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The National Pest Management Association is about to begin a national television campaign starting in June. It is a series of public service announcements they have dubbed Pests Without Borders. The facts and figures they are promoting and we stand with are as follows:

Public Service Announcement Focusing on Pests as Vectors of Disease

Illnesses spread by pests, including Zika, malaria and dengue, are causing a major health crisis around the world. These and other vector-borne diseases result in more than 1 million deaths each year. Fortunately, we don't face the same level of threat here in the United States; however, it's important not to let our guard down and take steps to avoid contact with the dangerous pests like mosquitoes and ticks that spread these diseases.

Consider these facts:

As many as 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, according to 2013 estimates from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, only 30,000 cases are typically reported.

Lyme disease cases are concentrated in the Northeast and upper Midwest, with 14 states accounting for over 96% of cases reported to CDC.

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President Obama says that there are now at least 500 confirmed Zika Virus cases in the continental United States that are all travel related at this point. He says that he is concerned about what happens during this summer when mosquito populations are far more active. He is asking congress for 1.9 billion dollars for investing time and research and action into vector control and vaccines. Regardless of your political stance, this is extremely important that this money is released because this is a deadly serious virus, as the President says in the video below, you don't get a vaccine overnight. The video below was released by the White House on May 20, 2016 and it features the President explaining the Zika virus and the reasons he is asking for money from congress to combat it.

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Well, it's that time of year again in Central Florida. With the rise of humidity and temperature, insects are looking for shelter and food, and they find it inside our homes. Roaches, ants, and spiders are more prevalently found indoors these days because of those reasons. The grass in our yards is starting to grow well again due to that glorious sun being coming out and staying out, along with the increase in moisture and heat. This is so great, our lawns become filled in, and the "green" comes back in such a vivid and pretty way. Unfortunately, it also brings along weeds and other plants which compete with the grass for space, sunlight, and nutrients. Here at Falcon Lawn & Pest, we specialize in taking care of those weeds and ridding your home of those bugs. Our prices are good and our service is outstanding. Maybe it's about time you gave us a call.

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USA Today has put out a vast video and image friendly report on how the local governments in the gulf states (Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, and Louisiana) are doing in dealing with the mosquitoes bringing in the Zika Virus to the United States. Some of it is great to know, other parts quite sobering, but either way it's very much worth taking a look at. Please check it out here.

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It is so very important to stay informed on the updates that are coming out regarding the Zika virus. One of the main reasons this is important is that it seems like a large amount of contradictory information is finding its way into the media landscape. If we can take in whats reported, and try to sift through the most relevant information, we may have a decent idea of what it is that is taking place. The Technical Director here at Falcon found the following two articles to be of particular interest regarding the ike Virus and it's on-going effects:

Zika Virus Infecting Hospitality Industry (Multibriefs)

CDC Sounds Warning on Zika Virus (USA Today)

 

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