What’s Biting Me?

We have received several complaints lately. Our clients are asking about those house pests which bite. They would like to know what these pests are and what the methods of eliminating them are.

Here at Pest Mall, we strongly recommend that our clients first make sure that the bites are actually coming from biting house pests.  It is never good to immediately conclude that since there are swells on the skin, it is from a house pest. Keep in mind that there may be other possible causes and reasons of the swelling, itching or rashes on the skin. Some of these could be allergic reactions to cosmetics, medications, food, dusts or pollens. Several people might also suffer from a phenomenon called “Delusion of Parasitosis”, in which they might think that some insect is biting them when in fact, nothing really is. Believe it or not, this is a common phenomenon that is found in people that have experienced a pest infestation in the past, especially an infestation of a pest that is parasitic or is known to bite people.

There might be factors related to anthropods or many other non-biting pests as well. These include allergic reactions to dust mites, rodent urine, roaches, or bites from fleas, bed bugs, ants and evem a lot of other pests including mosquitoes.

What we are really trying to say is that there are lots of possibilities to people having swells, bumps, rashes or itch. It is the job of the PMP to determine the problem by thorough inspection and looking for signs of a specific pest rather than concluding a diagnosis before examination or rashly applying any pesticides without inspecting first.

So how do we suggest that our clients go about it?

Well, first, they have to make a thorough examination of the whole place concerned. They have to check all possible hiding places of insects. They also have to check if there are pets or birds in the place. They are possible carriers of pests, especially parasitic pests. When they have indeed found evidence of pests in the premises, they have to ID them carefully. We recommend that they examine these insects to a high – powered microscope to really see and identify the kind of insect. It is not enough, for example, that the insect is identified as just a bed bug or just a flea. It is more important to identify it as to its specific kind. Knowing this will help the PMP develop an eradication plan for it.

If you have seen signs of a certain pest but you are unsure, have your place inspected by a professional. Once you have identified the pest and you are sure of its infestation, feel free to give us a call and we can jump start you on a treatment plan to get rid of them.

Date: Tuesday, 7. February 2012 13:39
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