Tips For Keeping Your Property Mosquito Free

We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to make sure your yard is as safe as it can be from mosquitoes. Removing standing water and investing in professional mosquito control is paramount in protecting yourself and your family from these pests.  Mosquitoes like to breed in even the shallowest pools of water, so let’s try and get rid of any opportunities for them to set up camp in your back yard.

Expert: The No. 1 way to keep mosquitoes out of your yard

We’re at the peak of mosquito season here in North Carolina, and experts recommend doing one thing to keep the pests out of your yard. It’s impossible to completely get rid of mosquitoes, exterminators say, but getting rid of still water in your backyard will make a huge difference. Mosquitoes bite us as part of their breeding cycle, and experts say they usually stay very close to where they breed. That means the best way to get rid of them is to get rid of those potential breeding places.

Our homes are a space for enjoyment, relaxation, sanctuary, comfort and safety, so the last thing you need is these buzzing critters making your haven a misery.

We found this useful checklist for protecting your home against these pests.

Mosquitoes – protect your home a checklist

Mosquitoes are not just annoying – some mosquitoes can carry serious diseases. Remember, it’s best to try to prevent mosquitoes getting into your home in the first place! Follow this simple checklist to stop mosquitoes breeding on your property and from getting inside your home.

What tips do you have for keeping your property pest free? When was the last time you checked your mosquito control? These disease spreading, needle nosed bugs are proving to be a problem all year round. Don’t just wait for mosquito season. Be safe 365 days a year!

The post Tips For Keeping Your Property Mosquito Free appeared first on Backyard Bug Patrol.


Lyme Disease. Is It A Bigger Threat Than We Realize?

Lyme disease is a problem in the United States, but is it a bigger threat than we realize? A recent study has shown that many areas across the U.S, once believed to be safe from the species of tick that spread this debilitating disease, are now under threat. Here’s an article with some more useful information.

Lyme-Bearing Ticks More Widespread in U.S. Than Thought

Think you live in a place that’s free from disease-carrying ticks? Don’t be so sure. Citizen scientists found ticks capable of transmitting Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses in dozens of places across the United States where the pests had never previously been recorded, a new study reports. All told, disease-carrying ticks were detected in 83 counties where they’d never been found before across 24 states. The numbers reflect a rise in tick populations across the country, said study author Nate Nieto. He’s an associate professor with Northern Arizona University’s department of biological sciences.

Of course, it’s not just Lyme that these tiny critters carry. They are also responsible for the spread of other infectious diseases, and there are new ones emerging all the time.

It’s important to know what type of ticks are in your area and what diseases are capable of being transmitted. In any event, it is better to be safe than sorry and to always ensure you are taking preventative measures against ticks.

This useful article, can help to identify where certain types of ticks are likely to be found.

Geographic distribution of ticks that bite humans

Of the many different tick species found throughout the world, only a select few bite and transmit disease to people. Of the ticks that bite people, different species of ticks transmit different diseases. These maps show the general distribution of human-biting ticks in the contiguous United States. Populations of ticks may be found outside shaded areas.

Remember, that the species of tick that may be in your geographical area may change, so it’s important to regularly review the latest reports when it comes to ticks and diseases reported in your local region.

The post Lyme Disease. Is It A Bigger Threat Than We Realize? appeared first on Backyard Bug Patrol.

More Mosquitoes in Maryland

Everywhere seems to be noticing a higher population of mosquitoes this season. In particular Maryland is experiencing three times the amount of these disease spreading pests than it has in previous years. Here’s an article with some more information.

Dealing with more bug bites than usual? Mosquitoes are 3 times their normal number in Maryland this summer. 

First came the rains. Now come the mosquitoes. Populations of the itch-inducing insects have multiplied across Maryland – in many areas up to three times their normal early summer numbers – because of recent storms and flooding that have given them an abundance of water to breed in.

Home owners in Maryland are urged to take action by making sure their homes are protected with adequate mosquito control. These bugs mean business, and with the rise in population, comes the rise in risk of mosquito borne diseases.

In addition, you want to be making sure you get rid of any standing water, so that these pests have fewer opportunities to breed.

With so many areas of the United States subjected to heavy rainfall and flooding, take every step you can to avoid and protect yourself.

After the floods, mosquitoes will be even worse. Here’s how to avoid them.

A mosquito season that was already off to a fast start is about to get worse.  Last weekend’s floods left behind standing water across the metro that, combined with the hot weather, creates the perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes. If you don’t want to be bothered by these pests, you’ll want to eliminate the areas where they breed.

If you’re unsure how to protect your home then get in touch with a professional. Don’t give these diseases spreading, needle nosed bugs an opportunity to breed in your yard.


The post More Mosquitoes in Maryland appeared first on Backyard Bug Patrol.

Learn About Lyme Disease, Just Like Your ABC’s

Learning your ABC’s as a child, you were more than likely subjected to some catchy tune from Sesame Street that helped you to remember the alphabet. Jingles and songs are great methods to making things memorable. We’ve all had that tune play over and over in our own heads haven’t we? And it’s likely that you retained the information that you were being subjected to.

The Importance Learning Through Song

Isn’t it amazing how you can remember all the words to Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes, but you can’t remember where you put your car keys? There is a reason why all those old children’s classics have stuck with you over the years and something you did thirty minutes ago is completely gone from your memory. Songs are a great way to help anyone learn and remember.

Of course, it’s not just kids that benefit from learning by song! Or in the following example by ‘rap’ because us adults can be educated too. Here’s a little something that might just help get the message across and clear, to all about Lyme disease.

Fairfax County, Virginia have got the groove when it comes to Lyme disease awareness. As the tick population is on the rise and the need for tick control in Virginia is at an all time high, it’s a good reminder that we need to do what we can to keep ourselves safe from tick borne disease.

5 tips to keep you safe from ticks and Lyme disease

Between the rising temperatures and a growing population of white-footed mice, scientists are predicting a rise in ticks. While most animals can carry ticks, white-footed mice host a bacteria that causes Lyme disease. When a tick feeds on mouse blood, the tick acquires Lyme disease and can then pass it along to other animals or humans. Whether your summer is being filled with gardening, hiking, or just enjoying the great outdoors, brush up on these 5 tips to prevent tick bites and Lyme disease.

We hope that this rhyme spreads awareness of Lyme. Share it for others to learn from. Educate about Lyme disease, just as you learnt your ABC’s.


The post Learn About Lyme Disease, Just Like Your ABC’s appeared first on Backyard Bug Patrol.

Lyme Disease: What’s The True Picture?

When it comes to Lyme disease, are we ever really going to see a true representation as to just how big a problem this tick borne virus actually is? Studies have  shown that the actual number of identified cases could be significantly different to what the problem is, in reality. Here’s an article with some further information.

Lyme Disease: An Even Bigger Threat Than You Think

This time of year, the U.S. is crawling with ticks. It’s a concern because the rapacious bloodsuckers spread disease when they bite. The most common tick-borne ailment is Lyme disease, but the official case count—which helps public-health authorities formulate prevention strategies and allocate resources—doesn’t come close to the actual number.

Lyme disease is transmitted by the blacklegged tick,  which is also known as the deer tick. This potentially debilitating disease is spreading fast and it’s thought that climate change holds some responsibility for why this is happening.

Do you know how to identify an infected tick bite? If you’re concerned then seek medical assistance as soon as possible. If this disease is diagnosed early, then treatment can be administered.

Lyme Disease Treatment

People treated with appropriate antibiotics in the early stages of Lyme disease usually recover rapidly and completely. Antibiotics commonly used for oral treatment include doxycycline, amoxicillin, or cefuroxime axetil. People with certain neurological or cardiac forms of illness may require intravenous treatment with antibiotics such as ceftriaxone or penicillin.

Ticks are closer than you think, and are likely to be living in your back yard. Keep yourself safe from Lyme, invest in some tick control. Know what to do if you discover you have been bitten, and importantly, know how to remove a tick, should you find one on your skin.

The post Lyme Disease: What’s The True Picture? appeared first on Backyard Bug Patrol.

The Truth About Ticks

Ticks spread disease, this is a well known fact. However, there are many myths surrounding these pests that need to be put right. When it comes to the protection of our health against these pests then we need to know what is true, and what is just hearsay. Here’s an article that puts a few of the facts straight.

11 Myths About Ticks, Debunked

It’s officially summer, which means tick season is in full swing. Like other creepy crawlies that feed on our blood and spread disease, ticks can cause a lot of anxiety, which has led to plenty of misinformation regarding how dangerous they are, how they find prey, and the best ways to get rid of them. Before venturing outdoors, read up on the most common myths about ticks.

The article mentions some definite ways that you should NOT remove a tick, but do you know how to do this properly?

3 Steps for Removing Ticks

Unfortunately, no matter how careful we are, ticks may still find their way onto us or our animals. So, it’s still important to know how best to remove them. Use pair of tweezers to grasp the tick’s head and patiently, gently and steadily pull it. Do not just yank it out. The mouth of the tick contains the harmful microorganisms – yanking the tick out may leaving the mouth portion attached to the skin, leading to a later infection.

Here’s a video that addresses some more tick myths, that need to be put right!

If you are unsure of what is fact and what is fiction, then do a little research. When it comes to keeping yourself and your family safe, guess work and incorrect information is just not worth the risk.

The post The Truth About Ticks appeared first on Backyard Bug Patrol.

Ticks Are On Their Travels

There are may different types of tick, and we are discovering more and more exotic species as time goes on. This is causing concern, because along with this discovery, comes the threat of other tick borne diseases. These pests quite literally get everywhere. Unfortunately enough for the woman in this next article, she had to strip off her clothing as soon as possible, once she realized she was covered in the critters.

Tick Discovery Highlights How Few Answers We Have about These Pests in the U.S.

The woman, a local farmer, had been shearing her sheep when she realized she was covered in black, crawling spots and booked it to the health department. She had a change of clothes in her car and gave the health office staff her bespeckled pants; they threw them in the lab freezer to kill the ticks.

Some of these ticks, may not be carrying diseases just yet, but they have the ability to adapt to new environments, which means that they could eventually become carriers.

There are new species cropping up all over the place. Some of them are even making their way across the United States.

Rare tick mysteriously shows up in Arkansas from New Jersey

A hardy, invasive species of tick that survived a New Jersey winter and subsequently traversed the mid-Atlantic has mysteriously arrived in Arkansas. No one is sure how the Longhorned tick, native to East Asia, arrived in the country, nor how it made its way to the middle of the continent. The Arkansas Agriculture Department said late Monday researchers at Oklahoma State University had confirmed a tick found on a dog in Benton County in the far northwestern corner of the state was a Longhorned tick.

Ticks are on the move. Make sure you’re protected from them, because you never know which ones may be harmless, and which ones may pack a deadly punch in their bite.


The post Ticks Are On Their Travels appeared first on Backyard Bug Patrol.