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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 »

Where To Donate Household Items In Orlando

Where do donate household items Orlando

Spring cleaning? How about anytime cleaning?

When it comes to clearing clutter from your home, attic or garage, there’s no time like the present—no matter what the month or season might be. Getting rid of possessions that are broken, unused or past their prime doesn’t just create space in your closets and storage areas; it also has psychological benefits as well.

You know that sense of inner calm you get from a clean, well-organized desk or room? You can have that feeling anytime you decide to go through your things and let go of items that are no longer in use. And if you donate your unwanted items, they can have a positive impact right here in Orlando via charity organizations assisting people in need. It’s a win-win!

All you have to do to get started is to find out where to donate household items.

Where to Donate Unwanted Household Items … Read Full Post »

Everything You Need To Know About Rodents in Orlando [INFOGRAPHIC]

Rats in Florida

We feel very lucky to be based here in Orlando. From museums to sporting events to outdoor activities, there is always something fun to do in our city. While other parts of the country are experiencing freezing temperatures, it’s usually sunny and warm here in Central Florida.

Even living in the best city on the planet, there is one thing we wish we didn’t have to deal with, and that’s Florida rats and rice. Rodents might seem cute and furry, but they are considered a household pest for good reason.

Rodents can damage your home by chewing on wood and cause a mess by getting into birdseed, pet food and your pantry. In addition, these small creatures can transmit serious diseases.

What rats and mice live here in Orlando, and how do they make their way into our homes? What are the warning signs to tell that they might be inside? … Read Full Post »

Your Guide to Orlando Wildlife

Orlando animals

Florida—the sunshine state. Known for coastline beaches, top vacation destinations, and of course, our very own Walt Disney World, the state is a destination for travelers across the world.  Florida’s diverse land and ecosystems provide ideal living conditions for both land and aquatic animals as well. Here in the central part of Florida, we live alongside different animal species.

Your Guide To Orlando Wildlife

In this post, we’ll take a look at the array of Orlando wildlife residents and homeowners like you can come into contact with. We’ll discuss topics such as reproduction, eating habits, and where they choose to make their homes. We’ll even examine ways to ensure these animals stay off your property for good.

Read along as we dive into all there is to know about Orlando animals.

Alligators in Orlando

While it’s not very likely you will encounter an alligator approaching your home anytime soon, the reptile is plentiful around Florida. … Read Full Post »

How To Get Rid of Fruit Flies

how to get rid of fruit flies

What’s that buzzing around your kitchen? Are little bugs swarming your trash can or congregating on your fresh fruit? If you ever have tiny gnat-like insects hanging out in your kitchen, chances are they’re fruit flies. Once you begin to notice them, fruit flies appear to be everywhere. Not long after you start seeing fruit flies in your house, many homeowners realize they are ready to get rid of these pesky insects.

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

Before we discuss how to get rid of fruit flies in your house, let’s learn a little more about these animals and how they make it into your home.

What Are Fruit Flies?

These insects are small flies of the Drosophila species, and although tiny, when magnified they actually look a lot like houseflies. As described by entomologists, adult fruit flies are about 1/8 inch long, and although you can’t see them, they have red … Read Full Post »

Will Capybaras Become Orlando’s Next Pest?

capybara facts

For anyone who has seen the cult-classic movie The Princess Bride, capybaras might bring to mind “Rodents of Unusual Size,” the giant, fanged rat-creatures inhabiting the film’s Fire Swamp. While adult capybaras aren’t nearly as big or ferocious as the R.O.U.S., they’re certainly an arresting sight, at least for those of us used to smaller rodents like rats, mice and guinea pigs. But unlike the R.O.U.S., capybaras aren’t a fantasy animal. They’re very real, and they make their home in certain parts of the United States as well as regions of Central and South America. In fact, capybaras have recently been spotted in Florida, which has made some scientists wonder what impact they will have.

Will Capybaras Become Orlando’s Next Pest?

While not indigenous to the United States, capybaras are sometimes kept as pets in the U.S., and some of them have been sighted in Florida rivers and swamps. Florida’s capybara population … Read Full Post »