The Problems Mosquitoes And Ticks Can Cause
On the surface, it might seem mosquitoes and ticks don’t have a lot in common, but deep down, they both just want the same thing; your blood. These external parasites share another major thing in common. They both spread diseases, so controlling them needs to be one of your top summer pest control priorities.
Mosquitoes are the world’s deadliest animal by a landslide, thanks to the diseases they spread all around the globe. They breed in standing water or moist soil, meaning they thrive in our humid and often rainy environment here in Maryland. Unlike ticks, mosquitoes don’t depend on blood for food. Most of the time, they feed on nectar.
However, when the females are ready to lay eggs, they need a blood meal to get enough protein to do so. This fact may make it seem like mosquitoes don’t feed that often, but there are so many of them you can wind up with constant bites if you’re in areas where mosquitoes breed.
This constant biting can spread a variety of diseases. The deadliest mosquito-borne illness is malaria. Even though we don’t have to worry about that here in the U.S., there are several other diseases spread by mosquitoes that can hospitalize and sometimes even kill those they infect, including:
- West Nile virus
- Jamestown Canyon virus
- Zika virus
- Dengue fever
- Multiple forms of viral encephalitis
Meanwhile, ticks feed on blood as their primary source of calories. Ticks will always look to bite you, not just when they’re ready to breed. Ticks have several different strategies to snag a blood meal. They may drop on you from trees if you walk underneath their branches. They may also crawl up from tall grass and bushes.
Ticks spread a host of diseases, too, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Some of the illnesses you can catch from ticks can cause lifelong nerve, cardiovascular, and brain damage, leaving you permanently disabled.
A breeding population of mosquitoes or ticks on your property exponentially increases your chances of exposure to an illness borne by these sneaky external parasites, which is why mosquito and tick control are so vital. They’re essential to protecting your health.
Our Mosquito And Tick Control Process
Unfortunately, ticks and mosquitoes are not pests you can handle yourself. Mosquito and tick treatments you can purchase at the store are typically ineffective at dealing with infestations of these external parasites on your property. Worse, most home and business owners don’t have the skill set to deliver treatment products to their targets effectively.
You’ll need professional mosquito and tick extermination services from the trained experts here at Mike’s Pest, Termite and Wildlife Control. We know exactly how to find mosquito and tick hot spots on your property so that we can target them with our effective line of treatment products.
We’ll start with an inspection intended to find breeding sites on your property that you may have missed. For mosquitoes, these include clogged rain gutters, moist sandboxes, and other items that collect rainwater without you noticing. Then, we’ll use backpack sprayers to treat shrubs and foliage and granules to treat standing water you cannot remove. We also have mist blowers that can treat a radius of up to 25 feet for larger areas that need mosquito and tick protection, such as under decks and eaves.
Our tick and mosquito control products are safe for pets and people because they are growth regulators. They prevent eggs from developing and hatching. Ticks and mosquitoes will spread the product to each other, bringing about their own termination from your property. Once they spread the product around your property, time will take care of the last generation of adults, while the treatment itself ensures there will be no future generations.
To ensure maximum effectiveness, we will follow up to retreat. We’ll come out once per month to treat mosquitoes from April to October (mosquito season). Ticks we can treat year-round and customize our follow-up treatments to fit your needs and budget. We also offer one-time treatments for those who don’t want to do a follow-up program. No matter your individual needs, we are dedicated to your satisfaction. So we’ll work with you to tailor a home pest control plan to fit your schedule, budget, property, and anything else!
Don’t Let Parasites Take Over Your Home
Whether you’re just looking to prevent ticks and mosquitoes from gaining a foothold on your property or need relief from a major infestation, we’ve got you covered here at Mike’s Pest, Termite and Wildlife Control. Don’t hesitate to contact us for a tick and mosquito-free summer!