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When to Seek Medical Attention After a Bee Sting

With summer here and the sun out, the bees are ready to be out too. Unfortunately, we’ll be spending more time outdoors as well. So, we’re likely to come into contact with a bee or two at some point, and by that we mean get stung by one. Bee stings can be painful but also generally harmless, although some situations may need medical attention. When should you seek medical attention after a bee sting?

General Bee-Sting Symptoms 

Bee stings involve venom being injected into the sting site and result in a red bruise. Sometimes the bruise will appear white, and both the pain and swelling is minor. If you’re stung by a bee you should remove the stinger and attached venom sac. Your fingernail, credit card or any other similar item should do the trick. 

Please note, it’s best that you don’t use tweezers, for they can squeeze more venom into the sting site. The symptoms from the bee sting should ease up after a couple of hours. For some people, their allergic reaction is a lot stronger to an insect’s venom. This can lead to much worse side effects, such as very large swollen bruises that can grow in size within just a 48-hour period.

Bee Sting Reactions That Require Medical Attention

If you notice your bee sting reaction becoming more severe and beginning to spread past the sting site, it’s time to visit the hospital. Some allergic reactions to bee stings can be pretty life-threatening and must get immediate medical attention. A serious bee sting allergy known as anaphylaxis occurs through:

  • Weak, rapid pulse.
  • Nausea.
  • Lip, tongue or throat swelling.
  • Dizziness.
  • Vomiting.
  • Fainting.
  • Diarrhea. 
  • Troubles with your breathing.
  • A loss of consciousness.
  • Skin reactions. 

Anaphylactic shock is the most severe bee sting threat. This is a life-threatening swelling of the throat and tongue, which can prevent you from breathing. It’s very crucial that you get to an emergency room immediately if in this situation with even one or two symptoms. 

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Tips to Protect Lawns From Pests

Dreams of lush, springy grass may be dashed to pieces when pests turn it into an all-you-can-eat salad buffet. Read on to see what you can do to protect your lawn from some of Idaho’s garden pests.

Grubs and Beetles

Look for brown spots in your lawn this summer that don’t seem to recover even though other brown patches have after watering. Pull up on a handful of grass to see if it easily comes up, like lifting a carpet. Grubs tear through the roots that anchor them into the ground and cause the grass to lift up easily.

Do not dig up the grass; it adds a lot of extra work and makes your lawn look even more unsightly. Treat the section of your yard with some insect control and continue to water it instead. New roots will grow back into the soil in time.

Billbugs (Weevils)

Billbugs tear through the roots of your grass. As adults, they feast on your grass blades. They can quickly turn sections of healthy grass into enormous, dead, brown patches. Preemptive actions are the best when dealing with them, so an infestation will not take over your lawn.

Use insecticides to kill the adults as they start to become active in the spring. Follow with another round of insecticides to kill any growing populations of grubs before they can grow and reproduce.

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How to Keep a Healthy Lawn During the Hot Summer Months

Summer is well on its way and the sun is shining hotter and longer, meaning your lawn will need much more attention than usual. The heat this season can be both good and bad for your lawn. Depending on how you care for it, your lawn will either thrive this summer or completely dry out. It’s important that you help maintain its health all throughout the season. 

Here’s how to keep a healthy lawn during the hot summer months. 

Feed Your Lawn Regularly

Just like humans, your lawn needs food to maintain its health. Fertilize your lawn every six to eight weeks using a lower nitrogen content fertilizer to avoid fast-growing grass. Consider using a slow-release fertilizer to help protect the turf from getting burned while also providing a source of nutrients.

Mow High

Set your mower blade on a high setting when mowing your lawn. Avoid cutting it less than 3 to 3½ inches, and avoid cutting more than a third of its height at once. This way your lawn can remain healthy and provide more shade for the delicate root system. This results in deeper, stronger roots from the taller blades and prevents the grass from drying out quickly. 

Water Your Lawn Early 

Consider watering your lawn between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. Watering it in the midday will cause your lawn to dry out. This is because the sun will evaporate most of the water before the grass has had time to soak it up. Watering your grass early will also help prevent any fungal diseases from developing. 

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How Often Should You Weed Your Lawn and Flower Beds?

It is now the time of the year when people are enjoying the great outdoors. During this season, we see more and more plantlife bloom. While we enjoy most of these plants, there are some we wish to never see — weeds. There are over 8000 plants that are weeds. Once they appear, you have to work hard to keep them out. So, how often should you weed your lawn and flower beds?

What are Weeds?

Weeds are plants that grow where they are not wanted. For example, you may see plants growing out of sidewalks or buildings. These are weeds. There are over 8000 species of weeds all over the world. Once you see them, it is best to remove them from the area, so they do not take over. 

What do Weeds do to My Lawn or Flowerbed?

Besides looking aesthetically unpleasing, weeds are an invasive species. Therefore, if you do not tend to them, they will take over your garden or lawn. Once they take over, they can cause other plants like flowers, fruits, vegetables, shrubs and trees to die. Unkempt yards are also perfect sheltering grounds for pests like bees, mosquitoes and termites

How Often Should I Weed?

On average, you should weed your lawn, flowerbeds and gardens once a week. Weekly weeding can also vary depending on the climate of your environment as well as the season. In general, people pull the most weeds during spring and summer when there is more moisture and sun outside. 

How do I Weed?

Luckily, weeding your garden is not a difficult task, and anyone can do it. You can pull small weeds out with your hands. For deeper weeds, you can use a shovel or a weed whacker. If you do not want weeds to return after removing them, or there are too many in the area, you can use a commercial weed removing solution. If you do use a commercial product, follow the directions exactly. 

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Are Bed Bugs Active in the Spring?

Bed bugs are a particularly bad infestation to have. Because they are small and stay out of sight, people often have bed bugs long before they realize it, giving the bugs plenty of time to multiply and spread around the house. 

It seems like there’s always a spike in bed bug cases in the fall, which leads many to wonder whether or not fall is the only time you have to worry about them. The short answer to that question is no, but there’s more to the story:

Hitch-Hikers

Bed bugs are most noticed in the fall because they are notorious hitchhikers. They don’t travel much on their own, and yet they’re great at getting into new homes and rooms.

Bed bugs travel with you. For example, when you go into an infested hotel room you might lay your suitcase down or spread out your clothes on the bed. Attracted by the heat and the scent of your body, bed bugs will naturally investigate, looking for food. Before you know it, they get swooped up into your luggage or the seams of your clothes and are headed back with you.

Since people tend to travel in the spring and summer, this is when the problem starts. 

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