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Habitat for Humanity poured the foundation for the first of 59 homes in Butler's Preserve on Friday. Volunteers and attendees were given cards to write well wishes for the new families and placed the notes in the foundation of the home as the concrete was poured.

The new community is named in honor of Mable Butler, former Orlando Commissioner. Butler said the new development is “a dream come true” and expressed joy that her prayers have finally been answered.  Completion of Butler’s Preserve is expected in 2018.

Falcon is a longtime friend of Habitat for Humanity Orlando and we are proud to donate our services to this exciting new project at Butler’s Preserve. WFTV Channel Nine shot some footage of the event which you can check out at their website here.

 

 

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Yuck! The Secret Life of Head Lice, brought to you by National Geographic. Watch the video to learn a bit about head lice and what to do if you come across this issue.

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Rodents may be small, but they pose a number of threats to human health and property. They very much favor heading indoors to escape the cold this time of year, so it’s important for to be on the lookout for signs of these gross vermin in and around your home.

Aside from being a nuisance, rodents are vectors of a vast array of diseases, such as  murine typhus, infectious jaundice, Salmonella, rat-bite fever and the potentially fatal Hantavirus. They can also chew through drywall, insulation, wood and electrical wiring, increasing the potential risk for house fires. 

Here are a few clues that rodents may be present in a home:

1.   Droppings: A trail of rodent droppings is typically found in kitchen cabinets and pantries, along walls, on top of wall studs or beams, and in boxes, bags and old furniture.

2.  Noises: Rodents often make scurrying sounds, especially at night, as they move about and nest.

3.  Gnaw marks: New gnaw marks tend to be rough to the touch and are light colored.

4.  Burrows: Inside, rodents often nest in various materials such as insulation, and they are drawn to areas that are dark and secluded.

5.  Damaged food packages: House mice prefer to feed on cereals and seeds, while Norway rats prefer meat, fish and dry dog food.

 

We encourage homeowners to complete a thorough inspection of their property before the winter weather strikes. They should look for cracks or holes in the foundation, loose mortar around the basement foundation and damaged screens. No crack or hole should be overlooked as mice only need an opening the size of a dime to find a way inside. Take a look at our main Rodent page for further information or to schedule a free vermin inspection.

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Mosquitoes are still out there sucking blood in Florida! Learn what types of peoples these suckers prefer below:

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Beginning Monday, November 16 and ending November 22, 2014, we are promoting Rodent Awareness Week. This is a program put together by the National pest Management Association which is helping to inform Americans of the whens and hows and whys of rodents finding their way into peoples homes and nesting there. As the weather gets cooler in Central Florida, some people will experience rats, mice, squirrels, bats, and more finding their way into homes in order to get some warmth. If you suspect this might be happening to you, we can help, take a look here for info on our rodent program. Take a look at this great infographic created by the National Pest Management Association on rodent home infestations below.

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