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Ticks are quite common in south Florida because of the sub-tropic and humid climate.
Once they migrate to a yard or lawn, they reproduce quickly and can become difficult to eliminate. They pray on living animals as their only source of food (blood).
Ticks carry many known diseases are are extremely harmful to pets and humans.
It is important to recognize and call a professional to eliminate these pests as soon as possible.Ticks satisfy all of their nutritional requirements as ectoparasites, feeding on a diet of blood in a practice known as hematophagy. They are obligate hematophages, needing blood to survive and move from one stage of life to another. Ticks unable to find a host to feed on will die. This behavior is estimated to have evolved approximately 120 million years ago through adapative pressures to a blood-feeding environment. Evidence suggests this behavior evolved independently in the separate tick families, with differing host-tick interactions driving the adapative change. Ticks extract the blood by cutting a hole in the host's epidermis, into which they insert their hypostome, and keep the blood from clotting by excreting an anticoagulant or platelet aggregation inhibitor. Ticks find their hosts by detecting animals' breath and body odors, or by sensing body heat, moisture and vibrations. They are incapable of flying or jumping, but many tick species wait in a position known as "questing". While questing, ticks hold on to leaves and grass by their third and fourth pair of legs. They hold the first pair of legs outstretched, waiting to climb on to the host. When a host brushes the spot where a tick is waiting, it quickly climbs onto the host. Some ticks will attach quickly while others will wander looking for thinner skin like the ear. Depending on the species and the life stage, preparing to feed can take from ten minutes to two hours. On locating a suitable feeding spot, the tick grasps the skin and cuts into the surface.
Fleas can be one of the most difficult and disturbing pests to eliminate from not only your yard but household as well.
Fleas reproduce at a alarming rate, and they are not particular as to the host either.
As long as there is a warm blood creature close by, they will begin to do their damage.
If you suspect you have a flea problem, the sooner you respond the eassier they can be eliminated. Call us for quick response.Fleas are insects that form the order Siphonaptera. They are wingless, with mouthparts adapted for piercing skin and sucking blood. Fleas are external parasites, living by hematophagy off the blood of mammals and birds.
Bed bugs, or cimicidae, are small parasitic insects. The term usually refers to species that prefer to feed on human blood.
Early detection and treatment are critical to successful control. According to a survey, the most commonly infested places are the mattress (98.2%), boxspring (93.6%), as well as nearby carpets and baseboards (94.1%). In fact, bed bugs thrive in areas where there is an adequate supply of available hosts, and plenty of cracks and harborages within 1.5 metres (4.9 ft) of the host.
Because treatments are required in sleeping areas and other sensitive locations, methods other than chemical pesticides are in demand. Treatments can be costly, laborious, time consuming, repetitive, may entail health risks, and cause embarrassment to the person affected.
Spiders are one of the most feared home invaders. There are more phobias about spiders than any other pest, and understandably so. If you get bitten by the wrong spider - a black widow or a brown recluse - and you have a bad reaction to the venom, you can end up in the hospital. And yes, there have even been some deaths associated with spiders (though much less than you would think - six per decade in the U.S.).
In order to control spiders, there are several things that are important to know.
Don't expect perfection in spider control; they are biologically not very receptive to chemical agents and not very cooperative in picking up pesticides.
So just spraying alone is not a great defense against spiders. As you know, spiders are built high off the ground. They don't drag their bellies across surfaces. An insecticide residue on the surface only touches their feet. (Yes, they have feet.) But there's not a circulatory system that will take the insecticide to the organs within the body to cause a quick death.