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Heavy books and homework may not be the only thing your kids will be bringing home from school. More reports of bed bugs in schools across the country are coming in every day. Just as it sounds, it can be disastrous.

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Over the past decade, the number of reported bed bug infestations has exploded. This growth is a result of a built resistance to a pesticide that nearly made them extinct years ago. No longer are these pests associated with dingy hotel rooms as infestations are occurring everywhere from libraries to movie theaters and now schools.

The only effective means of eradicating bed bugs is a professional removal service but the high price tag can deter people away in favor of do-it-yourself solutions that only make matters worse. The first line of defense is early detection. Inspect your student's belongings inside books, back packs, lunch boxes and anything else they may be bringing home where these pests might hitch a ride. Parents with bed bug problems at home are encouraged to call their children's principals so the school is on alert for any issues that may arise.

 

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There are over one thousand different species of scorpions. The United States as a whole is home to about ninety species. Fortunately for Floridians, the state is known to house only three species, none of which deliver a sting that is fatal to humans. The three species of Floridian scorpions are the Bark Scorpion, the Hentz Striped Scorpion, and the Guiana Striped Scorpion. Of these three, it is the Bark Scorpion that humans are most likely to come into contact with. Florida scorpions range from one inch to four inches in size and have that classic crab-like-only-slender appearance.

b2ap3_thumbnail_AC01_03.jpgIf someone is stung by one of these scorpions the sting is comparable to a wasp with possibly slightly more intense pain. There can be a burning, stinging, painful type of feeling at the site of the sting.  The post-sting effects of a scorpion sting encounter is also similar to a wasp sting. Soreness, tenderness, swelling and pain can last for a few days. If the reaction is particularly bad, medical attention is a good idea as a scorpion antivenom is available from medical professionals.

Scorpions generally prefer living outdoors but certainly can be found indoors at times. They like living in the shade and under things. Things like firewood, garbage cans, and tarps. Putting these things on blocks or removing them is a smart way to reduce scorpion harborage. Another fairly simple solution that can possibly cause a dramatic decline in a scorpion population as well as other other pests from getting indoors is to keep tree branches and shrubbery pruned back so that they do not touch the walls or roof of a structure. Tree branches and shrubbery that is in contact with a house acts as an easy highway transport system for unwanted pests such as scorpions. 

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Both the Florida Department of Health and The Centers for Disease Control have confirmed that a case of the Zika virus being spread by a mosquito in Florida has been confirmed. This will be the first case of the Zika virus being spread by an American mosquito/s to American human beings. Florida officials say a total of four people have contracted Zika and they all live in a neighborhood in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. As has been previously recommended, Floridians and especially pregnant women need to take precaution by wearing mosquito repellent when spending anytime outdoors. Currently in Florida there are 386 cases of Zika related to travel and that trend seems to be on the upswing. This is terrible news for residents of Florida and the United States as there seems to be a link between the Zika virus and the infant brain deforming disease microcephaly.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Scott.pngJust this past week, a Falcon employee reached the 25-year mark of working at Falcon Lawn & Pest. His name is Scott Ponder. He started off working as a Pest Control technician and over the years has been promoted to supervisor. He has been a valuable, trustworthy, and important asset to the Falcon team and we couldn’t be prouder of him. Currently, he supervises the growing auto fleet here at Falcon. We celebrated Scott’s 25-years of service mark with cake and a celebration at a recent meeting. Cheers Scott!

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Wanted to know exactly what having a professional pest control service is like?

Falcon uses the most advanced materials and proven Integrated Pest Management methods designed to give you a pest free home.  All materials used are placed in inaccessible areas, away from your family and pets. By using the latest in bait technology, no indoor "spraying" is necessary for effective treatment.  After the initial infestations are eliminated, all other treatments are directed at the exterior. This intercepts insects before they get in your home, and frees you from meeting technicians every month. 

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Our service includes a 12 foot perimeter of protection to keep insects away from your home.  If you have any problems with any covered insect, either inside or outside, additional service is free of charge, guaranteed. It covers all crawling insects, also wasps, spiders, indoor fleas & ticks, indoor rats/mice, and mosquitoes. Have any further questions? Give us a call at 407-281-8815.


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