These last few months have involved us moving our daughter from her campus apartment earlier than expected due to COVID-19, us moving into a new home, and finally, our oldest daughter making a move to relocate for her job. Besides a lot of hard work, these moves have involved a lot of cardboard boxes. I feel like I have been dealing with boxes for most of this year. Somehow, it seems as if boxes and cockroaches go hand in hand because it never fails at least one makes its way into your home via one of those boxes. These guys easily flatten their bodies and wiggle their way into the corrugated layers of the box and go virtually unnoticed until they suddenly appear scurrying across your floor. The last thing anyone wants to deal with is a roach problem. Besides being a nuisance, they spread germs, bacteria, and filth everywhere they go.
The official start of summer is just a few days away and the temperature is rising and so is the population of unwanted insects. Ants seem to be one of those summer pests that can invade quickly. Have you ever noticed that you rarely ever see just one ant, it seems as if you see hundreds? It’s like they appear out of nowhere to form a marching parade across your kitchen counter. There are a few simple steps you can take to keep the ant parade out of your home.
As we enter June that means barbeques, outdoor events, and fun in the sun. Unfortunately, it also means mosquitoes and ticks. One question that seems to be coming up quite frequently lately is whether or not these pests can transmit COVID-19 to humans. At this time, the CDC says that they do not have any data to suggest it is spread by mosquitoes and ticks. All information available to them still indicates that COVID-19 spreads from person to person. This past April Pest World published a similar article stating something similar. The National Pest Management Association’s chief entomologist made a similar statement, “At this time, there is currently no evidence to suggest that pests like mosquitoes and ticks can be implicated in the transmission of COVID-19.” He did, however, go on to say that, these pests are able to transmit other serious diseases that include West Nile Virus and Lyme disease. Although they do not transmit COVID-19, you still need to protect yourself and your family from these pests.
Your home’s foundation has been treated for termites, you have created a barrier between you and potential termite damage and that’s that. That is not necessarily so if you have done any landscaping or construction near your home’s foundation. Any activity such as digging near the foundation of your home may disrupt that termite-treated zone or barrier intended to prevent a termite infestation. Think of it just like Arkansas One-Call that requires you to call 811 before digging to locate underground utilities. Unfortunately, there’s not an easy number to call like 811 to locate the termite barrier for you, it’s just something that every homeowner needs to be mindful of when working on the exterior of their home.
Although homeowners and business owners believe termites can cause costly damage, it is often hard for them to understand just exactly how these pests that measure between one-quarter and one-half inch can do so much harm to a structure. One problem with termites is that they don’t discriminate. They don’t care what type of construction it is, because they are looking for food and cellulose used in buildings is a favored food source.
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