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Blood Feeders get their name for getting their meals off a human or animal host, and some can carry illness and disease! Fleas, Mosquitos, and Ticks are very abundant in Missouri during the spring, summer, and fall months. Blood feeders, like fleas, can be brought inside and found on your furniture, carpet, or on your pets. Keeping your lawn and yard treated helps protect you and your pets. Missouri is home to a large population of ticks, which means tick-borne diseases can pose an increased risk for individuals who work or play outside. At least six (6) different types of tick-borne diseases have been reported in Missouri residents; these diseases include Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, tularemia, Lyme disease, and disease caused by Heartland and Bourbon virus. The majority of cases occur during the months of May, June, and July. Call Sho-Me Pest Control for a professional yard treatment by one of our licensed pest experts.
Fleas are tiny parasites that feed on blood of anything warm-blooded. They leave behind itchy, red spots that make these pests extremely disliked. The most common fleas in the Mid-Missouri area are cat fleas and they usually bite cats, dogs and humans. Fleas do not have wings but can jump as high as 8 inches. In relation to body size, if humans could jump as high as fleas, they could hop over skyscrapers! The easiest way to identify a flea infestation is when you see those tiny, black looking bugs hopping near your feet or off the fur of your pet. Females can lay up to 2,000 eggs in their lifetime. Fleas can live more than 100 days without feeding on blood, Exterminating fleas in your home is fairly extensive, requiring diligent vacuuming on the homeowner’s part and proper pesticide application by a professional exterminator. Call Sho-Me Pest for flea control in your home or yard to protect you and your pets.
Dog ticks are the most common tick found in southwest Missouri. American dog ticks are found predominantly along forest edges and in areas with little or no tree cover, such as grassy fields, lawns, and scrubland, as well as along walkways, sidewalks, and trails. They are commonly found on dogs and will readily attack humans, with the capability of transmitting Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tick paralysis. Precautions should be taken to avoid contact with these ticks. Call Sho-Me Pest to protect your pets and lawn from ticks. Get professional tick control.
These ticks get their name from the single whitish spot on the female’s back. They are most commonly found in the Ozarks and eastern Oklahoma. The lone star tick is also a carrier of Rocky Mountain spotted fever and possibly Lyme disease. These ticks live only outside, and the same precautions should be taken as with the Rocky Mountain tick. Make sure to have a professional exterminator treat your yard for fleas and ticks call Sho-Me Pest Control.
These ticks are most common in the Rocky Mountain region and are carriers of Rocky Mountain spotted fever. They are brown in color and become grayish when engorged with blood. Rocky Mountain wood ticks do not live indoors, and are only found inside if carried in on a pet or human. You can protect yourself from ticks by keeping pant legs tucked into socks or boots, tucking in shirts, avoiding brushy areas, keeping your lawn cut, and using personal insect repellant.
Chiggers are a common problem affecting people and animals that spend time outside during the summer. Chiggers are the larval stage of mites that are parasitic on warm-blooded animals, including humans. There is a common misconception that the chigger burrows into your skin, when it actually injects a digestive fluid containing an enzyme that causes skin cells to rupture, resulting in small, itchy, red welts. Chiggers are active from spring to fall, but are most noticeable during the summer. Call us at Sho-Me Pest for your professional lawn treatment.
The bed bug used to be a thing of the past, but has made a resurgence over the past few years. Hotels and apartment complexes are vulnerable to these insects due to the sheer number of people coming in and out of them. The bed bug is about the size of a small tick and feeds on human blood. If there is an infestation, bed bugs will seek shelter during the day in cracks and crevices and come out at night to feed. They can be found around mattress trim, box springs, bed coverings, bed frames, wall hangings, baseboards, behind loose wallpaper, light switches, etc. Small spots of blood can sometimes be found on the bed sheets. Proper treatment is key in controlling a bed bug infestation, as they can quickly spread to other areas of the building and become a much larger problem.
Most people are concerned about the annoying buzzing sound they make while flying around looking for a place to land. People might also be concerned about their pesky bite or the irritating skin reaction that follows. However, another reason for concern about mosquitoes is their role in transmitting disease. Several mosquito species are capable of transmitting viruses or other organisms that cause diseases in humans and animals. Mosquito larvae live in standing water, so emptying or eliminating containers that may hold water around your yard will greatly reduce the number of mosquitoes around the home. Need mosquito control for your lawn call the experts at Sho-Me Pest!
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