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As a result of a roof leak, mold grows on the ceiling of a home. CAES News
As a result of a roof leak, mold grows on the ceiling of a home.
Fight Mold
Hurricane Irma had slowed down by the time she reached Georgia, reducing the amount of expected structural damage to homes, but flood waters may have left behind a sneaky and dangerous after-effect: mold.
When yards are flooded, residential well safety is of paramount importance. Cities and counties alert citizens with boil advisories when municipal water supplies are affected, but those who rely on wells for water have to monitor their water themselves. Wells that have been overtopped by flood waters need to flushed and tested for bacteria because of the potential danger of contaminants being washed into the well. CAES News
When yards are flooded, residential well safety is of paramount importance. Cities and counties alert citizens with boil advisories when municipal water supplies are affected, but those who rely on wells for water have to monitor their water themselves. Wells that have been overtopped by flood waters need to flushed and tested for bacteria because of the potential danger of contaminants being washed into the well.
Flooded Wells
Hurricanes and tropical storms can cause structural damage, but flood waters can harm families by tainting water supplies. Cities and counties alert citizens with boil advisories when municipal water supplies are affected, but those who rely on wells for water have to monitor their water themselves.
High winds uprooted a large oak tree on the University of Georgia campus in Griffin, Georgia. CAES News
High winds uprooted a large oak tree on the University of Georgia campus in Griffin, Georgia.
Hurricane Preparedness
Hurricane Irma strengthened to a Category 5 storm with sustained winds of 175 mph as of Monday, Sept. 5. It’s moving west-northwest on its present track, but longer-term models project that it will make a sharp turn to the north later this week, which could threaten parts of the Southeast, including Georgia.
When a weather emergency is expected, shoppers rush out and stock up on milk and bread. But what happens if the electricity goes off for days and the milk spoils, or after the loaf of bread runs out? University of Georgia Cooperative Extension experts say having at least a three-day supply of shelf-stable food will give you a little peace of mind when it comes to feeding your family during a storm. CAES News
When a weather emergency is expected, shoppers rush out and stock up on milk and bread. But what happens if the electricity goes off for days and the milk spoils, or after the loaf of bread runs out? University of Georgia Cooperative Extension experts say having at least a three-day supply of shelf-stable food will give you a little peace of mind when it comes to feeding your family during a storm.
Emergency Food
As hurricane season arrives, Georgians are listening closely to local weather broadcasts. Whether or not a record-breaking storm affects you, University of Georgia experts say having an emergency food supply on hand is always a good idea.
Pecan orchard damaged in Screven County. CAES News
Pecan orchard damaged in Screven County.
Emergency Preparedness
As Atlantic hurricane season peaks, Georgians may be uncertain about how to prepare for an emergency. The state may not be directly affected by a hurricane, floods or high winds from a storm this year, but it’s always good to be prepared. September is National Preparedness Month, and University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency have resources available to help Georgians prepare for an emergency.
While many of Georgia's 63 species of mosquito thrive in wet weather, southern house mosquitoes — which transmit West Nile virus — prefer dry or even drought conditions. CAES News
While many of Georgia's 63 species of mosquito thrive in wet weather, southern house mosquitoes — which transmit West Nile virus — prefer dry or even drought conditions.
Mosquito Precautions
School is back in session in many Georgia systems. It may seem like summer is coming to a close, but peak summer mosquito season is just starting.
Cindee Sweda is the Family and Consumer Sciences agent for University of Georgia Cooperative Extension in Spalding County, Georgia. CAES News
Cindee Sweda is the Family and Consumer Sciences agent for University of Georgia Cooperative Extension in Spalding County, Georgia.
Spalding FACS Agent
For the past 20 years, Spalding County has been without a University of Georgia Extension Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) agent. Sweda filled that gap last December when she joined the local Extension staff. Wade Hutcheson, coordinator of the Spalding County Extension office, said the position was eliminated during a time period when the state was undergoing drastic budget cuts.
When eliminating fleas, you must treat both your pet and your pet's environment, including its house and bedding. CAES News
When eliminating fleas, you must treat both your pet and your pet's environment, including its house and bedding.
Flea Control
If you own a pet, chances are you’ve dealt with fleas in some form or fashion. Unfortunately, our yards are fleas’ resorts, and they consider our pets to be their own personal valets and moving diners. Even wild animals can become a traveling flea circus.
Pamela Turner, UGA Extension housing specialist, serves on the boards of the Georgia Healthy Home Coalition and the Rural Georgia Healthy Housing Advisory Board, both of which worked with Gov. Nathan Deal to proclaim June Healthy Homes Month. CAES News
Pamela Turner, UGA Extension housing specialist, serves on the boards of the Georgia Healthy Home Coalition and the Rural Georgia Healthy Housing Advisory Board, both of which worked with Gov. Nathan Deal to proclaim June Healthy Homes Month.
Healthy Homes Month
Georgia homeowners have the information that they need to make sure their houses are safe and healthy thanks to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and the Rural Georgia Healthy Homes Advisory Board. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development designated June as National Healthy Homes Month to encourage homeowners to inspect their homes for hidden hazards, like mold, radon and lead.
The lone star tick is the most common tick in Georgia and is active between early spring and late fall. CAES News
The lone star tick is the most common tick in Georgia and is active between early spring and late fall.
Avoiding Ticks
The risk of serious illness from a tick bite is low in Georgia, but there’s no reason to give them a free meal.