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Biting Insects

Insects that bite are more than a nuisance. They can transmit disease as well as leave a nasty bite mark. Fleas, mosquitoes and lice can bite and transmit diseases.

Female mosquitoes pierce the skin to feed on blood of humans and animals. Adult fleas will bite humans and animals to find a blood meal. Hair, body, and public lice feed on human blood.

Mosquitoes and fleas will move from host to host and once they have fed on an infected host they can easily transmit the disease to their next host. In this way diseases can spread rapidly and quickly become out of control in the right environment. Body lice can transmit disease between humans.

Entry: Mosquitoes gain entry to your home through open doors and windows or hitchhike on you from outside. Fleas jump on a host passing by, either outside or inside and lay eggs on the ground or floor of your home. Lice are transferred by contact with another person.

Do-it-yourself Effectiveness: Cleaning your home often by vacuuming, dusting, and disposing of garbage in airtight bags away from your home will deter some insects. Don’t share hats or brushes with others and don’t try on hats in stores. Avoid places where fleas may be present, and treat your pets right away if fleas are found. Treatment of your yard and perimeter may be necessary to control fleas if the infestation has grown too large.

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Thrips

Thrips are tiny, narrow insects, with adorned wings. Thrips use their mouths to lacerate surface cells on a plant’s stem, leaves, or fruit, and drink the fluid that is produced from the bite.

Cat Flea

The Cat Flea is the most common flea found on pets, preferring domestic dogs and cats as its host. The Cat Flea can carry eggs of the tape worm parasite and transfer the tapeworm to the dog or cat.

Kissing Bug

They look like flattened insects with extended, cone-shaped heads bearing a pair of five to six-segmented, elbowed antennae and a prominent “beak.”

Bird Lice

Bird Lice are small and vary in color and hard to see. Eggs are attached to the feather, close to the skin and hatch in a few days.

Human Head Lice

Human Head Lice lay their eggs on the hair shaft, close to the scalp. The egg cases, called nits, are sticky and will not come off during regular hair washing but must be picked off or combed off with a very fine toothed comb.

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs are reddish-brown, oval shaped and flat. They hide in sheets, blankets, seams of mattresses, carpet, baseboards, behind wallpaper and in furniture.

House Mosquito

The house mosquito is larger than a fly and distinguishable by its long legs, long wings and its proboscis, a straw like mouth used to suck blood or nectar.