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January 26, 2017 @ 4:52 PM

West Nile virus (WNV) is most commonly transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. You can reduce your risk of being infected with WNV by using insect repellent and wearing protective clothing to prevent mosquito bites. There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent WNV infection. Fortunately, most people infested with West Nile virus will have no symptoms. Almost 20% of people who are infected will develope a fever with other symptoms. Less than 1% of infected people develope a serious sometimes fatal, neurologic illness.

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December 12, 2016 @ 5:13 PM

Bed bugs are incredibly difficult pest to control because they are so good at hiding in tiny cracks and crevices.

Heat is an excellent bed bug killer. A hot clothes dryer is good for treating infested clothes and bedding. But two very important points need to be made regarding using heat to kill bed bugs, temperature and exposure time. The thermal death point for bed bugs is 113 degrees F.for 90 minutes or more. But at 118 degrees F. they will die within 20 minutes. However, bed bug eggs must be exposed to 118 degrees F. for 90 minutes to reach 100% mortality.

The good news is that a LOOSELY filled clothes dryer set on "High" is capable of killing all bed bug life-stages and their eggs in 30 minutes. Household items that bedbugs...

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December 9, 2016 @ 6:20 PM

All mosquitoes are found in the family Culicide. There are roughly 3,000 species, 150 of which live in North America. The species Culex quinquefasciatus, also called by the name, southern house mosquito, with a flight range of one mile, can vector the West Nile virus. A mosquito sample collected in Williamsom County Texas in November 2016, has tested positive for the West Nile virus.

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