Benefits of Professional Pest Control for Mosquitos

Benefits of Professional Pest Control for Mosquitos

With the rise in the number of mosquito-borne diseases, every homeowner must be vigilant and conscientious about protecting family members against these vectors. The best mosquito control is doing everything to prevent and destroy their breeding grounds, as well as knowing when to seek help from professionals when all preventive measures fail to eliminate them. Here are effective mosquito pest control tips to do if you want to get rid of these tiny vectors:

Anticipate mosquito swarms during warm weather

Always prepare your home for warmer seasons. Make sure to schedule a general cleaning on the last leg of spring to ensure that mosquitos won’t find areas and the opportunity to breed in your home. Mosquitos love warm weather, and this is the time when mosquito-borne viruses and pathogens like the Zika and West Nile virus become prevalent.

Clean watery areas and clean your surroundings

Don’t collect unused items to store in your home for a long time. Look for areas with water damage to make sure that no clammy location exists in your surroundings. Puddles and water-filled containers are a favorite of some tropical mosquitos. Cover all containers properly as mosquitos like these “safe” areas for their eggs and young. If you find a bucket filled with meandering larvae and pupae, immediately dispose of the water and clean the container.

Ideally, you must discard standing water every week because this is how long it takes for larvae to morph into an adult mosquito. Also, make it a habit of mowing your lawn and thinning your plants to make sure that adult mosquitos don’t have resting areas within the home.

Know the different kinds of mosquitos present in your area.

Some mosquitos are endemic to a zone, whereas some just appear opportunistically. The Asian tiger mosquito is a common type of vector found in the southern states. It is known to carry yellow fever and La Crosse, and they love laying their eggs in container lids. Clean these water vessels regularly with soap and bleach solution to kill all eggs that are just waiting to hatch.

Aedes aegypti prefer to lay their eggs in clean, standing water. This type of mosquito is a carrier of the Yellow Fever, Chikungunya, and Dengue viruses. There hasn’t been a Dengue incident in the southern US for over ten years. However, these vectors are known to reappear in an area once in a while, but it is useful to learn how to identify mosquitoes at sight.

Know the symptoms.

You must read and educate yourself about the symptoms that you should watch out for in mosquito-borne illnesses. Unexplained fever, headache, and joint pain are some of the most common symptoms for Dengue and Chikungunya. With Zika, get in touch with your local CDC office for information brochures to know how to prevent it from spreading.

Drain water from tarps and tires.

Check tarps and tires that are sitting around to make sure that they don’t collect water inadvertently. Tip those that have become sodden with water to prevent mosquitos from breeding in them. Clean them and dry them out for a day under the sun.

Clean roof, gutters, and downspouts.

Leaves and other debris can accumulate in your gutters, which can trap rainwater. Make sure to schedule a cleaning time to prevent water from pooling in your gutters. If you see water stains in your ceilings, it could mean that standing water is looking for a way out. It may be an indication that water has pooled in your gutters.

Apply mosquito-repellants.

Chemicals for pest control may be used cautiously to prevent mosquitos from staying in green areas in your home. These may be sprayed or applied to plants as well as in cold, damp spots. Just make sure to place markers, so that family members won’t accidentally get exposed to harmful chemicals. Standing water can be treated with approved chemicals to kill immature mosquitoes. EPA-registered repellents are highly recommended by professional mosquito control service providers, as well as by the CDC.

Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies israelensis (BTI) and DEET are known insect repellants that may apply on the skin. They are safe when used correctly. However, like any other chemicals, care must be taken when using these if you have asthma or are prone to allergic reactions.

Create barriers.

Protect your family from mosquito bites by creating areas that have barriers like screened and enclosed room to prevent them from invading your home. This technique is useful if you can’t control the swarms of mosquitoes outside your home. Air-conditioned rooms are a perfect refuge from mosquito bites.

Call the best mosquito control company.

If the buzzing and biting get too annoying for days without end, it is a clear indication of mosquito infestation. The CDC conducts occasional fumigation, but if it’s not as effective as you want it to be, call a professional mosquito control company like All-State Pest and Lawn. They’ll take care of all the walkthrough and chemical application for you, so you won’t have to guess where else the mosquitoes could be hiding in your home. Hiring the right company will also save you time and money from doing DIY remedies to eliminate the vectors from your home.

These are some of the things that you can try to get rid of mosquitoes from your property. They are simple, and most of the chemicals and things you’ll need to drive mosquitoes away are easy to obtain. Moreover, these suggestions also apply to buildings and other types of properties. The things that you primarily have to do are to eliminate the breeding areas, clean your surroundings, keep vegetation short, remove containers and fix areas that could potentially collect water, create barriers against the mosquitoes, and finally, when all else fails, call the professionals for help. Take the initiative to eradicate these pests and protect your family against mosquito-borne diseases.

Pest Control: Getting Rid of Ticks and Fleas

Pest Control: Getting Rid of Ticks and Fleas

Pets spend plenty of time outdoors especially in the late spring and summer seasons, which makes them susceptible to flea and tick bites and infestation. Flea and tick infestation is dangerous and if you suspect that these parasites are present in your pet dogs, then expect the vermin to also thrive in your lawn as well. Dogs become infected with these bloodsuckers when they accidentally brush against surfaces that are teeming with them.

Ticks harbor diseases that can cause your pets to display symptoms like fever, infections, skin lesions, and even paralysis. Watch out for these symptoms if you have visual evidence of ticks and fleas on your pet’s fur. The importance of pest control for fleas and ticks cannot be stressed enough because some of these symptoms and diseases may also be transmitted to humans.

How do ticks attach to hosts and transmit diseases?

Fleas and ticks are capable of detecting animal warmth, scents, moisture, shadows, and vibrations. They select a particular high-traffic location and position themselves slyly on the tips of grasses and objects where cats, dogs, and even humans frequent. They then get picked up by the hosts, and then go to look for warm and moist areas to latch on.

Tick saliva can contain various toxins that affect the different organs of your pets. When the pest bites, it burrows down further which creates breaks in the skin. Then an anatomical feeding tube is inserted and chemicals are secreted to help it latch. Some hosts are carriers of diseases, this is how the ticks ingest protozoans and other blood-borne diseases like Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, tularemia, Babesiosis etc.

This process is how the toxin is introduced in your dog’s bloodstream. Toxins then travel to the nervous system, which may explain some symptoms like lethargy, vomiting, and paralysis. Moreover, your dog doesn’t need to get infested to catch these diseases. One tick is enough to cause tick-bite paralysis in some animals.

In regions with hotter climates, ticks may be present throughout the year, while in some areas, the prevalence of ticks and fleas is seasonal.

Things to watch out for for tick and flea infestations

To know if your pet has ticks and fleas, there must be a history of contact with another animal that has ticks. Neighbors’ pets that visit yours are the likely culprit if you live far away from a wooded or an endemic area.

On the other hand, if you live near the woods and your pet has been wandering, inspect the coat and skin more frequently to check if ticks are present. Symptoms appear gradually and the prognosis typically depends on how quickly you will be able to isolate the area and treat it with natural means or approved chemicals.

Some of the signs and symptoms are vomiting, weakness of the hind limbs, unsteady gait, eating and drinking difficulties, depression, anemia and high blood pressure, among others. Immediately consult your veterinarian in case you notice anything off with your pet. The vet will assess your dog’s health history, when the symptoms started, and may ask you questions about recent excursions. If ticks are found upon inspection, they will be sent to the lab for identification, and flea and tick treatment will then follow.

What to do after finding out about the fleas and ticks?

  • Isolate your pet.

Keep your pet comfortable and avoid activities for a few weeks until the medication is complete and the dog is fully-recovered. Prevent contact with other pets to avoid infestation. Observe if your affected pet is responding to medications.

  • Clean pet’s bedding.

Now’s the best time to sterilize or discard all previous pet bedding and thoroughly clean the area where the dog stays most. Cleanliness is one of the most important defense against these parasites.

  • Clean walls.

Some ticks follow an upward direction after feeding, so you might be able to see some that are moving up your walls. Don’t pop them individually, instead, douse the walls with hot water and clean with a soap and bleach solution.

  • Sterilize clothes and upholstery.

Ticks and fleas can cling to your clothes and upholstery. Wash clothes with hot water, if possible to kill all eggs and hidden ticks and fleas.

  • Schedule a lawn treatment for fleas and ticks

Your lawn is a very common questing area for ticks and fleas. All-State Pest and Lawn can begin treatments to prevent another round of the pests.  We can also setup a schedule to mow the grass and keep it manageable for you to enjoy.

Whether you came to know about the fleas and ticks by sight or from the vet’s diagnosis, always take the necessary steps to rid your home and clothes of ticks and fleas. Even if you treat your dog with insecticidal baths and injections, these pests will simply come back if your surroundings are not treated with acaricides to kill all the remaining vermin in your lawn or other areas of the house.

If you live in areas where ticks are endemic, don’t think twice about seeking the help of professional pest control companies. The can get the job done in no time. Protect your pets and family’s health and well-being by hiring the right people to apply pest control for dog ticks in your home.