Fighting Back By Making Our Blood Deadly To Mosquitoes

We all know that mosquitoes like the taste of our blood, and with that comes the risk of them spreading their deadly diseases to us humans. However, what if we could fight back by making our own blood deadly to mosquitoes? A dose of an anti parasite drug could be our next weapon. Here’s an article with more information:-

What If Your Blood Could Kill Mosquitoes?

A commonly used anti-parasite drug could be the next weapon in the fight against malaria. Researchers from Kenya and the United Kingdom report that dosing people with ivermectin, commonly used in heartworm pills, makes them deadly targets for the mosquitoes that transmit malaria. Nearly all of the mosquitoes in the experiment died after drinking ivermectin-laced blood, they say.

It’s not yet known how safe this method would be for children and of course the experiment was conducted with malaria patients as participants, so this is a long way off proving effective. It’s interesting news to share though.

Also, this research has only been performed with those mosquitoes infected with malaria. What about all the others that carry a myriad of other harmful and deadly diseases.

Drug could make human blood deadly toxic to mosquitoes

New research finds that malaria-carrying mosquitoes died after biting people who had taken high doses of ivermectin, a drug meant to fight parasites. This means the drug might one day become part of national malaria control programs. Only certain species of mosquitoes of the Anopheles genus — and only females of those species — can transmit malaria. Malaria is caused by a single-celled parasite called Plasmodium, which undergoes a series of infection steps before arriving at the mosquito’s salivary gland, from which it ultimately spreads to bitten humans.

With mosquito season upon us (and in some parts of the world, it never goes away) it’s so important to ensure that you are in the know when it comes to mosquito prevention. Knowledge is power, knowledge is safety and knowledge plus action can keep you protected from these disease spreading pests.

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Be Safe From Mosquitoes On Your Camping Trip

Are you thinking of heading out for a spot of camping as the warmer weather arrives? Have you packed all your gear and ready to go and be at one with nature? Wherever you are in the world, if you’re planning on heading out into the wild for a spot of relaxation, make sure you are protected from mosquitoes. This article may be warning campers in Australia, but the same protective methods apply all over the globe.

Avoid nasty mosquito-borne diseases if camping or fishing

Simple steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes include avoiding being outside, unprotected, when mosquitoes are common at dawn and dusk. When outside, cover up as much as possible with light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing and covered footwear…

Whether or not you are the ‘outdoorsy’ type then you really should be making sure that you are safe from mosquitoes. Don’t be fooled into thinking they are not attracted to you enough to bite you because it’s just not worth the risk. These pests spread diseases and there are many things about us human beings that will appeal to their taste buds.

What are you doing to protect yourself? Have you shopped for mosquito supplies for your trip? Of course, it’s not just mosquitoes you should be aware of too. There are other tiny critters that you should be on the lookout for.

3 Common Camping Insects and how to Protect Yourself

As the weather begins to warm up, there’s a good chance that you’re thinking about heading out for your first summer camping trip of the year. Unfortunately for you, though, that warm weather that’s got you jonesing for a taste of the outdoors has a similar effect on all those pesky insects that bite sting, and generally just annoy you while camping. Luckily, we’ve taken the time to compile a list of the insects most commonly encountered while camping, and what you can do to keep them from ruining your next camping trip.

Now that you’re in the know as to what is outside your tent, all that is left for us to do here at Backyard Bug Patrol is to wish you a safe and enjoyable trip under the canvas.

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Spotting Ticks On Your Four Legged Friend

We are not yet  into the full swing of the spring time. The time of year when ticks would normally start to emerge and cause many of us misery. They can survive through the cooler months and take shelter in vegetation waiting for the weather to warm up. However, these tiny critters are out and about early this year and with that comes the risk of bites and the transmission of tick borne diseases. So here’s what you can do to protect yourself from them

Ticks are already a problem: How to protect yourself and your pets

If you think ticks die out in the winter, you’re in for a sad surprise. Ticks are apparently quite resilient and most manage to winter over just fine, hiding in decaying vegetation and waiting for a break in the weather to emerge. Any day when temperatures hit 40 degrees and above, ticks are back in motion, experts say. If you’ve noticed a tick on your pet, it’s a warning sign for you to start checking yourself for the nasty little disease-spreading blood suckers.

It can be hard to spot a tick on your four legged friend. Especially if they are the long haired kind, so here are a few tips in how to check your pooch when you’ve been out and about.

Ticks come in various sizes. Some of which are easier to see than others, so you need to make sure you really take a close look at your dog, so that the little tiny ticks don’t get missed.

Tick season; protecting you, your family and furry friends from potential disease

Spring is officially here, but with the sun and warmer weather comes the dreaded tick season. Right now the main concern for medical experts is the spread of Lyme disease. “March seems to be the time of the year that we tend to see an increase in ticks so we recommend they get started now,” veterinarians like Dr. Paul Drewry say this is the time of year to start checking and protecting your pets from ticks.

Any time spent outdoors gives ticks the potential to latch on to you or your pet, so make it second nature to check your skin and the fur of your dog. We can all play our part when it comes to fighting tick borne diseases.

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Why Does The Weather Help Spread Mosquito and Tick Borne Diseases?

The rise of mosquito and tick borne diseases concerns us all. With changes in our global climate, there are some parts of the globe that are seeing a significant increase in the amount of infections diseases transmitted by these pests, because warmer temperatures are making it easier for them to survive.

Climate change promotes the spread of mosquito and tick-borne viruses

Spurred on by climate change, international travel and international trade, disease-bearing insects are spreading to ever-wider parts of the world. This means that more humans are exposed to viral infections such as Dengue fever, Chikungunya, Zika, West Nile fever, Yellow fever and Tick-borne encephalitis.

More and more of us are becoming susceptible to being bitten by these critters because they are starting to acclimatize themselves to urban environments. No longer do we need to be stepping into woodland to be a risk of a tick bite! They can be right there in your own back yard.

These diseases are potentially life threatening. Both mosquitoes and ticks may be tiny, but they have the potential to kill. So wherever you reside, make sure your tick and mosquito control is up to date to protect not only your family, but your pets too.  There are also other preventative actions you can take, such as emptying any standing water in your yard, so that mosquitoes can’t breed there.

The Rain is Here; Have You Mosquito-Proofed Your Rain Barrel?

are you sure your rain barrel is safe? Are you sure it won’t turn into a mosquito factory once the weather warms up?It can happen. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in water and if you don’t mosquito-proof your rain barrel, you could be swimming in mosquito larvae very quickly.

The weather has a lot to answer for when it comes to giving these pests a chance to thrive. We may not be able to do something about the forecast, but we can do something to provide protection from ticks and mosquitoes in our own homes.

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Remove Ticks With Care

Do you know what you should do if you are bitten by a tick? It sounds like there is an obvious answer that everyone should know, but surprisingly, there are many people that are unsure of the action they need to take if they discover they have been bitten by a tick. Here’s an article listing the 10 things you should do if you venture into a tick habitat or if one of these disease spreading little critters decides to feast on your blood.

10 Things to Do Right Now If You’ve Been Bitten By a Tick

Follow these steps if you’re bitten by a tick—and learn how to protect yourself from getting bitten in the first place. Don’t step foot in the house if you’ve been in an area with ticks. Take off your shoes and socks and shake them outside. Remove as many articles of clothing as you can before going inside, then tumble dry for at least 10 minutes to kill any ticks that may have been hanging on.

Do you know how to safely remove a tick if you find one on yourself, your child or your pet?

Ticks will have a firm grip on your skin. They will latch on and stay on! Ever wondered how? Well here is a video that explains just what happens when a tick adheres itself to you.

WATCH: How A Tick Digs Its Hooks Into You

How they latch on — and stay on — is a feat of engineering that scientists have been piecing together. Once you know how a tick’s mouth works, you understand why it’s impossible to simply flick a tick. The key to their success is a menacing mouth covered in hooks that they use to get under the surface of our skin and attach themselves for several days while they fatten up on our blood.

Now it is evident why removing a tick needs to be done with care and as soon as possible to prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as Lyme disease. Be vigilant, these critters are tiny and can often be missed, so make it part of your routine to check for ticks each and every time you become vulnerable in a habitat that they may reside… Even your own back yard!

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Watch Out For Ticks During Easter

Falls Church, Virginia will be hosting their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday 31st March 2018, where kids can join in the excitement of seeking out hidden candy and eggs at Cherry Hill Park. Lots of family fun to be had in the spring time air and there’s even a visit from the Easter Bunny.

Easter Bunny To Visit Falls Church

The City of Falls Church will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at Cherry Hill Park, 312 Park Ave. Join us for this annual family celebration! Children dressed in their spring finest can hunt for candy and special eggs.

With all the outdoor egg hunting activity, there’s likely to be a lot of ‘seeking’ within plants and shrubs, so it’s important to remember that not only will the sweet treats be hidden away, there may also be some nasty critters lurking too, which is why we wanted to remind everyone to be on the lookout for bugs! Especially ticks, who will more than happily ‘hop on’ to an adventurous child as they seek out their Easter treasure. So here’s what you should do to keep your kids (and of course you grown ups) safe from these disease spreading pests.

If your planning on hosting your own Easter Egg Hunt, then you may want to check out some of these safety tips.

7 Tips for Hosting a Safe Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Sunday means baskets filled with chocolate bunnies, jelly beans, and marshmallow chicks. And for many of us, the holiday wouldn’t be the same without an Easter egg hunt. This classic Easter activity is a great way to make memories with family and friends. If you’re hosting this year’s Easter egg hunt, you may have concerns about safety. We’ve put together these seven safety tips to help you keep everyone safe and healthy during your hunt.

For local residents, you may also want to check out tick control in Falls Church, VA so that your backyard is as protected as it can be for your kids, and they can enjoy the excitement of the Easter Egg hunt in a safe environment.

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Mosquito Repelling Apps Won’t Keep You Safe From A Bite

Technology is a wonderful thing and has its place in many situations. When it comes to mosquitoes, there are various apps that can assist in monitoring their activity, providing useful data for research and some share vital information in helping us to protect ourselves against these disease spreading pests. However, can the buzz from your smartphone generated in a sound app, keep these biters at bay?

Can you repel mosquitoes with an app?

The menacing, high-pitched whine of a mosquito can instill an eerie sense of foreboding. Some mossies are just a pesky inconvenience, but in tropical regions they might be carrying sinister cargo onboard, such as malaria, dengue and now the Zika virus.  Of course, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there are apps designed to ward off mosquitoes. But to what extent do they actually protect you from being hunted down by these aggressive creatures?

These apps can assist in identifying where mosquitoes may breed, which means action can be taken and pest control can be called upon as soon as possible.

These apps may not keep you safe from a mosquito bite, but they can certainly help in other areas of mosquito control.

The buzz from your smartphone won’t stop mosquito bites

The sounds of mosquitoes may be annoying to many but tuning into their musical whines could help design new mosquito traps. Just don’t expect sounds from your smartphone to protect you from bites! There are now dozens of “mosquito repellent” apps available online for your smartphone. The sounds may now be available with a swipe of the finger, rather than a flick of a switch, but the general sale pitch remains the same, silence the mosquito bites with sound.

By monitoring mosquito activity, we can be prepared for where mosquitoes may be likely to strike. Identifying breeding grounds and mosquito larvae as early as possible will mean that these pests can be stopped in their bloodsucking paths, before they do any further damage to our health.

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