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Pest Control Tips to Prevent Summer Stings and Bites

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The longer days of summer not only provide us with more time to spend outside, but also give stinging and biting insects more opportunity to attack. The warmer weather tends to send pests out in droves, which can easily lead to mosquito or tick bites and bee or wasp stings. While these stings and bites just cause most people minor irritation and discomfort, there are numerous others that end up having a serious reaction or that contract West Nile virus or Lyme disease. Pest control should be a year-round consideration, but there are several additional steps to take in the summertime to help avoid the risk of being an insect’s meal ticket.

Start With Professional Help

Before you even begin to notice insects taking over your yard or bug bites showing up everywhere, it’s a good idea to call in a pest control professional. This is your best chance at keeping bothersome insects from getting settled on or around your property. Your technician will examine the indoors and outdoors for evidence of nests that need to be removed and determine if there are any conditions that would provide the perfect breeding ground or make your home especially attractive to pests. Once all areas have been assessed, a treatment can be applied to help act as a barrier for your property, significantly reducing or completely eliminating the number of insects you’ll experience.

Make Necessary Changes to Your Property

Your pest control professional will point out certain things that should be addressed, but it will be up to you to make the changes necessary to create a less appealing environment for stinging and biting bugs. Specifically, all standing and stagnant water should be removed to keep mosquitoes at bay, and things like decorative fountains, bird baths, above ground pools, etc. should be consistently replenished with fresh water. Ticks are known to lurk in tall grass, so maintaining your lawn is a must as well. Limit the presence of bees and wasps by making sure all outside trash cans are tightly sealed and screens are free of holes.

Watch What You Wear

What you wear can make a big difference in whether or not insects see you as a target. If you’re in a location that could potentially be harboring ticks, it’s best to wear closed-toe  shoes, long-sleeved tops and long pants. Lighter-colored clothing will help you spot a tick much quicker if one happens to attach itself to you, allowing you to get it off right away.

The same type of clothing should be worn whenever you find yourself outside at dawn or dusk, when mosquitoes are most prevalent. If it’s too hot to keep all parts of your body covered up, wearing a bug repellent (and staying away from sweet-smelling cologne or perfume) can help considerably to prevent bites and stings.

Insect stings and bites are less likely to ruin your outdoor summer fun if you think ahead. Don’t delay in getting professional pest control help, and follow the rest of these pest control tips because taking preventative action is fundamental in keeping your property pest-free.

Asian Tiger Mosquitoes In San Antonio

Asian Tiger Mosquito

Summers in San Antonio, TX are filled with swimming, sunshine, and fun, but sadly, mosquitoes always like to crash the party. The season of sun creates perfect conditions for skeeter snack time. We all know of just how much harm mosquitoes can have on us, but the Asian Tiger Mosquito definitely steps that up a level.

About The Skeeters

Asian Tiger Mosquito

This mosquito is small, and dark colored with clearly visible stripes, which is where it gets its name, the Asian Tiger mosquito. Its name can also be attributed to its more aggressive nature. Unlike most species of mosquito, this pest attacks throughout the entire day, not just at dawn and dusk. Dina Fonseca, associate professor of entomology at Rutgers University states, “Part of the reason it is called ‘tiger’ is also because it is very aggressive. You can try and swat it all you want, but once it’s on you, it doesn’t let go.”

This mosquito is also known to transmit many harmful diseases; more than 20. The most common here in the States are West Nile Virus, dengue fever, yellow fever, and two types of encephalitis. With summer in full motion, the presence of these mosquitoes is growing; especially close to people and their homes.

How They Got Here

These mosquitoes are not native to America, but where accidentally introduced from Japan through old tire shipments. Old tires can harbor perfect moist and wet environments for these pests to grow and reproduce.

Originally these mosquitoes are from the Southeast Asian tropics and wetlands, but have been able to spread throughout the world in the last few decades due to international trade and shipping. Now they can be found in 29 American states ranging from Texas to New Jersey, South America, Central America, southern Europe, and several pacific islands.

Prevention & Protection

Mosquito Swatter

Mosquitoes require standing water to breed. Getting rid of any puddles, or built up water near your property would diminish the amount of mosquitoes nearby.  Wearing clothing that covers exposed skin would make it difficult for mosquitoes to bite. While the common bug spray may not work too well against these mosquitoes, trying Deet, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus would be the best options against the Asian Tiger Mosquito.

San Antonio Pest Control

If you are in need of additional protection from mosquitoes this summer, get professional pest control in San Antonio.

Mosquito Control

Mosquito Nix
12500 Network Boulevard
San Antonio, TX78249
(210) 699-7700
mosquitonix.com

General Pest Control

Bulwark Exterminating
118 Broadway Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 224-2706
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
Critter Control
1075 Grassland Drive
Bulverde, TX 78163
(830) 438-6108
crittercontrol.com

 

Aerial Spraying For Mosquitoes Continues Across Texas

Mosquitoes and West Nile

Much of Texas, including the city of San Antonio, is under a summer-long mosquito attack. These attacks have many San Antonio residents fearful of the deadly West Nile Virus which is at its highest levels ever. Over 75 percent of the country’s West Nile cases stem from the state of Texas which has led to President Obama to assess the situation and declare a state of emergency. Texas health officials say that more than 50 percent of the confirmed cases are “neuroinvasive,” the most severe form of the disease resulting in a confirmed 30 statewide deaths.

Combating the Mosquitoes

One effective way to combat the disease carrying mosquitoes is with aerial pesticide spraying, but it does raise many questions and concerns among the general public. Airplanes have been spraying many portions of the state with a pesticide designed to eliminate the mosquitoes and control West Nile outbreaks. The pesticide being aerially dropped is called DUET. It’s safe for the general public, but some my suffer reactions. The most common reactions to DUET include: burning sensations, prickling sensations, tearing in the eyes, blurred vision, and respiratory irritation.

If You Have Any of The Following You May Be Vulnerable To Reactions:

  • Pregnancy
  • Allergies
  • Lung disease
  • Asthma
  • Respiratory infection
  • Hypersensitivity to chemicals

Precautions

If you are concerned about having possible reactions to the aerial counterattacks, Texas health officials urge residents to take precautions. During the spraying, bring your pets indoors. Make sure to stay inside for a couple hours until the pesticide settles. Afterward, wash patio furniture, vehicles, children’s toys, and any garden vegetables. Make sure to wash your shoes as well before returning inside the house. If you feel like you may be hypersensitive to these pesticides, you may want to consider leaving town for a day or two.

Pest Control

We’re still a long way away from the end of West Nile season. We’ll be dealing with the virus outbreak through at least the end of September. If you are worried about the DUET pesticide, the West Nile Virus, or mosquitoes on your property, contact a local pest control professional today. They can offer safe, non-toxic solutions for all of your concerns and needs.

Bulwark Exterminating
118 Broadway Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 224-2706
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

Mosquito Nix
12500 Network Boulevard
San Antonio, TX 78249
(210) 699-7700
mosquitonix.com

Orkin Pest & Termite Control
4902 Center Park Boulevard
San Antonio, TX
(866) 713-9979
orkin.com

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