Bumble Bee Snack

Try this fun snack made from pineapple, candy melts and potato chips.

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About Pests and Pets

When the family goes outside to play, it isn’t just the kids bringing unwanted pests back inside. Animal fur is ideal for pet pests such as fleas and ticks to grab onto as your pets explore the backyard.

Fleas and ticks have unique adaptations that make them well suited to finding and feeding on mammals to survive. Keep reading to find out facts you may never have known about these tiny pests.

All about ticks

  • Must love dogs – Some tick species have preferred hosts. The American dog tick prefers to feed on domestic dogs and therefore is one of the most common tick species brought into homes.
  • All you can eat buffet – Ticks are much easier to spot after a meal. Some species will grow almost four times in size when engorged with blood.
  • To find a host, ticks clasp onto shrubs or grass with their back legs and reach their front legs out to grasp onto passing fur or clothing.
  • Wherever ticks attach, ticks will crawl toward the head of their host. The skin around the neck and ears is thinner and these areas are also hardest for animals to groom.

All about fleas

  • Fleas can jump up to eight feet, which is 150 times their own height.
  • Unlike other pests, fleas typically remain on their host at all times. However, they are easily transferable to furniture or between animals.
  • Black sheep of the family – There are more than 2,000 known species and subspecies of fleas, but one species – the cat flea – accounts for the majority of infestationsFleas-ad in the United States.
  • Don’t blame the dog – Fleas infest many animals like rodents and raccoons as well. If you suspect a rodent infestation, fleas may soon follow.

Pet pests pose unique threats to both people and pets as they are easily transferable, difficult to spot and carriers of multiple diseases. While fleas are primarily an itchy annoyance, they can cause flea allergy dermatitis, transfer tapeworms and in rare cases, transmit bubonic plague if they’ve fed on an infected rodent. Ticks are not as noticeable as fleas but they are known to carry very serious diseases such as Lyme disease and can cause “tick paralysis” in animals.

Homeowners should thoroughly check pets’ fur for fleas and ticks after they’ve been out in the yard or at the park as these pests can certainly infest homes. One of the easiest ways to do a pest check is by brushing the animal’s fur and using your hand to smooth fur along the body. Also, be on the lookout for skin irritations on your pet and excessive scratching, both of which are good indicators of fleas or ticks.

If you suspect you have an infestation in the home, contact A1 Exterminators for a free consultation and we can recommend the best treatment option for your home or property.

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“Very friendly. Professional. Honest. Arrived on time—early, actually. Could take two weeks to know if what he did actually worked, but early results look excellent. Ask for James!”

Bug Tip Tuesday!!

With this heat we have been having, you lawn sprinklers are working overtime and are providing watering holes for ants.  Be sure the sprinklers are working properly to prevent any ant infestations.

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New Study Finds A Glowing Cockroach

A glowing green cockroach would seem much easier to kill than our more familiar kitchen pests, but this particular insect evolved its own set of lights to avoid exactly such predatory attention, according to a new study.

Luchihormetica luckae glows to mimic the bioluminescent click beetle, whose glow warns predators of its toxicity.

 The cockroach species Luchihormetica luckae emits a green glow. Images courtesy Peter Vrsansky, Slovak Academy of Sciences


The cockroach species Luchihormetica luckae emits a green glow.
Images courtesy Peter Vrsansky, Slovak Academy of Sciences