It's the season you've been waiting all year for: fishing season. There's nothing like waking up at the crack of dawn, grabbing your gear and heading to the river for a long day of casting them out and reeling them in. But are you aware that you aren't the only one out there trying to catch a meal? In fact you, the hunter, may just be the hunted.
Summer insects like ticks and mosquitos are patiently waiting for you to make the wrong move so they can swoop in and make you their next meal. Before you head out on your next fishing trip, read up on how you can stay safe from these tiny predators:
Let's be upfront, both of these insects have the potential to cause life-threatening diseases, and if you allow them to prick you, you have just exposed yourself to those diseases. There are a lot of reasons as to why you're in particular danger of falling prey to these bugs.
To begin, you've entered their ideal territory. Think about it: How did you get to the river or pond in which you're fishing on? You likely had to hike through a wooded area or tall grass, or both. Well, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you've just hiked through the tick's home turf. They love to sit in messy plant life and wait for exposed ankles attached to unknowing visitors. That habitat is also ideal for mosquitos. They enjoy shady areas away from direct sunlight, but they also breed in stagnant water making your fishing grounds their eating grounds, explained American Mosquito Control Association.
If you want to fish in peace, don't worry, personal insect control is relatively easy. When you wake up and start getting ready, regardless of the hot weather, you'll want to wear close toed shoes with long socks and pants that cover your ankles so you don't have any exposed skin, warned the CDC. Wear long sleeves when you are in wooded area as well. Before you head out on your trip, be sure to give yourself a thorough dousing of heavy duty, waterproof insect repellent. It will be important to reapply the insect repellent throughout the day to keep away curious mosquitos.
At the end of the day, do a thorough inspection of your body for any signs of a tick or new mosquito bite. It's important to know if you've been bitten by an insect, in case you develop symptoms of pest-borne diseases, for which you should seek immediate medical attention. Common diseases typically begin with flu-like symptoms, however Lyme disease will look like a bruise in the shape of a target around where the insect bit you. Of course, you'll want to immediately remove any ticks with the following method provided by the CDC:
Unfortunately, these same bugs could also be running rampant in your backyard. Keep your grass and shrubbery trim so there are less places for ticks to hide and dump out any stagnant water - like from a bird bath - that might be attracting mosquitos. If you notice you have a particular problem give pest control management a call and have them come properly exterminate these pesky pests for you to help keep your family safe.
As the weather cools, you'll probably see fewer pests than you did during the warmer months, but that doesn't mean they're all gone just yet. Some insects can actually come out in full force during the autumn, while others might seek refuge in your warm home. Here are some key tips to keep in mind as fall gets underway:
As the middle of summer approaches, you need to be vigilant about keeping your garden free of pests. Many insects breed during the summertime, which means they're on the lookout for great places to lay their eggs. For many bugs, that means near a source of food. In fact, some species of insects will lay their eggs inside budding vegetables and fruit so their larvae have something to eat as soon as they hatch. That's why you have to keep harmful bugs out without damaging the bugs that could help you, such as bumble bees.
You might have noticed that, with the exception of the kitchen, you find more pests in your bathroom than in the rest of your home. This is because insects and rodents see the bathroom as a convenient watering hole. Pests love leaky pipes and standing water because these offer them a hydrating oasis in the otherwise dry biome that is your house or apartment. And if your bathroom develops mold, all the better for pests, who may eat fungus or use it to lay their eggs.
The kitchen is largest gathering place for pests in a residential home. The reason is simple: pests can grab a bite to eat and take a sip of water while they're here. And when they find such a bountiful place, they will return home to their nests and report the finding - before you know it, your whole pantry is a buffet for ants! The problem could get even worse if a piece of food falls somewhere and begins to rot. Similarly, fruit and vegetables you bring into your home may be harboring unseen pests waiting to hatch.
It's finally here - sweet, sweet summertime at last! But has your time outside already been rudely interrupted by swarms of pesky bugs trying to take a stab at you? This season, let's say no more to swatting, slapping or clapping at these insects who seem to be tormenting innocent outdoors enthusiasts every year. Fortunately, the solution isn't as chemical ridden as you might think. As it turns out, some of your favorite scents are insects least favorite.
Not every creature that visits your property is a dangerous nuisance. Many animals actually offer a number of benefits that keep your yard healthy. Predatory animals, in particular, actually offer natural pest control. Here are five common suburban creatures that can help keep more difficult or annoying animals at bay:
Discovering a mouse is loose in your home can be a real headache, and for restaurant owners, such an infestation can be an even bigger problem. Mice may be cute, but they simply do not belong in the kitchen, attic or anywhere else. If you've noticed any of these signs around your house or business, it may be time to call in a professional rodent exterminator:
The customer is always right, and this is especially true if he or she is complaining about seeing a mouse or cockroach. Pests have no place in your organization, as bugs and rodents will turn away potential business or even lead to a possible lawsuit. Keeping your company protected requires a proactive approach. Work with a pest removal specialist to identify the best ways to stop creatures from infesting your business. Here are just a few ideas for successfully mitigating and preventing any issues: