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Massive Mosquito Swarms

Mosquito SwarmThe summer of 2013 could easily be described as the summer of the mosquito; with massive swarms surfacing throughout much of the United States. One such state that has seen the most mosquito activity, with clouds of mosquitoes swarming, happens to be Alaska. It’s so bad in Alaska, many of the local’s joke that the mosquito is the state bird.

Massive Mosquito Swarms In Alaska

Alaskan mosquitoes are infamous for not only their size, but the size of their swarms. Nobody knows this more than the scientific researchers at the Toolik Field Station; that happened to be caught in a massive swarm on Alaska’s North Slope.

From late June through the month of July, the Alaskan horizon is nothing but mosquitoes. It appears that the ground is on fire, as smoke rises up over the fields. This smoke apparition is not caused by fire, but are actually clouds of buzzing mosquitoes hovering above the ground. It’s quite a site to behold, but definitely not a time you want to be caught in shorts and tank top without any bug spray.

With So Many Mosquitoes, How Big Is The West Nile Threat?

According to scientists, the deadly West Nile Virus doesn’t pose much threat in Alaska. With two different species of Alaskan mosquitoes being vectors of West Nile, the deadly virus has not been able to take hold in higher latitudes. The resident’s of Alaska, and those looking to vacation in the beautiful state this summer, will have to deal with the massive and menacing swarms of mosquitoes, but need not lose much sleep over the probability of catching West Nile.

The main problem that these pesky mosquito swarms project, is physiological stress among residents and tourists alike. Preparing for a summer in Alaska can seem like quite the burden; from buying the right repellent, to wearing the right clothing, to not being caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Still, with the threat of West Nile, not only in Alaska but throughout much of North America, special precautions must be taken as to not contract the frightening virus.

Mosquito Alert SignMosquito Precautions

  • When outdoors, wear suitable attire. I know it is really alluring to want to go sleeveless, and wear short shorts during the warm and sunny summer months, but this will only expose you to the mosquito’s bite. Don’t become an easy meal. Cover up!
  • Make sure you have ample mosquito defenses. I’m talking of course about mosquito repellent that is loaded with DEET. Mosquito coils, mosquito dunks, and citronella candles and torches also help in fighting the mosquito battle.
  • Wear light-colored clothing. Mosquitoes are naturally attracted to certain colors; especially dark colors. Opt for whites, creams, and beiges when outdoors.
  • Limit outdoor activity at dusk and dawn. These hours happen to be the prime feeding time for the blood-sucking mosquito.
  • Ditch the perfumes, scented lotions, and shampoos. These happen to be mosquito attractants.
  • Eliminate free-standing water. Free-standing water on or near your property gives mosquitoes the perfect place to breed and lay their larvae.

The West Nile Virus

As mentioned before, out of the 35 different species of mosquito that are commonly found in Alaska, only two species actually pose the threat of carrying West Nile Virus.

For those of us living in the lower 48 states, including those of us in Las Vegas, NV, West Nile is much more common. So far in 2013, there have been 296 total West Nile Virus cases resulting in 11 deaths; according to the Center For Disease Control.

West Nile Virus causes illness, inflammation of the brain, or inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord.

Author Bio: Heydi Ruelas is a journalism student and blogger for Bulwark Exterminating, an industry leader in providing high quality pest control service. When I’m not playing with my two gorgeous nieces, I’m jamming out to the newest One Direction song.

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August 26, 2013 at 6:00 pm Comments (0)

The 4 Most Disease-Spreading Insects

Bugs, insects, spiders; no matter what name you give these pests it makes your skin crawl to think of them. Not all bugs and insects are dangerous, some are even helpful. The ones we want to avoid are the ones that cause diseases. These are the top four to try to keep out of your yard and home.

Ticks and their diseases are often in the news.

 

Tick Behind Ear

Ticks are not insects but are arachnids, related to spiders. However, they may be the number one pest to avoid. Lyme disease is just one of many diseases that are carried by ticks. They can also bite and infect you with various types of spotted fever and typhus. Ticks are usually found in wooded and grassy areas. Protect your pets and your children from becoming host to these external parasites that suck your blood and spread so many illnesses. Use insect repellents to help keep ticks away. After a day outside in wooded and grassy areas, check yourself, your children and your pets to make sure that there are no ticks hitch hiking and feeding on their blood. The illnesses that ticks carry can cause damage that will affect your health for life.

Mosquitoes are the spring and summer invaders.

 

Sucking Mosquito

Although mosquitoes can hatch and spread disease any day of the year they are generally associated with warm weather. The first step in controlling mosquitoes is to empty all standing water in your yard. In ponds and lakes fish and water fowl will eat the larvae and help control these disease spreading pests. Commercial insect repellants that contain DEET are effective against mosquitoes. Citronella products also repel them, so enjoy citronella candles and torches when you gather on the porch or lawn.

Diseases that are spread by mosquitoes include heart worm in your dog. They carry a variety of encephalitis diseases including equine encephalitis. Other diseases that mosquitoes carry are West Nile Virus, Yellow Fever and Dengue. These viruses can be deadly in humans.

Fleas are more than just a nuisance.

 

flea

We know that fleas make our pets uncomfortable, but we seldom think of them as being more than just an annoying problem for our pets. Throughout history fleas have carried all forms of the plague around the world. Use flea control methods on your pets, and in your yard. Treat your carpet with flea killers and your furniture as well. Plant pet safe herbs around your yard and the foundation of your home to repel fleas. Use baking soda or salt in your carpet, let it sit overnight and vacuum it up to kill flea eggs. If you still have fleas, call the exterminator, and have your pet professionally groomed.

Cockroaches, also known as roaches are a pervasive pest.

 

Cockroach

Roaches have been known to carry as many as thirty bacterial diseases that infect humans. They feed on waste and feces then carry that filth with them as they crawl about our homes. It is difficult to successfully eradicate roaches and usually control is only achieved by professional exterminator contracts. It has been said that the world could be destroyed and the cockroaches would still survive.

It is hard to imagine that four such small creatures can cause so much illness and death. Use safe and effective methods to rid your world of these pests.

About the author:

Chris is a blogger for Excel Pest Control a NJ based pest control company.

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July 15, 2013 at 6:50 pm Comment (1)

Beating The Heat In Las Vegas

The heat is finally here. As we move into June and July our weather here in Las Vegas will consistently be in the triple digits. It doesn’t seem to matter how long you’ve lived in the valley, everybody has to readjust and adapt to the extreme heat. Experts say that it can take up to 30 days for your body to adjust to a drastic change in climate. As we’ve moved into the 100+ degree days of summer we can all take a few simple measures to make sure we’re not putting ourselves at risk for mild dehydration, or worse.

We can’t just be held hostage by the soaring temperatures. We can’t just stay indoors all summer, waiting for things to cool back down. We’ll obviously go on with our normal lives the best we can, but here are a few things to consider.

Don’t Get Thirsty. There’s an old saying used a lot in athletics: “If you’re thirsty, it’s too late”. It’s not enough to pack a sufficient amount of water or fluids when you start your hike, bike ride or golf round. You should be hydrating regularly on a daily basis that you never feel the sensation of thirst. Never be thirsty. Even if you work at a desk or will be home all morning, start your day by getting in at least a bottle of water before lunch. Get in another bottle or two before dinner. That way, once you get outdoors in the sunny heat, you’ll be well ahead of the onset of early dehydration. Drinking during the activity won’t be a matter of catching back up, but staying ahead.

Electrolytes. Never stop drinking good, plain water. On top of that, add in some electrolytic fluids. Drinks like Vitamin Water, Smart Water, Gatorade (Gatorade G2 to save calories) with added electrolytes will help combat the thermal affects of heat on your body. As you sweat throughout the day, you body loses essential salts and other minerals that keep your body chemically balanced. Sport drinks can help to counteract this increasing deficit.

Park In The Shade. It may mean you have to walk a little bit further to and from the entrance of the store, but finding a spot in the shade can reduce the overall temperature in your car during your absence by dozens of degrees. Not only will your car be more bearable once you return, but your A/C will need less time to cool back down.

Protect Your Lid. If you’re planning a hike or a round of golf, expect to be in the sun for several hours. Wearing a hat can take the sun off your face and shoulders, keeping your head several degrees cooler. An important component of battling the heat is keeping your body core cool. Protecting your head from direct sunlight is the first and major step to regulating your body temperature.

Complications from leaving the house unprepared to spend several hours in the sun and heat can compile rather quickly. Taking these small steps into consideration will help ensure you’ll enjoy your weekly hike or round of golf with your friends remains healthy and pleasant. A little preparation goes a long way, as does the lack thereof.

Stay safe!

 

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June 3, 2013 at 10:51 pm Comments (0)

Las Vegas Ranks 16th on List of Top Bedbug Infested Cities

bedbugThis Nation’s bedbug problem is real, and a growing area of concern in Las Vegas, NV. A consumer report, reported by ABC News earlier this year, ranks the city of Las Vegas as the 16th most infected bedbug city in the United States. The cities of Cincinnati, Chicago, Detroit, Denver, and Los Angeles make up the top five most infested cities in that order.

Bedbugs were thought to be a thing of the past, but now every state has had reports of the tiny pests. Since exterminators can no longer legally use the same pesticides they used in the 1950s to get rid of, they now must get creative to stop a bedbug epidemic. Here’s an informative graphic that helps us understand this growing epidemic even more:

For those of you concerned about bedbugs in one of the major Las Vegas hotels or resorts, rest easy. Many of the bedbug reports are coming from private residents. These resorts take great measures in assuring their rooms a bedbug free. If you are doing some traveling to Las Vegas in the near future, and are worried about the possibility of bringing bedbugs home with you, check out the website BedBugRegistry.com. The website allows you to check and see if your hotel has had any recent reported bedbug activity. Make sure to keep in mind that just because a hotel had a bedbug report once, it doesn’t mean it has a widespread problem. Also, understand that these are all personal reports by travelers and the ability to authenticate each and every account is impossible. What might be a harmless insect to a professional can be a bedbug to a worn out traveler.

If you are a Las Vegas resident, and suspect that you have brought bedbugs into your home, it’s best that you call a professional pest control company immediately. Bedbugs are very difficult to get rid of, and even scientists have discovered that the bugs are now more resistant to once effective pesticides.

For General Pest Control:

Bulwark Exterminating
3932 Octagon Road
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
(702) 255-6313
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

For Bedbug Control:

K-9 Sweeps LLC:
Bedbug Pest Control & K9 Scent Detection
8201 Woodland Prairie Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89129
(702) 586-5179
k-9sweeps.com

Heat Bed Bugs
Las Vegas, NV
(866) 674-7779
heatbedbugs.com

Las Vegas K9
9811 West Charleston Boulevard #2
Las Vegas, NV 89117
(702) 875-5859
lasvegask-9.com

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September 12, 2012 at 6:33 pm Comments (0)

Roaches Eat Toothpaste

 

For Las Vegas Roach Control:

Bulwark Exterminating
3932 Octagon Road
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
(702) 255-6313
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

K-9 Sweeps LLC: Bed Bug Control
& K9 Scent Detection
8201 Woodland Prairie Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89129
(702) 586-5179
k-9sweeps.com

Orkin
4550 Ziebart Pl # A
Las Vegas, NV 89103
(702) 597-9760
orkin.com

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August 28, 2012 at 8:41 pm Comments (0)

What’s That Itching in My Ear?

 

Imagine the horror of finding a spider living inside your ear. That was exactly the case for one Chinese woman this week. The unidentified woman had been suffering from some ear irritation for five days when she finally decided to seek medical attention. Dr. Liu Sheng, the woman’s physician at China’s Changsha Central Hospital, looked inside the woman’s ear and was horrified to find a spider looking back at her.

 

 

Dr. Sheng chose to flush the spider out with some saline solution, as opposed to removing it with surgical tools. After the saline flushing, the spider crawled out and the women reportedly cried tears of joy.

Why Spiders Like Ears

The spider likely crawled into the women’s ear canal while she was sleeping. Spiders, and other insects, will crawl into an ear looking for warmth, moisture, and harborage. An ear canal closely resembles the borough of many different kinds of spiders. Ticks are also common ear inhabitants. Always on the lookout for a generous blood supply, the inner ear and eardrum offer an all-you-can eat smorgasbord for these tiny bloodsuckers.

Removing Spiders from the Ear

Removing spiders and other insects from one’s ear is a very delicate process. If you attempt to remove the new inhabitant with a q-tip or even a surgical tool, you will startle it. A spider will then retreat as far down the ear canal as possible and dig its sharp barbs into the sides of the canal. Flushing the inhabitant with hydrogen peroxide or a saline solution can help evacuate your ear’s new tenant. If you suspect an insect or spider has made your ear it’s new home, please seek the help of a medical doctor.

Huntsman spider.

If you are having an issue with spiders inside your home, contact a pest control professional immediately!

 

Bulwark Exterminating
3932 Octagon Road
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
(702) 255-6313
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

K-9 Sweeps LLC: Bed Bug Control
& K9 Scent Detection
8201 Woodland Prairie Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89129
(702) 586-5179
k-9sweeps.com

Orkin
4550 Ziebart Pl # A
Las Vegas, NV 89103
(702) 597-9760
orkin.com

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August 21, 2012 at 9:12 pm Comments (0)

Las Vegas Bed Bugs Booming!

Bed Bug Problem is spreading.

Las Vegas isn’t the only city with an increasing bed bug epidemic.  It’s nation wide.  Bed bugs are spreading like wild fire.  Those that frequent hotels are at a hire risk of bringing these pests home.  Pest Control operators are getting an ever increasing demand for bed bugs and EPA has no clear solution. As PCOs struggle to combat these pests many are quickly realizing that general pest control isn’t going to cut it.

Estimates of bed bug problem continuing to grow. Apartments and hotels are not the only businesses affected as airliners and movie theaters are also reporting problems. EPA contemplates a Public Health Notice.

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