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Representative Murphy introduced a bill into congress to provide resources for fighting the spread of Zika

By: Sprinkler Magician, On: June 22, 2016

U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) introduced the Strengthening Mosquito Abatement for Safety and Health (SMASH) Act to provide critical resources to state and local governments to help fight the spread of Zika.  The bill reauthorizes and improves a lapsed 2003 mosquito-control program and provides $130 million each year for mosquito surveillance efforts.  It also reauthorizes epidemiology laboratory capacity grants to support the work of state and local health departments to treat infectious diseases like … continue reading.

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Everything you need to know about Zika

By: Sprinkler Magician, On: June 17, 2016

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains how the Zika virus is transmitted, describes its symptoms and teaches you how to protect yourself. The video is under 2 minutes long, and has several informative basic suggestions for protecting yourself, plus it elaborates on many of the lesser known concerns and risks relating to Zika. Be informed and be safe! Click this link see the video and learn more about Zika: http://www.cnn.com/videos/health/2016/03/21/zika-animation-dr-sanjay-gupta-ts-orig.cnn

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Tips To Keep The Mosquitoes At Bay

By: Sprinkler Magician, On: May 26, 2016

Spring is here and summer is rapidly approaching. Memorial Day marks the beginning of the outdoor entertaining season. That means long hot days and nights and more pesky mosquitoes. We’ll give you the tips you need to keep those mosquitoes at bay. Some people are more prone to mosquito bites than others. Women who are pregnant or people with Type O blood are a favorite amongst mosquitoes. Actually, 85% of mosquitoes attraction has to do … continue reading.

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Round up of Zika Information

By: Sprinkler Magician, On: April 6, 2016

Summer is on the way and preparation is key. We know you want to make the most out of your summer and we are here to help! Below is a list of articles on Zika Virus to help keep you up to date on the topic. Also, remember prevention starts in your own yard! Eliminate any standing water to cut down on mosquito breeding places and drive them out of your yard using Sprinkler Magician's natural … continue reading.

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Zika Virus Adds New Urgency to Mosquito Control

By: Sprinkler Magician, On: March 2, 2016

Interesting read on mosquito control from California and a good reminder to start preparing for the warmer summer months when mosquitos are more prevalent. "The threat of West Nile virus and the Zika virus have local mosquito abatement agencies starting their annual hunt for mosquito filled swimming pools. The districts have filed for warrants to search properties where abandoned or dirty pools have become breeding grounds for mosquito's. The fact is that West Nile Virus … continue reading.

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Mosquitoes are Making News

By: Sprinkler Magician, On: January 22, 2016

Zika Virus has been making quite a few headlines recently and with good reason. There have been over 1.5 million cases reported in Brazil. Zika Virus has been linked to microcephaly, a condition that causes severe birth defects. In Brazil over 3,500 microcephaly cases have been found. Although it hasn't been proven that Zika Virus causes microcephaly, the numbers of infant deaths and deformities has spiked since Zika was found in Brazil last May. The … continue reading.

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Mosquitoes & your Four Legged Friends

By: Sprinkler Magician, On: January 22, 2016

Just like with humans, a mosquito bite for a dog or cat can be itchy and potentially dangerous. Did you know mosquitoes, fleas and ticks can cause all of the following in dogs & cats? Allergies Tapeworms Heartworms Rocky Mountain spotted fever Skin infections Lyme Tick paralysis Ehrlichia Unfortunately, yards treated with DEET, permethrin and other toxic chemicals can poison your four-legged friends if they ingest, inhale or come into contact with them in treated areas.These … continue reading.

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10 Ways to Soothe an Itchy Mosquito Bite

By: Sprinkler Magician, On: January 22, 2016

Mosquito Bites. We avoid them at all costs but when they do happen they itch...and itch…and itch until you just can't take it anymore! Scratching that itch may feel soothing for a moment but it actually releases more histamines in the body which make the bite itch more! So how can you stop the itching and get some relief? Here are some remedies you can use and these are probably things you already have in … continue reading.

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Don’t wait until you get bitten!

By: Sprinkler Magician, On: November 30, 2015

In most parts of the country the mosquito season is here. Here are a few basic tips to get rid of those pesky and sometimes dangerous little critters; Reduce breeding areas by eliminating standing water.  Mosquitoes need only a few days and a few ounces of water to breed, for example: flower pot trays, bird baths, kid's pools and old tires, broken or clogged rain gutters, leaky air conditioners or outdoor faucets, boats, street gutters, … continue reading.

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Pyrethrins – good or bad, OR DEADLY?

By: Sprinkler Magician, On: November 30, 2015

Pyrethrins are made from the seed casings of chrysanthemums that contain the natural organic compound pyrethrin, which are included in over 3,500 registered products, many of which are used widely in and around households, including on pets, and for mosquito control. Although the compound is supposed to be relatively safe for humans and pets, there have been reports of a variety of problems, some even leading to death. According to the JOURNAL OF PESTICIDE REFORM/ … continue reading.

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