How to Avoid Garden Bug Pests
Keep safe from these pesky bugs and treat any injuries from ill encounters
Sharing your prized plantings with ticks and other garden pests can be annoying—and harmful. Stay prepared and safe with these tricks for avoiding and treating injuries.
To steer clear of Lyme disease, wear long pants tucked into socks. Check yourself and pets when coming inside. Find a critter? Use tweezers to pull it up and out; wash with soap and water. See an MD if you get a rash or fever within a few weeks, advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Bees want nectar-filled flowers, so don't resemble one: Avoid bright floral clothes and scented lotions. And always wear shoes—many stings happen when bees are stepped on. If you get stung, wash with soap and water; remove the stinger by wiping with gauze, says the CDC.
They mostly just cause itchy welts, but mosquitoes can carry disease. To keep them out of your yard, remove breeding grounds, like buckets, empty pots, and anywhere else water collects. They tend to bite at dawn and dusk, so if you're out, wear a repellent with DEET.