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There are a variety of flying insects that can be bothersome around the house and in the yard. At CJ Pest Services, we aim to be your go-to source for pest identification and information as well as your first choice in flying insect pest management.


Get Out and Smell the Roses

Stinging insects like bees, wasps, or yellow jackets send thousands of people to the emergency room every year. Though most people are not allergic to insect stings, the reaction can range.  You could see a mild irritation or a severe allergic reaction. Bees and wasps nests are a common occurrence during the summer months and can be a nuisance if not properly managed. If you find that your property has been invaded by a colony of stinging insects it is in your best interest to contact a pest control specialist.

Common Crawling Insects Include

Fly Pest Control

Flies are of the insect order Diptera, which means “two-winged.” Diptera includes flies, mosquitoes, gnats and midges. There are an estimated 120,000 species of flies that have been described by science, although the actual number of species in the world is much larger. Adult flies live in a wide range of habitats and display enormous variation in appearance and lifestyle. Males and females are hard to distinguish, females are usually larger and sometimes males have enlarged eyes which meet on the top of the head. Flies are not just a nuisance; they carry diseases such as tuberculosis, typhoid, dysentery, diarrhea and other foodborne illnesses which can pose a serious health hazard to people and animals. The mechanics of how flies spread disease is dirty; they frequent areas where they can find rotting garbage and human or animal waste, then carry germs from those areas to the food we eat. Ensuring that your home or business is clean is the first and most important step in fly control. DIY Fly Pest Control Tips

  1. Keep Screens on Doors – The use of mesh screens on windows and doors or keeping doors and windows closed can help prevent flies from entering the home.
  2. Remove or Limit What is Attracting the Flies – Keep garbage lids closed and trash out of the house.
  3. Try Insecticide – Use aerosol insecticide as a quick knockdown, but stay out of the sprayed area for as long as possible after use.

Mosquito Control

There are over 3,000 types of mosquitoes that are known worldwide. About 200 species have been found in the United States, and about 60 species in Michigan. Three important families are: Culex, Anopheles, and Aedes. Though it may be hard to believe, mosquitoes (as disease carriers) actually make them the deadliest insect on earth. Infected Anopheles Mosquitoes carry a parasite in the genus Plasmodium, the cause of the deadly disease Malaria. The parasite reproduces in the mosquito’s body, female mosquitoes then bite humans to feed on their blood and the parasite is transferred to the human host. As agents of Malaria, mosquitoes indirectly cause the death of close to a million deaths each year. Most mosquito-borne diseases are found in tropical places. However, recently, the risk of getting mosquito-borne diseases in the United States has gone up due to West Nile virus, which could be dangerous for people with weak immune systems. Fun Facts about Mosquitoes

  1. Only Female Mosquitoes Bite Humans and Animals – Female mosquitoes need protein for their eggs, and require the nutrition of blood for the development of their eggs. Without the regular intake of blood, their ability to reproduce quickly diminishes. Male mosquitoes survive by feeding on flower, nectar, and sweet juices.
  2. Mosquitoes Can Detect Carbon Dioxide up to 100 Feet Away – Mosquitoes have developed a keen sensitivity to CO2 in the air. Carbon dioxide, which humans and other animals produce, is the key signal to mosquitoes that a potential blood meal is near.
  3. Female Mosquitoes Can Lay up to 300 Eggs at a Time – Eggs can hatch in as little as an inch of standing water. Females will lay eggs up to three times before they die.
  4. Mosquitoes Spit is Itchy – When a female mosquito sucks blood, she leaves behind saliva, which serves as an anticoagulant so that she may better feast. The saliva induces an allergic response from her victim’s immune system; that’s why your skin gets an itchy bump.
Do-it-Yourself Mosquito Control At Home
  1. Limit Breeding Habitat – Mosquitoes require water to breed. Eliminating stagnant water and very damp areas of your yard will remove the possibility of adult mosquitoes laying eggs. Key areas to check are: gutters, pools, containers, ponds and birdbaths.
  2. Plants and Shrubs – Planting various plants will naturally keep mosquitoes away. Plants like Citronella and Lemon Grass, Mint, Marigolds and Neem are well known to naturally repel mosquitoes.
  3. Light the Night – Kill two mosquitoes with one stone. Decorate your space with tiki torches for ambiance while keeping the mosquitoes away.

Bee and Wasp Removal

Did you know that stinging insects like bees and wasps send more than 500,000 people to the emergency room each year? Nobody enjoys the sting of a bee, however these tiny creatures are vitally important for our environment because they pollinate the fruits and vegetables we eat. Of 100 crop species that provide more than 90 percent of our global food supply, 71 are bee pollinated. Our planet would not thrive as it does today without bees, however, they can be a nuisance to homeowners and in some cases need to be removed. Bee and wasp removal can be very dangerous and should only be done by a professional. Bees are social creatures and live in colonies that consist of a single queen, or up to thousands of worker bees. How to Prevent Being Stung by a Bee

  1. Limit Sweet Beverages While Outdoors – Bees are attracted to the sugar in sweet beverages so inspect cans and straws before drinking out of them.
  2. Be Mindful When Mowing – Mowing or trimming the lawn may disturb beehive or wasps nests.
  3. Remove Nests & Hives – If you are unable to manage a bee colony, call in the professionals to have the nest or hive removed.

Flying Insects as Pests

Flying insects can be unwelcome in the human environment for a number of reasons:

  1. Bites and stings cause pain and swelling;

  2. Bites can transmit a large number of serious bacterial, viral and parasitic diseases to humans and domestic animals;

  3. Allergens produced by infestations in the home and other buildings can cause asthma;

  4. Contamination of food, water and surfaces by mechanical transmission of diseases;

  5. Feeding on, spoiling and contaminating food products in storage;

  6. Feeding on and damaging fabric products such as clothing and furniture;

  7. Damage to wooden structures and products.

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