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16
Nov

JUST ONE MORE BITE

INSECT BITES CAN BE ALARMING, IF NOT SOMETIMES A DEADLY OCCURANCE

A bite or sting can injure skin or cause a physiologic response specific to the species.  Reactions can range from no visible response to life-threatening transmissions of diseases.

Complications, such as Anaphylaxsis shock, can cause allergic reactions that may cause death.  Anaphylaxis generally results in an itchy rash, throat swelling, and low blood pressure.

  SOME COMMON INSECT BITE REACTIONS ARE:

 

Black Widow Spider – A dull numbing  pan, muscle cramps, vertigo and chills.

   Bee or Wasp Sting – Pain and itching, weak, dizzy, and throat swelling.

    Fire Ant Bites or Stings – Red irritated skin with pustules.

     Brown Recluse Spider – Blisters, blue ring around the bite area and joint pain.

               Tick Bites – Expanding skin lesions and a bulls-eye rash.

 

Remedies can range from an ice pack or surgery.  As with any medical problem, always get a medical professional’s diagnosis before treating.  Identifying the insect is always helpful, but the best course of action is to see a physician.

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15
Nov

San Diego Pest Control Specials

San Diego Pest Control Specials

Knight Termite and Pest Control has been in business, in San Diego, for nearly thirty (30) years. We have many years of experience dealing with termites and pest control services.

Call Knight Termite at: 619-280-2400

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15
Nov

BED BUGS ARE OLDER THAN DINOSAURS

   Bed bugs may have originated in the Middle East, living in caves inhabited by bats and humans.  Often referred to as blood-sucking parasites, these insects originally lived off the blood of bats, until humans started moving into caves.

   The name ”bed bug”, is derived from the insect’s preferred habitat of housing, which IS NOT limited, too just your beds. 

   These parasites are also known as “Hitchhikers”, because of how they hitch rides to destinations all over the world.  Bed bugs begin creating their own families from hitching rides in your luggage, backpacks, shoes, and yes, even your clothes.  Once they find a place to call home, you will find these insects in your beds, mattresses, bedding, vehicles, furniture, carpeting, baseboards, and bedside clutter.

   A female can lay up to five (5) eggs a day, which can produce anywhere from ten to fifteen (10-15) nymphs per egg.   Bed bugs are usually nocturnal, unless, you are infested.  They feed between the hours of 2 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. 

  Bed bugs are not a problem for our licensed technicians.  At Knight Termite & Pest Control, we believe the solution is too stop these bugs from infesting your home.

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14
Nov

Are termites attacking your house?

San Diego Pest Control

SUBTERRANEAN TERMITES:

This video shows some difficult to get to areas of homes where termites will often enter. Shows what to look for when termites enter your house. Some of the termite mudding and shelter tubes are quite small so concentrate on all areas of your home. Read more »

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23
Dec

JUST WINGIN’ IT

  WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING INSECT GROUPS HAVE WINGS?

  1. Beetles
  2. Earwigs
  3. Flies
  4. Crickets
  5. Termites
  6. Ants
  7. Bees & Wasps
  8. Cockroaches
  9. Grasshoppers

   THE ANSWER IS ………. ALL OF THEM

    There may be a few wingless species among them, but most insects have wings, even though they may not be visible to the naked eye.  Fleas, lice, silverfish, and firebrats are the only true wingless insects.   Only the adults have fully developed wings in the insects listed above.

    Most inspects have two (2) pairs of wings, but again, they’re not always visible.  Cockroches, grasshoppers, and crickets have flight wings hidden under a pair of front wing covers that match the rest of the body.  Flies are the only insect with one (1) set of functional wings.  Beetles don’t appear to have wings at all, yet the hard outer covering on their back is actually a pair of modified wings. 

    

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6
Sep

BLACK WIDOWS vs. BROWN WIDOWS

BLACK WIDOW SPIDERS MAY HAVE MET THEIR MATCH!

   Black widow spiders seem to be universally feared, but who’s scared of a BROWN WIDOW?  The black widow should be shaking in all eight (8) of its boots, a new study suggests.  In the United States, there’s a new widow in town, the BROWN WIDOW.  According to scientists, it may be taking over some native western black widow territory.

   The one good thing in a sense, is that brown widow spider bites are less toxic than the black widow.

   It was first discovered in Florida, in 1935.  Then in 2003, there were cases of the brown widow in California.  These arachnids just came out of nowhere, and in a very short time.  You can usually find the brown widow in urban areas, farms, and undeveloped natural areas.

   According to Richard Vetter, a researcher from the University of California, Riverside, “There may be some competition where brown widows are displacing black widows because there is a habitat overlap.  There are also places where only brown widows were able to make homes, but in other habitats, the black widows still predominate”.

   Researchers studied seventy-two (72) sites, and found twenty (20) times as many brown widows as black widows. 

   Here’s the scary part, they were frequently found outside under patio/outdoor furniture, in tiny spaces in walls, fences and other objects.

   Here’s the good news, neither spider was found in the living spaces of houses, according to a statement made by researchers.

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31
Aug

DEER MOUSE vs. HOUSE MOUSE

  The deer mouse is in a totally different family than the house mouse.  The deer mouse is found throughout most of Canada and the United States, with the exception of the Southeastern United States.  The deer mouse and house mouse are basically the same size, but the deer mouse has large eyes and ears, and resembles the white tail deer in color.

   The deer mice are responsible for spreading the HAUTA  VIRUS TO HUMANS, which is carried through their  saliva, feces, and urine.  It is an airborne virus, which is contracted by humans by inhaling particles.  Documented cases in humans, were found in areas that have large populations of mice, with dusty conditions of droppings hat become airborne when disturbed.

  The house mouse is more common in urban areas, whereas; the deer mouse is more common in rural areas.  If mice infestations exist in vacant homes and excess droppings are present, a mask should be used when cleaning up the droppings.

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