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Fleas

No fleas in Arizona – usually…

Usually I would suspect it is a lack of humidity that makes it less likely to have fleas in Arizona. Occasionally we have someone come in from another state and we have a case but not to often. We do have ticks and they can be a real problem with our pets. So what can you do to prevent them?

  1. Mow your grass.
  2. Be careful going to dog parks.
  3. If you and your dog walks, check them on the return.
  4. If your hiking, wear long pants and tuck them in.
  5. Put on some Deet oh and sunscreen or a hat.
  6. Be safe out there.

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Facts – Bed Bugs

Facts on Bed Bugs

Facts are important and it is vital to stay up to date on these items about bed bugs especially when traveling. If you find bed bugs ask for a new room on the opposite side of hotel. Bed bugs are almost invisible when born, then they get a blood meal and start turning a darker color. Don’t just check the bed, check the areas around the bed like the drawers and baseboards. It’s not just the bed. See the tips for some great information to pass along.

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Bed bug tips by PestWorld

 

Traveling BedBugs

Watch out when traveling:

Bedbugs are traveling about all the time, but during those periods when we travel more we actually hear about them more often as well. So pay attention and if you suspect them in your room, ask to move across the hotel. Don’t place you luggage on bed or on chairs, I place mine in the bathroom, far far away from any place where they might hide. When you return home, undo the luggage in the garage or back porch. No sense bringing them into your home – cause that will bring on added $$$$$$ for treatment. If you think that they got into your home ask for an opinion by a qualified professional pest management operator such as ProBest Pest Management – QualityPro since 2005.

Watch the video for more information regarding these little blood suckers – “Sleep tight and don’t let the Bedbugs bite”.

Oh and by the way, this is a job for someone who knows this bug. Don’t do foolish things like spread DE everywhere or use a blowtorch (I know some people have done this). Use common sense and call ProBest at 480-831-9328, this could be the smartest thing you did this whole year.

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May is Hepatitis Awareness Month and May 19th is Hepatitis Testing Day.

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month and May 19th is Hepatitis Testing Day.

Hepatitis C (hep C) is a significant health concern for our nation’s veterans. Our proud men and women have done their part to ensure our safety, it is time we do ours and make sure they know the risks and symptoms of hep C. During Hepatitis Awareness Month (May) let’s make sure veterans are tested for hep C antibodies. Consequently we want them to know the importance of talking to their doctor.

Here are the facts:

  • First of all: Several studies suggest veterans may be at greater risk for hep C than non-veterans and as a result,
  • In 2013, over five percent of the 3.1 million veterans enrolled in the care of the Veterans Health Administration who had at least one outpatient visit and an informative hep C test result were infected with hep C.
  • Up to 75 percent of people with chronic hep C in the United States do not know they have it.
  • Approximately 70-80 percent experience no symptoms following infection.
  • Hep C is curable – which means the hep C virus is not detectable in the blood months after treatment ends.

Where can a veteran learn more and get tested for hep C antibodies?

  • A doctor can administer the test and talk about confirmatory testing for those who test positive for hep C antibodies. It is important that the veteran ask specifically to get tested for hep C antibodies.
  • Since Veterans may be eligible for free hep C antibody testing through the VA. The VA also has a tremendous amount of information available about hep C.

What can you do?

  1. Most of all: You can join our campaign and ensure that veterans get the message.
  2. Share this URL and encourage others to participate by telling a veteran about hep C.
  3. Watch and “like” as everyone’s messages are blasted out simultaneously.
  4. Follow The American Legion on Facebook and Twitter and visit Legion.org to learn more about The American Legion’s health care initiatives.
  5. If you are a veteran – make an appointment to get tested for hep C antibodies the next time you see your doctor!

Most noteworthy information can be shared directly from https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/41040-hepaware-for-veterans?locale=en

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News we didn’t need to hear about

News about Bed bugs and pesticides

News is  showing research that bed bugs are adapting to pesticide usage and they might be thickening their skins to avoid the pesticide. Every day we are learning more and more about what is happening in the way of bedbugs, some cities are

“Bed bugs are becoming resistant to some Insecticides”

or “Cuticle Thickening in a Pyrethroid-Resistant strain of Common Bed Bug”

The EPA is deciding on reducing pesticide usage, what and if they decide to reduce some pesticides can influence what is used and when. It may be that in the future we will be limited to newer products.

News Photo by PPMA

Photo by PPMA

Bed Bugs ideas and protocols

Bed Bugs ideas & protocols

Bed bugs are on the rise and there is not a chance they are going to be stopped soon. So be prepared to look, smell and advise somebody if you think you have found them.

Bed Bug Prevention from National Pest Management Association
  • Vacuum suitcases after returning from a vacation.
  • Check your bed-sheets for tell-tale blood spots.
  • Consider bringing a large plastic trash-bag to keep your suitcase in during hotel stays.
  • Carry a small flashlight to assist you with quick visual inspections.
  • Never bring second-hand furniture, especially mattresses and box springs, into a home without thoroughly examining for signs of a bed bug infestation. You might consider having a pest control professional inspect the furniture as it is difficult to detect an infestation if you are untrained.
  • Regularly inspect areas where pets sleep for signs of bed bugs.
  • Bed bugs are elusive creatures, so it is imperative to seek professional pest control to address an infestation.

 

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Why do Bedbugs hide in the smallest of spaces?

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I’m really impressed by the fact that bugs hide so well. I guess eon’s of time has programmed them to survive and hiding offers them the chance to do it and well.

Notice all adult stages, including instars and eggs in the pictures.

Travel well my friends!

How do Bed Bugs travel?

 

Well I thought this was a funny question, but it turns out they travel by mass transit. OK I’m kidding you but in NYC the bed bugs are spreading out by taking every opportunity to sneak to different locations by every means available. Libraries continue to see infestations, theaters and now modes of transportation.

So what can you do? Be aware of your surroundings, if you think you are being bitten take to to the person in charge of where ever you are. Most people don’t actually notice the bite but if you get home and you see bites or welts think about where you had been and call them and mention it.

 

MAKE SURE YOUR HOME AND FAMILY 

Photo by NPMA

Photo by NPMA

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