Sandy Springs Pest Control
Summer is a great time of year for you and your family to get outside and enjoy nature. However, annoying insects multiply freely in the warm weather and have a tendency to ruin a good time. Here is a quick look at summertime’s most irritating bugs - fleas, ticks and mosquitoes.
Even though there are over 300 types of fleas in the U.S., the most common species are the dog flea and the cat flea. These blood-sucking insects are usually black or dark reddish-brown in color and around 1/12” – 1/6” long. Fleas can live inside or outside and prefer warm and humid temperatures. In the wild, fleas are found on furry animals like raccoons, skunks, opossums or rodents. As they jump on new hosts, fleas can easily land on your pets or be brought into your house on blankets, shoes or other clothing.
Unfortunately, flea bites can cause serious discomfort or allergic reactions for your pet. If you notice your dog or cat overly scratching or biting at their fur, you may have a flea infestation already inside your home.
While there are several tick species, most adult ticks are black or dark brown in color and about 1 cm long. Ticks with only six legs are in the larval stage while adult ticks have eight legs. Feeding on the blood of its host, ticks can be found on mammals, birds and even reptiles. Outdoors, ticks are usually found in wooded areas or overgrown vegetation. They can migrate inside homes on people’s clothing or on pets.
Removing ticks from your pet or human skin needs to be done carefully. Because ticks insert their head into their victim, you do not want to leave any part of the tick inside the skin. Moreover, ticks can carry harmful diseases such as Lyme disease, so it is very important to prevent tick bites if at all possible.
Mosquitoes also come in various shapes and sizes and are mostly found outside. One of the most common mosquitoes in America is the aedes aegypti mosquito. Also known as the yellow fever mosquito, the aedes aegypti mosquito has distinguishing white marks on its legs. Usually feeding at dusk and at dawn, mosquito bites are very unpleasant as they leave itchy welts on your skin. While itchy marks are annoying enough, many mosquitoes also pose a serious health risk. Disease like malaria, encephalitis and now the Zika virus are all transmitted by mosquito bites.
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If you need pest control for fleas, ticks or mosquitoes, choosing a professional service to treat your home and property can make all the difference. For a truly enjoyable summer in Sandy Springs without annoying pests, contact Skyline Pest Solutions today.