Facts about Ticks and Fleas

    Ticks and fleas are among the many pests that are out and about this summer.  Here are some facts about our famous hitch-hiking friends!

     

  • Fleas can live on any warm-blooded animal but prefer humans, cats, dogs, opossums, rats and other rodents.
  • Fleas can live for about 100 days.
  • Fleas can jump up to 8 inches high and 13 inches horizontally.  This is 150 times its own height.  In relation to a human, that would be would be 250 feet vertically and 450 feet horizontally.
  • Adult fleas cannot survive or lay eggs without a blood meal.
  • A pupa can live for 2-12 months without a blood meal.
  • The female flea takes in 15 times her body weight in blood daily.
  • Flea larvae live and feed on organic debris.
  • Americans spend about $9 billion a year in their quest to control fleas


  • There are more than 850 tick species.  200 of which live in the US.
  • Females in some tick species will increase her weight by 100 times after she mates.
  • Adult ticks can survive several years without eating.
  • Adult ticks have 8 legs and two body segments which makes them an arachnid.
  • Most often, ticks are found outdoors because of their fondness to humidity.
  • There are 2 types of ticks: hard and soft.
  • Ticks have barbs which is what they use to attach themselves to their host.
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How to Keep Your Lawn Green and Healthy During a Heat Wave

States such as Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and South Carolina, are going into month number 3 of temperatures in the 90’s. Not only is the heat taking a toll on humans, it’s probably taking a toll on your lawn as well. With temperatures so high, there are less people mowing and more people using their sprinkler systems. Using a sprinkler system can be beneficial to your lawn, ensuring it does not dry out. When a lawn becomes dry it can develop patches of grass that can turn brown or thin.

Here are a few tips on how to keep your lawn green and healthy as we head into fall:

• Check your irrigation system to ensure that the sprinkler heads are covered properly
• A deep watering 2-3 times a week is best for most lawns. However, if you’re lawn is in full sun you may need to water 4-5 days per week
• Water in early morning hours to avoid evaporation
• Raise the blades on your mower – taller grass does a better job at retaining water
• Wait for a cooler day to mow the grass to minimize water loss
• Say no to fertilizer. Extreme temperatures and fertilizer are a bad combination. Wait until the cooler fall months to fertilize your lawn
• Have fun while watering your lawn. The whole family can enjoy cooling off by playing in the sprinklers while keeping your lawn healthy.
• For your own safety, mow in early morning or late evening when the temperatures are lower

Call Northwest for your FREE Lawn Care Analysis on how to keep your lawn healthy all year long!

 

Home Overrun with Bed Bugs

An elderly Minnesota couple have been fighting bed bugs in their home for years.  The home is so infested that the homeowners were being fed on and urinated on at night as they slept in their beds.  After many attempts at self treating for bed bugs, a local pest control company, Adam’s Pest Control, came to their rescue.  Adam’s believes that the bed bugs could have been active for more than two years in this home, stating that this particular case was the worst they had ever seen.

As we all know, bed bugs have made a comeback throughout the US.  According to Adam’s Pest Control, every year they are seeing 30-100% more bed bug jobs than the previous year.  Without proper treatment, cases such as this could become more common. 

 Click HERE to watch video of the infestation that has taken over this Minnesota home.

 

Northwest's "Ask the Expert" featured in Holmes magazine

In the recent August 2011 edition of Holmes magazine, our very own Jerry Hatch was featured in the “Ask the Pro” section.  Read below on how Jerry responded to a reader regarding “War on Ants“.

I have carpenter ants crawling up my deck.  Nothing seems to get rid of them.  I have tried to find out what is attracting them, but can’t come up with anything.  What can I do to combat them?  I’m scared they’re eating away at something in the walls and that I can’t see the damage they are causing.
Anthony Laidler, Atlanta

This is the time of year we really see these antsCarpenter ants do hollow out areas for nests, but they don’t actually consume the wood.  What you are likely seeing are worker ants following the deck lines, trying to locate a food source for the colony.  That means sweets, meat and anything in between.  So it’s best to have a pest-management professional inspect for their hiding places.  The colony will have a pretty high moisture requirement-it makes wood easier to hollow-so we often search the structure for any areas that have seen past water leaks.  Often, ants find their way into attic spaces by the chimney areas or behind dishwasher.

Professional treatment involves inspecting the house for the nests, treating the areas and vacuuming exposed colonies.  Most companies offer free inspection and charge for the treatment.

Things you can do around the house in the meantime include trimming back vegetation touching the structure (carpenter ants use this as a highway to get inside) and getting rid of lawn debris, such as mulch or leaves near the house, which they use as hideouts.  Ants can fit in an opening the size of the tip of a pencil, so look out for entry holes that size, and repair leaks as quickly as possible.

Jerry Hatch, Northwest Exterminating, Marietta, GA