Using Perfume, Cologne And Scented Soaps Can Attract Biting Insects

Using Perfume, Cologne And Scented Soaps Can Attract Biting Insects

There is probably not a single person in the world who has not, at some point, made an effort to attract members of the opposite sex. In order to improve one’s appearance, a range of options are available, such as exercising, eating right, stylish haircuts, maybe tattoos, and, of course, perfumes and cologne. Although the scent of cologne and perfume may successfully attract the opposite sex, there are some major downsides involved with the use of perfumes, colognes, and even scented soaps and shampoos. If you are fearful of contracting an insect-borne disease, then bypassing the perfume or cologne may be a wise idea according to scientists. As it turns out, scented chemicals attract several types of insect-pests, such as mosquitoes.

It seems that mosquitoes are becoming more and more dangerous to humans as time goes on. Due to the increasing spread of awareness concerning mosquito-borne diseases among the world’s citizenry, just about everyone over the age of three should know that areas of standing water can be hazardous to humans during the summer season, as they attract mosquitoes, many of which carry diseases. According to  Margaret Harris, assistant professor of health for the University of Arkansas’ Division of Agriculture, mosquitoes are attracted to the scents of perfume, cologne and heavily scented soaps just as much as they are attracted to areas of standing water. Since mosquitoes gravitate toward standing water in order to constantly mate, you can understand how appealing artificial scents are to the bloodsucking pests. Surprisingly, mosquitoes are not the only dangerous insects that gravitate toward perfumes and cologne. The well known arachnid pests that spread lyme disease, ticks, have been known to move toward people wearing artificial scents. Fleas and chiggers also fancy people’s attractive scents. If you insist upon applying perfume, cologne or other scented products this summer, then taking other precautions against insect-borne disease is in order. These precautions include long-sleeved clothes, and mosquito repellent. According to Dr. Harris, mosquito repellent that contains less than ten percent DEET should be avoided, as such low levels are largely ineffective when it comes to repelling dangerous insects.

Have you ever noticed that more insects gravitate toward you on days when you apply artificial scents, like perfume and cologne?

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Mosquito Prevention a Must For Homeowners this Season

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To prevent the health risks that can potentially accompany an already-pesky mosquito bite, be sure to follow these mosquito prevention tips!

  • When spending time outdoors, apply an insect repellant containing at least 20% DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon-eucalyptus, and reapply as directed on the label. People who are spending long amounts of time outdoors should also consider wearing long pants, long-sleeved shirts and closed-toe shoes to limit exposure to mosquitoes. The main type of mosquito that carries Zika is a daytime biter, so taking preventive measures at all times of the day is crucial.
  • Anyone traveling outside of the United States should be aware of travel advisories currently in effect. Pack plenty of insect repellant and protective clothing. If a person falls ill upon returning home, seek prompt medical attention.
  • Mosquitoes need only about a half an inch of water to breed, so homeowners should eliminate areas of standing water such as flowerpots, birdbaths, baby pools, grill covers and other objects where water collects.
  • Even children’s toys like buckets and sandboxes can collect water and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes right in the backyard, so be sure to keep these objects water-free.
  • Screen all windows and doors, and patch up even the smallest tear or hole on screens.
  • If there are concerns about mosquito activity on the property, contact a licensed pest control company or the local mosquito abatement district.

Summer Season Calls for Increased Protective Measures Against Mosquitoes and Ticks

One of the best ways to fight off mosquito and tick bites and subsequent disease transmission is to apply insect repellent before going outside. Yet, many people don’t make it a priority to protect against these biting pests by taking this simple action. And those who do may not realize that there is a correct way to use repellent in order for it to be effective.

Another great way to avoid contact with mosquitoes specifically is to remove any standing water around the yard to deter mosquito breeding. A licensed pest control professional can work with a homeowner to help identify these hot spots.

To properly apply insect repellent for maximum protection against mosquitoes and ticks, follow this five-step method:

  1. Look for a product containing an active EPA-registered ingredient, such as DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon-eucalyptus or IR3535.
  2. Read the product label and follow the instructions carefully. If sunscreen is also being worn, repellent should be used over top of sunscreen.
  3. Shake the product well. Then, hold it about 6-8 inches away from exposed skin and spray evenly in a sweeping motion.
  4. Spray the palms of hands to apply the repellent to the face and ears, being sure to avoid eye and nostril contact.
  5. Apply the repellent over clothing, which should completely cover feet and ankles.
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Don’t Get Stung By Summer’s Stingers | Pest Control Waco

While summer is an especially ideal time for fun, relaxing activities in the yard, it is also the season during which stinging insects thrive. These insects can be very dangerous and should always be handled by a licensed pest control professional, especially when it comes to nest removal when bees and wasps may attackWaco Bee Removal

According to the NPMA, stinging insects send more than 500,000 people to the emergency room annually. iPest Solutions is committed to help reduce this number by educating homeowners on how to protect themselves with these tips from the NPMA:

  • Seal cracks and crevices: Seal all visible cracks and crevices to keep these pests from moving indoors, and regularly inspect around the yard and along the perimeter of the house for nests.
  • Keep food covered: During a picnic or cookout, cover all food when outside and be sure to keep tight fitting lids on trash bins.
  • Avoid excessive use of fragrances- If spending long periods of time outdoors, avoid excessive use of perfume or cologne, as yellowjackets and other stinging insects are attracted to sweet-smelling fragrances. When possible, choose unscented shampoos, soaps, lotions and sunscreen is also ideal.
  • Adjust wardrobe: Avoid wearing dark colors and floral prints, since these patterns can attract stinging insects. Wear closed-toe shoes, especially in grassy areas where hornets and other pests often nest.
  • Remain calm, cool and collected: Do not swat a nearby pest or flail in panic—these movements may actually provoke an attack. Instead, remain calm and slowly walk away from the area. The insect should fly away without causing any harm.

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Three Exotic Scorpion Species That You Want To Avoid

Three Exotic Scorpion Species That You Want To Avoid | Waco Pest Control

For those of you living in rural desert areas, checking your shoes for scorpions is probably a daily habit. Although scorpions may appear scary, the vast majority of scorpion species cannot harm humans. However, you would never guess which scorpions are dangerous based on size. The bigger and more menacing a scorpion looks, the more apt people will be to treat it as though it is venomous, but this is not the proper approach toward identifying venomous scorpions. For example, one of the largest scorpion species is known as the emperor scorpion. This species can reach lengths of up to eight full inches, but their stings are as weak as bee stings. However, there does exist three scorpion species that are native to America that you will want to avoid at all costs.

One of the smallest scorpion species in the entire world is also one of the most venomous, if not the most venomous. This dangerous scorpion is known as The Indian Red Scorpion and its sting causes nausea, heart problems, discoloration of the skin, and, in more severe cases, pulmonary edema, an accumulation of fluid in the lungs. These scorpions are native to India and Sri Lanka and they only grow to lengths of forty to sixty millimeters. Their pincers are relatively small, but their stingers are huge.

The Deathstalker scorpion sounds menacing and it most certainly is, as this scorpion contains one of the most toxic forms of venom in the world. Stings from this species will cause excruciating pain that lasts for hours. The deathstalker sting causes increased heartbeat, high blood pressure, and even convulsions and coma. Their stings can kill children and unhealthy adults. The Arabian Fat-Tailed Scorpion is just as dangerous as the deathstalker species. A sting from one of these mean scorpions can induce seizures, unconsciousness, and hypertension in its victims. Luckily, stings are rarely fatal as anti-venom medication is normally administered within plenty of time.

Have you ever sustained a sting from a scorpion?



Tick And Insect-Borne Diseases Have Tripled In The Past 12 Years

Tick And Insect-Borne Diseases Have Tripled In The Past 12 Years

Ticks and the diseases they carry pose a significant public health risk in America. This is especially the case in the northeastern United States. While it is true that several varieties of disease spreading ticks can be found in every region of America, the vast majority of tick-borne disease cases occur within the northeast region of America. Some tick species are more dangerous than others, and there exists a long list of different types of tick-borne diseases that can infect humans and other animals. The most well known, and by far the most commonly occurring tick-borne disease is lyme disease, and this is one of the many tick-borne diseases that is infecting record numbers of Americans. Between the years of 2004 and 2016 six hundred and forty thousand cases of insect-borne disease occurred within the US, most of these insect-borne diseases were tick-borne diseases. This statistic shows that the rate of insect-related infections has tripled. But why is this unprecedented increase in tick-borne disease rates among the American population taking place? There are several different factors that are responsible for this increase, but transportation is arguably the most significant.Waco Flea & Tick Control

Not long ago the disease carrying tick species commonly known as the lone star tick was found in Denver, Colorado. This is an extremely rare find as lone star ticks dwell within the northeastern United States, and their populations are unheard of in Colorado. So how did these ticks arrive in the Rocky Mountain State?

According to a CDC official, all exotic insect-borne diseases are only a “plane flight away” from the United States. During recent decades, air travel has brought several insect-borne diseases over to the United States. For example, both the west Nile virus and the Zika virus arrived in the US by plane; west Nile arrived in 1999, and Zika arrived in 2015. Domestic travel is also spreading dangerous insect species to regions where they are not native. This is probably how the lone star tick wound up in Colorado. In addition to human forms of transportation, experts now believe that certain bird species are bringing exotic tropical ticks into the country. Diseases can travel around the world extremely fast. If you are planning on visiting another country be sure to visit the London Travel Clinic to find out all about the threats of travelling to another country.

Do you think that the recent non-native tick species that was found on a goat in a New Jersey farm was relocated via human transportation? Do you think that birds are the more likely culprits since the tick was found in nature?


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