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Four of the Creepiest Crawlies

October is a month full of creepy crawlies. So, to keep with the spirit of things, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) shared some facts and prevention tips about the pests the public finds the most horrifying, and downright annoying.

The NPMA gathered data, and we consider the following pests to be most despised by the public.

Bed Bugs: According to an NPMA survey, one out of five Americans has experienced a bed bug infestation or knows someone who has encountered these despised pests. Avoiding these pests requires properly inspecting hotel rooms, leaving suitcases on bathroom tile, looking for traces of bed bug signs before settling in; and, carefully unpacking upon return to ensure no bed bugs hitched a ride home in a suitcase.  However, should you ever bring any of these nasties home, we have one of the largest bedbug fleets in the country that can surely take care of your needs!

Cockroaches: Cockroaches spread bacteria and pathogens by picking up germs on the spines of their legs and transferring them onto food and preparation surfaces. Asthma attacks and allergies can be triggered by these insects, so if you are having an issue with sneezing inside of your home, it may be time to call Gregory. The best ways to keep cockroaches away is to clean your home often, especially the kitchen. Cockroaches also love moist areas, so check your crawlspace and other parts of your home for moisture often to keep these bugs out of your home.

Mosquitoes: Mosquito bites are such a nuisance, but the itch isn't always the biggest issue. Mosquitoes can transmit diseases like the Zika virus, West Nile virus and Dengue, to name a few. To keep mosquitoes off of you, wear bug spray containing DEEP, picaridin, oil of lemon-eucalyptus or IR3535. Although one of the most annoying pests, mosquitoes are mainly an issue during the summer months. Lucky for you, we offer mosquito control! We come and treat your yard for mosquitoes from April through October which is when these insects are the most active. 

Spiders: The house spider is typically the spider most often encoutered indoors. You can prevent these arachnids from coming inside by sealing cracks and using screens on windows and doors. You can also use a vacuum to remove adults, egg sacs and webs. If you see any in your home, you can use a vacuum to remove adults, egg sacs and webs. We recommend the vacuum versus a shoe, vacuums have a longer reach. If you continue to see spiders in your home even after pest-proofing your home, it may be time to call us.  

For more pest facts and pest-proofing tips, visit Smarterpestcontrol.com or call us at (800) 922-2596.