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    Dangers Associated with Brown Recluse Spiders

    Last updated 11 hours ago

    A few decades ago, the black widow was the spider that garnered the most fear almost everywhere in the United States. In Columbia, Missouri and many other parts of the country, the growth and spread of the brown recluse spider population means it is just as widely feared. While generally not fatal to healthy adults, the brown recluse spider bite is poisonous and should be monitored closely. To learn about dangers of the brown recluse bite and how it can be treated, continue reading below.

    Reaction to Brown Recluse Spider Bite
    Some people feel a sharp sting, as if a needle were boring into them, as a brown recluse’s fangs sink into their skin. Others feel nothing, not even realizing that a pest bit them until several minutes after the spider scurries away. Regardless of whether you feel anything as you are being bitten, you are bound to experience severe pain within the first several hours following the bite.

    Cleaning the Bite Area
    If you suspect that you have been bitten by a brown recluse spider, thoroughly wash the wound area with soap and water. Fashion an ice pack and cold compress the bite area for ten-minute intervals to minimize pain and swelling. Unless your reaction is very mild, you should also seek professional medical attention.

    Signs and Symptoms
    It is common for ulcers and deep red or purple circles to form around brown recluse spider bites. Other bite symptoms include fever, nausea, chills, sweating, and general feelings of discomfort.

    Brown recluse spider bites can be deadly, especially when the affected party is very young, very old, or has a compromised immune system. In rare cases, a bite can lead to coma, jaundice, kidney failure, and seizure.

    If you believe that you or someone in your household has been bitten by a brown recluse spider, contact a poison control center or local emergency medical personnel. If you are looking for a handyman and pest control service professional to make your Columbia, Missouri home less attractive to brown recluse spiders, call Atkins, Inc. at (573) 303-0559.

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    As Fall Approaches, Pests Seek Shelter Indoors

    Last updated 9 days ago

    Rodents, cockroaches, and many other pests cope fine with life outdoors during the temperate summer months and through the first stages of fall. If you wish to keep your home pest-free throughout the cooler months coming up, consider the following pest prevention strategies for your home before fall gives way to winter.

    Keep a Tidy House
    Most common household pests have acute senses that can help them identify accessible food from what seems like miles away. By cleaning up spills as soon as they take place, promptly washing dishes, storing open food in airtight containers, and keeping a generally tidy house, you can make your home a less likely target for ants, cockroaches, and mice.

    Seal Cracks
    Pests can sneak into your garage when the door is open and follow you in through a front or back door, but that is not how most pests enter homes. Most pests sneak in through cracks in crevices in a home’s foundation and gaps between doors and windows and their respective frames. Seal cracks and gaps in your home’s exterior to make your home less accessible to pests.

    Eliminate Sources of Excess Moisture
    In the summertime, you want to eliminate standing water from your property to keep mosquitoes from making a breeding ground out of it. In the cooler months, you should seek to keep moisture buildup in and outside your home to a minimum. Leaky pipes and storm runoff that is not properly diverted away from the home can attract termites and carpenter ants.

    Follow this advice, and pests will be both less drawn to and less capable of entering your home. To work with a Columbia, Missouri pest control specialist to make lawn and home interior especially unattractive and inaccessible to pests, call Atkins, Inc. at (573) 303-0559.  The surest way to keep your home pest-free is to combine professional pest control services with your own effort’s to employ an integrated approach to pest management.

    Bug Bites are a Common Issue

    Last updated 18 days ago

    Bug bites are downright annoying, but they can also lead to more serious health issues like Lyme disease or West Nile Virus. Scratching a bug bite until it bleeds can also lead to infection. The biggest relief for bug bite sufferers (which is all of us) is the fact that bites are more common in the summer. That’s because there are more bugs in the summer, and warmer weather means fewer clothes and more exposure for bites. The CDC recommends using bug repellents that contain DEET, picardin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. You should also contact your dermatologist if you have a bug bite that is unusually itchy or particularly painful.

    Summer is a distant memory by now, but that doesn’t mean you’re out of the wood just yet. Bug bites still occur in fall and winter, so call Atkins Inc. to keep your home pest free. Our pest control technicians can make sure your home is free of any biting insects, including ants, ticks, and mosquitoes. Call us at (573) 303-0559 to learn more about our pest control services in the Columbia, Missouri area. 

    Preventing Common Lawn Pests

    Last updated 24 days ago

    For every one human being, there are more than 1.5 billion bugs. That’s a lot of pests to handle, especially if you’re trying to keep your lawn healthy. Lawn pests can destroy your yard, and they may even use the front lawn as a staging area for an attempted invasion of your home. Your handyman can provide all of the pest control and lawn maintenance services you need to keep lawn pests under control, but prevention is easier than a cure. Here are some top tips for preventing common lawn pests on your property.  

    Ant Nests
    Ant hills are unattractive, and the presence of ants can make it impossible for both people and pets to enjoy lawns. While there are many ant powders and sprays available for controlling ants, they are not effective outdoors where ant nests can be deep in the soil. Professional pest control is your best option for large or numerous ant nests around your yard.

    Chafer Grubs
    Chafer grubs are unsightly, sure, but they also feed on grass roots, weakening the health and condition of your lawn. Chafer grubs also attract badgers and birds, which often tear the lawn up in order to eat these protein-rich larvae. Nematodes and traditional chemical controls are generally effective at treating chafer grubs and chafer beetles.

    Leahterjackets are the larval stage of daddy longlegs. They cause yellow or brown patched on the lawn surface as they eat through the roots below. Birds also tear up the lawn in search of leatherjackets to eat. A non-chemical solution to treating leatherjackets is to cover the lawn with plastic to draw the larvae to the surface, where birds will eat them.

    Atkins Inc. can help keep your lawn healthy, lush, and beautiful all year long. We specialize in pest control and lawn maintenance services throughout the Columbia, Missouri area. Visit our website to learn more about our services or call us at (573) 303-0559 to schedule an appointment with one of our pest control and lawn maintenance providers. 

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