Mosquito

Malaria around Canton Georgia

Malaria Hysteria

Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we like to keep up with current events, including the recent press release on research that is being performed to reduce the risk of malaria. The work is primarily being done in labs at various schools across the U.S., including the University of California and John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. What they are seeking to accomplish is changing not the disease of malaria itself, but the vectors, or the mosquitoes carrying malaria.

So what’s the big deal? Well, mosquitoes carry quite a number of diseases from person to person, all over the world. The worst of these include the dengue, yellow fever, the Zika virus, and of course, malaria. The specific parasite group that causes malaria are plasmodium parasites, inhabiting the mosquito and waiting to enter another host. The mosquitoes also have a wide variety of other inhabitants in their bodies as well, and this is called a microbiome. These other bacteria and organisms have the ability to interact with each other, and potentially disable the plasmodium parasites by not allowing them to inhabit the mosquitoes. A man by the name of Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is researching a way to make the inside of a mosquito hostile against the plasmodium organisms. What does this mean for Canton, or for customers of Canton Termite and Pest Control? It might change how you feel about mosquitoes, but more importantly, it will stop the transmission of dangerous and life-threatening diseases.

By: `Tim

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Big Mosquitoes ? Giant Mosquitoes- Crane flies

Crane Flies not a Mosquito – Canton Termite and Pest Control

 

             Crane flies are some of the more greatly misunderstood insects around. Appearing to most people as gigantic mosquitoes, they are quite often falsely accused of biting and performing Dracula-esque actions on humans and pets. The crane fly doesn’t even have the body parts required to bite anything like a human or pet, so, though confusing in appearance, they certainly cannot suck your blood! The American Mosquito Control Association has this to say about crane flies:Canton Termite and pest control

“Crane Flies (Tipulidae) are delicate insects varying in size from ¼ inch to as large as 1½    inches in length. The largest crane flies are sometimes called ‘daddy-long-legs’, ‘gully     nippers’, or “mosquito hawks”. However, they do not bite people and they do not eat          mosquitoes. Some species of crane flies emerge from aquatic sources and others from       terrestrial or decaying vegetation sources. Crane flies are not predacious and usually many      times larger than a typical mosquito. Adults are strongly attracted to porch lights. The larvae live in loose soil or organic matter and feed on the roots of plants.”

 

These insects are also called Mosquito Hawks, a name to which they have no claim whatsoever. The crane fly cannot, again, bite much of anything because of the way they are made, and so as a result, they are not predatory at all. What then do crane flies actually eat? Well, they mostly eat decaying plant matter, but not much! You see, crane flies only live in the adult stage you see flying around for a period of a few days, so they do not actually need to eat very much at all. Crane flies spend most of their lives in the larval stage, which has quite a large number of morphologies. This means, essentially, that they all can look different and be capable of performing different survival techniques through mechanisms they have been provided with to survive. There are more than 15,000 different species of crane flies! Here are some awesome examples of the different ways that the larvae of crane flies may appear under the soil of your yard, provided by Matthew Bertone, PhD:

“Some of them have inflatable rear ends that they use to move through soil more easily,    some have fringed setae on the end to break the water tension, and some have these weird         creeping structures, sort of like caterpillar prolegs with hooks on them, so it’s extremely     variable. We don’t know much about the larvae. In fact, for many species, we have never seen         the larvae… Most of the {adult} crane flies have big eyes, but we don’t know how good their           vision is and how much that’s used to sense where they’re going. The males in some of the groups have antennae with really elongate segments compared to females, but we don’t            know what the purpose of that is.”

 

As far as the adult form of the crane fly, Bertone has this to say:

“I’m always seeing photos of new ones, and it just blows my mind how they look or how they have all these crazy modifications. There are strange, wingless, spider-like snow crane flies that are thought to live in animal burrows and crawl underneath the snow; there are small, hairy ones; there are larger ones; there are lots of them that suck nectar — it’s a really diverse and pretty amazing group.”

 

This means there is incredible variety in development among the species, but I digress. Let me speak for a moment regarding the aspects of crane flies that affect your home, yard, and family.

 

Crane flies cause no harm to other creatures. This means that, although they look like super-sized mosquitoes, they are just harmless bugs that fly around and bother you sometimes; however, crane flies have been known to damage some kinds of turf in yards by feeding on the roots. UCIPM, a statewide integrated pest management program in California, has done some research on the damage to turf that crane flies can cause, and what to do about it:
“Affected turf appears as dying patches. Feeding damage may be apparent on roots, crowns,and aboveground portions of grass plants. Weeds may invade areas of dying turfgrass. Adults do not damage grass or feed at all. Although sometimes called ‘mosquito hawks, crane flies do not feed on mosquitoes or other insects or harm people… Turf can easily recover from crane fly feeding if properly maintained. Follow                 recommended irrigation and fertilization practices for your turf species. Crane flies are often associated with wet or waterlogged areas. Remove excess thatch and aerate to stimulate root growth and improve water and nutrient movement into the soil. Reduce shady areas by    pruning back tree branches to allow more light to reach the turf during the early morning and late afternoon. Beneficial nematodes may help reduce high populations.”

 

If you have a question about what crane flies might be doing you your yard, call us here at Canton Termite and Pest Control Today at 770-479-1598! For more information on crane flies, the articles below should be helpful. These articles and their sources were used to help write this blog post! Thanks for reading, and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us through Canton Termite and Pest Control’s website, email, or by phone.

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Zika virus Treatment

Treatment for Zika virus

This spring, people in Cherokee County will start using their yards more.

And, as they do, Canton Termite and Pest Control will start to get calls for Mosquito Control Service.

This year, over the past few days, the news has been filled with stories of the rapid spread of the mosquito borne Zika Virus throughout the Western Hemisphere. The Zika Fever, which is caused by the virus, was first detected in the Americas last year, but at the time it was extremely rare. During the past few months, however, the spread of the virus has exploded. The World Health Organization “WHO” has declared the virus to be a major threat and forecasts approximately 4 million cases over the next year. The WHO has already begun to work on preventative measures to help control the spread, and clinical trials working towards a vaccine are expected to start as soon as possible.Zika Virus

With no vaccine for the virus, most preventative measures involve control of mosquito populations in infected areas. The virus is spread by the Aedes species of mosquito. Because the Aedes is a daytime mosquito, and therefore bed nets cannot stop the spread of the virus.

People with swimming pools or other outdoor living areas want to be able to use those areas without having to cover their children or themselves with bug spray.

That’s where we can help you.  By treating the yard area one time per month, we can greatly reduce the mosquito population. One customer said, “It’s wonderful, I don’t need to worry anymore. I just send the kids out to play.”

Pest Control companies offer full yard treatments that will help control the Mosquito population around your home.

While our service is great, there are things you can do to help prevent mosquitos yourself.

  • Make sure your door and window screen fit tightly.
  • If necessary you can use spray containing DEET. However, products with a DEET concentration higher than 50 percent do not increase protection. Avoid applying to exposed skin. Try to keep it on clothing only. It is recommended to consult a physician before using on children.
  • Studies show that Insect light traps (Bug Zappers) or sound devices do little to reduce mosquito bites.
  • Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long sleeves when outside at night.
  • Remove any water-filled containers like pots, buckets, planters, tires, etc.
  • Regularly empty and replace water in birdbaths, pet dishes, small swimming pools and wading pools.
  • Roof gutters should be kept clean of leaves and debris so water will not collect in them.

 

Mosquito control is not just one thing.  It necessary to take a look at the entire area around your home for potential problems. Call your pest control company and have them stop by and inspect your property for problem areas.

If you have a problem with mosquitoes or any other pest, give me a call at 770-479-1598.  I’ll be happy to speak with you about it.

Here’s to helping YOU live PEST FREE!

by: Tim

Call Canton Termite and Pest Control today at 770-479-1598 for a FREE Pest Consultation and FREE Estimate!

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Zika Virus

Zika Fever

 

Over the past few days, the news has been filled with stories of the rapid spread of the mosquito borne Zika Virus throughout the Western Hemisphere. The Zika Fever, which is caused by the virus, was first detected in the Americas last year, but at the time it was extremely rare. During the past few months, however, the spread of the virus has exploded.tigermosquito

The WHO has declared the virus to be a major threat and forecasts approximately 4 million cases over the next year. The WHO has already begun to work on preventative measures to help control the spread, and clinical trails working towards a vaccine are expected to start as soon as possible.

Most people who are infected with the virus have no visible symptoms whatsoever. While some cases can cause a rash, joint pain, and redness of the eyes, the majority of cases go completely undetected. The virus moves quickly through the infected person’s system and that person is usually immune after that exposure.

The current fear, however, is associated with a potential link between the Zika Virus and microcephaly. Microcephaly is a disorder that results potential intellectual and developmental impairment in newborns. Medical experts fear that the pregnant women infected with the virus pass it through amniotic fluid and this damages fetal brain development. While this link has not been fully confirmed, Brazil has seen a massive spike in cases of microcephaly among newborns as cases of the Zika virus have increased.

With no vaccine for the virus, most preventative measures involve control of mosquito populations in infected areas. The virus is spread by the Aedes species of mosquito. Because the Aedes is a daytime mosquito, and therefore bed nets cannot stop the spread of the virus.

Areas that are both heavily populated and more tropical, such as Brazil, have seen thousands of new cases over the past few weeks as the infection spreads via mosquitoes. This species of mosquitoes can potentially be found in every country in the Western Hemisphere excluding Canada and Chile.

While the United States currently only has 31 reported cases, that number could potentially rise rapidly as the summer months lead to an increase in mosquito populations. The best way to protect yourself from the virus is to avoid traveling to any infected areas. If travel is absolutely necessary, it has been recommended that travelers avoid mosquito bites as much as possible.

Make sure to use bug repellent and cover up as much exposed skin as possible. Mosquito yard treatment will also help to control populations once summer arrives again and mosquitoes begin to spread.

The virus is nothing to panic over, but it is important to protect yourself and your family. If you are in need of mosquito control around your home, call us today at Canton Termite and Pest Control at 770-479-1598! We have decades of experience with mosquitoes, and we will do our part to keep your home safe!

By: Tim

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Cherokee County Mosquito Control – Canton Termite and Pest is the BEST!

People often ask how bad are mosquitoes. We hear news reports all the time about some new  disease mosquitoes  are spreading.

Take a look at this:

 

We can mosquito treat most back yards for $50-60 per visit. It much better than spraying stuff on your skin.

If you have a problem with ants…or any other pest… call Canton Termite and Pest Control today at 770-479-1598 and ask for me, Tim McWhirter. I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

Here to helping YOU live PEST FREE!

Tim

PS. Don’t forget to ask about our FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office.

We provide service throughout zip codes of (Canton)30115, 30114, (Waleska) 30183, and (Ball ground) 30107 and around these areas.

 

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Mosquito Service in Cherokee County Georgia

Canton Termite and Pest Control-Mosquito Control Service

 

 

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Mosquitoes are one of the most dangerous insect pests that affect the health and well being of humans and domestic animals worldwide. If environmental conditions allow for their reproduction, vast populations of mosquitoes can occur.  Female mosquitoes require a blood meal to produce their eggs, and they produce a painful bite. While feeding, they can transmit a number of disease-causing organisms to humans and animals. The diseases these organisms cause includes: encephalitis, dengue fever, filariasis, yellow fever, and malaria. This is not a neighbor anyone wishes to have in their backyard! Canton Termite and Pest Control can help rid your yard of these blood-thirsty invaders.

Mosquitoes are flies with slender bodies, delicate legs, and scaled wings. The mosquito life cycle is an example of complete metamorphosis. There are four distinct stages in the life of a mosquito; egg, larva, pupa and adult.

A few days after acquiring a blood meal the female mosquito lays eggs. Depending on the species the eggs can be laid singly or in rafts, on the surface of the water, on the sides of containers, or on damp soil.

After the eggs hatch, the larvae or “wrigglers”, swim in the water and feed on microorganisms or decaying matter. There are four growth phases in the larva’s life, called instars. The larvae must come to the surface of the water to breath (with the exception of a few specialized mosquitoes).

Mosquito larvae have a siphon at the tail end of the body. The siphon permits larvae to breath by penetrating the surface of the water to access air directly.

The life cycle of the mosquito is important to note. After a few days, the adult mosquito emerges from the pupal skin and flies away. Only a few days until they are ready to become a pest in your family’s yard. The female mosquitoes take blood meals, and the blood is used to produce eggs.

If you have concerns about the health of your family being affected by these disease-carrying pests, let Canton Termite and Pest Control help. We can make your home a more pleasant and safe place to be this summer.

Give us a call today to set up your mosquito prevention plan.

Here’s to helping YOU live PEST FREE!

Tim

PS. Call today at 770-479-1598 and ask about our FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

 

 

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Mosquito Treatment and Control- Canton Termite

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In April, people in Cherokee County will start using there yards more.

And, as they do, Canton Termite and Pest Control will start to get calls for Mosquito Control Service.

Most often, it’s people with swimming pools or other outdoor living areas. They want to be able to use those areas without having to cover their children or themselves with bug spray.

That’s where we can help you.  By treating the yard area one time per month, we can greatly reduce the mosquito population. One customer said, “It’s wonderful, I don’t need to worry anymore. I just send the kids out to play.”

While our service is great, there are things you can do to help prevent mosquitos yourself.

  • Make sure your door and window screen fit tightly.
  • If necessary you can use spray containing DEET. However, products with a DEET concentration higher than 50 percent do not increase protection. Avoid applying to exposed skin. Try to keep it on clothing only. It is recommended to consult a physician before using on children.
  • Studies show that Insect light traps (Bug Zappers) or sound devices do little to reduce mosquito bites.
  • Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long sleeves when outside at night.
  • Remove any water-filled containers like pots, buckets, planters, tires, etc.
  •  regularly empty and replace water in bird baths, pet dishes, small swimming pools and wading pools.
  • Roof gutters should be kept clean of leaves and debris so water will not collect in them.

 

Mosquito control is not just one thing.  It necessary to take a look at the entire area around your home for potential problems.

If you have a problem with mosquitoes or any other pest, give me a call at 770-479-1598.  I’ll be happy to speak with you about it.

Here’s to helping YOU live PEST FREE!

Tim

PS. Call Canton Termite and Pest Control today at 770-479-1598 for a FREE Pest Consultation and FREE Estimate!

Also, ask about our FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

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Jamie O'Neill
Jamie O'Neill

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

Just wanted to thank our exterminator Joel @Canton Termite for not only responding very quickly when we had a minor insect infestation but for ensuring we stay bug free with our normal service. He always gives us plenty of notice and arrives on time and does a very professional job. Also want to thank the entire team... Tim, Ed, William and Brent for doing an awesome job with my home and my rental homes for the last few years. Keep up the great work...

James Pritchett
James Pritchett

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 weeks ago

Last year the Cherokee County senior center assisted in me in finding a company to take care of a roach infestation in my home. I had tried several companies but I kept paying and the roaches never went away. William Botts with Canton Termite and Pest control came out and in 2 treatments got the job done. I am on a fixed income and appreciated the integrity and quality of this company. Today I realized I never thanked Canton Termite and Pest Control. I am thankful for what they did for me and refer my friends and anyone else who ask. They get the job done!

valerie hultquist
valerie hultquist

5 out of 5 stars

posted 4 months ago

HONEST, HELPFUL, NOT IN BUSINESS TO RIP PEOPLE OFF! I called this company and spoke with a gentleman regarding a strange substance on the exterior of our home. I thought it might be termites because the paint was removed from the area as though it was being eaten. He asked me to email him a photo. He called me back and assured me it was not termites. He and the owner of the company gave me some suggestions of how to treat this mold-type substance. This could have easily gone in the opposite direction and charged me lots of $ to investigate a pest problem. No need to wonder if you will get a fair, honest deal with this company. They have a perfect 5 star rating because they have earned it the old fashioned way - by being honest.

Carl Carlson
Carl Carlson

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

I called William for a problem with carpenter bees. He was at my home within the hour. Problem solved. As we chatted I mentioned that in the spring we had birds nesting in our attic, now gone, but expected to return next year. He took the time to inspect the attic to figure out how they were getting in, and seal off the entrance... no additional charge. In short, he solved next years problem as a "good will" gesture (no pun intended). Great job. Great service. Did I mention William is now on my speed dial?

Debra Wright
Debra Wright

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

Great customer service and prompt attention! William came out and did our initial application, but we need more treatment. Ed called me in no time and set up another treatment, same day! When Brent came out he was so professional and friendly! Took care of the application quickly, reassuring us that they are there whenever we need them! So glad I am using Canton Termite and Pest Control now for my pest services!

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