How to Treat Fire Ant Bites in South Florida

Ant Control

Fire ants are a common cause for concern for most South Florida homeowners. These tiny, invasive creatures have taken over South Florida and other Southern states because of the warm, sunny climate. While they may look harmless to the human eye, don’t let their size fool you. Fire ants carry a fierce, venomous sting that can cause severe, even life-threatening allergic reactions in some people.

So how can you protect yourself, your family and your property from these dangerous pests? AAA Riteway has some useful tips that can help protect you in the event of fire ant bites.

How to Identify a Fire Ant Bite

Before you can start treating an ant bite, it is important to know how to properly identify it.

If you are the victim of fire ants, chances are that you will know right away. Fire ants typically bite the skin and anchor on until the ant’s stinger injects a toxic venom into the skin. Many times the ant will sting repeatedly if not removed, often resulting in multiple stings within the same area.

Typically, the victim will experience a fiery, burning sensation and notice red bumps that manifest into itchy, uncomfortable blisters or pustules after a few days.

Symptoms of fire ant bites vary depending on the person and their individual sensitivity to insect stings. For most people, fire ant stings indicate discomfort rather than danger.

However, in more severe cases the victim can experience chest pain, difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramping, difficulty swallowing and even paralysis. These are all symptoms of a severe allergic reaction and the person should seek professional medical care, immediately.

How to Treat Your Fire Ant Bite

1. Protect Yourself from More Bites

If you suspect that you’ve been bitten by a fire ant, there is a good chance that there is a nest or mound nearby. Your first reaction should be to check for other ants that may still be lingering on your skin or clothing and remove them by brushing them off. Move yourself to a safe location and take off any constricting clothing, shoes, and socks and carefully examine yourself and your clothing for any remaining ants that may be trapped in the folds of fabric or on skin.

2. Clean The Bite

The next step to caring for your bite is to wash the affected area with soap and water as quickly as possible after you are stung. This will help remove any residual venom left on the surface of the skin, help lessen the impact of the bite and help prevent infection.

3. Apply Ice to The Area

After cleaning the bite or bites thoroughly, you will want to apply an ice pack or cold compress to the affected area in intervals of about 15-30 minutes. This will help reduce much of the swelling and discomfort associated with the bite.

Don’t scratch the itch! As tempting as it may be to scratch your ant bites, this can put you at risk for infection and scarring. If the itching sensation is simply unbearable, you may want to consider applying Calamine lotion, over-the-counter itching and pain products, or take an anti-histamine.

Fire Ant Exterminators in South Florida

If you have discovered an ant mound or nest anywhere on your property, it is crucial to take immediate action. The best way to protect your family and your pets from painful fire ant bites is to contact your local pest company to perform a thorough inspection of your home.

At AAA Riteway Pest Management Services, we have the necessary fire ant control knowledge and experience to get rid of your problem once and for all. Our fire ant exterminators can eliminate ants before they form colonies and can prevent them from coming back.

Call us today to have an AAA Riteway Pest Management professional assess your fire ant infestation and recommend a solution. For more information or to schedule an inspection, please contact us today at 954-289-5862 or 561-475-3268.

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3 DIY Roach Traps for South Florida Homeowners

Roach Control
No matter where you live, no one wants to deal with roaches. Here in South Florida, roaches, palmetto bugs and other unsightly pests thrive in the warm weather and damp humidity.

So, as a South Florida homeowner, how do you put an end to these unwanted guests? The answer is simple: set a trap to stop roaches in their tracks.

There are several different methods of easy, do-it-yourself roach trapping that involve using everyday household items. From duct tape and bottle traps, to boric acid traps, the opportunities to trap unwanted pests are endless.

Most of the items required for DIY roach trapping can already be found in your home. If you don’t conveniently have them already, it won’t cost you more than a few bucks to stock up on materials. Before you set you traps, keep in mind that placement is key for effective trapping. Set your traps where there’s likely going to be roaches, or where they are most likely to visit for scavenging food and water.

By following the recommended steps as directed, you can safely and effectively put a stop to roaches before an infestation occurs. Check out these quick tips for DIY roach control, and what the AAA Riteway team can do to help eliminate your roach problem for good.

1. Duct Tape Traps

The first step of making your duct tape roach trap is to cut a piece of duct tape about six inches long. Face the tape sticky side up, and fold both ends of the tape inwards with about half an inch of the non-sticky on opposite ends. This makes it easier to remove the tape for disposal.

The next step of making your duct tape roach trap is placing the trap in an area with the most pest traffic. Be sure to include bait in your trap, such as small amounts of sweets and fatty food in the center of the tape. Don’t forget to use solid food for bait purposes, as liquid will make the glue ineffective.

Tip: Use peanut butter with a little sugar sprinkled on top for a bait they won’t resist. Add in small amount of boric acid to make sure any roaches that escape don’t make out for long.

2. Jar Traps

Not sure what to do with those old mason jars taking up space in your kitchen cabinet or recycling bin? Use them to make a DIY roach trap. Before you begin trapping, here’s a list of things you’ll need:

• Jar or bottle (Glass is recommended, but plastic will work as well. Mayo jars and pickle jars are your best option.)
• Vaseline
• Bait
• Tape (optional)

The first step of your jar roach trap is to make sure that your jar is clean and dry. Line the inside of the jar, especially in the curves around the opening with petroleum jelly, or Vaseline. This will ensure that the inside is slippery enough so that the roaches can’t climb out.

Place your bait at the bottom of the jar and place the jar traps in areas where there’s likely going to be roach traffic. If you have pets or kids, keep these out of reach. It is recommended that any food item that has a strong sweet or oil smell will work great as bait.

3. Boric Acid Paste Trap

Boric acid paste traps are simple to make.

To make an effective roach killing paste, combine 3 teaspoons of boric with 3 teaspoons of sugar and 3 teaspoons of water. Mix these three ingredients into a sticky paste. Then, apply the boric acid paste trap in areas of your home where there is high traffic for roaches.

When the roaches eat the paste, the boric acid will dehydrate them and cause them to die. They will carry the paste on their bodies and legs back to their nests where it will spread, eliminating the nest with a two-week period. If it doesn’t make more paste and reapply it.

Professional Roach Control in South Florida

Although homemade DIY roach traps do their job, you must remember that they are primarily used to supplement professional pest control. These DIY roach traps kill individual roaches, but they cannot target the infestation as a whole. If you are a South Florida resident in Palm Beach and Broward Counties, contact the AAA Riteway team today.

At AAA Riteway, our team of professional pest control experts have the tools and experienced needed to tackle your roach infestation.

We specialize in all areas of residential and commercial pest control and lawn maintenance, including general pest management and termite control. No matter the unique pest control needs of your home or business, count on AAA Riteway to provide the most effective pest elimination services you’ve ever experienced.

To schedule your no-obligation estimate, contact AAA Riteway today at (954) 289-6273 or (561) 257-5330 for a free inspection. To learn more about the pest control services we have to offer, call us today to get started. We look forward to keeping your home roach-free!

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What’s Wrong with My Lawn?

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South Florida is Known for Being Lush and Green

For homeowners, one of the best things about living in South Florida is having a beautiful lawn all year round. It’s sunny and humid all year, so that means never having to worry about snow or dry weather ruining the lawn you spend so much time maintaining.

Unfortunately, that isn’t the case for everyone. Some people really struggle with keeping their lawn looking presentable, even with the advantage of South Florida’s perpetual sunshine.

Even some of the most attentive homeowners’ lawns or plants are always faded, no matter how much rain falls. Or for some people, no amount of bug spray can get rid of those dangerous fire-ant piles littered all over the lawn.

In many cases, the issue is not lawn negligence. There are tons of pests that can potentially ruin your lawn. And a lot of them are hard to get rid of.

How Does It Happen?

South Florida weather isn’t without its cons, even for lawn enthusiasts. Warm weather means more opportunities for pests to ruin your yard.

Have you ever noticed your plants inexplicably wilting, losing their color, or not growing anymore? If so, you might be frequently visited by whiteflies. Whiteflies are new insects to South Florida, and they feed from your plants, literally sucking the life out of them.

The whitefly’s even more annoying cousins, the spiral whitefly, spreads a white, waxy substance all over your plants’ leaves to protect their eggs. Also, their feces foster the growth of “honeydew,” a black, sooty mold that can build up on all over your lawn and patio.

Aphids are also known to suck the juices out of your plants and leave honeydew everywhere. But if your lawn itself never seems to look green no matter what you do, you may have chinch bugs. Chinch bugs feed from your grass, stripping it of the nutrients it needs to flourish.

A Local Pest Control Company That Knows About Lawn Maintenance

So what can you do to save your lawn? Because frankly, these kinds of pests are not going to go away just because you dumped some store-bought pesticides on your lawn. And that South Florida sun keeps these pests active all year long.

AAA Riteway offers services to get rid of every single one of those pests (and more) for good. Not only that, but AAA Riteway can help you make sure your lawn looks its best with their weed control and lawn treatment services.

If your lawn looks less than beautiful, call AAA Riteway for a free inspection at 954-715-4372 if you’re in Broward County or 561-475-3240 if you’re in Palm Beach County.

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Prevent the Zika Virus: 5 Tips for Fighting off Mosquitos This Summer

Tips for Fighting Off Mosquitos

Have you heard of the Zika Virus that’s gone global?

There are no vaccines or treatments for Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that’s quickly spread across countries around the world, and may be responsible for thousands of birth defects.

The most effective way to avoid the Zika virus? Don’t get bit by a mosquito.

While this may seem like an impossible task during south Florida’s scorching hot (and bug-infested) summer months, there are steps you can take to ensure you go untouched.

Check out these 5 easy tips for mosquito prevention to ensure a safe and happy summer for you and your family.

Choose the Right Mosquito Repellent

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends products with active ingredients DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus, picaridin, or IR 3535. Next time you’re at the convenience store, keep an eye out for those key ingredients.

However, the CDC does not recommend non-registered mosquito repellents such as citronella oil, cedar oil, geranium oil, peppermint and peppermint oil, “pure” oil of lemon eucalyptus (essential oil not formulated as a repellent), and soybean oil.

Application

Mosquito repellent should be applied after sunscreen. Otherwise, your SPF may mask it.

Don’t wear repellent under clothing, as it won’t evaporate and may accumulate on the fabric.

Avoid spraying it on cuts or wounds.

To protect children, spray propellant on your hands before rubbing into your child’s skin. Avoid the eyes and mouth, and use the repellent sparingly around the ears. Do not spray infants less than two months old.

Follow the product’s instructions for re-application. Mosquito propellant is low maintenance, and typically does not need to reapplied as often as sunscreen.

Clothing

It is recommended that you wear long pants with long sleeves to protect yourself from mosquito bites. Typically, baggier clothing offers the most protection.

For added protection, invest in clothing containing permethrin, a synthetic insecticide. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has determined permethrin products are effective and safe for pregnant women and children.

Mosquitos can easily bite through spandex, so be wary of leggings, yoga pants, and workout gear.

Stick to shoes that offer full coverage, and don’t forget to wear socks. Complete your look with a hat and a pair of sunglasses.

Prepare Your Home

Mosquitos start to flourish when temperatures rise to 50 or 60 degrees Farenheit. The Aedes mosquitos feed during the day and seek homes for shade, living and reproducing very close to people.

Any amount of water can be a breeding ground for mosquitos. Eliminate standing water throughout your home, including flower pots, bottles, sinks, bath tubs, and accumulating garbage.

Keep in mind that there will be no need to drain your pool this summer. Mosquitos are deterred by the chlorine that keeps the pool clean and safe for swimming.

Travel Smart

The best way to avoid the Zika virus is to avoid affected areas. Stay up to date on the whereabouts of Zika by checking the CDC’s regularly updated list of countries and territories with active Zika virus infestation.

If you must travel to an affected country, try to stay in air conditioned areas, sleep under mosquito nets, and use mosquito repellant religiously.

If you are pregnant, talk to your physician about traveling. Recently, the CDC issues an advisory for pregnant women to consider postponing travel to affected countries.

If your trip is already booked, check options with your airline. United, Delta, and American Airlines and three major airlines that allow qualified passengers to re-schedule their trips without cancellation fees.

Prevent Mosquitos with a South Florida Pest Control Company You Can Trust

TAAA Ritewayhis summer, protect yourself and your family with Mosquito & Pest Management Services from AAA Riteway, South Florida’s trusted pest control experts.

Whether you need general pest management services, termite control, rodent removal, or even mosquito prevention services, AAA Riteway has you covered. The AAA Riteway team of pest control technicians are professionally trained to handle all pest control jobs both large and small.

If you are concerned about a mosquito infestation, we can help.

Discover the AAA Riteway Difference today! For a free inspection and pest control estimate, contact us at (954) 681-4179 or (561) 475-3231 to learn more about what our pest management services can do for you and your property.

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Bed Bug Prevention Tips for Traveling

Bed Bug prevention tips

Whether you’re an occasional or frequent traveler, the right steps should be taken to prevent bringing home any unwanted guests.

Minimizing your risk of bed bug infestation is easy. From investing in pillow protectors, mattress covers, to luggage and clothing encasements, there are a number of different resources travelers can use to prevent a bed bug attack. Using bedding and clothing protectors, along with following simple inspection tips, will help prevent you from infesting your home when you return.

Not sure where to start?

This month, we gathered the best tips travelers can use to prevent bed bugs.

Here’s what you should know:

  • Pull all bedding back from the mattress and perform a thorough bed bug inspection. Look for light brown molted skins, dark brown markings from bed bug defecation while feeding, and blood red strains from a crushed bug.
  • Remember to double check all edges and seams of the mattress, box springs, and bedding.
  • Pay close attention to wood and upholstered furniture. Keep an eye out for areas around layers or buttons on the fabric.
  • Buy pillow protectors and bed bug mattress covers. It’s important to note that these items should be taken with you anytime you’re staying overnight away from home.
  • Use luggage racks when packing or unpacking rather than setting your luggage on the floor, bed, or upholstered chair.
  • Invest in luggage and clothing encasements. These will protect your belongings from bed bugs while traveling.
  • Use dissolvable laundry bags for any bedding or clothing that may have come in contact with bed bugs.
  • Once you’re home, undress on a hard surface rather than on a carpeted floor if you suspect bed bugs are on your clothing.
  • Be sure to hand wash items that can’t be put into the washing machine. Luggage and other items that are unable to be washed should be vacuumed. Double check any seams or folds.

It doesn’t hurt to go the extra mile when it comes to bed bug prevention.

Not only are they a nuisance to you and your family, the damages bed bug cause can add up. From replacing clothes and carpeting to investing in new bedding and furniture, the aftermath of a bed bug attack may cost you a small fortune.

As you prepare for your next vacation, don’t forget these tips from your friends at AAA Riteway. It always pays to plan ahead!

Residential and Commercial Pest Control in Broward and Palm Beach County

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Have bed bugs or other pests found their way into your home?

Call AAA Riteway Pest Management Services, the full time, non-franchised, family owned South Florida pest control company you can count on.

Whether you’re looking for routine pest maintenance services for your home, or need rodent removal from your commercial property, AAA Riteway’s team of highly trained and experienced exterminators are here to help put an end to pests.

At AAA Riteway, we are committed to providing high quality customer service and integrated pest management. Let us be the solution your residential or commercial property can depend on.

Interested in learning more about our pest control services? Contact us today for a FREE estimate and inspection. The AAA Riteway team is dedicated to offering all customers great customer service at exceptional prices.

Experience the AAA Riteway difference today when you call one of our two locations in Broward and Palm Beach County:

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Benefits of Hiring Professional Pest Control Services

Hiring a professional pest management service offers many benefits for home and business owners when compared to controlling pest such as rodents, spiders, and insects by themselves.

Not only are professional technicians expertly trained and experienced in tackling pests, you’re guaranteed to see lasting results in the long run.

Professional Pest Control in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

Say Goodbye to DIY Pest Control

The quickest and most effective way of handling unwanted pests? It’s not at your local supermarket. For lasting, safe extermination, hiring a professional pest control service to treat your property is the best option.

If you’re still on the fence about hiring a professional pest control service, consider these reasons to make the switch today:

Your Health and Safety is Top Priority

Pests such as rodents and insects can carry harmful diseases and hazardous bacteria that can expose you to illness. For instance, cockroaches are known to carry E coli and salmonella on their bodies and can cause or intensify health issues related to allergies and asthma.

Tick bites can cause Lyme disease, a dangerous bacterial illness often associated with extreme flu-like symptoms, rashes, and severe fatigue. Ants can infect your food, and bees or wasps can trigger dangerous allergic reactions.

Pest control technicians have the knowledge and proper equipment to remove dangerous pests without causing injury to humans and pets. Various poison baits and chemicals are required to extract and eliminate different types of pests, such as wasps, bees, hornets, rats, mice, and ants.

Many companies are going green and only use eco-friendly treatments, compared to mass-produced store bought pest control products that can damage the environment.

A licensed expert will know the safe and proper amounts of these chemicals to apply and where to apply them on your property. Professional pest control services will locate the specific source of the infestation, and eliminate unwanted pests to prevent future infestations.

It’s Cost-Effective

Although the initial investment is more expensive with a professional, it is often the cheaper alternative to pest management.

Many home and business owners purchase treatment after treatment, from sprays, dusts, to poison baits in attempt to put an end to pests. If DIY treatments are not effective, they may result in the growth of your pest control problem.

Continuing to buy store bought products can get expensive, and may even cause further damage to your property. Regularly purchasing at-home pest control products far outweighs the cost of hiring professional pest control services.

More Powerful, More Efficient Pest Management 

The pesticides that professionals use are more powerful and more effective than store-bought products. Pest control technicians eliminate pests faster and more efficiently, often within a few hours.

Regular maintenance by a team of pest control technicians will ensure that your home or business stays in perfect condition. Professional treatments typically last longer, as they provide residual protection for as long as six months to five years, depending on the type of pesticide applied.

It’s Convenient

Professional technicians will work for your convenience and as per your convenience.

Whether you need pre-treatment before you move into a new home, need regular pest control or emergency services, exterminators offer a wide range of customized service that works for you.

Hiring professional pest control services is guaranteed to save you time and effort.

Applying liquid insecticides and trapping baits are all time consuming tasks. Save yourself the energy and let a professional handle it!

Professional Pest Management Services in Broward and Palm Beach Counties
Professional Pest Management Services in Broward & Palm Beach County

Take control of your property and fight pests the right way with AAA Riteway today!

At AAA Riteway, we pride ourselves in our professionalism and commitment to 100% customer satisfaction. Our pest control services extend beyond eliminating pests.

When you call us, we recognize we are treating your home, your property, or your business. We guarantee our technicians will help you create a custom pest control plan that works for your property, and your budget. You will feel safe, protected, and confident having AAA Riteway managing your pest control needs.

For a free estimate on our pest control and rodent removal services, contact us today at (954) 429-0664 or (561) 750-8778.

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