Posts Tagged ‘Tampa Bay’

A Fun Day At The Skyway

We awoke today with one thing on our mind and that was to go the Skyway Bridge area and  walk around the grass flats. My son and I have done this since he was in diapers and we still enjoy it today.

If your going south on I275, just as you travel through the toll booth, look to your left. There you will see a line of mangrove trees and on the other side of those trees is the waters of Tampa Bay.

Inside the mangrove trees

We usually take the dog but not today, it was just for us. We chased crabs and picked up snails and even crept around the mangroves some, just to see whats in there.  We stayed away from the birds as we did not wish to disturb them.

 

 

 

It was a fun in the sun day…too much sun. I am cooked, stick a fork in me cause I am done! Thats why I am not writting too much here…its Aloe time, lol.

 

 

 

 

 

Seeya until next post on the Beucher & Son Pest Blog

Brevard mosquito battle comes with costs

A million acres — and arms — will get sprayed to fight the pests

An insect that weighs .00008 of an ounce and is less than an inch long costs the county an estimated $9 million a year to control. It also bugs the economy and tourism in other ways.

 Aircraft technician Michael Matthews inspects a helicopter before doing some aerial spraying for Brevard County’s Mosquito Control at its facility in Titusville. The county spends $9 million annually on the service, covering more than 1 million acres each for the ground and for the air. (Rik Jesse, FLORIDA TODAY)

The humble yet annoying mosquito will re-enter the environment in all of its glory soon with the coming heat and rain. This will not only drive consumers to stores to seek relief with favored repellents and the latest gadgets, but may even have an effect on tourism in the county. It’s too early to tell how bad the mosquitoes will be just yet, according to Peter Taylor, operations manager of the Brevard County Mosquito Control District.

They are at their worst when there are lots of them, and much of the population growth of the insects depends on warmer weather — which we’re now getting in a major way. “The mosquito season changes from year to year,” he said.

 “Their activities are governed by temperature and humidity, and as the year goes into the summer, you start getting rain patterns; but (in the summer) they reproduce at faster rates, and they get out to get blood meals to get the nutrients so that they can reproduce. As it gets warmer, they actually go through their life cycling faster, and that’s the reason it picks up when it’s warmer.”

The types of mosquitoes in Brevard County are of the salt marsh variety, using wet soil to lay their eggs. The county will spray about 1.2 million ground acres this year, at a cost of about $2.63 per acre, and another 1.1 million aerial acres at $1.56 per acre. Derek Helms, owner of the Pest Control Depot in Palm Bay, said a rise in purchasing anti-mosquito supplies tends to come with the summer rains.

 Usually, April and May are drier, he said. “It depends on how heavy the rains are, and then people start coming in,” he said. Overall, he said, mosquito repellants play a relatively small role in his sales, because most people understand that they are just a natural part of the environment. When they do need items, they usually go for sprays containing DEET, which is not as expensive as the alternative — a fog machine to keep the critters away.

“Homeowners realize when they have to spend $250, $300 for a (fog) machine, they generally back down,” he said. “They work really well, but it’s usually not an investment most people are willing to make.”

Yard-wide sprays are sold around town and can work for several days, said Stacey Hewatt, floor manager at Ace Hardware at Pineda, but the most popular item last year was a clip-on, battery operated repellent from Off! The item, similar in size to a cell phone, is on sale for $7.99, and Hewatt figures they will be popular again this year. “I think people buy according to what they are doing,” she said. “If at a baseball field, they might buy the spray. We sell something you can do to your yard, spray your own yard down prior to a barbecue, and it works for a couple of days.” And the buggers even affect tourism.

 Integrated Mosquito Management and the University of Florida teamed up for one of the few official studies on how mosquitoes affect tourism in the state in 1998. The study showed that areas with a high population of mosquitoes tend to have fewer tourists. “It showed a relationship between the number of mosquitoes that were trapped and the tourist dollars that were taken in. And there’s definitely a relationship there,” said he county’s Taylor. “If it gets really bad, people are just not going to get out and enjoy and spend money.”

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Bed Bugs Are Back

Florida Agriculture & Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson urges steps to keep bed bugs out of homes.

Sunday May 2nd, 2010

TALLAHASSEE — The small, reddish brown insects are popping up in places all over the country.  While often presumed to indicate poor sanitation or bad housekeeping practices, bed bugs can show up anywhere, from the best kept house to a five-star hotel.  Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson says people can take steps to ensure they don’t bring the pests into their houses.

“Bed bugs infest places where people sleep and live, and all they need is to get in the door to get established,” Bronson said.  “We want people to be aware that they are out there and be careful while traveling so that they don’t bring them back home.”

Once established, bed bugs can be hard to control and can cause a lot of emotional distress to their victims.  Bed bugs are not known to carry or spread disease, but the fact that their only food is blood means they need to be avoided and controlled when present.

“They attack people when they are the most vulnerable and where people usually feel the safest, while at home trying to enjoy a restful night’s sleep,” Bronson said.  “They make people feel uncomfortable, and the fact that they can be difficult to control makes it worse.”

To avoid bringing bed bugs home, the Department recommends the following:
— Do a quick check for bed bugs when you are traveling and staying in hotels or other guest accommodations.

— Adult bed bugs are between the size of a matchhead and a pencil eraser.  Nymphal (immature) stages are smaller (about the size of a pencil tip).  Live bed bugs can move quickly, making them difficult to detect.

— Check hotel or guest beds for signs of bed bugs by removing the mattress cover before using.  Typical signs are dark spots on the edges or sides of mattresses, or the bed bugs themselves hiding there.

— Look for them around furniture near the bed, headboards, and nearby couches and chairs.  Bed bugs may also be found harboring in dresser drawers.

— Don’t put luggage on or near the bed.  Put luggage in the closet or bathroom to avoid bed bugs climbing into luggage and coming home.

— Report any findings of bed bugs to the hotel operator or guest house manager. 

— When returning home from a trip, do not take luggage directly into the bedroom, immediately remove clothes from luggage and place in washer or dryer.

If you sustain any bed bug bites, don’t panic.  Bed bugs don’t transmit disease and allergic reactions are relatively rare.  Check your luggage to make sure you don’t bring any home and report to the property manager.  Laundering your clothes when you get home with hot soapy water kills bed bugs and drying on high temperature for 15-20 minutes kills bed bugs.

If you find bed bugs in your home, call a licensed pest control company to inspect and provide a written estimate of control costs.  Depending on the extent of the infestation, bed bug control can be labor intensive, so get a good idea of how the company will do the job and how much it will cost before agreeing.  Get estimates from more than one company.  You can cooperate with pest control by removing all sheets, blankets, mattress covers, pillowcases, etc., from beds and wash and dry them.  Wash and dry washable clothing, towels, and other linens.  If clothes or fabrics require dry cleaning, inform the cleaner about the bed bug risk.  Provide access for the pest control technician and, if possible, move furniture away from wall so there is a three foot space between the furniture and the walls.

If you have any concerns about the license status of the company or how the control is done contact the Department at 1-800-HELPFLA (1-800-435-7352).

Beucher & Son have great track record for the treatment of Bedbugs!

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Joe’s Apartment (1996) The bathroom scene