Gone are the days when mosquitoes were associated only with the irksomely itchy welts that accompanied their bite. Today, we know there are far worse associations to make with these blood-sucking pests, such as the health threats they pose to us humans in our daily lives—even in our own backyards.
We humans, and our beloved pets, are excited to spend more time outdoors to mark the end of winter, but that means blood-sucking pests, like ticks, have more hosts to latch onto for feeding. In the Northeast, these pests can transmit harmful illnesses like Lyme disease, Powassan disease and others.
When planning what you want to bring with you on your summer vacation this year, don’t forget what you don’t want to bring back: bed bugs. The common bed bug had almost disappeared in the United States, but has made a strong comeback over the past decade.