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Posted by on in Spiders

This spider's leg-span is almost one foot in diameter, it's simply huge. It eats small birds, rodents, frogs, and mostly insects. If you want to see this spider in action, watch the clip below produced by National Geographic. (warning, contains scenes of a spider consuming a mouse)

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Posted by on in Mosquitoes

The United States trade group R.I.S.E. (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) put out this great succinct checklist to help homeowners prevent and manage mosquitoes:

  • - Put up personal barriers. Wear light-colored clothing and cover up with long sleeves and pants, especially during dawn and dusk hours when mosquitoes are most active.
  • - Apply mosquito-specific defenses. Be sure to apply insect repellent on exposed skin, such as DEET, to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites.
  • - Reduce the population. Eliminate sources of standing water, such as old tires, tin cans, buckets, drums, bottles, clogged rain gutters, birdbaths, pet bowls, flowerpot saucers, and plastic wading pools, which attract mosquitoes and allow them to breed.
  • - Maintain your lawn. Fill in or drain low places in your yard and keep grass cut short and shrubbery well-trimmed to eliminate harborage for mosquitoes and other potentially harmful pests. When necessary, treat your yard with EPA-approved mosquito control products.
  • - Protect your home. Cover trash containers to keep out rainwater, repair leaky pipes and faucets inside and out, and make sure window and door screens are intact to prevent mosquitoes from coming into the house.

Check out R.I.S.E. here

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While the media has been heavily reporting on the Ebola Virus, another scary virus continues to infect. Officials at the Department of Health in Volusia County, Florida has reported its third case of West Nile Virus today. The Department of Health is warning Volusia County residents to wear long sleeves and long pants and use mosquito repellent. West Nile Virus is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes, most people who contract it do not have symptoms but some get very serious symptoms such as inflammation of the brain and it can be life threatening. Take a look at the stores from local media below.

Volusia County on Alert After Third Human Case of West Nile Virus (WESH)

3rd West Nile Virus Case Found in Volusia (CF13)

Third Human Case of West Nile Virus reported in Volusia County (Local 6)

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Posted by on in Community

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is a chance to raise awareness about the dangers of this disease and the importance of early detection of breast cancer.

What is Breast Cancer?

Cancer is a result of abnormal cell growth. These cells can penetrate tissue and eventually form tumors.  When these abnormal cells begin growing in the breast tissue they can lead to breast cancer. Breast cancer cells can spread to the lymph nodes through lymphatic vessels. Once these cancer cells have spread to lymph nodes, the risk of the cancer spreading to other parts of the body is much greater.

How can I protect myself?

While breast cancer thought to be hereditary, even if it doesn’t run in your family you should still be proactive about protecting yourself. One out of eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Getting screened annually will detect cancer early and increase your chance of beating the odds. Maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise may also reduce your risk.

How can I help?

All of us here at Falcon are committed to the fight against breast cancer. In honor of those affected by breast cancer, throughout the month of October, Falcon will donate $5 to the American Cancer Society for every new enrollment in auto-pay or a new lawn or pest service. If you wish to donate directly to the cause you can here.

For more information about breast cancer, resources and support visit the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer site.

 

 

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Posted by on in In The News

BBC News recently published an in-depth feature article on the psychological reasons humans feel fright when they see a cockroach. The following is a quote from the story that is particularily illuminating:

Roaches invade our homes and make those intimate spaces their own. As physical embodiments of filth and germs, they show that for all of our fortifications against dirt and disease, those efforts are ultimately futile. “They’ve really figured out how to exploit the opportunities we create, and in doing so, developed behaviours and life histories that prevent us from controlling them,” says Jeff Lockwood, a professor of natural sciences and humanities at the University of Wyoming. “In a sense, we loathe that which we foster.” Our very existence enables them to thrive."

The excellent piece goes on to detail examples of famous authors and myths involving the cockroach. The authors of the story go on to detail that is actually an "evolutionary aversion" to the filthiness, greasiness, and disease-carrying ways of the cockroach. Please do yourself and read the excellent story prepared by the BCC.

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