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New Children’s eBook ~ The Uninvited Houseguest

New Children’s eBook ~ The Uninvited Houseguest

The NPMA just released a second free eBook, “The Uninvited House Guest,” in its children’s eBook series.

“The Uninvited Houseguest” eBook

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“The Uninvited Houseguest” is available from any of the following online retailers:

Don’t have an eBook reader? Click here to open a digital flip-book version.

Jo-Lynne Shane

About the Author

Jo-Lynne Shane is a professional blogger, freelance writer and community manager living in the suburbs of Philadelphia with her husband of 18 years, three school-age children and one terribly spoiled Shih Tzu named Savannah. She writes the popular lifestyle blog, Musings of a Housewife, where she shares nutritious wholesome recipes, fitness inspiration from a recovering couch potato, relatable style and beauty advice for the suburban housewife, and reviews of family friendly travel destinations. She also facilitates the vibrant local networking group, Philly Social Media Moms, providing community, support and education for over 200 area bloggers.

A Hidden Danger in Your Home: Cockroaches

A Hidden Danger in Your Home: Cockroaches

Cockroaches are more than just a household nuisance; they are also significant danger in the home. Hulett Environmental  warns that cockroaches can pose a health threat to humans by spreading many different types of bacteria that can increase asthma and allergy symptoms, especially in children.22_Brownbanded Cockroach

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reports that cockroaches are known to spread diseases like Salmonella by picking up germs on the spines of their legs. Furthermore, their saliva and droppings contain allergen proteins known to cause allergy flare-ups and increase asthma symptoms.

During the colder months, the threat for accumulated cockroach allergens is elevated because people spend more time indoors, thus increasing their chances of encountering cockroaches. Since the temperatures are still dropping in certain regions across the country, it’s not too late for homeowners to take preventative measures to keep cockroaches out of the home.

Hulett experts advise homeowners that cockroaches prefer warm, moist places with available food sources, so it’s important to eliminate those attractive environments. Homeowners should pay special attention to kitchens and bathrooms — especially under appliances and sinks — as these areas are particularly vulnerable to cockroach infestations. In addition, homeowners should vacuum frequently, and keep counters and floors clean at all times.

If a cockroach infestation is suspected, a licensed pest professional will properly identify what species is present and recommend the best course of treatment.

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SHOULD HOMEOWNERS/RESIDENTS BE CONCERNED IF THEY FIND ANTS IN THEIR HOME?

Most species of ants are considered ‘nuisance pests,’ meaning that they don’t pose a significant threat to health or property, but are an annoyance when found indoors. In fact, ants are the number one nuisance pest in the United States.

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Some species of ants, however, can pose threats to health and property. Carpenter ants, for example, excavate wood in order to build their nests, which can cause extensive damage to a structure. Fire ants, on the other hand, sting when threatened, resulting in painful welts that can be dangerous to allergic persons. These species should always be handled by a professional.

Regardless of the species all ants can contaminate food sources and small infestations can grow quickly, so any sign of an infestation should be dealt with promptly.

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Black Widow Spider Bites: Should I Worry?

More on black widows: http://www.pestworld.org/pest-guide/s…
Black widow spider bites are less common and more severe than other spider bites. Dr. Parada explains the symptoms in detail.

A Closer look: American Cockroaches

A Closer look: American Cockroaches (Click on the image below to learn more)

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That is a male cicada being dragged off to a burrow by a wasp called a cicada killer Sphecius spheciosus. Don't get to see Nature in action like this often.

This is a male cicada being dragged off to a burrow by a wasp called a cicada killer; Sphecius spheciosus. Don’t get to see Nature in action like this often!

Why are crazy ants problematic?

Although these ants usually nest outside, they will forage indoors in large numbers in cooler temperatures or after rainfall. Inside, crazy ants usually nest underneath floors or carpeting, inside wall voids and soffits.

Crazy ants can become a problem when they infest a home or another structure for a couple of reasons:

  • Extremely large colonies resulting in massive infestations which can be difficult to treat, often requiring multiple treatments.  Colonies may grow to about 1 million.
  • These ants also have an odd propensity to nest in electrical boxes and around electrical equipment, causing short – outs and electrical equipment failure.

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Tips for homeowners to help guard against termites

Hulett Environmental offers the following prevention tips for homeowners to help guard against termites:

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  • Carefully inspect the perimeter of the home for mud tubes and rotting wood.
  • Repair fascia, soffits and rotted roof shingles.
  • Keep basements, attics and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
  • Maintain a one-inch gap between soil and wood portions of the home.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and check it for pests before bringing it indoors.
  • Divert water away from the home through properly functioning downspouts and gutters.

For more information on termites, please visit www.bugs.com