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Did you know some common household pests, like cockroaches, can cause allergies? Symptoms can include rash, watery and itchy eyes and a runny nose. Having a professional pest control company is one way to keep your head clear. Here are some more great tips from our friends at NPMA.

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If you're planning on heading to the beach and curling up with a good book this weekend, you may have a new obstacle in your way. Libraries in St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Pinellas Park now have bed bugs!

The first thing that comes to mind when most people hear the words ”bed bugs” is a Hotel room, however many libraries throughout the country have been battling these pests, including the Orange County Public Library in Downtown Orlando. Bed Bugs are known as hitch hikers due to how easily they can attach themselves to one’s clothing or luggage and settle in any environment it sees fit. Libraries, restaurants, movie theaters and offices among other locations are particularly vulnerable due to the nooks and crannies, like fabric upholstery and the binding of books, as well as the high volume of people that frequent them.

 

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All of us here at Falcon work every day to make your home a safe environment for you and your family. Because Falcon is led by a top entomologist, we like to treat all pest issues with great care and a scientific approach. However, we recently discovered a new form of pest control, available to only the ridiculously wealthy.

Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has come under scrutiny recently for squandering state resources by building a 1,150-room palace on protected land. Many are outraged by this elaborate display of mammon, however Erdogan has a perfectly logical explanation: He needed a new office because his old one had cockroaches.

 

This seems like a perfect excuse. Let’s just hope his new palace stays pest free. We’d hate for him to get roaches again. 

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By Mike Bentley

There are +50,000 invasive species established in the United States that are responsible for nearly $120 billion dollars in environmental and agricultural damage annually. To improve awareness and education of some of the top invasive pests inhabiting the U.S., we are continuing our three-part series on invasive species. In this issue we highlight the tawny crazy ant, Nylanderia fulva.

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The tawny crazy ant is a tropical ant species native to South America that is currently established in pockets throughout the Southeastern US. This ant has also been referred to as the Caribbean, Rasberry, and the brown or hairy crazy ant due to its appearance (Fig 1). Although the tawny crazy ant does not sting or transmit disease, it can produce overwhelming infestations that can damage electrical equipment and interfere with outdoor activities.

What to Look For:

  •  Reddish-brown ants approximately 1/8th inch long.
  • Foraging ants form loose trails and can completely cover an infested area, making the ground appear to be moving
  • Colonies maintain multiple nest sites that often occur under landscape objects or debris (rocks, leaf litter, bark, etc.)

 

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Management Options:

  • 100% eradication of the tawny crazy ant is not probably in areas where this ant is established; however, population suppression is possible
  • IPM strategies such as sanitation and exclusion provide effective methods of reducing harborage and access for tawny crazy ants around structures
  • Indoors: Remove trash regularly and keep food items in the refrigerator or in sealed containers to minimize food and water sources for ants.
  • Outdoors: Remove yard debris (leaf litter, fallen branches etc.) and keep hedges/trees trimmed so that they do not touch the home.

 

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School's Out for Summer! Well, almost. That means BBQs, bonfires, beach adventures and plenty of yummy treats for the kids! Whether you're looking for a creative twist on water balloon fights or you want to learn how to keep your backyard BBQ pest free, check out our Pinterest board, Summer Days, for fun recipes and games to get started!

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