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Mosquito.buzz Blog

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

Beware the Cattail Mosquito

2 Min

There are approximately 2500 species of mosquitoes across the world and roughly 82 of those species can be found here in Canada. One mosquito species of particular interest is the Coquillettidia perturbans, aka the “cattail mosquito”.  Aside from being a major nuisance, the cattail mosquitoes are vectors for many diseases, including West Nile virus, and Eastern equine encephalomyelitis, among others.

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Topics: Ottawa, Mosquitoes 101, Mosquito Bite Prevention

Mosquito Control Awareness Week 2019

4 Min

Wow, what a week! Across North America (and the world, really), we've seen so many great instances of people and organizations spreading awareness and sharing tips & anecdotes about mosquito control in honour of Mosquito Control Awareness Week. Every year, MCAW just seems to get bigger and better!  

What is Mosquito Control Awareness Week you ask? And why is it so important in 2019? Well, our friends over at the American Mosquito Control Association started this initiative with the ultimate goal of educating the public about mosquitoes, the risks associated with mosquito bites, and the significance of mosquito control providers like the good people here at mosquito.buzz.

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Topics: Mosquitoes 101, Mosquito Bite Prevention

May Is Lyme Disease Awareness Month

4 Min

With May being Lyme Disease Awareness Month in North America, now is the time to get educated on Lyme disease and the pests that spread it. That's why we've dedicated this blog to doing just that!

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Topics: Ticks 101, Tick Bite Prevention

Tick Life Cycle: A Review For Spring

3 Min

When Sir Elton John sat down at his gold piano to pen the Academy Award winning hit song Circle of Life, we're not sure that he had the life cycle of ticks, from egg stage to full-fledged adulthood, on the brain. However, years later, John's 1994 classic could be used perfectly to describe the cycle a tick encounters from the start of spring to the first frost of winter: four unique life stages that often end with a bloody bite!

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Topics: Ottawa, Ticks 101, Tick Bite Prevention

What Happens To Ticks In Winter?

3 Min

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? In our yards, ticks are missing... 

Wow, can you believe that December is here already? Time to break out the Christmas records, put up the holiday lights, and dust off the warm winter jacket (preferably orange, if possible) before the temperatures drop to teeth-chattering levels here in Canada.

While each of these DIY tasks are important in their own way, there is one winter assignment that we at mosquito.buzz value over all others: tick-proofing your property. Because while some pests do die out in the winter due to the onset of colder weather, ticks are unfortunately not one of them. Bah humbug, we say! 

While ticks are much less prevalent and pose less of a threat to you or your pets in winter than they would in, say, spring and fall, you should still keep an eye out for those pesky arachnids during the colder months, especially if you live near heavily-wooded areas with large populations of deer, rabbits or mice. If certain factors exist, it is possible for ticks to be active and latch on to someone or something when looking for a warm place to hide...

Read on to learn more about what happens to ticks in the winter.

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Topics: Ticks 101, Tick Bite Prevention

Tips For Fall Tick Season

4 Min

Woo-ha - fall is here! Even though we love summer with a passion here at mosquito.buzz, it's nice to experience the many joys that a Canadian fall has to offer as well. You know, the orange leaves and orange hoodies and orange pumpkins and orange...oh wait, there seems to be a theme here. You could say we're suckers for orange here at MB! 

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Topics: Ticks 101, Tick Bite Prevention

What Happens After The Bite?

2 Min

Tick bites ain't nothing to mess with! If you or your pet are bitten by a tick, it's important not to panic. React swiftly, but calmly as well. If followed properly, these next steps will help to lower the risk of further damage, and help to get the tick away from you or your pet as soon as possible. 

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Topics: Ticks 101, Tick Bite Prevention

Protect Your Property From Ticks This Fall

3 Min

Ticks, ticks go away, come again another (non-fall) day. If you're worried about ticks ruining your fall bliss, know that you're not alone! October is a great time of year for staying outside and enjoying your property, but is also notorious for being a high-risk tick season in certain parts of Canada. That's something we're definitely not thankful for!

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Topics: Ticks 101, Tick Bite Prevention

When Is Mosquito Season Over?

2 Min
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Topics: Mosquitoes 101, Mosquito Bite Prevention

Protect Your Pets From Tick Bites This Fall

6 Min

Fall is great season for pet owners in Canada. The air is crisp and cool for walks, the summer heat has died down, and beds of leaves exist for our pets to play in. What more could we want for our furry friends? 

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Topics: Ticks 101, Tick Bite Prevention
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