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Mosquito.buzz Blog

Stay outside all Summer long with expert tips to avoid mosquitoes and ticks.

20 Random Mosquito Facts You Probably Didn't Know

5 Min
OK, so you know that mosquitoes are annoying, and that they could potentially pass on an unwanted virus to you, but did you know these other 20 facts? Test yourself and see how many you already knew!

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Topics: Mosquitoes 101

8 Common Mosquito Myths

6 Min

Unless you'd prefer to be a recluse all Summer long, you're probably gonna get a few mosquito bites. Unfortunately, it's an inevitable part of life.

While some things you've heard about avoiding mosquitoes are true, such as wearing certain clothes or using an outdoor fan, there are a bunch of other ideas that are just baloney.

Here are 8 common mosquito myths, debunked.

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Topics: Mosquitoes 101

How Do Mosquitoes Hunt?

3 Min

Mosquitoes... they're the worst. Just when you've gotten comfortable in your favourite chair enjoying the fresh Summer air, along comes Miss Mosquito, on a mission to completely kill your vibe.

It's all in a days work for Miss Mosquito. Female skeeters require a blood meal in order to lay their eggs, so they use 3 special senses to track us down from a distance.

Using olfactory, visual, and thermal cues, female mosquitoes circle their prey, sniffing you out and sensing your body heat... before going in for the almighty bite.

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Topics: Mosquitoes 101

30 Fun Things To Do In Your Backyard

12 Min

Summer is in full swing here in Canada. Hooray! The Great White North is subject to a notoriously short summer, so it's no surprise to find local hangouts swarming with people relishing the warm weather at this time of year. 

But for those that aren't too fond of long lines and crowded chaos, there's plenty of fun to be had in the comfort of your own home. Here's a list full of fun things to do in your backyard that'll keep you outside whenever the weather permits.

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Topics: Stay Outside

How To Deal With Black Flies

3 Min

Wouldn't cottage country really be heaven on earth if not for biting insects? 

While mosquito and tick populations can be significantly reduced around cottage and residential properties, black flies are a little more difficult. 

Just like mosquitoes, female black flies do the biting, since they require a blood meal to develop their eggs. Unlike mosquitoes, black flies are strong fliers, so can fly longer distances without the requirement of landing frequently. This makes them better at avoiding barrier control strategies used around properties, and all the more difficult to control.

While some home owners may see a reduction in black flies after a barrier control application, the service isn't going to eliminate them like it does for mosquitoes and ticks, so it's important to have a back up plan.

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Topics: Stay Outside

10 Places Where Mosquitoes Hide

6 Min

With all the nasty diseases they spread, it's safe to say that mosquitoes are not our friends. While the saying "Keep your friends close but your enemies closer" might apply to many of our human on human relationships, it certainly doesn't apply to mosquitoes.

Unfortunately, it can be difficult to keep tabs on an enemy you can barely see. So, you need to get smart and think strategically. Where does the enemy like to hide? And what can be done to help eradicate aforementioned enemy? 

Say no more. Here are the top 10 spots that mosquitoes live, rest, breed, and hide in.

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Topics: Mosquitoes 101, Mosquito Bite Prevention, Stay Outside

Mosquito & Tick Control For Island Properties

3 Min

As John Donne famously quoted, 'No man is an island, entire of itself.'

Although you probably adore all the isolation on your island property, don't assume you're trapped out there when it comes to controlling mosquitoes and ticks. 

We service a wide spectrum of properties across Canada, so as long as you're in our service area, don't worry; we've got you covered.

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Topics: Mosquito Bite Prevention, Stay Outside, Tick Bite Prevention

Keeping Mosquitoes Away From Your Wedding

4 Min

Ever attended a wedding and been bombarded by uninvited guests of the flying and biting variety? I know I have, and although I'd love to have been smitten by all the love in the air, getting bitten by mosquitoes can be pretty distracting. 

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Topics: Mosquito Bite Prevention, Stay Outside

How Weather Affects Mosquito Activity

4 Min

Weather is a major motivator for what mosquitoes do, and when. 

Mosquitoes are cold-blooded insects. This means that their body temperature is more or less the same as their environment, since they don't have the ability to regulate their internal temperatures. 

Considering how driven by temperature mosquitoes are, it's no wonder weather plays such a make-or-break role in mosquito activity.

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Topics: Mosquitoes 101

How To Prevent Tick and Mosquito Bites When Camping

5 Min

Camping - or glamping, if you're a fancy type - can be a tonne of fun for the whole family. But thanks to biting bugs that have the potential to transmit nasty diseases, camping can be a little risky, too.

But as this decade's most famous Canadian would say; YOLO!

You only live once, so why should you let mosquitoes or ticks ruin your fun? Good news is, you don't have to. But you do have to know how to protect yourself.

Here are our top tips to prevent tick bites and mosquito bites when camping.

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Topics: Mosquito Bite Prevention, Tick Bite Prevention