Don’t let Mosquitoes ruin your Summer!

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Summertime is a great time to enjoy the outdoors, whether it is attending a ball game, going for a hike, or relaxing on your patio. All of those places share a few things in common; they are fun ways to spend your leisure hours and they put you at some risk of being bitten by a mosquito. No matter what part of the country you live in, and no matter if you live in the city or out in the country, mosquitoes will surely be around this summer. Nearly all female mosquitoes need blood in order to produce eggs and they are willing to risk your swats in order to get it! Male mosquitoes feed on nectar and never bite humans or animals.

Since they are so small and pesky, it’s easy to forget that worldwide, mosquitoes are by far the most dangerous and deadly animals. Sharks, lions, tigers, bears, and snakes all pale in comparison to this tiny insect. Fortunately for us here, the worst mosquito-borne diseases (malaria, yellow fever, and dengue fever) are not present.That doesn’t mean, however, that mosquitoes aren’t more than just a nuisance. St. Louis encephalitis and West Nile virus can be significant threats to the health of you and your family. According to the CDC, there were over 1,100 reported cases of West Nile virus and 44 deaths in 2013. There are two simple ways to protect yourself from these biting flies, and the first is to eliminate breeding sources on your property. Mosquitoes require water in order to develop into adulthood because larvae are aquatic. One of the most challenging aspects of mosquito management is that larvae don’t require very much of it at all; less than a half of an inch is enough for some species to develop normally. The key is to not let any water stagnate on your property so keep your eye out for empty pots, bottles, barrels, bird-baths, or other vessels that might hold water. Tip over any water containing items regularly to prevent larvae from making it to adulthood. The next step in protecting yourself is to guard against bites by covering exposed skin with clothing and by applying mosquito repellent when you know you will be outdoors. There are several types of mosquito repellents available and many of them are quite effective and are tailored to specific uses (long-term protection, sport, etc.). If you are finding mosquitoes in your home, make sure your doors and windows are kept closed and are properly sealed. While you can prevent mosquitoes from breeding on your property, mosquitoes have the ability to travel significant distances and you can’t control your neighbors!

Call us today at 919-845-3438 or visit us online at www.ArrestAPestNC.com and we can help protect your family by treating surfaces on which mosquitoes commonly rest.

Check yourself (and your pets!) for Ticks

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As spring arrives, most people can’t wait to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather. Of course, we humans are not the only ones with this mindset. Throughout much of the country, immature ticks use this opportunity to ‘quest’ for a host. This means that they will climb up to the top of tall grasses and hold their legs up toward the sky. When a dog, deer, or person brushes by them, the tick will hold on tight and stay on the host until they’ve consumed a full meal … of blood! Ticks have 4 life stages, egg, larva, nymph and adult. In order to move from one life stage to the next, they have to consume blood from a host. Ticks are categorized by the number of hosts they need to complete their life cycle and most require 3 or 4. Once fully engorged, which can mean a tick weighs 200-600 times what it did before the meal, a tick will drop off of the host, digest its food and molt. Once molted (and now hungry again!), the tick will resume questing behavior.

Remember to always check yourself thoroughly after spending time outdoors, especially if you were out amongst tall grasses and vegetation. Ticks, especially immature ones, can be hard to see so you may need someone to help inspect. If you have pets that venture outdoors, be sure to inspect them too! If you have been feeling ill or uncharacteristically weak and tired, seek medical advice as you may have contracted a tick-borne illness like Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Tick management is not always straightforward but you can reduce tick numbers on your property by keeping your lawn short. If you have any questions about ticks or tick management, please give us a call for the latest technical information.

If you are having pest issues, Arrest-A-Pest can give you a free estimate.  Feel free to call us at 919-845-3438 or visit us at www.ArrestAPestNC.com