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Spiders Responsible for Mazda Recall

Mazda recently recalled 42,000 Mazda 6 sedans for model years 2010-2012, because spiders are getting inside and wreaking havoc. The issue is the spiders weave webs inside a vent hose connected to the fuel tank. This blockage can cause excessive negative pressure in the fuel tank.

There was a second incident involving Toyota in 2013. Spider webs create a blockage in the drain tube from the air conditioning condenser that causes water to drip down onto an airbag control module, causing a short circuit. This is turn, could cause the airbag warning light to come on and even cause the driver’s side airbag to deploy. In some cases, there is a loss of power-steering.

 

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Jun 2014
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Yellow Jackets

Yellow Jackets are a type of wasp that is sometimes mistaken for bees. A bee will sting once and die but a wasp can sting numerous times. The female wasp will sting; not the male.Yellow Jackets destroy insects that damage crops and ornamental plants. They are attracted to sugar sources such as fruit, berries, trash containers and soda cans.

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Mar 2014
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Spider Facts & Tips

  • All spiders produce silk but NOT all spiders produce webs
  • All spiders produce venom but the potency varies with each species
  • It takes 2 weeks to to several months for eggs to develop
  • Generally, spiders live 1 to 2 years
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Mar 2014
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Thanksgiving 2013

We want to wish each of you a wonderful, safe and Happy Thanksgiving! Truly, we are so thankful for all of our clients and their families. We cherish your friendship and are so blessed to know each and everyone of you. Praying God’s blessings on you and your families for the best Thanksgiving holiday ever!

Gratefully,

Micheal & Beth….and Tillee too!

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Nov 2013
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Lady Bugs and Box Elders

By now, some of you have experienced an influx of lady bugs or box elders covering your home or business. Do not be alarmed! The bugs are a nuisance but not a danger to you, your family, pets or your home. This time of year they appear looking for warmth. This time of year you will find them basking in the sun on structures that get the most sun. This is a temporary situation and they will disappear soon. However, this year the number of lady bugs is much higher than normal so if you don’t usually see them or have an issue and you have this year, that is why. More than likely you will not have this experience next year!

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Nov 2013
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Tick & Flea Forecast 2013

According to Dr. Craig Prior of Murphy Road Animal Hospital, ticks and fleas will be in abundance this season. So be sure to protect your pets and homes from these pesky pests! See your veterinarian to choose the best treatment for your four-legged family members.

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May 2013
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Mulch and Ants?

What do they have in common? When purchasing mulch, BEWARE! Ants will gravitate to the bags on the bottom of the pallet where there is more moisture. So pick from the middle of the stack and up. Also, ants are usually more prevalent in mulch that is purchased in bulk than in bags!

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Apr 2013
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Finally Spring 2013 has arrived!

It took awhile but spring is finally here! And so are many pests! I know I don’t have to tell you that based on the calls we’ve been receiving. The bugs are out in full force. Even some we haven’t even had issues with before. Apparently there are gnats that tend to bite around the upper body that we have recently received calls about. They are usually found in grassy areas. They are more of a nuisance than anything. If you are experiencing these pesky, little gnats, let us know!

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Apr 2013
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Springtails

Certain species of springtails are referred to as “snow fleas” when found in winter, but they are not fleas at all. Springtails are found year round, but because of a special protein that acts like anti-freeze, this type of springtail is able to survive in cold winter temperatures. Springtails don’t have wings, instead they get around by jumping, using a unique catapult system. Their jumping is especially noticeable in winter when they are contrasted against white snow.

To view a picture, learn more about their habits and habitat, click here.

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Jun 2012
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Lone Star Tick

The lone star tick is rarely observed in Tennessee, although it can occasionally be
found within the state. However, we discovered the lone star tick from our camping trip last weekend.

Lone Star Tick

Larvae, nymphs, and adults will feed on a variety of warmblooded
hosts, including people. The larva is very tiny, only a little larger than the
period at the end of this sentence. The nymph, the most common stage found on
people, is about pinhead-sized. Adults are about 1/8-inch long and brown. The adult
female has a white spot in the middle of her back.
The lone star tick is most active from April through the end of July. Although it can transmit
Rocky Mountain spotted fever, the lone star tick is not as likely to transmit the disease as the
American dog tick. This tick also may transmit tularemia and ehrlichiosis to humans. The lone
star tick is not believed to transmit the bacteria that causes Lyme disease (Borrelia burgdorferi),
but it may be associated with a related bacteria species that has not been completely identified.

 

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May 2012
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