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Summer Sun, Outdoor Fun, and Lyme Disease: Is Outside Playtime Over in Canada?
Posted By: Daniel Mackie

 

Lyme Disease in Canada - A Misrepresented, Misconception Plagued Reality

 

There’s no better time than summer to enjoy the great outdoors, go camping, start gardening – or get bitten by nasty pests. Mosquitoes, bees and wasps, flies, ants, and other creepy crawlies all become more active in warm weather, taking out the fun of summer for many Canadians and prompting them to be constantly on alert.

 

But while most of summer pests are no more than an annoying nuisance, and their irritating presence can be effectively managed with simple measures, one category is downright dangerous. The blood-sucking, disease-carrying ticks are currently at their highest rate across Canada, becoming prevalent even in areas that were once considered low-risk, and putting all Canadians at greater risk of contacting the infamous Lyme disease.

 

Lyme Disease in Canada: A Misrepresented, Misconception-Plagued Reality

 

5 Ways to Escape the Tick Invasion

 

Most Canadians regard Lyme disease as a very rare, difficult-to-get illness that only affects hikers who get bitten by ticks after venturing into deep woods.

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How to Safely Remove Nesting Birds from Your Home
Posted By: Daniel Mackie

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Birds are a very important piece of our ecosystem and they can be very beneficial for your home’s garden as well.  However, when they begin to nest within your home, birds can be quite a nuisance and do a lot of damage.  Furthermore, many birds also carry viruses, parasites, and bacteria that can cause respiratory infections, viral illnesses, and other diseases that can be transferred to humans. Birds may be beautiful to look at, but once they enter your home they can pose serious risks to your family’s health and home, and their prompt removal is of the utmost importance.

 

Bird problems are actually quite common, especially during the time of year when they are looking to build their nests and breed.  Birds often nest in chimneys, gutters, and in your home’s attic, and some may even get stuck in your ventilation system. Although it is better to prevent birds from nesting in your home rather than remove them one they are established, there are safe and humane ways to remove birds without harming them.

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