Fleas, lice, mosquitoes, bed bugs - these predatory insects are known as biting insects. They feed on the blood of humans or animals, and cause a variety of health problems ranging from annoying itches to fatal viral infections.
The best prevention method for most of these pests is to schedule regular treatments by a trained pest control professional. Terminix uses advanced treatment solutions to keep these pest populations under control, although in some cases, such as with mosquitoes, complete elimination is not possible.
Here are a few steps you can take to keep to control biting insects:
Mosquitoes are water-loving insects, so naturally, any collection of water in your yard or near your home will likely attract these pests - particularly if you live in a warm, damp region of the U.S. So the first step in reducing the number of mosquitoes on your property is to eliminate water that's been standing for 7 or more days.
When most people think of lice, they think of elementary school head lice epidemics. And it's for good reason. Head lice can be hard to spot, difficult to treat and are very contagious among children. Pest control professionals can't treat this kind of lice infestation. Only a doctor can prescribe shampoos and creams to help wipe out these nasty pests.
Here are a few things you can do to treat head lice and stop it from spreading:
A common type of lice pest control professionals can treat is bird lice. These lice feed on birds, and can enter homes or businesses when these birds nest in attics, eaves and overhangs. To eliminate this type of lice, you first need to rid the building of the bird problem. Then a Terminix pest control professional can be called in to treat the nest area.
Fleas are prolific breeders, laying up to 18 eggs a day on family pets. So the most obvious control area for flea is your dog or cat. Only a licensed veterinarian should treat an active flea infestation on your dog or cat. To treat your home, your Terminix professional will apply a residual solution along with an insect growth inhibitor. Outside areas can also be treated to help control the chances your dog or cat will come into contact with fleas again in the future.
The most common types of biting insects are:
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