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Cockroach Milk: The New Almond Milk?

Cockroach Milk-The New Almond Milk?There have been a lot of trends in alternative nutrition in search of better, healthier options for food. This is especially true for those folks who are Vegan, lactose intolerant, and those who suffer from gluten or nut allergies.

We’ve seen the rise of spinach, then kale, barley, then quinoa, and now, you can put down that coconut, rice, and almond milk because the latest, healthiest dairy alternative is Cockroach Milk! 😋

Don’t Stop Reading!

Pacific beetle cockroaches (Diploptera punctata), one of the smaller species of cockroaches (but not beetles) are native to the tropical forests of the Polynesian Islands, including Hawaii. The beetle cockroach is one of the few insects that gives birth to live young, like most mammals do, instead of hatching from eggs.

As a result, the momma beetle cockroaches secrete and feed their babies a yellow, milk-like substance made up of carbohydrates, protein, and other nutrients necessary for baby roaches. Turns out, that combination is also very good for humans.

And while some researchers are studying the cockroach beetles to see how their genetic makeup differs from other insects, scientists at the University of Iowa are figuring out how to ‘milk’ the female cockroach beetles. They found ways to extract it both as a liquid and in crystalline form. And they determined a way to keep the insects secreting the substance even after their babies move on.

Enter a group of biochemists in India. They took a closer look at the cockroach beetle crystals and discovered that Cockroach milk crystals are among the most nutritious substances on Earth. In fact, the crystals were packed with three times as much protein and calories than the previous record holder, buffalo milk.

One of the scientists even tasted it and said it was pretty bland. But it will be a while before Cockroach Milk joins the ranks of super foods at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. For starters, it hasn’t been tested by the FDA, and, despite the Iowa research, it still takes considerable effort to milk the cockroach beetles.

The India researchers are also experimenting with a new genetically engineered yeast that can produce the same milk as the cockroach beetles. So, we might someday get the power, without the ick factor – fingers crossed.

If you find cockroaches or beetles in your home, don’t go trying to milk them…unless you live in the Mauna Kea nature preserve. For the rest of us on the Gulf Coast of Florida, whether you’re in Sarasota or Punta Gorda, when you see bugs in your house, reach out to us at Good News Pest Solutions. We’ll get those creepy crawlies out of your hair with our 100% safe, organic pest control treatments. Just give us a call!

Going Green in Your Garage

Ways to Go Green in Your GarageRegardless whether you use your garage to park your car, as a toolshed and project site, as an oversize clutter closet, or some combination thereof, it probably isn’t the first place you think of when you consider transforming your home into a more energy efficient and environmentally safe place.

But there are actually several ways you can make even your garage greener.

Let There Be Light!

Of course, the easiest and cheapest step to going green in your garage is to simply swap out the existing light bulbs with longer-lasting, energy efficient CFL and LED bulbs.

If your home is older and you have the old hanging fluorescent tubes in your garage, invest in an LED panel or two. There are several options – even a way to retrofit your existing hanging fixture with LED’s that are bright, and use considerably less electricity, and generate less heat.

Most garages are built with one or fewer windows. But by adding a skylight, or a couple extra, energy efficient windows, you can cut down on the electric bill by letting more light into the room. Sure you could just open the garage door, but here in the Gulf Coast of Florida, we know that just leads to lots of mosquitoes and flies buzzing about.

Plus, even if your attached garage isn’t climate controlled (most aren’t), opening the door can pull some of the air from the house to compensate, causing the AC or heating unit to work harder and increase electric costs.

The Freon Freeze Out

Speaking of your AC unit… As of January 1, 2020, Refrigerant R-22, aka, FREON will no longer be produced or imported into the United States. Almost all AC units installed after 2010 don’t use R-22, but if you have an older system, you might want to look into having it replaced.

The average life for an AC unit is 11-12 years, but because we use our systems almost year round here in Florida, it could be shorter. Even if your current system isn’t using Freon, you might want to upgrade to a more efficient system anyways to save some money in the long run. Have a certified technician you trust check your system to see how it’s doing and what your options are.

Fill In the Gaps

Whether or not your garage is connected to the home AC unit, using caulk to seal any openings (like where your phone and cable used to come into the house, adding weatherstripping and threshold seals to the doors, including the big one, can keep the temperature under control and where it belongs. The seals also add an extra layer of protection against a lot of bugs and rodents that might try to squeeze in.

If you notice that the garage door doesn’t quite stand tight against the vinyl side seals, tightening loose screws inside the door can help.

If you’ve already got weatherstripping and seals installed, they need to be checked periodically to make sure they’ve still got the proper flexibility and no cracks.

Insulate Yourself

While the exterior walls on most garages are concrete block and won’t need it, all of the walls that are shared with your home should be properly insulated. Likely this was handled by the builders at the time of construction, but you should do your due diligence and check it yourself.

There are several ways to check for insulation in your walls with a little effort. You should also check your attic, since it covers your whole home, and what the building code requires is less than the recommended amount by the Department of Energy.

When replacing or replenishing insulation, we recommend our Thermal Acoustical Pest Control (TAP) blown insulation. It’s completely green, safe for everyone except certain insects you want to keep out of your home. It’s also fire-retardant, made of recycled newsprint, and more efficient than standard insulation.

A Few Other Tips

  • If you’ve got the extra cash, consider replacing your garage door with a triple-layer door to help maintain the temperature in the garage. You can even get one made from recycled goods!
  • Even if your community doesn’t offer separate containers for garbage, recycling, and yard waste, you can implement a system yourself, either inside or on the side of your garage.
  • Electric and hybrid vehicles are becoming more popular across the United States. If you own one, you can install a charging station in your garage. Lawmakers in Tallahassee are currently looking at funding grants to help encourage low-emission vehicle use.
  • If you’re considering building an additional detached garage, look for eco-friendly building material options, including non-Portland cement.

If you would like more information on TAP or any of the other environmentally friendly pest control options Good News Pest Solutions offers to homes and businesses from Bradenton Beach to Port Charlotte, give us a call and one of our knowledgeable technicians would be happy to help!

Hurricane Season is Here… And So are More Pests!

Hurricane Season is Here!With Tropical Storm Alberto already spinning in the Gulf, it looks like we have an early hurricane season again this year. In fact, maybe we should just change the dates, as this is the 4th year in a row where we’ve had a named storm in May.

Regardless, it’s time to start checking your hurricane kit, making sure you’re prepared for any eventuality, and preparing your home in case a storm causes bugs and rodents to invade your home.

Even if we don’t get hit with a category 4 or 5 hurricane this year, the rainy season itself leads to downed trees, standing water and lusher vegetation, all of which can cause insects to multiply and seek shelter in your home – whether its damaged or not.

Water, Water, Everywhere

Of course, standing water is the first and one of the biggest concerns for Floridians. Rodent and ground level insect nests, especially fire ants mounds, flood long before our homes do, sending the various critters in search of a new place to live, even temporarily.

The added moisture in the ground and around our homes can drive ants as well as termites to take up residence in your walls. Make sure you know the difference between the two, because while ants can be annoying, termites can be extremely costly and should be dealt with immediately. In fact, if you’d like to protect your home from termites before the storm hits, check out our Termite Control and our comprehensive Term Assure 365 for the best all natural termite prevention.

The other issue with standing water, of course, is that it’s a breeding ground for mosquitoes. You’ll want to check pet bowls, planters, gutters, and trash cans & lids for standing water and get rid of it as soon as you can. Additionally, our exclusive Mosquito Protection Program™ creates No Bite Zones on your property that safely and naturally transform biting mosquitoes and their unborn children into vegans!

What You Need vs What You Want

While you need to stock up on certain items like batteries, bottled water, and non-perishable foods, you might want to limit your perishable food shopping for a few months. Take the time to clean out any spoiled or past due date food from your fridge and limit your restocking to what you need and will eat over the next 3-7 days.

Spoiled and rotting food attracts flies and rodents and if you lose power during a storm, you don’t want too much food going bad before utilities can be restored. It’s something we don’t like to think about, but it took a week to 10 days to get power restored in many areas after some of our more recent hurricanes.

Inspect Now, Save Later

Now is the time to get your home and garage fully inspected to make sure all gaps are sealed from top to bottom. In the middle of a storm is no time to discover cracks and leaks. And even if high winds don’t pull off pieces of your roof, even small gaps can let in rain as well as rats and mice.

One of the best features of our Go Green Plus 3 is the pre-treatment inspection. We’ll take a look at every access point of your home – including the ones you might not think of, like gutters, cable and phone installations, and where overhanging trees meet your eaves. We make you aware of the potential points of entry and treat them all for insect prevention.

Our Thermal Acoustical Pest Control, or TAP, is a great investment right now too. It deters rodents and insects from entering your home through the attic and roof, while safely insulating your home for cooler and quieter summers and energy saving winters. Plus, it’s fire-retardant and safe for the whole family.

You Can Never Be Too Prepared

Don’t wait to prepare for the tropical activity that happens every year in Florida. Hurricanes and even Tropical Storms are nothing to laugh at. Make sure you have an emergency survival kit on hand – you can’t rely on speeding over to Walmart or Publix when the storm threatens. FEMA recommends the following supplies to have available now:

  • Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least five days for drinking and sanitation
  • Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
  • Prescription medications
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Glasses and contact lens solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes, diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler’s checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container.

Download a printable shopping list here.

After you put together your hurricane survival kit, get a head start on your pest prevention preparation;  join our happy customers from Lakewood Ranch to North Port in being as ready for the storm as you can! One of our highly trained staff will be happy to walk you through our 100% natural, safe pest solutions if you just give us a call.

World’s Best Burgers

You might have noticed a very important date coming up on your calendar. Monday, May 28 is Memorial Day! On the last Monday of May every year we honor the brave men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice to defend our freedom while serving in the military.

The holiday was originally known as Decoration Day, and while it didn’t become an official United States holiday until 1971, it’s been observed since shortly after the end of the Civil War. Considering most of the Gulf Coast of Florida was settled as a result of military men and women homesteading here after the Civil War, that gives Memorial Day a little more significance for us locally.

Many veterans and their families will visit gravesites, plant flags, and even hold parades to honor their fallen brethren. And for most families, even those without military ties, one of the big traditional events is to have a cook-out. In fact, for most of the country, Memorial Day means the beginning of summer grilling season.

So, while we hope you’ll take a moment to remember the men and women who died while serving in the military, we wanted to also share a recipe for the best burgers we’ve found – and give you a few tips for keeping the mosquitoes away this weekend and all summer long.

First – the hamburgers:

Glazed Bacon-and-Cheese-Filled Burgers

Wow! Just the name has your mouth watering, right?

First, get your grill started, light up the charcoal or ignite the gas and set it at medium.

This recipe makes 4 really plump, juicy, and tantalizing hamburgers.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp. dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. chipotle powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh-ground pepper
  • 1 lb. ground beef or chuck
  • 1/2 c. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese or use a mixed blend for more variety of taste
  • 6 slices of cooked bacon (or turkey bacon, if you’re watching your cholesterol)
  • 4 buns or ciabatta rolls

Preparation:

  1. While the grill starts warming up, combine the sugar, spices, salt, and pepper in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. In a larger bowl, crumble up the bacon and mix it with the cheese.
  3. Now separate out your pound of ground beef or chuck into 8 evenly distributed patties. Yes, eight. Now take 4 of them and sprinkle on a generous, but even portion of the cheese and bacon mixture.
  4. Take the four remaining beef patties and press them down gently overtop the cheese and bacon mixture, pinching the edges to form a seal.
  5. Carefully pat each double sized burger with the mixed spices.
  6. Slide them onto the grill and cook to desired done-ness. Because of the size, it will take slightly longer to cook than you may be used to – it’ll take 5 minutes per side to hit medium, a little longer for medium well or well done.

A lot of folks like to use the last minute of the burgers cooking to crisp the bun or roll for an extra dollop of flavor. We promise, these will be a wonderful treat!

The Bane of the Picnic

Of course, anytime you’re outside from now until at least October, you’re almost guaranteed to run into mosquitoes, Florida’s favorite insect, especially this year. But the annoyance of being bitten is a small inconvenience when you consider the likelihood of mosquitoes spreading Zika virus and yellow fever.

Experts say to always cover up if you can, wear lighter colors, use a mosquito net and a mosquito repellent containing DEET. But our Anytime Lotion is even better because it works without the DEET and we include your first family pack when you initiate our Mosquito Protection Program (MPP).

There are also several plants and herbs you can invest in to limit mosquitoes in certain areas, especially lemon grass.

But by far the best answer is Good News Pest Solutions’ exclusive MPP using No Bite Zones. And not just because it’s ours. We believe in employing the safest pest control solutions available – safe for you, your family, and the ecosystem.

No Bite Zones turns the biting momma mosquitoes into vegans. That means they don’t bite you or your four-legged family members. They pass the vegan-ness on to their offspring, adding more generations to the mix, and they still perform their God-designed function of pollinating.

Ask our customers from Punta Gorda to Parrish who have tried it, they’ll tell you it is far safer and more effective than the spraying that we get from the Mosquito Control people. If you’d like to give it a try, just give us a call and one of our highly trained staff will get you started!

La Niña to Create Significant Spring Pest Pressure

Bug Barometer Predicting The National Pest Management Association has released their annual bug barometer for the remainder of 2018 – and into 2019 for us on the Gulf Coast of Florida.

There are a lot of factors to try and take into account when considering what the rest of the year will hold. Much like a weather forecast, not only do scientists have to take into account the conditions in their region, but also what has been happening across the United States.

This year, La Niña brought our area unusual amounts of rain – and more snow than our neighbors were expecting as well. At the same time, it caused a milder winter for the north and southwestern areas of the country.

So, even though our winter months were unseasonably cold, the wetter weather here, as well as in Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico means that we’ll see just as many, if not more, mosquitoes as the summer months approach.

More Moisture Means More Mosquitoes

Because of the wetter ground, the mosquito life cycle will appear shortened as the first rains of summer allow eggs laid late in the year to hatch instead of having the extra time between rains.

We can also expect more termites and cockroaches as they were driven by the cold and lack of food up north down into our area and have already started to multiply. Thankfully, we can expect to see fewer ants – at least at first. The warmer winter in the Southwest kept them alive, but also means they have begun to spread sooner, and colonies may begin heading our way.

So What Does That All Mean?

All of these signs point to clear indicators that we’ll soon see the bug pressure rise. If you’d like to keep your blood pressure from rising with it, why not get a head start on the typically bug-filled summer months by beginning our Go Green Plus 3 year-round treatment for your home and exterior?

We start with a thorough outside inspection of your property – checking for and treating your foundation, soffits, entry points, landscape beds, tree bases, fire-ant mounds, and wasp nests with our 100% safe, all natural pest protection service. Then, we’ll come back at least once every 4 months to renew the treatment and make sure your home is safe from the creepy crawlies, as well as the harsh chemicals some other pest control companies use.

Many of our customers in Bradenton, Sarasota and Port Charlotte also opt for TermAssure 365. It combines our trademark Go Green Plus 3 with our world class termite protection – the best coverage you can get for your home. If you’d like more details on either one or hear more about our commitment to organic pest solutions, just give us a call!

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