• 20 Nov

    SnowCare for Troops – Mankato, MN

    Project EverGreen’s SnowCare for Troops is a nationwide outreach program to provide snow and ice removal services for post-9/11 military service members that are actively serving in the military, or have returned with a service connected disability.

  • 01 Nov

    Small Business Saturday – Mankato, MN

    What Is Small Business Saturday? The first Saturday after Thanksgiving is Small Business Saturday. It’s a day to show your support for locally-owned, family-run small businesses. At Spring Touch we think of Small Business Saturday as Customer Appreciation Saturday. We would like to say thank you to each and every customer who shops small this weekend, and there are plenty of reasons for us to be thankful.

  • 16 Sep

    Asian Lady Beetle Control

    Asian Lady Beetles (Harmonia Axyridis) The Asian lady beetle resembles a North American ladybug and gets its name because it is actually a different species that was artificially introduced to North America from Asia to control aphids. Asian lady beetles have become common in the Minnesota since the year 2000. The species is considered to be one of the world’s most invasive insects. Asian lady beetles release an unpleasant smelling pheromone that attracts other Asian lady beetles, allowing them to invade homes over winter in large swarms. Asian lady beetles can leave a smell of dead leaves to discourage predators and bite if provoked.

  • 02 Aug

    Fleas and Ticks

    Fleas Fleas are an external parasite of mammals and birds. they live by consuming the blood of their hosts. Flat bodies and strong claws allow them to attach to the bodies of their host. Long legs are adept for jumping. Fleas can jump vertically up to 7 in and horizontally up to 13 in. Fleas will use their jumping ability to infest dogs and cats and bite the animal to feed on their blood. A flea may bite humans, but will not breed on them. Flea bites can cause an irritating itching sensation and inflammation from scratching like a mosquito bite. Fleas carry many of the same rickisettial diseases as ticks including typhus, rickettsialpox, Boutonneuse fever, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and tapeworms. Ticks Ticks are a small arachnid parasite, a relative of mites. Parasites live by feeding on the blood of mammals, birds, and sometimes reptiles and amphibians. There are two kind of ticks, hard ticks which are difficult to crush or soft ticks. Adults have pair shaped bodies that become engorged with blood when they feed. Ticks require a blood meal for each of the seven stages of their life cycle they are born with six legs an acquire two more for a total of eight after they’ve had a blood meal. Because they feed on blood, ticks are carriers of at least twelve diseases that affect humans and other animals including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, or allergic reactions to red meat.