Pest Identification: Blood Feeders
Hematophagic – or blood-feeding – insects are some of the most annoying pests humans encounter regularly in Illinois and Wisconsin. While some, like ticks, are content to nibble on you only in certain environments, others can infest your home or business to the point where those spaces become unlivable. In any case, it’s best to be proactive when dealing with these pests to prevent the problem from becoming severe. The moment you suspect you’ve seen one of these pests, make sure to contact Anderson Pest Solutions so we can conduct a thorough inspection right away.
Common Blood Feeding Pests in Illinois and Wisconsin
These creatures have terrorized humans for thousands of years, and though they were almost completely eradicated in America in the 1950s, they’re now back in full force thanks to the ease of intercontinental travel. They are small, flat, and reddish-brown, and can just barely be seen with the naked eye. However, they are incredibly elusive and only feed at night, so your best bet to spot their presence is from their droppings – small brownish spots on mattresses and bed linens. They like to hide in several places:
- Behind baseboards
- Cracks and crevices in wood flooring
Bed bugs are hardy creatures that can reproduce quickly. In order to eliminate even the smallest infestation, a complete quarantine and treatment of the entire property is necessary.
People typically think of fleas as a pet-only problem, but they can even infest Illinois and Wisconsin homes without pets if a wild animal finds its way into an attic or basement. Fleas are just barely visible, but can jump incredible distances because of their large hind legs. Their bites leave rings of red welts around your ankles, and can cause allergic reactions in both humans and pets.
Fleas must feed on blood to produce eggs, which fall into the fibers of the carpet or in-between floorboards. These eggs hatch when triggered by vibrations, meaning there’s possibly a meal nearby. If caught soon enough, fleas on pets can be eliminated with veterinarian-approved flea treatments and daily vacuuming to destroy the eggs, but more severe infestations require professional service to eliminate.
Another small creature with a big appetite for blood, ticks are about 1/8” in size, but can expand up to three times as big after a meal. They are attracted to animal scents, particularly large animals, and are most typically found along roads and paths in wooded areas of Illinois and Wisconsin. Some topical sprays are effective at repelling ticks, but the best strategy is to wear long sleeves and pants or high socks to act as an extra barrier.
You should also give yourself a quick check after spending time in a wooded area to spot any ticks before they can start feeding. Trying to remove a tick once it bites is difficult, as they bury their barbed mouthparts deep into the skin. Keep your yard mowed and inspect your outdoor pets for ticks often to limit contact with these pests.
Get Rid of Blood Feeders in Illinois and Wisconsin
Because these pests are unique, there’s no one-size-fits-all treatment. Our pest control services are highly specialized – meaning preparation, inspection, and treatment will depend specifically on the type of blood feeder present. Even if you’re not sure which blood feeder you’re dealing with, you shouldn’t wait any longer. Contact Anderson today to discuss your situation and receive professional advice and consultation.