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Posted by on in Mosquitoes

There really is a right and a wrong way to apply bug spray repellents. The correct way to start is to carefully read the label of the product before purchasing or applying. When trying to keep ticks and mosquitoes away for you, the CDC recommends repellents containing either picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535. Stay safe this summer and keep the bugs away!

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According to NBC News, the memorial tree planted in honor of Beatle George Harrison has died to an infestation of an ironic pest, the beetle. The specific beetle doing the damage was the bark beetle and ladybug beetle. The tree was planted in Griffith Park which is located in Los Angeles, California. 

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Photo of George Harrison (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

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Posted by on in Ants

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Via the University of Florida's IFAS Extension. Click here to download a full-color PDF. 

Tawny Crazy Ant Facts

What you may see your pest control professional do:

-Treat landscape plants

-Spread insecticidal granules that kill ants by contact

-Spray liquid insecticides around the perimeter of your house

-Apply baits that ants will consume and share with other ants

-Apply crack and crevice products on the inside of homes or 

buildings

 

What your pest control professional cannot do:

-Treat other people’s property

-Put pesticides down sewers

-Make “off-label” applications

 

What homeowners should do and expect:

-Make sure you have a correct identification for this ant

-Be a good neighbor and eliminate food, water and shelter 

that encourages colony growth by:

-De-cluttering and

-Establishing regular trash and yard debris removal

-If you have taken pest control measures, please do not hose 

the ants off the pavement area with water. You will wash 

away your treatment. Use a blower instead. 

-Pest control customers used to quarterly or yearly service 

will find that they must pay for a monthly (or more 

frequent) service.

-Homeowners should be careful about “self-treating” since 

it may counteract what your pest control professional has 

done. For example, if you spray an insecticide over a bait you 

will render the bait ineffective.

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The Florida Department of Health has recently updated the tally of Floridians who contracted Chikungunya to 81. All of these Floridians had recently traveled to the Caribbean, where the mosquito virus is rampant. Chikungunya causes sometimes severe fever and joint pain. Florida officials are urging residents to follow the "Drain and Cover" program to help combat the spread of this terrible illness. 

Drain and Cover

  • Drain standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying. (bird baths, recycling bins, anything that can fill with water)
  • Cover your skin with clothing and use mosquito repellent.
  • Cover doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out.

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Posted by on in Mosquitoes

Texas, Ohio, Florida, the Chikungunya virus is spreading throughout the United States. The virus is spread to human beings by mosquito bites. Symptoms in humans consist of fever, soreness, muscle aches, rashes, and joint pain. 

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At time of writing, their are currently cases of people who have the Chikungunya virus in 28 states throughout the country. Fortunately, their are no reported deaths here and we hope that fact continues to remain.

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