American Dog Tick

(Dermacentor variabilis)

Recognition: Males about 1/8" while females will be slightly larger. Brown in color with white markings.

Bio: Adult ticks will harbor in overgrown vegetation and wait for hosts to pass. Once a viable host has approached their resting site, they will leap onto the host, and proceed to feed. Once engorged, the tick will drop off and seek shelter.

Control: Homeowners can prevent tick populations from being overbearing by routinely cutting grass and keeping vegetation from overgrowing to close to walkways and paths. Abair Lavery will focus our chemical efforts in areas where tick populations are likely to be high. Overgrown vegetation, common walking areas and property lines are common


Bed Bugs

(Cimex Lectularius)

Recognition: Adults upward of 1/5" in length. Brown to reddish brown depending on last feeding session.

Bio: Mainly nocturnal, bed bugs are effective hitchhikers and can travel in luggage, clothing, or furniture. Will harbor during the day in cracks and crevices within the infested structure. Headboards, mattresses, box springs, nightstands, and wall voids are the most common. Typically will feed when host is readily available, however, can reportedly go as long as a year without feeding.

Control: Customer cooperation and awareness is vital to treatment success. Preparation is required to enable our technicians to be as thorough as possible. Bedding should be removed from bed to be laundered. Box springs and mattresses should be stood up. Floor should be clear and any clothing should be removed to be laundered. Treatments will vary depending on severity but topical treatments will be applied to rooms in question. It is highly recommended that mattresses and box springs be protected via an encasement prior to our arrival. All Occupants should vacate the unit (or property, if residential) and remain away for a minimum of 3 hours after technician completes service. Ventilation should be performed when re-entering home.

Service Schedule: Initial treatment Follow treatment - 14 days Second follow up - 7 days after first follow up

 


Cat Fleas & Dog Fleas

(Ctenocephalides Felis and Ctenocephalides Canis)

Recognition: Both species are roughly 1/8" in length and brown to black in color except after feeding when they are slightly red. Distinguishing which species is at hand generally requires examining the pests head under a microscope. Characteristics of the Cat Fleas head will vary from that of a Dog Flea.

Habits: Females will have a blood meal and then lay an average of 6 eggs. Eggs will either be deposited on the host animal or laid near the resting spot of the host. Larval stages will feed on the excrement left by the adult flea in the early stages. As an adult, fleas will regularly seek a blood meal, but can survive for several months without one.

Control: As with all pests, Abair Lavery will take the least hazardous approach possible. A thorough inspection will be performed to determine the heavy areas of infestation. The host must be treated. When pets are present, consult your veterinarian. Prior to the technician's arrival, the home should be vacuumed thoroughly. The technician will apply liquids coupled with growth regulators and follow with a ULV treatment. During the ULV stage, homeowners will need to vacate the residence and remain absent until directed to return.

 


Yellowjackets

(Vespula)

Recognition: Adults about 1/2" in length. Yellow and black in color

Habits: Queen Yellowjacket will chose either an aerial or ground nesting site to begin forming a colony that can reach upwards of 3,000 workers at its peak. Nesting sites above ground may be on houses, garages, sheds and vegetation. Underground nest will be constructed where possible but will be most common where easy access is obtained.

Control: When nest sizes have reached moderate sizes, no attempt to control these pests should be made by the home owner. Attempts to close off entry points on ground nests will only agitate the workers and create a dangerous environment for unsuspecting individuals and pets. Nests should be treated by a licensed professional using appropriately labeled pesticides and with the aid of a bee suit.