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Mosquito.buzz Blog

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

What Is Lyme Disease?

3 Min

Lyme disease is on the rise across Canada, and has been for quite some time. It is a serious illness that is spread by the bite of infected blacklegged ticks, which contract the disease by feeding on infected wild animals such as deer, birds, and small rodents.

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Topics: Tick Bite Prevention, Tick Control, Tick Pesticide

How To Tame Ticks This Spring

2 Min

Ticks are active all year round, but are most common in Spring and Fall. Ticks will begin biting as soon as temperatures are consistently above 7 degrees... aka right now!

Once better weather hits across Canada, so do the ticks. Right now, ticks across the country are gearing up for a blood meal, which is required for them to stay alive and keep their clock ticking.

How To Avoid Tick Bites

  • Wear closed-toe shoes and long-sleeved clothing
  • Tuck your pants into your socks. You'll look a bit ridiculous, but it works!
  • Wear light coloured clothing to help you spot potential ticks easier
  • Wash yourself as soon as you get home to get rid of any loose ticks
  • Do a full body check on yourself, your kids, or your pets if you've come back from a tick prone area
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Topics: Ticks 101, Tick Bite Prevention, Tick Control

How To Remove A Tick

3 Min

Yikes! You've just arrived home after a beautiful fall walk in the woods and happen to find a big, fat tick hanging out on your body. Time to panic, right?

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Topics: Ticks 101, Tick Bite Prevention, Tick Control

A Guide To Lyme Disease In Canada

5 Min

From coast to coast and peak to peak, Lyme disease is on the rise in Canada. 

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Topics: Ticks 101, Tick Bite Prevention, Get rid of ticks, Tick Treatment

Where To Check For Ticks

3 Min

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. 

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Topics: Ticks 101, Tick Bite Prevention, tick spray, Tick Control

How To Identify Different Kinds Of Ticks

2 Min

There are dozens of tick species found across Canada, but two of the most common (and notorious) are American Dog Ticks and Blacklegged Ticks. 

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Topics: Tick Bite Prevention, mosquitobuzz, tick spray, Tick Control, mosquito.buzz, Get rid of ticks, Tick Pesticide, Tick Treatment

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

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