Summertime means lots of lazy days hanging outside, barbecues with friends, and walks in the woods. However, with the good comes the bad, and mosquitoes can really put a damper on your summertime fun. Not only are mosquitoes annoying and apt to leave you with itchy, red welts, but they can also carry and transmit some pretty unpleasant diseases. Read on to learn about five of them:
If you’ve been paying attention to the news in recent weeks, you’ve probably heard a lot of discussion surrounding Lyme disease. The occurrences of Lyme disease, a disease that is spread by ticks, have been steadily rising across the country in recent years. Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the number of actual cases is as much as ten times higher than what is being reported. This is partially because the symptoms of Lyme disease can mimic those of other illnesses, making it difficult to diagnose.
After a long and cold winter, Spring has finally arrived here in New England. Even though we are glad to see the sun and the arrival of warmer temperatures, springtime also means the return of ticks. It’s very likely that you, or someone you know, has found a tick on themselves or their pet, and possibly even contracted Lyme disease. Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease, but did you know that ticks also spread several other kinds of illnesses? Read on to learn more:
Finding the perfect insect repellant becomes almost an obsession in the heat and humidity of summertime, when mosquitoes are at their most active stage. Unfortunately there are lots of products out there that promise to do the trick but are actually little more than gimmicks. Here are a few to avoid: