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Total Body Wellness means doing (and recognizing) the things in life that make us feel healthy, happy, strong, confident and safe. The sun is shining and getting your daily dose of vitamin D (with your sunscreen on, of course!) and fresh air does come with a cautionary tale: tick and mosquito awareness. Keeping your body (and those you love) safe and protected is a big part of daily wellness. Here are a few tips from our local friends at FlyFoe to help keep you, your family, and your furry friends protected this spring and summer as you get outside and enjoy the warmer weather:

– Individuals can help prevent and stop mosquito & tick-borne disease transmission by using personal protective measures and by modifying their environment to make it harder for mosquitoes to get to them. Personal protective measures include wearing DEET or other effective mosquito and tick repellents when outside, wearing long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and closed top shoes when mosquitoes and ticks are present.

– Modifying a person’s environment is a little more difficult, but it is necessary in the fight against mosquito and tick-borne disease. Examples are ensuring window screens are in good repair so that mosquitoes cannot fly into their home, finding mosquito habitat in their yard and eliminating that habitat (emptying a plastic bucket of water that has mosquito larvae in it) or protecting it (adding mosquito larvae-eating fish to an ornamental pond, water trough or ensuring that rainwater collection barrels have screens over the entrances to the barrel such that mosquitoes cannot get in or out). Homeowners can also apply a barrier and inner treatment in their yard so that adult mosquitoes and ticks trying to hide in shrubbery or out-buildings die when they encounter the treatment.

– Most homeowners don’t have the time or equipment to apply barrier treatments around their home and this is where FlyFoe can help. FlyFoe wants to keep you and your yard safe and free from pesky ticks and mosquitoes. Working with entomologists keeps FlyFoe ahead of the curve in controlling mosquitoes and ticks. The goal is to help educate the public as well. FlyFoe personnel can evaluate your yard and make recommendations to help homeowners fight nuisance and vector mosquitoes and ticks. FlyFoe can control larval and adult mosquitoes, and they have the personnel, equipment, supplies, and licenses to apply barrier and inner treatments for ticks.

If you are interested in learning more about how FlyFoe can help protect you, your family, and your pets from nuisance and mosquitoes and ticks, visit FlyFoe online. To read the full blog article written by Dr. William Sames (FlyFoe Entomologist), please click HERE.

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