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Do Deer Spread Tick Diseases?

The black-legged tick, also known as a deer tick, does not always cause Lyme disease. In fact, the odds of getting Lyme disease from an individual deer tick bite are quite low. It’s been reported that even in tick-ridden areas, less than five percent of bites result in an infection. In addition, you will not…

When Are Ticks Most Active?

Ticks, which are as tiny as a sesame seed, can be active any time the temperature is above freezing. They are most active from March to the middle of May, and from the middle of August to November. Both baby ticks and adult ticks can transmit Lyme disease. As winters are getting warmer because of…

What Is the Lifespan of a Mosquito?

Some adult mosquitoes live for just a few days while others have a lifespan that extends to several months. Depending on the species, some mosquitoes only live in the summer while their eggs survive winter and hatch in the spring. Thus far, mosquitoes have survived many threats throughout their histories, including being eaten by predators…

How to Identify Ticks

There are hundreds of species of ticks, which are small brown or black insects in the same class as spiders and other 8-legged pests. Most of this species are hardly bigger than a pin head or a poppy seed, and they feed entirely on blood to grow. They latch on to animals like deer, mice,…

Do Ticks Have a Natural Predator?

Birds host ticks in the immature stages of larvae and nymphs. They attach near a bird’s eyes, ears, and foreheads—places where they can’t be reached by a beak. Ticks have been found on the faces of birds and in their feathers. The tick parasite sucks blood out of the bird just as it does on…

Natural Pest Control for Your Property

There are hundreds of species of ticks, which are small brown or black insects in the same class as spiders and other 8-legged pests. Most of this species are hardly bigger than a pinhead or a poppy seed, and they feed entirely on blood to grow. They latch on to animals like deer, mice, rats,…

Plants as Natural Mosquito Repellants

If you dread summer because of mosquitos it might be a good time to get your gardening game on. Certain kinds of flowers and plants are natural mosquito repellents, so they beautify your property at the same time they tamp down the mosquito population. Enjoy the outdoors as you deter these blood-sucking pests with plants…

How Long Do Mosquito Eggs Last?

Mosquito eggs hatch in water and then go through several stages before becoming adults. Eggs become larvae; larvae become pupae; and pupae become adults. It is astounding how long mosquito eggs can last. They usually hatch in one to three days, depending on the temperature. However, eggs undisturbed on top of damp soil can last…

Plants That Naturally Keep Mosquitoes Away

People are always looking for ways to keep mosquitoes away from them. Besides just being a nuisance and causing itchy bites on your skin, mosquitoes can also transmit dangerous diseases such as malaria, Zika, and West Nile virus. You can use repellents, but these often have harsh chemicals that themselves can be the source of…

Climate Change’s Effect on Insect-Borne Illnesses

The spread of infectious disease through bugs and pests can be largely attributed to two specific types: ticks and mosquitoes. The prevalence of disease-ridden pests is largely dependent on the climate of the area, meaning changes in the climate can affect the chances of being infected by these pests. Here is a breakdown of which…

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