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Posted by on in In The News
How is Zika virus transmitted?
Zika virus is spread through the bite of an infected Aedes genus of mosquitoes, which is the same mosquito species that carries dengue fever and chikungunya. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are the primary carriers, but Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, also known as the Asian tiger mosquito, might also transmit the virus.
 
Where is Zika virus found?
The growing pandemic is currently present in South and Central America. Please reference the CDC's Travel Alerts for more information on areas of concern. There have also been reports of Zika virus cases in Illinois, Florida, Texas, New York and more, but all of the individuals obtained the disease while traveling to countries where Zika virus is endemic
 
What are the chances of an outbreak in the United States?
While we can't speculate on the virus and its potential to spread, it is better to be prepared and practice vigilance in mosquito control by protecting yourself from coming into contact with mosquitoes and by eliminating breeding grounds at home should there begin to be cases of local transmission here in the United State. So far, all human cases reported in the U.S. have resulted from travel abroad.
 
How can I prevent mosquitoes?
  • Most counties have a mosquito abatement program in place to minimize the local population and help keep the public safe. These programs typically involve trapping mosquitoes in different areas and testing them for known pathogens. This helps monitor the spread of diseases and warn the public of risks in the area. County programs may also include plans for periodic spraying or fogging to eliminate adult mosquitoes.
  • Eliminate areas of standing water around the home such as flowerpots, birdbaths, baby pools, grill covers and other objects where water collects. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in water where the larvae develop and need only about 1/2 inch of water to breed.
  • Screen all windows and doors. Repair even the smallest tear or hole.
  • Minimize outside activity between dusk and dawn, when the majority of mosquitoes are most active.
  • If you must spend time outdoors during peak mosquito times, or when you will be outdoors for extended periods, wear long pants and sleeves and use an insect repellant containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon-eucalyptus.
  • It is especially important to wear effective insect repellents and protective clothing if traveling outside the U.S. Mosquito-borne diseases that may be rare in the U.S. are common in many foreign countries.
  • If you are concerned about mosquito activity on your property, contact a pest management company or your local health department.
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Posted by on in Mosquitoes

There's been a lot of talk recently about Zika virus and the threats it poses expectant mothers. Central Florida is especially vulnerable due to the amount of travelers we receive. As we always say, "Knowledge is power!" Here's some great info about this mosquito-borne virus.

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Posted by on in Lawn Care

Here in Florida, we're certainly not used to this chilly weather. It's safe to say our plants aren't either! Don't forget about your landscape when you're bundled up inside with the heat on. The plants need some TLC too! That's why we've put together this handy guide for caring for your tropical plants when temperatures drop. If you have further questions, you can always call your lawn and landscape expert at Falcon Lawn & Pest at 1-800-532-5266. Stay warm!

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Posted by on in Lawn Care

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Cold weather can leave your lawn and landscape looking pretty sad. Be patient! Do not over water, don't use quick release nitrogen fertilizers and do not cut your lawn too short or scalp it. Using quick release fertilizers will increase the incidences of fungal diseases and make the lawn prone to permanent damage from future frosts, so do not be tempted to do it. Scalping the lawn will damage exposed rhizomes and stolons, thus removing the insulating cover of blades leaving the lawn susceptible to future frost damage. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call Falcon Lawn & Pest at 1-800-532-5266 or you can refer to our lawn page for reference.

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Another year, another set of resolutions to banish bad habits and improve our lives as we move forward. The beginning of the New Year is the perfect time to adopt positive behaviors. Whether you’re vowing to eat healthier, spend more time with your children or stick to your daily chores, making small changes to your daily life will no doubt improve your lifestyle. The following pest-prevention steps will help ease you toward a healthier home for your family:

  • Wash dishes after meals and run the dishwasher soon after loading. Leaving dirty dishes for prolonged periods of time can attract pests like fruit flies, ants and German roaches.  
  • Vacuum regularly to eliminate any potential feeding opportunities for pests throughout your home.
  • Sweep up crumbs and small particles on counter tops and under large appliances like the refrigerator, dishwasher, washer and dryer. 
  • Clean up spills promptly. Sticky, dried-up spills are favored by ants.
  • Wipe down surfaces regularly, especially if you have seen ants. This will eliminate any pheromone trails so others cannot follow their path. 
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