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Mosquitoes are Making News

By: Sprinkler Magician, On: January 22, 2016

Zika Virus has been making quite a few headlines recently and with good reason. There have been over 1.5 million cases reported in Brazil. Zika Virus has been linked to microcephaly, a condition that causes severe birth defects. In Brazil over 3,500 microcephaly cases have been found. Although it hasn't been proven that Zika Virus causes microcephaly, the numbers of infant deaths and deformities has spiked since Zika was found in Brazil last May. The … continue reading.

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Mosquitoes & your Four Legged Friends

By: Sprinkler Magician, On: January 22, 2016

Just like with humans, a mosquito bite for a dog or cat can be itchy and potentially dangerous. Did you know mosquitoes, fleas and ticks can cause all of the following in dogs & cats? Allergies Tapeworms Heartworms Rocky Mountain spotted fever Skin infections Lyme Tick paralysis Ehrlichia Unfortunately, yards treated with DEET, permethrin and other toxic chemicals can poison your four-legged friends if they ingest, inhale or come into contact with them in treated areas.These … continue reading.

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10 Ways to Stop a Mosquito Bite from Itching

By: Sprinkler Magician, On: January 22, 2016

Mosquito Bites. We avoid them at all costs but when they do happen they itch…and itch…and itch until you just can’t take it anymore! Luckily, there are some home remedies that can help stop your mosquito bite from itching.  Why Does a Mosquito Bite Itch?  When a mosquito bites you, your body sees the mosquito's saliva as an intruder it needs to defend against. This triggers your immune system to respond, which sends histamines to … continue reading.

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Don’t wait until you get bitten!

By: Sprinkler Magician, On: November 30, 2015

In most parts of the country the mosquito season is here. Here are a few basic tips to get rid of those pesky and sometimes dangerous little critters; Reduce breeding areas by eliminating standing water.  Mosquitoes need only a few days and a few ounces of water to breed, for example: flower pot trays, bird baths, kid's pools and old tires, broken or clogged rain gutters, leaky air conditioners or outdoor faucets, boats, street gutters, … continue reading.

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Pyrethrins – good or bad, OR DEADLY?

By: Sprinkler Magician, On: November 30, 2015

Pyrethrins are made from the seed casings of chrysanthemums that contain the natural organic compound pyrethrin, which are included in over 3,500 registered products, many of which are used widely in and around households, including on pets, and for mosquito control. Although the compound is supposed to be relatively safe for humans and pets, there have been reports of a variety of problems, some even leading to death. According to the JOURNAL OF PESTICIDE REFORM/ … continue reading.

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