What is the best thing to do for a mosquito bite?

A mosquito bite typically results in a red bump on the skin that itches. As tempting as it may be, scratching a mosquito bite is a bad idea on two counts. First, it only agitates the venom and increases your itching. Second, over-scratching might cause breaks in the skin that can leave room for an infection.

The itch is due to histamine release in our body in response to the mosquito’s saliva which is injected while they’re drinking our blood. Histamine is one of the main drivers in allergic and inflammatory reactions and causes swelling, redness and itching. So, scratching only stirs up the saliva and increases the histamine response.

All bites should be washed with soap and cold water. The best remedies are antihistamines and anti-inflammatories – such as Benadryl, NSAIDS, and steroids. Over-the-counter 1 percent hydrocortisone cream may be indicated for intense itching and larger reactions. If there are signs and symptoms of infection you may need to see your doctor for antibiotics.

Here are some helpful Mosquito Control Tips for Your Home provided by a mosquito control district.
Personal protection
During peak biting times (dawn, dusk, and early evening)
1. Try to stay inside.
2. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when you go out.
3. Loose clothing.
4. Light colored clothing.
5. Apply insect repellent sparingly to exposed skin. An effective repellent will contain 35% DEET.
6. DEET in high concentrations (greater than 35%) provides no additional protection. Repellents may irritate the eyes and mouth, so avoid applying repellent to the hands of children.
7. When using repellents always read and follow directions for use as printed on the product.
What you can do to help
1. Throw out old tires
2. Throw out tin cans, buckets, drums, bottles, or any water holding containers.
3. Fill in or drain any low places (puddles, ruts) in yard.
4. Keep drains, ditches, and culverts clean of weeds and trash, so water will drain properly.
5. Cover trash containers to keep out rainwater, and drill holes in bottom of trash containers so any water can drain out.
6. Repair leaky pipes and outdoor faucets.
7. Empty plastic wading pools at least once a week or store in a position that water will drain.
8. Make sure your backyard pool is maintained properly.
9. Fill in tree rot holes and hollow stumps that hold water with sand or concrete.
10. Change water in bird baths and plant pots or drip trays at least once a week.
11. Keep grass cut short and shrubbery well trimmed around the house, so adult mosquitoes will not hide there.
12. Keep gutters clean and free of debris and leaves.

You can also contact Bug Guardian Pest Control for a mosquito treatment to reduce the population in your yard.

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Spring Time Pest Control in Avondale

Spring has arrived, it’s time to get a handle on pest control once again. Even the smallest of pesky flies can have harmful effects upon human health as well as property, so pest control is no joke. From bedbugs and roaches to scorpions and rodents, once they’re in your home it’s hard to get them to leave.

At the first sign of an infestation, most people will go grabbing for some type of pesticide, not taking into consideration the longterm effects these toxic chemicals can have on themselves or their pets. But pests in the home can be just as harmful as those pesticides, given that the smallest bite or sting can come laden with disease. Bugs can even find their way into furniture, food, bedding and clothing, where they can set up a home and begin ushering other unwanted pests into the home. That’s where Bug Guardian comes in with their eco-friendly methods.

Bug Guardian knows that the proper treatment of pests plays a major role in any community, allowing residents to live healthy and comfortable lives without threat of disease or the unpleasantness of bugs. This Spring, remember that a consistent check of your home’s structure-a well as some eco-friendly ammunition on hand-will keep out mosquitoes, roaches, ants and termites. You can even have bedbugs thinking twice about turning your home into their own. But even if all else fails, you can rest easy knowing that Bug Guardian is there for you

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3 Things To Know About Cockroaches

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They’re here year round, the American cockroach can be seen making its way around your home, fluttering on walkways at nightfall, and scaring the populace. We’ve collected the three biggest things you may not know about these critters. Of course the #1 thing you should know is that you don’t have to tolerate them. We’re here to help eradicate them; just give us a call!

1. Cockroaches eat pretty much anything. . . even their perished brethren, and they have a sweet tooth and like to eat sugary and starchy things, like desserts, cardboard and book binding glue. Included in their fairly varied eating habit is their love of human garbage.

These unusual dietary preferences lead to their ruining food and contaminating food preparation surfaces. And they affect human well-being in three ways: a) their nasty eating habits, dining on both human excrement and human foods; b) their aimless poop habits; and c) their talent for spewing digestive liquids as they eat! Really endearing, right?

2. Cockroaches carry pathogens of disease. Over 30 species of bacteria have been found on the cuticle and in the gut of roaches, including those of serious medical importance such as E. coli, various strains of Salmonella and Staphylococcus. Cockroaches were also suspected to be the cause of a hepatitis A outbreak in a Los Angeles housing project in the late 1950s.

Though it’s difficult to say what part roaches play in small disease outbreaks, they are capable of harboring antibiotic-resistant bacteria. A 2012 study in Ethiopia looked at cockroaches trapped in a neonatal intensive care unit and found widespread multi-drug resistance among individual species of bacteria residing in the roaches.

3. Cockroaches are filthy. Cockroaches spoil our clean, bleached perception of the world. They are the boldest creepy animals flourishing in our homes and businesses. They need us for the waste and sanctuary we provide, and for that we HATE them. They truly are terrible – they serve as an effective means for disease and filth transmission.

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Ants Invade Arizona Home this Spring

Spring is officially here and with it comes one of the most persistent warm-weather pests—ants. As temperatures rise, America’s number one nuisance pest will invade homes across the Houston area in search of food. While most species present problems in people’s pantries and kitchens, some species can deliver painful bites while others inflict property damage. According to a survey from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), more than half of consumers list ants as their top pest concern.

Although ants can be difficult to control once they have entered a home, the following preventative measures can play a major role in helping to avoid infestations:

• Wipe up crumbs and spills immediately
• Store garbage in sealed containers and remove from the home frequently
• Keep food packages closed or sealed and store products in air-tight containers
• Avoid leaving food out on the counter or pet food out on the floor for long periods of time
• Repair holes or gaps in window and door screens
• Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home including entry points for utilities and pipes
• Keep tree branches and shrubbery well-trimmed and away from the house
• Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around basement foundation and windows

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Cockroach Problems in Arizona Homes?

Cockroaches in your Arizona home… the mere thought of them sends a shiver down most people’s spine. They get into food storage, reproduce at lightning speeds, and are really fast movers. It’s been said that cockroaches will survive Armageddon and anyone who has had to deal with a cockroach infestation wouldn’t doubt that. These critters have been around for millions of years, even outliving the dinosaurs. They are a resilient insect that has adapted to the ever changing environment of the Earth.

So what is the secret to their survival and what makes them so unique to other pests? Why is it so hard to control the cockroach population?

1. Cockroaches are lightning fast

Have you ever turned on the kitchen light and seen how fast cockroaches bolt into hiding? Or maybe you tried to hit one with a shoe but it was just too fast for you. Cockroaches can sense currents of air and use this for detecting any threat that is approaching them. It’s been reported that a cockroach can hit the ground running a mere 8 milliseconds from the time they feel a puff of air. They can hit 80 centimeters a second and reach three miles in about an hour. They also have this ability to switch directions at the drop of a hat.

Did you know: A newborn cockroach, the size of a speck of dust, can run nearly as fast as an adult?

2. Cockroaches are super resilient

As mentioned earlier, cockroaches have been around for a very long time. There are some cockroach species that can endure freezing cold temperatures. If a cockroach loses its head it can still continue to function for a week. This is because cockroaches have an open circulatory system, meaning they have no veins and their organs are all housed within the body cavity. This also means that they don’t bleed out when wounded.

Did you know: A cockroach breathes from spiracles found on the sides of their bodies and can hold its breath for about 40 minutes.

3. Cockroaches are small

At two in the morning an encounter with a cockroach may be seen as having come face to face with a massive bug. However, most cockroaches run as small at 5/8 of an inch up to 2 inches. Because of their nimble size they are able to hide in any crevices or cracks available to them.

Did you know: The male of the species has been known to be able to squeeze into a crack as small as 1/16 of an inch (the thickness, in width, of a quarter?)

4. Cockroaches will eat anything

Cockroaches are true scavengers. They favor sugary stuff when they can get it though. Being omnivores, they are attracted to a variety of food. A typical cockroach can survive without feeding for nearly a month. They can also go about 2 weeks without water. This is another reason for their resilience. They have been knows to eat things like glue, leather, and even soap to survive.

Did you know: When in nature the cockroach helps consume organic waste?

5. Cockroaches are fast breeders

A mother cockroach produces eggs which are protected in a capsule of her own making. One female cockroach can have from 6 to 40 eggs per capsule and can produce many capsules through their lifespan. Depending on the conditions of their habitat, a cockroach can take from 6 weeks to a couple of years to become an adult.

Did you know: One female cockroach, along with her many offspring, can have up to 30,000 babies in just a year.

It’s important to eliminate cockroaches from the home because they can pose health risks to people. They spread disease and can trigger allergic reactions in some, which can complicate things for those who have asthma.

Cockroaches are attracted to food and water and will overrun your home looking for these things. So it’s important to keep food and water sources sealed. If you have pets, don’t leave bowls of food out unless your beloved pet is actually using them. Use air tight containers for storing foods that would otherwise sit in bags in your cupboards, such as flours, rice, and cereals. Make sure you keep your counter tops and sink clean and clear of food and crumbs. Dispose of garbage right away and vacuum often. By practicing some good sanitation you can lessen the chance of a cockroach infestation happening in your home.

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