Pest Control Suggestions - Deterrence and Extermination
Rodents and pests aren't simply a nuisance - they can severely affect your health and the health of your family. This is why bug and insect prevention is critical in protecting homes, businesses, schools and any other place where human beings live, play or work from a pest infestation.
Pest Control and Extermination Tips
Here are some general tips to reduce household pests and rodents from entering your home:
Ant Control & Extermination Information
There are more than 700 ant species found in the U.S., although only about 25 species commonly infest homes. Ants are social insects that typically live in underground colonies, made up of workers and a queen. Large or small ants and brown or black ants are common nicknames for different species.
Contact a pest professional promptly if you do find signs of an ant infestation in your home. They will be able to inspect your home, perform proper ant species identification, and recommend a course of ant control and extermination.
Where Do Bed Bugs Come From?
Bed bugs get their name from their habit of feeding on human hosts in bed. They are excellent hitchhikers, easily transported and are found in many different types of dwellings, which makes them difficult to control. For this reason, it is crucial that you learn how to identify bed bugs.
Bed bug infestations continue to plague Americans. 99.6 percent of pest professionals treated for bed bugs in 2014, according to our most recent Bugs Without Borders survey.
Bird Control & Removal
Some birds can cause structural damage to homes and buildings, and others can pose health threats associated with their droppings. Woodpeckers are known to peck at buildings, air, metal and siding conditioners, while soil enriched with starling droppings can lead to diseases like histoplasmosis. These factors make bird pest control and removal paramount for homeowners and businesses alike.
These factors make bird pest control and removal paramount for homeowners and businesses alike.
Extermination & Control of Cockroaches
Cockroach pest control and management are important for health and safety reasons, because cockroaches are known to trigger and cause allergic reactions asthma attacks, especially in children. Visit one of our pest guides below to see various types of cockroaches, as well as find information on cockroach prevention and extermination.
Cockroach pest control and management are important for health and safety reasons, because cockroaches are known to trigger and cause allergic reactions asthma attacks, especially in children. Food contamination is one of the main reasons that fly pest control is so important.
Learn about Flea Control & Extermination
Flea bites can result in painful, itchy red bumps. Fleas are also the most common transmitter of the rare bubonic plague.
Cat fleas are the most common domestic flea, but dog fleas, human fleas and oriental rat fleas can also be found. Controlling and/or exterminating fleas can eliminate an infestation.
How to Get Rid of Flies in Your Home
Non-biting flies, such as houseflies, are not only nuisance pests, but they are also responsible for contaminating and transmitting diseases food. Flies are capable of contaminating food and transferring more than 100 pathogens, including salmonella, malaria and tuberculosis. Food contamination is one of the main reasons that fly pest control is so important.
Contact a pest professional promptly if you have a fly infestation in your home. They will be able to inspect your home, confirm the species and recommend a course of pest control to treat and get rid of the flies.
Lice Species: What Type of Lice is Bugging You?
There are several lice species found worldwide and throughout the United States. The most common kinds of lice include head lice, body lice and crab lice. Only the body louse can transmit diseases to people.
Regardless of what type of lice species is bugging you, prevention is key. The best way to prevent contact with lice is to avoid using other people's combs, hats, towels, etc. It's also recommended to have someone check your scalp at least once a month to make sure you have not been exposed.
Learn How to Get Rid of Mites
Some parasitic mites attack animal hosts, while others reside within the respiratory tracts of their hosts. A few types of mites, such as chiggers, can also transfer diseases to humans.
There are thousands of different types of mites found throughout the world, such as bird mites and clover mites. Mites are considered arachnids, just like ticks, but mites are smaller in size.
What are the Risks of Mosquito Bites?
Wearing an insect repellent containing DEET or another EPA-registered ingredient is the best way to prevent mosquito bites. It's also important to take steps to prevent mosquito breeding grounds around your home, since mosquitoes can lay eggs in as little as a half an inch of water. Contact a mosquito management company or your local mosquito abatement district for advice on how to get rid of mosquitoes if you are concerned about mosquito control on your property.
Mosquitoes are vectors of numerous diseases including malaria, yellow fever, dengue, encephalitis, Chikungunya, West Nile virus and Zika-- the newest mosquito-borne disease of growing concern.
Several Types of Wildlife Can be a Nuisance for Your Family
Bats, raccoons and skunks are some of the most common wild animals that invade homes. Proactive nuisance pest control is necessary, as these and many other types of wildlife can be frequent carriers of rabies, a disease that is potentially fatal if left untreated. As many as 40,000 people each year in the United States are exposed to animals that might have rabies, and must receive preventive treatments.
Do You Need a Rodent Exterminator?
Contact a rodent professional promptly if you do find signs of an infestation. A rodent exterminator will be able to inspect your home, confirm the species and recommend a course of rodent control treatment.
For proper rodent pest control, seal any voids and cracks. A rodent exterminator can also help you identify ways in which a rodent may be entering your home.
Proactive nuisance pest control is necessary, as these and many other types of wildlife can be frequent carriers of rabies, a disease that is potentially fatal if left untreated.
Spiders: Control & Extermination
Spider control and extermination can be a major concern for homeowners - particularly for those who live in the southwest. There are about 3,000 species of spiders throughout North America, but the good news is that only two in the western and southern United States can cause serious harm when accidentally disturbed - the black widow spider and brown recluse spider. This is why it's particularly important to only hire well-trained spider exterminators to eliminate an infestation.
Contact a spider control professional if spiders are infesting your home. Spider exterminators will be able to inspect your home, confirm the species of spider and recommend a course of proper spider control.
Contact a pest professional promptly if you find a stinging insect nest on your property. They will be able to inspect your home, confirm the type of stinging insect and recommend a course of pest control treatment.
Stinging insects like hornets and bees send more than 500,000 people to the emergency room each year. When the colonies forage for food that will sustain their queens during the winter, these pests are especially active during the second half of summer and early fall.
Tick Identification & Removal
Contact a pest professional if you are concerned about ticks on your property and have questions about tick removal. They will be able to inspect your home, confirm the type of tick and recommend a course of tick removal.
Ticks are often mistaken for insects, but they are actually arachnids. Regarding tick identification, they are classified into two categories: hard ticks and soft ticks. Soft ticks often feed on birds and bats, while hard ticks feed on humans, pets and nuisance wildlife.
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