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Summer gatherings are one of the highlights of the warm months, but they are best done without the addition of creepy, crawly uninvited guests. Insects such as mosquitoes can cause annoying bites and can potentially transmit dangerous diseases and stinging insects can pose a threat to guests with allergies.
Following the tips below will help keep your outdoor cookout pest-free and allow you to sit back and enjoy your gathering time.
Pre-Cookout Yard Inspection and Clean-Up
Inspect your yard for any potential insect problems such as ant hills or stinging insect nests. Call a professional pest management company if needed.
Mow the grass the day before a cookout can help reduce harborage for insects hiding in taller grass, such as ticks.
Drain any standing water sources to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes.
Pick up leaves, sticks and any fallen fruit that may attract insects from your yard and out of your gutters.
Make sure trash is properly stored in a covered container.
During the Cookout
Have on hand an EPA approved repellent with DEET to ward off mosquitoes.
Remind guests (even make a sign) to close doors tightly when entering and exiting your home to prevent mosquitoes from coming inside.
If you’re attending a cookout, have a change of clothes along. If the weather allows for it, long sleeves and long pants will protect from bites from mosquitoes.
Avoid wearing perfumes or fragrances that will attract insects.
Have plastic cups available for use. Beverage cans and bottles are attractants for stinging insects.
Keep food tightly sealed and covered and/or keep food in sealed coolers.
Keep food prep areas clean and immediately wipe up any spills. Ants and flies are especially attracted to leftover food remnants.
Keep trash in covered receptacles. Keep trashcans away from main gathering areas.
Use fans to create a breeze that will keep insects away.
If you’re in need of professional assistance with an insect issue, give us a call at our Muskego office at 262-679-4422, our Oshkosh office at 920-385-0412 or toll free at 800-956-0800.
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After months of shivering, we embrace spring and the warmer breezes, but maybe not everything that blows in with the season. Pest invaders are pretty quick to get moving once the temperatures rise. Some insects you’re sure to see early on include: Boxelder bugs, Asian ladybeetles, ticks, ants and mosquitoes.
According to NPMA’s Bug Barometer, ticks and mosquitoes (along with ants) will be on the rise in numbers this year. We offer a Mosquito program that can aid in reducing numbers of both pests, while protecting your yard and family from these dangerous nuisances.
Ticks are not insects. Ticks are actually arachnids like spiders, scorpions and mites. Unlike insects, all members of this group have 4 pairs of legs as adults, and haven’t any antennae. Ticks do not fly or jump. They will crawl onto grass or brush until they find a host to crawl up and attach to. It is thought that ticks also have the ability to wait on higher ground and drop onto a host. Ticks are in need blood to survive. They will bury themselves deep within a host and can stay attached for days to eat. A quick tick check after being outdoors and a prompt removal of a tick is important. Ticks transmit a wide array of disease-causing microbes, with Lyme disease as the highest reported tick-borne illness in Wisconsin.
Mosquitoes have been labeled as one of the deadliest killers in the world. Mosquitoes like to breed in stagnant water and have an extremely fast life cycle, which allows for quick growth in population. Mosquitoes are vectors of numerous diseases including malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever, encephalitis, La Crosse encephalitis and, of course, West Nile virus.
Our Mosquito Program will give you protection all season long for only $380.00*. Contact our Muskego office at 262-679-4422, Oshkosh office at 920-385-0412 or toll free at 800-956-0800 for more information or to sign up for this beneficial program that will give you and your family Peace of Mind.
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With the spring season upon us and a prediction from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) of a larger tick population this year, it’s a good time to revisit some helpful tick truths and tips.
Call our knowledgeable staff now in Muskego at 262-679-4422, in Oshkosh at 920-385-0412 or toll free at 800-956-0800 to request a free estimate and ask us about our 4 Tier Mosquito Program, which also targets ticks. Visit us on the web at www.safewaypest.net.
Call our knowledgeable staff now for a free quote at 262-679-4422 or 800-956-0800 or visit our website at www.safewaypest.net to request a free estimate and check out our current specials, especially our 3 tier Mosquito program, which also targets ticks.
Although it isn’t over yet, and in Wisconsin we have learned not to count our insect population before it hatches, we can at least say that up until now we have had a much milder winter in Wisconsin this season. So what does that mean for the insect population and what does that mean for you and your family?
Many variables can affect an insect’s ability to survive the winter, including the amount of snow cover and the intensity and duration of cold temperatures. Typically, less consistent freezing temperatures mean more chance that certain insect species eggs and larva will survive, but it is hard to know for certain which insects truly survived the winter until spring arrives.
There is a very good chance that a one unpopular insect may arrive sooner and possibly thrive this spring and summer due to the mild winter, the mosquito, but that too will be dependent on several factors, including how much precipitation this spring brings. Another unappreciated pest has already been spotted this month in Wisconsin, the tick. Many ticks, especially the Deer tick can be active in lower temperatures. With more ticks and mosquitoes, there is more potential for higher cases of insect borne illnesses such as Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus.
Take precautions when heading outdoors with your family to enjoy the upcoming spring weather.
For protection against mosquitoes and ticks:
The pest specialists at Safeway Pest Management are knowledgeable and ready to help with your tick or Mosquito problem. Give us a call at 262-679-4422 in Muskego, 262-354-3444 in Oconomowoc or toll free at 800-956-0800 or visit us on the web at www.safewaypest.net and check out our Mosquito Seasonal Protection Special!
Spring is coming, and along with it, the appearance of ticks.
Ticks, commonly thought of as insects, are actually arachnids like spiders, scorpions and mites. Unlike insects, all members of this group have 4 pairs of legs as adults, and haven’t any antennae.
There are two groups of ticks, which are sometimes simply called “hard ticks” and “soft ticks”. Unfed hard ticks are shaped like a flat seed and have a hard shield just behind their mouthparts. Soft ticks do not have this hard shield and are shaped more like a large raisin. Some species of soft ticks do feed on humans but are more commonly found on birds and small mammals.
Ticks can be active in warmer months and even on winter days once the temperatures are about 45 degrees Fahrenheit and above. Ticks wait patiently for host animals from the tips of grasses and shrubs. Ticks cannot fly or jump; they simply crawl and climb onto a host.
There are two ticks that are more commonly found in Wisconsin, the American dog tick and the Blacklegged tick. The Lone Star tick is also becoming more prevalent in Wisconsin.
One of the most frequently encountered ticks is the American dog tick, also known sometimes as the Wood tick. The adult American dog tick will feed on humans and medium to large mammals such as dogs and raccoons. Unfed males and females appear reddish-brown and about 3/16-inch long. Females have a large silver-colored spot behind the head and will become ½-inch long after feeding or around the size of a small grape. Males, which are sometimes mistaken for other species of ticks because they look so different from the female, have fine silver lines on the back and do not get much larger after feeding. In Wisconsin, the adults are most active in April, May and June. The American dog tick can transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia and possibly ehrlichiosis to humans.
The Blacklegged tick, otherwise known as the Deer tick is also active in Wisconsin. This tick is the vector for anaplasmosis, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, and Powassan virus infection. Found often along wooded areas and trails, all three active stages of these reddish-brown and about 1/8-inch long ticks will feed on a variety of hosts, including humans.
The Lone Star tick is just starting to make its home in Wisconsin, especially in the southern part of the state. These ticks are more rounded in shape; the adult female is reddish-brown in color and can be easily distinguished from other ticks by the presence of a distinctive white spot or “star” on its back. Males tend to be dark brown in color, sometimes with patches of red, sometimes a whitish pattern may be visible along the outer margins of the lower body Females are generally larger than males and average around 1/6 to 1/4 inch. The lone star tick will often actively pursue a meal and it does not tend to be picky about what species of animal it gets a blood meal from. Lone star tick bites can transmit bacteria that cause conditions such as human monocytic ehrlichiosis. Some cases of an allergy to red meat have been linked from the tick’s bite.
Tips for Preventing Tick Bites and Disease
If You Find a Tick:
To access our rodent and insect identification page to identify a tick, visit: http://www.safewaypest.net/stingers.html
Safeway Pest Management’s pest specialists are licensed, trained and knowledgeable about issues with ticks. Call us now for a free quote at 262-679-4422 or 800-956-0800 or visit our website at http://www.safewaypest.net.