From coast to coast and peak to peak, Lyme disease is on the rise in Canada.
Ah, another lovely summers day in Canada. The sun is shining, the grass is green, and... OW! A mosquito comes along out of nowhere to ruin your backyard bliss with an ill-timed bite. What follows is an itching sensation, some skin irritation, and oftentimes a pink, raised bump to remind you for days of the winged pest that spoiled your perfect afternoon. Darn it all!
Why do mosquitoes bite us innocent humans? And why does my body react the way it does when it happens? Find out the answers to these questions and more in our latest mosquito.buzz blog.
No matter how old you are, spending time outside in the woods can be a great way to connect with yourself and nature. What’s not to love about getting exercise AND enjoying breathtaking views at the same time?
Mosquito Control Awareness Week in North America is one of our favourite weeks of the season. With our Canadian summer now in full swing, it's important to learn about controlling mosquito populations around your property, as well as the diseases that mosquitoes can spread if not monitored properly.
Even though the skies above head are empty with air traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic, unfortunately this does not mean the flight schedule of the infamous “Cattail mosquito” won’t be picked up on the radar. Late June extending into Early July signals the 2-4 week stretch that Cattail mosquitoes will be using this open airspace to create a disturbance, while on the other hand many regions won’t experience their presence.
We all want to avoid mosquito bites in our own backyards, but how many of us actually take the proper precautions when push comes to shove? Apart from just blasting your skin with a repellent when you’re spending time outside, there’s a lot of simple things you can do to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes this season. Preparation is key, if you will.
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month in North America - a great initiative that we at mosquito.buzz are honoured to take part in every year. Lyme disease is caused by a type of bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi, which can be transferred to humans through the bite of an infected blacklegged tick. Ticks become infected with Lyme disease by feeding on infected wild animals such as deer, birds, and small rodents, many of which can spread throughout the country by hitching rides on the backs of migratory birds.
With spring in full bloom, disease-carrying ticks are starting to wake up for the season in Canada, posing a risk to any potential host they find on wooded trails, public parks and even our own back yards.
Don't let their tiny stature fool you; ticks can present a BIG problem for humans and pets alike, with diseases they can carry like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever causing harmful and potentially long-lasting symptoms when spread to humans through their bite.
Serious about tick-proofing your outdoor haven? Check out our branded tips below.
There are dozens of tick species found across Canada, but two of the most common (and notorious) are American Dog Ticks and Blacklegged Ticks.
Now more than ever, we understand just how important your outdoor spaces are going to be for you this spring and summer in the Ottawa region. Instead of being driven away from your backyards and into your bedrooms because of pesky and potentially dangerous ticks, we want you and your family to spread out and enjoy your precious spaces this season, worry-free.