Jemison residents often describe the climate as extremely humid. The summer months are the worst, and the winter months are milder. The humidity, high precipitation rates and plentiful vegetation are a combination that creates a prime habitat for pests. From ants and flies to snakes and bedbugs, local residents are sure to come across a few intruders. These are some common pests in Jemison.

Mosquitoes

While there are hundreds of mosquito species in the area, most stay in secluded areas away from humans. The most worrisome mosquito is the aedes aegypti, and it is the most common in residential areas. This type of mosquito can carry and transmit Zika and a variety of other harmful illnesses. Although Zika is not fatal and does not even require medical care in most cases, it can cause microcephaly in infants whose mothers contract the virus while pregnant. Mosquitoes can also transmit West Nile, yellow fever, malaria and dengue fever. You can minimize your contact with mosquitoes while away from home by wearing long sleeves and bug spray with a minimum of 40 percent DEET. Also, you can reduce risks on your property by keeping all sources of standing water drained. Mosquitoes can breed in something as small as an overturned lid that is filled with water. Professional pest control is the best preventative choice for these blood-sucking pests.

Rodents

The most common rodents that will frequent your yard in Jemison are possums and raccoons. Both are known carriers or rabies. If you provoke or approach them, they are known to attack and bite. These pests are usually attracted to your property because of garbage cans or gardens. Indoor rodents that are common include rats and mice. Rats are known to carry listeria in their urine. Some deer mice may carry hantavirus in their droppings, which may be fatal. Rats and mice contaminate your food when they chew through containers to look for a meal. Never try to bait and poison them since they often die behind walls and create a horrific smell and an expensive mess to fix.

Spiders

The bites of most spiders in the area are not medically significant. However, black widows and brown recluses are two exceptions. Black widow bites can make you very ill, and brown recluse bites cause necrosis of the skin. If left untreated, the necrosis can require surgical tissue removal and cause irreversible nerve damage. Brown recluse spiders have a violin shape on their abdomens. Some house spiders and yellow sac spiders look similar. Yellow sac spider bites have a similar effect but do not cause such extensive or worsening damage. Brown recluses prefer dry and dark places to hide. What makes them especially problematic is their resiliency to spider sprays and bug bombs. Professional removal is essential. Black widows are shiny and have round plump abdomens with a red hourglass. They are usually found in damp dark places.

If you notice any of these pests on your property, it is time to call a professional. At Bad Bugs Pest Control, we have experience in dealing with each of these pests and many others. Your satisfaction is our top priority. We offer prompt and effective service throughout Alabama. For a free quote in Jemison, please contact us today.