Finding Those Pests

Pests are not only very uncomfortable to be around, but they can also pose a health hazard. This is why it is a good idea to know where those nasty pests could be hiding in your home or yard. These steps will help you decide if the problem is easily fixable or if its time to hire a professional to get rid of an infestation once and for all.

In this article we will tell you about some of the trickiest hiding places for common pests and how you can spot a problem area.If there are any pests hiding in your home these tips will help you to get rid of them.

Tips For Finding Common Pests In Your Home

Bed Bugs
Some of you may know how bed bugs can affect your home. A bed bug infestation is a serious problem and they should be dealt with immediately. The truth is, there is no unprotected home which is safe from bed bugs. Because these insects feed on human blood they can be very dangerous to our health. Bites leave large red welts that are prone to infection. They also cause painful itching.

As its name suggests, these parasites are found around beds, in mattresses, couches and carpets. The small flat white bugs are drawn to dark places and things they can burrow into. The best way to ward off bed bugs is to keep your bedding and clothing clean and consistently changed.

While these insects may not be directly hazardous to your health they can certainly be very annoying and attract other bugs into your home. Controlling ants is easier when you maintain both your home and garden. If you see ants in the same place more than once, it means that there is a nest close by.Ant nests do not need to be in the soil insects can set up shop in almost any dark place or hidden location. Finding a problem nest is pretty simple. You should be able to follow the trail of ants from their food source back to their nest. Once you find the nest there are various ways to get rid of the problem.

If you’ve lived in the South you know about these blood sucking insects. Besides leaving painful and itchy welts, mosquitoes can carry viruses like West Nile, Encephalitis and most recently, Chikungunya. These are obviously very dangerous viruses to contract. The best way to control a mosquito population is to attack at its source, the larvae. Mosquitoes breed in standing water. Places like: clogged gutters, playground equipment, bird baths or any container can become a breeding ground.

This is exactly how the professionals at Blue Ridge Mosquito Control tackle an infestation. A larvacide (safe for pets) is applied to all surfaces that could hold standing water. The treatment stops mosquitoes from spreading and developing.

Be careful and don't let these pests hide in your home or garden.  At Blue Ridge Mosquito life is better pest-free. 

If you have read or heard the news lately, you probably already heard about a new mosquito virus, which has just recently reached the US and is now infecting people in several states. This mosquito-transmitted virus is called, “Chikungunya” and a lab in Raleigh, NC, has recently taken over the task, of developing a vaccine that helps to protect us from this virus.

Specialists believe people who travelled to the Caribbean in recent months were infected with the virus and brought it back to the US. Currently people in the Carolinas, Florida and Texas, have been diagnosed with the virus.

Since the summer heat is allowing mosquitoes to breed, the lab in Raleigh, NC, is working hard to find a vaccine that works, before this becomes a very serious problem. The Chikungunya virus is in the same category as the Nile virus and Dengue fever, as they can all happen from a mosquito bite.

Scientists, also agree that it is very likely to see more outbreaks of this virus in the US during the next couple of months and throughout next year, which is why a vaccine is of utter importance. The Chikungunya virus has a lot of similarities to the Dengue virus and experts state that it can also put a person in bed for a few days.

Since it is not possible to kill all mosquitoes, as the ecosystems in our planet would fail, we must be careful when we are outdoors and exposed to mosquitoes, especially now that more viruses are being brought into the country. Hopefully, the new vaccines will be ready soon and this does not become a problem that we can no longer control.

If you are having mosquito problems at home, remember that at Blue Ridge Mosquito Control, we are always ready to help and bring the number of these insects around you, down!

We Do Need Mosquitoes In Some Places!

Even though mosquitoes can be some of the most dangerous insects, they are also vital for our ecosystems and environment.  We have mentioned this before in our blog, but we want to draw focus to all that mosquitoes really do for us, even if you hate them!

Although these little pests are incredibly annoying when on an outdoor picnic, mosquitoes are important to our ecosystems as they serve as food to birds, spiders and other creatures. 

Mosquito larvae also feed fish and other marine life, as well as bats, dragonflies and many other mammals.  If mosquitoes weren’t out there, millions of animals, insects and creatures, would not have enough food to survive and our ecosystems would suffer.  

This is why, controlling mosquitoes in your home or properties should be done in a natural and eco friendly way.  Not only will you let other insects and animals have the food that they need to survive, but controlling mosquitoes in a responsible manner will also create beautiful ecosystems in your home and all around you. 

So if you are having trouble with mosquitoes in your yard, garden or home, contact your local professional mosquito deterrent specialist and you will be able to safely get rid of these flying pests.  If you are near the greater North Carolina, Charlotte area and need professional mosquito control services, Blue Ridge Mosquito Control is always here to serve! 

Controlling Mosquitoes

You should already know that mosquitoes are a real threat to our health and that they can transmit diseases like malaria, which is why we must all work towards eradicating mosquitoes and not giving them places to breed.  By starting at this problem’s source, you can very easily control how mosquitoes breed and thus reduce the numbers of mosquitoes in your property.  

Water stagnation, is one of the most common breeding grounds for mosquitoes, so if we can control the places where water accumulates, then we can also control the numbers of mosquitoes that will breed in our property.  

Over the years, it has become obvious that mosquitoes tend to reproduce more in smaller bodies of water, than in the larger ones, as the larger bodies of water, usually have mosquito predators, like frogs and fish, living in them.  This means that we should worry more about small bodies of water and to try and come up with ideas, to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in them.  

Some people, have come up with some incredible ideas and gadgets, which help to accomplish just this and one of them is, a solar device, which is used to scare mosquitoes away from bodies of water.  This device, is basically placed in the water and it will float.  It has some solar cells, which will power the batter or motor, to produce many bubbles per minute in the water, which will scare mosquitoes away.  

The air bubbles, cause ripples to form in the water and since mosquito larvae, must be on the surface of the water to breed properly, these bubbles affect their life and end mosquito breeding right away.  

This could be a very cost effective and smart idea for controlling mosquitoes around the world, as the device is simple to make, it is cheap to make and it also works on its own.  Every village or community, with a small pond or places where water accumulates a lot, could benefit from this device and it could soon, reduce the number of mosquito borne diseases, across the globe.  

Below is a link to a  video that I found in YouTube about this solar powered mosquito controlling device and how it works.  Hope that you enjoy watching it as much as I did and that it helps to give you an idea, on how easy it is to control mosquitoes in your property and reducing the risks of getting infected with a mosquito borne disease.

Click Here To Watch The Solar Scare Mosquito Device

Some Unique Ways To Make Mosquitoes Go Away

There are now many places with some large mosquito populations and we all have some alternative and personal methods, for getting rid of mosquitoes.  In this blog post, I want to tell you about a few more options for killing these flying bugs and I am sure that they will help you as much as they have helped me. 

While DEET mosquito deterrents are very good, they might not be the best option for some and this is why you should try some of these mosquito scaring methods. 

Plant based mosquito deterrents, are an option for getting rid of mosquitoes, but it is not as effective as some of the DEET based deterrents in the market.  The advantage of these plant based deterrents is that they are not as stinky as DEET deterrents and they are also less likely to make people allergic. 

Electric bug zappers are also a good way to get rid of mosquitoes in your home and backyard.  These can be hung in strategic places or you can get one of those portable models, which you can have in your hand and zap mosquitoes with, as they fly by!

There are also some citronella types of plants, which you can plant around your yard and they will help to keep mosquitoes away.  You can ask your local garden shop about the best plants for this and they will surely help to find some beautiful plants for your yard. 

You can even feed your dogs a little garlic, as this will help to keep mosquitoes away from them and will let them have a nice time outside. 

So try out some of these mosquito repelling techniques today and start enjoying your summer even more. 

Tick Season Starts During Spring

Well, spring is here once again and with it, comes tick season.  Ticks are those nasty little insects, which feed on the blood of both humans and animals. They can be really annoying when you are outdoors and they can even transmit diseases, which is why controlling ticks during spring is an excellent idea.    

As soon as weather starts to get warm, people start going hiking, walking, cleaning their yard and mostly spend more time in the wild outdoors.  This is the same for ticks and if you are not prepared for them, they can really make your spring un-enjoyable.

Jennifer Jeyes, who is the Communicable Disease Specialist, said “ticks are most often found in tall grass and wooded areas so covering up before you head outdoors, checking for ticks on yourself, your children and your pets after being outdoors, are simple things that go a long way to prevent bites.”   

There are many different tick species out there and all of them are known for carrying different diseases.  Some ticks are known for causing temporary muscle weakness and paralysis.  Wood ticks can carry diseases like the Rocky Mountain spotted fever and of course, ticks are mostly known for transmitting Lyme disease, which can be very hazardous to anyone’s health.  

While most tick bites do not result in illness, they should be cleaned and watched over for a few days. They could get infected or develop other symptoms, which could help you to identify diseases or illnesses at an early stage, so they can be cured.

Here are some precautions that you should follow, to prevent tick bites and diseases:

·         Try finding cleared trails when walking in wooded or tall grass areas.

·         Wear a hat, long sleeves, pants and light color clothes.

·         Try tucking in your pant legs into your socks or boots.  

·         Use insect repellent, with DEET on skin that is uncovered.  

·         Check your clothes and scalp, after being in an area where ticks may be alive.  

Follow these tips to keep ticks out of your home and yard:

·         Cut your lawn and try keeping it as short as possible.  Remove leaves and weeds as well.

·         Trim your trees’ branches, so that more sunlight can reach your yard.  

·         Place your bird feeders and wood piles, as far away from your home.  

·         Try to have the widest trails that you can on your property and maintain them regularly.  

When you do find a tick on yourself or a family member or even your pet, try putting on some gloves and gently removing it.  Use needle-nose tweezers, if you cannot grasp the tick with your fingers and remove it gently.  After removing the tick, clean and wash the area very well, with both water and soap.  If you have any concerns about a tick bite or need some assistance, you should always contact your family doctor and get medical help as soon as possible.  
Solving Mosquito Problems

It is not uncommon, for people to have some rain barrels, where they can save water when it rains, to water their garden or use that water around the house.  There are many benefits of having your own rain barrel, but there may also be some problems once in a while.  One of the most common ones is a mosquito problem, as these flying insects, love water and even flourish on it. 

Mosquitoes are attracted to standing water, no matter how small the puddle might be.  This is also the time of year, when mosquitoes come out from hibernating and start breeding, which means your rain barrels could be their perfect home.   Thankfully, there are some methods that you can use to continue saving some water in a barrel and not have any mosquito problems whatsoever. 

According to some mosquito control experts, hot weather allows mosquitoes to develop from an egg to an adult in only seven to ten days.  This creates lots of health treats and if you have a rain barrel, you may be creating the perfect environment for mosquitoes to breed in during spring and summer. 

Here are some tips for preventing mosquito problems if you have a rain barrel or collect water from the rain in another type of container. 

  • ·         Using containers that are specifically made for collecting rain water is the wiser choice.  Using buckets or garbage cans can create mosquito problems even faster.  

  • ·         Use mosquito proof screen, for covering the barrel or container and this should reduce the chances of mosquitoes breeding in your water, if you remember to place the screen every time.  

  • ·         Always make sure that there is no organic debris in your container, such as leaves or even some bugs.  

  • ·         It is also a good idea to clear the pool of water that will surely form over your barrel, as these small puddles, can create a breeding ground for mosquitoes too. 

  • ·         You need to check that your barrel has no leaks and that no water is accumulating at the bottom of it,  as this can also help mosquitoes to breed better and something that you want to prevent.   

  • ·         Remember to clean your barrel or container on a regular basis and to drain it completely, before saving some more clean water.  

  • ·         You can try adding some fish that eat mosquitoes to your rain barrel and they will take care of this problem almost right away.  

  • ·         If really needed, use a natural or chemical product to get rid of the mosquito larvae.  This should only be used, when you have a serious mosquito problem and have not been able to solve it any other way.  Natural larvae controlling products are always the best choice.  

So if you are one of the people who collect water in a barrel every time it rains, remember to follow these tips, so that you don’t have any mosquito problems during this hot weather season.  

Can Mosquitoes Help To Fight Diseases?

It is common to believe that mosquitoes are only disease carriers and that they are more frustrating than they are helpful.  But new studies and some scientists are now discovering new ways to use mosquitoes to control certain diseases, problems and pests.  If these studies prove to be right, we are certainly going to have a very different world in the near future.

Subang Jaya, a city in Malaysia, is now considering to use mosquitoes to control Aedes or the mosquitoes which cause dengue cases, which have become very common in this part of the world.  There have been around 879 dengue cases in this area, from January 1st to February 1st of 2014, which is a huge increment from last year, as there were only 108 dengue cases reported during this time of year in 2013.  

This is an alarming increase in dengue cases, which is why scientists and researchers are now working on finding new ways to control these problems and doing it in a natural way. Right now, they have already identified some of the hot spots for this problem and they are planning to release some mosquitoes, which will help end the dengue problem.  

Aedes mosquitoes are the ones that carry the dengue disease and scientists plan to release some elephant mosquitoes in these regions, in order to change the genetics of the mosquitoes in the area and thus reduce the number of dengue cases that are being diagnosed here.  

Scientists believe that the increase in mosquitoes carrying the dengue diseases is due to the un-cleanliness of some of the residents in these areas.  They found many uncovered water tanks and garbage not being disposed properly, which only allow mosquitoes to breed easier and to increase their numbers very fast.  

The local authorities are already conducting inspections on a daily basis and they are also doing fogging exercises, in order to make people understand the seriousness of this problem.  Controlling dengue cases might take some time, but if we all do our part and new ways to battle these mosquitoes arise, we will certainly be able to reduce the number of mosquitoes that can infect us with this disease.