It’s that time again…time for another edition of Extreme Bugs! We love to bring you all things gross, cool, disgusting, exciting, and groundbreaking (you get the idea!) about bugs!
And today’s bug is probably one of the most “loved” bugs in the world—the firefly! It’s also known as the lightning bug or a….peenie wallie. Uh, wait, whaaat? Yup! What you call it depends on what part of the U.S. you’re from! For all you linguistic lovers out there, here’s the full scoop!
Fireflies are simply marvels of the insect world. They make their own LIGHT! This is known as bioluminescence. When oxygen combines with calcium, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and luciferin, with the help of luciferase, a bioluminescent enzyme…voila—you get light!
And unlike a light bulb, which gets really hot as it produces light, a firefly’s light is cold! Obviously, this is a necessary feature because a firefly would not survive if its light produced intense heat!
And this is just the beginning of the cool factor when it comes to these amazing flying lights. Check these fun facts out…
Let’s not end on a sad note, though. Here are a few things you can do to ensure fireflies stick around.
Long live the magical firefly!
Did you know approximately 37-47% of all households in the United States have a dog, and 30-37% have a cat?
And according to Bustle, Americans spent more than $60 billion on their pets last year? Americans love their pets!
We love our pets, too, and we’re sure you do as well. They are our furry family members and it’s important to provide them with the best care we can give them and that includes protecting them from PESTS!
Did you also know Good News is the industry leader in Pet Safe Pest Control? We are!
We do this by practicing the latest in Integrated Pest Management—our “Go Green Plus 3” Protection Program. This exceptional program is tailor-made to keep your beloved furry friends safe from exposure to harmful chemicals while controlling and eliminating pests that are trying to get in your house and on THEM!
And when we say green, we mean GREEN! These products are not just eco-friendly, they’re eco-SUPERIOR! This means no poisoning our pets or ourselves! We apply only eco-friendly, pesticide exempt products in specific areas inside your residence to provide a pesticide-safe living space.
Ticks and fleas are particularly problematic during the summer months, and can pose health problems for your pet and you. In order to effectively rid your home of these disease-harboring pests, we use a proprietary strategy to eliminate all adult ticks and fleas and apply a a residual to known hiding spots within infested areas.
We turn on bathroom and overhead ceiling fans after treatment to facilitate aeration prior to your re-entry. You may also find seat and sofa cushions turned over and daybeds open when you return. We want to be sure we covered ALL the bases!
If your pets spend time outside on your lawn, it will be important to also treat the grass for fleas and under the shrubbery for ticks. You will need to keep your pets off the turf until our treatment is dry, usually about an hour or two.
Be sure to include treatment to your pets, as prescribed by your veterinarian. Also, don’t forget to vacuum every day for one week after treatment. This is very important to promote adult hatching so they get into the residual product sooner and…DIE! And don’t forget to throw away the vacuum bag if there is one!
It’s important to note that you may still experience activity up to 30 days after the treatment and possibly longer if the pet has not been treated or has been exposed to other places where infestations are likely to occur such as kennels, groomers, etc.
If you have any questions about our Pet Safe Pest Control, or would like to schedule a treatment, contact us today! We would be thrilled to help you keep your pets safe from pests!