In summer, all the bugs that have been dormant through the winter months, like ticks and mosquitoes are now out and about in your yard.
While you are trying to enjoy your summer, these pesky critters are trying to snack on you and your family. Learning a bit about ticks and mosquitoes and how to protect your home from mosquitoes and ticks can help you have a safe and healthy time outdoors.
Mosquito and Tick-Borne Illnesses
- Aside from just being plain annoying, ticks and mosquitoes carry illnesses that can be highly dangerous to humans. Mosquitoes carry a range of different diseases that can be transmitted to humans through their bite.
- Zika virus, West Nile virus, dengue fever, and malaria are just a few common viruses that can be transmitted from mosquitoes to humans.
- These illnesses all include fever, sweats, damage to the immune system and various body systems, and even death in some extreme cases.
- Death and serious illness from these types of blood borne diseases is far more common in countries where medical care is not readily available, but it is still possible to contract these diseases no matter where you live. Your area might treat for mosquitoes but that does not mean that the rogue bug cannot make it through.
- Ticks also carry a host of illnesses that can be passed on to humans through a bite. Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis, and Babesiosis are just a few but Lyme disease is probably the best known.
- Lyme disease is a disease that does not simply go away when treated. Most people must stay on medication for the rest of their lives to treat its lasting effects.
Some common symptoms of Lyme disease are fever, chills, sweats, headache, achy joints, mental fog, and even neurological changes that can last for years to come. Lyme disease attacks nearly every system in the body so keeping ticks out of your yard is worth the effort.
How to Spot Tick and Mosquito Risks in Your Own Yard
During the summer and fall, ticks and mosquitoes are at an all time high. They are not normally present in winter and early spring.
- Mosquitoes need water to breed, specifically, untreated still water. This means that kiddie pool that has been sitting idle for a week could quickly become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
- It is important to check your property and dump any standing water that could be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. This will help reduce the population and help keep your family safer.
- Ticks prefer wooded areas or areas of very thick brush where they are not going to be disturbed while they mate and laying their eggs.
- It is also good idea to clear up areas with tall grass, standing brush, or any debris to help to remove potential breeding grounds.
How to Treat Your Yard for Mosquitoes and Ticks
- There are many solutions that are touted as the best, but they often involve harsh chemicals that may be dangerous for your pets and your family.
- A great place to start is to work on protecting your own body. Make sure you are washing thoroughly after you go outside and that you check your body for ticks.
- You may also want to use citronella candles to help keep mosquitoes away from your family while you are outside. You can also use bug spray on your legs and clothing to help deter these pests from biting.
Landscape Solutions “SWAT Team”
If you want to treat your entire yard but are unsure about using chemicals, Landscape Solutions has an organic treatment that can help to treat and control infestations of both mosquitoes and ticks to help make your yard safe for your family and pets.
Their “Swat Team” treatment provides both targeted and broad treatment that can help wipe out current pests and prevent more from appearing.
This organic treatment gets rid of mosquitoes and ticks and is also going to help control other bugs that might be flourishing in your yard.
If you are planning on spending time outside this summer and want to be certain your yard is going to be comfortable and safe, treating it is one of the best options. So, contact us today.
Bugs are annoying, but they do not have to ruin your summer fun.