"More peo­ple are becom­ing ill with dis­eases car­ried by ticks and mos­qui­toes, bit­ing pests that arrive with warmer weath­er, says Con­sumer Reports. The annu­al num­ber of these infec­tions, such as Lyme dis­ease and West Nile virus, report­ed to the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion more than tripled between 2004 and 2016 in the U.S. But before you spray your yard with pes­ti­cides, opt for effec­tive yet less dras­tic meth­ods."