Bed bugs are back and are making the lives of many people a living nightmare. The number of bed bug cases in the United States is growing at alarming rates. They live in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, ceilings, power outlets, headboards, couches and dressers They feed almost exclusively on human blood. They are typically nocturnal and very cryptic in nature. They feed at night and then return to their hiding places for a week or more.
Cockroaches have an amazing ability to adapt and survive and are consequently one of the most ancient insects. They eat almost anything and can squeeze into virtually any area, including doorways, windows, utility lines and even sewers. Cockroaches are nocturnal and prefer dark, warm, and moist areas.Sanitation is essential when controlling cockroaches. Tightly seal food and remove garbage, food scraps and crumbs. Fix water leaks and remove bottles and cans. Chemicals can control and eliminate cockroaches if applied correctly, but sanitation goes a long way toward eliminating these well-adapting pests from your home
The common house mouse is very successful at cohabitating with humans. They have the ability to survive in a wide variety of habitats; they have a small body size and can go undetected for months, and have a high reproductive potential. They are also very successful because they require little or no water to survive, and their behavior is unpredictable.The two best ways to control house mice are good sanitation, including keeping debris away from homes or buildings, and exclusion. When a home or building is well-sealed, then it is much more difficult for mice to enter. After the mice enter the home, the two main forms of control are traps and rodenticides
Mosquitoes are especially problematic because they spread the diseases like the West Nile Virus. They are particularly troublesome in the hot summer months. Mosquitoes breed in standing water. They don’t need much, and that makes them very hard to control.When going outside at dusk or dawn, wear long sleeves and pants. Use an EPA-approved insect repellent on all exposed skin and clothing. Look around your property for standing water, and dispose of it.
Ticks are blood-feeding parasites. They do not jump or fly, but wait in tall grasses or on something else to attach themselves to a host. Once attached, they may eat for days or even weeks until they are full. After they are full, they generally drop off the host. A perimeter and yard treatment and treatment using an appropriately labeled insecticide focusing on long grasses bushes and weeds.
Spiders feed on living prey. They provide a great benefit to the world by reducing insect populations. Most spiders catch their prey in silk webs, but a few actively hunt. All spiders can produce silk and most spiders have as many as 7 different kinds of silk used for different reasons. Spiders pose certain health risks to humans. They invoke fear, create allergic reactions, and envenomation. Removal of spider webs, egg sacs, and potential harborages is critical to long-term success. Sweep away webs and egg sacs, but be careful not to get too close to any live spiders.
Adult fleas feed on blood. They usually host on pets but do bite people if they are very hungry. Some people are extremely sensitive to flea bites while others are fairly immune to them. Infestations are less common in Utah than in some more humid areas, but in a few areas of the state, fleas can transmit the bubonic plague. Flea infestations should be treated as soon as possible.To control fleas, all life stages of the flea should be treated. To destroy eggs, the pet’s bedding and areas where the pet hair accumulates should be cleaned frequently. Insecticide should be sprayed in areas where the pet lives. Control adult fleas with shampoos or insecticide powders.