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How pests can impact your health

rodent cardEveryone agrees that household pests are annoying, but few people are aware of the health risks associated with infestation.  Here’s a rundown of the most common offenders and the problems they can pose for humans. Rodents It's rare for squirrels, racoons and other large rodents to carry rabies, but you never know. Don't attempt to handle or trap these animals on your own. Rats are significantly more threatening. Bites and scratches expose humans to a number of diseases. Coming in contact with rat urine or droppings may result in liver or kidney failure. Just inhaling the waste is dangerous. Rats' fondness for gnawing on electrical wiring has sparked many a fire. Signs of trouble include droppings, chew marks, paths of flattened grass and dark smears along baseboards or lower walls.  Flies Ordinary houseflies are suspected of transmitting up to 65 serious diseases like typhoid fever, dysentery and cholera.  As most picnickers...
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Preventing Fleas

flea cardIf you own a dog or cat, there's a good chance that you've had to deal with fleas at some point. In any given year, 74% of U.S. homeowners with pets buy flea-control products. Here are a few solid tips to prevent flea infestations. Clean All of the Upholstery At the end of the day, fleas thrive in warm environments where they can breed like rabbits. If you have thick carpeting or throw rugs in entry ways, you should spend a few bucks to shampoo and steam-clean those items to eradicate fleas. Wash All Pet-Specific Fabrics If you have dog beds or cat perches in the house, you'll need to "nuke" that furniture to ensure that fleas are eradicated. If you need to send those items to a dry-cleaning service, spend a few extra bucks to get the job done right. Bathe Every Pet in the House Often Once you've tackled the issue...
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Why Mosquitoes Are Common After Storms

mosquito cardMosquitoes are always a problem in northeastern Florida and southeastern Georgia. The geography and warm, humid climate provide excellent conditions for mosquitoes to thrive. Mosquitoes require a moist environment to lay their eggs. However, not all types of mosquitoes require standing water to lay their eggs.  Floodwater mosquitoes deposit their eggs on moist ground, which may dry out. The eggs may also dry out but can survive for several months. When rains or floodwaters moisten the soil, the larvae develop and hatch about seven days later. Up to 1.3 million eggs of floodwater mosquitoes can be present in an acre of land. Species include Culex nigripalpus, one of the most significant mosquito disease vectors.  Permanent-water mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. If the eggs are deprived of water, they cannot hatch. However, those in water can hatch after 24 hours. Open gutters, flower pots, old tires, children's toys, birdbaths and...
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Can Rats Damage Your Home?

Rat newRats cause extensive structural damage in the Jacksonville area. Whether you live in the city or the suburbs, it's difficult to avoid infestations. According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), 30 percent of homeowners in northeastern Florida say that they've had problems with rodents. Researchers with the USDA estimate that rats cause $19 billion in damage each year. In addition to consuming and contaminating 20 to 35 percent of the world's food supply, rats damage roads, railway tracks and bridges by burrowing under the ground and disrupting the soil. Small-scale problems occur in local homes where rats spread salmonella, hantavirus, typhus and the plague. The effects of rodent infestations are devastating when the rats gnaw on electrical wires. Most of this damage happens because rats chew continuously. Their incisors grow 5 inches every year. Damage to Drywall and Building Materials As a general rule, mice can squeeze through dime-sized holes,...
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Keeping Pests Away from Your Thanksgiving Dinner

termite cardWith the holiday season just around the corner, you are probably planning your Thanksgiving dinner. If you want to have a good time and to prevent pests from spoiling the fun, you are likely wondering what steps you should take. Although you can use a range of at-home solutions to protect yourself, doing so won't always offer the results you need. Contacting a pest control professional is one of the best ways to get common pests out of your home and off your property, but you can also take some time to learn about the invaders and the damage that they can cause. This process will help you avoid the threat and reclaim your property, giving you peace of mind. Common Pests and How They Get Inside Even though many types of pests can invade your home when you least expect them to do so, some are more common than others....
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