Thursday, 2 February 2017

Additional Mosquito Control Steps to Take For Your Yard

With winter dwindling down, the spring season will be here before we know it. Sadly, with the warmer weather and increased outdoor activity, comes the threat of dangerous diseases (like Zika and West Nile) spread by pesky mosquitoes. In order to avoid these pests this season, be sure to make your yard a mosquito-free zone […] ---- SOURCE: mrmr.biz

Monday, 30 January 2017

The Most Important Zika Virus Developments From 2016

We at Mr. Mister want to acknowledge the important advancements that were reached in 2016 in regards to the troubling Zika virus and its potential effects on the United States as a whole. For one, researchers officially confirmed the suspected link between Zika virus and microcephaly.   The virus itself first made its debut in […]

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Saturday, 28 January 2017

Natural Remedies For Mosquito Bites

If you’re a smart homeowner, you likely already treated your backyard using Mr. Mister’s innovative methods for mosquito control in Atlanta.

However, with the spring rapidly approaching, there’s no telling how mosquitoes will affect you once you leave your home. A mosquito bite is not only dangerous to your health — due to the threat of diseases like Zika Virus — but the bite itself, and the painful itch it causes, is enough to make anyone want to rip their hair out.

Thankfully, there are some natural treatments for mosquito bites that you can use in order to remedy that insufferable itch using items you likely already have lying around:

Baking Soda

Not only is baking soda great for keeping your cookies fluffy and delicious, but it is also one of the most versatile items you have in your house. Sadly, baking soda is widely under used.

With that being said, you can create a paste by mixing warm water and baking soda together, which can then be applied to the area where the mosquito bite is located. You should allow the paste to sit on the bite until it hardens, and then wash it off entirely using warm water.

Apple Cider Vinegar

We’ve all had one recipe that calls for apple cider vinegar but for the most part, we have no idea when it comes to what else it is useful for. Fortunately, the answer is: it’s a fantastic natural remedy for mosquito bites!

All you have to do is soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar, and use medical tape to hold it in place until the pain and itchiness stops. It’s that easy.

Aspirin

Another useful item located in your medicine cabinet is aspirin, which is probably the most respected pain killers out there.

To use aspirin as a treatment for your mosquito bite, you should wet one under your water tap, and then rub it over your bite in order to fully coat the area. Once the pain and itchiness subsides, you can then wash the area with warm water.

Toothpaste

Although you might not be aware, toothpaste is for more than simply whitening and freshening your teeth. You can also use any non-gel based toothpaste as a means for treating a mosquito bite as well.

All you need to do is add a small dollop of toothpaste on the bite itself, let the substance sit overnight and it will dry the bite out, successfully relieving the pain and itchiness.

Deodorant

Deodorant is a fantastic treatment for mosquito bite itch. You can rub a non-gel, unscented deodorant over the bite and it will start relieving the bite within a few minutes, killing the itch and cooling the burn simultaneously.

You should always remember to bring a DEET spray for those times you head to places outside your yard without the protection of Mr. Mister.

We hope these remedies bring relief for the pesky symptoms of a mosquito bite, and as you know, we love referrals, so be sure to pass along this information to friends and family!

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Thursday, 26 January 2017

Do Mosquito Eating Fish Actually Exist?

If you’re like many in the U.S, you might be worried about the spread of Zika virus — especially if you have a lake, pond, or decorative water feature that tends to attract mosquitoes during the months of spring and summer.

While most of the Zika cases diagnosed among American residents so far have been related to travel, the simple transmission of this illness from person to person by mosquitoes (or via sexual activity) can lay the framework for a latent epidemic.

As Atlanta’s premier mosquito control experts, we want to share our knowledge and expertise on mosquitoes, and methods for mosquito control with all of our reader. With that in mind, here’s how ordinary fish could become mosquito eating fish and help you battle the Zika virus in your own neighborhood.

How can fish protect against Zika?

For young fish, mosquito larvae (or offspring) are one of the most tasty and nutritious food sources available. Thus, by placing a few fish in standing water, which is the likely destination of a mosquito when she decides to lay her eggs, you’ll be eliminating these pests at the larval stage while avoiding the risk of mosquito-borne diseases like dengue virus, yellow fever, Eastern Equine encephalitis, and of course the Zika virus.

The fewer mosquitoes that are able to reach adulthood, the lower the threat of mosquito-borne diseases — and the less you need to spend on ineffective methods, such as store-bought citronella candles and DEET sprays in order to have an enjoyable evening outside.

While larger fish (such as sunfish) are typically the happiest in lakes or ponds, at least once they reach the adult stage, smaller fish can be kept in water fountains, birdbaths, as well as other bodies of water, which can frequently serve as a depository for mosquito eggs.

As the warm summer weather turns into cooler autumn weather, you’ll be able to transplant these fish to public water sources such as creeks or rivers, or you can even store them in your own indoor aquarium to allow you to use them to control the mosquito population on your property during the spring and early summer.

Where can you find mosquito eating fish?

Many states, including Atlanta, have engaged preventive efforts that are meant to avoid the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses by distributing five free varieties of mosquito eating fish — the freshwater killifish, bluegill sunfish, mosquitofish, pumpkinseed sunfish, and the fathead minnow.

All of these fish are available at a number of local pet shops, or you may even be able to directly contact the Office of Mosquito Control Coordination in order to request some of these fish for your property.

If no mosquito eating fish are available, free of purchase, in your area, you may want to consider buying some from an agricultural supply store or a pet shop. Not only are these fish extremely low-maintenance, but they’re inexpensive, and can substantially minimize your risk of contracting the Zika virus or other potentially harmful mosquito-borne illness.

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Monday, 25 January 2016

Health Effects Of Truckers Who Listen To Music While Driving

The following article is courtesy of CF Trucking Solutions LLC

Truckers will be pleased to hear that a new study by the University of Utah has shown that listening to music as you drive has many positive health effects besides from just killing time. In the study it was shown that listening to happy or joy filled music there was in increase in the flow-mediated dilation of the brachial artery in the human heart by 26%. This kind of dilation of the artery is typically only seen from people who have been engaged in heavy working out. Another part of study focused on listening to negative music while driving and there was a reverse reaction where the brachial artery flow-mediated dilation descreased %6 from normal. To read the full story by trucknews.com please see more below

As you travel the roads, do you pass the time listening to talk radio? Sure, social issues are important, but why not tune your radio to a music station sometimes instead?Whether you prefer country, rock or classical, listening to the music you enjoy is good for you. Music is therapeutic; it’s an integral part of many different types of therapies. So, why not commit some time each day on the road to catch some tunes and enjoy music’s many benefits?Did you know that music can help you physically? Listening to music improves heart rate and blood pressure. According to a study in Italy, listening to classical, Celtic, or Indian music while consciously breathing slowly for 30 minutes a day dropped the listeners’ systolic blood pressure by four points, which is the same improvement you would get by cutting back your salt intake. Just 30 minutes of music every day could significantly reduce high blood pressure.Listening to joyful music also contributes to healthy blood vessels and particularly improves your endothelial cells’ (the cells lining your circulatory system) ability to function properly, allowing your blood vessels to dilate and constrict appropriately.If you have pain, listening to music may help lessen its severity. According to a study from the University of Utah, focusing on a melody can blunt even sharp pain.In this study where volunteers listened to music tapes while receiving brief electric shocks, people listening to music reported a much lower the level of pain when shocked than people not listening to music.Music is more than just a distraction. It changes how your brain responds to pain stimulus by reducing activity in the amygdale – an area of the brain that regulates negative emotions.At the same time, music triggers the neural systems that stimulate pleasure, releasing endorphins to counteract the feeling of pain. Music may even reduce your level chronic pain by up to 21% for a variety of painful conditions, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and disc problems.As well, scientists have seen that listening to music that creates a positive and profound emotional experience can help your body maintain its level of good health.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

U.S. House of Representatives passes bill that would strip the DOT’s carrier rankings

CF Trucking Solutions : The U.S. House of Representatives passed by a 363-64 vote Thursday, Nov. 4, a multi-year highway bill that would strip the DOT’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program of its publicly available carrier rankings and require regulators to rework the program.

The following article by James Jaillet explains in further detail.

The bill also would allow carriers to satisfy driver drug testing rules by testing hair samples instead of urine and set up a program that gives states the ability to enter into compacts to let under-21 CDL holders cross state lines.

Senate passes long- and short-term highway bills, clears provision to remove CSA scores from public view

The Senate mid-Thursday overwhelmingly passed a six-year highway bill that would remove carrier percentile scores in the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program from public view, among …

The legislation also establishes so-called “interim hiring standards” for those hiring carriers (such as brokers), a measure critics say could damage owner-operators’ and other small carriers’ ability to secure customers. The provision could be changed later in the legislative process, however. Click here to read more on the hiring standards provision.

Otherwise, the House’s bill is similar in many ways to the Senate’s July-passed DRIVE Act and would institute similar trucking regulatory reforms. The bills are not the same, however, with key differences coming in the form of funding mechanisms and total scope and breadth. So the two chambers will have to meet via joint committee to reconcile the differences and bring new legislation up for a vote later for a long-term bill to reach the White House and then become law.

 

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