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Massive Mosquito Swarms

Mosquito SwarmThe summer of 2013 could easily be described as the summer of the mosquito; with massive swarms surfacing throughout much of the United States. One such state that has seen the most mosquito activity, with clouds of mosquitoes swarming, happens to be Alaska. It’s so bad in Alaska, many of the local’s joke that the mosquito is the state bird.

Massive Mosquito Swarms In Alaska

Alaskan mosquitoes are infamous for not only their size, but the size of their swarms. Nobody knows this more than the scientific researchers at the Toolik Field Station; that happened to be caught in a massive swarm on Alaska’s North Slope.

From late June through the month of July, the Alaskan horizon is nothing but mosquitoes. It appears that the ground is on fire, as smoke rises up over the fields. This smoke apparition is not caused by fire, but are actually clouds of buzzing mosquitoes hovering above the ground. It’s quite a site to behold, but definitely not a time you want to be caught in shorts and tank top without any bug spray.

With So Many Mosquitoes, How Big Is The West Nile Threat?

According to scientists, the deadly West Nile Virus doesn’t pose much threat in Alaska. With two different species of Alaskan mosquitoes being vectors of West Nile, the deadly virus has not been able to take hold in higher latitudes. The resident’s of Alaska, and those looking to vacation in the beautiful state this summer, will have to deal with the massive and menacing swarms of mosquitoes, but need not lose much sleep over the probability of catching West Nile.

The main problem that these pesky mosquito swarms project, is physiological stress among residents and tourists alike. Preparing for a summer in Alaska can seem like quite the burden; from buying the right repellent, to wearing the right clothing, to not being caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Still, with the threat of West Nile, not only in Alaska but throughout much of North America, special precautions must be taken as to not contract the frightening virus.

Mosquito Alert SignMosquito Precautions

  • When outdoors, wear suitable attire. I know it is really alluring to want to go sleeveless, and wear short shorts during the warm and sunny summer months, but this will only expose you to the mosquito’s bite. Don’t become an easy meal. Cover up!
  • Make sure you have ample mosquito defenses. I’m talking of course about mosquito repellent that is loaded with DEET. Mosquito coils, mosquito dunks, and citronella candles and torches also help in fighting the mosquito battle.
  • Wear light-colored clothing. Mosquitoes are naturally attracted to certain colors; especially dark colors. Opt for whites, creams, and beiges when outdoors.
  • Limit outdoor activity at dusk and dawn. These hours happen to be the prime feeding time for the blood-sucking mosquito.
  • Ditch the perfumes, scented lotions, and shampoos. These happen to be mosquito attractants.
  • Eliminate free-standing water. Free-standing water on or near your property gives mosquitoes the perfect place to breed and lay their larvae.

The West Nile Virus

As mentioned before, out of the 35 different species of mosquito that are commonly found in Alaska, only two species actually pose the threat of carrying West Nile Virus.

For those of us living in the lower 48 states, including those of us in Las Vegas, NV, West Nile is much more common. So far in 2013, there have been 296 total West Nile Virus cases resulting in 11 deaths; according to the Center For Disease Control.

West Nile Virus causes illness, inflammation of the brain, or inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord.

Author Bio: Heydi Ruelas is a journalism student and blogger for Bulwark Exterminating, an industry leader in providing high quality pest control service. When I’m not playing with my two gorgeous nieces, I’m jamming out to the newest One Direction song.

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The 4 Most Disease-Spreading Insects

Bugs, insects, spiders; no matter what name you give these pests it makes your skin crawl to think of them. Not all bugs and insects are dangerous, some are even helpful. The ones we want to avoid are the ones that cause diseases. These are the top four to try to keep out of your yard and home.

Ticks and their diseases are often in the news.

 

Tick Behind Ear

Ticks are not insects but are arachnids, related to spiders. However, they may be the number one pest to avoid. Lyme disease is just one of many diseases that are carried by ticks. They can also bite and infect you with various types of spotted fever and typhus. Ticks are usually found in wooded and grassy areas. Protect your pets and your children from becoming host to these external parasites that suck your blood and spread so many illnesses. Use insect repellents to help keep ticks away. After a day outside in wooded and grassy areas, check yourself, your children and your pets to make sure that there are no ticks hitch hiking and feeding on their blood. The illnesses that ticks carry can cause damage that will affect your health for life.

Mosquitoes are the spring and summer invaders.

 

Sucking Mosquito

Although mosquitoes can hatch and spread disease any day of the year they are generally associated with warm weather. The first step in controlling mosquitoes is to empty all standing water in your yard. In ponds and lakes fish and water fowl will eat the larvae and help control these disease spreading pests. Commercial insect repellants that contain DEET are effective against mosquitoes. Citronella products also repel them, so enjoy citronella candles and torches when you gather on the porch or lawn.

Diseases that are spread by mosquitoes include heart worm in your dog. They carry a variety of encephalitis diseases including equine encephalitis. Other diseases that mosquitoes carry are West Nile Virus, Yellow Fever and Dengue. These viruses can be deadly in humans.

Fleas are more than just a nuisance.

 

flea

We know that fleas make our pets uncomfortable, but we seldom think of them as being more than just an annoying problem for our pets. Throughout history fleas have carried all forms of the plague around the world. Use flea control methods on your pets, and in your yard. Treat your carpet with flea killers and your furniture as well. Plant pet safe herbs around your yard and the foundation of your home to repel fleas. Use baking soda or salt in your carpet, let it sit overnight and vacuum it up to kill flea eggs. If you still have fleas, call the exterminator, and have your pet professionally groomed.

Cockroaches, also known as roaches are a pervasive pest.

 

Cockroach

Roaches have been known to carry as many as thirty bacterial diseases that infect humans. They feed on waste and feces then carry that filth with them as they crawl about our homes. It is difficult to successfully eradicate roaches and usually control is only achieved by professional exterminator contracts. It has been said that the world could be destroyed and the cockroaches would still survive.

It is hard to imagine that four such small creatures can cause so much illness and death. Use safe and effective methods to rid your world of these pests.

About the author:

Chris is a blogger for Excel Pest Control a NJ based pest control company.

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