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Keeping Ticks and Pests from Crashing Your Campsite

With the RV season kicking into full-gear and fuel prices low, record numbers of people are expected this year across the country in our nation’s outdoor treasures, yet venturing into nature can have its dangers when it involves coming into contact with harmful insects and company. To keep this pastime an enjoyable one, Court Parker, Chief Operating Officer of Southeastern US pest control company Bug Busters has some tips to help avoid pests when taking on the great outdoors. Anyone spending time outdoors should be committed to protecting themselves against these pests because although they are small in size, the diseases they can pass on from a bite are quite dangerous. Ticks, in particular, are common camping companions since they live in tall grass and wooded areas, waiting to grab onto passing hosts for feeding.

To help keep the campsite a bug- and animal-free zone, Bug Busters recommends adventurers take note of these tips:

“Appreciating nature is part of the camping experience, but admiring it in a safe and responsible way is best for a more enjoyable camping trip,” says Parker. “Coming into direct contact with certain insects and wildlife has its risks. Mosquitoes and ticks, for example, are vector pests that feed on blood and can transmit serious illnesses such as West Nile virus, Zika, Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Fever through their bites. In addition, other wildlife can become aggressive if they feel threatened, and animals such as raccoons and bats could be potential carriers of rabies. The best bet is to avoid contact with these animals as much as possible.”

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