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This December has been anything but a winter wonderland. With the warm temperatures we’ve been having lately, it’s difficult to really get into the holiday spirit. Our friends down under are used to warm Christmas seasons like these. In fact, for the month of December, ice cream is a popular treat! We recently discovered that some Australians are now enjoying ice cream with some not-so-popular toppings, bugs!

At first thought, it seems adding insects is a perfect way to ruin a batch of delicious ice cream but the people behind this strange new trend have only good intentions. 

 “Climate change, increased global population, scarcity of agricultural land and rapidly changing consumer preferences collectively present serious challenges to our food security,” says associate professor, Kerry Wilkinson from the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine at Adelaide University. “The solution could lie with edible insects.”

Would you dare to try this bizarre treat?

 

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Everyone loves the holidays. Decorating the house, going to parties, watching gifts pile up under the tree and baking cookies for Santa are some of the magical parts of the season we love. Throughout all this excitement, it’s important to keep your home clean to remain pest-free. 

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The best defense against household pests is simple: Eliminate food and moisture sources and seal off potential entry points to your home. Follow these steps to ensure your holidays are Pest-Free!

Inspect the packaging of foods before purchasing for broken seals or signs of damage. If packaging is defective, do not purchase.

Store food and baking ingredients in airtight containers.

Clean surfaces regularly to eliminate crumbs or spills that may attract pests. Sweep or vacuum floors 2-3 times a week to remove dirt and food particles.

Don't leave pet food and water bowls sit out for long periods of time. Dispose of over ripe fruit and empty trash regularly to keep fruit flies away.

Wash dishes daily and regularly run the garbage disposal with hot water to prevent sewer flies or odors from occurring. Inspect under sinks for leaking pipes and clogged drains. Roaches especially love cabinets and under the sink where there is commonly excess moisture and damp conditions.

If you see pests in your home, call 1-800-532-5266 for your free inspection.

 

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We love this time of year. Nightly drives through a sea of sparkling trees and wreaths and coming back to beautiful heirloom ornaments and décor welcoming you home. Decorating for the holidays is the perfect way to bring the spirit of the season into your home. Unfortunately, sometimes an unexpected pest can quickly turn decorating into a sour experience.

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To evade unwelcome house pests like rodents, silverfish and spiders, we encourage homeowners to use caution when unpacking decorations and carefully inspect live greenery including trees and wreathes. It's a good idea to shake outdoors before bringing them in. Looking for telltale signs, like gnaw marks, droppings, and spider egg sacs can also help you avoid bringing infested items inside.

  • In an effort to make holiday arrangements stress-free, NPMA offers these tips to keep pests from dulling the shine of this year’s décor:
  • Shake off trees and garlands. Carefully inspect them for pests or eggs that can hide in branches before bringing them indoors.
  • If copying a DIY natural decoration from Pinterest or other craft site, inspect all foliage outside the home before beginning projects.
  • Store firewood on raised structures located at least 20 feet away from the home. Inspect firewood for pests and brush it off before bringing it indoors.
  • After pulling decorations from storage, unpack them outdoors to check for pests like mice. Look inside boxes for droppings or gnaw marks. Examine string lights to ensure wiring is fully intact.
  • When storing décor after the holidays, use durable, sealed containers that pests can't chew through instead of cardboard boxes or plastic bags.

These guidelines will make holiday decorating a seamless process. If you require a Pest-Free service or are interested in an estimate, please call 1-800-532-5266 and we will be happy to help.

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That old cob web in the corner of the closet may hold clues to the type of spider that was once there. A recent study reveals that by looking at remnant spider webs, scientists can collect the DNA of its parent spider and the prey it captured. Researchers can then use this information for everything from conservation ecology to pest management. Looks like Charlotte wasn’t the only spider using its web to tell us something! Check out the full story here

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Have you ever snuck a banana past the customs check point at the airport? Shame on you! It may seem harmless to smuggle just one little apple into a country; after all, what if you need a snack on the way to the hotel? On the contrary, officials in New Zealand are shaking their heads after an illegal piece of fruit left them with an expensive pest control bill.

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"We assume that what's happened is that someone has brought a piece of fruit in. It could have been through the airport, or the port.” This seemingly innocent task carried in fruit flies, an invasive pest that cost them nearly NZ$1m per insect killed, which is the equivalent to $668,000. Worth every penny, considering a potential outbreak could put New Zealand's agricultural industry and unique eco-system at risk.

 

So the next time you try to sneak a fruity snack into a foreign country, think of this story and maybe you’ll reconsider. 

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