Mosquitoes

Don’t let mosquitoes ruin your next outdoor outing, or kids playtime. Mosquitoes aren’t just a nuisance, they are a health threat, to your family and pets.

Dangers Caused by Mosquitoes

Lets get serious for a moment. There are over 3,000 species of mosquitoes worldwide. Mosquitoes act as vectors, or carriers of viruses and parasitic diseases such as MalariaEncephalitis, Filariasis, Chikungunya, Yellow Fever, Dengue Fever, West Nile Virus, and more recently in the news the Zika Virus. Some of these can cause serious illness to birth defects or even death. Over 725,000 deaths a year are contributed to mosquitoes worldwide.

Mosquitoes also pose a serious health risk to pets. Microscopic baby heartworms, called microfilaria are picked up by mosquitoes feeding on animals already infected by heartworm disease. The microfilaria will mature into “infective stage larvae”, inside the mosquito. When the mosquito feeds on a dog, cat or other susceptible animal, the infected larvae are deposited on the animals skin. The infected larvae then enter the new host through the mosquitoes bite wound. After about 6 months infected larvae will reach maturity. The now adult heartworm can live between 5 and 7 years in dogs and 2 to 3 years in cats.

Dogs left untreated can have hundreds of foot long adult heartworms. Heartworm disease damages the heart, lungs and arteries even after the heartworm parasite has been eliminated. The earlier heartworm disease is caught, the better chance your pet will have at a normal life. If you live in a region with heavy mosquitoes check with your vet for the best prevention method. Prevention is the best option when it comes to heartworm disease.

Heartworm disease in cats is much different than in dogs. Most heartworms will not reach the adult stage in cats. Many cats with heartworm disease will go unnoticed. Even thought adult heartworms in cats are rare, heartworms still cause a condition called “HARD” or Heartworm Associated Respiratory Disease. Heartworm medicine for dogs is not effective for cats. Prevention is the only method to protect your cat. See your cat’s veterinarian for best methods of protection.

For more information on heartworm disease caused by mosquitoes click this link.

Mosquito Life Cycle

It’s important to know how mosquitoes breed, where they breed, and how to treat. Mosquitoes go through a complete metamorphosis. They start as eggs laid in stagnant water then develop into larvae, then pupa. The adult mosquito emerges from water, dries off it’s wings and body, allows body parts to harden and, when ready, takes off. A few days later the adult mosquito will be ready for blood feeding and mating.

Mosquito Larvae
Mosquito Larvae Under Water

One of the big problems with dealing with mosquitoes is their ability to adapt. They have adapted to most water types such as ponds, marshes, woodland pools, drainage ditches, tree holes and temporary flood waters. Even man made items such as old tires, bird baths, gutters, plant pots, bottles and even something as small a a bottle top. It takes very little water for the female mosquito to lay her eggs. Most species of mosquito will only require 10 to 14 days to totally develop from egg to adult depending on temperature and weather. Mosquito eggs can be laid in small groups all the way to groups of 200 eggs laid to form “rafts” that float on top of the water. If there is not enough water for eggs to hatch, some mosquitoes can lay eggs in moist soil or mulch. They can survive up to 3 to 5 years as dormant eggs. When there is enough rain, or watering of mulch bed to inundate the eggs they will start their development.

Steps of Mosquito Control

At Walker Pest Management we rely on years of scientific studies, our own research, and hands on experience when dealing with mosquitoes. When a WPM mosquito expert comes to your home they will first Identify areas of concern with accurate and thorough assessment of the property. This could be something as simple as a wheel barrow under a deck, clogged gutter, over watered mulch bed, or even that bird bath that isn’t being cleaned and refilled every day. The technician will take care of the problems he can and point out things the homeowner may need to take care of, as well. Using a special backpack blower system the WPM technician will then treat plants, shrubs, under decks and porches – anywhere that might be harboring mosquitoes. You will see best results if started at the beginning of mosquito season (usually March) and carried through the end of mosquito season (typically October or early November depending on weather).  For best results, neighbors should consider treatment as well, as mosquitoes can fly long distances. Homeowners interested in scheduling or getting more information, please head to our Contact Page. Here you can find a local number or send a form request for information and scheduling. If you are part of an HOA or are the head of an HOA that is interested in community pricing please contact us at info@walkerpestmanagement.com or call toll free 803-865-4444.

If you have a special event planned and need a one-time mosquito treatment we offer special one time service pricing. Pricing for mosquito service is based on acreage.

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Bed Bugs

We’ve all heard it before “Don’t let the bed bugs bite”. If bed bugs are something you dread nightly and are dealing with we can help.

Bed Bugs have made a significant comeback in recent years and don’t appear to be going anywhere very soon. Bed bugs are a major problem worldwide and are becoming a major issue here in the United States now. We are now getting calls about bed bugs every day. Bed Bugs do not discriminate – poor/rich, suburbs/city, dirty/clean- they just don’t care. If you are a warm human body, that is all that matters to them. All they need is their next blood meal. Bed Bugs can be difficult to treat, and they spread easily, resulting in rapid growth and total number of outbreaks. Walker Pest Management has taken great effort and invested much time and money into developing a plan that provides bed bug protection coverage throughout the year. We have multiple units purchased from Temp Air, a thermal remediation expert in the bed bug industry. For a minimal cost, you can now protect your home year round from the threat of a bed bug infestation.

Year Round Coverage Against Bed Bugs

Everyone knows bed bug control is expensive. Whether you are treating with chemicals or using the much preferred Heat Remediation method, an average sized home can easily reach above $1000. The professionals at Walker Pest Management have created a program to save you from spending large sums of money for a bed bug treatment in your home. Our bed bug protection program consists of:

  • Thorough monitoring for bed bug activity
  • Education for our clients about bed bugs, treatment methods and preparation for treatment
  • Detailed documentation of routine inspections

Since most home owners insurance policies don’t cover bed bug treatments, you will have a peace of mind knowing you won’t have to shell out thousands of dollars if your home is infested by bed bugs. We know how difficult it can be to pay for such expensive bed bug treatments, and will provide proactive plans that prevent large out-of pocket expenses in the future.

Heat Remediation For Bed Bugs

If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of having bed bugs in your home or business, heat treatments are the most effective bed bug killer and our preferred way of treating bed bugs and bed bug infestations. Unlike some chemicals, heat is non-toxic and can kill bed bugs at every stage of their development, including their eggs. Heat treatments will penetrate areas that chemicals simply can’t. We have the right equipment and experience to effectively deal with any problem you are having.

 

Who Is Eligible For This Service?

Anyone is eligible for the protection plan we offer. The first step is a thorough inspection of your home at no charge to you, depending on location. Whether you are brand new to the Walker family or a long standing client, we want to walk through the steps it takes to prevent bed bugs in your home and keep you and your family protected. So don’t wait, call our office today.

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General Pest

Pest control should be a part of the normal routine maintenance of your home. We have developed several affordable residential service plans to fit your budget.

 

Pest Control Maintenance Programs

A residential Pest Control maintenance program will protect your home against South Carolina’s most common pests. This gives you and your family peace of mind when it comes to pest management. We have been serving Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Columbia and the surrounding Upstate of South Carolina since 2001 and have the expertise, experience, and professionalism to handle your pest problems..

Pest control should be a part of the routine maintenance of your home. We have developed several affordable residential service plans to fit your budget. These plans include monthly, quarterly, or one-time service options. Our pest management services begin with a home evaluation by a highly qualified inspector, who will gladly provide you with the best pest control strategy to remedy your problems.

Our general pest control program protects you against ants, roaches, centipedes, earwigs, silverfish, spiders, mice and many other common pests. Our technicians are dedicated to their assigned territories and are in your neighborhood on a regular basis. Following your initial inspection, our technicians will continue to monitor your home and perform routine, preventative maintenance.

Pest Control Service Benefits

  • Flexible Scheduling —We are available to work around your busy schedule.
  • Easy Payment Options — We offer auto-pay services for hassle-free payment.
  • State-Of-The-Art Pest Management Equipment — We use the latest technology and equipment in our industry to ensure that our clients receive the best possible service.
  • Termite Control Discounts — As a pest management customer, you can receive discounts on termite treatments and our annual termite protection plans.
  • Add-on Service Discounts — As a pest management customer, you qualify for discounts on any add-0n pest control services that you might be interested in.
  • Pest-Free Home! — Our guarantee is rock solid! If you have any problems after we service your home, we will return at no additional charge.

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