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How Deadly Are Mosquitoes?

There is no doubt that mosquitoes can be annoying pests that make outdoor activities less pleasant. However, mosquitoes can also cause illnesses in humans who are unlucky enough to become a meal for these tiny bloodsuckers. When feeding, a mosquito that is carrying certain viruses or parasites can pass them along to the human host. Fortunately, not every mosquito in the United States is infected, so most mosquito bites do not cause a serious illness. However, worldwide, deaths caused by mosquito-borne illnesses are estimated to exceed 900,000 every year, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa, South America and Asia. The availability of vaccines against certain mosquito-borne diseases, initiatives to control mosquitoes and sanitation efforts have helped keep mosquito-related deaths in the United States comparatively low, but the nation has experienced its share of outbreaks. The Deadly History of the Mosquito The mosquito has been called the deadliest animal in the world. Some researchers......
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What You Need to Know About Bees & Wasps This Summer

Seeing bees and wasps in the summer is almost inevitable. They could build a nest on your property or just fly around outside your home while they are traveling from one location to another in the pursuit of food. While you're outside, there are a few things that you should keep in mind about these insects so that you decrease your chance of getting stung. These tips can also help to keep bees and wasps away from your property during the summer. Keep trash picked up outside around the exterior of the home. Don't keep any kind of food outside as bees and wasps enjoy making nests near food sources and often swarm around food. You'll usually see wasps begin to swarm around in June or July when the weather gets hotter. If you see a few wasps, then it's usually not cause for alarm. However, if there are several swarming......
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4 Signs You Might Have Roaches

Many people consider roaches to be the creepiest, most disgusting and most loathsome insect that could invade their homes. Roaches are nocturnal, preferring to hide during the day and feed at night. When they feed, they spread germs on everything they touch. Roaches are suspected or proven carriers of a variety of diseases, including salmonella, E. coli, dysentery, staph and strep. They have also been linked to asthma in children and allergies in people of all ages. Recognizing the four major signs that roaches may be present can help you handle the problem before it worsens. 1. You See a Roach Seeing a dead or live roach is an obvious sign that your home has been invaded by at least one roach. It is rare that only a solitary roach has made its way indoors, so there are probably dozens or hundreds more lurking in their hiding places. Seeing a live......
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Places In Your Yard Where Mosquitoes Can Breed

Mosquitoes are brazen in every sense of the word. They will plunge their proboscis into adults, children and pets. When it's time for these blood-thirsty insects to breed, did you know that they will go wherever there's water? It's true: Mosquitoes will lay their eggs in a small, wet bottle cap. Things in Your Yard Do you own birdbaths? Such things collect more than enough water to serve as breeding grounds. What makes them so ideal is the fact that they provide an adequate degree of shade, and they are rarely disturbed when birds aren't present. Spare tires are equally appealing to mosquitoes because they hold not only standing water but also decaying leaves. To reclaim your yard from these insects, it's imperative that you disrupt their lives. The secret is to do a little maintenance on the birdbaths. Eggs take at least 10 days to fully mature, so you should......
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How to Tell the Difference Between a Termite and a Carpenter Ant

It is easy to tell the difference between a termite and a carpenter ant if you familiarize yourself with a few simple facts. While both types of insects are potentially damaging to the wood in your house, they do have distinct differences. One similarity is that termites and carpenter ants are approximately the same size. Furthermore, both carpenter ants and termites relish the thought of burrowing themselves into damp wood, especially moist or rotten wood. If your house has wood siding or framing, it needs protection from potentially harmful attacks instigated by both termites and carpenter ants. One important thing to remember is that termites and carpenter ants mate in the springtime. You will notice them gathering in swarms during brief moments when they are trying to create their babies. Nevertheless, you should consider your option of studying the swarms more closely so that you can identify whether the insects are......
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