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Cockroaches, like many other hardy insects, can withstand much higher radiation levels than humans. This is because cells are most sensitive to radiation when they're dividing, and cockroach cells divide only while they're molting a weekly process that lasts about two days.
As a result, the radioactive fallout from a powerful nuclear blast could wipe out all humans, but only kill the cockroaches that happen to be molting at the time. "If a killing radiation is endured by a cockroach and human population, then [three-fourths] of the cockroaches might survive while none of the humans might survive since our blood stem-cells and immune stem-cells are dividing all the time," cockroach biologist Joe Kunkel of the University of Massachusetts explained.
Cockroaches have already survived for 300 million years. Nuclear warfare won't stop 'em. But, BACO can … !
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Bedbugs have made a dramatic comeback in the U.S. in recent years, infesting everything from homes and hotels to schools, movie theaters and hospitals. Although not known to transmit disease, their bites can cause burning, itching, swelling and psychological distress. It helps to catch infestations early, but the nocturnal parasites’ ability to hide almost anywhere, breed rapidly and “hitchhike” from place to place makes detection difficult.
Inspired by a traditional Balkan bedbug remedy, researchers have documented how microscopic hairs on kidney bean leaves effectively stab and trap the bed bugs, according to findings published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. The solution is to spread those kidney bean leaves around your bed and the area of infestation ever night. Be sure to replace and dispose of your bean leaves every morning or call BACO. So, there you have it and we are standing by our ‘story’.
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In Atlanta winter's rain and melting snow can clog drains. Clogged drains can form ice dams, in which water backs up, freezes and causes water to seep into the house. As you're hosing out your gutters, look for leaks and misaligned pipes. Also, make sure the downspouts are carrying water away from the house's foundation, where it could cause flooding or other water damage. Water from your down spouts should be kept at least 10’ from your homes foundation to add further protection against termites.
One of the best ways to winterize your home is to simply block all leaks around your house, both inside and out (doors, windows or any opening to the exterior).
Adding insulation to the existing insulation in the attic to a minimum of 12 inches is recommended in the Atlanta area. Go into your attic … if you can see the ceiling joists you don't have enough insulation, because a ceiling joist are 10 or 11 inches high.
First, turn your furnace, to make sure it is working properly, before the coldest weather hits the Southeast. During the entire winter you should change the furnace filters regularly (check them monthly). A dirty filter impedes air flow, reduces efficiency and could even cause a fire in an extreme case. Dispose of dirty fiberglass filters; reusable electrostatic or electronic filters can be washed.
A common myth is that a chimney needs to be swept every year, is not true. But, a chimney should at least be inspected before use each year. Ask for a Level 1 inspection, in which the professional examines the readily accessible portions of the chimney. Most certified chimney sweeps include a Level 1 service with a sweep. Check out CSIA'S Web site for a list of certified chimney sweeps in the Atlanta Metro (there are plenty of them).
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “a home with central heating can lose up to 60% of its heated air before that air reaches the vents … if ductwork is not well-connected and insulated, or if ducks run through unheated spaces. Ducts also should be vacuumed once every few years”. Be sure your ducks are well insulated and fully connected, without leaks.
Before freezing nights hit, make certain that the water to your outdoor hoses is shut off inside your house (via a turnoff valve), and that the lines are drained. Next, identify those pipes that aren't insulated, or that pass through unheated spaces. Wrap them with pre-molded foam rubber sleeves or fiberglass insulation, available at almost all hardware stores. In the Atlanta area heating tape, which is basically an electrical cord that emits heat is generally not required.
Take down the window screens and put up storm windows, which provide an extra layer of protection and warmth for the home. But, if you don't have storm windows, and your windows are leaky or drafty, they need to be updated with a more efficient window … of course, window replacements can be pricey. In the interim, buy a window insulator kit; the kit will include plastic sheeting that is attached to a window’s interior with double-stick tape.
Reversing your ceiling fan is a small tip that people don't often think of, by reversing its direction from the summer operation, the fan will push warm air downward and force it to re-circulate, keeping you more comfortable.
Change the batteries -- in your home's smoke and/or other detectors. Check to see that your fire extinguisher still works.
Last updated 13 days ago
Africanized bees moved from Mexico to Texas in 1990. Since then, they have gradually moved North throughout the Southwest US and Southern Florida. The bees move at a rate of about one mile per day and are limited in their northern movement by winter temperatures. Although, we know Africanized bees are not able to withstand cooler temperatures, we do not know how far north they may (attempt) move. It is, however, likely that Atlanta will prove far too chilly for Killer Bees to survive its winters. BACO Exterminating Services http://www.bacoexterminating.com/ .
Last updated 22 days ago
Alan Harlan, ACE
Technical Director, BACO Exterminating Services
If you have been paying attention, I’m sure that you have noticed a large amount of this new pest over the past few years. The Kudzu Bug (Megocopta cribraria) was first identified in Northern Gwinnett County, GA in 2009, and has quickly spread throughout the Southeast. In actuality, the Kudzu Bug is a type of stinkbug, and will congregate in large numbers on the southern and eastern sides of light colored homes.
This behavior is common during late summer and early fall, as many insects and rodents tend to seek out winter quarters. Unfortunately, it usually is when they appear on, inside, or around our home in large numbers that their presence becomes objectionable. It’s a good time to conduct an inspection to discourage overwintering pests. Performing routine maintenance may not only reduce potential pest intrusion, but could also increase energy efficiency. Here are a few suggestion.
Check windows and screens- replace or repair if they are damaged
Inspect weather-stripping around exterior doors- replace if it is worn or damaged
Inspect foundation cracks, electrical, gas, HVAC, and plumbing penetrations- ensure that they are properly sealed
Check screening around foundation and eave vents- if the screening is damaged, repair or replace
Caulk and seal cracks around windows and doors
Trim overhanging branches and shrubbery away from the foundation and roofline
Overwintering pests appear in different forms- large cockroaches, mice and rats, lady beetles and stinkbugs, to name a few. For more information, visit us at www.bacoexterminating.com or contact BACO Exterminating Services for a free pest evaluation at (877)905-2226.