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November 16, 2016

Life On Planet Earthworm: Where Those Annoying Swarms of Cluster Flies Really Start

One of the most common misconceptions about insects, particularly flies, is that they only have to be dealt with during the warmer months of the spring and summer. Any New Englander who knows the struggle of a bout with cluster flies would gladly confirm that this is a misconception. Cluster flies, the larger, lazier incarnations of common houseflies, get their name from an instinctual tendency to huddle together. The predominant reason behind these flies swarming inside of homes is the same reason that they cluster: to seek warmth.

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May 31, 2016

3 Tips For Warding Off Flies From Your Restaurant

When it comes to running a business (especially in the hospitality industry), you need to be able to focus on big picture problems that come up in the course of a business day. One task you probably don’t want to deal with on a daily basis is managing pest issues, like flies.

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March 21, 2016

The Zika Virus: The No-Hype Information You Need

what is Zika virusThe Zika virus has recently become a headline in the news as researchers are still learning about the disease and working towards creating a vaccine. Healthcare practitioners have determined that both insect bites and sexual contact can transmit the virus. There are a lot of unknowns surrounding this virus, but we gathered the known information so far to help New England residents stay protected and informed.

Who Is At Risk?

As of now, the greatest risk exists for citizens of Brazil, where more than 1 million cases of the Zika virus have been confirmed. Pregnant women are at the greatest risk, as the Zika virus seems to cause microcephaly — underdevelopment of the brain in newborn babies. Other people who contract the Zika virus usually make a full recovery.

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March 11, 2016

3 Problematic Flies for New England During Spring And Summer

the worst new england fliesMosquitoes and other flying insects can cause itchy red welts that subside within a couple of days. However, the increasing risk of fly-caused infections and the number of flying insects that crowd around homes, businesses, and schools raises the need for a serious insect prevention and extermination strategy.

1. Mosquitoes

We know that mosquitoes carry diseases, such as the West Nile virus and yellow fever, and cause heartworms in pets. Recently, new mosquito-transmitted diseases have begun to spread throughout the globe, including the chikungunya virus and the Zika virus. Due to these findings, it's more important than ever to have a solid strategy in place to protect your home or business.

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October 6, 2015

Fly Control For Your Business: 5 Simple Steps To Control Flies

5 steps to control flies right awayThe following is an excerpt from our new e-book, Keeping Flies Under Control In Your Business.

1. Exclusion

A fly infestation is far less likely when there are no easy access points for them to enter. Ensure that all doors and windows close properly and tightly. Weather stripping is recommended for any exterior openings. Repair all holes and tears in window screens. Locate any unsealed crevices or cracks that lead outside of your building and seal them with a silicone-based caulk. Create a positive airflow draft that directs air outside of your building. This way, smaller airborne flies will have difficulty entering your business. Make sure that your employees remember to close all doors and windows, especially those adjacent to lights.

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