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Spring Pests Are On the Way


Here come those pesky pests again! Don’t let them get ahead of you! Take action now before flies, ants, ticks, and mosquitoes take over your home and property. There are multiple reasons why these spring pests are a nuisance, or in some cases, dangerous. The following is some information about these pests to help you make an informed decision on how to deal with them.

Flies are pretty common all over the world, and they are here in ‘small town’ America as well. Like most pests, they make their way into homes while searching for food, water, and shelter. They like rotting foods, particularly fruits and vegetables; but they love to hang out in some pretty unsanitary places such as the dumpster, the sewer, and other waste areas as well. Flies can spread bacteria and disease by contaminating the things they land on with their feces or with their regurgitated food or by depositing pathogens they have picked up on their bodies onto food and food prep areas. You can try to avoid flies by cleaning up unsanitary areas and storing food properly in airtight containers, but this is no guarantee. Ridding your home of flies should be left to an experienced pest control technician, or better yet, to a year-round service. It is the best way to protect your family and friends from potential disease.

Some ants can be a huge nuisance, and some can be destructive, as in the case of carpenter ants. They are small social insects that live in massive colonies, which is why these pests are hard to get rid of. Similar to flies, they enter homes in search of food, water, and a place to live. Most ants are not dangerous to humans; however, a colony of carpenter ants can do a lot of damage to the wood and the structure of a home or building. Again, a pest control program that monitors pest activity year-round would be ideal to prevent an infestation.

Mosquitoes are extremely common in the summertime, and they can rapidly develop into a big problem. The female mosquito requires a blood meal in order to breed, which is why she bites humans. The problem with their bite is their ability to transfer diseases at the same time. Some serious diseases like the West Nile virus and the Zika virus are transmitted by mosquitoes. They can also cause Eastern equine encephalitis and malaria. The males only feed on nectar and do not pose a risk. Mosquitoes prefer to remain outdoors and are attracted to standing water where the female will lay her eggs. When spending time with family and friends in your yard on nice spring and summer days, the presence of mosquitoes is not just annoying, but they can be dangerous and cause anxiety, not to mention the nuisance caused by applying bug spray continually. The best solution for a yard free of mosquitoes is to utilize a pest control service that offers a year-round program.

Ticks attach themselves to the skin of humans or animals to feed on their blood. There are several particular types to be aware of including the deer tick, the American dog tick, and the wood tick. They live mostly in densely wooded areas and are transported from one area to another on animals. You can easily pick up a tick just by walking through the woods, where they hide in brush and on grass or branches. Ticks cause a potential health risk as they can carry diseases like the Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease. Again, you will want to eliminate any potential health risks in and around your home, so contacting a pest control service would be a good step in the right direction.

Year-round pest control will eliminate common seasonal pests and keep them away. The expert technicians at Parkway Pest Services can make your home and yard pest free effectively and efficiently. You will have peace of mind all year long knowing that pests are not a threat. Give us a call today to see how we can help you eliminate the threat that mosquitoes and other pests pose.