Category Archives: Disease Carrying Pests

Home Grown Dengue Fever Found In Florida

Dengue Fever is a virus that is transmitted by the bite of a mosquito.  It causes significant joint and muscle pain and severe fever. In extreme cases of Dengue Fever, internal hemorrhaging can also occur.  Dengue Fever is not wide spread in the United States, but when it occurs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and pest control professionals take special notice because of the severity of the transmitted virus.

In 2009 and 2010 there was an outbreak of Dengue Fever that hit a group of people in Florida.  According to Los Angeles Times on March 13, 2013, authors of a study by the CDC “identified Key West, Florida as ground zero for transmission of dengue in the US.” Dengue Fever is transmitted by the bite of a female mosquito as females are the only ones that seek blood.  Infants are particularily susceptible to the Dengue Fever virus as it can be fatal if contracted.

In the past, most cases of Dengue Fever was limited to those who traveled abroad.  When it appeared in the United States, it was tracked to people who traveled.  The recent study from the CDC has shown that there is a new strain of Dengue Fever that is not connected to any strain from a foreign land.  This new strain is homegrown and considered to be extremely dangerous.

Currently, mosquito borne Dengue Fever has only been found to occur in Florida, however to protect your home, family, and business, Monmouth County, NJ pest control professionals believe that utilizing a licensed pest control service will help to keep all mosquito populations down in New Jersey as well as other areas of the United States.  Mosquitos are not like bed bugs which will hitch a ride, but if a new home grown strain of Dengue Fever can be found in Florida, it certainly can be found in other areas of the United States.  Proper pest control treatment is the key to keeping safe from all mosquito borne diseases.

The Gallinipper…The Mosquito Bite That Stabs Like A Knife!

They are said to be twenty times the size of the typical mosquito and they can easily bite through layers of clothing.  Reports are that their bite feels the same as being stabbed with a knife!  The dreadful mosquito is called the “Gallinippers” and scientists believe that they will be plaguing the state of Florida this summer!

These giant sized mosquitos specifically seek out humans and animals and deliver a painful stab both day and night in contrast to typical mosquitoes which are only active at dawn and dusk.  Scientists are not certain that even the highest dosage of DEET will protect people from these blood thirsty vampires as they may be more tolerant to DEET than other types of mosquitoes.

Like other species of mosquitoes, it is only the female mosquito that is the blood seeker.  The males feed upon flower nectar.  The eggs of the Gallinipper can lay dormant in the soil near ponds, creeks, and other bodies of water for years until water levels rise.  Once they do, the mosquitos will hatch and the invasion will begin.

There are a few good points to having these blood seekers around though.  While in the larvae stage, researchers have found that they feed upon all types of mosquito larvae, which in turn will help to keep other disease transmitting mosquito populations down.  The Gallinipper mosquito is not known to be a carrier of any type of disease.

With any luck the Gallinipper mosquito invasion will not be too bad of a problem for Florida residents and hopefully they will not accidentally be transported out of the state.  Residents should consider having a Monmouth County, NJ pest control professional perform barrier treatments around their home or business to keep mosquitos and other types of pests away.

A Monmouth County, NJ Pest Control Pro Can Get Rid Of Mice

Mice are uninvited wintertime pests that can find their way indoors as the weather turns cold report Monmouth County, NJ pest control professionals.  It is always best to try to avoid a mouse invasion by sealing gaps and holes, but because mice are resourceful creatures, they may still find their way indoors despite your best efforts.

Besides being an unnerving holiday guest that is creeping around the pantry looking for tidbits to eat, the strong teeth of mice are also able to tear into many types of food products that are kept in homes.

Mice are able to live quite comfortably in human dwellings are they are rarely detected and can be difficult to contain.  People usually notice that mice are present once food products are torn into and consumed, or when rodent droppings are discovered.  Mice will also gnaw on wood products in the home as they are in constant need of keeping their ever-growing incisor teeth filed down.

Mice not only contaminate food products they also pose health problems for humans.  Mice feces, urine and saliva contain dangerous bacteria and pathogens that are easily transmitted to humans. Humans come in contact with these mice feces when they are cleaning up rodent droppings.  Special care should be taken to not inhale the dust of rodent dropping and it is important for the fecal matter to not touch skin.  Humans can unknowingly be exposed to rodent urine and saliva when rodents scurry across food preparation areas, cooking utensils and pots and pans.

Mice are dangerous and should be avoided at all costs by hiring a Monmouth County, NJ pest control professional.

Ticks – A Bloodsucker To Avoid

There are hundreds of different tick species in the world, but only a few ticks interact with domestic animals and humans causing harm. Some ticks are opportunistic feeders that will attach themselves to any warm blooded host that they encounter while other ticks have a more selective appetite.

Most ticks are not born with disease causing agents. Unlike other bloodsucking pests, ticks do not feed often, but when they do, the chance of acquiring a disease is high because ticks feed off of one host and can transmit pathogens to the next host that they feed upon.

When a tick feeds off of an infected animal, then feeds off of a human and transmits a disease, the process is called “zoonosise.” Ticks can transmit a variety of dangerous diseases to humans such as Lyme disease, erlichiosious, babiosisos, and tularemia.

Simply put, ticks are dangerous insects! The best way to avoid tick borne diseases is to avoid tick encounters. Pest control professionals in Monmouth County, NJ recommend wearing light colored clothing while spending time outdoors. Industry experts agree that you should always use an insect repellant that contains DEET when spending any time outdoors during known tick seasons.

Ticks are very tiny before they have had their blood meal. After spending time outdoors you should always check children and yourself for ticks. Be mindful of all locations on the body as ticks are notorious for hiding in between toes, between folds of skin, on the scalp, and in other well hidden areas on the body.

Pest control professionals in Monmouth, NJ can help keep ticks out of your yard with our exterior barrier treatments. Call Allison Pest Control to keep your family safe from disease carrying ticks.