Potentially deadly bug over hyped?
I am sure if you have watched the local news you know about the hype of the kissing found in West Virginia, and Ohio. Now we all know the media wants to get ratings, so they do sensationalize the fact that these bugs are in WV and have the potential to kill, by passing a deadly parasite. Your chances of even encountering a kissing bug is slim, and your chances of getting Chagas is even smaller. If you are concerned with the recent kissing bugs in WV there are a few things you can do to even further reduce your chances of encountering these bugs.
First I will explain a little about the Kissing Bug. Triatomines are a class of bugs that make up the dreaded Kissing bug, also known as cone nose bug. Kissing bugs get their name from the fact that they bite humans around their mouths. This is because they are attracted to our breath. Kissing bugs are blood suckers like mosquitos, and bed bugs. Many people have an allergic reaction to kissing bug bites. Reactions can range from simple skin reaction to all the way to anaphylactic shock.
Kissing bugs are also known to spread Chagas disease. This is caused by parasite that lives in the stomach of the kissing bug. The parasite is passed by defecation, or urination. The parasite is then possibly ingested by the bugs victim, or enters the body by scratching or rubbing the parasite into the skin.
Some methods to reduce the chances of encountering these potentially dangerous pest
- Remove unnecessary debris around the exterior of your home.
- Caulk around windows, doors, foundation vents, screen attic vents.
- Reduce or remove clutter in basements, and attics.
- Professional eco-friendly exterior treatments to kill or repel pest before they enter.
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Winter is quickly approaching and before we know it Huntington WV will be blustery and cold once again. Many homeowners believe that pest just simply disappear during this time of the year. That could not be further from the truth. Many insects, and even rodents are very sensitive to changes in temperature, and can even detect a slight change from several feet away. This makes are homes a beacon for these pest. Think of it this way, if you are outside in the cold and you see a potential heat source you would move closer to keep your body warm, insects and rodents do the same thing. What I am trying to say is your home can be a winter retreat for many insects, mice and rats.
There are steps a homeowner can do to prevent these pest from taking up winter time residence in your home or other property. In the pest control industry we call this Integrated Pest Management or IPM for short. What this means is we use both non-chemical and chemical control methods to prevent pest in your home. For the sake of this article I am going to focus on one non-chemical method call exclusion. Exclusion is a method used to prevent pest from entering into a structure. Below is some suggestions most homeowners can do to prevent insects, spiders, and rodents from entering your home.
- Caulk all small openings or cracks around your foundation.
- Use stainless steel or copper scrubbing pads to fill larger holes in your foundation.
- Caulk around window, and door trim.
- Replace or add door sweeps.
- Inspect garage door seals, replace or add them if they are not present.
- Remove harborage areas, such as large stones, low growing shrubs, or weeds.
- Seal around outside heating/cooling units with sheet metal or heavy gravel.
- Screen off all gable vents to prevent bats, rats, even squirrels.
- Keep gutters clear of leaves and other debris.
The goal in any pest exclusion plan is to seal as many potential entry points as possible. This will keep the pest outside your home, and not inside where it is nice and warm. There is a big misconception about pest control in the winter time, and yes there is less pest activity outside your home in the winter. That doesn’t mean that you should stop all pest control services during the cold winter months. There are many pest on warmer days of the winter that are active and inching closer and closer to your home. So a little forethought and work in the warmer months of the year will help keep your home pest free when old man winter comes a blowing in.