Thursday, April 19, 2018

What Are You Doing To Protect Yourself From Zika

The mosquito borne Zika virus is still a health risk across the United States, and with mosquito season well under way, it's important to know how to keep yourself safe from these disease spreading pests. It's not also just the threat of Zika, there are many other illnesses that can be transmitted by these deadly critters.

Protecting yourself from mosquitoes, the Zika virus

There have been cases of Zika found in the Rio Grande Valley. David Leal with Healthy South Texas said it's important that people know that they can lower their chances of becoming infected. "Knowing when mosquitoes are a little hungrier and want to bite, when the sun rises and when the sun sets, we can use an insect repellent that has DEET in it," Leal said. "Try to have 25-percent DEET in the insect repellent that you use." Leal also suggests things like wearing light colors because mosquitoes like darker colors, and apply sunscreen first and then insect repellent.

In 2016, the Zika virus was highly documented in news reports and health warnings were given. Things have quietened down on the Zika front, but it doesn't mean that we're not all still at risk. Here's what you need to know about the virus.

There is not yet a vaccination available for Zika. However, there have been developments in research in eliminating prenatal infections. Here's an article with more information.

A Zika vaccine could virtually eliminate prenatal infections, model shows

Mosquito-borne and sexually transmitted Zika virus has become widespread across Central and South America, and the Caribbean. A viable vaccine is expected to be available in the next several years, but a vaccine's effectiveness in preventing infections depends not only on its efficacy, but also on demographic and fertility patterns, local Zika attack rates, and the proportion of the population still susceptible when it becomes available.

As we like to continually remind you… there are ways in which you can protect yourself from mosquitoes. It's time to take action and continue our fight against the most deadly creature in the world.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Are Boys More Susceptible To Lyme Disease Than Girls?

The tick population is on the rise and with that comes the risk of tick borne diseases. A recent report has revealed that an alarming number of children are infected with Lyme disease, in particular in Long Island, NY, and surprisingly, it seems that boys may be a little more at risk than girls. Could this be down to their tendency to play outdoors and within areas that may be more likely to be a tick habitat than girls would?  Here's an article with more information.

Tick-borne diseases reach epidemic levels on Long Island, panel says

Tick-borne infections have reached epidemic proportions on Long Island, where children are disproportionately affected by Lyme disease and other infections transmitted by the eight-legged creatures, a panel of top scientists said Thursday.  "Lyme disease is mostly a disease of children and curiously mostly a disease of boys," Jorge Benach said at Thursday's symposium at Stony Brook University School of Medicine.

Of course, there's no stopping outdoor play time for kids. However, it's important that parents know the danger of Lyme disease and how they can keep their children protected from ticks.

Time spent outdoors has many benefits for children, so wrapping them up in cotton wool and keeping them indoors because of the concern about tick bites could possibly do more harm than good. Instead, educate your child about ticks. Advise them to be on the look out, and when they return indoors, make sure you do a thorough check to ensure there are no ticks on their body.

Researchers warn kids don't get enough outdoor playtime

Playing outside might be one of the fondest childhood memories for most adults, but researchers now say that they're not carrying on the tradition for their kids. According to a new study published in the April 2 Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine, parents just aren't taking their kids, especially young girls, outdoors to participate in physical activities.

Do you know the symptoms of Lyme disease? Are you aware of what action to take if you believe your child may have been bitten by a tick and is showing signs of infection? Can you remove a tick safely? These are all things to consider and educate yourselves, not only as parents, but as a means to protect yourself from these disease spreading pests too.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Even The Smallest Amount of Standing Water Is A Breeding Ground For Mosquitoes

When was the last time you went into your back yard and cleared any standing water? There doesn't even need to be a substantial amount of rainfall for water to collect in even the tiniest of spaces, even something as small as a bottle cap. These areas are prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes, so it's important that you perform this daily task of emptying any collected water, so that these pests cannot breed easily.

Blood-sucking, disease-spreading pests are breeding in your yard — will you stop them?

You will get bit by a mosquito, probably soon. The mosquito larva are already wiggling around in pools of standing water, sometimes in containers as small as a soda cap. That bite will likely be little more than an annoyance, something to scratch at for an hour or a day. But that bite could infect you with West Nile virus, and that might result in a high fever and body aches. In severe cases, the virus can kill people. Over the last 10 years, 10 people across Pennsylvania have died as a result of the virus. And your property is likely a breeding ground for these pests.

Investing in professional mosquito control is also a recommended action to take when protecting you and your family from mosquitoes and the diseases they spread.

There are high mosquito populations in the Hanover area, Pennsylvania as noted in the first article, so if you're in the neighboring state of Maryland, then you might want to get in touch for your options of mosquito control in MD. Don't just rely on some of the myths you may have heard in getting rid of these pests.

7 Myths About Getting Rid of Mosquitoes You Need to Stop Using

There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to controlling mosquitoes. Despite what you may have heard, the food you eat won't affect your chances of being bitten, and neither will buying a bunch of citronella candles. What types of repellents actually work to why the bloodsuckers bite you in the first place, here's the scoop on mosquitoes.

Relying on a myth is not worth the risk, so take proven action and protect yourself from mosquitoes. These pests are not going away any time soon and with each of us making our contribution to protect our property, we are reducing the risk of breeding and the spread of mosquito borne diseases.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Are You Prepared For Tick Season?

Are you enjoying the spring weather? Are you spending more time outdoors, walking your pets or taking your children out into nature? Rightly so, you should be doing this because it's great to be out and about and breathing in the fresh air. However, there's those little pesky pests called ticks that we like to remind you about. We don't want to spoil your fun, but you'll be amazed at how many people step outside and into tick habitats without protecting themselves from these disease spreading pests.

Tick advice issued as people enjoy Spring weather

ADVICE has been issued about the risk of infection caused by ticks as people go outdoors to enjoy the spring weather.  Tick can be found in forests, woodland, moorland and parks and are the size of a poppy seed. Most ticks bites are harmless however some are infected with bacteria that can cause Lyme disease.

Some useful tips in the above article that can help you to stay safe. Not all ticks spread diseases such as Lyme disease, but it simply isn't worth the risk of subjecting yourself to a potential tick bite that could change your life forever.

The warmer weather has meant a rise in the tick population. These critters are surviving longer, meaning there are more around as tick season is upon us, and the threat of Lyme disease even more a concern.

Tick Season is Already Here

Ticks are back and can be picked up at places like parks, gardening or hiking. Scientists are already testing ticks now at the state Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven. They're predicting a fairly typical tick season this year after a bad season last year. Experts warn that if you get a tick bite the likelihood of contracting an illness like Lyme disease is quite high.

Always check yourself for ticks, and if you've got a four legged friend, give them a thorough check too. Some ticks can be so tiny that you need to look really hard to find them. Don't leave it too late to spot these little suckers!

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Tick Control Fairfax


For tick and mosquito control services is Fairfax, Virginia, contact:
Backyard Bug Patrol
901 Cantle Ln
Great Falls, VA 22066
(703) 621-7116

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

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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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

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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