Pest Control News
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!
Here’s what you can do to prevent those pests come Springtime
For some, there’s nothing better than Springtime. Flowers, sunshine, warm temperatures – what can be better? Unfortunately, it’s not always sunshine and roses in the Springtime. This time of year also brings about pets that infiltrate your home looking for food and water. From cockroaches and ladybugs to spider and other multi-legged friends, it’s important to take preventative steps to keep them out of your home. Read below for some times on what you can do to keep your home pest-free this Spring!
The first thing that you can do is clean up around your yard and around your home. Indoors, clutter gives insects places to hide in plain sight. Outdoors, buildup of leaves and debris around the home, doors and windows may provide an easy access point for insects looking for ways to get inside. Clear the clutter and keep debris away from points of entry to keep pests out.
Eliminate Sources of Moisture
One of the main places you’ll see pests in your home in the Spring is around water, plumbing and anywhere moisture can be found such as the basement or a bathroom. Eliminate any excess moisture by fixing leaking pipes and correcting drainage issues that could be attracting hordes of pests to your home.
Block Entry Points
It’s also important to block points of entry into your home. This means sealing any cracks, holes or openings to the exterior of your home. Common problem places include around doors and windows, around the foundation and even openings in siding. Do a visual inspection of the outside of your home to identify additional places where insects may get in.
Another option for preventing pests is to call for preventative treatments from your local pest control company. They’ll be able to assess your home for vulnerabilities and provide pet and kid-safe treatments that keep pests away. Imel is the name to know for pest control in Elsah, IL!