Campfires and Cookouts: 4 Ways to Pest Proof Your Barbecue

Few things define summer more than a good old-fashioned cookout. Every year, your friends and family salivate over your delicious smoky meals, and you've definitely accumulated a large number of mouth-watering recipes.

But your friends and family aren't the only ones abuzz with the prospect of your famous franks and prizewinning patties. As soon as you strike that match or heat up the grill, you can bet that mosquitos, bees, wasps, ants, and flies will swarm to inspect your food.

Fortunately, you don't have to feed these uninvited guests. With a little preparation, you can keep the pests away from your barbecued chicken and enjoy your meal in peace.

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Ticks and Lyme Disease: What You Need to Know

When you hear the word ticks, you may immediately think of Lyme disease. If ticks are common in your area, you may be scared of picking one up and getting sick.

You don't have to be afraid to go outside. While Lyme disease is serious, you can take steps to lessen the chance of getting it. This blog can teach you what Lyme disease is, how ticks transmit it, how you treat it, and what you can do to lessen your chances of catching it.

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3 Helpful Insects You Want in Your Garden

You love your garden. You carefully chose each herb, vegetable, and flower, and you planted them tenderly by hand. You regularly pull weeds, and you make sure your plants always have enough water.

But did you know that you're not the only one tending to your leafy greens?

The following insects are Mother Nature's little helpers. You can count on these insects to keep pesky, harmful bugs at bay without damaging your tender shoots and new leaves.

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Bugs by the Numbers

Think about the last time you saw a huge group of ants. Maybe you came across an ant hill at the park, or perhaps you had an ant infestation on your driveway because a sugary piece of candy attracted hundreds of them. Whatever the situation, you saw so many they were impossible to count.

How many ants roam the planet today? Two Pulitzer Prize-winning scientists estimate that the global ant population fluctuates between 1 and 10 quadrillion-or about 1.4 million ants for every 1 human. Thankfully, most of those ants won't come to clean up after your picnic.

This statistic is only one amazing number related to the world's bugs. Below, we'll explore more facts about the insect and arachnid populations, including some world records held by creepy crawly critters.

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3 Bugs You Can Eat (But You Might Not Want To)

Many Americans love a good apocalypse movie. From Mad Max to Children of Men to War of the Worlds, these movies not only thrill us, but they remind of us our surprising ability to survive despite the grimmest circumstances.

However, many of these movies forget that the key to surviving an emergency situation isn't always to stock up on guns and ammo and lock ourselves inside a mall. Rather, the most successful individuals are the ones who use their knowledge and resources to find food, water, and shelter.

Should the worst happen, keep in mind that you can forage for food in your own backyard. Common pests that you might otherwise squash could serve as a valuable protein source during an intense survival situation. And even though it's not likely that you'll face an apocalypse, you might be interested in how many cultures worldwide do eat these critters.

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