Winter Pests... Or Not?

Posted by Mark A. Puglisi, ACE on Tue, Jan 13, 2015 @ 02:41 PM


Winter Pest, Not What You Think

We are just getting into the winter season and don't even have to look outside or on a calendar.  I can tell from the increased calls for biting insects, or what people believe are biting insects. Not only is it the time of year when temperatures drop, but it leaves our skin dry, itchy, and cracked and many times gives our clients the impression that something is biting them.  We call these the No-See-Ums or Mystery Pest.  It is the hardest "insect" to control, because they don't actually exist.

     Cold air, harsh winds and a host of other environmental factors can make this very uncomfortable for many people, especially when children are involved.  The season isn't the only thing that changes, our skin becomes extremely irritated and can even have raised bumps (from scratching) that look a lot like bites. This is why a proper inspection of a home is so important to rule out a true biting insect infestation. I have had many potential customes that just want their home sprayed.  This is a bad idea for many reasons because if it is not pest related it won't work...or will it?  You see this condition is partly caused from cold air, which has less moisture than warm or hot air, so when a water based treatment is performed it will actually feel like it gets better, but short lived.  So the clients calls you back for another treatment and the cycles continues.  Now you have a pesticide that was applied without confirming an active biting insect. Bad business and against the law. 

So what can you do to help relieve the symptoms without calling in your exterminator?

1. Apply a moisturizer daily will work to help lock in natural moisture in your skin.  Best time to apply lotions in immediatly after bathing, while the skin is still damp.

2.Install a whole-house humidifier, at least in your bedroom and keep the door closed to keep the moisture in.

3. Some natural oils can absorb quickly and won't leave a greasy feeling on your skin.

4. Environ DermaLac Lotion is also a great alternative, but can be expensive.

If you truly believe you have a pest related issue,, please give us a call and we will be happy to inspect your home.



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