Category: Health

Bees Play an Important Role with the Plants We Grow

Bees pollinate more than 16 percent of flowering plant species[i], including those found in yards, landscapes and parks in our communities and across our country. During Pollinator Week – June 16-22, 2014, and all year long – each of us can take action to understand the many factors contributing to bee health, and make a … Continued

Protect Your Family from Tick Bites and Lyme Disease

(StatePoint) More than 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported each year, making it the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Make sure your family isn’t part of that number. As the warmer months coax us outside, reducing the risk of tick bites is … Continued

Little Tick, Big Problem

May is Lyme disease Awareness Month and Jennifer Reid, like many other homeowners, never thought she and her family would become victims of this debilitating disease. It took almost a year for Jennifer and her oldest daughter to be correctly diagnosed with Lyme disease, a bacterial infection caused by the bite of a black-legged tick carrying the … Continued

Educators Ready to Welcome Students, but not Pests Back to School

While schools are eager to welcome back students this fall, they are already working to create an unwelcome environment for insects, rodents, weeds, and other pests. As allergens from rodents like cockroaches are a significant cause of asthma in children[i], and bites from insects like ticks carry disease[ii], a strategic approach to managing pests is … Continued

Ballpark Mosquito Prevention: Don’t leave yourself unprotected

Baseball is one of America’s favorite pastime activities – and for good reason. The ballpark atmosphere brings back memories with families and friends of homeruns celebrated and games won. From the major leagues to the sandlot, baseball fields are also a common place to find mosquitoes that may carry West Nile virus. Evening games can … Continued

The New York Times on Mosquito and Tick Control

Recently, the New York Times published an article on effective methods to control mosquitoes and ticks that cause West Nile virus and Lyme disease. This information is more important than ever as we are coming off the heels of the worst year ever for West Nile virus (claiming 286 lives), and as Lyme disease was … Continued

Guard Against Mosquitoes to Prevent West Nile Virus

In observance of National Mosquito Control Awareness Week, June 23 to June 29, RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment)® is bringing attention to the importance of eliminating the growing threat of mosquitoes that are spreading West Nile virus across the nation. Last year was the worst ever for West Nile virus deaths with 286 … Continued

Celebrating Father’s Day

This weekend, enjoy your Father’s Day celebration outdoors.  One of the best ways to spend time with family and friends is to take part in outdoor activities like barbecuing, ball games, or simply kicking back in the shade.  Almost synonymous to outdoor fun are outdoor pests like mosquitoes, ticks, wasps and pesky flies. With Father’s … Continued

Protecting Your Pets from Pests

Did you know? For nearly 25 years, research has shown that living with pets provides certain health benefits. According to WebMD, pets help lower blood pressure, lessen anxiety and depression, boost immunity, and more. This May, in recognition of National Pet Month and your furry friend, join fellow pet owners in promoting pet ownership. Raise … Continued

One Mother’s Personal and Community-Wide Fight against Lyme Disease

In recognition of Lyme Disease Awareness Month, the following article is a true story about one mother’s survival of Lyme disease and her drive to help others prevent and control the disease in their own families. When Jennifer Reid returned to her car after running errands in her hometown in Connecticut and realized she couldn’t … Continued

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