dealing with an infestation of paper wasps or yellow jackets and/or you have a nest for either on your property, you should call in a professional to help remove them. Here at Perfection Pest Control, serving both Kentucky and Ohio, we can help you with all of your pest problems. Call us today to schedule your service.