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What Happens To Mosquitoes And Ticks In Winter?

2 Min

After a long summer of swatting mosquitoes and checking loved ones for ticks, many Canadians are itching for winter to start and pest season to end. While your chances of being bitten by mosquitoes and ticks in cold Canadian weather are slim to none, it's not because they've gone the way of the snowbird and fled to Florida. Many species are still technically around, having gone dormant until warmer weather returns. Let's learn more!

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Topics: Mosquitoes 101, Ticks 101

Camping 101: Tips For Avoiding Mosquitoes & Ticks

2 Min

Life is too short not to stay outside in the summer! Camping with friends and family can be a fun and rewarding adventure, but with the risk of mosquitoes and ticks, it’s important to stay safe and follow the proper precautions. You know, the ones outlined by your friendly neighbourhood mosquito.buzz!

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Topics: Mosquitoes 101, Mosquito Bite Prevention, Tick Bite Prevention

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

Researching mosquitoes and mosquito-borne illnesses

2 Min

Summer is now in full swing... and so is mosquito season. With public health concerns and the looming threat of the Zika virus growing across North America, members of the Mosquito.buzz team were extremely fortunate to spend a day at the University of Kentucky, learning from top researchers in the field of mosquito control.

Dr. Grayson Brown is one of the leading researchers at the University of Kentucky, and kindly spent the day with the team at Mosquito.buzz, comprising of Shawn Karn (Technical Director), Jordan Lavin (Chief Operating Officer), and Steven Fulford (Senior Field Technician).

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Topics: Mosquitoes 101

10 Effective Mosquito Control Treatments

2 Min

There are several different approaches one can take when trying to control mosquitoes. These options may include reducing the mosquito breeding areas, secondly reducing ones exposure to mosquitoes, and thirdly treating mosquitoes with effective control products, thus eliminating them all together.

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Topics: Mosquito Bite Prevention

How To Prevent Mosquito Bites

2 Min

The most effective way to avoid mosquito-borne infections and to prevent mosquito bites is to protect yourself from mosquitoes. Prevention is the first line of defence against West Nile, Zika, malaria, and other mosquito-borne infections.

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Topics: Mosquito Bite Prevention

The Life Cycle of the Mosquito

2 Min

Understanding the different stages of the mosquito’s life cycle can help prevent and effectively eliminate populations before they become a problem. All mosquito species have four distinct stages to their life cycle. Egg, Larvae, Pupa, and Adult. There are over 300 species of mosquitoes in the world. The most common and most dangerous, are the Culex mosquitoes. The Culex pipiens is the main carrier of the West Nile virus.

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Topics: Mosquitoes 101
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