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They Can Invade Your Home, But Can Bed Bugs Live in Your Hair?

Can Bed Bugs Live in Your Hair

Bed bugs. Chances are good that you’ve heard of them, or even had a friend who has had a run-in with these pests that love to bite humans, feeding on their blood and leaving an itchy, painful rash behind. For most of us, the idea of bed bugs sends a shiver of fear up the spine, yet many people don’t actually know much about this insect, its habitat or its habits.

They Can Invade Your Home, But Can Bed Bugs Live in Your Hair?

Can bed bugs live in your hair? Do they fly or cause diseases? And how difficult are they to get rid of, once they’ve invaded your living space? The more you know about bed bugs, the better you can protect yourself and your home from a bed bug infestation.

Some Bed Bug Facts

After being all but eradicated in the 1940s and ’50s, bed bugs began making a resurgence all over … Read Full Post »

2017 Orlando Bucket List, Summer Edition

2017 Orlando Bucket List Summer

Temperatures are inching higher here in central Florida and you know what that means—it’s time for all manner of summer fun activities! Wondering about the top things to do this summer in Orlando, Florida? The Sunshine State is famous for its theme parks, as well as its extensive opportunities for outdoor fun, but Disney, swimming holes and great hiking spots are just the beginning of all that central Florida has to offer.

2017 Orlando Bucket List, Summer Edition

Our Summer Bucket List 2017 is below and don’t worry: This list of summer fun activities truly has something for everyone. Read on to find out all about the top things to do this summer in Orlando.

Water and Theme/Adventure Parks

Wekiwa Springs State Park is just a 20-minute drive north of Orlando and it’s well worth the trip. You’ll get a glimpse of gorgeous, unspoiled vistas that hint at just how central Florida appeared … Read Full Post »

Crane Fly vs. Mosquito: What’s the Difference?

Crane fly vs mosquito

Though crane flies are often called “mosquito hawks,” likely due to their appearance—they look like a large, extra intimidating mosquito, and have also been rumored (incorrectly) to prey on mosquitoes for food—the two insect species are actually unrelated.

Crane Fly vs. Mosquito

As their name might suggest, crane flies are a species of fly. These flying insects don’t dine on mosquitoes, much less on humans or any other type of animal—much to the dismay of homeowners hoping that crane flies might help with mosquito population control. Mosquitoes, on the other hand, consume animal blood as an important part of their diet. Read on to learn more about these two varieties of insects, including their similarities and differences and which is most likely to win in the crane fly vs. mosquito showdown.

Similarities

The biggest similarity between crane flies and mosquitoes is the fact that they are flying insects that share a passing resemblance. These … Read Full Post »

How Long Do Flies Live?

How Long Do Flies Live

What’s that buzzing around your outdoor picnic? It’s probably a fly. That’s because the housefly (Musca domestica) is one of the most common insects people interact with on a daily basis. And with more than 16,000 species of flies in North America alone, and an ability to produce an estimated 1,000,000 offspring in a matter of weeks, it doesn’t look like they’re going anywhere anytime soon.

How Long Do Flies Live?

Let’s learn more about the lifespan and lifecycle of a common fly and how you can rid your home of them. We’ll also address common myths about flies and dive into the world of these pesky pests.

The Lifespan of a Fly

Contrary to popular belief, the common fly lives longer than a mere 24 hours. In reality, entomologists say that mature house flies can live up to 25 days. And while the typical range is between 15 to 25 days, some … Read Full Post »

Orlando Homeowners Guide for Spring 2017

Orlando Homeowners Guide for Spring 2017

People from around the world flock to Orlando for many reasons, one of them being the year-round sunny weather. Here in Orlando, homeowners know that it’s the nicest time of year to be out and about, enjoying our yards, parks and outdoor spaces. That’s one reason that spring is a good excuse to take a closer look at your biggest investment—your home—to ensure you are doing what you can to take advantage of your biggest investment.

Orlando Homeowners Guide for Spring 2017

Orlando homeowners has grown to depend on ABC Home & Commercial Services to keep their property free of pests. Our skilled and knowledgeable technicians treat your home as they would their own and do anything they can to be helpful. As an extension of this philosophy, ABC has created an Orlando Homeowners Guide for Spring 2017 to provide useful resources for both your indoor and outdoor spaces.

The 9-page Guide includes:

Is Zika in Orlando?

Is Zika in Orlando

As of early 2017, there were more than 5,100 confirmed cases of the Zika virus in the continental United States, including over 1,000 pregnant women who had been infected. Miami, Florida, was the first U.S. location to document local, mosquito-borne transmissions of the virus, making Florida a focal point in the fight against this illness that can have devastating effects for pregnant women and babies born to infected mothers.

Is Zika in Orlando?

While Florida’s mosquito control efforts have been somewhat successful in stopping Zika’s spread—in December 2016, Florida Governor Rick Scott even declared South Beach and all other areas of Florida to be Zika-free—the virus still remains a threat in Miami-Dade County, along with other parts of the state. So what about central Florida? Is Zika in Orlando? Let’s take a look at the facts.

How Zika Spread to the United States

While the spread of Zika in the United States first … Read Full Post »

Why Are Bees Dying?

Why Are Bees Dying

Do you consider bees an unwelcome pest? If so, you aren’t alone. Many people are afraid of this small, buzzing, yellow-and-black insect—or, more specifically, scared of its sting. For people who are allergic to bee stings, an encounter with these stinging insects is truly a critical (even life-and-death) event to be avoided. Even for those who aren’t allergic, chances are that you’d rather stay away from bees.

While you may know that bees play an important role in our ecosystem, you may not realize that bee populations worldwide have experienced a significant decline. If you’re among the folks who avoid these little creatures at all costs, that may not sound like such a bad thing. Let’s talk about why bees have been dying, why they’re important to humans and what to do if you find a beehive in or around your home.

Why Are Bees Dying?

In 2011 in Brevard County, Florida, about … Read Full Post »

Signs You Have Termites

Signs you have termites

Signs You Have Termites

Termites cause billions of dollars of damage in each year, and the average termite infestation can cost a homeowner tens, and even hundreds of thousands of dollars in repairs. We’ll share the common signs of Eastern subterranean-type termites that are found in and around Orlando and help you with termite prevention.

Common Termites in Orlando

Subterranean termites nest in soil to obtain moisture and can nest in wood that is wet. Essentially, they can easily attack any wood that is in contact with the ground.

The subterranean termite colony members regularly look for food to feed themselves and their nestmates. They will travel hundreds of feet to find cellulose material to take back to their nest. Subterranean termites are highly attracted to cellulose, the plant fiber used in wall and roof cavities to insulate, draught proof and reduce noise in homes. During their travels, they may stumble upon the … Read Full Post »

What You Need to Know About Mosquito Season in Florida

mosquito season florida

While the year-round temperate weather is one of the many perks of living in Florida, any resident of the Sunshine State can tell you those perks come with a price—including a nearly year-round mosquito season. Thanks to plenty of warmth and moisture, two conditions in which mosquito populations thrive, mosquito season in Florida doesn’t have a clear beginning or end point. Typically, however, Florida mosquito species are most active in the spring and summer months, when warm temperatures combined with frequent, heavy rains produce thriving mosquito populations.

What You Need To Know About Mosquito Season in Florida

In any geographic region, mosquito season depends on two factors: rainfall and temperature. In many parts of the country, the first warm days of spring signal the start of mosquito season and winter’s first frost signals the end—except in more arid areas, where mosquito populations don’t pose a problem even in colder months.

But while January … Read Full Post »

How To Dispose of Household Items In Orlando

How to dispose of trash Orlando

Practically every day, we bring new items into our homes. While it’s relatively easy to add items to our households, it can be difficult to know exactly how to dispose of certain things. Yes, we realize we can recycle plastic containers, and we shouldn’t put grease down the drain, but what about when your fridge goes on the fritz, when you have to replace that CFL light bulb or when you change out the batteries in your child’s favorite toy?

How to Properly Dispose Of Common Household Items

It’s easy to throw something in the trash can when you no longer need or want it, but can your item help someone else in our own community? If what you are considering throwing away is a piece of clothing, a book or a pair of shoes, for example, take a look at our list of where you can donate household items in Orlando … Read Full Post »