In this month's issue of our newsletter: Seasonal Insect News; Back to School Can Mean Head Lice; and The Science Behind a Cricket's Chirp.
Seasonal Insect News
It won't be long now before the weather begins cooling off, the air grows crisp and the swarms of mosquitoes become a memory (at least for a few months!). Here are a few things to consider as you open the windows and enjoy the transition into fall:
- It's a great time to inspect the screens in your windows and patch any holes you find. While the mosquitoes may not be bothersome, other insects are still looking for ways to get into your home;
- Termites are most often in the news during the spring, however they feed year-round. If you haven't had your home inspected this year, make an appointment;
- Inspect your foundation, soffit, exterior vents, and frames around your doors and windows. Seal off any cracks or access points to keep insects out;
- Bats, squirrels, opossums and other furry critters are going to be looking for a nice warm place to spend the winter. Make sure access to your attic is blocked off, too;
- As you inspect your foundation, crawl space and attic, watch for signs of moisture. High moisture content in your home can lead to problems with mold and draw in insects;
- Never store firewood near the foundation of your home. Piles of old wood offer food and shelter to insects and other pests. Store wood away from your house.
A little awareness and action taken now can prevent a lot of headaches later. As always, the pest control professionals at Clegg's are here to help. Please call 1-888-MR-CLEGG if you need us.
Back to School Can Mean Head Lice
It's that time of year again when parents and kids gear up for another year of school. All too often kids come home from school itching and scratching their heads constantly, and upon further investigation it is determined to be head lice (Pediculus humanus capitis De Geer). If you haven't personally dealt with head lice, consider yourself lucky. When I was younger, my brothers and I were getting haircuts when the stylist jumped back and notified our mother we had lice! We went home with half-done haircuts and had to have our heads shaved. We made piles of our clothes and linens and set them ablaze (ok not really, but as parents we may be tempted to do this). We went through the special combs and pesticidal shampoo, and got a clean bill of health to return to school. Read more...
The Science Behind a Cricket's Chirp
In China, the sound of a cricket chirping in the house is considered good luck, and the chirping males are often bred as pets and kept in tiny cages made of bone. Many people around the world find the little insect's early evening song a calming piece of natural music, while others find it an annoyance. How do tiny crickets produce such a vibrant noise and why do they do it? Just what is the science behind the cricket's chirp? Read more...