Mosquitoes Deadliest Insects Pest Control Tampa The Deadliest Insect on Earth! Most insects are harmless to humans. A lot of insects actually are beneficial to us, but there are a few insects that can kill us. The deadliest of all is the tiny...
Mosquitoes are without a doubt one of the most annoying pests that you can encounter. They are known to spread a wide range of serious and deadly diseases such as Dengue Fever, Malaria, West Nile Virus, and now Zika. So having these little guys around is not only annoying but also a serious health issue.
Although these blood suckers can be controlled, no mosquito program can eliminate them 100%, but can help you enjoy your outdoor activities with much less worry than you would normally have with no treatment at all. A pest professional can consult with you and give you pointers on what you can do to help in the process, along with a professional treatment plan.
There are many different methods and products we can employ to keep these blood suckers at a tolerable level. Controlling the breeding site is a must do to help in restricting the numbers of mosquitoes in your area. Mosquitoes prefer stagnant or standing water, it is their main breeding site. This includes water that is left in basins and bins after a rain shower. Old tires can collect water. Check everything around the house that can hold water; toys, dog bowls, buckets, gutters, cans, pools, etc... All water should be emptied, pool water treated or drained, containers stored where they can't hold water. As you can see, there are many ways water can collect and be used by mosquitoes for breeding sites. Eliminating these water sources is one natural mosquito control method you can employ. Anything that holds water needs to be emptied, even the cap off your soda bottle can be used for mosquito egg laying.
In the heat of the day, mosquitoes hide out in yards with a lot of shrubs, flowers and trees. Some plants even hold water for mosquitoes to lay eggs in, like Bromeliads. The lawn needs to be cut, trimmed and debris moved away from the house.
During the summer our back yards can become unbearable due to these tiny blood suckers. Limit your exposure to mosquito bites by avoiding outdoor activities during peak mosquito hours, like dawn and dusk. If you must be out during those times wear protective clothing like long sleeves, long pants and a hat. Light colored clothing is preferable also as mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors. Mosquito repellents should also be used. Deet repellents work well.
After all the physical remedies have been completed you may want to call an experienced pest control technician to help you get your yard back. A pest professional can consult with you and give you pointers on what you can do to help in the process, along with a professional treatment plan. They will use fog and barrier treatments as well as using a larvicide. For those who live near areas where mosquito populations are high, like areas near bodies of water or low lying areas, you will definitely need to enlist the help of a professional.
Midges, also known as Sand Flies, Noseeums, and Punkies are often confused with Gnats. For such small fellows they sure can become a big nuisance inside and out. Most midges are merely an aggravation, but the biting midges leave marks that are disproportionate to their tiny size.
They are often confused with the mosquito because of their appearance and similar habits. So, what are midges? They are tiny insects that are commonly found near water sources like lakes and rivers. The non-biting midge is much larger than the biting midge. Both midges lay their eggs in standing water, wet mud, lakes, ponds, slow moving streams and marshes.
Non-biting midges will swarm in large numbers at sundown and their humming can be heard several feet away. Adult non-biting midges are attracted to light, which is why they can be found near homes and, of course, find their way inside. Biting midges swarm at both sun up and sun down. In summer, midges that bite can reach vast numbers and become a genuine problem for all.
Biting midges can be extremely annoying because even though they are very small size they have a very painful bite. They suck blood from the skin, causing itching and swelling that can last for several days. The female midge needs blood meals for reproduction. They have small cutting teeth that allow blood to pool so the midge can ingest it. When they suck blood from the skin, it causes itching and swelling that can last for several days. The bites are similar to mosquito bites.
Midges do not generally enter structures, but they are small enough to get through screens. Higher mesh screens may be necessary if you live near a pond or lake where the midge numbers can be very large. Outside lights should be kept off as much as possible at night as the light will attract them to the house.
Midges cannot be eradicated, but you can successfully control them with habitat modification, strategic pesticide and repellent applications. This will help you keep them at a tolerable level. So for more information on successful pest control for midges in Tampa, Plant City, and surrounding areas, call Safari Pest Control, LLC at 813-703-4673. It's a jungle out there!