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  • Family Time: Protect yourself from summer’s backyard pests

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  • Tip of the Week
    Warm weather is here for the next few months, and that means you’ll be spending more time outdoors with family and friends - and more time with summer pests. Mosquitoes, fire ants, bees, wasps and yellowjackets are some of summer’s worst bugs. And those pests can be more than a mere nuisance: West Nile can be a serious disease for some people (about 1 in 150), according to the CDC.
    “The best way to protect yourself from mosquitoes is to take the proper precautions,” says Orkin entomologist and technical services director Dr. Ron Harrison. “Use insect repellent when spending time outdoors, empty any standing water from around your home, and either stay inside or wear long sleeves and pants if you must be outside during dusk and dawn, because that is when mosquitoes are most active.”
    Orkin recommends preventing these backyard pests from being summertime bothers by remembering the following tips:
    - Clean up spilled food and drinks immediately, and keep food stored tightly, especially during outdoor picnics.
    - Rinse out cans before recycling, and empty garbage cans and recycling bins often.
    - Seal cracks around doors and windows.
    - Keep gutters and downspouts clean and keep plants away from your home’s foundation.
    - Brandpoint
    Family Movie Night
    “Transformers: Age of Extinction”
    Rated: PG-13
    Length:
    Synopsis: In the newest entry in this Michael Bay franchise, an automobile mechanic and his daughter make a discovery that brings down the Autobots - and a paranoid government official - on them.
    Violence/scary rating: 3.5
    Sexual-content rating: 2
    Profanity rating: 2
    Drugs/alcohol rating: 2
    Family Time rating: 3. If you and your kids have seen other “Transformers” movies, you’ll know what you’re in for here.
    (Ratings are judged on a five-point scale, with 5 being “bad for kids” and 1 being “fine for kids.”)
    Book Report
    “Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond between a Soldier and His Service Dog,” by Luis Carlos Montalván and Bret Witter
    Ages: 4-8
    Pages: 40
    Synopsis: As narrated by Tuesday, “Tuesday Tucks Me In” is a day in the life of this service dog extraordinaire and tail-wagging ambassador for all things positive and uplifting in the world. The book takes us through a typical day of adventures, starting with Tuesday waking Luis in the morning and greeting him with dog breath in the face, and then ending with Tuesday cuddling up to Luis on their bed, the last moment they spend together before sleep. - Roaring Brook Press
    Did You Know
    The American Academy of Pediatrics recently recommended that parents read to their children every day, beginning when the child is a baby. It encourages literacy and strengthens learning and comprehension skills.
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