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Three Must-Dos for Avoiding Mosquito-borne Illnesses

Guest post by Janet Thrasher, President of Thrasher Termite & Pest Control, Inc.

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Mosquitoes can breed in as little as a tablespoon of water, so it’s critical to drain all standing water from your yard, including places like barbeque covers. Photo: Thrasher Termite & Pest Control, Inc., 2016

For many of us who’ve grown up in California, dealing with mosquito bites is normal. Today, however, mosquito bites may come with some very serious blood-borne diseases, like Chikungunya virus, Dengue fever, West Nile virus and St. Louis encephalitis. The list of mosquito-borne illnesses in California grows each year. Now, the CDC is warning that Zika virus may be the next mosquito-borne illness to enter the United States. The California Department of Public Health reminds the public to guard against mosquito bites. Unlike controlling pests such as ants, fleas and cockroaches, pest control companies can’t really help with mosquito control beyond offering advice. It’s up to you to reduce the risk of mosquito bites by following the three D’s of mosquito control: Drain, Dunk and Defend. Continue reading “Three Must-Dos for Avoiding Mosquito-borne Illnesses” »

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School’s Out: Here Come the Kids of Summer

Parents, get ready, for they are coming.

Best summer tip: throw cranky children in water. Photo: Royal Pools, 2015

Best summer tip: throw cranky children in water. Photo: Royal Pools, 2015

Remember last September? Just after Labor Day, you sent them off with new lunchboxes, pointy pencils and extra-long pants. The classrooms unto which they were delivered smelled of fresh paint. They cried a little, and so did you. You went home to an empty house and drank a well-deserved, oddly uninterrupted cup of coffee.

Well, parents…eight PTA meetings, seven slumber parties, four music recitals and one soccer tournament later, your precious bundles of joy are coming back. Continue reading “School’s Out: Here Come the Kids of Summer” »

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