Barefoot Pest Control provides all-in-one pest control for biting insects of all types in homes and businesses throughout Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C., including:
Pest Library: Ticks
Ticks require the blood of mammals, birds and reptiles to survive. Most tick species prefer a specific host to feed upon (such as the dog tick preferring dogs), but will latch on and start to consume blood from whatever is available if necessary.
Ticks find hosts by waiting for prey to approach sheltered areas, usually at about 8-12 inches above the ground. They can commonly be found in the nesting areas of rodents and other mammals, as well as bird nests
Ticks usually live in wooded and densely vegetated areas, such as long grass fields or areas of dense shrubbery. However, they can also lurk in hidden locations within and around homes.
The number of ticks in a given location can greatly vary, depending on how many hosts are available. The more a tick feeds, the greater the population will become. Long-established bedding and nesting sites of mammals and birds can be highly infested, with hundreds of ticks.
Ticks are hosts for a number of diseases, such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and Tick Paralysis. Lyme disease in particular infects over 30,000 new people each year just in the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions. While treatable, this disease is incurable and will stay in a victim’s body for life.
Ticks can be a dangerous disease vector, so their removal requires pest control professionals. However, this pest control requires more than simple treatment with insecticides. After eradicating the ticks, our regular service continually assesses your property and removes “safe harborage” areas. This prevents the return of the tick population.
Pest Library: Mosquitoes
All mosquitoes eat nectar and sugars for energy to sustain flight, but females seek out blood meals for reproduction.
A mosquito can fly up to half a mile for a blood meal, but can take advantage of moderate winds to extend its range considerably. This puts nearly every home at risk of a mosquito invasion.
Mosquitoes reproduce by laying eggs on the surface of standing water, and newly hatched mosquitos reproduce within two weeks. Because mosquitos are weak fliers, they have to land on a nearby surface before taking a blood meal. This means that nesting sites are often close to food sources and water.
Mosquitoes reproduce extremely rapidly, with a life cycle of only two weeks. A small mosquito population can explode into the thousands in less than a month.
Mosquitoes are responsible for more human deaths than any other animal on the planet each year, with mosquito-borne diseases killing more than a million people yearly. The most deadly disease they spread is malaria, which is fortunately not common in the United States. However, they still spread dozens of diseases, and one new mosquito borne disease is introduced to the United States each year.
While individual mosquitoes are easy to kill, their ability to fly makes them challenging pests for a property owner to control. Mosquitoes often fly right past any off-the-shelf controls, and even the ones that are killed are quickly replaced by rapid reproduction. Specialized equipment and techniques are necessary to eradicate and exclude this airborne menace. Call in our professional pest managers for effective mosquito control.
Pest Library: Fleas
Adult fleas feed on blood from a host. Their excrement contains undigested blood and other organic materials, which feeds flea larvae.
Fleas find their way to people and pets by hitchhiking out of the wild on animal hosts. Adult fleas feed on a host and then lay eggs on its skin. These eggs fall off and hatch into new fleas, which then look for hosts of their own. Should their original host die, fleas will seek out a new host.
Fleas spend most of their time on a host. If unattached, they will hide in cracks and crevices while they wait for another host to appear.
Fleas reproduce rapidly, allowing a small flea infestation to become significant within a matter of weeks. Since fleas do not need to hunt down blood meals, the flea population will grow and grow as long as there is food and hosts available. This makes fleas very hard to remove from a home once they have a foothold.
Fleas can be a disease vector. For instance, one of the deadliest series of outbreaks in human history was the spread of the Bubonic Plague in medieval Europe, carried by fleas from rats to humans. Today, fleas commonly transmit Maurine Typhus and other bacterial infections.
Flea control can be difficult because each stage of the flea life cycle presents different challenges. Sometimes homeowners will think that they have a flea problem under control, but then more flea pupae will emerge. This starts the process all over again, and leads to frustration and unnecessary expenses. Our pest control technicians have the tools and training to eradicate fleas at the source, saving you time and money.
Pest Library: Bed Bugs
Bed bugs require blood meals, almost exclusively from their preferred meal: humans.
Since bed bugs feed almost exclusively on humans, our habits are their habits. They can be introduced into the home via used furniture, luggage, secondhand clothing, or even your guests.
Bed bugs prefer to be completely hidden during the daytime to avoid detection, so they wedge into any crack or crevice near where their blood meal tends to rest. This includes walls, baseboards, box springs, mattresses, and other furniture on or near the bed.
Bed bug numbers increase the longer a stable population remains in one place. In cases where populations have reached high enough levels, anemia has been recorded in the individuals being bitten due the sheer number of bites drawing blood.
Bed Bug Dangers
While no studies have linked bed bugs to disease transfer, there have been particles of drug resistant staph bacteria found on bed bugs. In many cases, individuals will report insomnia and stress related illnesses due to the fear of being bitten while they sleep.
Controlling Bed Bugs
Bed bugs have a number of traits that make them difficult for homeowners to control, including pesticide resistance, effective hiding skills, and rapid reproduction. Reproductive behaviors even encourage a bed bug population to spread out and find new rooms to infest. Our specialized bed bug removal equipment and techniques will clear out these annoying pests fast so you can get a good night’s sleep.
Call (855) 754-6760 or contact us today for pest control on your schedule, including 24/7 emergency service. We are your one stop home care company! From our base in Waldorf, Barefoot Pest Control provides complete protection against home and yard invading pests, termites and wildlife for Waldorf, La Plata, Clinton, Upper Marlboro, and Annapolis, Maryland, as well as Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.