Blood-Feeding Pests

‘They vant to suck your blood…’ Ick! Blood Feeding Pests, also coined ‘Vamp insects,’ are annoying to humans because of their bite and are also dangerous because they can be vectors of pathogens, which can cause disease. These pests feed on blood from humans and animals. They need a provender to finish their life cycle: egg>> larva>> nymph>> adult. After a blood meal, they will produce eggs, which will increase the population inside a structure. Animals and pets that go outside can bring these pests inside the home. Vamp insects can nest in carpet, furniture, bedding and on animals. The most common blood-feeding pests are:




Why is the Mosquito Repellant industry earning more than $4 billion a year? It’s not just from the cause of Hope Solo’s phobia, the Zika virus; no, it’s more: Mosquitoes are vectors of numerous diseases such as malaria and yellow fever. The best way to control the mosquito is to control its breeding grounds. This includes getting rid of standing water, making sure not to over water plants and lawns, cleaning out clogged gutters and making sure that leach lines are not faulty. The northern house mosquito is the most common to the northern states. It is pale brown with whitish bands across the abdomen. The females lay their eggs early in the spring. They are laid in masses of 50 – 400 eggs on a raft-like construction. So while repellants may help, they don’t work for long, and they don’t prevent mosquitos from returning. Preventative measures work best for long-term solutions.

Bed Bug

“Good night… Sleep tight… Don’t let the bed bugs bite!

” Who coined that phrase? Were bed bugs accepted in beds at one time, for someone to say, ‘don’t LET them bite?’ Bed bugs are more likely to make an appearance in a house that is not well kept and clean, but that is not always the case. Once they are in the home, they will find crack and crevices to invade. This includes buttons on mattresses, in the coils of the bedspring, upholstered furniture, behind pictures and around floorboards. The bed bug is oval, has a flattened appearance and is reddish-brown or blood colored when fully fed and light tan when hungry. The bug inflicts a painless bite that most people don’t notice as opposed to the few that experience an allergic reaction to the bite. People that are sensitive to the bite could experience nervous and digestive disorders.

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