The Dangers of West Nile Virus – Symptoms & Treatment Tips

First reports of the West Nile virus rearing its ugly head in the U.S. were in 1999. In New York 62 contaminations and 7 deaths were confirmed.

Since then the virus has caused hundreds of deaths. The CDC not only reports thousands of cases of West Nile virus throughout the US but also Dengue Fever is taking its toll. Malaria outbreaks are still scarce in the US but the mosquito is wreaking havoc as it is.

In 2008 alone, the CDC reported 1,356 cases of West Nile throughout the U.S. and 44 deaths. In 2009 and 2010, outbreaks of dengue fever were reported in the U.S. read more

Mosquito Bite Allergy, What Exactly Is It?

While a mosquito bite may be nothing more than an itching annoyance for most people, for those with a mosquito bite allergy, a bite could trigger symptoms that are much more painful and dramatic than the small red bump which is a typical reaction.

What exactly is mosquito bite allergy?

This allergy is also commonly called “Skeeter Syndrome,” though medical personnel are probably more likely to refer to the condition as HMB, or hypersensitivity to mosquito bites.

  • Symptoms of HMB are most often swelling, bruising, hives or a rash, also known as urticaria, in the area where the bite occurred, though these symptoms may show up across the entire body part or limb as well.
  • There are also rare cases in which a person might experience hives and/or swelling throughout their whole body.
  • Meanwhile, those with asthma could also have an asthmatic response that makes it difficult to breathe.

When a mosquito bites you, they are actually injecting their snouts into your flesh and routing around in there as they seek out a blood vessel. read more

Natural Enemies Of Mosquitoes – List Of Mosquito Predators

Mosquitoes are a dreadful nuisance to mankind. Not only do they bite people, they are vectors for some terrible diseases, such as malaria and yellow fever.

As such, mosquito control has become an important aspect of disease prevention; especially where mosquito-borne illnesses are endemic.

Mosquitoes are not without natural controls, which sometimes can be exploited by man to help reduce mosquito populations. Some of the natural enemies of mosquitoes are discussed below.

Western Mosquitofish

Western-Mosquitofish

The western mosquitofish, Gambusia affinis, is a small fish whose native range mostly exists in the south-central United States. read more

How To Rid Your Yard Of Mosquitoes – Tips That Really Work

Mosquitoes can really take the fun out of spending time in the yard. Not only do they ruin summer days and evenings leaving everyone annoyed and itchy, in recent years they have become a real cause for health concerns due to mosquito-borne illness.

Depending on your situation you may not be able to get rid of the flying bugs completely but there’s a lot you can do to minimize the influx.

Here’s an overview of how to control mosquitoes in your home’s outdoor area. We have separated old wives tales from science-backed remedies, fiction from fact. The result,  16 tips that actually work. Based on research, pest experts, and user experiences. read more

The Best Mosquito Repelling Plants According To Studies

It is commonly believed that certain plant species repel mosquitoes and thus protect from bites.

Websites and other sources claim that mosquitoes and other bugs “can’t stand the pungent scent” a certain plant aerates thus making it “an excellent mosquito repellent”.

A friend of mine insists that growing lavender on his balcony under his bedroom window is the reason he never has the pesky bugs in his bedroom.

The truth is that omnipresent claims such as the following are often exaggerated or just nonsense. read more

Top 30 Most Common Bugs In Florida

Which are the most common bugs of Florida? Florida has at least 12,500 insect species. They all eat something, and whether humans call them “pests” depends on how they impact our lives.

Some of them eat the plants we consider important, and some of them bite, sting, or try to feed on us. Many insects are considered invasive species that arrived in Florida by accident or were intentionally introduced. Many of the invaders affect Florida residents and its environment in a negative way.

The following is a sampling of the 30 insect species most common to our state. read more

Do Peppers And Capsaicin Cream Offer Itch Relief?

You  may have heard about pepper and the substance that makes them spicy, capsaicin, being used for pain relief. For instance by arthritis sufferers.

By over-stimulating the nerves pepper is claimed to offer mosquito itch relief as well. We are wondering,  is this true? Can peppers really make mosquito itch go away. Let’s take a look at what studies say.

The claim

Rubbing peppers or applying capsaicin cream on your mosquito welt takes away the annoying itch.

The theory, pepper as an ancient medicine

Peppers have been known for their medicinal properties since the dawn of mankind. read more

Why Do Mosquito Bites Itch?

squirrels suffer from itch too
mosquitoes do not only bite people, they bite squirrels too

If you’ve ever experienced one, there’s a good chance that you’ve asked yourself why a mosquito bite itches so much.

Most of the time, the swelling and redness that are associated with a bite from a mosquito are minor annoyances when compared to the irresistible itching sensation that is another very common reaction.

But what causes the itch and why does it affect some people and not others? This in-depth exploration of the science behind an itchy mosquito bite should help to clear these questions right up for you. read more

Bug-A-Salt 2.0 Salt Shooter Review

Bug-A-Salt-Camofly-2.0

Its predecessor, the Bug-A-Salt salt shooter offers a fun and fairly effective way to repel pesky flies. Flies and other bugs keep creating problems and annoyances which is why the creators of the Bug-A-Salt didn’t sit still.

The new and improved Bug-A-Salt 2.0. has just been released on crowd funding site Indiegogo. The marketing phrase ‘new and improved’ isn’t just a hollow phrase here. It actualy walks the take since the second edition salt shooter is better in various ways. read more

Off! Mosquito Clip On Fan, Does It Work?

What’s the top spoiler when camping, trekking, playing, or simply relaxing outdoors?

Getting swarmed by insects particularly of mosquitoes. The conventional solution to protect your skin is to use mosquito repellants in the form of spray or lotion.

Although they are very much safe and effective, a lot of people think twice in using them because of that sticky feeling and somewhat unique smell.

According to Off!, the next best alternative is to use a mosquito clip on fan.

What is a mosquito clip-on fan and how does it work?

The clip on fan is a small device which promises to drive away mosquitoes without the need for you to apply repellant sprays and lotions. read more