Vacation is a time for fun and relaxation and the last thing on your mind is the possibility of bringing home an unwelcome house guest – the bed bug. They have successfully earned another name, hitchhikers. They are sneaky as they can go virtually unnoticed in their favorite hiding spots of mattresses, bed frames, and other parts of a room. They patiently wait for the next visitor to “host” them and find a new home. At this time, bed bugs are not associated with transmitting disease, but do leave behind itches bites. With that being said, the last thing I want is for my toddler or anyone in my family to be eaten up by bed bugs. Additionally, I don’t want my home invaded by them. To avoid an unwanted hitchhiker from your next vacation, follow these steps.
Just like the scorpions, many pests love summer as many of them are less active in the winter. They enter your home seeking both food and water. Some of the pests you can expect to see in the summer are the following:
The heat of the summer months leaves us all looking for a little relief and in search of a cool place to relax and stay hydrated. Scorpions are like us in that when the heat rises they search out water, food, and shelter to survive. If you live in an area that has rocky terrain or an area that is prone to scorpions, you are likely to see them scurrying around looking for food and water.
When we think of our pets, we often associate ticks and fleas, but there are other insects that can harm them. Yes, ticks and fleas are a big cause for concern and not something I want my dogs to have nor carry into my home. However, we should also be thinking about the harm other insects could do to them. We used to have a little Shih Tzu named Boomer, and he was stung by a scorpion. I seriously thought it killed him because he fell straight over and became paralyzed for a short time. Of course, we rushed him to the vet where he administered a large dose of an antihistamine. Fortunately, he was fine after a day or so, but it sure was scary. I have also known of dogs dying from brown recluse bites, so we really must be vigilant in keeping our pets safe from insect and spider bites.
There are approximately 40 different species of spiders in Arkansas. The good news is that the vast majority of them are not venomous and according to the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Research & Extension, fatalities are rare. However, there are two spiders that you should avoid: the brown recluse and the black widow.
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