Pest Control Service Keeps Mosquitoes and Ticks From Spoiling Summer Fun
June 25, 2021
A pest control service can be a great help in eliminating summer pests such as ticks and mosquitoes. If you have lived in Missouri for any length of time, you know how these blood-sucking insects can spoil summer fun. Expert Pest Solutions has services to help you rid your home and yard of these pests, so you can get back to enjoying barbecues, swimming and hanging out with your friends. If you are in greater Springfield or the surrounding communities of Ozark, Nixa, Republic, Rogersville or Strafford, we can help.
Mosquitoes and ticks aren’t just an annoyance. Both can spread serious illnesses and diseases when they bite you or your family. In fact, the mosquito was ranked the most deadly animal in the world according to the British Broadcasting Service (BBC). Mosquito-borne illnesses account for up to one million human deaths annually! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the primary illness associated with mosquito bites in Missouri is West Nile Virus. “Symptoms of severe illness [from West Nile] include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. Severe illness can occur in people of any age; however, people over 60 years of age are at greater risk.” Having a pest control service treat your yard can help prevent this from happening to your family.
There are several steps you can take at home to help reduce mosquito populations around your property. Eliminate standing water in places where it doesn’t belong, such as inside old tires. Change the water in bird baths and unfiltered pools at least once a week. Consider introducing some mosquito-eating fish, such as green sunfish in your pond. Make sure your window screens are in good condition, with no holes or gaps.
Ticks are another summertime pest. No one likes to come in from a day of outdoor fun to find one of these little pests has attached itself to the skin! The two most common ticks in Missouri are the lone star tick and the American dog tick. There are many other species of ticks in Missouri, but people encounter them much less frequently. Just as with mosquitoes, the primary concern with tick bites is the possibility of illness.
Rocky Mountain spotted fever is a tick borne illness that often begins with a rash on the wrists and ankles, which then spreads over the body. Later symptoms can include fever, backache, headache, high fever and general malaise, and may occur up to two weeks after the tick bite occurs. Early diagnosis and antibiotic treatments are important for recovery. Removing ticks immediately can help prevent infection. Lyme disease is another widely known tick-borne illness which can be devastating to your health. The CDC has a list of signs and symptoms to watch out for. Pest control service can help eliminate ticks from your property.
You can avoid mosquitoes and ticks in a few ways. The best is to make sure that anytime you are outdoors, you apply an insect repellent that contains DEET. Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk. Unfortunately, those are the times of day when it is most enjoyable to be outdoors! Ticks live in vegetation and attach themselves to whatever victim walks by. So avoid walking through brushy areas or places with tall grass. If you must be in these areas, wear long pants and long sleeves and check yourself for ticks as soon as you return indoors.
If you need a pest control service to rid your yard of ticks and mosquitoes, contact Expert Pest Solutions at (417) 413-4776 for an estimate. We offer one-time, quarterly, and specialized services to eliminate a wide variety of pests, with plans to fit any budget. Our local team of pest control experts looks forward to helping you enjoy a summer full of outdoor fun in Springfield, Ozark, Nixa, Republic, Rogersville, and Strafford.