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Bubonic plague carrying fleas have been found in Arizona

In at least two counties, Bubonic plague carrying fleas have been found in Arizona.

The plague is the big pest control related topic this summer. First of all, this is not to scare Florida residents. Arizona is a long way away. This is, however, an opportunity to discuss a very serious disease. The plague is probably best know as the "Black Death" which swept over Europe back in the 1300 and 1400s. A third major outbreak occurred during the mid 19th century. Of course back in those days we didn't have the strong antibiotics like we do today. That's not to make light of the plague because it is still something that requires immediate hospitalization. The plague is caused by a bacteria rather than a virus. It's still considered very rare here in the states with only a handful of infections reported each year.

The Black Death was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history. It resulted in the deaths of an estimated 75 to 200 million people. The plague is spread to humans by animal or insect bites or stings. Symptoms include swollen lymph nodes in the groin, armpit, or neck. Others symptoms include fever, chills, headache, fatigue, and muscle aches. These symptoms could at first sound very close to influenza. One difference is that influenza is caused by a virus, not a bacteria. The plague is only one of many diseases that can be spread through fleas.

Tick control

This little guy is a tick, not a flea. They are actually arachnids, not insects (they have eight legs as opposed to six). They can also spread many kinds of diseases to humans.

Are fleas bugging you in your home? It’s that time of the year. Meryl's Pest Control offer  flea control. We love our pets, but sometimes our loyal and beloved dogs and cats fall victim to fleas and ticks. Whether you live near the woods or not, somehow these mega-pests find their way into your home. Let’s take for example a house with  a well mowed lawn without even any trees, yet fleas have found their way into your yard and home, how did they get there? I actually had a situation exactly like this. The problem had actually started from a squirrel that had wandered onto the property either sick or injured. It had died on the property and laid there overnight until the next day. The yard had become infested with fleas a day or two later and of course their dogs were infected. It’s that easy. It doesn’t matter how clean you keep your house, fleas and ticks aren’t picky that way.

The bubonic plague and fleas...

Bubonic plague carrying fleas have been found in Arizona

Horse farms and fire ants

Horse farms and fire ants Today we are going to talk about treating horse farms for fire ants. At Meryl’s Termite and Pest Control, we offer a service for equine pastures. When treating equine pastures, we target red imported fire ants. The potential threat and dangers of the red imported fire ants pose to horses… Continue Reading

Paper wasps

Paper wasps are the most common stinging wasps found in our range of central Florida. No to be confused with their relatives the mud daubers, paper wasps make paper-like nest commonly around the eaves and tight corners where the roof meets the side of the structure. You may notice that when you knock a paper… Continue Reading

Summer 2017 update

Summer 2017 update We’re at the height of summer with the longest days of the year. Let’s take a look at pest control related issues in the past six months and the future six months. We recently talked about our two most common service calls so far this season; red imported fire ants and brown… Continue Reading

Brown banded cockroach infestations on the rise

Brown banded cockroach infestations on the rise and they’re a tricky pest to control. The brown banded cockroach is indeed a bandit. Their populations are on the rise as service calls continue to mount.   The brown banded cockroach can sometimes be even more tricky to control than the German cockroach. Why? Here’s what we’ve… Continue Reading

Summer 2017 – Number one service call so far…

Summertime is here again! It’s a few days before July 2017. What has been our number one service call thus far? Let’s find out… Our number one service call this summer (so far) has been red imported fire ants. It’s actually a logical conclusion when weighing in all the factors. First of all, we’re coming… Continue Reading

Drain fly maintenance

Drain fly maintenance tips: Drain flies are an annoyance; there’s no doubt about that. These pests reach their height of activity from mid spring to mid fall. Right now, in late June, they’re at their peak. We do have a product called bio-drain which is effective. However, to get even better results here’s some things… Continue Reading

Rodent and small animal FAQ

Here is our (Meryl’s Termite and Pest Control)’s rodent and small animal FAQ. These are some of the most common calls we get regardless of what time of the year it is, so let’s get started. -What brings rodents and small animals to enter our homes? Two things, shelter or they have found food a… Continue Reading

Flea populations getting worse?

Are flea populations getting worse? If so, what could be causing it? Climate change? Over this past year, flea activity never stopped. We went through an entire year without a lull in activity, even during the winter time. Not indoors, or my importantly, outdoors.  The answer is quite simple. We had no winter this year.… Continue Reading