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14 Things to know About TICKS

Test your knowledge about ticks Ticks surpass all of the arthropods in the number and variety of diseases they can transmit to domestic animals. Only mosquitoes transmit more diseases to humans. Ticks are small arachnids. Although they’re commonly mistaken as … Continue reading

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Should I Worry About Mosquitoes in the Wintertime?

Mosquitoes are a year-round problem in Contra Costa County. Per Steve Schutz, Ph.D., scientific program manager and entomologist, “In the Bay Area we do see some level of mosquito activity year-round, and there are a few species that are primarily … Continue reading

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Which Negelected Swimming Pool Can Produce More Mosquitoes?

A neglected swimming pool is only partially filled with water while another is completely full. Which one produces more mosquitoes? If you guessed the pool with more water produces more mosquitoes, you’d be in the majority.  Let’s be clear: both … Continue reading

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Should I Build a Bat House to Help Control Mosquitoes?

Bats eat mosquitoes, right? We do not recommend nor advise using bat houses and bats for mosquito control. Most importantly, bats can transmit rabies to people and animals. In California in 2015, 86 percent (198) of rabies cases were in … Continue reading

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Why Are There So Many Skunk Families out on our Walking Trails?

Should I be alarmed? No, but avoid all contact with them since they can be a vector of rabies. Fall is the peak season for young skunks to leave the nest and find their own home. They are looking for … Continue reading

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Why Are There So Many Yellow Jackets Right Now?

Spring rain allowed yellowjackets to thrive There’s a popular saying that goes, “Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.” Fair enough. But must it also mean more yellowjackets? So far this year, the number of requests we’ve received each … Continue reading

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How Many Mosquitofish do I Need to Control Mosquitoes on my Property?

And where do I get them? Mosquitofish are used throughout the world as an efficient, hearty predator of mosquitoes, and for good reason. They are biologically suited for feeding on insects that fall onto or reside at the water’s surface. … Continue reading

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