Mosquitoes and Ticks

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Mosquitoes

OVERVIEW:

One of the best known summer pests, mosquitoes breed in stagnant water or soft soil. There are about 170 different kinds of mosquito species in North America alone.

HABITS:

Mosquitoes can breed in any form of stagnant water, including ponds, marshes, flood waters, woodland pools, drainage ditches,  water in tree holes, leaves of plants and artificial containers. Mosquitoes regularly feed on nectar, although females require at least one blood meal before they can fertilize their eggs. They tend to bite most often at dusk and dawn.

THREATS:

Mosquitoes are vectors of numerous diseases including West Nile virus, malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever and encephalitis. In recent years, West Nile virus has become a serious concern in the United States. Signs of West Nile virus include flu-like symptoms. In extreme cases, it can be a potentially life threatening condition with high fever, head and body aches, worsening weakness, confusion and even coma.

PREVENTION TIPS:

  • Eliminate areas of standing water around the home such as flowerpots, birdbaths and baby pools. Mosquitoes only need about 1/2 inch of water to breed.
  • Screen all windows and doors. Repair even the smallest tear or hole.
  • Minimize outside activity between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • If you must spend time outdoors during peak mosquito times, wear long pants and sleeves, and use an insect repellent containing DEET.
  • If you need help with mosquitoes, call us right away!  (617) 332-3344
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QUICK STATS

Color icon mosquitoColor:

Mostly gray, with white, silver, green or iridescent blue scales

 

Shape long iconShape:

Segmented; Broad head, slim thorax, oblong abdomen

 

Size icon-1Size:

1/4 - 3/8 inch long

 

Region iconRegion:

Found throughout the U.S.

 

American Dog Ticks

OVERVIEW:

A notorious biting insect, the American Dog Tick, or wood tick, is typically reddish-brown or orange-brown in color with gray/silver markings on their scutum (dorsal "shield"). The female will vary in size depending on whether or not it has blood fed. Unfed females are typically longer than males and distinguished by a short or small dorsal scutum right behind the mouthparts while the male scutum covers the majority of its dorsal surface.

HABITS:

Ticks climb grass and shrubs to wait for a passing host. Adult ticks feed primarily on the white-tailed deer during the winter. In the spring, the female drops off the host and deposits about 3,000 eggs. Nymphs feed on mice, squirrels, raccoons, skunks, dogs, humans and birds.

THREATS:

Wood ticks are a vector of Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and babesiosis. Lyme disease is of primary concern in the United States. Symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic bull's eye shaped skin rash. Lyme disease can also affect joints, the heart and the nervous system if left untreated.

PREVENTION:

  • Wear light-colored long pants, long sleeved shirts and closed toe shoes when in wooded areas or tall grasses.
  • Wear big spray containing DEET when outdoors.
  • When hiking, stay in the center of trails, away from vegetation.
  • Inspect yourself carefully for ticks after being outdoors. If you find a tick, remove it with a slow, steady pull.
  • Inspect your pets for ticks on a routine basis.
  • Consult with your doctor right away if you believe you have contracted Lyme disease.
  • If you need help with ticks in your home or on your property, give us a call. (617) 332-3344
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QUICK STATS

Color icon bed bugColor:

Orange-brown 

 

Shape long iconShape:

Flat, broad oval

 

Size icon-1Size:

1/8 inch long

 

Region iconRegion:

Found primarily in the northeastern, mid-Atlantic, southeastern and north central regions of the U.S.