Florida Expecting Severe Mosquito Season
Pest control experts are already predicting a rough summer when it comes to bugs. There’s a super-mosquito that leaves super-bites called gallinippers threatening to invade Florida. These mosquitos are common in the Eastern portion of the U.S., but they especially love the tropical rain in Florida.
Read more from the Orlando Sentinel:
UF entomologist Phillip Kaufman said the monster mosquitoes are common to the entire eastern half of the U.S., but Florida’s summer tropical rain has the potential to help yield huge populations.
Gallinippers deposit their eggs in the soil, where they can lay dormant for years in dry weather. But when rainwater accumulates in low-lying areas — particularly south of Orlando — those eggs hatch.
The number of mosquitoes we can expect in Central Florida this year depends entirely on how wet our summer will be but generally is impossible to predict, Kaufman said. The best way to avoid bites is to stay indoors during dusk and dawn and wear repellent with DEET, which can also prevent disease from other mosquito varieties. Continue reading…
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Maine Farmers Worried About Statewide Pest Control
Maine has had many residents fall victim to mosquito-borne diseases recently. In an effort to control this issue, the state is putting together a pest control plan. Organic farmers, however, are concerned about the use of pesticides on local crops.
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LD 292 sponsored by Lincoln House Republican Jeffrey Gifford, would create the structure of a state mosquito control program, similar to what already exists in other states. In Massachusetts, authorities can issue a pre-emptive strike against mosquito-borne illness, such as West Nile virus, by spraying pesticides over breeding areas that pose a danger.
Henry Jennings, director of Maine’s Board of Pesticides Control, say it’s unclear how such a strategy would be implemented here. “Maine’s kind of in this unique position of never having done any public health mosquito control work, therefore, not having the legal framework in order to do it,” he says.
The bill would make it easier for towns to get the authority they need to implement a spray plan. This would mean relaxed landowner notification procedures in some circumstances. If Maine’s health authorities determine there’s an absolute mosquito emergency, then towns would not need to get permission to spray, something Jennings says has caused some alarm, especially among organic gardeners and bee keepers. Continue reading…
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K9 Units Trained For Termite Control
Termite-sniffing dogs are being trained as yet another defense against the “silent killers.” Termites account for over $1.5 billion worth of damages to homes, but dogs can see what the human eye can’t. Pest control companies are using trained dogs for this very reason and are finding the new technique to be very effective.
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They can destroy your home and you’d never know until it was too late According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, termites eat their way through $1.5 billion in damages each year
So how can you combat something you can’t see until the damage is done?
That’s where Blazer comes in hand.
The short-haired border collie is trained to smell for termites.
“He has about 2,000 hours of training into him for detection work,” said Joshua Zapalac. The Aggie graduate owns EcoZapp and got Blazer in October of 2012. Since then, he’s been hunting bugs.
“I can’t see through walls. He can,” said Zapalac.
Termites are small and you can’t always see them with the naked eye. Plus, they can hide their damage. Zapalac carries a two-by-four that was found at a house. It had been hollowed out by termites. No one knew that until someone fell through it. Continue reading…
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Preparing For Termite Season
Springtime is when termites become most active, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t busy year-round. Termites like to move inside once temperatures stay consistently above freezing. There are a few basic steps homeowners can take, however, to make their home less appealing to these small but deadly pests.
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Read more from the Sacramento Bee:
According to pest control leader Orkin, this is the season for termite swarms in the southeast U.S. When temperatures are consistently above freezing, termites often swarm inside homes before moving outdoors to search for food and water. The Orkin experts have developed answers to consumers’ top five questions.
“All termites require four things to survive—food, moisture, shelter and optimal temperature,” said Matt Peterson, Orkin’s Southeast Division technical manager. “Wood building materials in and around homes can provide the food, while moisture can come from air conditioners or standing water from landscape grading. Mud tubes act as a protective tunnel and keep termites moist. Those tubes are about the size of a pencil and usually run vertically on the inside or outside of a building’s foundation.” Continue reading…
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