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Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Day. Labor Day is a day of rest or the last chance for many people to go on trips before the summer ends

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Labor Day Parade In Marlborough

Marlborough has a proud tradition of hosting the largest, most prestigious Labor Day Parade in New England! Monday @ noon

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Summer Vacations, Beaches, Sleeping In And Bed Bugs?

Summer Vacations, Beaches, Sleeping In And Bed Bugs? Sharing your bed with a blood sucker can cause stress vs relaxation

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Memorial Day Events All Around

Wilmington: Parade starts Monday, 10 a.m., Market Basket, 260 Main St. parking lot to Church Street to Middlesex Avenue to Wildwood Cemetery for flag ceremony, placing of wreaths, musical presentation by Wilmington High School Band, Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, poem reading, taps, benediction.

Medford: Annual Veterans Service on Monday, 10 a.m., at Oak Grove Cemetery, Playstead Road.

Rowley: Parade steps off 1:30 p.m. Monday from VFW Hall on Bradford Street, proceeds to Town Hall Cemetery to Veterans Star, Firemen’s Memorial, Policemen’s Memorial to Village Green, back to VFW.

Lynn: Monday, steps off at 1:30 p.m. from North Shore Community College parking lot (Washington Street entrance). Washington Street, Broad Street, Market Street, City Hall Square, North Common Street, Park Street, Boston Street ending in front of Pine Grove Cemetery, 781-598-4000.

Danvers: The annual parade is Monday beginning at 9 a.m. Bertram Russell Jr., a Korean War veteran from the Marine Corps, will lead the parade as grand marshal. He is a recipient of two Purple Hearts with Gold Star and many other awards and commendations. Town Hall, 64 Cabot Road, 978-777-0001.

Everett: Service at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Glenwood Cemetery, Elm Street and Haskell Avenue.

Hamilton: Parade forms at Town Hall, 577 Bay Road, at 8:30 a.m. Monday, and steps off at 9 a.m. Firemen’s Memorial to Veterans Cemetery to Town Hall to Patton Park. 978-468-5570.

Ipswich: Parade forms on Town Hill on North Main Street at 9:45 a.m. Monday, and steps off at 10 a.m. Civil War Memorial to County Road Bridge to War Memorial to South Cemetery to VFW.

Woburn: Parade will start Monday at the Armory on Main Street, call to order at 8:15 a.m. www.cityofwoburn.com.

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Mother’s Day Is Just 5 Days Away, Don’t Forget Her Flowers And Leave Out The Mites!!

Getting the bugs out — literally — of Mother’s Day flowers at LAX

By Art Marroquin, Staff Writerdailybreeze.com

The last thing any mom wants next weekend is a pest.

To keep that from happening, federal authorities are preparing for Mother’s Day by scrutinizing an estimated 40 million flowers for bugs, eggs and larvae hiding in shipments coming from South America, Asia and Australia.

“If you ask any mother who tries to grow flowers in her garden, you’ll always hear about having to deal with the insects,” said Jaime Ruiz, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

“We don’t want anyone’s mom to deal with that for Mother’s Day.”

Armed with magnifying glasses and tweezers, the CBP’s trained group of agricultural specialists constantly search for unusual signs of disease or clues that mites, thrips, miner flies and other critters are feeding on lush shipments arriving at Los Angeles International Airport.

More flowers arrive in the United States for Mother’s Day than any other holiday, followed by Valentine’s Day, Ruiz said. Los Angeles handles 15 to 20 percent of the nation’s blooms, making it the second-busiest flower importer after Miami.

“Sometimes we don’t find anything, but finding something new to us is pretty exciting,” said Yaan Cheng, who has worked the past four years as a CBP inspector at LAX.

On Monday morning, Cheng grabbed a rose bouquet that had just arrived from Ecuador, flipped it upside down and gave it a strong shake.

Loose petals, leaves and other dry remnants scattered onto a white table as he reached for a pair of tweezers and plucked a twitching mite.

Cheng gingerly placed the insect into an alcohol-filled glass vial that will be examined to determine whether it is already established in the United States.

If the insect isn’t already present, then the entire shipment of flowers is sent back, destroyed or treated with chemical pesticides.

“One little bug that isn’t from here could wreak havoc in the agricultural sector,” Ruiz said.

The flowers arrive in the belly of passenger jetliners, and then are whisked to massive cold-storage units housed inside nearby warehouses.

Nearly 3.5 million flowers arrived last weekend from New Zealand, Ecuador and Colombia for inspection at Gourmet Logistics Co., which has a cavernous refrigeration unit that’s kept at a brisk zero to 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

The petals are kept in fresh condition until they are ready for distribution to West Coast flower shops and supermarkets, said Andy Iturrizaga, business relations manager for Gourmet Logistics Co.

It’s a great business,” Iturrizaga said. “Especially at this time of the year.”

http://www.dailybreeze.com/business/ci_20567745/getting-bugs-out-literally-mothers-day-flowers-at

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Bed Bugs in School Dorms

Have you noticed some bites on you since you returned to living at your college dorm?  Bed bugs thrive in universities because there are many people in a confined space. For instance, college dorm rooms can provide a perfect environment for an infestation. In fact, the 2015 Bugs Without Borders survey conducted by NPMA found that 46% of pest control professionals…

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Fleas Can Be Linked To Rheumatoid Arthritis

Bartonella, a bacterium historically associated with cat scratch fever and transmitted predominately by fleas, may playflea a role in human rheumatoid illnesses such as arthritis, according to a report in Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Researchers from North Carolina State University tested blood samples from 296 patients for evidence of Bartonella infection. The patients…

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Valentine’s Muddy Buddy Snack

Need a quick and last minute Valentine’s Day snack the kids will love?  Here is a very simple recipe for Muddy Buddies.

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Chex Cereal
Peanut Butter
Chocolate Chips
Butter
Vanilla Extract
Powdered Sugar
M & M’s

Directions:

  • Get a large mixing bowl, and place your Chex cereal in it.
  • In a medium-sized pan you will place your chocolate chips, peanut…
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Mosquitoes in Winter

Concerns over Zika virus in the U.S. were at the forefront of public health conversations this year. But what happens when the temperature drops? Do mosquitoes and the diseases they carry such as Zika virus just simply go away? Well, not exactly, says the National Pest Management Association (NPMA).mosquito-outside

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Bedbug Tips for Assisted Living Homes

If you decide to spend your golden years in an independent living, assisted living or nursing home facility, bed bugs are a reality you need to prepare for.

  • The smaller and closer the living quarters, the more likely you’ll face bed bugs. If you do get bed bugs, it can be very costly both financially and emotionally.
  • Before moving…
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Cockroach Prevention Tips

The best advice for German cockroach prevention is to practice good sanitation. Roaches, like most common household pests, are attracted to food, water and shelter.

  • Removing sources of food and water will help deter these pests. german-cockroach
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