How to Keep Bugs Out of Your Sandbox: Cinnamon!

A sandbox can create hours of fun for kids but sharing it with bugs is nobody’s idea of a fun time. If you’re looking for safe and effective ways to keep ants and other creepy crawlies away from the kids’ sandy playtime, cinnamon in the sandbox may be your solution.

This fragrant spice and pantry staple just so happens to be highly offensive to unwanted sandbox intruders. You sprinkle, they run!

While you may be hesitant to put pesticides and other chemical-based repellant products in or around the sandbox, cinnamon is child-safe, eco-friendly, and affordable.

Read on to learn more about keeping bugs out of the sandbox with cinnamon, so the kids can enjoy bug-free fun in the sand and sun.

Does Cinnamon Keep Bugs Out of a Sandbox?

Yes, cinnamon in the sandbox does more than creating a pleasant aroma. The strong, spicy scent also repels bugs—they want nothing to do with it! The spice contains eugenol, an aromatic compound commonly found in traditional insect repellants.

Bugs also don’t like cinnamon’s powdery texture, and cinnamon has chemicals that have been shown to kill mosquito eggs and repel adult mosquitos, making it a triple-whammy to keep bugs out of the sandbox.

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How Much Cinnamon to Put in Your Sandbox

If you’re ready to add cinnamon to the sandbox, you may be wondering how much is enough. Sprinkling too much cinnamon in the sandbox can lead to eye irritation for the little ones who are playing in the sand.

For best results, start with one tablespoon of powdered cinnamon for an average-sized sandbox (typically 48” x 48”). Sprinkle the cinnamon evenly over the surface of the sand and mix it with a rake to disperse the spice throughout the box.

Another natural bug-repelling option is to use cinnamon oil: add a few drops of the essential oil to a spray bottle full of water and spray the entire sandbox area. Once dry, the kids can jump in for bug-free sand play.

Keep in mind that although cinnamon will repel bugs, it won’t necessarily kill them. If you notice too many bugs in the sand, it’s a good idea to dump the sandbox, fill it with fresh sand, and add the cinnamon to prevent a bug infestation from reoccurring.

Added Cinnamon to the Sandbox but Still Got a Bug Problem?

If you’re overwhelmed by bugs in your sandbox, it can be a sign that your yard needs some pest control help. The trusted pest control experts at your local Mosquito Joe can help make your yard itch-free with natural barrier treatments that can last up to thirty days. Give us a call at 1-855-275-2563 or request an estimate online today.


What Does a Tick Bite Feel and Look Like? The Surprising Truth and What to Do Next

Heading home from an all-too-brief camping trip, you notice a small, hard bump on the back of your knee. Using a mirror, you see a slight red swelling with a dark center and… Eww! Are those legs? Sorry — that is what a tick bite looks like when the tick remains embedded in your skin. The dark spot is the tick’s body, with the head of the tick under your skin. It will be flat if the bite is fresh, but the tick’s body will swell up to ten times its size as it feasts on your blood (ugh!).

Don’t panic. Remain calm, and carefully remove the tick properly.

Between climate change and loss of habitat, we’re experiencing a significant uptick in tick bites and tick-borne diseases. Knowledge is power, so let’s talk ticks. What does a tick bite look like? Can you feel a tick bite? What does a tick look like on the skin? And how do ticks get on you in the first place?

The Surprising Truth About Tick Bites: Can You Feel Them?

Can you feel a tick bite? Surprisingly, most people never feel a tick bite. Ranging in size from a tiny poppy seed to an apple seed, depending upon its life cycle stage, a tick is so small that you won’t even feel one crawling on your skin.

Myth vs. Reality: Do Tick Bites Hurt?

There are a surprising number of myths about ticks. For all its potential to make you sick, a tick bite doesn’t hurt unless you have a severe allergic reaction. So, can you feel a tick bite? Usually not. A mild allergic reaction causes some itchiness in some people, but usually, people never feel the bite. Why not?

The Role of Tick Saliva: Anesthetic Effects

(Yes, this is gross, but it’s also pretty cool.) The reason you can’t feel a tick bite is that tick saliva contains powerful and complex numbing agents that enable the tiny arachnid to avoid detection while it feeds on its host. The tick’s super saliva allows it to bypass several critical defenses to drink its host’s blood in peace for up to ten days. Medical science is studying tick spit to better understand the human immune system. (Told you it was cool).

What Does a Tick Bite Look Like on Skin?

Since you cannot feel a tick bite or even a tick crawling on you, it’s essential to look for them visually. So, what does a tick bite look like? (Brace yourself.)

Early Stage Tick Bites

A tick bite resembles a small red bump, much like a mosquito bite or a small pimple. Unless it is infected, there will be no fluid or pus. Ticks prefer to bite in warm, moist spots, like armpits, behind the knee, between the toes, in the groin, and near hair. The tick itself is small, flat, and dark. Its legs are visible in an early stage bite before the body swells with blood, blocking your view of those legs. (Ick).

Ticks Under Skin

You’ll never see a whole tick under your skin. Instead, a tick embeds its mouth parts into the flesh of a host when it bites, holding fast using a barbed feeding tube. As the tick engorges with blood, it can swell from the size of a sesame seed to the size of a pea. If the tick has already detached, you may see an area of redness around the bite site.

What Does a Tick Bite Feel Like?

Unlike bites from mosquitoes and other bugs, tick bites do not typically cause immediate skin irritation or itching sensation.

Redness, Swelling, or Crust

The bite typically swells and turns red, looking like a small mosquito bite. You may have a small scab develop around the puncture site. This is normal. However, if the bite develops a dark sore or crusty spot after a couple of weeks, this may be a sign of African tick bite fever and should be reported to your doctor.

Bullseye Rash (Lyme Disease)

A red bullseye rash is a telltale sign of Lyme disease, present in 70% of infections. The rash often feels warm but typically does not itch or hurt. In rare cases, there may be a burning sensation or you see a crusty outer ring.

How Do Ticks Get on You?

Ticks do not fly or jump. To get on you, you must make physical contact with the tiny arachnid.

How Ticks Find Their Hosts

Ticks have a unique hunting behavior called questing. They climb to the top of a tall grass blade or the very edge of a shrub to wait for a large mammal to brush past. The tick senses the animal’s (or human’s) approach through body heat and detects the animal’s sweat, smell, and exhaled CO2. The tick then grasps the passing host with its front legs, releasing its hold on the leaf it climbed out on.

Common Tick Habitats

It seems pretty clear that all you have to do to keep from getting bitten is to avoid tick country, right? But ticks live where animals live and where humans and our pets love to play. Ticks inhabit tall grasses, mountains, and wooded areas where you find deer and rabbits, as well as our favorite spots for camping, hiking, hunting, and fishing. They also reside in city parks and other green spaces, and love hanging out on brush that often edges the beach.

Increasingly, people are encountering ticks in their own backyards. As new construction encroaches on tick habitat and wildlife come onto your property looking for an easy meal, ticks become a menace on your property.

Contact Mosquito Joe® for Effective Tick Control

Now you know what a tick bite looks like. If our tick talk has left you feeling squeamish — never fear! Mosquito Joe’s professional tick yard treatment can tackle those pesky blood-suckers for you. Our comprehensive pest control services are dedicated to making your outdoor spaces fun again, free from the bites, stings, and harassment from various bugs and insects.

We know you’ll be tickled with our tick control because the Neighborly Done Right Promise® and the Mosquito Joe Satisfaction Guarantee back everything we do.

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Tick Bite FAQs

Do you have more questions about what a tick bite looks like? We’ve got answers:

Can a tick bite look like a pimple?

Yes, once the tick detaches, a tick bite often looks like a pimple, without pus or fluid, unless the bite is infected.

What are the concerning signs after a tick bite?

If a bull’s eye rash forms after a tick bite, that is a very bad sign. (If the red swelling is surrounded by unaffected skin, that is ringed with a red circle.) This is the characteristic appearance of a tick bite that has transmitted Lyme disease. Other concerning signs include fever, body aches, sore joints, swollen lymph nodes, and lethargy.


Mosquito Vision: Can Mosquitoes See?

Have you wondered about mosquito vision? Maybe yes, maybe no, but you’ve undoubtedly experienced first-hand that these pesky insects manage to bite at all times of the day.

Perhaps you’ve even heard some of the latest research that indicates mosquitoes are attracted to the color red. Before you throw out all of the red clothing you own, let’s dig a little deeper to uncover the facts behind mosquito eyesight. The truth is that mosquitoes use their sight but also olfactory senses (sense of smell) and thermal cues to find prey for their blood meals.

Read on to see if there’s any good strategy for avoiding their bite!

First, How Do Mosquitoes See?

The human eye has one large lens. Mosquito eyes have hundreds of small lenses called ommatidia. These enable the mosquito to see in several directions at one time and to detect movement.

Mosquitoes see in black and white and perceive outlines and shapes rather than crisp, clear details like humans. When they’re on the hunt, mosquitoes use their two compound eyes but also their thermal detectors (located in their mouths) to seek out the prey and move in for the bite.

When the mosquito flies within 15 to 50 feet of you—day or night—you’re on their radar, giving them the option of moving in for a meal. Of course, only female mosquitoes feed on blood, so absolutely no worries if you’re dealing with a male mosquito (not that you are likely to know either way).

How Many Eyes Does a Mosquito Have?

A mosquito has two compound eyes—one on each side of its head. Although there are only two eyes on each mosquito, their vision plays a major role in prey detection.

Can Mosquitoes See in the Dark?

Yes, mosquitoes can see you in the dark. They have excellent night vision and can detect objects at low light far better than humans can.

How Mosquitoes See Humans

Mosquitoes use multiple senses to “see” humans, including their sense of smell, vision, heat detection, and, yes, if you’ve been wondering, even carbon dioxide detection. The first thing that typically attracts a mosquito aside from them seeing you is an exhalation of carbon dioxide. Mosquitoes have sensors to detect CO2. Then, they use their other senses to zero in on the prey.

New research indicates mosquitoes are especially attracted to the color red, including the reddish aspects of all skin types. Human skin—regardless of the pigmentation—gives off a long-wavelength signal in the red-orange range. So, when exploring the great outdoors, it’s a good idea to cover as much of your skin as possible.

When Is the Best Time to Be Outside to Avoid Mosquitoes?

When it comes to the best time to be outside to avoid mosquitoes, it’s really a toss-up. With over 176 species of mosquitoes, some are active during the day, while most are active at dusk, dawn, or nighttime. In other words, there’s no great time to avoid mosquitoes.

If you’re outside, you can almost guarantee some mosquito may be seeking you out. However, the majority of mosquitoes venture out at night to avoid the sunlight that can dehydrate them or even kill them. The daytime poses less of a mosquito threat to you and your family members, but it’s still common to get a bite during daytime hours.

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Mosquito Eyes Freaking You Out? Give Us a Call

If you’re hoping to find a better way to escape mosquito vision to spare you and your family from itchy bites, there is a way. Turn to the reliable team at your local Mosquito Joe for mosquito control for your property, including natural barrier treatments. Give us a call at 1-855-275-2563 or request an estimate online today.