Beware These Biting Insects

Watch out for these biting insects and learn how we can help control them. We can help!

Call us at 302-792-9300 or contact us online if you have an infestation or want a free inspection.

Fleas

Fleas threaten both pets and humans when they emerge in the spring and summer months. While they only live for 100 days, they can produce 400 to 500 babies in that time. These new fleas can spread awful illnesses to you, your family and your pets. Fortunately, vacuuming often can be an easy and effective defense against these bloodsucking pests.

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are the most well-known pest of summer, but can also be the most dangerous in terms of illnesses. With 170 different mosquito species in the United States alone, the risk of being bitten is high. It is important to know how to prevent mosquito bites, and protect yourself and others from illnesses such as West Nile Virus and encephalitis. When outdoors, use an insect repellant and wear clothing that covers the arms and legs. To prevent mosquito breeding around your home, clear all standing water from your property.

Ticks

In summer, ticks are often seen as public enemy number one. Carrying Lyme disease and other illnesses, various species of ticks plague nearly all wooded areas of the United States. Knowing how to protect yourself, your family and your pets is necessary to enjoy the summer months. When you are in wooded areas or areas with brush, be sure to wear long sleeves and pants to keep ticks off of your skin. Be sure to inspect your pets, as well. The ears and noses of pets are often the ideal spot for ticks to attach, and later enter your home.

Kissing Bugs

Despite their name, kissing bugs are not the most loving of the insect world. They often enter homes through unsealed openings and bite their victims at night. Kissing bugs are dangerous, as they have been known to transmit parasitic illnesses like Chagas disease. Preventing kissing bugs is often quick and easy. Sealing up any cracks, holes or other openings in the outside of your home will keep these bloodsuckers at bay.

Chicken Mites

If you have a bird nest near your home, you may be at risk for chicken mites. While not widely known, they live on a variety of birds, including sparrows and pigeons. They migrate from the nests of these birds into your home. Their bites can cause a painful skin rash for human victims. To prevent chicken mites in your home, avoid handling bird nests on your property, even if they are empty. Also remember to check your pets if they are allowed in areas where birds have built nests.

If you believe you may have an insect infestation in your home or simply need help preventing a pest problem, call the professionals at Reardon today 302-792-9300 or contact us online.