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What the polar vortex means for the stink bug population

Many residents are holding out hope that the unusually cold, harsh winter reduced the number of ticks, stink bugs and other pests that will be buzzing and crawling around this summer.

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 10:18am EDT

Tags: stink bugs, polar vortex

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Despite long winter, tick season starts early

Despite the mid-April cold snap, tick season is beginning around the D.C. metro area and that means it brings a risk for Lyme disease, according to a local doctor.

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 01:16pm EDT

Tags: lyme disease

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Lyme disease crawls into new parts of region

Lyme disease infection rates in this region are among the highest in the country, and the disease is beginning to show up in areas where it was seldom seen before.

Wednesday - 07/24/2013, 11:03am EDT

Tags: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, lyme disease, paula wolfson

Garden Plot: How to beat back mosquitoes

Garden Plot Editor Mike McGrath answers all of your garden and lawn care questions. On the list this week: controlling ticks and mosquitoes, wise watering and rose bush care.

Friday - 05/17/2013, 10:49am EDT

Tags: gardening, mike mcgrath, Garden Plot, Tick Tubes, watering, mosquitoes, lawn care

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Tick season: Take precautions and watch for signs of Lyme disease

It's the time of year again where those headed to a wooded area need to protect themselves from ticks that may carry Lyme disease.

Friday - 05/10/2013, 06:12am EDT

Tags: Hank Silverberg, lyme disease, David Gaines

Garden Plot: Torch those dandelions goodbye

Weed and seed like a pro with advice from Mike McGrath.

Friday - 04/26/2013, 09:52am EDT

Tags: Garden Plot, weeds, pets, mike mcgrath

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Cicadas, ticks and moles in your garden

WTOP Garden Editor Mike McGrath offers advice on cicadas, moles and ticks. And he has some tips about when to put your summer plants outside.

Friday - 04/19/2013, 03:53am EDT

Tags: Garden Plot, mike mcgrath, gardening, cicadas, moles,

Dr. Pawz: Preventing mosquitoes, ticks in your pets

Did you know that dogs can be bitten by as many as 500 mosquitoes per day in peak season? The good news is, you can protect your pet.

Thursday - 04/11/2013, 02:00pm EDT

Tags: Katy Nelson, Dr. Pawz, flea, preventative medication, veterinarian, pets

Growing fruits and nuts not for the faint of heart

All you need to know about edible plants, and getting ready for the region's cold weather with these gardening tips - but watch out for acorns.

Friday - 10/12/2012, 12:47pm EDT

Tags: mike mcgrath, fruit trees, Cold weather,

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Take a stand against ticks and Lyme Disease

This spring and summer could bring a lot more cases of Lyme disease, a disease ecologist says.

Wednesday - 05/16/2012, 08:06am EDT

Tags: veronica robinson, lyme disease

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