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Nine Not-So-Fun Facts About Ticks - Sure, we all know ticks are a nuisance but do really know what they are and what they do. Although small in size, ticks can cause big problems by spreading dangerous diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. So, before heading outdoors this season, check out the following ... Read more »
The Animals That Help in the Fight Against Ticks - When it comes to ticks, it can seem like there is almost no help besides your friends here at Mosquito Shield of South Central PA. Deer, mice, squirrels, even man’s best friend can aid in the spreading of ticks. However, there are a few animals that are found in the ... Read more »
Ick, Ticks! Tips to Keep Those Little Suckers Away - It's summertime, which means outdoor picnics, hiking, gardening —oh, and tick bites. As you know these creepy crawlies live on plants and trees in wooded, brushy, grassy places and shrub lands. They jump aboard passing animals and people in order to bite and feed on blood. Because ticks are very ... Read more »
Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Mosquitoes - If you’re one of those people that prefer snow over sun, then consider yourself lucky. For the rest of us, the longer days and the warm weather of summer are what we look forward to all year. Unfortunately, there is one insect which just loves to wreck the days spent ... Read more »
5 Reasons Why Mosquitoes Bite You but Not Your Friend - It’s not in your head. Mosquitoes really do prefer some people to others. Scientists have estimated that 20 percent of people, are especially delicious for mosquitoes, and get bit more often on a consistent basis. If you are in that not-so-lucky minority you are probably wondering how you came to ... Read more »
Your Ticket to a Mosquito Free 2018! - Summer is coming, and if your family enjoys spending time outside, then you already know that this season means warm weather, cool drinks, and plenty of chances to go out and play. Unfortunately, the arrival of summer can also come with the annoyance of buzzing pests like mosquitoes every time ... Read more »
The Best Ways to Enjoy Your Backyard this Spring - We love this time of year. Flowers are in bloom, people are stepping outside to enjoy the fresh air and temperatures are rising. It’s the perfect time to head outside and enjoy the great outdoors in your own backyard. But after a long (it was waaay too long) winter, you ... Read more »
Spring Cleaning: Backyard Edition - What is it about spring that makes us want to scrub our house from top to bottom? We don’t know but those blooming flowers and sunny days somehow turn the most reluctant (yes, we are talking about us) cleaners into diligent housekeepers. But inside the house is not the only ... Read more »
The Little-Known Connection Between Weather and Tick Outbreaks - Ticks. Even just reading the word is enough to give some people a tingling down the back of their spine. The word brings with it images of afternoon hikes in the woods that end with a thorough body search to make sure none of the little bloodsuckers have hitched a ... Read more »
You Asked: What Happens to Mosquitoes in the Winter? - Mosquitoes are nothing if they are not resilient. Did you know that scientists have estimated that the mosquitoes we see buzzing around today have been unchanged for the past 46 million years? That means, based on fossil evidence, that mosquitoes survived the ice age (approximately 2.5 million years ago). So, ... Read more »