Summer is winding down, but there is still plenty of warm weather left to enjoy the great outdoors. Unfortunately, along with all that glorious sunshine often comes intrusive insects that don’t only ruin barbecues, but also your health. Some carry harmful bacteria, while others may even transmit disease and viruses through painful stings or bites. Still others can wreak havoc on your garden and trees, and even the environment. Your best course of defense for staying safe this summer is recognizing which insects you need to avoid, and how to further protect yourself against them. Here’s the scoop on dangerous insects that can absolutely ruin your summer fun.
Lyme disease, Powassan, Rocky mountain fever, oh my. If you live anywhere near the country or if you’ve ever spent time in nature, you’ve probably encountered ticks at some point. Whether you’ve seen one crawling on your clothing or had to pull one off your dog or yourself, you know how stubborn these arachnids can be. Plus, there is a very real risk of disease associated with the persistent bloodsuckers. Here are a few do’s and don’ts to keep in mind the next time you encounter a tick.