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Weekend edition May 31, 2024 | Katelyn Keenehan

News Roundup: Important dates and bug fixes

The Weekend News Roundup features stories related to local business, technology, entrepreneurship, economy, events, and innovation.

Techstars Demo Day

Join the Techstars Industries of the Future Accelerator for its Demo Day. Watch the founders pitch live, meet the founders, and network with colleagues and industry leaders. has covered the Techstars companies thoroughly, and individually. Read a summary of the start-ups here.

The Demo Day on Thursday, June 6 will begin with a networking event from 4-5 p.m. and the ten founders will begin their pitches at 5:30. You can register to attend for free at this link.

Knoxville ranked one of the buggiest

As the weather warms and pest concerns rise across the U.S., TruGreen, the nation’s leading lawn care provider, whose services include pest control, has released its annual list of America’s buggiest cities.

In a meta-study, compiled from data gathered from January 1, 2023 through December 31, 2023, TruGreen ranked the top 20 metropolitan areas most impacted by mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks. Based on the findings, Los Angeles continues to have the highest prevalence of these pests for the second year in a row.

  1. Los Angeles, CA
  2. San Antonio, TX
  3. FresnoVisalia, CA
  4. Jacksonville, FL
  5. Oklahoma City, OK
  6. Grand RapidsKalamazooBattle Creek, MI
  7. Memphis, TN
  8. Louisville, KY
  9. Bakersfield, CA
  10. Tulsa, OK
  11. Birmingham, AL
  12. Mobile AL-Pensacola (Ft. Walton Beach), FL
  13. Knoxville, TN
  14. New Orleans, LA
  15. Little RockPine Bluff, AR
  16. Ft. Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR
  17. Columbia, SC
  18. Baton Rouge, LA
  19. FlintSaginawBay City, MI
  20. Charleston, SC

“A recent survey found that 38% of homeowners report pest invasion issues during the spring and summer, and with recent weather patterns across the U.S. being erratic, it’s no surprise that we anticipate another buggy season ahead,” says Brian Feldman, Senior Director of Operations at TruGreen. “Pests like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas are attracted to and thrive in warm, damp conditions, so it’s essential to put preventative measures in place now – particularly for the people living in the top 20 identified cities.”

When it comes to pests, it’s best to call a professional. With over 50 years of experience, TruGreen can help manage seasonal invaders by tailoring a pest control plan to homeowners’ specific needs. This grants families peace of mind to fully savor their outdoor spaces at the best price, backed by TruGreen’s Price Match Guarantee.

TruGreen offers a suite of services to prevent and control pests:

  • Mosquito Defense® and Outdoor Nuisance Pest Control programs provide a comprehensive approach, focusing on both prevention and population control to protect against unwanted pests in outdoor spaces.
  • Perimeter Pest Control program targets other unwanted bugs and insects — such as ants, stink bugs, spiders, and cockroaches, among others — and reduces their ability to become a problem inside the home.

For more information about TruGreen, visit and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and X.

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