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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)

Four Cockroaches You Might Find In Your Home

It is said that two things will survive a nuclear holocaust: Cher and cockroaches. While a nuclear holocaust may not be on the horizon, one thing’s for sure: cockroaches are here to stay. These insects have been roaming the earth since the days of the dinosaurs, and can survive just about anything, including a month without food, two weeks without water, 40 minutes without air, and an entire week without a head! Although there are literally thousands of different species of cockroaches, only four are known to dwell in houses.

American Cockroach

 

Periplaneta americana (American Cockroach)

Periplaneta americana (American Cockroach) (Photo credit: Arthur Chapman)

 

The largest cockroach found in houses is the American Cockroach, which averages at about two inches long. It has an oval shape and six legs, antenna, and wings that it doesn’t get until it reaches adulthood. The American cockroach is reddish-brown in color, with a yellow figure eight marking on the back of its head. The American cockroach eats just about anything, from plants to other bugs. They live in dark, wet places, and are often found in sewers and basements. They lurk around pipes and drains. Female American cockroaches can hatch up to 150 children a year – meaning that if you don’t call a pest control professional when you see one of these roaches, your home could easily become invaded!

Brown-Banded Cockroach

Beautiful Brown Banded Cockroach

Beautiful Brown Banded Cockroach (Photo credit: cdresz)

 

Brown-banded cockroaches are smaller than their American counterparts, only growing up to half an inch. They are also oval in shape and dark-brown in color with light brown bands across their wings (which is where their name originates from.) Male Brown-banded cockroaches have longer wings than females. The females often hide their eggs in or under furniture. These types of cockroaches live off of a diet consisting of starchy foods, such as book bindings and wallpaper pastes. They will also eat things such as nylon stockings, and other non-organic materials. The brown- banded cockroach prefers living in warmer, drier climates than the other common house roaches, and will take up residence in just about any room in your house. Fortunately, this species only lives five to six months.

German Cockroach

 

Blatella germanica

Blatella germanica (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

German cockroaches are slightly larger than the Brown-banded roach, ranging between 1/2 – 5/8 inches. They are oval shaped and can be brown or dark brown. The German cockroach is found all over the world, but is the most common cockroach in the United States. Its diet consists of sweet, floury foods, as well as things like toothpaste. German cockroaches like to dwell in damp, warm places, such as bathrooms and kitchens. This roach species has a lifespan of 100 to 200 days.

Oriental Cockroach

Oriental Cockroach

Oriental Cockroach (Photo credit: K Schneider)

 

The Oriental cockroach is the dirtiest of all cockroaches. They are oval-shaped and have a dark brown, almost black color. Although they are called the “Oriental cockroach,” they actually originate from Africa. The Oriental cockroach can grow to be about one inch in length. It lives off a healthy diet of garbage and other organic materials. This roach lives in sewers and other wet, decaying areas, such as basements, crawlspaces, and among firewood or piles of leaves. Oriental cockroaches prefer cooler temperatures (and dirtier places) than most other cockroaches. They give off a strong smell, contributing to their reputation for being filthy.

Cockroaches may be filthy, disease-ridden creatures, but one thing’s for certain: nature has taught them how to adapt. Cockroaches can survive just about anything, but even their evolutionary prowess can’t outwit a professional exterminator. If you’ve seen a cockroach (or two, or ten) roaming about your home, don’t hesitate to call pest control. Thousands of years of evolution have taught us that cockroaches are not something you’d wish to contend with.

 

About the author: Chris is writer for a Midland pest control company.

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August 19, 2013 at 4:23 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)

A Guide To Total Bed Bug Extermination

An adult bed bug (Cimex lectularius) with the ...

Bed bugs have become problematic throughout Canada. As more immigrants and tourists enter the country from places where these pests are common, bed bugs travel in with their luggage. They take up residence in many hotels and can spread to workplaces when visitors attend conferences or even visit a restaurant. Bed bugs can be found nearly anywhere. However, there are several places they commonly hide once they enter the home.

Finding Bed bug Infestations

Bed bugs often hide along the seams of mattresses. They can also be found under furniture or beds. Some people have found these pests hiding in corners, under rugs or along the edges of carpeted rooms. Some people also notice a musky scent near the site of a bed bug infestation. Many people notice several small red bumps on their skin, which often appear in a row. Although these could also be indicators of other types of bites or skin irritants, they are often bed bug bites when aligned in a neat row.

Exterminating Bed bug Populations

Although there are many home treatments and remedies available on the Internet, it is important to remember that not all products work simply because the site owner makes such claims. Bedbug removal has always been one of the most difficult processes. In decades past, some frustrated homeowners even burned their houses to the ground. However, treatments have improved since those days. The most effective method of completely eradicating these pests is to call a professional bed bug exterminator.

What Professional Bed Bug Exterminators Do

There are a variety of extermination methods used by pest control professionals. The products they use are much more effective than treatments purchased in stores. They use special application methods and have professional tools and devices. Some companies may use all-natural methods or chemical-free substances instead of the more powerful chemicals.

What To Look For In An Extermination Company

It is best to work with a company that has sufficient experience in bed bug removal. A good company will have a service guarantee, which means that customers will receive a refund if the treatments are ineffective. When speaking with an extermination company on the telephone, consumers should ask if treatments are designed specifically for bed bugs. If a company does not provide treatments specifically for this pest and does not offer a satisfaction guarantee, it is better to continue searching for exterminators. Most Canadian extermination companies that have storefronts are legitimate businesses with the proper credentials. Consumers should beware of individuals offering independent extermination services in newspapers or through advertisements. If the person does not represent an established company that can be contacted to verify employment, consumers should avoid such individuals. Reading online consumer reviews from unbiased third-party sites is also a wise idea.

While it is important to eradicate bed bugs as quickly as possible, Canadian consumers should also take the necessary time to hire a reliable exterminator. Hiring the wrong company or individual could be a costly mistake, and bed bug infestations only grow if they are not properly removed.

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Sandy Corriveau is a Canadian based blogger about all topics related to the home. When in need of pest control, she uses Heat-N-Go Pest Control.  Heat-N-Go knows how to get rid of bed bugs safely and effectively.

 

 

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March 22, 2013 at 3:01 pm Comments (0)

Pest Control Tragedy

Pest Control may have been fatal for two children.

Middle east pest control company being prosecuted for the possible lethal use of pest control products.  4 other pest control companies also being prosecuted for restricted use pesticides.

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April 23, 2009 at 9:29 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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April 21, 2009 at 8:44 pm Comments (5)
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