Bug Myths

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A mild winter in the northeast has certainly led to a buggier pest season. Learn the truth behind the biggest bug myths according to Mens Health and ABC News.

Some People Give Off a Bug-Attracting Scent

Verdict: True.

Some sweat is tastier to bugs than other sweat, says Brian Allan, Ph.D., an assistant professor of entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Shower before the pool party and take occasional dips during. Learn how you can make your outdoor event less buggy.

You Can Develop a Bee Allergy as an Adult

Verdict: True.

There's a slight risk of an allergic reaction after a sting no matter what your age, says David Golden, M.D., an associate professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins. If you have symptoms of an allergic reaction within an hour, head to the ER. Learn more about preventing bees and bee stings.

Citronella Candles Repel Mosquitoes

Verdict: Sort of.

Citronella can reach a max repellency rate of 22 percent outdoors, according to a 2009 study. A better bet: Buy a diffuser with geraniol. This plant-derived oil had a 75 percent repellency rate within 20 feet, the study found. Learn how Thomas Pest Services can reduce mosquito populations.

Mixing Sunscreen and Bug Spray Is Okay

Verdict: False

An Australian study found that applying them at the same time lowered the repellent's effectiveness. The CDC advises applying sunscreen 20 minutes before you spray. Reapply sunscreen every hour or two, and use bug spray as needed. Learn more about pest free outdoor parties.

Ants, bees, mosquitoes, spiders, ticks are just some of the summer pests in the Clifton Park area. These insects have the ability to invade your Saratoga home/business or outdoor gathering. Thomas Pest Services is your pest expert in Northeast New York serving towns in and around Chatham, East Greenbush, Albany, Schenectady, Clifton Park, Malta, Saratoga, Edinburgh and Lake George. Contact us today, for a pest solution that meets your property, family and pest needs, so you can enjoy your summer without bothersome pests.

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