Excepting chirping crickets and pretty ladybugs, most of us have a horror of bugs. Unfortunately, insects with females that need blood for food in order to reproduce live everywhere around you and can threaten your health and peace with their bites. Here's a little introduction to our common biting insect species that you certainly want to avoid if at all possible.
Mosquitoes need water to breed. Therefore, any place with a lot of water will almost certainly have a population of them. While they're a good insect for bats, birds, fish and other creatures that feed on them, they're not so good when they feed on us. The males do not bite, but there never seems to be a shortage of females that do. Mosquitoes carry several types of communicable diseases which they spread when biting. In North America, mosquitoes can spread West Nile Virus. Mosquito bites, at the very least, cause red, itchy welts that you'd rather avoid.
To lessen the numbers of mosquitoes harassing your family, make sure you empty anything on your property that holds standing water after a rain or irrigation. Also, keep your thick vegetation, such as grass and weeds mowed regularly and your trees and shrubs trimmed. This will also help protect you from ticks.
As arachnids (like spiders), ticks have no wings by which to come to you. Rather, they wait patiently on tree branches, leaves and grass until a mammal brushes by. Then they drop down or climb aboard and look for a good place to bite.
Found in heavily vegetated areas, ticks also spread disease. Dog ticks, black-legged deer ticks, lone star ticks and Rocky Mountain wood ticks make up the majority of species in the United States. Hazards of tick bites include Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme Disease.
They vary in color, from gray to dark brown, and appear like flattened ovals. The longer the head remains under the surface of the skin once it bites, the better the chances an infected tick will pass on the parasite or bacteria of infection.
Bed bugs come out at night when you're sleeping. At a quarter of an inch long, you can readily see adults if you expose them. They resemble apple seeds in shape and color. While bed bugs don't spread disease, they do cause a lot of annoying, itchy welts. Like with fleas, you can develop an allergy to bed bug saliva, which renders further bites more dangerous.
The tiny flea has a narrow body and reddish brown color. The common species is the cat flea which loves to feast on pets and humans alike. It, too, spreads disease, such as the bubonic plague and murine typhus. Also, they can act as intermediate hosts for tapeworms.
Eradicating biting insects from your home and yard presents a daunting challenge. Some retail "solutions" can even make the problems worse. To create a safe environment for your family, call us at Perfection Pest Control. We will happily inspect your property for pests and offer a sensible plan to exterminate any pesky species invading your space. Contact us today!
Springtime brings warmer weather for you to enjoy, but it also means that more pests will be out and about. Some of these pests can sting or bite, while others can contaminate your food. Find out what steps to take in order to keep insects and other pests at bay this season.
Find and Eliminate Stinging Insects
Bees, wasps, and hornets can be a major problem during spring, as these stinging insects become more active. Look around your yard, your home’s exterior, your attic and other areas for nests that these insects might be building for the season. Have professional pest control experts safely remove them for you if you come across any.
Check Your Home’s Exterior for Entry Points and Seal Them
Many bugs are small enough to squeeze through cracks, gaps and other openings in your home exterior. Mice can also make their way into your home through these entry points. Seal up any openings you find to prevent these pests from getting in. Keep in mind that this might also involve replacing screens that are torn.
Trim Tree Branches and Shrubs Away from Your Home’s Exterior
Carpenter ants and other bugs have an easy way to reach your home by walking across tree branches and shrubs. You can reduce this risk by keeping branches and shrubs trimmed away from your home exterior. This means that pests have to work harder to get into your home.
Keep Your Kitchen and Pantry Spotless
Ants, flies and other insects are drawn to kitchens and pantries, which provide them with a steady supply of food. Sweeping your floors, wiping off counters and cleaning other areas of your kitchen and pantry help discourage these pests from coming into your home. You should also keep pet food bags, and other food containers closed at all times so that any pests that do come in can’t get into them.
Close and Seal Your Trash Cans Tightly
Rats and other pests sometimes look for food to eat inside trash cans. These cans can also end up attracting bigger pests, such as raccoons. Make sure that your trash cans are sealed tightly to stop pests from being able to get inside them. Knowing that they can find food in your cans encourages them to keep coming back.
Move Firewood Piles Away from Your Home
Termites and other pests sometimes build nests in firewood piles. When you leave these piles close to your home’s exterior, these bugs can make their way inside and cause trouble. If you have any piles of firewood in your yard, move them away from the outside of your home.
If you have pests in your home this spring, contact Perfection Pest Control. Our pest control technicians can eliminate pest problems safely and thoroughly.