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Where Mosquitoes are Common

Mosquito 5 960You don't have to get used to mosquitoes just because you live in Florida and Georgia. Although these nuisance insects thrive in the southern states, you don't have to move to the Central Rockies to escape from them. Regular yard maintenance and routine treatment can help keep these bloodthirsty pests away from you and your family. The Most Common Mosquito Areas The most common disease-carrying mosquitoes, such as Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, are prevalent throughout the Southeast, stretching as far as Texas and into much of California. Their numbers start to decline somewhat in the Central Midwest and fall off the farther you go toward Montana, Colorado and the western states. 3 Common Places to Find Mosquitoes at Home Tarps Tarps collect rainwater as they sit outside in the elements. Mosquitoes only need about an inch of water in which to lay their eggs, so it's a good idea to...
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Common Bed Bug Myths

Bed Bug 3Bed bugs are becoming a problem not only for the United States, but also in most places throughout the world. Today, they infest fine hotels, restaurants and even peoples’ vehicles. Because more people are being impacted by bed bugs, misinformation and presumptions abound. Here are a few of the most common myths about bed bugs and the correct information.  Myth: If you move bed bug infested belongings outside when it’s cold, the chilly temperatures will kill them.  Fact: While bed bugs are not cold-tolerant creatures, they are durable ones. This means that they can survive for days and even for weeks in subzero temperatures. For cold weather to kill them, you would have to leave your infested belongings outside for a week or two, and the temperature would have to stay colder than 32 degrees Fahrenheit for the duration.  Myth: Bed bugs live exclusively in beds.  Fact: Bed bugs are often...
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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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