The best defense against cockroaches is a clean kitchen and bathroom. If roaches are a problem in your home or apartment, vacuum well and wash the area with a strong soap. Dispose of the vacuum cleaner bag in a sealed container.
Non-Toxic Cockroach Control
Diatomaceous earth is a safe alternative which can be sprinkled in areas where roaches congregate, especially hidden areas such a cabinet tops and behind appliances. Harmless to people, the tiny particles cut the waxy exoskeleton and kills the insect within 48 hours. For a week or so after the treatment, the dehydrating insects will search more actively for water. Therefore, do not be surprised if you see roaches more often after the treatment. Most roaches should be killed within two weeks of application. Click for more info or to purchase diatomaceous earth
Six dengue fever vaccines are in development, but not yet available. The vaccine that’s furthest in development is a three-dose vaccine for children. The results of a phase III trial were published in July 2014. This study showed that the vaccine appears to be safe, and it prevented dengue infections slightly more than half the time.
On February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the fast-moving Zika virus an international public health emergency. Much about Zika virus and the threat it poses remains unclear. However, global health officials agree the primary way the virus spreads is through bites from infected mosquitoes. Knowing the answers to the following common questions about mosquitoes and Zika virus can help protect you and your family from this disease:
Protect Your Pets this Summer
Fleas and ticks can be major concerns during the summer months. Protect your pets from these dangerous parasites.
Detecting Fleas and Ticks
If you see your precious pet scratching, that does not always indicate the presence of fleas or ticks. However, excessive scratching, biting, and rubbing against surfaces can be signs of an infestation. Signs of anxiety, such as whining and growling, can also indicate pest-related distress. Combing your pet’s hair from back to front is a great way to uncover hidden pests. The ears provide a great environment for ticks, so you should carefully check your pet’s ears for parasites. Fleas will look like moving flecks of pepper. A newly attached tick will look like a flat disk protruding from the flesh, but a feeding tick will have an engorged body.