Pest Control Blog

David MooreOur staff entomologist (bug scientist) and Pest Detective, David Moore, writes about topics related to keeping your home pest free.

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11
Aug
2015
Preventing Head Lice

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With school coming back in session, we here at Dodson want you and your family to be aware of what head lice look like, how to help prevent them, and what to do if you discover a child has contracted head lice.  If you suspect that someone in your family has head lice, you should report this to a medical doctor who can diagnose this issue.  There is very little a pest management professional can do for a true head lice infestation, so contacting a primary physician should be your first priority. 

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15
Jul
2015
Dangers of Ticks

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While enjoying the outdoors this year, make sure you are taking steps to prevent bites from ticks. Ticks can infect humans with bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can cause serious illness. Reduce your chances of getting a tick-borne disease by using repellents, inspecting yourself for ticks, and showering after being outside. If you have a tick bite followed by a fever or rash, seek medical attention.

Why should I care about ticks?

Ticks are considered to be second worldwide to mosquitoes as vectors of human diseases. There currently are no vaccines against disease agents transmitted by ticks available to the public. Ticks can carry and transmit a number of pathogens such as bacteria, spirochetes, rickettsiae, protozoa, viruses, nematodes, and toxins.

Ticks are among the most efficient carriers of disease because they attach firmly when sucking blood, feed slowly, and may go unnoticed for a considerable time while feeding. Ticks can take several days to complete feeding on a host. Here is a quick snapshot of some of the most common diseases that ticks transmit in the Mid-Atlantic Region:

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16
Jun
2015
Fly management in your home
Flesh fly University of Arksansas
Flesh Fly
(Credit: University of Arkansas)
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House Fly
(Credit: University of Nebraska)
Green blow fly-Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Green Blow Fly
(Credit: Cleveland Museum of Natural History)

Warm weather is here and along with it comes many flying insects, including large filth flies.  The most common of the larger flies that bother us are the house fly, blow or bottle flies, flesh flies.

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19
May
2015
Fleas

In a month or so, temperatures should be warm enough for your pets to spend time outside.  This means that they will be exposed to fleas left behind by other pets, wild/feral dogs and cats, and wildlife such as raccoons,o possums, etc.  Fleas are small insects that feed on the blood of humans, dogs, cats, and other warm-blooded animals.  Fleas prefer to live on dogs and cats. They may also be found on humans and other warm-blooded animals.  Pet owners may not be bothered by fleas until their pet has been gone for a long period of time. Fleas look for other sources of food and begin to bite humans. Bites often occur around the waist, ankles, armpits, and in the bend of the elbows and knees.

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16
Mar
2015
Signs of Termites
Termites VT
Termites
(Photo: Va Tech)
Termite tubes VT
Termite Mud Tubes
(Photo: Va Tech)

Hearing the word termites brings fear to many homeowners. The thought of their home being destroyed and the costs associated with resolving the issue bring shivers to wallets across the country. I am going to review the signs of termites so you can hopefully catch the problem early.

Termite Swarmers:

With the warm weather breaking, there will be triggers for termite swarmers that may impact your home. The most common termite in our area is the Eastern Subterranean Termite. These termites are actually the most common and widely distributed termite in North America. They are social insects that are usually located in soil or wood and have high moisture requirements, which generally cause them to maintain some type of soil contact unless there are special circumstances. Termites feed on cellulose from wood and wood by-products such as paper and damage more houses each year than do lightning or fires. National Pest Management Assocation (NPMA) estimates that termites cause over 5 billion dollars in property damage each year. Because of the size of the colonies, termites can generally continue to destroy a home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in our service area with little interference with weather.

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