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What Conditions Make Greenville, IL Perfect for Mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are insects that belong to the Diptera category, or in layman’s terms the fly category. These insects not only leave red and itchy bites but they can also spread serious diseases such as Malaria. Male mosquitoes typically only live for one week and do not bite, although female mosquitoes can live for up to eight weeks and feed on human blood for the production of new eggs. Female mosquitoes can lay up to 200 eggs at a time that within eight days will develop into fully grown mosquitoes. This rapid life cycle can quickly and easily cause infestations and lead home and business owners in Greenville, IL to seek pest control services.
Mosquitoes hibernate during the winter but thrive in hot weather. Typically, mosquito season begins when temperatures reach or exceed 50° F. On average in Greenville, IL, temperatures exceed 50° F for an extended period between April and October. These conditions are perfect for mosquitoes to exist in, making infestations a common occurrence in the area.
It is also important to know that as the temperature increases, as does the risk of mosquito infestation. This means that mosquitos are most prevalent in the hottest summer months, which in Greenville, IL are July and August. Pest control services are therefore most advisable during these high-risk months.
Rain Fall and Water
Many types of mosquitos breed and lay their eggs in standing water and some eggs only hatch once water reaches them. In Greenville, IL approximately 40 inches of rain falls each year and the months of July and August experience the highest rates of rainfall. These rain showers often leave standing water that can attract mosquitoes.
High temperatures and rainfall in the summer months make the conditions in Greenville, IL perfect for mosquitoes to live and breed in. Therefore, it is important to reduce or eliminate stagnant water left behind by rain showers. Gutters, birdbaths, ponds, pools, and buckets are all examples of areas where standing water can collect in your yard and these areas should be monitored and any water should be regularly changed.
If you have a swimming pool, pool covers can collect standing water but mosquitoes usually stay away from well-maintained pools. However, if you do not use your swimming pool for long periods of time they are likely to be drawn to the standing water.
Preventing ticks at your Fieldon, IL home or business
Many people in this area love to enjoy the outdoors as spring and summer get going. However, there’s a danger lurking out there that everyone should be aware of – ticks! Yes. These tiny creatures are actually a major health risk, feeding on your blood and possibly spreading serious diseases such as Lyme Disease. With this in mind, it’s important to know how you can avoid ticks and tick bites as the seasons for it arrive. Take a look at these tips below to help you, your family and any one you know stay safer from ticks and tick bites this season!
Know where they live
The first order of business is to understand where ticks live and where you should avoid. Ticks live outside, that much is a give, but they love to hide and wait in safe spaces where they can jump and attach onto a host. Popular tick hotspots include brush piles and piles of leaves, dead tree stumps and other decomposing outdoor materials. You’re likely to find ticks walking in the woods, hiking and other places like that.
Wear proper clothing
Another prevention tip is to wear proper clothing for whatever you’re doing. While it may be a hot day when you go out to do some brush clearing, it’s still better to wear long pants, sleeves and closed toed shoes that will prevent ticks from attaching to your skin right away. You may even want to put on a hat to protect your head.
This means that you should be covering your body with insect spray if you intend to go into the woods or anywhere else where ticks may be lurking. Bug spray products with DEET in them are the best at repelling harmful ticks.
Self-inspection & Cleaning
Even if you’ve been outside with the proper protection and clothing, it’s important to give yourself a self inspection and take a bath quickly after coming indoors. This will help you find ticks faster but also prevent diseases if indeed your are bitten.
If you take a dog with you, make sure they’re up to date on their flea and tick mediation and be sure to check them thoroughly upon returning home. Ticks will actually hitch a ride on your animals and jump over to you when the meal is over and their ready for more.
Remove ticks quickly
If you are bitten, the key is to remove ticks soon after they’re found. Ticks will feed until they can ‘t anymore and they can hold quite a bit of blood. If you find a tick, take a pair of tweezers and grab the tick by the head, as close the skin as possible. Then, pull straight outward to complete detach the entire tick from your skin.
Here are the basics about fleas and your dog
Have you noticed your dog scratching more than usual? Are you worried they have fleas? This is a common concern for pet owners all over the Fairview Heights, IL area. However, this doesn’t always mean that your pet has fleas. In fact, there are a number of reasons that your pet could be scratching. Although, it’s important not to rule anything out until you’ve checked your pets for fleas, thoroughly. Below, we’ll talk about identifying fleas, their life cycle and treatments for your pet and your home.
Don’t forget to enlist the help of a local pest control professional if you get in over your head!
Fleas are tiny – like, really tiny – which means you may find it difficult to identify this problem when it starts. However, there are certain things you can look for to keep an eye out for these insects. First, a flea will be attracted to a host. While they do feed on humans, they only reproduce on animals such as dogs and cats. If you notice your pet scratching in an unusual fashion, it may be due to fleas.
Once you suspect fleas, you’ll want to check any animals in the house. With a fine tooth comb (literally), go through your pet’s fur, you should see tiny black specks spring out of their animals fur or get caught in the teeth of the comb. If you can’t find them, the scratching issue may be due to something else like a skin rash. You’ll also want to check any areas that are frequented by your pets such as their bedding, your bed, carpeting, rugs, etc.
Outdoors, fleas concentrate in shaded areas and it’s easy for any number of nearby woodland creatures to bring them onto your property. If your animal has fleas, you should treat the inside and outside of the home.
The Flea Life Cycle
It’s important to understand the lifecycle of the flea to ensure you’re providing the proper treatment for your pet and your home. Read more below.
- Egg – A female flea will lay hundreds of eggs in your home over its lifespan. (20 – 30 per day)
- Larvae –The eggs then hatch into tiny, worm-like larvae that live in your carpet fibers, between the cracks in your floor and just about anywhere. They feed on organic matter such as dead skin cells, hair, etc.
- Pupa – While in the larval stage, they’ll mold twice due to growth and finally form a protective cocoon where they’ll grow into an adult flea.
- Adult – In the pupa stage, they lie in waiting to hatch and feed on a host. They can survive for a long time, sensing the perfect time to hatch based on CO2 levels, heat and vibrations – these factors tell them when a host is nearby.
Treating Fleas on Pets
When treating your pet for fleas, there are a few options. Oral flea medication has proven effective at preventing and ridding animals of fleas. However, you made need to obtain a prescription for this mediation. There are also topical flea mediations such as medicated shampoos and powders. Above all, when treating your pet for fleas, make sure you buy the right product as some will target fleas in the adult stage and some target them in other stages. You may even have to use multiple products to get rid of them completely.
Treating Fleas in your Home
For your home, flea treatment is a consuming process that involves thoroughly washing and disinfecting anywhere there may be adult fleas or flea larvae. Then, you’ll still have to utilize a chemical treatment to ensure all live fleas are killed. Foggers are a popular product and they can be bought over the counter. Whatever products you’re using, make sure you use one that targets adult fleas and one that targets larval fleas. Once again, this could be two different products.
It’s not just about treating the inside of your home – you’ll have to treat the outside of your home, too. Utilize outdoor flea treatments and spray any areas that your dog frequents or may have picked up fleas including by the tree line, in the dog house, and more.
Professional Flea Treatment
One of the best ways to treat for fleas is to call a professional pest control company that will do it for you. They’ll evaluate your problem and use the right products to eradicate fleas fast and keep them from coming back!