Back To School Month…

PLUG IN Pest Free August newsletter

For many in the USA, it’s Back-to-School month. Most States have returned to school already. After a long summer, it can be easy to forget school zones during your morning or afternoon commute. So as a reminder, be vigilant, pay attention to posted school zone speed limits, and stop for school buses* when they are stopped with their safety lights flashing and stop sign extended. Those few seconds of trying to get around a stopped school bus* or speed through a school zone are not worth it. Kids are kids and will be kids. There is always the risk of a child running across the road without looking. So pay attention.

Today, school kids are more distracted than ever thanks to mobile devices and headphones. Parents and guardians don’t escape this either, as many are also observed being distracted by mobile devices in the car. In addition, some drivers continue to practice unsafe driving methods, such as double parking or stopped in the middle of crosswalks, dropping kids off across the road from the school, or use unsafe drop-off and pick-up methods.

Morning and afternoon school hours are always going to cause traffic congestion. We all want to get our kids dropped off and picked up safely from school. A little patience can go a long way. Be courteous to other drivers around you, don’t be aggressive or force your way into a line when others have waited their time. Be mindful of your surroundings, and PUT DOWN MOBILE DEVICES!! Tickets issued by the police may have an impact on your driver’s insurance premiums.

Let’s get our kids to and from school safely this year and let’s reduce the number of injuries and fatalities.

*Check the school bus laws in your State.

Here We Go Again, New York City!

In our March newsletter, we wrote about the rodent population in New York City. It appears the Big Apple is back in the headlines again. According to the New York Post (, rat sightings are up this year with 7,400 reports to the “Rat Hotline” 311 from January to April, compared to 6,510 for the same period in 2021.

In March, we mentioned it didn’t matter if you were a restaurant, business or residential, prevention tips can go a long way and have a positive impact. These tips include:

  1. Ensure to secure trash cans tightly to avoid rodents climbing and gaining access, or trash falling out if toppled.
  2. Keep trash areas clean and hose around them often. Hosing down trash areas also helps reducing foul odors associated with waste.
  3. Consider spraying natural deterrents around trash areas like mint, vinegar, cayenne pepper etc.

Prevention tips are always better than a cure, and can go a long way to help curb the rodent population from expanding.

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Q: How many Islands does Hawaii have?
Check for the answer and interesting facts below.

Spinach & Ricotta Tortelloni Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Arugula & Pine Nuts

Photo & Recipe by: Buitoni Food Company

What could be better than a zesty summer salad ideal for outdoor picnics, cook-outs, or accompany your favorite steak? How about scooping up a container to take to your office or school for lunch.

Prep time for this recipe is approximately 18 minutes.

First, the Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup good quality extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup shredded fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped shallot
  • 1 clove large clove garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1 package BUITONI Refrigerated Spinach & Ricotta Tortelloni (20 oz.)
  • 2 cups baby arugula, kale or spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts

Cooking Instructions:
  1. Whisk oil, lemon juice, basil, shallot, garlic, salt and pepper in large bowl. Add tomatoes; toss to coat.
  2. Prepare pasta according to package directions; drain then add to bowl with tomato mixture. Toss gently to coat. Cover loosely with plastic wrap; refrigerate for 30 minutes or until at room temperature.
  3. Add arugula, cheese and pine nuts to bowl with pasta; toss to coat.


Be sure to check out other delicious recipes on the Buitoni website here:

A: Hawaii has a total of 137 Islands and 5 counties that form the State of Hawaii. Out of the 137 Islands, there are 8 large Islands. Although, the 4 most commonly known Islands are Big Island, Maui, Kauai and Oahu. The other 4 larger Islands are Molokai, Lanai, Niihau and Kahoolawe.