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When are Mosquitoes Most Active?

Do you enjoy spending time outside? If you’ve probably experienced itchy and painful mosquito bites, these bites also carry the risk of disease transmission, like yellow fever or West Nile virus, which can be life-threatening. To avoid mosquito bites, you need to know when mosquitoes are most active. Time of Day There are almost 200 species of mosquitoes, with each having different activity levels. The two main species come out during the evening when temperatures start to cool down. Mosquitoes bite the least in the middle of the day due to the sun and heat. The high temperatures can cause them to become dehydrated and die. To prevent this, mosquitoes seek shelter in dark, damp areas until dusk, their favorite time of day. Not all mosquitoes feed as soon as they come out; you’ll typically find them seeking food throughout the night Climate You might think summer is the most prominent...
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What you Need to Know About Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium found in Deer ticks and is transmitted through a tick bite. If left untreated, it can eventually affect the heart and central nervous system. While common, Lyme disease has a wide variety of symptoms which can make diagnosis difficult for some patients. Here are some helpful things to know about Lyme disease to protect yourself from infection. Signs and Symptoms The most common sign of Lyme disease is a rash that develops on or around the site of a tick bite. The rash may look similar to a mosquito bite at first but will slowly spread and may form a “bulls-eye” pattern. Other early signs may include fever, body aches, swollen lymph nodes, and headaches. Since these symptoms could also be caused by the flu or common cold, it can be hard to diagnose as Lyme disease. If left untreated, more severe symptoms such...
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The Benefits of Seeking Professional Help with Tick Control

As summer approaches, many people long to get outside to work in the yard or enjoy time with friends and family. Yet, these months bring the threat of some infamous hitchhikers: ticks. The thought of finding a tick attached to you, your pet or loved one is sickening. You want to find the best way to reduce the threat of encountering ticks. The danger of ticks is not to be underestimated. Ticks carry serious diseases, such as Lyme Disease or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. The ill-effects can be debilitating and last for years. Consider the many benefits of seeking professional help when guarding yourself against ticks. Knowledge of the Species Professional exterminators understand ticks. They know the most common ticks in your area and have studied their habits. Exterminators know how they enter and where they hide. Trained professionals will quickly draw up a plan of action. Understanding of Effective Pesticides...
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The Pantry - A Pest-Free Place

Did you know that at any given point in time, your kitchen contains billions and billions of microbes and bacteria? What’s more, in addition to microbes and bacteria everyday household pests love to find comfort not just inside your home, but inside your pantry.   Let’s be honest, no one likes to open their pantry up, only to discover there is a second family that has moved in and created their own pest colony within your stored food. To avoid this, let’s discuss some of the top ways to keep your pantry a pest-free place.   DIY Prevention Tips   Just like every person is different, every pantry is equally different. Depending on the size, stock, and materials kept inside your pantry, your prevention tips may vary. But, there are a few key ingredients that can be used as a rule of thumb to maintaining a pest-free pantry.   Use proper...
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How Moisture Attracts Pests

Water is essential for all living things. If it’s alive, it needs some water to survive, no matter how little. A human should drink approximately eight glasses of water a day in order to stay hydrated. Pest like mosquitoes and rats, on the other hand, require much less. That’s why if you want to keep your house pest free, it’s critical that you reduce the moisture in your house to a bare minimum. Here is how the moisture in your house attracts pests and some ways to keep the moisture in your house low. How Moisture Attracts Pests When we think of the water in a person's home, we usually think of the sink, the toilet, the bathtub, etc. However, water is all around us and we inhale it everytime time we breathe. The water that pests like cockroaches are looking isn’t found in a bottle, it’s found on basement floors,...
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