Ways to Avoid Attracting Ticks

Ticks spread Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and other illnesses to people and animals. Avoid being bitten by following these tick prevention tips from Arkadia Eco Pest Control. Arkadia provides safe, effective, environmentally friendly tick control services in New Jersey.

Avoid Tick Encounters

Staying out of ticks' way is half the battle. The following tips can help prevent tick run-ins in the first place to reduce the risk of being bitten:

Know Their HabitatsAvoid Wooded AreasStay Away from Areas With Brush or Tall GrassWalk on Pavement Instead of Grass When Possible

If you must venture into places with heavy vegetation, check your clothing, gear, hair and body for ticks as soon as you get home. In addition to inspecting kids post-outing, check your furry family members for ticks. Shower immediately to further reduce the risk of tick-borne diseases.

Repel Ticks

Sometimes you can't avoid tick-prone areas. Protect yourself and family members with these tick-repelling measures:

Use EPA-Registered Insect RepellentsTreat Clothes With Anti-Tick Products Containing 0.5% Permethrin

Avoid using bug repellents on children two months or younger. Repellents with PMD and OLE should not be used on anyone three years of age or younger.

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Common Mosquito Myths

For millions of years, mosquitoes have terrorized the world by helping spread disease and sickness. While these problematic insects have always been a nuisance to humans, they are still quite misunderstood. Here are some of the most common mosquito myths.

Myth #1: All Mosquitoes Bite

Mosquitoes are well known for being bloodthirsty pests. However, not all mosquitoes actually bite. In order to nourish their eggs, female mosquitoes must collect blood protein. Special chemical and heat sensors enable them to detect nearby animals to feast on. On the other hand, their male counterparts typically feed on plant sap and flower nectar.

Myth #2: Mosquitoes Die After Biting You

Some insects, such as honey bees, die after stinging their victim. Unfortunately, this is not the case with mosquitoes. Not only will mosquitoes survive after biting you, buy they will go on to produce more offspring.

Myth #3: The Cold Weather Kills Mosquitoes

While it’s true that mosquitoes thrive in warm environments, don’t expect the cold weather to kill them. When the winter comes around, mosquitoes usually go into hibernation. Even during below-zero temperatures, these tough-nosed insects can continue to live. As soon as the weather warms up during the spring, mosquitoes will reemerge.

Myth #4: Citronella Candles and Bug Zappers Are Effective Against Mosquitoes

When hosting an outdoor gathering, many homeowners will light citronella candles in their yard. While mosquitoes don’t particularly like the smell of citronella, it’s not strong enough to completely repel them. Bug zappers are also only marginally effective. In fact, studies show that bug zappers are more likely to kill other insects such as beetles and moths. If you want to keep away mosquitoes, getting your property treated by a professional is the best approach.

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