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Prepare Your Yard for Your July 4th BBQ

You want your Fourth of July BBQ to go off without a hitch, which means you don't want any insects swarming around the backyard and causing a nuisance. Rather than temporarily keep them away with insect repellents and citronella candles, you can prepare your yard in such a way that the pests aren't attracted to it in the first place. Below are some suggestions for dealing with three common pests. Fleas These pests are known for feeding on furry animals, especially dogs, cats, mice, and rabbits. Residents can give their pets a once-over with a flea comb each time they return from the yard, but that won't do anything about the yard itself. Start by inspecting the moist, shady areas in your yard, especially the shrubs and trees, as well as any habitations for pets. You'll then want to spray these places with an insecticide or natural solution. Note that adult...
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Do You Know What Radon Is?

Many homeowners have heard of radon. They know it's dangerous, but it isn't an issue that's commonly discussed. As a result, the hazards of this deadly gas often get swept aside in the hustle and bustle of daily life. Find out everything you need to know about eliminating this safety risk from your home or business. What is Radon? Radon is a naturally occurring gas found in homes and buildings all around the United States. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that one in three U.S. homes is exposed to high enough radon levels that action should be taken to prevent danger. Radon Dangers Radon gas is radioactive and, therefore, a known carcinogen. Breathing in air containing large amounts of radon puts you at serious risk for cancer. In fact, the EPA and the office of the Surgeon General have proclaimed it the second leading cause of lung cancer in...
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Can A Cockroach Really Survive Nuclear Fallout?

You’ve heard that they’re tough. So, how tough are they? - They’ve been around in one form or another for at least 320 million years, since the Carboniferous Period.- Asian species Periplaneta japonica can withstand extreme cold—at least 23 F.- In a U.S. Army study on starved cockroach longevity, species Periplaneta americana females survived three months on water only.- Even decapitated, they can last for several weeks in a jar, the body still able to stand, breathe, move and react to touch. Separately, a head refrigerated and fed nutrients can last days. “But could they survive a nuclear blast and the resulting fallout?” you ask. Anatomy of a Cockroach First, you need to understand just how durable these cold-blooded creatures are. While there are literally thousands of species, they share certain traits: - Depending on species, they can range from tan to reddish-brown to dark brown.- In shape, their bodies are...
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Preventing Ants from Joining Your Memorial Day BBQ

Nothing can ruin the fun of an outdoor gathering quite like an influx of ants. Unfortunately, ants are an all-too-common problem in the greater Knoxville area. If you would like to enjoy a Memorial Day barbecue without watching ants crawl all over everything and everyone, Dayton's Pest Control is here to help. We've rounded up some great tips for keeping your Memorial Day get together as free from ants as possible. Put these tips to work to ensure that your shindig goes off without a hitch. Keep Food Contained The primary reason that ants are such a nuisance during outdoor summer barbecues is because they are drawn to all of the tasty food. Different species of ants prefer different types of food, but there's something for everyone at the typical barbecue. With this in mind, it is crucial to keep food sealed up as much as possible. If you are serving...
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How Did Kudzu Bugs Get Their Name?

In scientific journals, it’s known as Megacopta cribraria—originally a native of Asia. To the rest of us, it’s known as the kudzu bug. If you’re wondering how this little six-legged stinkbug—actually a shield bug—got its name and why you as a home owner should care, read on. A Recent Invasive Import The year 2009 was a big one for the kudzu bug. That fall, scientists near Atlanta, Georgia, realized that they had not just one little kudzu bug but an invasion of them. Homeowners were suddenly confronting swarms of kudzu bugs eager to trade chilly outdoor temperatures for cozy indoor roommate status. Southern Living Since 2009, Kudzu bugs have expanded their territory to coincide with the namesake vine they’ve favored—kudzu, also an Asian invasive import. Like kudzu vine, kudzu bugs now inhabit most of the Southeast up to and including Maryland. Kudzu Bugs Spreading In Asia, kudzu bugs feed on the...
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