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Creature Control provides affordable and efficient mosquito treatments that can significantly reduce mosquito activity allowing you to truly enjoy your property. Stop being pestered by those obnoxious blood-sucking insects that can actually expose you to life threatening diseases. Our licensed and certified technicians use a combination of methods and techniques to diminish the mosquito, flea, and tick population by developing a customized plan suited to your property. We can help break the pest lifecycle, making the land around your home or business safer for humans and pets.

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Problematic Mosquitos

Traveling to other countries or spending time in your own back yard can turn problematic due to mosquito-transmitted diseases such as: West Nile, Zika Virus, Malaria, and EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis). While most healthy adults are typically safe from these serious illnesses and the U.S.A. has Malaria under control, we all still very prone to the notorious mosquito bites and the accompanied swelling and itching that follows.

Mosquitos thrive and are most active during the warmer seasons, from dust to dawn. Many people assume when winter comes and temperatures get very cold that the frost will kill off the mosquito larvae. This is unfortunately not true. Mosquitoes are very resilient and their eggs can survive throughout the harsh, cold winters (see "The Insect Freeze Tolerance Mechanism"). So, no surprises when an early thaw arrives…so too will those pesky insects.

Mosquitoes go through four stages of development: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Mosquitoes will spend their larval and pupal stages in water. Thus, water is necessary for mosquitoes to thrive; more water, more mosquitoes - less water, less mosquitoes. Aquatic habitats are anything from lakes, ponds, retention ditches, birdbaths, and a rain filled wagon or bucket left outdoors. When mosquitoes hatch, emerging from water for the first time, they mate. Females will then go off seeking a blood meal to nourish her eggs. After her first feeding, she may seek another mate to help produce a second batch of eggs. Thus, only female mosquitoes bite. Male mosquitoes live off of plant nectar and die shortly after mating and adult females seldom live longer than two weeks.

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Mosquito, Flea, and Tick Treatments

Pests such as the mosquito need to be managed; there is no way to exterminate them in one application and it’s impossible to eradicate every mosquito, tick, and flea from your property. Our treatments are very effective at knocking down mosquito populations and destroying mosquito larvae, thus greatly reducing the amount of mosquito activity you will experience. Managing an insect population means getting it down to levels where their presence is no longer detrimental to human activity.

Creature Control’s technicians apply a pesticide application to underbrush, foliage, low-lying trees, and grass that kills existing mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas and discourages them from landing on foliage or using it for harborage. We can also treat ponds or other standing water with larvacide pucks that destroy mosquito larvae. For maximal effectiveness, it is best to get an initial mosquito treatment in early June with one or more follow up treatments throughout the summer depending on rainfall (more rainfall will make the effects of the treatment wear off quicker). Mosquito pesticide is applied in the form of a fine mist blown onto foliage which is extremely diluted and poses no serious risk to animals or children. The yard can be used safely once the pesticide is dry, usually within twenty-minutes.

Call Creature Control (800) 441-1519 to learn more about our mosquito, tick, and flea programs. Please be aware that certain insect pest control may not be available in all regions and all sorts of properties.

Reduce Mosquito Harborage & Enjoy Your Backyard Again!

A pesticide application is the best option for reducing an out of control mosquito population. However, there are many habitual modifications you can make that will make your property less conducive to mosquitoes. This can be done mainly by removing breeding sites by eliminating standing water but also:

  • Properly disposing of trash from the yard; scrap tires, buckets, etc.
  • Keeping roof gutters free of debris
  • Weekly flushing of your sump-pump
  • Stock ornamental pools with fish and/or use a fountain
  • Replace water in birdbaths, fountains, and troughs biweekly
  • Keep swimming pools clean and chlorinated, and covered when not in use
  • Turn over unused wading pools, etc. that tend to collect rainwater
  • When storing rainwater, cover the containers tightly with window screen or plastic
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Scratching during the day may indicate the presence of a bat, but this is uncommon.

More common sources of scratching or clawing during the day is a squirrel or a yellowjacket hive in the drywall, if it is summer.

A scratching sound coming from the attic is a good indication of the presence of a bat. The scratching may be constant or intermittent and may occur at day or night, though with a bat, this scratching will usually be heard at night. This is the sounds of the claws on the bat's wings as it moves around.

It may also indicate the presence of mice, however. An inspection is necessary to more directly pinpoint the source of the sound.

Gnawing sounds during the day are almost always due to the presence of a rodent, such a mouse, squirrel, chipmunk, or sometimes a rat. Rodents are characterized by their large incisor teeth, which continually grow and must be worn down by constant gnawing. Rodents will gnaw on wires, insulation and anything else they can find in an attic. Many house fires due to electrical problems are caused by damaged wires due to squirrel gnawing.

If you are hearing gnawing or chewing sounds at night, it may indicate the presence of a raccoon. Usually this will be accompanied by other noises, such as heavy walking. If you do not hear this, it may be a flying squirrel or some other rodent.

A "rolling" sound is usually due to the presence of a red squirrel bringing in nuts or other debris and rolling it around up in the attic, as squirrels will use attics to hoard food. If you hear this sound during the day, it is certainly a red squirrel, since red squirrels are the only mammals that commonly get into attics that are active during the day (flying squirrels get into attics as well but they are nocturnal). The "rolling" sound associated with a squirrel is sometimes described as the sound of marbles rolling.

If it is not a squirrel, there's a possibility a rolling sound could be made by birds moving around in a tight space.

Rolling sounds at night can be caused by flying squirrels, which are nocturnal. It is made by the squirrel bringing nuts or other debris into the attic or wall.

Raccoons may also make a rolling sound, though this is less common.

Scampering or scurrying during the day is almost always attributable to a squirrel, as most other scurrying animals (such as mice) are nocturnal.

A scurrying or scampering sound at night is usually due to mice moving through the walls, ceiling, or along the floor.

Nocturnal flying squirrels may make this noise as well; peak periods of activity for flying squirrels are just before dawn and shortly after sunset. Their scurrying is light and fast.

Raccoons may also make this sort of noise, but with a raccoon it will be more of a "walking" sound, a bit heavier than a squirrel, and not as fast.

Heavy walking or crawling is a very unique sound that almost always indicates the presence of a raccoon, whether it occurs during the day or night.

Heavy walking or crawling is a very unique sound that almost always indicates the presence of a raccoon, whether it occurs during the day or night.

If you can clearly hear the sound of flapping during the day, it is definitely a bird.

If you hear flapping at night, it is either a trapped bird or a bat. Nuisance birds are generally not active at night, so if you hear flapping it may be a bird that has become trapped. The flapping of a bat's wings is very soft, almost like a dull whirring. If you hear a very faint, soft whirring, it may mean a bat is flying around nearby in the dark.

Crackling is a very particular noise that is generally made by a yellowjacket hive within the drywall of your home. yellowjackets will pick and gnaw on drywall and use the pieces to construct their hives. The sound of this gnawing is often described as a crackling; it sounds a lot like Rice Krispies popping. If you hear this, it means the yellowjackets are close to gnawing through the dry wall. It is not as common at night, but certainly can happen then as well if the hive is big enough.

Crackling is a very particular noise that is generally made by the presence of a yellowjacket hive within the drywall of your home. yellowjackets will pick and gnaw on drywall and use the pieces to construct their hives. The sound of this gnawing is often described as a crackling; it sounds a lot like Rice Krispies popping. If you hear this, it means the yellowjackets are close to gnawing through the dry wall.

A sound of chirping or chattering usually means there are baby animals present. What species depends on the season, but it is very common for baby squirrels, raccoons, or birds (especially chimney swifts) to make these noises. Please contact Creature Control for a more thorough diagnosis.

A sound of chirping or chattering usually means there are baby animals present. What species depends on the season, but it is very common for baby squirrels, raccoons, or birds (especially chimney swifts) to make these noises. Please contact Creature Control for a more thorough diagnosis.

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