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Mosquito Control

The number one pest all around the world…

Do you want to know which pest is responsible for the death of one million people annually, and responsible for aggravating millions around the world? Further, this insect is a big spreader of disease, such as, West Nile virus, elephantiasis, dengue fever, yellow fever and many more horrid diseases. Have you guessed yet? It’s everyone’s favorite, “The famous Mosquito!”

Tick_Control_2The mosquito plagues all animals with its thirst for blood meals. By familiarizing yourself with the mosquito’s life cycle, you can help prevent mosquitoes from taking occupancy around your home. Most important is to be aware of how mosquitoes thrive and that they need water to survive. This knowledge will better help you control their breeding ground outside your home. There are 4 different stages of a mosquito’s life. It starts as harmless little egg, and develops into larva, next the pupa (resting, non-feeding stage), and lastly we see the adult. The life cycle usually takes up to two weeks, but can range from four days to as long as a month and it depends on water temperature, food and type of mosquito.
Were you aware that actually only the female mosquito bites and feeds on people and animals? After she feasts on us she will lay her eggs by the soil near the water edge. Eventually the eggs fall into the water and the life cycle begins again.
But now here’s where things get scary! Mosquitoes become infected with diseases when they feed on a person or animal already infected with a pathogen. Infected mosquitoes can spread pathogens such as a virus, or bacteria or protozoa to other people through bites. Mosquitos spread the West Nile Virus, where people can get a fever, flu-like symptoms, and feel worn out. A few people get a more serious infection that causes brain swelling, or meningitis. However, there’s a very small chance you could die! Another deadly virus that is spread by mosquitos is Encephalitis which causes inflammation around your brain and spinal cord.

The Zika Virus is another pathogen that many people are becoming more aware of lately. This virus is related to dengue, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, and West Nile viruses, and is spread by the same mosquitos.
Zika virus infections display with symptoms and signs of fever, joint or muscle pain, pinkeye, or a rash. It has been linked to more problems cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome and a birth defect called microcephaly. Although in the news recently it was first seen in the 1950s has been known to occur within a narrow equatorial belt from Africa to Asia. In 2014, the virus spread eastward across the Pacific Ocean to French Polynesia, then to Easter Island and in 2015 to Central America, the Caribbean, and South America, where the Zika outbreak has reached pandemic levels.

By | 2018-07-28T11:17:58+00:00 July 26th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Removing Wasps from Your Home

Regal Pest Control services homes and businesses on a daily basis for the removal and prevention of wasp infestations. No matter how beautiful and pest safe you think your home or city is proper pest control when it comes to wasps, must be utilized and maintained to prevent an infestation. Wasps are a common summertime problem for homeowners. Dealing with their nests is usually best left to a professional pest control company for many reasons. Those who are susceptible to allergic reactions must be especially cautious because a wasp’s venom can cause serious and sometimes fatal, reactions. Further, many homeowners may be unable to effectively reach and remove the wasps themselves.

The best way to prepare yourself for what pest control method to utilize, you must first determine the type of wasp you’ve dealing with. Wasps are classified as either solitary or social. If you come across a wasp that’s flying solo, and it doesn’t head towards others or an active nest, you are most likely seeing a solitary wasp. Solitary wasps usually won’t bother you or your family unless provoked; however, unlike solitary wasps, social wasps build nests and gather in swarms. Once a nest is formed, these dangerous pests will continue to return to that location and become territorial. This is when a homeowner’s problems start.

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Most wasps usually prefer to build their nests in protected, shaded areas such as under eaves, porch roofs, decking, sheds and steps. Wasp nests are often hard to locate because wasps can easily hide into small spaces, burrow into the ground or construct their nests high into the tops of trees. One of the easiest ways to locate a nest is to wait until dusk and observe the wasps’ flight pattern. This will often lead you to the area they made home. If you find no success in locating a nest, be sure to contact a professional pest control company. Years of experience enable pest management professionals to quickly and efficiently identify and deal with any wasp nests they’ve located on your property.

Removing wasps from your property is not something to be taken lightly. If you are deciding whether to exterminate your wasps on your own or call in a pest control professional to handle the job, here are some helpful tips to consider. The most common option used to naturally remove wasps is through the use of traps. Typically these contain a pesticide-free liquid that attract the wasps into the trap and are designed to make an escape impossible. However, professional traps are more successful because of their construction and placement. They are made with high-quality materials. Pest control professionals will know where to place these traps around your property where wasps naturally dwell. These areas include outdoor bars, gardens, outside eating areas, near patios, and children’s play areas. Further, organic sprays is another removal option. Much like chemical pesticides, organic sprays are applied directly to wasp nests and work quickly to kill the wasps. However, organic sprays offer homeowners peace of mind in regards to the impact on their health, the soil, and overall environment. Be sure to leave the treated nest in its location after spraying. This ensures that returning wasps are also eradicated once they enter the nest. Be aware that wasps that return to find their home removed will typically build a new one. By keeping the treated wasp nest intact, a pest control professional is able to apply an effective control measure for the future. The most challenging wasps to remove are those located within walls. If you can hear buzzing sounds from within a wall, the best way to proceed is to immediately call a pest control company. Serious damage can be created by nests from the inside of walls. Be sure to not make the mistake of trying to kill any you may see outside the wall. This will only cause the remaining wasps to move farther into the wall. Another mistake people often make is using an aerosol spray in this situation. Spraying an aerosol through a hole and into the wall will eventually lead to the adult and larva wasps to rot once perished. Also, extended moisture within the wall can lead to mold and fungus growth.

Wasps are dangerous when provoked. If you suspect you are experiencing an infestation, be sure to call Regal Pest Control we can eliminate your home invaders swiftly and safely.

By | 2018-07-27T16:18:43+00:00 July 26th, 2018|Wasp and Hornet Pest Control|0 Comments

How to Eradicate Fleas

Regal pest control provides service for the safe control and removal of fleas. If you notice your pet is scratching excessively, losing patches of hair or developing scabs and hot spots, then your pet could have a significant problem with fleas. If you find fleas on your pet, it would be safe to say they’re going to be in your house, in your yard and probably on you. Fortunately, there are natural and chemical products to both protect your pets and rid your home of fleas.

Before taking action you must first determine where the infestation came from. If you discover that the primary source of the infestation came from your pet, be sure to give your pet a flea bath to eliminate the fleas that are currently living off your pet. To avoid infesting your pet again, keep your pet outside your home until your home is completely flea free.

Before choosing a treatment, make sure to clean your home thoroughly. Use hot water when cleaning your bedding, towels, and anything your pet lies on. Further, vacuum all floors and sofas within the home. Be sure to empty your vacuum outside so that none of those unwanted pests make their way back into your home. After you have completed a major cleaning, you will then be ready to start your flea treatment.

There are two methods that may be applied to eliminate fleas from your home, natural or chemical. Let’s first take a look at some safe and natural ways we can eradicate fleas. Sticky flea Pads and electronic traps are similar to the fly paper that many households used decades ago. Plug in an electronic trap near the locations that are severely infested with fleas. Fleas are attracted to the trap; over a period of weeks they get stuck on the paper. Unfortunately, this process takes a long time to eradicate fleas and appears extremely unsanitary. Be prepared to use traps for a significant period of time to ensure all fleas are captured and that you bathe all animals in the home to reduce the number of parasites living off your pet. Another nontoxic method recommended to treat flea infestations, particularly when there are animals living in the household are boric-acid-based products. Boric acid is not toxic to people or animals, but it kills fleas. When boric-acid-based products are applied to carpets and throughout the infected household, the extremely fine particles of boric acid work their way into carpets and are not easily sucked up by vacuum cleaners. After applying boric-acid on your carpet use a broom to work it down into the fibers, then vacuum off any excess. As fleas come in contact with the particles they quickly die. It is extremely important to vacuum the floors regularly to reduce the dead fleas that are in your carpet.Fleas

Also, many health-conscious individuals choose to use Nylar or otherwise known as pyriproxyfen, to eradicate a flea infestation. Nylar works well in homes that have tile, wood or linoleum flooring. Nylar regulates the growth of fleas and is commonly used where pets spend most of their time. Nylar only needs to be applied once a year to clean up a flea infestation. Nylar mimics the juvenile flea hormone, preventing young fleas from becoming adults. It also stops flea eggs from hatching, reducing flea populations drastically. Another favorable treatment is the homemade rosemary flea dip; a recommended holistic cure for canine flea infestations. First place two cups of fresh rosemary sprigs in boiling water for half an hour, strain the liquid and add it to a gallon of warm water. When the solution is warm, but not too hot, pour it on a flea-infested dog and let the dog air dry. Lavender essential oil can serve as a natural flea killer as well when applied to dogs. Simply place a couple of drops of oil at the back of the neck and a few at the base of the tail to control flea infestations. A few drops of lavender oil can also be applied to baseboards in areas where flea infestations are troublesome. After consulting your pet’s veterinarian to find out the correct dosage, brewer’s yeast is another non-toxic solution for treating your dog for fleas directly. In fact, natural living experts claim that one small tablet or spoonful of Brewer’s yeast added to your dog’s food will make him taste repulsive to fleas. Apple cider vinegar is another canine-only flea controller since it has a particularly strong odor and would leave the home smelling particularly foul if it was used throughout the home. By adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to your dog’s water bowl will make them taste terrible to fleas and reduce the likelihood of a flea infestation. Warm and soapy water is another non-chemical solution. Simply place a dish of warm soapy water beneath a night-light. The fleas will be attracted to the warm light, but they won’t be able to swim in the soapy water and will drown.

Lavender essential oil can serve as a natural flea killer as well when applied to dogs. Simply place a couple of drops of oil at the back of the neck and a few at the base of the tail to control flea infestations. A few drops of lavender oil can also be applied to baseboards in areas where flea infestations are troublesome. After consulting your pet’s veterinarian to find out the correct dosage, brewer’s yeast is another non-toxic solution for treating your dog for fleas directly. In fact, natural living experts claim that one small tablet or spoonful of Brewer’s yeast added to your dog’s food will make him taste repulsive to fleas. Apple cider vinegar is another canine-only flea controller since it has a particularly strong odor and would leave the home smelling particularly foul if it was used throughout the home. By adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to your dog’s water bowl will make them taste terrible to fleas and reduce the likelihood of a flea infestation. Warm and soapy water is another non-chemical solution. Simply place a dish of warm soapy water beneath a night-light. The fleas will be attracted to the warm light, but they won’t be able to swim in the soapy water and will drown.

Apple cider vinegar is another canine-only flea controller since it has a particularly strong odor and would leave the home smelling particularly foul if it was used throughout the home. By adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to your dog’s water bowl will make them taste terrible to fleas and reduce the likelihood of a flea infestation. Warm and soapy water is another non-chemical solution. Simply place a dish of warm soapy water beneath a night-light. The fleas will be attracted to the warm light, but they won’t be able to swim in the soapy water and will drown. Unfortunately, this method only helps with an adult flea infestation because only adult fleas will leave their host to enter the warm light so there will most likely still be fleas on your pet. Last but not least, lemon spray is known to be another natural flea repellent. After a whole lemon is quartered and steeped in boiling water overnight; strain out the lemon pieces in the morning and spray the solution on your dog or around your household in areas where fleas gather. When all else fails, call the professionals at Regal Pest Control!

By | 2018-07-28T10:55:18+00:00 July 26th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments