What Happens When a Mosquito Bites You?

Ouch! You feel the pinprick of a mosquito bite and swat at your minuscule tormentor. Next comes itching, skin irritation, and usually a lovely little raised bump. Being covered in these aggravating bumps can leave you annoyed and perhaps also curious. What happens when a mosquito bites you? How is your body reacting to this unwelcomed mosquito intrusion? Let the bug pros at Mosquito Joe answer all this and more!

What Happens When You Get a Mosquito Bite?

Mosquito bites as we think of them, the itchy red bumps that bother us for days after an evening bonfire or hike, are caused by compounds in the mosquito’s saliva and a corresponding histamine reaction within our bodies.

Prior to worrying about what happens when they do, you may ask, “Why do mosquitoes bite in the first place?” While mosquitoes are able to feed on nectar, sap, and honeydew to subsist, the female mosquito needs the nourishment that blood provides in order to lay eggs. That makes you a prime target for her necessary blood meal.

Once she has you acquired for her target, the female mosquito extends her narrow proboscis (equipped with a needlelike point) and pierces the skin, hoping to strike a blood vessel to extract blood. Once through the skin, the mosquito injects the host with a vasodilator through their saliva. This substance is intended to facilitate blood flow while they’re feeding.

How Does the Body Respond to a Mosquito Bite?

In response to this foreign substance, the body’s immune system creates histamines, which results in an itching sensation around the infection site. Your body recognizes the saliva from the mosquito as an intrusion and rushes white blood cells to the area, which manifests as a swelled and itchy bump – AKA a mosquito bite!

The good news is that the itching and swelling will usually dissipate within a day or so. Consult our tips on home remedies for mosquito bites for some helpful tricks on dealing with the itch in the meantime.

How to Prevent Mosquito Bites

So now that you know what happens when you get a mosquito bite, the better question may be how to prevent mosquito bites altogether.

While traditional mosquito repellents and bug sprays are a good start, you may be looking for a more comprehensive mosquito plan. Call Mosquito Joe today at 1-855-275-2563 or request a quote online and let the pros minimize mosquito bites and maximize your outside backyard time!

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How to Check Dog for Ticks

 

Romping through the fields, roaming the woods, barreling through the bushes, your pup is an explorer! But all that running through the tall grass can attract some unwanted passengers—ticks!
It’s important to check your dog and other outdoor-going pets for ticks on a regular basis. But what is the most thorough way to search for these pesky parasites?
Let the insect experts at Mosquito Joe offer some tips on how to check your dog for ticks!

When to Check Dog for Ticks

How often you check your dog for ticks can change depending on where you live, how present ticks are in the environments you frequent, and how often you’re outside with your pet.
Tall grass, woods, and fields can all be breeding grounds for ticks and likely places for them to hitch a ride on your hound. If you live in an area with a significant tick population, your dog should be checked daily. If ticks are less present where you spend time day to day, focus on checking your dog after hikes or time spent where ticks could be present.

How to Check Dog for Ticks

Ticks can be found in your dog’s fur before they have attached themselves or may feel like a small bump on the skin once they’ve bitten the dog. The best method for checking for ticks is carefully combing through your dogs’ fur and feeling the skin for bumps.
Keep your furry friend fiend-free by following these steps for how to check your dog for ticks …

Head start

Begin at the snout of your dog and, using your fingers like a comb, run your hands over the head and around the neck. Pay special attention to the ears and around the collar.

Body work

Make a thorough search of your pet’s entire body, combing with your fingers. If your dog has thick or extra shaggy fur, take the time to really comb through his or her coat.

Nooks and crannies

Be sure to evaluate any dark or hard-to-reach areas. Check the groin, under the front legs (armpits), under the tail, and in the ears.

Bug be gone

If you do happen across a tick on your dog’s skin, resist the urge to immediately pull it out. Use tweezers or a tick removal tool and pull it out slow and gradually. Place the tick in rubbing alcohol to kill it.

Kick the Ticks

The best way to keep pests at bay is to be proactive! Check your dog for ticks, especially after being outdoors and be thorough in your search and give your dog a leg up by using flea and tick medication to help repel parasites.
Finally, making your space tick-free can be the ultimate pest preventative! Call Mosquito Joe today at 1-855-275-2563 or request a quote online to make your backyard tick-free and your pets carefree!

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Will Giant Asian Hornets Take a Sting Out of Your Outside Fun?

 

If you’ve heard about The Murder Hornet, you probably are wondering what this insect is and if it could establish itself in the United States. As the experts in outdoor pest control, Mosquito Joe is here to answer all of the important questions you might have.

What is a Murder Hornet?

The Murder Hornet, commonly known as the Giant Asian Hornet, is one of the largest hornets in the world. With a body length of 1.98 inches and a stinger that is one-fourth of an inch, their stinger injects a large amount of venom into an insect.

Giant Asian Hornets are found in temperate to tropical regions in East Asia, South Asia and mainland Southeast Asia. They primarily feed on tree sap, larger insects and social insects such as honeybees and the honey they produce.

The Giant Asian Hornet in the United States

In September 2019, a colony was confirmed in Vancouver, Canada and was eradicated. Recently, there was a sighting of two Giant Asian Hornets in Washington state, one of them being dead. After further investigation of the other insect, it was determined that there was no evidence of an established colony here in the United States.

The biggest threat that the Giant Asian Hornet could impose is the destruction of honeybee hives. Floyd Shockley, the entomology collections manager at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, stated, “It’s important to focus on the facts, and the facts don’t support that this is an established invasive that’s going to destroy the North American honeybee industry.”

When it comes to Giant Asian Hornets and their threat to humans, Shockley also stated that there is nothing to worry about. While their sting is more painful than that of a honeybee, they tend to keep to themselves and are only dangerous when they feel provoked.

Mosquito Joe’s Pollinator Protection Management Program

Mosquito Joe understands that pollinators are a valuable part of the ecosystem, which is why we created the Pollinator Protection Program. Our Pollinator Protection Program is our conscious effort to minimize the harm done to our buzzing friend, the bee, while knocking out our pesky foe, the mosquito. The program is designed around three key areas:

  1. Familiarity with customer property: A trained and certified technician will identify any flowering bushes, gardens and plants that attract pollinators and treat accordingly.
  2. Application procedures: Technicians are trained to not spray within ten feet of plants that attract pollinators. Wind direction is also considered when spraying and may necessitate a greater standoff distance than ten feet.
  3. Products: While pesticides are a potential factor to the pollinators, the concern is largely with neonicotinoids, a family of pesticides which we do not use. We also closely follow the manufacturer’s application instructions on the product label.

We pride ourselves on our communication with our customers, starting with education and then working together when we customize our treatment plan for each individual property.

Need To Treat That Sting?

Mosquito Joe has a treatment program to eradicate non-pollinator stinging insects such as wasps, hornets and ground-nesting yellow jackets. Wearing Personal Protection equipment, our technicians use an insecticidal dust formulation that is injected into the nest with a controlled device to eradicate the nest.

Are you ready to take back your yard? Reach out to your local Mosquito Joe to find a treatment plan that works best for your property.

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What Makes Mosquito Bites Itch?

Summer has arrived and you are out planting flowers and relaxing on your porch. After a full day of being outdoors, you find yourself lying in bed, itching your way to sleep. The culprit? Mosquito bites. Not only is June to August the perfect time to be outdoors, but it’s also mosquito season.

So, what makes mosquito bites itch and how can you stop the itching?

The answer is simple: Our bodies are the reason mosquito bites itch. When a mosquito bites us, it leaves saliva behind that causes a histamine reaction. This reaction increases the flow of blood and white blood cells to the impacted area, which causes the inflammation, swelling, and, ultimately, itching.

The response from your body dictates how badly mosquito bites impact you. These are the three common responses after a mosquito bite:

Common Reaction

  • This is the typical response to a mosquito bite that most of us have experienced. A red or pink bump that is itchy and can occur up to 48 hours after the initial mosquito bite.

Tolerance Buildup

  • It’s possible to build up a tolerance over time, due to your body knowing how to fight the foreign body and your immune system no longer recognizing a mosquito bite as an issue.

No Reaction

  • It’s also possible for someone to not experience classic mosquito bite symptoms, as their body has not yet figured out how to fight the foreign body in the more typical reaction sense.

Factors That Impact Mosquitoes Biting You

Outside of learning why do mosquito bites itch, there are a few surprising factors that can impact who mosquitoes are attracted to most.

The following factors can make you more at risk for mosquito bites:

  • Higher body temperature
  • Males over females
  • Children over adults
  • Breath and body odors
  • Sweat and water vapor
  • Scented items (perfume, shampoo, soap)

How to Treat Mosquito Bites

Once you’ve found out what makes mosquito bites itch, you’ll also want to know how to make these bites stop itching, as a bite can have effects that last for 3 to 4 days.

Here are a few common ways to treat mosquito bites to get them to stop itching:

  • Do not scratch the bite, this will create added irritation
  • Apply calamine lotion or an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream
  • Use an ice pack or cold compress
  • Create an oatmeal or baking soda paste and apply
  • Apply an anti-inflammatory product such as honey or aloe vera
  • Let hot water from the shower hit your bite to naturally release some histamine

Find Mosquito Control Services Near Me

Take the first step in having a mosquito-free yard by choosing Mosquito Joe for mosquito control services. Our expert technicians are ready to help you take back your yard and avoid mosquito bites all summer long. Call us at 1-855-275-2563 or find a Mosquito Joe near you to get started today.

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Control by Predators: What Animals Eat Ticks?

What Animals Eat Ticks?

Not only is summer the best time to be doing outdoor activities, it is also high season for ticks. These small insects are notorious for their bites and ability to transmit diseases. One of the ways, outside of tick control services, to get rid of ticks is through having natural predators of ticks on your property.

Learn what animals eat ticks and how to prevent infestations to keep your home and family safe and tick-free.

What Eats Ticks?

There are a variety of animals that are natural predators for ticks. Having these animals on your property can help to naturally prevent tick infestations in your yard.

These animals all eat ticks:

  • Frogs
  • Lizards
  • Chickens
  • Squirrels
  • Opossums
  • Guineafowl
  • Wild turkeys
  • Ants and fire ants

Do Opossums Eat Ticks?

Yes, opossums are one of the top predators for ticks and kill more than 90 percent of the ticks they encounter. Not only are opossums really good at removing ticks, they can also eat up to 5,000 ticks per season. So, the next time you find an opossum in your yard, know that it is doing a very important job in keeping your yard safe and free of ticks.

How to Prevent Tick Infestations

Unfortunately, housing these animals on your property probably isn’t realistic, and we can’t choose what animals decide to call our yard home.

Here are some alternate ways to keep ticks away from your property:

  • Keep your grass short
  • Clean up lawn clippings
  • Create a barrier of mulch around your yard
  • Weed and trim any tall weeds or plants
  • Use professional outdoor pest control services, like Mosquito Joe, to protect your yard

How to Avoid Tick Bites

Anyone who lives in an area with ticks is likely open to anything that would decrease the chances of a tick bite.

Here are a few ways to prevent tick bites:

  • Wear long sleeves and pants when walking in wooded or grassy areas
  • Tuck your pants into your socks
  • Wash clothing immediately after coming inside
  • Inspect kids and pets for ticks (time for a tick check!), then have another adult inspect you for ticks
  • Use a bug spray with DEET
  • Avoid tick-infested areas

Find Pest Control Services Near Me

You take the first step toward eliminating pests from your yard when you choose the dedicated experts at your local Mosquito Joe. Our team is ready to support you with everything from tick control to special event sprays. Call us at 1-855-275-2563 or find a Mosquito Joe near you to get started today.

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