Just when you think you’ve got your COVID-19 mask/to sanitize/social distance routine underway to protect yourself from one virus, new concerns arise with the season as tests begin to come back positive for summer insect-carried diseases, like Lyme Disease or West Nile Virus. Pest control can protect you from the germs carried by bugs that spread disease.

Cockroaches

There's no Evidence That Bugs Transmit the COVID-19 but They Still Spread Other Diseases in PortlandThey’re creepy. They’re crawly. They’re dangerous. One of the big dangers of cockroaches is the bacteria and viruses they carry into your environment. From hepatitis to salmonella, cockroaches can wreak havoc on the cleanliness of your home.

To keep your home less susceptible to roaches, make sure it remains dry. Clean out and dark, damp spaces that could be good breeding grounds for pests in general. Put food away so as not to attract cockroaches or other insects.

Ticks

The slow and steady spread of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illness in the United States has been riddled with much confusion and frustration. Preventing and treating the illnesses spread by ticks that are no bigger than the head of a pin has been frustrating, to say the least. Those who have been victim to bouts of Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and more can attest to the seriousness of preventing the spread of these diseases.

Maine residents have many precautions they can take. From using personal bug sprays when they are going outside, to wearing long sleeves and pants, as well as maintaining your property to have less high grass, avoiding a tick bite is the first step to stop these diseases.

Mosquitoes

pest control in PortlandThroughout human history, mosquito-borne disease has sickened and killed many. In the Northeastern United States, including Maine, there is a slow spread of the West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus. Both can infect people.

Though cases are relatively rare, the viruses can be deadly. Municipalities work to track, spray, and disrupt the cycle of mosquitoes so as to protect citizens from these diseases. Often cropping up mid-summer, these viruses remain a danger until the first frost kills off mosquitoes.

To avoid having mosquitoes on your property it is essential to empty any and all standing water and to maintain landscaping in such a way that puddles do not remain for long. Mosquitoes will use standing water to breed, creating an unpleasant horde of them in your own backyard.

Bug spray is effective for mosquitoes, but for those looking for a more natural approach, barriers work as well. Mosquito-netting and screened porches can make your backyard tolerable and safe even in the thick of mosquito-season.

Call us today to schedule your pest control services in Portland at (207) 650-8654!