Bug Barometer Readings Predict a Buggy Season

Get your repellent sprays and mosquito candles ready!   It looks to be a buggy spring and summer.   Greater numbers of mosquitoes, ticks, and other nuisance insects are expected based on the predictions of the National Pest Management Association as reported in the latest issue of Popular Science.   Many biting pests may come out earlier than usual  because the adults and their larvae survived the winter in many parts of the country.       

For the full story, read more at http://www.popsci.com/winter-warm-mosquitoes-ticks. 

Besides stocking up on repellent sprays and candles, there are several customary procedures that you can do to get ready for mosquitoes and not allow them to breed!    The key is examining potential places that will hold water and stop the breeding cycle that can occur in a week’s time: 

  • Eliminate standing water in flower pot dishes, tires, children’s wading pools, old bottles, cans, children’s toys, etc.
  • Throw out broken items that can hold water, including bottle caps.
  • Keep your gutters clean and free from leaves.
  • Fix leaky outdoor faucets.
  • Clean debris from overgrown ponds and stock with fish.
  • Regularly empty and add clean water to bird baths.
  • Screen or cover rain barrels.
  • Wear light colored, long sleeved shirts and pants when doing yard work or walking in the woods.

Bite-Lite Natural Mosquito Candles can add ambiance to any outdoor event where mosquitoes are present.  But  also make sure you have the right repellent spray on the go.    For more information about repellents, check out the Center for Disease Control’s protection guidelines at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2016/the-pre-travel-consultation/protection-against-mosquitoes-ticks-other-arthropods.

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