With the abnormally warm weather we have been experiencing lately, mosquitoes and other pests are showing up earlier than usual. Mosquitoes are one of the most annoying pests we deal with; they show up in large numbers, their bites leave itchy red welts, and they have the potential to spread disease.
Here are some tips to control mosquitoes around the home.
1) Remove their habitat
Get rid of standing water in buckets, tarps, gutters and any other container with standing water.
Empty and change permanent fixtures of standing water such as bird baths, fountains, ponds, and potted plants.
2) Prevent your family’s and your own exposure to mosquitoes.
Use mosquito and bug repellents.
Make sure windows and doors screens are shut tight.
Replace outdoor light bulbs with yellow bug lights, they are lower light and attract fewer bugs.
Occasionally neighborhoods are sprayed to prevent disease and large infestations of mosquitoes. For more information on this topic contact Earthguard Pest Services at:
Unusually warm weather is affecting us and our pets in Northern California, mostly in a positive way, but one negative aspect of this great weather is that fleas are on the rise earlier than normal. Even homes without pets can become infested with fleas.
The most common indicator of fleas is the irritating red bumps they leave when they bite our skin, usually around the ankles and arms. More often than not the effects are limited to just a bite with an irritating bump, but fleas can transmit tapeworm to pets, and some people experience severe allergic reactions.
Simple things such as vacuuming the house are a big part of controlling fleas, along with mowing the lawn and keeping wildlife to a minimum around your house.
Recently it has been found that topical flea treatments are not as effective as oral treatments for your pet, due to increased activity and the topical treatment washing off.
We have spent a lot of time covering mice and rats in and around your house. One thing that is not usually mentioned is besides ruining food, leaving droppings, spreading diseases and generally being annoying, its mice and rats have the ability to cause fires. It has been seen countless times, in basements, attics, and walls. Wires that have had the insulation gnawed off, leaving exposed, live wires in cramped areas. These wires are unsafe and can easily lead to a fire, an ounce of prevention can go a long way.