Pennsylvania Mite Control
There are thousands of diverse types of mites that live in places all over the world. Unfortunately, here in Pennsylvania, we do not escape these unpleasant little creatures either. Infestations can happen quickly and are quite bothersome. To avoid this, an understanding of mite behavior, prevention methods, and available treatment options if an infestation takes hold are important.
What Are Mites?
Mites are tiny, six-legged creatures that can lay thousands of eggs in a brief period. Though some mites bite humans and animals to feed on their blood, other mites eat organic materials. For example, dust mites are so named because they dine on the flakes of skin and other bits of organic material that make up dust, explain the PA pest control experts at Viking.
How to Identify Mites
Mites, when you can see them, kind of look like ticks. Viking’s certified entomologist, a top pest control expert in Pennsylvania, tells us that they have teardrop-shaped bodies with six long, delicate legs. Many species are microscopic, but others can get up to 6 mm in length. They are commonly tan or brown, but some species can be transparent.
What Problems Can Mites Cause for Pennsylvania Home and Business Owners?
Mite problems manifest as itching or skin irritation. Some types of mites cause allergic reactions and other parasitic types may burrow into your skin (or your pets’ skin) to lay their eggs. According to our PA extermination experts, infestations can happen quickly because of their ability to lay thousands of eggs quickly. If you think you see a mite, it is better to call a pest management professional immediately before the problem gets out of hand.
When Are Mites Active in Pennsylvania?
Varied species of mites are active at various times of the year. For example, cereal rust mites often appear in fields of timothy as the weather cools in Pennsylvania. Alternatively, spider mites love hot weather and are active during the hottest months of the year.
How to Get Rid of Mites in Pennsylvania
Since infestations can set in and spread so quickly, the best way to control mites is to prevent them from settling in altogether. Our pest control experts recommend sealing up cracks or holes around your home, but remember, mites are tiny so they will still find ways to get in. They love moisture and wet areas will attract them. Be sure to maintain proper ventilation to dry out moisture and prevent condensation from forming. Mites can live in plants and even furniture. Always thoroughly inspect plants and used furniture before bringing them into your Pennsylvania home or business.