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Fleas (Common in Ellis County)
We wanted to give some helpful hints on controlling fleas on your pets and home.
Fleas can be one of the most annoying pests to our pets and make life miserable at home. We really can't tell you why from year to year why the fleas are bad some years and not so bad other years. This year is most definitely a bad year.
So lets start with the pets....
If you begin to notice fleas on your animals wash them with a medicated shampoo as often as the label allows you to.
This is very important and can make the difference of developing an infestation in your home.
Now if your at the point where the flea infestation is so advanced that the fleas are jumping on you then its time for the help from a professional.
In order to control the fleas at this point you need to first continue washing your pet as mentioned, and then start the process to kill them. Typically the process take two applications, and can be completely controlled normally in 7 to 10 days.
Once the infestation is under control, continue to monitor your pets and wash them as needed.
With life being as fast paced as it is these days, we understand it can be hard to stop to wash the dog or cat. However, in the long run it sure can save you a big head ache.
Treatment Cost: range from $150.00 to $200.00
If you would like to speak with Cross Country Pest Control concerning possible flea infestation of your home or business, please contact our office today.
Termites (Common in Ellis County)
Estimated at costing more than a billion dollars per year in damage, termites are one of the most destructive pests to homes and other structures.
They are often mistaken as winged ants; however, subtle differences in the body structure distinguish the two species.
Subterranean Termites: These termites live underground in colonies that can number beyond 2 million in a single colony. Subterranean termites build tunnels, or mud tubes, to reach their food source. This species can be very destructive, which could include destruction of an entire building structure. If you suspect you might have subterranean termites it is very important to contact a pest control specialist as soon as possible.
Drywood Termites: These termites form colonies with thousands. They feed on everything from wood to plastics, plus fabrics made from plant materials. They can be found in dry wood, and do not require contact with the soil. For this reason, they can nest the entire colony in the walls of a home. They have been known to cause major damage to structures. It is important to ensure that firewood and scrap lumber is kept away from the home. In addition, sealing areas that have cracks or crevices around the home may help prevent them from taking root inside the home.
Brown Recluse & Other Spiders (Common in Ellis County)
The brown recluse spider is one of the most dangerous spiders in Ellis County and the rest of the United States.
Although some spiders assist in ridding the environment of pests, certain spiders, such as the brown recluse, can not only cause a serious bite requiring medical attention, but can also be lethal to some (especially children).
Spider Damage: Aside from the common spider web, most spiders will not cause serious damage to property. However, they can cause serious problems when coming into direct contact with humans or pets.
Method of Entry: Spiders can enter your home or office through any opening available. For the brown recluse, they tend lay their nest in dark, warm, and dry areas, such as attics, sheds, under eaves, and other hard to see areas.
Detecting Presence: Common spiders are often seen throughout homes, yards, and other areas. However, the brown recluse will often stay hidden and may be found in multiple numbers. Unfortunately, your first discovery of a brown recluse could result in reaching your hand into a dark area of your garage or attic, and the result is a bite that can cause extreme pain and scaring.
Treating Spiders: Due to the likelihood of an unintentional bite, it is advisable to seek a professional pest and insect control company if you believe you might have poisonous spiders in your home or office area.
If you would like to speak with Cross Country Pest Control concerning possible spider infestation of your home or business, please contact our office today.
Bees (Common in Ellis County)
The main danger bees inflict towards us is their ability to sting, and for those that are allergic to their sting it could prove fatal.
The majority of bees have the ability to sting, and although painful the attack normally brings just pain. However, for those allergic to the bee's sting or if you encounter bees that attack in a group, the encounter with a bee can be serious.
Bee Damage: Bees tend not to cause structural damage to property; however, bee hives can make it so that you are unable to enjoy your time outside.
Method of Contact: Bees, along with other flying pests like wasps, often build their nests or hives in attics or over eaves of homes. When entering into a home or business, they often find entry through an open door or a crack in the building's windows or structure.
Detecting Presence: The two primary ways of discovering whether you have bees (or wasps) is by visually seeing the insect or seeing their nest or hive.
Treating Bees: It is best to have a professional examine whether you have a serious bee or wasp problem, specifically to determine whether the bees are an aggressive breed (i.e. "Killer Bees).
If you would like to speak with Cross Country Pest Control concerning possible bee infestation of your home or business, please contact our office today.
Cockroaches (Common in Ellis County)
The cockroach is found in many different breeds and forms, and infestation can ruin food and cause unsanitary conditions.
American and German cockroaches are very common in Ellis County and the rest of the United States. Evidence of cockroaches is not always apparent, and if they are observed during the daylight hours of the day then it is a strong indication that you may have a serious infestation of cockroaches.
Cockroach Damage: Aside from its general nuisance, cockroaches may cause, or complicate, allergies or asthma due to the feces, hairs, and other debris left behind by the cockroach. Also, food supplies can be ruined, especially where the German Cockroach is concerned.
Method of Entry: Cockroaches can gain entry into an area through any opening where they can fit. They are often attracted to areas such as kitchens and other places where we reside.
Detecting Presence: Seeing a cockroach during the day is a strong sign that you might have a major cockroach problem, because they generally are out of sight during the daytime. However, often cockroaches will stay out of sight, and only a trained professional will be able to determine whether you have a major problem. Also, if you see them in your food or kitchen, it is a sign that you need to seek help quickly.
Treating Cockroaches: Keeping household and pet food secure is a good way to prevent food infection, and treatment is usually best done by a professional pest control company. A regular preventative maintenance schedule can work towards eliminated these unwanted pests.
If you would like to speak with Cross Country Pest Control concerning possible cockroach infestation of your home or business, please contact our office today.
Mosquitoes (Common in Waxahachie, Texas - Ellis County)
Among insects, mosquitoes represent the biggest threat to mankind, killing and debilitating millions of people each year by transmitting pathogens to people through bites.
Culex species: Encompasses the most common species of “urban” mosquitoes to affect humans in the United States; also known as “house” or “container” mosquitoes.
Public Health Effects:
- West Nile Virus: Associated with fever, headache, muscular pain, and rash. Serious complications can affect the liver or nervous system. Once a female mosquito contracts the virus from an infected bird, it will remain a vector of this disease until death.
- St. Louis Encephalitis: Causes swelling of brain and central nervous system tissue. Mosquitoes contract the disease from infected birds, rodents, deer, and in some cases, cats and dogs.
- Eastern and Western Equine Encephalitis: Viral diseases spread by mosquitoes that have contracted the virus from infected birds; can result in swelling of the brain tissue.
Aedes species: Aggressive biters that flourish in warm rural and suburban environments. Populations explode after seasonal rains. Aedes aegypti are primary vectors of disease.
Public Health Effects
- Heartworm: A parasite spread by female mosquitoes when they feed on infected dogs and cats. Humans can also contract heartworm, which settles in the lungs.
- Yellow Fever and Dengue Fever: Viral diseases that spread when mosquitoes contract the virus from an infected human and spread it to other humans through bits. Most cases occur in other countries, so people who travel abroad should consider precautionary measures depending upon their destination.
- Anopheles species: Primary vector of malaria worldwide; also called permanent water mosquitoes. The Anopheles quadrimaculatus infests the southern, central and eastern states, while Anopheles freeborni can be found in the western states.
- Malaria: An illness with symptoms including fever, chills, sweats, muscle pain and vomiting; spreads when infected female Anapheles mosquitoes bite individuals who carry the malaria parasite. Although malaria has largely been eradicated in the United States, the disease can resurface due to international travel.
Non-Pesticide Control Recommendations for Mosquitoes
Stagnant water provides prime breeding conditions for mosquitoes, so reduce these sites whenever possible, such as water that collects in clogged gutters, poorly maintained swimming pools, and rain water that collects in potted plants, trash cans, bird baths, discarded tires and children’s toys.
Ensure window screens are in good condition and fit tightly to prevent mosquitoes from entering the home.
Rats (Common in Waxahachie, Texas - Ellis County)
A rat produces between 20 and 50 droppings a day. Rats spend approximately 2 percent of their daily activities gnawing on various natural and manmade objects.
Rats will eat just about anything, including decaying material. A rat can swim for three days before it drowns. Rats can exert biting pressure up to 7,000 pounds per square inch and can bite repeatedly up to six bites per second. Rats can squeeze through a space as small as a half dollar.
Conservative estimates say as many as 14,000 people are bitten by rats each year in the U.S. While the plague often is thought to be a historical disease, about 10 to 15 people in the U.S. contract this rodent-borne disease each year.
Wild and domestic rodents have been reported to harbor and spread as many as 200 human pathogens. The peak foraging and feeding periods for rats occur at dusk and prior to dawn, The "average" home range of an established Norway rat in urban areas is 25 to 100 feet from its nest. In captivity, rats may live for three or more years, but wild rats in urban areas normally live for only five to 12 months.
Rats are wary of new objects or sudden changes in their environment. This behavior is known as "neophobia".