We are excited to announce, that throughout the month of October, Falcon will makes a $5 donation to the American Cancer Society to fund breast cancer research to help find a cure for every new pest or lawn service purchased. More details to follow soon!
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BBC News recently published an in-depth feature article on the psychological reasons humans feel fright when they see a cockroach. The following is a quote from the story that is particularily illuminating:
Roaches invade our homes and make those intimate spaces their own. As physical embodiments of filth and germs, they show that for all of our fortifications against dirt and disease, those efforts are ultimately futile. “They’ve really figured out how to exploit the opportunities we create, and in doing so, developed behaviours and life histories that prevent us from controlling them,” says Jeff Lockwood, a professor of natural sciences and humanities at the University of Wyoming. “In a sense, we loathe that which we foster.” Our very existence enables them to thrive."
The excellent piece goes on to detail examples of famous authors and myths involving the cockroach. The authors of the story go on to detail that is actually an "evolutionary aversion" to the filthiness, greasiness, and disease-carrying ways of the cockroach. Please do yourself and read the excellent story prepared by the BCC.
Some people are tastier than others; to mosquitoes that is! There are many factors that determine how yummy you are to mosquitoes like your blood type, metabolic rate, genetic makeup and bodily chemicals. Not only can this make you more likely to develop those itchy red spots we all just love, but it also makes you more vulnerable to illnesses that develop from mosquito-borne viruses like chikungunya, Dengue fever and West Nile virus.
Protect yourself by wearing light colored clothing, long sleeves and pants, applying insect repellant containing DEET to exposed skin and clearing any stagnant water from your yard or home where mosquitoes can breed. If you have mosquitoes in or around your home call your Falcon representative today.
Raise your hand if you love cockroaches!
Okay, nobody likes cockroaches. They creep around your garage, behind cereal boxes, across your kitchen counter, next to your toothbrush and up your wall. They’re disgusting and we hate them. But did you know they can physically make you sick? It is widely known that these pests carry diseases but you may not know that many people are allergic to cockroaches.
Research shows that cockroaches carry allergens that can cause skin rash, itchy eyes, stuffy noses, wheezing, and asthma attacks. As if we needed more reasons to dislike these creepy pests.
Although chikungunya has been getting a lot of press lately, it isn’t the only mosquito-borne illness threatening Floridians. With five confirmed cases of West Nile virus reported last year, and another recent confirmed case in Volusia County, knowing how to protect oneself from Florida mosquitoes is crucial in the remaining hot months. While the elderly are at a greater risk for West Nile virus “only about 1-in-5 people who are infected develop symptoms, which include fever, headache and body aches, and a few of those who are sickened develop a more serious illness that is sometimes fatal”, said Dr. Amy Vittor of the University of Florida Health’s infectious disease division.
Using insect repellent on exposed skin, wearing long sleeves and pants when outdoors, and eliminating any stagnant water where mosquitoes can breed are just some measures you can take to keep your family safe from mosquito-borne illnesses like West Nile virus and chikungunya. Check out this article from The Daytona Beach News Journal for more details.