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Orkin Warns of Four Pests to Avoid this Fourth of July
Date:7/5/2009

ATLANTA, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- As Americans celebrate Independence Day outdoors, pest control giant Orkin, Inc., warns about the four common pests that are most likely to crash the holiday festivities: mosquitoes, ticks, fire ants and wasps. [Professional, non-commercial b-roll and still photos of these pests are available, preview b-roll at http://tinyurl.com/orkinjulypests.]

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"Pests usually are attracted to food, water and optimal temperatures, so they love July Fourth as much as anyone," said Ron Harrison, Ph.D., Orkin entomologist and technical director. "By understanding what attracts these pests, people can take simple steps to protect themselves."

Mosquitoes, which transmit malaria, encephalitis and other deadly diseases, are among the most dangerous pests in the world. Although malaria has been eliminated from the U.S., mosquitoes still spread West Nile virus (WNV) and other harmful viruses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mosquitoes that spread WNV are most likely to bite between dusk and dawn.

Ticks, most active from May through September, can transmit Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

To fight the bite of mosquitoes and protect family members and pets against tick bites:


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