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Is Zika Still Relevant in 2017?

For the average person, Zika is a virus that may cause fever, rash, red eyes, joint and muscle pain, and headaches. Some people may never even know they had it, attributing any symptoms to an allergy or passing illness. However, if pregnant women contract Zika, the virus can inflict severe birth defects on their unborn child. Microcephaly is the most concerning, as children are born with an abnormally small head and underdeveloped brain. Even if microcephaly is not present, other deficits may be, including eye defects, hearing deficiencies, Guillain-Barré syndrome, and impaired growth. How Mosquitoes Transmit Zika Mosquitoes—specifically Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus—are the most common means of transmitting the Zika virus: - An uninfected mosquito can acquire the Zika virus by biting an infected person.- An infected mosquito can transmit the Zika virus to anyone it bites.- Infected female mosquitoes transmit the Zika virus to their eggs and offspring, exponentially...
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How to Fool Ants into a Trap

Like many homeowners in the Burnsville, MN, area, you may have discovered that ants have somehow made their way into your home. Needless to say, this is problematic for many reasons. Your first instinct is probably to rush to the store to buy do-it-yourself pest control solutions like insecticide sprays. Before doing so, a word of warning: Most consumer ant control products don't work very well. Ant traps are an exception, but people often use them incorrectly and become frustrated when their infestations continue. At Bug Busters, we routinely educate customers about using ant traps effectively. For your convenience, we're sharing what we know with you below. Are Ant Traps Really Traps? People often assume that ant traps are designed to capture ants so that they are rounded up and killed. This reflects a major misunderstanding of how many ants make up a typical colony and how colonies work in general....
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What Is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?

If you have a pest problem such as termites, ants, cockroaches or rodents in your Burnsville, Minnesota, home or business, you may be looking for ways to get rid of them without using harmful chemicals. Integrated pest management uses a multi-step approach to rid your home or office of unwanted critters with minimal chemical treatment. An individualized program is developed to eradicate the pest, destroy nesting places, remove food and prevent re-infestation. Pest Identification The first step in removing a troublesome infestation is to identify the pest. For example, different types of ants have different feeding, breeding and nesting habits. Accurate identification ensures that the IPM program will have the greatest effect. Destroy Nesting Places Different insects have preferred nesting places. Many make nests in secluded spots where they won’t be disturbed but are near food and water. Termites connect their nests to food with extensive tunnel systems. You may find...
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Bills through the roof? Save money on heating with TAP insulation

It's always good to get more bang for your buck. But in today's economy, maximizing your spending power is especially important. And when it comes to heating your home, the opportunity to cut rising energy costs couldn't come at a better time. A Better Insulation Solution If your home isn't as warm as it could be during the winter months, your insulation could be to blame. That's why Environmental Pest Management began offering T•A•P insulation to our customers in the Burnsville MN area. TAP combines the pest-control solutions we're known for with a more efficient alternative to traditional home insulation. How Does TAP Insulation Work? TAP insulates homes 32 percent more effectively than fiberglass insulation. Thanks to its denser cellulose material, TAP fills in areas conventional insulation doesn't cover. The result is a reduction in your heating bills and a warmer, cozier home all winter long. Cost-Effective Pest Control TAP offers...
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Where do pests go in the winter?

If you are like most homeowners, then you know that pests are a problem during the summer and fall, but you might be wondering where pests go during the winter months. Most common pests can't survive outside in the freezing temperatures, and they will seek a warm place to hide until the snow melts and the warm air of spring returns. Knowing where they like to hide will help you protect yourself and your property from a possible infestation, and you can save a lot of money on repair bills as a result. If you are not sure where to turn for answers, the following information will get you started in the right direction. Common Pests If your No. 1 priority is to safeguard your home and to keep unwanted guests away, then learning about some of the common pests is vital to your success. Rats and mice are among the...
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Signs of Rodent Damage in the Home

While you're likely preparing for the cold weather by performing fall maintenance - we hope - the rodents outside are scurrying around hunting for a warm and cozy haven to call home for the season. When you consider the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that rodents like rats and mice spread more than 35 diseases across the world, it's especially important homeowners protect their properties from becoming nesting grounds. That said, here are five common signs of rodent damage in your home. Urine Stains and Droppings The most obvious sign of rodents roaming in your home is the discovery of urine stains and droppings. You'll usually find these around nesting and breeding locations, or inside your cupboards, drawers and along the baseboards. Be careful not to sweep or vacuum the areas where you find the urine stains or droppings. Instead, wipe or pick them up carefully without disturbing them....
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4 Benefits of Rodent Control Before Winter

There's no good time for rodents to invade your home, but winter is the worst. This is the time when everything from tiny field mice to full-sized rats look for a cozy, warm place to wait out the winter, preferably near a convenient food source. Too often, they try to turn your home into their cold-weather abode. Here are four reasons why you should take steps to prevent a rodent infestation before winter sets in: 1. Rodents Spread Diseases Winter is famous for its cold and flu season, but a close encounter with a rodent could leave you with something worse than a fever or a case of the sniffles. Rat and mouse droppings can include bacteria that causes serious illnesses like salmonella, Hantavirus and leptospirosis. Their bites are even worse and could result in anything from an infected wound to a case of the plague. 2. Rodents Carry Fleas If...
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Signs of Boxelder Swarms in the Home

Boxelder bugs have a fly-like appearance. They're mostly black in color with tell-tale red and orange markings that make them easy to identify once you know what they look like. Like termites, they're attracted to wood, especially that of the boxelder trees they're named for. When their preferred tree isn't available, they'll settle for maple, ash or fruit trees. Unlike termites, they don't do a lot of damage. Boxelder bugs are considered a nuisance pest, but cleaning up after an infestation can be a lot of work. As the weather cools down in the late summer, they group together by the thousands in search of warmth to create boxelder swarms that can infest your home. Do I Have a Boxelder Swarm at My House? When a boxelder swarm targets your house, they'll usually settle on the outside of your home during the late summer or fall before they try to breach...
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Benefits of Power Sprays for Asian Lady Beetles

If you are dealing with an Asian lady beetle infestation, then you might be wondering what steps you can take to rid your home of these insects. Many people wait for the problem to go away on its own, but doing so only gives the Asian lady beetles time to spread, and they will be that much more difficult to remove as a result. You have many methods at your disposal to eliminate these pests from your home, but not all of them work as well as you might hope. If you want to free your home from your unwanted guests, then using a good power spray will help you reach your goal. Benefits of Using a Power Spray When Asian lady beetles enter your home, they will create nests inside of your walls and other places that are hard to reach. So, when people try to use a vacuum to...
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