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How to Have a Pest Free Summer Picnic

A picnic is supposed to be an enjoyable experience, not a time for battling pests at every turn. When you venture outdoors in the summertime, you're bound to meet face-to-face with insects of every type, from sugar-loving ants to bread-hungry flies. If you want to avoid these nuisance pests altogether, it takes some careful pre-planning and good picnic habits while you eat. 3 Tips for Preventing Picnic Pests Keep the Food Covered Uncovered food attracts pests from all over the place. Ants will form lines toward breads and sweets, and flies will buzz around before landing on the first available item. Protect your food in plastic containers, and keep the lids on them whenever you're not serving the meal. Don't forget to cover everything up before you step away from the eating area for some games with your family. Clean Up as You Go Cleaning up as you serve the meal...
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Understanding Yellow Jackets and How to Prevent Getting Stung

Yellow jackets kill approximately 50 to 100 Americans each year who experience allergic reactions to their stings. Their attractive yellow and black bodies resemble fashionable dinner jackets. Appearances are misleading because they do not belong to polite society. Yellow jackets are not rugged individualists. Instead, the purpose of a yellow jacket's life is to serve its colony. Yellow Jackets Love to Socialize with Their Fellow Yellow Jackets In the United States, yellow jackets are more visible during hot summer weather and cooler fall temperatures. Yellow jackets represent several species. Their sociable characteristics make them perfect candidates for joining social networks. Unfortunately, they do not live long enough to develop any passions in life. The queen yellow jacket represents a sole exception. Living throughout the cold winter months, the queen creates a brand new colony of devoted yellow jackets every year. Yellow Jackets Build Nests and Consume Sweet Treats Yellow jackets enjoy...
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Top 5 Tips for Bug-Proofing Your Home

Insects play an important role in the ecosystem. They aerate soil, eat harmful insects, serve as a source of food for birds and other wildlife, pollinate flowers and make honey. However, when they invade our living spaces, they turn from friend to foe. Here are five tips for ways to bug-proof your home. Eliminate Food Supply Insects need food and water to survive. By eliminating sources of food, they will go elsewhere to nest and feed. Most importantly, if they can't get in, they won't nest in your space. Start by looking for cracks and holes in the building shell. Check for gaps around windows and doors, places where utilities enter the home and cracks in foundations and flooring. Repair any holes or cracks. Install and repair screens on doors and windows. In the kitchen, keep food in well-sealed containers. Wipe countertops after food preparation, and cover pet food bowls. Make...
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Fighting Fleas

FleaDuring the spring and summer, insects are always lurking somewhere nearby. This year in Florida, fleas are expected to be out in full force. Pets must remain protected at all times. Like ticks, fleas can spread Lyme disease and other ailments. Here are some tips to help you fight these bloodsucking parasites. Keep Pets Out of the Neighbor’s Yard Even if you have taken the necessary steps to keep ticks off your property, these insects may still be in your neighbor’s yard. Make sure your pet doesn’t go over there. They will definitely bring fleas back home. Although training your pet will help, it’s also advisable to install a fence around the property lines. Check Your Pets Frequently To ensure that fleas don’t get inside your home, it’s a good idea to check your pets on a regular basis. Because fleas are so tiny, you won’t be able to spot them...
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Places in Your Yard Where Mosquitoes Can Breed

Mosquito on leafYou may have heard that mosquitoes breed in standing water. But there are some pretty surprising water sources you might not have thought about that attract these pests to your lawn. Keep your yard mosquito-free by banishing their favorite meeting spots from your property. Keep it Clean Keeping your lawn clutter-free goes a long way toward preventing mosquitoes. While you may always strive to maintain a neat yard, even the smallest items can allow water to gather and attract these pesky, biting invaders. From a stray bottle cap to your child's plastic toy shovel, water can accumulate in any concave surface and draw mosquitoes. Do a quick check at the end of the day to ensure no stragglers are hiding in the grass. Your gutters are another popular mosquito breeding ground, so clear out debris regularly to prevent standing water. Even Out Your Lawn Water can collect in larger outdoor items...
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