Animal Safety and Protection Month

At Mosquito Authority, we want everyone in your family to enjoy a pest-free life– including the furry members. That being said, October is mostly known for its cool weather and changing leaves, but it is also Animal Safety and Protection Month. 

We always want the very best for our furry friends, and Animal Safety and Protection Month reminds us that caring for them is a responsibility that should not be taken lightly. In addition to highlighting the importance of domesticated animal care, Animal Safety and Protection month also provides some information on what to do if your pet is ill or in need of emergent care.

Because Mosquito Authority values the health and wellbeing of your family pets, we want to provide some tips on protecting them from ticks.

Check your pets often for ticks

This is the simplest yet most important thing you can do to prevent ticks on your pets (and in your home). If your pets, especially dogs and cats, spend a significant amount of time playing outdoors, they are bound to come into contact with a tick or two. If you do find a tick hiding on your pet, make sure to remove it right away.

Hire a professional tick control service

One of the best things you can do to minimize the risk of ticks in your area is to hire a professional pest control service. Lucky for you, many Mosquito Authority locations offer top-notch tick prevention. Just like with our mosquito control service, we do not require any contracts or commitments when you hire us to treat for ticks.

Clear tall grass and bushes from around your yard

Ticks love to hide in grassy areas where animals tend to go. Because of this, it is a good idea to mow your lawn often and clear any areas of tall grass or bushes around your yard. The less places you have for ticks to inhabit, the less chance your dog or cat will come into contact with one.

Remove any leaf litter from your yard

Because ticks cannot fly or jump, they rely on other methods to find hosts. Many times, ticks will position themselves on leaf edges and attach themselves to a human or animal as they walk by. With this in mind, it is a good idea to remove any sort of leaf litter from your yard and ensure that nearby ticks do not have a place to settle. 

Use a preventative tick medicine

There are no vaccines for the majority of tickborne illnesses that affect dogs, so talk to your veterinarian about preventative medicines. Rather than wait until you find a tick on your dog, help make sure that doesn’t happen.

Animal Safety and Protection Month reminds us of our responsibility to care for and protect our furry friends. Taking preventative action against ticks is extremely important to the health of your pet, so don’t wait until you find one of these pests on your animal or in your home. Schedule a tick treatment with Mosquito Authority today and help keep your pets happy and healthy.

Family Health and Fitness Day

Saturday, September 26th is Family Health and Fitness Day, so here are some ways to make the most of it.

Family Health and Fitness Day is intended to promote both physical health and fitness among families in the United States. Observed on the last Saturday of September, Family Health and Fitness Day encourages families and their loved ones to implement healthy habits and activities in their daily lives. This day was established by the Health and Information Resource Center in 1996 in order to promote a healthy family lifestyle for Americans.

At Mosquito Authority, we love to promote the health and wellbeing of our customers, so we came up with some suggestions for how you can make the most of Family Health and Fitness Day.

1. Go on a hike

Exercise is an important part of the day, so why not enjoy it? Hiking not only benefits your health but it also gives you the opportunity to get some fresh air and appreciate the outdoors. Just be sure to wear mosquito repellent and check for ticks after hiking in the woods.

2.  Play a sport as a family

Because of COVID-19 your kids might not be able to enjoy their favorite sports like they used to. However, that doesn’t mean playing sports is out of the question. Organize a family game, whether it is football, basketball, soccer, etc., and get the whole family outside for some fun (and friendly) competition.    

3. Go for a family bike ride

Biking is a tried-and-true family activity. Whether you are biking on a trail or just going for a ride through the neighborhood, this is a great way to keep your family active. Not only is it good for fitness, but exercising outside provides a nice break from those indoor workouts.

3. Come up with a weekly meal plan

Planning your meals at the beginning of the week saves time and also allows you to make intentional food choices. By taking the time each week to meal-plan, you can form healthy eating habits for your family and take the stress out of last-minute dinner plans!

4. Know your family health history

Educating yourself on family health history is crucial. By being aware of your family medical history, you can reduce your risk of developing health problems in the future. 

5. Go for daily walks

Sometimes a simple walk is the best way to exercise as a family. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults 18-64 years old should walk for at least 150 minutes every week (that’s roughly 22 minutes per day). 

Family Health and Fitness Day is a great time to spend time with your family and recognize the importance of physical health. To make sure your backyard is a safe space to spend some time getting active, schedule a mosquito treatment with us today.

Foods That Attract Pests

Here are some of the foods that are most attractive to pests, from fruits and veggies to sugary drinks.

Pests are annoying enough without them getting into our food. Unfortunately, there are a lot of foods in our daily diets that can draw pests into our homes. Here are a few of the most attractive foods for pests and some tips for reducing your chance of having to deal with them. 

1. Any type of fruit and/or vegetable

You have most likely seen fruit flies hovering around the fruit bowl on your counter or a bunch of bananas you left out overnight. Fruit flies are probably the most infamous type of household pest, and also the most bothersome. However, there is a simple way to minimize your fruit fly problem: avoid leaving fruits and vegetables uncovered in your kitchen.

2. Crumbs

It’s pretty much impossible to avoid crumbs inside your home. Whether you are making dinner or grabbing a breakfast bar, there’s bound to be a few crumbs that end up on your counter and/or floor. However, these little bits of food can attract certain pests such as ants and cockroaches, so it’s important to always clean up any crumbs around your house. 

3. Sugary drinks

Juice, soda, and other types of sugary drinks are all extremely attractive to pests, specifically wasps and bees. If you are enjoying a nice day outside with a cool soda in hand, make sure to clean up any spills and be on the lookout for wasps. These stinging insects love high fructose corn syrup, the main ingredient in soda, so you’re likely to get some unwanted attention with a sugary drink by your side. 

4.  Sugary foods

Soda and juice are not the only sugary substances that attract pests. Ants love to get into all kinds of sugary foods such as candy, jam, and cookies. If you are planning an outdoor barbeque with some sweets or making s’ mores by the fire, keep an eye out for hungry ants.

5. Peanut butter

Speaking of ants, they don’t always go for the sweet snacks. In fact, some ants are more attracted to salty foods as opposed to sweet. Because it is a food high in protein and fat, peanut butter is an appealing option for ants in search of a meal. 

6. Alcohol

Alcohol is another beverage that entices pests such as fruit flies and beetles. If you are having a glass of wine, remember to put the cork back in the bottle. As with sodas and juices, make sure to clean up any spills immediately to avoid attracting any bugs.

Now that you know which foods can attract pests, you hopefully have a better idea of how to make sure your kitchen and/or outdoor space stay pest-free. For more information on dealing with pests, check out our other blogs and stay up-to-date with us!