The warm temperatures and rain in the spring triggers flowers to bloom, grass to grow, and, yes, mosquitoes to wake up! These bloodsucking pests generally begin popping up around April and continue to be a problem until sometime around September or October. In warmer areas of the country, mosquito activity can begin earlier in the year and extend well into the winter.
These pests can be quite annoying because of their biting habits, but more importantly because many of them play a role in transmitting various human and animal pathogens. Therefore, by controlling and educating the public about mosquitoes and disease, pest management professionals play an important role in protecting public health.
Mosquitoes are efficient vectors of many harmful disease-causing organisms. In fact, mosquitoes are responsible for more human deaths annually than any other living creature. This is because mosquitoes transmit a variety of debilitating and deadly parasites and viruses throughout the world.
In the United States, mosquitoes vector pathogens to both humans and animals. These pathogens include several types of encephalitis viruses and canine heartworm. Probably the most notorious mosquito-vectored pathogen in the U.S. right now is West Nile virus (WNV). In 2012, the U.S. saw a record number of WNV outbreaks, including 5,387 reported human cases and 243 WNV-related deaths. Read More
Ticks: Waiting in the Brush for a Blood Meal!
When it comes to disease transmission, ticks transmit a greater variety of infectious organisms than any other group of insects or non-insect arthropods. Ticks are obligated blood sucking parasites that will often need to be identified and controlled by a pest control professional. Ticks, like insects, are arthropods, and therefore classified within the Phylum Arthropoda. But ticks are not insects! Ticks are in the arthropod class Arachnida, and they share this class with their close relatives, the mites, spiders, scorpions. Some of the more commonly encountered and medically important tick species include the black legged (deer) tick, the western black legged (Pacific) tick, American dog tick, brown dog tick, Lone star tick and the Rocky mountain wood tick.
Common habitats for ticks include woodland areas, especially along trails and edges of forests. They are also found in grassy fields and in areas with or surrounded by tall grasses. These same habitats are usually where tick hosts, such as mammals, ground-dwelling birds and lizards, are also found. Read More
We celebrated the first official day of spring this week with a nice dusting of snow and temperatures barely above freezing. Nevertheless, the warm days of spring will be arriving soon and nature will come alive out of its deep thaw. Rather appropriately, we also celebrated another event this week – Termite Awareness Week. Every year the week-long observance by the National Pest Management Association helps bring to the light the havoc termites wreak throughout the United States.
As your local pest control experts, we here at Ehrlich take pride in being our customers’ resource for all things insects, including termites. The wood-hungry insects are responsible for billions of dollars in property damage every year and are extremely difficult to control without professional training and equipment. While termites are well known and feared by homeowners, the average person most likely has no idea what a termite actually looks like. What makes things more confusing is that termites look very similar to a few other insects, including flying ants. Similar to our previous gallery of bed bug pictures, we’ve compiled a collection of termite pictures for you to peruse. Enjoy! Read More
If you asked my wife what her greatest fears were, there’s a pretty good chance a certain blood-thirsty parasite would top the list – bed bugs. Occasionally, I like to bring up all the interesting facts I’ve learned about bed bugs working for Ehrlich to my wife’s dismay. However, I find it interesting that most people dread bed bugs without actually knowing what they look like. Bed bugs are tiny insects (4-5 mm long) and are difficult to see with the naked eye. Bed bugs (or Cimex lectularious) feature a brownish-red color, an antennae and emit a “obnoxiously sweet” aroma from their body.
Beginning in the mid-1990′s, bed bugs experienced a huge comeback in North America. The insects had been primarily non-existent on the continent since World War II. In 2013, the National Pest Management Association reported in a study that “99.6 percent of U.S. based professional pest management companies have encountered a bed bug infestation in the past year.” If you spot an insect in your home that you believe may be a bed bug, it is highly recommended to contact a pest control professionals as soon as possible. Infestations can spread throughout your home quickly and are extremely difficult to eliminate through do-it-yourself methods.
For your benefit, I have included a collection of bed bug pictures below.
While most of us are familiar with the commonly encountered subterranean termite and its damage, we are less knowledgeable on the non-subterranean termites that populate many of our service areas. Termites other than subterranean termites are divided into two groups: drywood and dampwood termites.
It is important to be able to distinguish subterranean, drywood and dampwood termites groups from each other, because each are typically found in very different locations and require different treatment methods. In general, subterranean termites are usually located below ground level, and require contact with the soil. When traveling to food sources above ground, subterranean termites construct tunnels of mud tubes in order to conserve moisture. Read More