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GENERAL KNOWLEDGE/PREVENTION

What are some things I can do to prevent insect infestations?

There are many things that will help prevent infestations:

  • Keep bushes, trees, and landscaping trimmed and not touching the home
  • Make sure windows and doors are sealed properly
  • Keep caulking, screening and sealing maintained in good condition
  • Keep grass cut short at all times
  • Cut and remove weeds and brush from yards and adjacent vacant lots
  • Trim trees and shrubs to allow light and air underneath and/or between
  • plants and structures
  • Screen or tightly close outbuildings
  • Stake brush or garden vine vegetables, fruits or ornamentals
  • Store firewood, lumber or other materials on racks 10-12 inches above the
  • ground and at least 12 inches away from any structure
  • Having us perform an exterior power treatment is key to helping an
  • infestation!

I live near water. What special considerations do I have to make regarding insect prevention?

Reduce the amount of lights on the exterior of the home at night. Insects are attracted to lights, and spiders eat insects, so this will in turn reduce food for spiders. Keep your grass and landscaping trimmed. Having us perform an exterior power treatment is key to helping prevent an infestation!
What can I do to protect my boat from insects?

Keeping your boat clean is key to preventing spider web build up. More w ebs = more mess. Ask us about the effective aerosols we sell to help pr event boat infestations.
What do I need to know about mosquitoes and West Nile virus?
Mosquitoes are small, long-legged, two-winged insects belonging to the order Diptera and the family Culicidae. Mosquitoes have four distinct stages of development: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Eggs must be in water in orde r to hatch but may be deposited initially either directly on water or in locations subject to periodic flooding. Larvae and pupae are aquatic but the adults are active, free-flying insects.

Mosquito bites can be an itchy nuisance. But mosquitoes also can carry illness. I n the United States, mosquitoes can spread West Nile virus. For about 80% of people who are infected, this virus causes no symptoms. But in some people, West Nile viru s can cause severe illness and even death. Those more at risk for getting sick fro m West Nile virus are people aged 50 and older. In mild cases, symptoms may include: Fever, Body aches, Headache, Vomiting, Swollen glands. Serious symptoms require a doctor’s care. They include: High fever, Muscle weakness, Vision loss, Neck stiffness, Disorientation or stupor, Tremors, convulsions, numbness, paralysis. Symptoms usually occur three days to two weeks after a bite from an infected mosquito. If you notice any severe symptoms, see your doctor right away.

What health issues do insects create?

Mosquitoes:  Mosquito-borne viruses including: Eastern Equine Encephalitis, St.  Louis Encephalitis, West Nile virus, and several California Encephalitis, Heartworm, Malaria, Lacrosse Encephalitis, Jamestown Canyon Virus.   For more information, download the Michigan Mosquito Manual.

Spider Bites:  Redness, swelling, itching, pain. Victims should be concerned  when a local reaction continues to get worse for more than 24 hours. Look for  redness spreading away from the bite, drainage from the bite, increase in pain,  numbness/tingling, or a discoloration around the bite.

Wasp/bee stings:  When bees or wasps sting a person, they inject venom  through their stinger into the skin of the victim. Wasps, yellow jackets, and  hornets have stingers without barbs that are usually retracted upon stinging,  and these insects can sting people multiple times. The honeybee has a bar bed  stinger that remains in the victim’s skin with its venom sack attached. About 3% of people stung by bees and wasps have an allergic reaction to the sting, and up to 0.8% of bee sting victims experience the severe and life-threatening allergic  reaction known as anaphylaxis.

The most severe allergic reactions to wasp stings are referred to as “anaphylaxis.” Anaphylaxis occurs when your body goes into shock in response to  the wasp venom. Most people who go into shock after a wasp sting do so very  quickly. It ’s important to seek immediate emergency care to treat anaphylaxis.

Ticks:  One variety known as deer ticks is known to carry Lyme disease, so the  trick is to get them off your body fast. In the United States, the Northeastern and upper Midwestern states are most affected by the threat of Lyme disease. But  there have been cases in most states in the U.S. Different types of ticks found throughout the United States can carry other diseases, too, such as tularemia or  Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Ticks are often found in wooded or grassy areas.

What advantage do professional pest control methods have over home remedies?

The professionals are knowledgeable about proper application procedures. We  often see homeowners spraying products into the lake when it is a clear violation of  the law to do so. Most homeowners do not have the knowledge that professionals have, such as: what products to use, how to use them, and other control methods  that only experienced professionals who are trained constantly and updated with  current relevant pest control methods do. The products that we use are more effective than what is available for homeowners to purchase on their own.

Will the treatment stain my home?

No, the application will not stain or discolor your home. The treatment will not  affect any paint, stain, siding or brick on your home.

What insects are common in Michigan?

Spiders, carpenter ants, wasps, hornets, fleas, ticks, carpenter bees, pavement ants, ear wigs, weevils, beetles, ticks, aphids, bed bugs,  flies, boxelder bug, centipede, clover mites, spider mites. Check out our “Know Your Enemy” section below for additional information!

Is the treatment safe for my pets?

We ask the homeowner to keep any pets inside while we treat. Wait about an hour to let your animals outside after the application has had time to dry.

5 steps to choosing the right pest control company

1. Try to inform yourself, take a few minutes and do some research yourself on the problem insect. Knowledge is power!

2. Is the company you are going to choose licensed and insured?

3. Don’t be oversold, is the company trying sell you a year contract? Do you need 12 months of service?

4. Does the company have a good reputation? Ask for referrals

5. Go with your gut: A new study has shown that forced to choose between two options based on instinct alone, participants made the right call up to 90 percent of the time.

How long does it take to apply the treatment and how long will it last?

A typical treatment will average about 15-30 minutes. Larger yards may take longer to treat. Each treatment lasts approximately 21 days, monthly treatments are highly recommended.

What if it rains after my yard has been treated?

As long as your yard has had adequate time to dry after the application of your treatment (approximately 30 minutes), rain should not impact the effectiveness of your service.

How much does mosquito treatment cost?

Each home is unique and we customize each application to successfully treat your mosquito problem. We price our applications based on the size and density of foliage around your property and the amount of product that we will need to use. You can contact us any time for a free quote.

How long before I can go in the yard after you have treated?

After a treatment, you need to ensure that the product has completely dried before going outside. We recommend a minimum of 45-60 minutes. Once the product has completely dried, you and your family may safely enjoy your property.

How long to mosquitoes live?

Depending on the species, mosquitoes can live several weeks to a month or more. Females live longer than males.

Why do we itch after a mosquito bites?

The itching we feel from a mosquito bite is our body’s reaction to the anticoagulant injected with the female mosquito’s saliva as she takes blood.

What attracts a female mosquito to a human?

Carbon dioxide (CO2), our breath, is a proven attractant. Warm bodies, dark-colored clothing, and scents like perfume and deodorant also attract female mosquitoes.

What can homeowners do around their own backyards to reduce mosquitoes?

Homeowners can eliminate mosquito breeding sites on their property by periodically emptying water from containers such as bird baths, buckets, tires, gutters, etc.

KNOW YOUR ENEMY

It helps to know what you’re dealing with! Use this guide to help identify and learn about the pests in your home.

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