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14 Not-So-Fun Facts About Mosquitoes

14 Not-So-Fun Facts About Mosquitoes

If there’s one downside to living in a city built on a swamp (not really—it just feels that way during D.C.’s muggy summers), it’s the mosquitoes. They hover just outside my front door, ready to take a bite from my face or, worse, follow me indoors where they can munch on me in my sleep. And then yesterday I read about how the West Nile Virus has been identified in samples of D.C. mosquitoes, which adds a layer of worry on top of the itching. After reading up on these pesky summer companions, I thought I’d share these 14 facts: Continue Reading

April is National Pest Management Month

April is National Pest Management Month

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) celebrates April as National Pest Management Month, an observance that has been taking place for more than 30 years. In honor of National Pest Management Month this year, the NPMA is raising public awareness about the risks posed by household pests and encouraging homeowners to take proactive steps to… Continue Reading

Safer Pest Control

Safer Pest Control

When you see evidence of cockroaches in your home, your first inclination may be to reach for the strongest bug spray you can find. But before you do, take a deep breath and think again. While pesticides will likely kill whatever unwanted visitors are infesting your home, they can also be harmful to you and… Continue Reading

7 Tips to avoid a Christmas Tree Fire

7 Tips to avoid a Christmas Tree Fire

1. Pick a fresh-looking tree Fresh trees are much less likely to catch fire, according to the American Christmas Tree Association. If purchasing a real Christmas tree, it’s essential to choose a tree with green needles, regardless of the type of tree. “Brownish needles mean the tree is really dry, which makes it more flammable,” said… Continue Reading

Top Tips To Keep Wild Animals In The Wild

Top Tips To Keep Wild Animals In The Wild

When the fall season rolls in, squirrels, raccoons and opossums are more apt to move indoors in preparation for the colder months. Unfortunately, our homes often provide the perfect refuge for these and other types of nuisance wildlife because they have easy accessto food, water and warm shelter from the elements. As such, it’s important to animal-proof your property before Old Man… Continue Reading

Three Hidden Health Dangers in the Home

Three Hidden Health Dangers in the Home

People are continually on the lookout for ways to safeguard their family’s health at home. However, some of the most likely sources of danger may not be the first that come to mind. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) warns that rodents, cockroaches and stinging insects pose serious, but often hidden, health risks when they infest a home.

“Many people think pests are just an annoyance and often forget that there are real health dangers associated with the presence of these pests in and around the home,” says Jim Fredericks, technical services director for NPMA. “People don’t think of asthma, Salmonella, or severe allergic reactions, which is why infestations should not be taken lightly.” Continue Reading

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