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Mosquitoes are hitch-hiking across sub-tropical regions, according to scientists at the Smithsonian

Mosquitoes are hitch-hiking across sub-tropical regions, according to scientists at the Smithsonian

When it comes to travelling, it’s key that you remember to take with you all of your travel documents, your currency, your essential items and of course your suitcase. However, it may also be the case that you are bringing an unwelcome invader with you - in the form of a mosquito. Scientists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute have found that mosquitoes are spreading to new places in the world, via a type of ‘hitch-hiking’. The scientists have discovered that several species of mosquitoes are actually successful at sneaking into luggage, cars, trains and even planes - and ultimately...

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Do I need pest control for mosquitoes in the UK?

Do I need pest control for mosquitoes in the UK?

The short answer to this is, yes. You absolutely do need protection for mosquitos even here in the UK! It’s a surprisingly common myth that mosquitoes cannot survive and do not bite in the UK. This is completely untrue.  Believe it or not, there are more than 3,500 species of mosquito now known to us, with new varieties regularly being discovered. Of these 3,500 types of mosquito, 34 of these are actually completely native to the UK. That being said, though several of these native species are capable of transmitting pathogens, cases of serious bloodbourne diseases such as malaria, dengue...

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Top healthcare tips for heading to a new city this summer!

Top healthcare tips for heading to a new city this summer!

Summertime is here and with the recent heatwave in the U.K, holiday spirits have been lifted, and those who have a holiday booked are packing their essentials However, when chasing the sun in an exciting new city abroad, you must remember to keep these health tips in mind.  Disease Control and Prevention If you’re visiting a high-risk area, such as Brazil, visiting your local GP four to six weeks before travelling is imperative. You need to consult with your local GP and make sure all vaccinations are up to date for the country you are visiting and ensure that you...

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Your risk of Lyme Disease is higher than ever

Your risk of Lyme Disease is higher than ever

If you’re spending time outdoors in sunnier climes during their warmer months, there’s unfortunately an ever increasing risk that you’ll be infected with a disease spread by insects or ticks. That’s the major finding of a recent report by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When they looked at the number of illnesses spread by mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas between 2004 and 2016, they found that cases had more than tripled.   Out of the 642,000 total cases of mosquito, tick, and flea-borne illnesses tracked in the 13-year study period, 77 percent were from ticks. And of...

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