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    Why Bed Bugs Are Returning Across the Country

    Last updated 3 hours 51 minutes ago

    For a few decades, bed bugs were only the stuff of bedtime rhymes, used as a way to wish someone a good night’s sleep or encourage children wanting to stay up past their bedtime to go to bed. Since the 1990s, bed bug populations have been returning. Continue reading to learn more about this pest and the reasons why bed bugs are becoming more common across the world.

    Travel Trends
    Global travel is far more common today than it was at the turn of the 20th century. The surge of travel between countries may have contributed to the rising numbers of bed bugs on American soil. However, even staying at a hotel in your own town can contribute to the spread of bed bugs—you may accidentally carry some home in your suitcase, and they may then spread throughout your home and those of your neighbors.

    Pest Control Trends
    Large quantities of DDT and other synthetic insecticides used during and after WWII are believed to have pushed the bed bug into oblivion in the United States. By the time DDT was banned for agricultural and commercial pest control applications in 1972, bed bugs had not been a concern for decades. However, it is now known that many insecticides which could potentially combat the bed bug epidemic are also harmful to humans and the environment. Today, instead of large organizations treating bed bugs en masse, homeowners and business owners must deal with these pests on a case-by-case basis.

    While bed bugs are not dangerous pests, they can multiply rapidly and are difficult to eradicate. If you know or suspect that there are bed bugs crawling on your sheets at night, hire an experienced professional to eliminate their presence from your home. For effective treatment from a Columbia, Missouri, pest control expert who will remove bed bugs from your home efficiently and thoroughly, call Atkins Inc. at (573) 303-0559.

    Dangers of Mosquito Infestation

    Last updated 10 days ago

    Responsible for thousands of deaths around the world each day, the mosquito is more than just an irritating pest. To learn about the life cycle of this bloodsucking insect and the dangers it poses, watch this video clip.

    Malaria, which was eradicated from the United States in the mid-20th century, is the biggest mosquito-borne killer in the world. Yellow fever and dengue fever are other major mosquito-borne diseases. West Nile virus and other forms of mosquito-borne encephalitis have appeared in several areas of the United States recently, making mosquito control a public health priority throughout the country.

    If you would like to provide your family with state-of-the-art protection against mosquitoes and other critters on your property, call Atkins Inc. at (573) 303-0559. For nearly a century, we have provided residents of the Columbia area with safe, affordable, and highly effective pest control solutions.

    Benefits of Hidden Pet Fencing

    Last updated 13 days ago

    Ornamental fences can add to a property’s appeal, but they do little to keep pets with boundless energy and a curious nature from escaping. If you would like to avoid having to erect a bulky, expensive, and unattractive fence on your property just to keep Fido from escaping, a hidden pet fence may be the perfect solution for you.

    As a pet containment system that uses modern technology to keep your pet from running away, an invisible pet fence is great for pets and their owners alike. You will not have to deal with the constant care that comes with maintaining a fence that a pet tries to dig under or crawl over. The receiver collar that keeps your pet from running away can also be programmed to work with an indoor containment design that will keep your pet out of off-limit areas inside your home.

    At Atkins Inc. in Columbia, Missouri, installing DogWatch hidden pet fence solutions is one of the services we specialize in. If you would like to have peace of mind knowing that your pet is safe, call us at (573) 303-0559 for more information about hidden pet fencing.

    Common Landscaping Mistakes to Avoid

    Last updated 23 days ago

    The beauty of your home’s landscape can be quite important—it can boost your home’s curb appeal and make your property more attractive to guests and passersby. In addition, a well-designed, well-maintained landscape can provide you with an outdoor retreat on your property, giving you a place to connect with nature and enhancing your quality of life. The ideal landscape for your home is largely a matter of personal preference, but there are a handful of lawn maintenance and landscaping mistakes you definitely want to avoid in order to keep your landscape healthy and looking great.

    Trimming Grass Too Short
    Mowing your lawn to within an inch or two of the ground makes it more inviting to lawn pests and more conducive to weed growth. Speak with your lawn maintenance professional to find out what the ideal height for your grass is. Most types of grass should be kept between two and three and a half inches high.

    Forgetting about Wildlife
    When designing your home’s landscape, account for wildlife and pests that are common in your area. Consider erecting a barrier fence to keep large animals out, and incorporate herbs and other plant life that naturally deters pests that may otherwise wreak havoc on your lawn and create a nuisance for you and your family.

    Not Leaving Free Space
    From plants to water features and lawn ornaments, there are many landscaping elements you can choose from when designing your yard. As you work with a lawn maintenance expert on your ideal lawn design, ensure that you leave some space for a sitting or play area so that you can enjoy your backyard without feeling too cramped.

    Failing to Consider Irrigation
    To ensure that the plant life on your property gets the water it needs, consider installing a sprinkler system. Sprinkler heads should be spread out strategically on your lawn. Prevent wasting water and optimize your home’s irrigation system by working with a lawn maintenance professional to design your sprinkler system.

    If your home in Columbia, Missouri, has landscaping that is not in the best shape, it may be time to seek a lawn maintenance professional’s assistance. Atkins Inc. is here for you. To schedule a service appointment with a skilled sprinkler system installation and repair expert, give us a call at (573) 303-0559.

    Surprising Facts about Chiggers

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Chiggers are the larvae of a certain type of mite of the Trombiculidae family. Chiggers are found all over the world, but are most common in forests, grassy fields, gardens, parks, and in moist areas around lakes or rivers. Although chiggers are barely visible to the human eye, they can cluster in groups on the skin and cause itchy bites and rashes. Here is a look at some surprising facts about chiggers and information on how your pest control service can help control chigger populations on your property.

    Chiggers Inject Tissue-Destroying Enzymes
    A common myth about chiggers is that they burrow into and remain inside the skin. While this is not true, chiggers do insert their feeding structures into the skin and inject enzymes that cause destruction of host skin tissue. The hardening of the surrounding skin cells results in the formation of a feeding tube called a stylostome, which the chigger larva then feed through.

    Chigger Bites Can Take Weeks to Heal
    Although a chigger bite itself is not noticeable, the digestive enzymes that cause the destruction of skin cells results in red, itchy areas around the bite. Itching is the most common symptom of a chigger bite, and is due to the presence of the stylostome. Itching can persist for several days, and complete resolution of the skin lesions can take up to two weeks.

    Chiggers Do Not Bite at Colder Temperatures
    If you want to prevent chigger bites, start by looking at the temperature before you go outside. Chiggers do not bite at colder temperatures (below 60ºF). Conversely, chiggers are not found in areas hotter than 99ºF.

    If chiggers are pestering you and your family, contact Atkins, Inc. of Columbia, MO. We provide some of the best pest control services in the state. You can also count on us for our lawn maintenance and handyman services to keep your home looking great. Visit our website or call us at (573) 303-0559 to learn more about our residential pest control and handyman services

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