Bed bugs, lice, fleas, and mosquitoes are collectively called biting insects since they feed exclusively on the blood of humans and animals. These insects are major pests because their bites are not only annoying but can lead to major health problems and even fatal viral infections.
Luckily, there are plenty of steps you can take to prevent these insects from becoming a problem on your property. To learn all about pest control and the different ways through which you can prevent their growth you can click here.
Mosquitoes are water-loving insects, and they need standing water to lay their eggs, so any place in or near your home where water collects is likely to attract them. Here are a few ways you can minimize the presence of mosquitoes:
- Get rid of any containers like buckets, barrels, or even discarded tires that collect rainwater in your yard
- Be sure to empty any children’s pools immediately after use and store them in covered areas
- Treat any adult pools regularly, and cover them when not in use
- Keep your gutters clean – a build-up of water can result from leaves or other debris clogging the drainage system
Bed bugs, once thought to be largely eliminated as a pest in the U.S., have been making a big comeback in recent years. Although they aren’t disease spreaders, their bites result in red, itchy welts and they are very difficult to get rid of once entrenched in a home.
Bed bugs are almost always brought into a home after having been picked up while traveling, so you should consider taking some measures to prevent them from having the chance to hitch a ride back home with you. Here are some ideas for when you’re staying in a hotel and want to play it safe:
Check the bed for blood spots – sure signs bed bugs have been feeding there recently. Try using a small flashlight as well because bed bugs are notoriously hard to see
Keep your suitcases covered in plastic and raised above the floor
Wash all of your clothes thoroughly when you return from a trip, so any bed bugs that may have gotten into them don’t make it into contact with the rest of your clothes
Fleas can be a problem for dog and cat owners especially. You should have your dog or cat treated by a veterinarian if fleas are a problem, and a professional pest control expert can eliminate fleas from your house and apply a chemical that will inhibit their reestablishment.
Lice bring to mind elementary school head checks by the school nurse for most people, and that’s because doctors need to treat this infestation with special shampoos and creams. Though pest control professionals don’t deal directly with head and body lice, there are still steps that we recommend to help stop the spread of these nasty insects:
Never share combs or brushes, hats, towels, or bedding with infected persons
If a person in your family is infested and being treated by a doctor, wash that person’s clothes, towels and bedding with hot water and detergent
Boil brushes and combs after use and then wash with warm soap and water
If you are experiencing an infestation from biting insects, call a pest control professional today, as insects that are attacking the bodies of you and your family are also putting you at an increased risk for infection.