Take Part In National Mosquito Control Awareness Week 2017

It’s National Mosquito Control Awareness Week 2017. A time where an emphasis is made to make the general public aware about the threat we face with mosquitoes, and what action can be taken to ensure protection from these disease spreading pests. Many mosquito control companies across the U. S take part in helping to spread this awareness and we here at Backyard Bug Patrol are doing just that. We hope that our frequent blog posts, keep to the forefront of your mind what you are up against when it comes to mosquitoes. Here’s an article we thought we would share about ways to ‘get smart’ and avoid getting bitten.

To Avoid Mosquitoes: Get Smart!

With temperatures rising and more people heading outdoors for summer fun, the mosquito experts from the SC Johnson Institute of Insect Science for Family Health – one of the world’s largest private, urban entomology research centers – offer their 60 years of insect expertise to help consumers protect themselves against mosquito bites.

As well as protecting your outdoor areas by removing standing water, it’s worth investing in professional methods of mosquito control.

With a mild and somewhat wetter winter, the mosquito population is at large. They have thrived during the months that would usually have ‘cooled’ them off a little.

Controlling mosquitoes and their habitat

If you have been noticing an increased and unwelcomed buzz lately, you are not alone. Russ Parman, assistant manager with the Santa Clara County Vector Control District, says because “of the abundance of rain we had earlier in the year we still have areas of standing water and damp environments that serve as perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes and other flying pests.”

As the article suggests, take a walk around your property and be aware of what may be an enticing breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Get involved with sharing awareness. If we all make a contribution, we can make our outdoor time far more enjoyable and reduce the threat that surrounds us from these potentially killer bugs!

 

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Are You On The Mosquito Menu?

Are you someone who often finds that even though you are exposed to mosquitoes, just like many others, that you are the one they decide to feast on? This is because mosquitoes actually do have a preference as to whom they choose as their next meal. However, there are ways that you can turn their appetite away from you.

Expert explains why mosquitoes are attracted to some people more than others

Mosquitoes are attracted to some people more than others, but if you fit their dinner menu, there are a couple ways to become unappetizing. First and foremost, mosquitoes are looking for an easy, safe meal, therefore they prefer hosts who are unaware they’re being bitten so they don’t interrupt the feeding process.

So is it true, that it can come down to what you wear, what you eat and what you drink that can cause a mosquito to decide you’re a feast among many? There are stories of bright clothing being attractive to these disease spreading pests and even them being partial to a beer.

Pregnant women want to be particularly alert to the possibility that mosquitoes are attracted to them due to the threat of the Zika virus.

Zika virus a renewed threat

pregnant women do face a higher risk that the virus could affect their babies at birth. Particularly, it causes increased cases of microcephaly. So far, researchers have reported birth defects in 5 percent of infected pregnancies. For Zika-related microcephaly, its rate of incidence has increased 20–30 times the norm for this defect.

Never take for granted that you might not be appetizing to a mosquito. Always protect yourself, use repellent and invest in mosquito control for your home. Keep your family safe, because these suckers are hungry for your blood.

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Meat Lovers Beware: Ticks Can Make You Allergic

Only a few posts back, we wrote about how the Lone Star tick turns victims into vegetarians by causing an allergy to red meat. Unfortunately, we have more bad news because this particular tick is making its way across other parts of the United States. Here’s an article with some more information. Meat lovers, you want to be particularly mindful if you don’t want to find yourself suddenly having to go without that piece of steak at your next BBQ.

OH, LOVELY: THE TICK THAT GIVES PEOPLE MEAT ALLERGIES IS SPREADING

First comes the unscratchable itching, and the angry blossoming of hives. Then stomach cramping, and—for the unluckiest few—difficulty breathing, passing out, and even death. In the last decade and a half, thousands of previously protein-loving Americans have developed a dangerous allergy to meat. And they all have one thing in common: the lone star tick.

If you don’t want to swap your favorite cut of meat for a veggie burger, then you will be wanting to make sure that you are protecting yourself against ticks. If you are inviting friends round for an occasion where you’ll be out in your back yard, with your grill, then be the responsible home owner and invest in a barrier spray to protect your guests.

Of course, this isn’t the only problem that can be caused by ticks. They transmit a number of diseases, many of which can have a huge impact on your health, some even deadly.

Everything You Need to Know About Ticks and Their Diseases

The word tick seems to be on a lot of people’s minds right now. It could because of the uptick in Lyme Disease, concerns about Powassan disease and the recent video showing a young girl suddenly paralyzed after receiving a tick bite.

Just one bite from this tiny creature can cause devastation. So please, make sure you know how to protect yourself and if you have any health concerns, get professional advice from your doctor immediately.

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Make Checking for Ticks Part of your Routine

This year has seen the start to one of the worst tick seasons in a very long time. Due to a mild winter, many ticks have survived and reproduced,  leading to a higher population of this disease spreading pest. So what does this mean for those of us who like to take a stretch outside, especially with our four legged friends?

2017: The Worst Tick Season In Years And What It Means For Your Dog
The most well-known disease carried by ticks may be Lyme, which can infect dogs and humans. Most of the time a rash forms around the tick bite, but not always. Eventually, fever, headache, and lethargy appear followed by more serious symptoms like inability to move parts of the face, joint pains, heart palpitations, and memory problems. Lyme is spread by blacklegged ticks, also known as deer ticks, as well as western blacklegged ticks.

This is why it’s crucial that you give yourself a thorough body check once you have visited any habitat that may be prone to ticks. Then you need to check out your dog, because ‘man’s best friend’ can’t check himself.

All it takes is one tiny tick to turn your life or the life of your pet into a misery. So it’s worth taking those few minutes, and make it part of your routine.

Make ‘tick checks’ part of daily routine: public health

Blacklegged ticks are the primary carriers of Lyme disease and are often found in woody areas or those with lots of brush. Stanton-Loucks said conducting “tick checks” after coming in contact with areas where they could live is important.

“You want to make sure it becomes a part of your regular routine,” she said. “There’s a risk anywhere; the messaging is: ‘ticks are here.’ We just have to be more diligent and know what to look for and how to protect yourself.”

Add this to your routine and it will become second nature. All it takes is to make something a habit to protect yourself from debilitating and sometimes life threatening tick borne disease.

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Fight Zika With Mosquito Control

During the warmer months, especially this year due to a higher amount of rainfall, your local mosquito control provider is your best friend.  Pest control businesses in Florida have seen an increasing rise in the requirement  for protection and rightly so. These suckers can be deadly and with Zika being a scare factor last year, especially in Florida people are right to be concerned! So if you’re not up to date with your own mosquito control at home, whichever part of the United States you reside in, now is the time to take action.

Mosquitoes are back in a bad way; your Mosquito Control can help you battle the blood-suckers

Make sure your property’s gates and fences are unlocked as Mosquito Control workers need access to your entire yard. They cannot get rid of the insects if they cannot reach them. Your local Mosquito Control can help, but only if you provide, via phone or online, with specific information about the insect infestation on your property.

Mosquitoes are not only a nuisance, they are a threat to our health. Last year, the Zika virus caused health officials to issue high alert warnings, particularly to pregnant women who may have been to an infected area. The threat still remains in 2017.

Another outbreak is anticipated, so we need to be prepared. We need to know how we can protect ourselves and also how this virus can be transmitted. It’s not just from a bite of an infected mosquito, it can also spread via sexual intercourse with someone already infected with the disease.

Zika Can Be Passed Through Sex

Many people infected with Zika virus won’t have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms, and they may not know they have been infected. Zika can also be passed from a person before their symptoms start, while they have symptoms, and after their symptoms end.

Become familiar with Zika and know how to protect yourself, your existing family and even more so any future family you may have should you be pregnant.  Let’s fight against this disease together!

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Spider, Scorpion and Mosquito Horror!

Research at the University of Maryland has stumbled upon a mosquito killing fungus that has been genetically engineered with toxins from spiders and scorpions. Able to “kill mosquitoes with a single spore” this could be a very big breakthrough in the fight against these disease spreading pests. Here’s an article with more information.

 Mosquito-killing fungi engineered with spider and scorpion toxins could help fight malaria

A new study from the University of Maryland and colleagues from Burkina Faso, China and Australia suggests that a mosquito-killing fungus genetically engineered to produce spider and scorpion toxins could serve as a highly effective biological control mechanism to fight malaria-carrying mosquitoes. The fungus is specific to mosquitoes and does not pose a risk to humans. Further, the study results suggest that the fungus is also safe for honey bees and other insects.

The combination of spider, scorpion and mosquito is enough to send a shudder down the spine of many, but if it’s for a good cause, maybe we can shake off the scare factor.

Are you “paranoid about going outside?”

There’s no need to be if you take the proper precautions to prevent a bite in the first instance whether outdoors or inside!

How To Prevent Mosquito Bites Outside And Indoors

Whether at home or on vacation pesky mosquito bites can cause misery over the summer months. In addition to unpleasant itching and scratching days after they can also cause some more serious problems, spreading diseases such as Zika. Here we’ve put together some tops tips on steps you can take to avoid being bitten.

At home, make sure you’ve got your yard protected with a barrier spray. Empty anywhere that standing water can collect and always wear repellent. Don’t let these bugs put the fear of life into us. After all… We are WAY bigger than they are!

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Is Your Back Yard Home To The Deadly Mosquito?

When we think of the dangers of the ocean, we think sharks. When we think of the dangers of the dense forests, we think bears. When we think of the dangers in our back yards, do we think mosquitoes?  If not, then we should be, because these creatures are deemed to be the deadliest creature known to man!

This is by far the deadliest animal on the planet

People are, as a species, quite lethal, not only for animals but also for themselves – in the world, there are 475 thousand human victims each year. But the biggest killer of people is a species you probably would never have thought of and is responsible for 725 thousand deaths a year. It is, in fact, a mosquito.

These tiny pests are responsible for the spread of many diseases, some of which have caused the death of millions of people.

In fact, it’s around 2 million people A YEAR that fall victim to the bite of an infected mosquito. One of the most recently talked about mosquito borne virus is Zika, which last year caused a huge scare to many parts of the United States.

Health Department offers tips to prevent mosquito bites, stop the spread of Zika Virus

In Maryland, mosquito breeding season starts in the spring and extends into October. Zika virus disease (Zika) is spread primarily by bites from infected mosquitoes. It has been linked to serious birth defects in babies born to mothers with Zika infection during pregnancy.

Follow the tips provided to keep yourself and your family safe from mosquitoes, invest in methods of mosquito control and don’t let your back yard be home to the deadliest creature in the world.

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