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    Understanding the Health Dangers Associated with Mosquito Bites

    Last updated 4 days ago

    After the eradication of malaria in the United States in the mid-20th century, Americans had few reasons to fear mosquitos. While it is fortunate from a public health standpoint that we do not have to worry about malaria and dengue fever, there are a number of other mosquito-borne illnesses for which we should be on the lookout. You can protect yourself by investing in a mosquito management system for your home and by remembering to apply bug spray when you go out, but it is important to be familiar with the symptoms of mosquito-borne illnesses present in your community. Those of greatest concern for residents of the Atlanta area include:

    West Nile Virus

    Although this season has not been as bad as last, the dreaded West Nile virus is still a concern in the Atlanta area. Symptoms of this deadly mosquito-borne illness include fever, head and body aches, muscle weakness, and body tremors. Symptoms can appear in as few as three days and up to two weeks after infection.

    Eastern Equine Encephalitis

    The symptoms of this mosquito-borne illness appear rapidly and include fever, chills, vomiting, and headache. With a mortality rate of 33%, the eastern equine encephalitis virus is one of the deadliest mosquito-transmitted illnesses in the States.

    St. Louis Encephalitis

    Symptoms of St. Louis encephalitis infection are similar to those of eastern equine encephalitis, and are often accompanied by tiredness and fatigue. Most people infected with the virus do not experience symptoms, but older adults who are more prone to symptomatic St. Louis encephalitis are at risk of inflammation of the brain. Early treatment is essential for a favorable prognosis.

    Chikungunya Virus

    Fever and joint pain are the primary symptoms of this mosquito-borne illness, which has been detected in Atlanta for the first time ever this summer. Although rarely fatal, the joint pain associated with the Chikungunya virus can last for months.

    If you have recently been bitten by mosquitos and experienced symptoms of any of these illnesses, seek the attention of a medical professional immediately. To keep mosquitoes off of your property so that you can enjoy your yard and the beautiful outdoor weather in Atlanta this summer and autumn, call Baco Exterminating at (877) 440-6862 and ask about our mosquito management services and other pest control solutions.

     

    Essential Tips for Preventing a Termite Infestation in Your Home

    Last updated 11 days ago

    Discovering that termites have been eating your home from the inside out is a nightmare that every homeowner hopes to avoid. While termites generally keep a low profile and can munch on the wood of a home’s foundation for months without being detected, there are ways to minimize the likelihood that your home will be targeted by termites. To enjoy the peace of mind of knowing that your home is an inhospitable place for termites, take these preventative measures on your property.

    Remove Dead Trees and Brush

    Dead wood is a termite’s dining paradise. If there are piles of dead trees and leaves on your property, it is only a matter of time before termites find it. If you have dense vegetation around your property, be sure to maintain it so that deadwood and moisture do not accumulate and create a perfect termite hangout.

    Keep a Buffer Between Wood and Soil

    Subterranean termites, the most common type found in the Atlanta area, excavate tunnels through soil to protect themselves from predators and the drying effects of air. Firewood and other wood that is on or touching the ground provides subterranean termites with easy access to food. Once they find it, they will look for additional food on your property and will eventually work their way to your home’s foundation. If you keep firewood outside, store it on a rack at least six inches above the ground.

    Divert Drainage Away From Home

    Termites love moisture. Ensuring water that moves through your gutters and downspouts is diverted away from your home will keep the soil from becoming oversaturated and attracting termites.

    If you have spotted termite tubes or swarmers in your home or suspect for any other reason that termites may be sharing your property with you, contact a pest control professional at your earliest convenience. To schedule a termite inspection on your Atlanta property with an experienced termite control professional, call Baco Exterminating at (877) 440-6862. We are the Atlanta area’s premier termite control company. 

    Lawn and Turfgrass Facts & Stats

    Last updated 16 days ago

    These turfgrass statistics may surprise you:

    • In a well maintained, thick 10,000 square foot (929 square meter) lawn there will be 6 turf plants per square inch (25.4 millimeters), 850 turf plants per square foot (30.45 square meters) for a total of 8.5 million turf plants.
    • Grass plants are 75 to 80% water, by weight.
    • Up to 90% of the weight of a grass plant is in its roots.
    • Grass clippings are approximately 90% water, by weight.
    • 1,000 square feet (304.8 square meters) of lawn will generate 200 pounds (90.7 kilograms) of clippings annually.
    • One ton (.9 metric ton) of clippings will contribute only 200 pounds (90.7 kilograms) of decayed matter to a landfill.
    • Clippings contain nutrients useable to the grass, when left on the lawn.
    • A lawn, 50 by 50 feet (15.24 by 15.24 meters) (2,500 square feet) (232 square meters) releases enough oxygen for a family of four, while absorbing carbon dioxide, ozone, hydrogen fluoride, and peroxyacetyl nitrate.
    • A dense, healthy lawn prevents run-off, absorbing rainfall six times more effectively than a wheat field and four times better than a hay field.
    • Turfgrass helps control pollution, trapping much of an estimated 12 million tons (10.9 million metric tons) of dust and dirt released annually into the US atmosphere.
    • The front lawns of eight average houses have the cooling effect of about 70 tons (68 metric tons) of air conditioning, while the average home-size central air has only a 3 to 4 ton capacity (2.7 to 3.9 metric tons).
    • As part of a well-designed and maintained landscape, turfgrass increases a home’s property value by 15 to 20 %.

    Beware of the Asian Tiger Mosquito

    Last updated 17 days ago

    The hardy Asian tiger mosquito, known for its vicious biting habits and preference for large cities, is back — and this time it's carrying a fever-inducing virus.  

    Amy Kraft of The New Scientist reports that the black-and-white striped pest carries chikungunya, a virus that causes joint pain as well as fever and rash, but is rarely life-threatening.  

    Typically, cold winters control the mosquito population. But unseasonably warm weather has brought the disease-carrying insects out in increasing numbers, especially in the Southeastern United States.

    As these urban mosquitoes readily spread, entomologists fear that the virus could become endemic throughout Georgia, Atlanta and South Carolina

    The Asian tiger was introduced to the United States from Southeast Asia in 1985. It is believed to have arrived accidentally in tires imported from Japan, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

    BACO Exterminating Services offers Mosquito Control programs designed for your needs and budget, Call (877) 905-BACO.

     

    Your Guide to Summer Yard and Lawn Care

    Last updated 18 days ago

    Summer is here and that means Atlanta families are outside enjoying the sun and the joys of backyard activities. Caring for your yard and lawn is crucial to making sure unwanted pests like termites won’t be spoiling all of your fun. Here is a guide to caring for your summer lawn and keeping the bugs away:

    Check Leaves for Bite Marks:
    Tree leaves and grass blades are tasty treats for many unwanted pests that could be residing in your yard. Check for even the smallest signs of chewing or feeding trails. Curled-up leaves can also be a sign that insects are present and making a meal of your shrubbery.

    Examine Tree Trunks for Oddly Shaped Holes:
    It can be difficult to find the bugs that take refuge in pine or other common trees. Bug experts advise homeowners to look for oddly shaped holes in the trunk of trees that could be signs of pesky and damaging bugs like the flat-head borer.

    Pay Attention to the Color and Condition of Treetops:
    When enjoying the beauty of your trees, pay special attention to their tops. Depending on the type of tree, several bugs could be causing discoloration and decay toward the top. A tree whose needles appear yellowish in color could be the victim of bark beetles, which are active in Georgia.

    Look for Activity in the Lawn:
    A pest control specialist can immediately identify bug activity in your lawn. The signs that easier to spot by the untrained eye include lawn discoloration or thinning of the turf. For the healthiest, greenest lawn, call in the professionals for application of slow-release nitrogen-based fertilizer and weed control in early and late summer.

    Homeowners should be able to enjoy their lawns this summer season without worrying about what’s crawling below their feet. At Baco Exterminating, we provide our Georgia clients with effective pest control solutions and lawn turf maintenance services. Call us today at (770) 409-8882

     

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