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Falcon's CEO Louis Witherington featured in new Sentricon Web Video! Check out the thoughts of Louis and other pest control operators speaking on the Sentrcion Termite Colony Elimination Baiting System below. 

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Last weekend Falcon Lawn & Pest participated in St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s second annual “Time to Give Back” Golf tournament in The Villages. This wonderful event included two days of golf at the Mallory Hill Country Club with more than 350 golfers participating and concluded with the Celebration Dinner and silent auction at the Savannah Center with 500 guests.  Overall, the weekend event was a huge success and raised more than $135,000 for the children of St. Jude. We can’t wait to take part again next year!

 

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A well-maintained yard is not just visually appealing but cost effective as well. Whether you are aspiring to be the yard of the year or just trying to keep the HOA off your back, it will benefit you to keep your yard trim and tidy to save you lots of money down the road. For example, trees and shrubs shouldn't be touching your house. Keeping shrubs at least 12 inches away will promote air circulation around the house and prevent mold from growing inside your walls and pests from entering.

Trees subject your home to excess rain water and wind, potentially damaging your shingles and creating leaks. Trees can also create an entryway for small rodents, squirrels, raccoons and possums to climb on your roof or into your attic. "Squirrels particularly do a lot of damage, but we have found many raccoons and possums inside attics, and people have absolutely no idea that they've gotten inside their home… they can chew a small, little hole and go into your attic without your knowing. Many times, they'll have a litter of babies in your attic, and then you're looking at a real calamity."

Taking care of your trees and shrubs now will not only help your home’s curb appeal, but can potentially save you thousands in the long haul. For more money saving tips click here.

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Formosan subterranean termites and Asian subterranean termites are responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in structural damage annually, making them two of the most destructive invasive species of termites. While both species are found all over the world, South Florida is one of only three regions where the two species overlap.

A recent discovery has revealed that male Asian termites prefer mating with female Formosan termites. This attraction has led to a highly destructive hybrid offspring.

PMU reports that “a major concern among researchers is that overlapping swarm seasons and the preference for Asian termite males to mate with Formosan termite females could lead to the establishment of highly vigorous hybrid Coptotermes populations in South Florida that can develop twice as fast as either parental species.” The extent of the potential damage that these hybrids can cause is still unknown, but it is predicted to be even more detrimental than that of its parent species.

In attempts to monitor the spread and distribution of this invasive pest, researchers ask that you capture any swarming termites you encounter and mail them in a sealed Ziploc bag to:

Ft. Lauderdale REC

3205 College Ave.

Davie, FL, 33314

 

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A new study from James Logan of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine suggests that genes may play a role in how attractive we are to mosquitoes.

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"Logan's team tested 37 pairs of female twins, half of them identical — and thus sharing all their DNA — and half fraternal twins, who share no more DNA than a pair of sisters.

The women all washed their hands with the same soap and put them into a Y-shaped tube — one woman with a hand in each arm of the tube. Hungry female mosquitoes were released into the far end of the tube."

The researchers found that the mosquitoes were more attracted to the identical twins than the fraternal twins, as only one fraternal twin was selected.

 

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