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The Life of a Tick, Part 2

The tick nymph is more dangerous to mammals than an adult tick. It is so small it can be mistaken for a freckle on light skin. It also may have fed on a mouse, which is a source of the dangerous bacterium known as spirochete. The male adult tick looks for the biggest moving mammalian […]

The Life of a Tick, Part 1

Ticks live on blood. Getting ticks detached from us as quickly as possible is the best way to avoid being infected by the diseases they carry. Ticks extract blood, and they spread pathogens from their salivary glands into the wound they’ve sliced with their small claws and penetrated with their mouths. If left to its […]

Why Do Mosquitoes Bite Certain People More Than Others?

Some people are more prone to mosquito bites than others. Female mosquitoes seek out vertebrates to bite to obtain the nutrients they need to develop eggs properly. Biting mosquitoes generally opt for smaller animals because they don’t have the best vision. They also use movement and color to find their food sources and are drawn […]

Where Are Ticks Usually Found?

While there are many kinds of ticks that are present throughout the United States, only a few types of them are regular pests for people and pets. Your geographic location dictates the kinds of ticks that you may encounter, as well as the local ecology, the season, and your activities. There are some ticks that […]

Part 2: Predators That Eat Mosquitoes

It’s not clear how many birds there are that eat mosquitoes. It’s been said that purple martins can eat thousands of mosquitoes a day. Some of the birds that are known for eating mosquitoes are migratory swallows, songbirds, and waterfowl. However, the following species eat both the larvae and the adult mosquitoes: Purple Martins Red-Eyed […]

Part 1: Predators That Eat Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes prefer stagnant conditions for their breeding grounds. Fresh water that moves does not tend to attract them as the place to lay their larvae. However, the following fish predators all eat mosquito larvae: goldfish, mosquito fish, minnows, koi, and guppies. It’s always helpful to know which predators are beneficial to eating the mosquitoes in […]

What Time of Day Are Mosquitos Most Active?

  Dusk, that time in the evening after sunset and just before night, is when many species of mosquitos are most active. Others are more active during the day. With more than 150 kinds of mosquitos in the country, it’s not entirely possible to declare the exact timing of their habits. However, for most species […]

When Is Mosquito Season?

Mosquitos need temperatures above 50°F to be comfortable; they thrive in hot weather. As temperatures rise in the summer, the mosquito population is at its peak. Because they are cold-blooded pests, they hibernate in the winter. That’s when the adult females of some species find holes to hide in until the weather gets warmer. Other […]

Take the Itch Out of Mosquito Bites

If your skin becomes inflamed and itches after a mosquito bite, it’s best not to scratch it because scratching causes the skin to become even more inflamed. There are a number of things you can do after you’ve been bitten by a mosquito. Some of the most common home remedies that lead to quick relief […]

The Spreading of Ticks

The tick population is growing exponentially in fields, woods, and yards around the country. There are a number of opinions on what is contributing to this outburst of ticks, but no one thing is the culprit in what continues to be a health hazard to our families and pets. Some of the speculations on the […]