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What the CDC Says About Pest Control

Most people think pest control is only good for keeping pests out of the home and chemicals, but there’s so much more to it than that! Read on to learn what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC says about pest control.

The RX on Pests and Health Issues

Despite what most people think, pests don’t only have to do with structural damage—they also can be a health risk. The CDC says pest control professionals can play an important role in health and safety. The CDC released a few tips on pest control and how to manage it safely. Here are a few of their recommendations – Before treating an infestation, consider all options (non-chemical first) – Be aware that animals and insects may leave their nests or colonies during sprays or fumigation – Keep children and pets out of areas you’re treating; they may come into contact with chemicals that they shouldn’t – Use caution when applying pesticides near homes or businesses–to avoid health issues make sure you always use protective gear, including gloves.

1) The Health Risks of Cockroaches

Most people are familiar with cockroaches, but they aren’t aware of how widespread and dangerous these insects can be. In 2013, the CDC issued a report on diseases associated with cockroaches.  The CDC states that cockroaches have been reported to spread a lot of bacteria, parasites, and pathogens. This includes at least 33 kinds of bacteria, at least seven types of human pathogens, and six types of parasitic worms and at least. The harmful bacteria include salmonella (which causes food poisoning), staphylococcus (which causes skin infections), streptococcus (which causes pneumonia), and hepatitis A. It has also been linked to asthma in children. Crawling around areas where cockroaches spend time also means crawling around their feces, which may lead to tetanus and tuberculosis infection (CDC). It is more important than ever before that homeowners contact pest control professionals right away if there is any sign of a problem.

2) Bites and Diseases from Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are not known to spread disease. Bed bugs can, however, cause skin rashes, itching, and red welts similar to allergic reactions. They are most active at night when people are sleeping or sitting quietly so that they can easily feed on people without being noticed. Many homeowners try to treat their own bed bug infestations before turning to a professional pest control company only to find that it is too difficult for them to do it themselves successfully. A pest management professional (PMP) is trained in recognizing signs of bed bug infestation. While PMPs are often capable of treating many types of pests such as termites, ants and roaches, they specialize in treating infestations caused by insects like fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes as well as removing rodents from your home or business.

3) Keeping Homes Free of Mice, Rats, and Rodents

According to statistics published by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), millions of homes in America are infested with mice and rats. So if you’re thinking about setting up a home, be prepared: pests might find you first. What’s more, they’ll probably return—unless you plan to keep your new place free of mice, rats, and other rodents through ongoing pest control efforts. These small creatures breed quickly. An adult mouse may have as many as 200 offspring in a year, according to CDC estimates; most will die before reaching adulthood, but that still means you can expect hundreds of hungry little mouths ready to gnaw on everything from old leather boots to electrical wiring. Similarly, each pregnant rat can give birth to as many as 14 pups per litter—making it no surprise that populations can get out of hand quickly.

4) Mosquitoes, Ticks, and Other Outdoor Pests

It’s that time of year when we start to head outside and spend more time outdoors. With all these mosquitoes, ticks, and other pests around, it’s important to keep them away from you and your family. The CDC says you should use insect repellent with a DEET or picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or para-menthane-diol if possible. Be sure to follow instructions on the safe use of these products. If you’re allergic to any of these chemicals, talk to your doctor before using an insect repellent. Also, be sure not to apply sunscreen at the same time as using insect repellant as sunscreen may block absorption of ingredients in many repellants; apply sunscreen after using mosquito repellant. For ticks: Use tick removal tools—do not pull a tick off by hand; they can be difficult to remove properly without tweezers, which are designed for removing ticks correctly.

If you are concerned about the health and safety of your family and possible issues caused by these and other pests, don’t leave it to chance. Call or schedule an inspection with a pest control expert from My Pest Pros. Our team of pest professionals are licensed, trained, and have the experience to help eliminate and prevent pests that cause health and safety issues, or just keep you awake at night. Contact My Pest Pros at 703-665-4455 before the issue gets out of hand!

Should I Hire an Exterminator?

Finding bugs in your home can be very distressing, especially if you’re unsure what type of bug it is and whether or not it poses any danger to you or your family. Should you hire an exterminator? What kind of exterminator should you hire? What if you don’t need an exterminator at all? In this blog post, we’ll explore these questions and more as we answer the question Should I hire an exterminator to spray for bugs in my home?

Should I hire an exterminator to spray for bugs?
Pest control technicians are trained to identify and safely treat for pest issues to protect your family, home and businesses.

What’s Causing the Pests

If you see bugs or other pests running around your home, you’re probably wondering what’s causing them. Before hiring an exterminator to spray for bugs, it helps to first eliminate any potential causes inside and outside of your home. Spend a few minutes checking both areas and, if possible, eliminating any obvious problems that could be contributing. For example, check under appliances in your kitchen and make sure they’re clear of food particles; clear out pet food bowls; remove clutter from closets; throw away trash; fix leaky faucets, drains, and pipes (and unclog toilets); seal up holes where mice might enter from outdoors. Also think about whether there are times of the year when you tend to notice more bugs—if so, pay extra attention at those times.

The point is: Address all possible pest-causing issues before bringing in someone to spray for bugs in your home. You don’t want these issues to come back after the exterminator has left! Even if you decide that eliminating and preventing pest issues is not something you want to do yourself, these are issues that a pest control technician will likely recommend be addressed by you. Problems such as these are what we refer to as conducive conditions that can attract pests.

Do I Need to Call An Exterminator or Can I DIY?

If you’re thinking about undertaking a DIY pest control treatment, it’s a good idea to weigh your options first. But, first things first: do some research. You don’t want to try out a DIY method on your own without knowing what you’re dealing with or understanding how best to handle these pests—it could end up doing more harm than good. The CDC recommends you call a professional exterminator if you have spotted bed bugs, cockroaches, fleas, and ticks; their bites can cause rashes and other skin conditions. Wasps, hornets and yellow jackets can be dangerous if you are not careful or if somebody is allergic. Some homeowners feel comfortable dealing with stinging pests, while others prefer to have a professional handle these potentially painful pests.  

Whether you feel comfortable trying a DIY approach or calling a professional exterminator is often a personal choice. Should you go the DIY route, be sure to follow the label carefully. Using ‘just a little extra’ or not following the directions carefully can and has led to fatal results.

Tips for Finding a Good Pest Control Company

Here’s how to find a reputable pest control company that will do its job effectively. Ask for recommendations from friends, family members, coworkers or neighbors who have had pest problems before. Check online reviews about various companies – people love reviewing businesses! Read the good and bad reviews. No company or person is perfect! Read the company responses as well. Finally, don’t hesitate to call and speak with a representative at a company you feel is reputable; if they won’t talk with you, it may be a red flag. At My Pest Pros, our customer service team is very knowledgeable about all our treatments and services. However, a service manager or field technician is usually the best person to answer technical questions.

How Much Does It Cost To Call An Exterminator?

Imagine going to a restaurant and asking how much it is to eat. The price of your meal would vary greatly based on what you order unless they have a price fixe menu.

Similarly, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question when it comes to pest control costs. This is one of the most frequently asked questions our office receives. The price of hiring a professional exterminator can vary greatly depending on factors like location, time of year, size of the home or property, the specific pest if it’s a major infestation or minor issue, and conditions in and around your home.

Our office can usually quote and schedule services over the phone, but some pest issues such as bed bugs, roaches, or termites usually require an in-person inspection.

Is it Time To Call An Exterminator For Insect Control?

You may want to consider hiring a professional exterminator if your home is plagued by infestations of bugs. A professional pest control company such as My Pest Pros can provide the peace of mind of knowing that your family and home are protected from major issues or even minor annoyances.

Call My Pest Pros at 703-665-4455 to protect your family today!

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