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EEE Virus: Prevention and Identification

EEE Virus: Prevention and Identification

Mosquito-spread diseases continue to develop and impact lives. Recently another mosquito-spread virus – Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV)  – has caught the attention of the CDC. You may have heard it referred to as the EEE virus. The EEE virus, though rare, is found in the eastern and southern US. On average, 7 cases are reported annually. EEEV is most commonly found around freshwater hardwood swamps by the Atlantic and Gulf Coast states and the Great Lakes. The mosquito species that carries EEEV primarily feed on avian hosts, but horses are also susceptible, hence the name. Fortunately, since the virus...

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Tick-Repellent Bracelets: Are They Really Effective and How Do They Work?

Tick-Repellent Bracelets: Are They Really Effective and How Do They Work?

Did you know that certain natural oils are shown to repel ticks? In studies supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, many natural plant-derived ingredients were found to be effective tick repellents. Among those supported in the studies are peppermint, thyme, eucalyptus, rosemary, and lemongrass essential oils.1 Lavender is also generally regarded as a great repellent for many kinds of insects.2 Most of these same oils are in our mosquito-repelling Bug Bands. The powerful essential oil capsules in these bracelets are packed with lemongrass, lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, silvery wormwood, and chamomile. Not only are they effective at repelling...

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Do Carpenter Bees Eat Wood?

About Carpenter Bees

Do Carpenter Bees Eat Wood?

Contrary to popular belief, carpenter bees do not eat wood! On the front of the female’s head is a set of large mandibles. With these she is able to vibrate against the grain of the wood and carve out a tunnel. After the female removes a bit of wood fiber, she pushes it out of the tunnel. Traces of wood shavings that look much like sawdust around the tunnel or directly below it are a telltale sign of a carpenter bee nest.   So what do carpenter bees actually eat? Like all other bees, they eat nectar and pollen.  Because of...

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Campsite Mosquito Control

Chemical Free Mosquito Repellent

Campsite Mosquito Control

Bug Sprays, All-Natural Repellents & More! Summer is the best season to spend time outside, but pesky bugs chase many people away from enjoying outdoor activities like camping. It can be difficult to fully enjoy nature when you’re constantly swatting at bugs and scratching bites.  Fortunately, there are a variety of effective bug repellents that help keep those bugs at bay. From traditional DEET-based sprays to natural bug repellents and other mosquito-control solutions for camping, this list includes the best products to help you find the right repellent for your camping needs.  Bug Sprays Bug spray is the most common...

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Mason Bees & Pollination

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Mason Bees & Pollination

How Do Mason Bees Pollinate and How To Attract Them To Your Garden Mason bees are truly wonderful, gentle bees. Like carpenter bees, they are solitary bees, meaning they do not live in hives or colonies. Instead, a single female will build a nest in a pre-existing crevasse or a hollow stick. True to its name, the mason bee uses mud and other natural materials to construct its nest. The male mason bees die shortly after mating. The female mason bee will go on to lay her eggs in several different nests over the season.1 Mason bees are even better...

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