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3 Pests That Can Ruin Your Fourth Of July

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Among all of your festive Fourth of July BBQ’s, fireworks, pool parties, and parades can lurk unanticipated nuisances that may very well wreak havoc on the day’s festivities (and I’m not talking about your Uncle Roger who drinks too much). I’m talking of course about bugs! Here are three such nuisances, or outdoor pests, that can ruin your Fourth of July holiday: Yellow Jackets One of the most popular Fourth of July activities are family picnics or barbeques. In fact, Last July 4th some 78 million Americans had a barbecue; grilling everything from hotdogs, to hamburgers, to shish kabobs. The sweet watermelon and sticky sodas draw in unwanted pests to… Read More

Top 5 Best & Worst Mosquito Repellants

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Thursday is the Fourth of July! It’s a time we will gather together with our families and friends; celebrating living in the world’s best country. We will commemorate our nation’s independence by waving flags at parades, cooling off in swimming pools, woofing down tons of hotdogs and potato salad at BBQ’s, and cap the day off by lighting or watching vibrant fireworks. With all of the day’s festivities, the last thing you want to worry about is blood-sucking pests like mosquitoes and ticks. One of the best ways to keep these irritating bugs from ruining your holiday is to wear a good insect repellant when you are outdoors. With so… Read More

Cash-Strapped States Needing More Mosquito Control

  The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) is growing more and more concerned about the level of mosquito control as state budgets shrink. Cash-strapped states face financial hardships due to the extensive wildfires this summer, leaving many mosquito control districts with a bigger job to do and fewer financial resources.   Mosquito Control Districts Mosquito Control Districts are government agencies that promote health and well being by protecting the public from disease and annoyance caused by mosquitoes. Districts are governed by a Board of Trustees, each representing one of the incorporated cities or counties within the District’s boundaries. Each Trustee is appointed by a City Council Member or by a County… Read More

This Week’s Pest Control News

West Nile Virus at Highest Level Since 2004  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that more then 240 people have been infected with the West Nile Virus so far this year.  This is the highest number since 2004. Almost 80 percent of the reported cases are from Texas, Oklahoma, and Mississippi. To help keep mosquitoes off your property, contact your local pest control company. West Nile Virus Found in New York The Oswego County (NY) Health Department has confirmed the diagnosis of two more cases of West Nile Virus. The dangerous virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, can be mistaken for the flu. Symptoms include fever, headaches, rashes, and body aches. Pest… Read More