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Family-Friendly Pest Prevention – Larue Pest Management, Inc.

Treating Mosquito Bites

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On July 17th

So, you tried hard to not get bit, but somehow you ended up with itchy, little mosquito bites?

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This is the fifth of 7 Things YOU Need to Know About Southwest Florida Mosquitoes, a FREE eBook provided by Larue Pest Management, Inc.

Many bug bites that are thought to have been caused by a mosquito may actually have been the handiwork of other insects or bugs. Because mosquitoes are so common in Southwest Florida, it’s fair to say that they get the majority of the blame.

In most cases, treating mosquito bites will work the same way you would treat any other bug bite. Your symptoms (itching, redness and swelling at the site of the bite) may last as long as a week, but you have a few different options for dealing with the irritation.

Here are 15 unique ways to treat your mosquito bites:

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Do you live in Fort Myers or Naples?

Are you concerned about mosquitoes spreading diseases to your family?

Well, you have good reason to be!

Viruses like West Nile and Chikungunya are making there way into the US from places like the Bahamas and Caribbean, where outbreaks are spreading quite rapidly.

At this point most of the cases are imported from people visiting those places and unknowingly bringing them back, but Lee County Mosquito Control is already busy creating a plan of attack should the problem grow in our area the way it has in other parts of the world.

The best line of defense for you and our region?

Mosquito Control

Whether it’s learning the 5 D’s of defense, installing a mosquito misting system, or signing up for a monthly mosquito reduction program, Mosquito Control should be a priority when you live in Southwest Florida.

That’s why we think it’s so important to let everyone know that each year the week of June 26 is declared National Mosquito Control Awareness Week by the American Mosquito Control Association. “Mosquito Week” is a time to educate people about the significance of mosquitoes in their daily lives and the important service provided by mosquito control workers throughout the United States and worldwide.

Below we’ve created an infographic about mosquitoes that you can feel free to share with friends and family to help spread awareness about mosquito control and protection.

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Click on this image and share this mosquito infographic with your family and friends!

Interested in learning more about our professional mosquito control services in Fort Myers, Naples and throughout Southwest Florida, please contact us online or call us at (800) 314-8813.

Thank you!

-Keith

Mosquito Control | Fort Myers NaplesIf you live in Southwest Florida, you know that mosquito and noseeum control can be frustrating!

Have your cookouts been filled with that particular chorus of buzzing and slapping we all know?

How many of your evenings outdoors have ended with bites and stings? Sometimes it feels like we’re being eaten alive right here in paradise!

And while noseeums are just plain annoying, mosquitoes can be a serious threat to the health of you and your family by spreading diseases like West Nile Virus and the Chikungunya Virus (which was recently reported right here in Fort Myers).

Thankfully you have options in the battle to protect your family and control mosquitoes and noseeums on your property. Here are some landscaping tips on how you can keep them from ruining your family time outside… Read the rest of this entry »

How to Get Total Noseeum and Mosquito Control for Your Home

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On April 26th

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Are you searching for ways to protect your family from noseeums (no-see-ums) and get mosquito control for your home?

Imagine enjoying your pool and patio all summer long without even needing a pool cage!

Well, I’m happy to share with you an easy way to get rid of mosquitoes and noseeums, so your family can spend quality time together outdoors all year round! Read the rest of this entry »

Gallinippers – Huge mosquitoes that pack a mean bite!

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On April 3rd

I’ve just been stabbed! No wait…it was just a mosquito bite.

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Gallinipper by Sean McCann

Imagine, minding your own business, relaxing on your patio when… BAM! You feel an intense, stabbing pain shoot through your body. How shocked would you be to discover…
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Florida’s Natural Pest Control: Dragonflies

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On November 20th

 

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Female band-winged dragonlet (Erythrodiplax umbrata)

From the tiny Eastern Amberwing, to the flamboyant Halloween Pennant, dragonflies are some of the most important and charismatic beneficial bugs. They’re indiscriminate predators of many pest insects, including mosquitoes, flies, ants and wasps.

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Looking for a Cape Coral Pest Control Company to Help Rid You of Your Cricket Problem?

This is the fourteenth installment of 15 Household Bugs in SW Florida That May Freak You Out which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.

The most famous cricket of all time has to be Jiminy Cricket. He has one thing in common with his nonfictional cricket friends:

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8: Looking to Get Rid of Carpenter Ants in Cape Coral?

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On July 18th

Looking to Get Rid of Carpenter Ants in Cape Coral?

This is the eighth installment of 15 Household Bugs in SW Florida That May Freak You Out, which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.

If you have large, reddish brown ants in your home, you might have carpenter ants. These ants are often half an inch long and have chunky body parts. Their size can be intimidating and even a little freaky. Many carpenter ants are wingless, but large colonies do have ants with wings.

As their name implies, carpenter ants love wood. Unlike termites however, the Florida carpenter ant will not eat the wood in your home. Unfortunately, they love to nest in your attic and in wall voids.

In most cases, carpenter ants have a main nest outside your home in a nearby tree or stump. However, given enough time, they may establish a secondary nest inside your home. Carpenter ants prefer wood that is rotting or wet. If the wood in your house is not water damaged, you are less likely to have a problem with these ants. With proper home maintenance (fixing leaky plumbing and keeping wood painted and sealed), you will reduce your chances of an infestation.

Homeowners have a very difficult time fixing carpenter ant problems on their own because the primary nest can be hard to find. Often, you need a Cape Coral pest control professional that is knowledgeable about carpenter ant habitats and preferences to help to get rid of them permanently.

We do find it helpful when homeowners keep a careful eye on their carpenter ants before calling us. Keep notes on things like:

As I talked about in my previous post, we’re in the midst of rainy season…

…and the mosquitoes are out in force!

I thought it’d be interesting to review the two types of mosquitoes found in Southwest Florida:

  1. Freshwater Mosquitoes
  2. Salt Marsh Mosquitoes

Freshwater mosquitoes require standing water to lay their eggs, and if it doesn’t rain enough to allow for water to remain stagnant for several days – their population doesn’t grow exponentially.

However, with salt marsh mosquitoes, they lay their eggs in the ground, and as the tide comes in, the eggs hatch.

Freshwater mosquitoes are generally found near fresh water sources like lakes, ponds, and some of the ‘summer only’ water reservoirs around Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Naples, and generally all of Southwest Florida.

The coastal areas generally have the most exposure to the salt marsh mosquito, areas like the southwest section of Cape Coral, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers Beach, Bonita Beach, Naples (by the beach), Sanibel and Captiva islands.

Reducing stagnant fresh water sources is a great way to cut down on the freshwater mosquito population, although due to the amount of rainfall we experience in summer, that can be hard to do.  In terms of the salt marsh mosquito population, there isn’t much that can be done in general, however, we do have solutions for your property.

If you are looking for help reducing the amount of mosquitoes on your property, be sure to check out our Mosquito Prevention & Control information, including our Abatement Program and Outdoor Misting System.   Feel free to contact us, or give us a call at (800) 314-8813, if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Keith

Mosquito Control – How to protect you and your family

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On July 14th

If you’ve been to the any of the area parks in Southwest Florida in the last few weeks, you’ve probably noticed…

…mosquitoes are out, and they’re out in force!

Even though we had a late start to rainy season, when it came in latter part of June, so did the mosquitoes.

It’s important to me that you know how to protect you and your family from mosquitoes, and with that in mind, here are simple guidelines:

  • Don’t go outdoors at dusk and dawn, if you can help it, because that’s when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Assure your clothing covers all of your skin to protect against bites.
  • Empty any open stagnant water containers around your home, and property, as they are breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
  • Protect your skin & clothing with mosquito repellent, DEET or Picaridin work best again mosquitoes (keep in mind, the Centers of Disease Control says repellents containg DEET do not present a health concern, however, the American Academy of Pediatricians do not recommend using DEET on children younger than 2 years old).

If you have an infant, it’s recommended to use netting over carriers and strollers, and not apply any kind of repellent.

Enjoy summer, but be sure to protect you and your family with these tips for mosquito control!

If you need help reducing the amount of mosquitoes on your property, be sure to check out our Mosquito Control & Prevention information, including our Abatement Program and Outdoor Misting System.   Feel free to contact us, or give us a call at (800) 314-8813, if you have any questions!

Thank you,

Keith