Zika Risk Reduced By Mosquito Spraying

In a new study published looked at 50 U.S. cities where the weather could support Aedes aegypti (the yellow fever mosquito that spreads Zika and other dangerous diseases) in warmer months.

Cities at Risk

Yellow cities are low-risk, orange are moderate, and red are high. The size of the dot over the city represents how many travelers from current Zika-affected countries come to the city on average each month. And the gray zone represents the area where Aedes aegypti has been observed in earlier years.

How Risk Was Calculated

To determine which cities would be most at risk and when, the researchers examined a number of factors:

  • The estimated abundance of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes per square meter of standing water, based on their life cycle and the historical meteorological conditions in each city (from 2005 to 2015)
  • The number of travelers arriving in those cities from Latin American countries currently affected by Zika (although the researchers do note that some people on those flights may have just connected through a Zika-affected country)
  • Previous cases of locally transmitted dengue and chikungunya, two other diseases transmitted by Aedes aegypti
  • Percentage of households in each city living under the poverty line, which makes people less likely to have air conditioning (Aedes aegypti doesn’t survive well in air-conditioned buildings), safe water, and good sanitation.
  • Irregular garbage collection in some areas may also provide opportunities for the bug to breed.)
  • Observations from 1960 to 2014 of the mosquito’s maximum geographic range

Expected To Spread

Based on their estimates, this is how the year plays out in terms of highest risk for abundant Aedes aegypti populations:

Mosquito Spraying Helps Prevention

It’s also worth noting that the models don’t account for mosquito-control methods—so there’s still plenty of room to bring this risk down by spraying for adult mosquitoes, using larvicides, and eliminating mosquito-breeding sites, particularly standing water.

Cockroach Protection and Prevention

Cockroaches have been long despised by homeowners due to their creepy appearance. Cockroach control and management are important for health and safety reasons, because cockroaches are known to cause allergic reactions and trigger asthma attacks, especially in children. They also spread nearly 33 kinds of bacteria including E. coli and Salmonella.

Cockroaches and Allergies

Several large-scale studies have reinforced the dangerous connection between cockroaches and asthma in children. One in five children in the United States have severe sensitivities to cockroach allergens, which can cause or increase the severity of asthma symptoms. These allergens are most commonly introduced into homes through cockroach saliva, droppings and the decomposing bodies of these pests.

When Cockroaches Appear

Homeowners must be vigilant in preventing such infestations, especially during the summer months. Cockroaches are most active when temperatures reach 70 degrees or above and these pests thrive in warm, dark and moist places.

Tips For Prevention

NPMA offers homeowners these tips to protect their families and properties from cockroach infestations:

  • Keep food sealed and stored properly, particularly in kitchens.
  • Clean kitchens daily, where crumbs and trash are more likely to build up.
  • Dispose of garbage regularly and store in sealed containers.
  • Seal cracks and holes in homes, including entry points for utilities and pipes.
  • Keep basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
  • Contact a qualified pest professional at Reardon Associates to treat any infestations.

Take Action If You See One

If you see a cockroach in your home please get ahead of the situation and call us immediately at 302-792-9300

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.

Autumn is Prime Season for Spooky Pests Inside Your House


“They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re all together ooky.” They’re…spiders, bats and bed bugs?

During Halloween, forget the typical haunted house! For most homeowners, just the thought of a spider building a web in the kitchen, a bat flying around in the attic, or bed bugs nesting between the sheets is all they need to deem their home a “haunted” one. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reminds homeowners that autumn is a prime season for pest infestations as insects and rodents seek shelter from cooler weather.

“Halloween is a celebration of all things spooky and scary, but the holiday also serves as an important reminder for homeowners to take preventative measures to keep pests from taking up residence in their homes,” says Jim Fredericks, technical services director for NPMA. “Although plastic spiders and faux cobwebs are meant to be frightening, it is real life critters that can cause nightmares when they invade your home.”

NPMA offers these tips to homeowners for preventing a pest infestation during the Halloween season:

  • Seal cracks and holes in and around the home’s exterior to block entryways for pests.
  • Repair broken or poorly fitted window screens and loose/missing shingles; insure that locations where pipes and wiring enter homes are properly sealed.
  • Do not leave unsealed food lying around, as it attracts insects and rodents.
  • Store fire wood at least 20 feet away from the house and five inches off the ground.
  • Check wood for insects – especially spiders – before bringing it indoors.
  • If you see signs of a pest infestation in your home, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect, identify and control the problem.

Hot Humid Summer Impacts Fall and Winter Pest Population

The National Pest Management Association recently released its Bug Barometer, a forecast indicating what Americans can expect from pest populations this fall and winter. NPMA’s Bug Barometer takes into account the weather patterns of the summer season in every region of the country.

Spring and summer are typically the most active seasons for the majority of pests, such as ticks, mosquitoes and ants, and this year was no exception. Unfortunately, the start of fall doesn’t necessarily mean an end to pest activity, with many of these pests remaining active until temperatures consistently stay below the 50-degree mark and they begin to seek overwintering sites.

After winter storms and frigid cold battered the Northeast earlier this year, consistent warmth made May one of the warmest on record for many cities. That was followed by periods of record-setting rainfall and exceptional humidity, which combined with the heat to provide ideal conditions for pests. Mosquitoes, especially, are expected to take advantage of an increase in areas of standing water and remain active until temperatures consistently dip below 50 degrees. The summer conditions have also helped tick populations to remain at average levels, where they will remain well into the fall season. The heat and humidity have also benefitted overwintering pests, such as brown stink bugs and multicolored Asian lady beetles that will begin to gather on exterior walls as they search for winter shelter in the coming months.

Oct 8 – Daytime Mosquito Spraying Scheduled

Weather permitting; the Delaware Mosquito Control Section plans the following insecticide application during daylight hours on Thursday, October 8, 2015.

Application of granular BTI (Aquabac 200G) and granular spinosad (Natular G) via airplane to control mosquito larvae in the following areas:

Select wetlands south of Southbridge within the City of Wilmington; Broad Dyke and Artesian Marshes in greater New Castle; and Augustine Creek Marsh in greater Middletown.

For notification purposes, spraying will be done in the following zones: 22, 28, 29, 42, and 43. View the Map

All insecticides used are EPA-registered for mosquito control and applied according to EPA-approved label instructions, which the EPA has determined can be used without posing unreasonable risks to human health, wildlife or the environment.

Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for Tonight

Weather permitting; the Delaware Mosquito Control Section plans the following insecticide application during the evening hours on Wednesday, October 07, 2015.

Application of Anvil 10+10 (Sumithrin/PBO) with a truck-mounted sprayer to control adult mosquitoes in the following areas:

In and near Seaford and near Laurel, Delmar, and Rehoboth Beach.
For notification purposes, spraying will be done in the following zones: 55, 159, 170, 172, and 196.  View the Map
All insecticides to be used are registered with the USEPA for mosquito control and will be applied according to USEPA approved label instructions.  The USEPA has determined that the insecticides to be used do not pose unreasonable risks to human health, wildlife, or the environment.

Where Do Mice Go in Winter?

Mice don’t hibernate.  This time of year is when they start looking for a place to spend the winter.  One of the places they may be looking is YOUR home!

Mice can enter your home through a variety of small crevices. You will want to seal up every opening you can find. Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done because some species of mice are so small they can slip through a hole almost as small as a pencil.

Most homes have some kind of pipe or vent going through an outside wall. These spaces, if you can find them, can be plugged with steel wool or wire mesh for bigger holes. Also check the seals and weatherstripping around doors and garage doors.

If mice still manage to slip in, the two basic options are trapping them or poisoning them. Call the experts at Reardon immediately at 302-792-9300 if you notice any droppings or damage.

Lyme Disease on the Rise

As you head out into the outdoors and woods this fall, remember that Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey are a few of the states with the highest rates of Lyme disease in the country. Lyme disease is a multisystem inflammatory disease that affects the skin in its early, localized stage, and then may spread to the joints, nervous system and, to a lesser extent, other organ systems in its later, disseminated stages. Infected ticks, which draw most of the nastiness from infected mice and deer, transmit the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. Untreated, the disease can cause problems in joints, the heart and the nervous system. Always remember to cover exposed skin with protective clothing like long sleeves and long pants when you enter woodsy areas. Keep in mind that most ticks need to feed for 24-48 hours before they can successfully transmit infections. So, it is very important that after hikes you do a full body check (including in the hair) to look for ticks. If ticks are removed promptly, before they become engorged with blood, infection is unlikely.

Pets are also carriers of these insects, so protect your pets with flea and tick control, and examine them after coming indoors, too.

Call Reardon at 302-792-9300 if you suspect an infestation on your property. Leave it to the experts!

Four Delawareans Test Positive for West Nile Virus

Four people in Delaware have tested positive for the West Nile Virus. Three were in New Castle County and one in Kent County.

Mosquitoes have been bad this summer because of early, heavy rains and are expected to spread the virus until cold weather arrives.

You can read more information at delaware.gov