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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.

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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.

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A University of Florida scientist has grown a living "brain" that can fly a simulated plane, giving scientists a novel way to observe how brain cells function as a network. The "brain" -- a collection of 25,000 living neurons, or nerve cells, taken from a rat's brain and cultured inside a glass dish -- gives scientists a unique real-time window into the brain at the cellular level. Read the entire story over at Science Daily.

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The very great Pest World put out this video that gives tips on keeping common summer insect pests at bay. Missy Henriksen with the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) discusses three of the most common pests encountered in the summer: mosquitoes, ants, and ticks. It offers tips on avoiding them around your home, as well as using repellants, sealing cracks around the home and more.

For more info on general household pests take a look at our page on them here. We're looknig forward to attending Pest World 2014 coming up in October.

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Time Magazine has a great pictorial about 10 invasive species who have overstayed their welcome. In begins with the Asian Camel Cricket, and moves through frogs, rabbits and more. The thing they most share in common is the fact that they come into an area, and after a short time, over take it by the sheer number of their population. Taking acre of issues like this is what Falcon excels the most at. Take a look at the whole story over at Time Magazine.

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