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By: McDuffie Pest Control

DowlessElizabethtown, NC – Although the atypical winter weather caused a slight delay to the start of pest season, several regions across the country are now reporting an increase in mosquito and tick activity. Dallas Hammond, McDuffie Pest Control’s first full time employee over 42 years ago, is still a dedicated team member at the local pest control company. He wants to help get the word out about the increased tick and mosquito activity this year.

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and McDuffie Pest Control are urging the public to take preventative measures against the health threats posed by these biting pests.

The NPMA recommends the following prevention tips to avoid the health threats associated with mosquitoes and ticks.
· Always apply an insect repellant containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus when spending time outdoors, and reapply as directed on the label. McDuffie Pest Control offers a variety of these products.

· Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and closed-toe shoes when outdoors. Choose light colored clothing that makes it easier to spot ticks and other insects.

· Reduce the amount of time spent outside during dusk and dawn when certain types of mosquitoes are most active.

· Keep grass cut low, as ticks are found in high grass. Remove weeds, woodpiles, and debris.

· Eliminate areas of standing water around the home such as flowerpots, birdbaths, baby pools, grill covers, and other objects where water collects. Mosquitoes need only about a ½ inch of water to breed.

· Inspect yourself and your family members carefully for ticks after being outdoors.

· If you are concerned about ticks or mosquitoes on your property, contact McDuffie Pest Control.

Dallas said, “I enjoy my work and my customers.” He can be seen all over Bladen County in his McDuffie Pest Control truck assisting in keeping Bladen County pest free. If you have concerns about mosquitoes, ticks, or any other pest, contact Dallas at McDuffie Pest Control today.