In order to prevent the spread of these diseases not just abroad, but at home as well, we must educate ourselves on mosquitoes, ticks and other nuisance insects.
The more we know, the better prepared we can be.
According to the American Mosquito Control Association, there are over 3,000 species of mosquitoes in the world, and at least 176 of them can be found in the United States. The most common, and most dangerous, are the various species in the Culex, Anopheles, and Aedes genera.
How They Find Us - The Mosquito Radar
The mosquito uses a triple threat of visual, olfactory (scent) and thermal cues to home in on their human targets. They can visually spot a host and/or use thermal sensory information to detect body heat. Using the combination as a roadmap, the female mosquito finds exposed skin on which to feed.
Mosquito Breeding and Seasons
Mosquitoes prefer stagnant water within which to lay their eggs. They most commonly infest ponds, marshes, swamps and other wetland habitats. They are capable of thriving in a variety of locations and can grow successfully in numbers even when not in their natural habitat. Many species can use any container of water as egg-deposit sites.
Ticks are responsible for spreading potentially-life threatening infectious diseases such as Lyme diseases and Rocky Mountain spotted fever as well as diseases for your pets and horses. Some ticks are even active during the winter during temperatures above freezing.
No-See-Ums, Flies and Fleas
No-See-Ums are tiny, biting insects that can be a plague to many communities. Particularly prevalent in coastal areas, No-See-Ums are often just as much of a pest as mosquitoes. They can ruin outdoor get-togethers, make a round of golf intolerable and devastate your vacation plans.
Nuisance flies bite people or domestic animals, spread disease, or are just an unpleasant presence in buildings or populated areas.
Fleas can make pets’ lives miserable and most of us begin to itch just at the thought of them. Zone™ Insect Repellent is the first line of defense against a flea attempting to set up a home on your pet, your clothing or your own home.
Safe and Effective Picaridin
Picaridin does not irritate skin and eyes, does not have a pungent odor, does not dissolve plastics or damage fabrics and clothing. This is unlike the characteristics of other repellents. It was made to resemble the natural compound piperine, which is found in the group of plants that are used to produce black pepper.
Picaridin is non-oily, non-greasy and has no chemical oder. It has been proven safe and effective for children and pets and provides long-lasting protection.