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As most people know, bug bites itch! Those little red welts left behind from insects on you can be very annoying, especially if are prone to bites. During the warm summer months, if you spend time outdoors, it may be a mosquito bite or if you’re an avid summertime traveler, it may be bed bug bites. But did you know there are a few simple things you can do that will help you prevent these itchy bites? It doesn’t take a lot of time or money, just a little planning before your next event or trip.

Mosquito bites: A mosquito is a flying insect that is between ¼ of an inch and 3/8 of an inch long. Only the female mosquito has specialized mouthparts that allow them to pierce your skin and suck your blood; bites from these insects are usually picked up while spending time outdoors. So before your next BBQ, hike or afternoon play date try:

  • Eliminating all sources of water that may be standing and stagnant; standing water is where mosquitos lay their eggs. Areas to be mindful of include: kiddie pools, bird baths, old tires, buckets or cans, planting pots and gutters

  • If possible, plan events for midday; dawn and dusk are peak mosquito hours

  • Wear long sleeves and pants (weather permitting) if you must be out during peak hours.

  • Keep pools and hot tubs covered when not in use

  • If you have ditches on your property, keep the water moving. This may require digging them a little deeper so the water flows more efficiently

  • Apply insect repellent when heading outdoors; be sure to use products with DEET

Preventing mosquito bites is important, not only because that red, itchy welt will drive you crazy but because mosquitoes are also known to carry serious diseases, including Yellow fever, Dengue fever, West Nile virus and several forms of Encephalitis.

Bed bug bites: A bed bug measures around 3/16 of an inch long and does not fly. Both male and female bed bugs have the ability to pierce your skin and suck your blood. You can usually pick up bed bug bites in homes, hotels and pretty much anywhere that people spend a lot of time. Bed bugs aren’t always just around beds, but can be found anywhere that people are. Preventing bed bug bites is not quite as cut and dry as preventing mosquito bites. The main thing in preventing them is knowing the signs of bed bugs and where they like to hide. When traveling, prior to bringing your luggage into your hotel room, grab a flashlight and inspect:

  • The bed- be sure to pull up the sheets and look around the seams for any signs of live or dead bed bugs. Even if you don’t see any bugs, look for dark brownish-reddish spots, which could be dried blood and fecal matter.

  • Upholstered furniture – pull up cushions and inspect around the edges and underneath

  • Inside the dressers and nightstands – bed bugs are great at hiding in the tightest cracks and crevices, so be sure to look along the edges of the inside of the drawers

  • Behind wall hangings and headboards – notorious bed bug hiding spots

  • Along the edge of the room where the carpet meets the wall

Unlike mosquitoes, bed bugs are not known for carrying or transmitting any known diseases, but their bites are also red, itchy welts and the stress they cause for someone with an infestation of bed bugs can be detrimental. Also, the treatment can be quite costly if you do end up taking them home with you.

Whether you have a bed bug problem in your home or you have too many mosquitoes on your property, Rottler can help. Contact us today for more information on our bed bug control services including bed bug heat treatments and our mosquito control in St Louis!

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