After an almost two-month life span above ground, the Brood X cicadas are nearly completely gone, and the summer daytime sound are returning to normal. But these loud, funny looking creatures leave behind a ripple effect in many communities.
As the cicadas emerged, they provided much needed aeration near the trees where they have spent the last 17 years. During the breeding cycle, the cicadas marred twigs to lay eggs and will return to the Earth either in the form of decaying carcasses providing soil fertilizers or tree nutrient sapping nymphs.
Many animals feasted on the cicadas while they were alive. This includes birds, squirrels, caterpillars, perhaps an occasional dog, ants, and mice, just to name a few. With Brood X now nearly gone, these critters will be looking for new food sources.
Experts across several states warn of an increase in the rat and snake population as the Brood X food source is eliminated. Montgomery County, MD health officials reported spikes of rat complaints after the 2004 Brood X emergence and anticipate a similar spike in 2021.
Experts recommend residents use extra care to eliminate food sources post Brood X. This includes not feeding stray animals or wildlife, installing catch-trays under bird feeders, and keeping all human feed and pet food inside your home tightly sealed. Additionally, ensure all trash containers are tightly sealed and not placed curbside too early.
It may be necessary to perform a little house maintenance to help ensure these pests are not taking up residence in your home as well. Blocking all entry points, repairing any broken or torn screens or screen doors, cleaning countertops and floors regularly, eliminating water sources (such as a dripping faucet or pipe), reducing nesting locations and trimming back foundation plants will help make your home a little less attractive to pests.
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On behalf of National Realty Partners, we would like to congratulate two of our clients, Suffield Meadows Condominium Unit Owners Association, voted Small Community Association of the Year and New Bristow Village Homeowners Association, winner of Large Community Association of the Year!
Located in Warrenton, Virginia, Suffield Meadows, a 113 unit community consists of two garden style, condominium buildings, an assisted living facility, and 80 single family, duplex homes. With the gorgeous scenic views of Fauquier County, community social events, amenities to include a clubhouse, swimming pool, and extensive walking trails, it is a great community to be a part of.
New Bristow Village, located between the City of Manassas and Nokesville, Virginia, is a community comprised of 570 single family homes. Complete with 33 acres of green space, 4 playgrounds, a basketball court, tennis court, walking path and a multipurpose clubhouse which includes a fitness center, pool and a community room. NBV’s residents proudly volunteer on a regular basis which contributes to the community’s achievements.
A special thank you to the NRP Management teams dedicated to making both Suffield Meadows and New Bristow Village wonderful places to live.
Tune into the Fairfax County “Your Community, You’re Connected” show on Tuesday, September 8th at 7:00pm, NRP’s very own Crystal Partin is a guest presenter. Crystal and Kim O’Halloran-Perez from Rees Broome, PC, will be presenting information on the best practices for building community.
If you live in Fairfax County, tune in to Channel 16 or you can live stream it:
Live stream link here —-https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cableconsumer/channel-16/live-video-stream
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What ideas have other association boards used to successfully build community? As an individual homeowner, how can I get more involved in my community? What are some creative ways to collectively engage in the community beyond the boundaries of the common interest community association? Tune to Fairfax County Government Channel 16 on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for the next episode of Your Community, You’re Connected: Maintaining a Sense of Community. You can view the live program by video live stream at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cableconsumer/channel-16/live-video-stream.
Michelle L. Thompson of the Fairfax County Consumer Affairs Branch; Kimberley O’Halloran-Perez, attorney with the law firm of Rees Broome, PC; and Crystal Partin, Community Manager with National Realty Partners. LLC will respond to your live calls and emails during the hour. To join the conversation, call 703-324-1114, email firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet, or post your questions on the Fairfax County Consumer Affairs Branch Facebook page using #FFXYCYC during the live program. (CC)
NRP’s Director of Association Management, April Meza and Director of Management Operations, Liliana Martinez sat down with Washington Metropolitan Chapter Community Associations Institute’s (WMCCAI) Executive Director, Jaime Barnhart for a casual Q&A session as part of their “Benefactor Spotlight Series.”
Check out their conversation below:
Thank you to Jaime and the WMCCAI team for this opportunity and continued support!
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