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Mosquitoes are known carriers of West Nile Virus, malaria, dengue fever, encephalitis and even cause dog heartworms in pets. Exposure to mosquitoes should be limited from spring to fall to prevent transmission of any of these diseases. The best way to prevent your exposure to mosquitoes at home? Utilize a professional mosquito control program to add an extra layer of protection to your yard.
Always spray mosquito repellant on any exposed skin or wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and socks to prevent mosquito feeding at night. Eliminate any standing water on your property to reduce the amount of potential mosquito breeding sites. Make sure all windows have screens without any holes or tears. Avoid shaded bushy areas where mosquitoes like to rest.
Ticks are known to lay thousands of eggs throughout their life, so areas can become infested quickly. The most common ticks in our area include the following:
Any areas of overgrown grass or piles of leaves should be cleared and removed from your yard to prevent picking them up when walking through these areas. Install barrier of wood chips or gravel in between your lawn and any wooded areas to reduce tick activity.
Clancy Brothers Pest Control utilizes Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques to document any areas of overgrowth or standing water on the property. These breeding sites are either eliminated or treated before adults emerge. When pesticides are necessary, we use low-toxicity pesticides that are highly-effective against these pests and keep your family safe.
The fleas that are in our area are cat fleas and dog fleas. Fleas can lay up to 50 eggs per day, typically after a blood meal they deposit their eggs in cracks and crevices around where pets spend most of their time. Within 12 days these eggs hatch, so infestations get out of control very quickly.
The most common sign of fleas can be seen when pets are scratching frequently, losing hair or are more restless than usual. Adult fleas and flea feces can be found on infested animals around the neck area, groin area, around leg folds and around the base of the tail. You can find live fleas or flea dirt (droppings) using a comb and dipping it in a bowl of soapy water, if the water turns red it is flea dirt.
The areas to inspect for fleas inside the home are the carpets, pet bedding areas and furniture. Wearing a pair of white socks, shuffle your feet while going over any carpets. After a minute or two inspect your socks for any live fleas and inspect for any signs of flea dirt. Glue boards can also be placed to monitor activity in these areas as well.
Flea treatments require spraying the inside of the home and sometimes even some areas outside to eliminate the infestation. There is some preparation work that must be done before the treatment. Contact us for these details. Pets should be treated for fleas as well to prevent reintroduction of fleas after the treatment is performed. Any wild animals that are nesting in your home should be removed or flea treatments may not be effective. This includes rodents, raccoons, squirrels, etc.
Clancy Brothers Pest Control is proud to service the Greater Boston Area with a number of pest control services. When it comes to fleas, ticks, or mosquitoes, these are some of the areas where we have professionals to help: