6 Ways to Prevent Mosquito Bites

    Wear light colored clothing.

    Mosquitoes fly close to the ground and search for colors that contrast with the horizon to find their targets.  Dark clothing makes you stand out and an easy target while lighter colored clothing is less appealing to them.
  2. Forget the citronella and fancy gadgets.
    Unless the smoke from that candle is between you and the mosquito, it’s useless in preventing them from biting you. The torches, ultrasonic devices, bracelets, and many others won’t prevent them completely.  Some Internet sites even say that eating cloves of garlic will help prevent them but other than making you smelly, it doesn’t do much in the way of mosquito bites.
  3. They are attracted to CO2.
    If you’re outside engaging in an activity, your skin is giving off more CO2 and making you more attractive to the mosquitoes.  Slowing your heart rate can slow the amount of CO2 your skin releases and will help in keeping them from biting you.  Alcohol, spicy foods, being overweight, and pregnancy can also cause higher heart rates which cause higher CO2 levels.

  4. Plan your outdoor activity spot wisely.

    Anything more than a one MPH breeze can make it hard for a mosquito to fly.  If you have a place at your campsite, house, park, or field that has a little breeze, plan your activity there. It’s free and easy to help keep the mosquitoes away.
  5. Timing is everything.
    Wind tends to die down at sunrise and sunset (as most boaters and fisherman know), so those are peak times for mosquitoes to feed.  If possible, try to plan the timing of your event away from those times to increase your odds of keeping the annoying biters away.
  6. DEET works.
    Though its suffered a bad rap over the years, the research has said that it is effective for the prevention of bites.  Some people do react to it but the worse cases are rare and if you’re using it as directed (like not swallowing it), you should be fine. That being said, it is not a perfume and should not be applied to your body and cloths in that manner.  Remember the CO2 thing above with your skin? That is where DEET will be its most effective. It’s better to spray it in your hands and rub on the areas that are most susceptible to bites.

Protect Your Pets this Summer

Fleas and ticks can be major concerns during the summer months. Protect your pets from these dangerous parasites.

Detecting Fleas and Ticks

If you see your precious pet scratching, that does not always indicate the presence of fleas or ticks. However, excessive scratching, biting, and rubbing against surfaces can be signs of an infestation. Signs of anxiety, such as whining and growling, can also indicate pest-related distress. Combing your pet’s hair from back to front is a great way to uncover hidden pests. The ears provide a great environment for ticks, so you should carefully check your pet’s ears for parasites. Fleas will look like moving flecks of pepper. A newly attached tick will look like a flat disk protruding from the flesh, but a feeding tick will have an engorged body.

Preventing Fleas and Ticks

Having a professional treat your yard (for ticks) and home (for fleas) is one of the most effective prevention options, and your local C.E.K. Pest control expert can apply products that specifically target these pests. You should also regularly apply an oral or topical flea and tick preventative product to your pet, as advised by your veterinarian. Many pet shampoos and powders also contain pest control compounds, so regular bathing can provide some additional protection. Additionally, flea collars and other accessories can deter parasites.

Eliminating Fleas and Ticks

Disrupting flea and tick life cycles can be difficult, so it is important to use ongoing preventative measures after you treat a flea or tick infestation. C.E.K. requires a combination of prevention, detection, and elimination tactics.

What’s That Racket in My Attic?

If you’ve heard chewing, scratching, rolling, or scampering from the attic then you know just how disconcerting it is. What’s up there? Is there more than one? How much damage are they causing?

    • Raccoons are nocturnal, so you will probably hear them hiss, wrestle, scamper, and scratch at night. Early in the spring, pregnant females nest in attics because they are safe havens to rear their young. Raccoons are extremely destructive, so look for torn up insulation and broken soffits.
  • Flying Squirrels do not fly, but they can glide from a tree limb to your house. Sometimes you will hear a thump against the roof when they land, but more often you will hear them scamper, chew, and roll acorns across the floor. Like raccoons, flying squirrels are nocturnal, and they forage outside, so you will mostly hear them around dusk and dawn.
  • Gray Squirrels make sounds similar to flying squirrels. Unlike their flying counterpart, gray squirrels like to rest at night, which means they are most active during the day. It is not uncommon to have both species residing in your attic.
  • Bats squeak and scratch around dusk when they become active and around dawn as they come in from foraging. Since most brown bats migrate, you will hear activity during warmer months, but a few will stay behind and hibernate in attics.
  • Mice are mostly heard in walls and the ceiling between floors, but they can make their way up to attics. They are heard most in the fall and will persist through the winter. Like bats, mice scratch and squeak, but they also scurry and gnaw. The key distinguisher is the time of night you hear the activity. If it’s late in the evening – midnight to 3am – then it’s probably a mouse.

Sound alone is not enough to determine what’s making all that noise in your attic. Time of day and year helps a lot, but the best way to determine the culprit is to go up and investigate. We at C.E.K. Pest Services know how uncomfortable this can be for most homeowners, and that is why we offer a free inspection from one of our Wildlife Control Professionals. With our licensed and trained professional on the job, you can sleep easy knowing that your unwanted guests will be identified accurately and removed responsibly. In addition, we’ll seal up entry points and clean up any messes left behind.