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Reducing Mosquitoes, Fleas, and Ticks

Creature Control can significantly reduce mosquito, flea, and tick activity by providing affordable and effective treatments. These dangerous blood-sucking insects can expose you and your family to life-threatening illnesses if bitten by a carrier. All three parasites have four stages of development: egg, larva, pupil, and adult, which require different treatment methods to ward off. Give our technicians a call; we will customize a strategy that suits your property with the goal of making outdoor living safer for your family and pets.

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Mosquitoes, Fleas, and Ticks in Colorado

Whether you're planning a backyard barbeque, camping in the wilderness, or traveling abroad, mosquitos, fleas, and ticks can be found in most regions. It's important to be on the lookout for these potentially dangerous pests and try to avoid their harborage areas.

Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are most active during warmer seasons, but their eggs can survive harsh winters. Both larva and pupal stages are spent entirely in water, which is necessary for them to survive. Mosquitoes thrive in lakes, ponds, rivers, birdbaths, water buckets, and the like. Only female mosquitos bite; they seldom live longer than two weeks. Male mosquitoes live off of plant nectar and die shortly after mating.

Fleas
Fleas are tiny, blood-sucking parasites that live on the exterior of a host. Their teeny, pearl-colored eggs are deposited in the host body or nest. Pupas emerge as adults days or months later; some will not emerge until a host is present. Fleas have highly developed jumping legs and can leap 200 times their body length. Most animals are perfect hosts for fleas, except horses, monkeys, apes, and hooved animals.

Ticks
Ticks feed off the blood of their hosts to survive and grow. Nymphs are tiny, the size of a pinhead, while adults can reach the size of a sesame seed. Different species vary by region, but all can bite and transmit deadly diseases. Deer, birds, and small rodents such as chipmunks, squirrels, and mice are all susceptible to ticks, along with domesticated animals such as cats and dogs. They prefer tall, dense brush and wooded areas and prefer shaded or moist areas such as leaf piles. Temperatures at or above freezing do not phase ticks as they can remain active in cold weather. They do not fly, jump, or fall from trees. Instead, they wait for hosts to pass by and use their carbon dioxide sensors to identify mammals.

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Dangers of Mosquitoes, Fleas, and Ticks

There is an extensive range of mosquito-specific diseases that can be transmitted to humans and animals, such as West Nile, Zika Virus, Malaria, and EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis.) Most healthy adults are considered safe from these diseases; however, humans and pets are still susceptible to those notorious mosquito bites accompanied by itching and swelling.

Fleas were known to transmit the Bubonic Plague during the Middle Ages and were an essential link in the chain of events that resulted in the death of a quarter of Europe's population. Severe inflammation of the skin, along with intense itching, can result from an infestation.

Tick-borne infections include Lyme disease, Ehrlichia, Babesia, Anaplasmosis, Bartonella, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Borrelia Lonestari, and several other diseases. These pests bore into the skin of their hosts and can be difficult to remove. In some cases, when attempting to remove the tick, their mouth might stay buried within the skin.

Treating Landscape to Deter Mosquitoes, Fleas, and Ticks

Pests like mosquitos, fleas, and ticks require routine management. There is no quick way to exterminate them in one application and it's impossible to eradicate every single one from your property. At Creature Control, our treatments effectively reduce mosquito populations and destroy mosquito larvae, thus diminishing these insects in your area. Insect control means bringing down the pests' level, where their presence is no longer detrimental to human activity.

It is most effective to get an initial mosquito treatment completed early in the summer, allowing follow up applications, as needed, throughout the season. Heavy precipitation may wear away the pesticide and require reapplication. Mosquito insecticide is applied in the form of a fine mist blown onto foliage, diluted, and poses no severe risk to animals or children. It takes about twenty minutes for the area sprayed to dry. Our technicians apply pesticides to the underbrush, foliage, low-lying trees, and grass killing existing mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks. It also discourages them from landing on vegetation or using it for harborage. We also treat ponds and other standing water with larvacide pucks that destroy mosquito larvae.

While pesticide applications are the most efficient way to reduce mosquito, flea, and tick populations on your property, there are other, non-chemical methods to ward off these parasites. For starters, remove all potential areas that could allow standing water (wheelbarrow, buckets, scrap tires, etc.). Keep your lawn cut short as pests like to live in the shade of grass stems. Keep live fish in water sources such as ornamental ponds. Replace the water in drinking troughs and birdbaths regularly. Swimming pools need to be kept clean and chlorinated or covered when not in use. Finally, try to keep your pets out of wooded areas and wear long sleeves and pants before trekking the outdoors. An insect repellant is helpful too.

Call Creature Control 844-774-3284 to learn more about our mosquito, tick, and flea programs. Note: specific insect pest control may not be available in all regions and all sorts of properties.

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Scratching during the day may indicate the presence of a bat, but this is uncommon.

More common sources of scratching or clawing during the day is a squirrel or a yellowjacket hive in the drywall, if it is summer.

A scratching sound coming from the attic is a good indication of the presence of a bat. The scratching may be constant or intermittent and may occur at day or night, though with a bat, this scratching will usually be heard at night. This is the sounds of the claws on the bat's wings as it moves around.

It may also indicate the presence of mice, however. An inspection is necessary to more directly pinpoint the source of the sound.

Gnawing sounds during the day are almost always due to the presence of a rodent, such a mouse, squirrel, chipmunk, or sometimes a rat. Rodents are characterized by their large incisor teeth, which continually grow and must be worn down by constant gnawing. Rodents will gnaw on wires, insulation and anything else they can find in an attic. Many house fires due to electrical problems are caused by damaged wires due to squirrel gnawing.

If you are hearing gnawing or chewing sounds at night, it may indicate the presence of a raccoon. Usually this will be accompanied by other noises, such as heavy walking. If you do not hear this, it may be a flying squirrel or some other rodent.

A "rolling" sound is usually due to the presence of a red squirrel bringing in nuts or other debris and rolling it around up in the attic, as squirrels will use attics to hoard food. If you hear this sound during the day, it is certainly a red squirrel, since red squirrels are the only mammals that commonly get into attics that are active during the day (flying squirrels get into attics as well but they are nocturnal). The "rolling" sound associated with a squirrel is sometimes described as the sound of marbles rolling.

If it is not a squirrel, there's a possibility a rolling sound could be made by birds moving around in a tight space.

Rolling sounds at night can be caused by flying squirrels, which are nocturnal. It is made by the squirrel bringing nuts or other debris into the attic or wall.

Raccoons may also make a rolling sound, though this is less common.

Scampering or scurrying during the day is almost always attributable to a squirrel, as most other scurrying animals (such as mice) are nocturnal.

A scurrying or scampering sound at night is usually due to mice moving through the walls, ceiling, or along the floor.

Nocturnal flying squirrels may make this noise as well; peak periods of activity for flying squirrels are just before dawn and shortly after sunset. Their scurrying is light and fast.

Raccoons may also make this sort of noise, but with a raccoon it will be more of a "walking" sound, a bit heavier than a squirrel, and not as fast.

Heavy walking or crawling is a very unique sound that almost always indicates the presence of a raccoon, whether it occurs during the day or night.

Heavy walking or crawling is a very unique sound that almost always indicates the presence of a raccoon, whether it occurs during the day or night.

If you can clearly hear the sound of flapping during the day, it is definitely a bird.

If you hear flapping at night, it is either a trapped bird or a bat. Nuisance birds are generally not active at night, so if you hear flapping it may be a bird that has become trapped. The flapping of a bat's wings is very soft, almost like a dull whirring. If you hear a very faint, soft whirring, it may mean a bat is flying around nearby in the dark.

Crackling is a very particular noise that is generally made by a yellowjacket hive within the drywall of your home. yellowjackets will pick and gnaw on drywall and use the pieces to construct their hives. The sound of this gnawing is often described as a crackling; it sounds a lot like Rice Krispies popping. If you hear this, it means the yellowjackets are close to gnawing through the dry wall. It is not as common at night, but certainly can happen then as well if the hive is big enough.

Crackling is a very particular noise that is generally made by the presence of a yellowjacket hive within the drywall of your home. yellowjackets will pick and gnaw on drywall and use the pieces to construct their hives. The sound of this gnawing is often described as a crackling; it sounds a lot like Rice Krispies popping. If you hear this, it means the yellowjackets are close to gnawing through the dry wall.

A sound of chirping or chattering usually means there are baby animals present. What species depends on the season, but it is very common for baby squirrels, raccoons, or birds (especially chimney swifts) to make these noises. Please contact Creature Control for a more thorough diagnosis.

A sound of chirping or chattering usually means there are baby animals present. What species depends on the season, but it is very common for baby squirrels, raccoons, or birds (especially chimney swifts) to make these noises. Please contact Creature Control for a more thorough diagnosis.

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