Endless sunny days and warm weather make summertime a favorite season to play outside with our families and pets. We spend a lot of time protecting them from the small dangers of the outdoors. We put sunscreen on to protect ourselves from the sun, use insect repellent to keep the mosquitoes away and keep cool water on hand to avoid overheating. But what about the pesky creatures Fido may bring in from your yard?
Summer is in full swing, and unfortunately that means so are the mosquitoes. Mosquito bites are a nuisance, but there are many additional reasons to protect your family, your pets and yourself from their bite. Some types of mosquitoes in the U.S. and around the world spread viruses that can cause disease and according to the CDC, mosquito-borne disease has more than tripled in the U.S. since 2004.
Get the mom's guide to identify and treat backyard bites.
One by one, four by four ... ah, geez, the Ant Army is on the move again. Ants are one of the most common pests we southerners encounter. It seems that no matter what the weather, ants will make their presence known. Dry conditions can summon them, and wet weather encourages them, too. We can't control the weather, but there are steps homeowners can take to prevent ants from marching into your home.
As parents, we spend most of our time protecting our children. We teach them to look both ways before crossing the street. We make sure they’re wearing helmets. We read nutrition labels and limit their screen time. Our desire is to protect them from all harm, but can we really? No matter how much time and effort we put into their well-being, there will always be dangers that we are unable to control. Asthma is a condition that affects 8.4 percent of children in the United States. Even though this condition often develops on its own, we know that limiting exposure to certain triggers can decrease a child's likelihood to develop asthma or have asthmatic episodes when there is a preexisting condition. The third leading cause of asthma in children originates from the presence of cockroaches in the home. Ironically, a cockroach infestation is both treatable and preventable.
Mosquitoes are always looking for a blood meal. (Gross, we know.) You basically have two options: keep them from biting you or eliminate them from your yard. And with the recent announcement from the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) that the number of illnesses caused by mosquito, tick & flea bites have tripled in the United States over the last 13 years, it only makes sense to evaluate your protection options.
Warmer weather has finally arrived. Weekend beach trips have begun and summer vacations are being planned. While you may be dreaming of warm, sandy beaches or mountain-top views, don’t forget the little menaces that may be hiding in your home away from home. Bed bug infestations are on the rise in the last decade and even the nicest of hotels and resorts can fall victim. You can significantly reduce chances of bringing bed bugs home by following a few simple precautions and pest prevention tips.
Spring is officially here! After suffering from cabin fever all winter, you’re ready to soak up some vitamin D and take on your spring projects in the great outdoors. You’re well equipped to tackle your honey-do list: tool belt strapped on, sunglasses, and water bottle in tow. As you step into the back yard, you breathe in the spring air, feel the warm sun on your face, and hear the buzz of a nearby bee flying around your head. Wait, what? Bees? Oh, geez! There are bees out here!
No, no, not the bats you find at the ballpark. Today we appreciate the ones that fly, and eat mosquitoes. "Appreciate" may seem like an odd word choice. The only reason I can find to truly be thankful for the bat population is their insatiable appetite for mosquitoes. If you've ever visited the swamps of Waycross or floated down the Savannah River, you know the misery of mosquito bites.
Warmer weather has arrived in Atlanta and across the southeast. The grass is turning green. The birds are chirping. Spring cleaning and household projects are underway. Spring is also the most common season for termite swarms. These swarmers will scour the area in search of a home for their new colony. Every year, many homeowners unknowingly invite termites into their homes. Here are a few of the most common mistakes that open the door to wood destroying insects.
Ahhh, the signs of spring—flowers blooming, new growth, kids playing outside and termites swarming. Wait, what? Yes, that's right, termites. While these insects do damage year-round, you’ll be most aware of them during the spring swarms. What does it mean to homeowners?