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What are Africanized bees?

Africanized honey bees also called Africanized bees or killer bees are descendants of southern African bees imported in 1956 by Brazilian scientists attempting to breed a honey bee better adapted to the South American tropics.

When some of these bees escaped quarantine in 1957, they began breeding with local Brazilian honey bees, quickly multiplying and extending their range throughout South and Central America at a rate greater than 200 miles per year. In the past decade, the killer bee’s began invading North America.

Africanized bees acquired the name killer bees because they will viciously attack people and animals who unwittingly stray into their territory, often resulting in serious injury or death.
It is not necessary to disturb the hive itself to initiate an Africanized bee attack. In fact, Africanized bees have been known to respond viciously to mundane occurrences, including noises or even vibrations from vehicles, equipment and pedestrians.

Though their venom is no more potent than native honey bees, Africanized bees attack in far greater numbers and pursue perceived enemies for greater distances. Once disturbed, colonies may remain agitated for 24 hours, attacking people and animals within a range of a quarter mile from the hive.

Signs we might have termites?

Mud tubes are just what they sound like. These are small cylindrical tubes made of mud that are often created by subterranean termites. These types of termites need moisture when they travel, so they will build a tube from their nest (up to 1 million insects) underground (up to 150ft away) to their food source (the wood in your house). If you see mudd tubes around the foundation of your home or hanging out of your ciling. it’s time to get an exterminator over immediately.

Subterranean termites are among the most damaging kind and you do not want to let them go unchecked through any building. The moment you find any signs of mud tubes, it’s time to call in the professionals.

What to do if stung by a scorpion?

While scorpion stings are rarely life-threatening, severe stings do occur — most frequently in infants and small children. The stings can cause breathing problems, slurred speech, trouble swallowing and unusual eye, head and neck movements. Kids who are stung should get medical help as soon as possible.

In healthy adults, meantime, scorpion stings can usually be managed at home with basic measures like cleaning the site of the sting with soap and water and applying a cool compress. But if any of the the above symptoms occur seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Do scorpions climb?

Only one specie of scorpion (the bark scorpion) can cling to walls, crawl across your ciling, and climb up furniture and bed post. All of the other species of scorpion do not climb vertical surfaces.

What can a I do to prevent and minimize insect and rodent infestations?

Outside doors must be well sealed. If light can be seen from around or under a door, then insects can gain access inside your home. Repair torn screens. Seal around soffits and gable vents. This keeps rodents and insects from getting inside the roof or attic space. Seal around conduits and piping where it enters the structure. Many insects and rodents follow power lines or climb conduits and pipes to get inside your home. Check gutter drains to ensure water is kept away from your home. This helps discourage moisture build-up adjacent to your home. Remove excess leaves from the roof and rain gutters. This keeps ants and other insects from breeding under the build-up. Caulk all cracks and crevices. Check and seal under window frames and around pipes entering the side of the home to keep insects from entering. Keep trash receptacles clean and lids shut tightly. This keeps ants, roaches and flies from feeding and breeding in the trash. Keep the garage door closed and make sure weather stripping is not dry rotted or broken so you have a nice even seal. Cut back excess vegetation touching the home. Make sure and plant low lying vegetation at least 3ft away from foundation. Pay special attention to trees over hanging the roof line. Remove wood debris and keep woodpiles away from your home’s foundation. This helps prevent rodent nesting or insect colonization next to your home. Ensure your irrigation system is functioning properly. Make sure water doesn’t accumulate near the foundation or sprays onto your home. Guide air conditioner drip line away from the foundation. Extend the piping away from foundation at least 18in.

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