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There are over one thousand different species of scorpions. The United States as a whole is home to about ninety species. Fortunately for Floridians, the state is known to house only three species, none of which deliver a sting that is fatal to humans. The three species of Floridian scorpions are the Bark Scorpion, the Hentz Striped Scorpion, and the Guiana Striped Scorpion. Of these three, it is the Bark Scorpion that humans are most likely to come into contact with. Florida scorpions range from one inch to four inches in size and have that classic crab-like-only-slender appearance.

b2ap3_thumbnail_AC01_03.jpgIf someone is stung by one of these scorpions the sting is comparable to a wasp with possibly slightly more intense pain. There can be a burning, stinging, painful type of feeling at the site of the sting.  The post-sting effects of a scorpion sting encounter is also similar to a wasp sting. Soreness, tenderness, swelling and pain can last for a few days. If the reaction is particularly bad, medical attention is a good idea as a scorpion antivenom is available from medical professionals.

Scorpions generally prefer living outdoors but certainly can be found indoors at times. They like living in the shade and under things. Things like firewood, garbage cans, and tarps. Putting these things on blocks or removing them is a smart way to reduce scorpion harborage. Another fairly simple solution that can possibly cause a dramatic decline in a scorpion population as well as other other pests from getting indoors is to keep tree branches and shrubbery pruned back so that they do not touch the walls or roof of a structure. Tree branches and shrubbery that is in contact with a house acts as an easy highway transport system for unwanted pests such as scorpions. 

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Both the Florida Department of Health and The Centers for Disease Control have confirmed that a case of the Zika virus being spread by a mosquito in Florida has been confirmed. This will be the first case of the Zika virus being spread by an American mosquito/s to American human beings. Florida officials say a total of four people have contracted Zika and they all live in a neighborhood in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. As has been previously recommended, Floridians and especially pregnant women need to take precaution by wearing mosquito repellent when spending anytime outdoors. Currently in Florida there are 386 cases of Zika related to travel and that trend seems to be on the upswing. This is terrible news for residents of Florida and the United States as there seems to be a link between the Zika virus and the infant brain deforming disease microcephaly.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Scott.pngJust this past week, a Falcon employee reached the 25-year mark of working at Falcon Lawn & Pest. His name is Scott Ponder. He started off working as a Pest Control technician and over the years has been promoted to supervisor. He has been a valuable, trustworthy, and important asset to the Falcon team and we couldn’t be prouder of him. Currently, he supervises the growing auto fleet here at Falcon. We celebrated Scott’s 25-years of service mark with cake and a celebration at a recent meeting. Cheers Scott!

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Wanted to know exactly what having a professional pest control service is like?

Falcon uses the most advanced materials and proven Integrated Pest Management methods designed to give you a pest free home.  All materials used are placed in inaccessible areas, away from your family and pets. By using the latest in bait technology, no indoor "spraying" is necessary for effective treatment.  After the initial infestations are eliminated, all other treatments are directed at the exterior. This intercepts insects before they get in your home, and frees you from meeting technicians every month. 

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Our service includes a 12 foot perimeter of protection to keep insects away from your home.  If you have any problems with any covered insect, either inside or outside, additional service is free of charge, guaranteed. It covers all crawling insects, also wasps, spiders, indoor fleas & ticks, indoor rats/mice, and mosquitoes. Have any further questions? Give us a call at 407-281-8815.


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The National Pest Management Association is about to begin a national television campaign starting in June. It is a series of public service announcements they have dubbed Pests Without Borders. The facts and figures they are promoting and we stand with are as follows:

Public Service Announcement Focusing on Pests as Vectors of Disease

Illnesses spread by pests, including Zika, malaria and dengue, are causing a major health crisis around the world. These and other vector-borne diseases result in more than 1 million deaths each year. Fortunately, we don't face the same level of threat here in the United States; however, it's important not to let our guard down and take steps to avoid contact with the dangerous pests like mosquitoes and ticks that spread these diseases.

Consider these facts:

As many as 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, according to 2013 estimates from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, only 30,000 cases are typically reported.

Lyme disease cases are concentrated in the Northeast and upper Midwest, with 14 states accounting for over 96% of cases reported to CDC.

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