Tips to deal with mosquitoes, blackflies and other pesky bugs
If you own a cottage, you’ve had uninvited guests arrive in May. They show up at your barbecue, picnic or corn roast and just won’t leave. Female black flies, mosquitoes, deer flies and horse flies need human (or animal) blood to produce the next generation of little nippers and their target is your exposed skin. Mosquitoes and blackflies are attracted by carbon dioxide from your breath, so every living human is a target. Deer flies and horse flies are visual predators. They see you and take a big bite.Read more
How you can protect your dog from Black Fly bites
This season Black Flies are causing some concern among pet owners. All pets, but most commonly dogs are seeing more bites than usual. Dr. Michael Rickwald explained why and what you can do if this is happening to your fur baby.Read more
NORTH: Stop bugging me!
If our pets could talk, I’m sure we would hear a bunch of complaining about the variety of pests that can bother them. It’s no fun feeling itchy all the time, and can make the most good-natured pet grouchy.Read more
Checklist of 10 Ways I’ve Found to Keep your Dog Safe This Summer
Pets are family for most people and some people even consider their fur babies children. Keeping them safe is as important as keeping our human kids safe. Here my summer checklist of 10 ways I’ve found to keep your dog safe this summer. Most of these suggestions go for other pets as well as dogs. Read more
Smokey’s corner: On the National Forest, hiking with a dog requires extra responsibility
Since it is summer, the probability of encountering ticks and mosquitos in the forest is much greater so check yourself and your dog carefully. Mosquito bites can transmit diseases like heartworm and West Nile Virus. Stick to products that are made specifically for dogs. Human bug repellants are great for people, but some may be toxic for pets.Read more
How to Avoid Tick Bites and What to do if You Get Bitten
Imagine that after the best hike of your life you arrive home to find that a bug has latched onto you and burrowed its head deep into your body.
You start to feel stiff, a headache comes on, a rash starts developing and you might also experience nausea and muscle pain. This isn’t just any bug — you’ve been bitten by a tick.Read more
Ticks? Ick! Here are a few simple steps to avoid tick bites.
Ticks can transmit minor to serious diseases like Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Tularemia, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. According to the Chicago Tribune, this summer could be one of the worst seasons for tick-borne diseases.Read more
Should You Spray Your Yard for Mosquitoes and Ticks?
Here’s what to watch out for if you’re considering hiring a pest-control company this season.Read more
DO THESE BUG YOU? Colorado is home to its share of creepy crawlies
“Oh beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain,” wrote Katharine Lee Bates in her famous anthem “America the Beautiful,” inspired by a trip to the summit of Pikes Peak.Read more
A Terrifying Photo Shows a Dog’s Mouth Coated With Painful Ladybugs
Pet owners need to be on the look-out for a hidden threat that can seriously hurt their dogs. A graphic photo of a dog’s mouth covered with Asian lady beetles went viral after Hoisington Veterinary Hospital in Kansas warned about the harmful effects.Read more
Zika Scare: Here’s What’s Happening in Southern California
For residents of Southern California, avoiding mosquito bites could be more important than ever before. A press release from the city of Long Beach reports mosquitoes that can carry the Zika virus have been found in the area for the first time.Read More
Protecting Your Pup from Mosquitoes
This summer’s routine insect-prevention strategies are taking on a new urgency as public health experts warn that certain parts of the U.S. may experience outbreaks of the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects in Latin America.Read more