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Florida declares state of emergency ahead of storm

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Washington:  Florida Governor Rick Scott declared on Friday a state of emergency ahead of a tropical storm which was expected to hit the state from Sunday into next week and pose a “severe threat to the entire state”.

After dumping torrential rain in the eastern Caribbean on Thursday, tropical storm “Erika” is traversing the northeastern Carribean Sea with maximum sustained winds of about 90 km per hour and the National Hurricane Centre has predicted that from the upcoming Sunday to Wednesday, the storm will travel through Florida’s peninsula, said an executive order by the governor.

Four people died and several others were missing as tropical storm Erika hit the Caribbean island nation of Dominica on Thursday, according to Xinhua.

A visually impaired senior citizen and two children were killed when a mudslide crashed into their house in the southeast of the island, and another man’s body was found near his home following a mudslide in the capital city of Roseau, according to reports monitored in Kingston, Jamaica.

The storm has dumped a general rainfall of about 15 inches (388 mm) on Dominica within 24 hours, unleashing serious flooding and mudslides that damaged roads and houses. Electricity and water supplies were cut in 80 percent of the island.

(IANS)

 

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Top 5 Ways to Keep Your Florida Home Safe from Pests

Inspect your home for signs of rodents or insects every season. Look for cracks around your home.

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Florida is home to balmy weather, tropical vegetation, and beautiful beaches. The same reasons you choose Florida as your home are the same reasons rodents and pests may invade your living space. Before you have to search for exterminators near me, take charge of your house by taking some simple steps to keep your home safe from pests.

Keep Your Kitchen Clean

Although insects may still invade a spotless home, keeping your kitchen clean will greatly reduce the problems. Your kitchen could be a buffet to pests who are just searching for small bits of food and any drop of moisture.

  • Take the trash out and wash the trash can regularly.
  • Sweep floors to remove crumbs of food.
  • Keep your kitchen sink free of dirty dishes.
  • Wipe down counters after any food preparation.
  • Regularly inspect under your sink for leaks or moisture.
  • Clean behind your refrigerator and stove occasionally.
  • Keep pet food up off the floor and clean around the bowls regularly.
Before you have to search for exterminators near me, take charge of your house by taking some simple steps to keep your home safe from pests.
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Check Your Home Each Season

Inspect your home for signs of rodents or insects every season. Look for cracks around your home. Mice can squeak through holes as small as a dime. Remove piles of wood and leaves from your yard where rodents or pests can make nests. Seal windows and doors that are cracked. Make sure your outside garbage and recycling bins are kept closed and clean.

Control Moisture

Small plumbing leaks are magnets for insects and rodents. Check your bathroom, utility room, and gutters for leaks and standing water. If you have a pond or birdbath, install an aerator to move the water or change it regularly to avoid mosquitoes from laying eggs on the stagnant water. Don’t overwater your plants and grass.

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Maintain Your Landscaping

Rodents such as squirrels or raccoons can use tree branches to access your attic. Trim the trees around your house. If you compost, keep it away from your home and use a sealed container. Ask your landscaper about incorporating pest-proof plants into your landscape. If you have an outdoor patio, clean the grill and empty the grease trap after each use. Keep your swimming pool clean and treated, because it can also attract unwanted pests.

Schedule Regular Inspections

Professional trained technicians have the experience and know-how to spot pest problems before they become serious issues. Have your home inspected annually for pest control in Orlando by a service technician who can help you prevent pest infestations to maintain your sense of security.

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