The world’s deadliest animal is unmistakable… It’s the common mosquito. Most discount this deadly killer due to it’s rather small size but make no mistake, its ability to spread disease is uncanny. While it’s true the initial damage inflicted by it’s bite is more of a nuisance, the true dangers of the species are found in it’s ability to circumvent the immune system with a direct blood transfusion. They are also a major health issue for dogs, cats, horses and livestock. I’m pretty sure everyone with a family dog is familiar with heart worms but that folks, is just the tip of the deadly iceberg.
This year we have been introduced to the Chikungunya virus which causes fever and joint pain as well as headache, muscle pain, joint swelling and rash. There is no known vaccine. Some species can also carry West Nile, a particularly dangerous virus that can cause swelling of the brain and spinal cord commonly referred to as encephalitis. Experts conclude 1 in 150 persons infected with the West Nile virus will go on to develop a severe form of the disease. Other viral diseases carried by mosquitoes is Dengue Fever, also known as “break bone fever” and Eastern Equine encephalitis (EEE) or sleeping Sickness. Triple E is quite similar to the West Nile virus, but more severe with a human-case fatality rate of over 50%. Then there is the LaCrosse encephalitis virus. It’s symptoms can range from mild aseptic meningitis all the way to severe encephalitis and ultimately death.
Mosquitoes are the Worlds Deadliest Animals
Termites? Yes, it’s termite season.. have you noticed? Even if you haven’t seen them, these rogue wood predators are ever present in your yard. Some estimate as many as ten termite colonies per square acre with 50,000 inhabitants each. That’s a lot of mouths to feed.. and they are always looking to eat.
Contrary to popular belief, experts say that the excess debris left from the winter storms won’t translate to increased termite infestations and damage… yet. It will still take some time before the termite numbers begin to grow. With that said the increased presence of wooden debris littering the landscape could still have dire consequences for home owners throughout Georgia. With so many options swarms will be looking for the biggest targets to settle their colonies and that large wooden structure you call home looks perfect for the family. The termite family. The worst part is your homeowners insurance typically doesn’t cover such a threat.
Termite swarms can be seen all year long but spring is the time when things get interesting. Most swarms are brushed off as flying ants but there are some easily recognized differences. See our graphic.
Termites vs Ants
An Atlanta man experienced large swelling and skin discoloration in his arm and immediately sought medical attention. The doctor believed that the arm condition was caused by a spider bite, but had no scientific proof of its origin. Because the man was already on antibiotics for other health reasons, his doctor increased his intake.
Six months later, the man’s wife felt something brush against her face while she was asleep. She was sure it was a spider but was unable to find it once she had turned the light on in her room. (more…)
Silverfish can can cause serious damage for homeowners who have a large infestation. They can destroy clothes, wall paper, books, paper, and most commonly: food. Since they are a nocturnal most people never see them. When they do, it is typically when the silverfish is in the tub and unable to escape (see Silverfish Control, Prevention, & Facts).
Silverfish are classified as stored product pests or fabric pests. They do not transmit disease, but do contaminate food. They have been found in unopened packages of food and are considered by some experts to be the most destructive stored product pest in the United States.
After pests are controlled on the inside of the home there is often no need to treat the interior unless a specific problem develops. If no problems are present, your pest control technician will focus on creating a barrier around the outside of your home to prevent pests from gaining access.
Remember, your quarterly pest control service includes free callbacks, so if you get an outside only treatment and you develop problems later we will come back free of charge and work to resolve the issue.
The benefits of outside only treatments:
- It can be scheduled anytime, even when you are not home
- It focuses the treatment on the area that is most important to keeping your home pest free
If you are an Active Pest Control customer and would like us to start scheduling your appointments as outside, anytime appointments please fill out the form below or call our office at 770-954-9941. Remember, you can always schedule an inside treatment and callbacks are always free.
These people were victims of parasitical bed bugs. Bed bugs are a parasite that feed on the blood of humans. They were all but eliminated in the United States due to widespread use of DDT. However, the EPA banned DDT and bed bugs have made a remarkable comeback. The bed bug’s rapid reproductive cycle and resistance to pesticide has made this parasite a real problem in highly populated areas.
Bed bugs have become a real problem over the last few years. Since the banning of the pesticide DDT, bed bugs have made a dramatic come back. In part to the fact that they can reproduce so rapidly. We have seen a significant increase in requests for bed bug treatments.
Bed bugs are classified as a parasite, and therefore considered a public health risk. (more…)
In 12 months, 1 bed bug can turn into 38,000,000 bed bugs in an optimal growth environment. That is assuming that only 38,000,000 of the original 234,000,000 eggs laid by her and her offspring will hatch and reach maturity. This spells big trouble for commercial properties such as hotels and apartments who want to quickly prevent the spreading of bed bugs within their facilities.
Once a bed bug is hatched, it can easily travel from room to room under baseboards and through small cracks and crevices. Not only can it easily move from room to room, it can survive more than two years without ever feeding in a dormant stage.