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  • Fri Aug 26 2016

    Dolphins Intensify Zika-Control Treatments At Hard Rock Stadium

    MIAMI GARDENS (CBSMiami/AP) — The Miami Dolphins say they have intensified mosquito-control treatments at their stadium because of the Zika virus. The stadium is about 10 miles from the nearest area of the virus outbreak, so the Dolphins decided to step up treatments as a precaution. Construction workers are at the site daily completing the latest phase in a $500 million renovation. The Dolphins host Tennessee in their next preseason game on Thursday. Treatments on the 265-acre site will include the parking lot. They follow recommendations by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control an...

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  • Fri Aug 26 2016

    Fighting A Zika Monster: Why The Aedes Aegypti Mosquito Is So Hard To Control

    Allan Cespedes, a manager at Orkin Pest Control in Miami, demonstrates how his company sprays foliage to control Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. As little kids, a lot of us lay awake imagining terrifying monsters that were coming for us. Monsters in our closets who'd spring out and get us if the night light wasn't plugged in. Monsters under our beds that would slither up and eat us if our moms left the room before we fell asleep. Monsters that knew our habits, our vulnerabilities. The Aedes aegypti mosquito is kind of like those monsters. It knows human vulnerabilities and preys on them. Bu...

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  • Fri Aug 26 2016

    Sucking the life out of super lice — if this dad could do it, anyone can

    It won’t take Kryptonite to kill off the new strain of super lice that are infesting kids’ heads this year — because if this single dad could survive the nasty little vampires, you can, too. Gary Silverman, 52, from the Upper West Side, first spied the stubborn little bloodsuckers on his 6-year-old daughter when she began scratching her head three months ago. “I was shocked, but I figured, OK, I’ll just wash all the sheets, buy the over-the-counter stuff, and I’m done with it,” he said. But even after he executed the battle plan, his war against the tenacious parasites was just hea...

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  • Thu Aug 25 2016

    Case highlights disputes over pest control

    WAILUKU >> Maui authorities are discussing how to eradicate invasive species without trampling on the rights of individuals opposed to the methods used to fight them. A judge earlier this month dismissed Brian Bardellini’s temporary restraining order against employees from the Maui Invasive Species Council and the Hawaii Ant Lab, The Maui News reported Monday. The judge said there wasn’t evidence to support the Huelo resident’s claim that the employees trespassed, threatened him and sprayed chemicals on him while treating for little fire ants. The dispute highlighted a discussion betw...

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  • Thu Aug 25 2016

    Is it because I is a social insect? Horrific cinematic misrepresentation of insects

    It is night, we are outside a typical mid-western suburban house; lights shine through the drawn drapes as the camera pans across the lawn and miraculously slides through the window glass into the living room. There are four people, a middle-aged man, slightly greying, watching the TV, his wife, a blond attractive woman in her late thirties, is holding a glossy magazine, glancing from it to the glowing TV set and back again. Two children, a teen-age girl with braces, blond hair tied back in a pony-tail, her thumbs busy on the touch screen of an expensive looking cell ‘phone, sits opposite h...

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  • Wed Aug 24 2016

    Protect bees from pesticides by using bee precaution ratings from UC IPM

    Various insects, birds, and other animals pollinate plants. Bees, especially honey bees, are the most vital for pollinating food crops. Many California crops rely on bees to pollinate their flowers and ensure a good yield of seeds, fruit, and nuts. Pesticides, especially insecticides, can harm bees if they are applied or allowed to drift to plants that are flowering. Our mission at the University of California Agricultural and Natural Resources (UC ANR), Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program (UC IPM) is to protect the environment by reducing risks caused by pest management practic...

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  • Tue Aug 23 2016

    Those red bites on your arm might be Oak Mites

    CLEVELAND, Ohio - If you have ever woken up with an itchy, red bite mark, the culprit might be the Oak Mite. Many fear it could be a disease carrying mosquito or sleep-invading bed bugs. But from time-to-time, the oak mites become an accidental predator. This summer the small welt-causing, itch-inducing, predator is proliferating across Ohio. The oak mites, which come from the Pyemotes genus, prefer to feed on insects but occasionally fall on humans, according to the Los Angeles Times . The outbreaks became documented in Europe in 1936, but have occasionally made an impact primaril...

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  • Sat Aug 20 2016

    Mosquito control fighting equipment failure as much as insects

    [VIDEO] AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Richmond County has a new way to battle mosquitoes, and they say it's more effective than the typical spray. The only problem? The one machine they have to do it has been broken for a week and a half. With frequent afternoon showers leaving a lot of standing water around the county, they're gearing up for the next big crop. So, Richmond County Mosquito Control is using every tool in their belt to keep the numbers under control. They roll out like Ghostbusters to blast these strange looking insects in your neighborhood. "Last month we did 85...

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  • Wed Aug 17 2016

    Flying Cockroaches! Heat Sends Your Favorite Pests Soaring

    Summer weather can make for hot, sticky and uncomfortable days. And if staying cool and keeping hydrated aren't enough to worry about, heat waves could cause cockroaches to take to the skies. Yes, you read that right. Flying cockroaches. "Cockroaches, like all insects, are cold-blooded, meaning their activity rate increases with temperature," said Jules Silverman, an entomologist and professor at North Carolina State University, in an interview with Live Science. (Cold-blooded creatures are ectothermic, which means they depend on external heat to keep their bodies warm.) This also mea...

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  • Mon Aug 15 2016

    Zika virus: Floridians fear 'Pandora's box' of genetically altered mosquitos

    The prospect of getting rid of the disease-carrying pest is not enough to ease neighborhood’s concerns as ‘No consent’ signs are everywhere in Key West, Florida. Photograph: Jessica Glenza for the Guardian The Florida Keys are three months away from a straw poll vote on whether to release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes on an island just east of Key West, and the tourist destination is awash in lawn signs. Alongside the typical signs to vote for court clerk, judge, sheriff or school board are signs that showcase the overhead view of a mosquito and read: “NO CONSENT to rele...

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  • Sun Aug 14 2016

    Watch out, mosquitoes: These guys have a blast spraying you with pesticide

    [VIDEO] The man in the tan flight suit arrived just before dawn, the sound of his footsteps muffled by the rubber soles of his Sperry boat shoes. He entered the hangar, green coffee cup in hand, and headed toward the mechanic. “No socks today, I see,” the mechanic said to him. “You know I don’t like to wear socks when I fly,” Russ Appleton replied. Appleton, chief pilot for Beaufort County Mosquito Control, proceeded to joke with the agency’s aircraft mechanic, Gary Davy. The men stood in front of the sleek airplane Davy had just finished inspecting. The OV-10 Bronco had a la...

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  • Thu Aug 11 2016

    Insects sting camp kids; three hospitalized

    [VIDEO] A dozen children on a day camp visit to Rockwood Park were were stung by some sort of hornet Wednesday morning. 8/10/16

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  • Thu Aug 11 2016

    UPDATE: Pest control company removes hive after man stung 200 times

    [VIDEO] LATEST: Neighbors are saying the bees are gone but they are worried the bees will return. Delcon Pest Control confirmed they went into the home this past weekend and took care of the bees. A pest control company went into the attic of the home this past weekend and killed the last of the bees and removed the hive. UPDATE: Bees are still a problem in a neighborhood more than 24 hours after an exterminator was swarmed and stung a hundred times. Bees are still swarming the home near Fort Apache and Russell roads, and some neighbors say the bees are still trying to attack pe...

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  • Wed Aug 10 2016

    EPA Approves SenesTech's Humane Pest Control for Rodent Population through Fertility Control

    ContraPest targets the reproductive capabilities of both sexes, inducing egg loss in female rodents and impairing sperm development in males. "ContraPest® has the ability to revolutionize how we control rodent pest populations in the United States by focusing on the root cause of the problem - reproduction," commented Dr. Loretta Mayer, CEO of SenesTech. "Municipalities are perpetually faced with the constant harm caused by rodent overpopulation, including the transmission of diseases, damage to public infrastructure, as well as destruction and contamination of food supplies. ContraPest®...

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  • Tue Aug 9 2016

    Abell Pest Control Lures New Recruits with Pokémon Go

    "There are a lot of similarities between the virtual world of Pokemon Go and pest control, including searching, tracking, using lures and pheromones," said Sara Cromwell, Human Resources Manager at Abell Pest Control. "This popular gaming app was a great way for us to reach out to potential applicants who may have the qualities we're looking for." Abell, a company known for its tracking prowess, is hiring candidates who are keen to apply the same tenacity to searching out and capturing pests as they are to snaring the virtual Pokemon. "It was a fun, creative approach to recruitment th...

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  • Tue Aug 9 2016

    Almost All Lice Are Now Resistant to Over-the-Counter Treatment

    The red dots on the map show lice samples with total resistance, on average, to over-the-counter treatments. The orange dots show populations of lice with about half of the three genetic mutations related to rMore The vast majority of head lice in the United States are now resistant to most over-the-counter treatments, meaning that it's now especially difficult to vanquish the tiny blood-sucking parasites, a new study finds. Researchers found that head lice (Pediculus humanus capitis) in 42 of the 48 states studied carry an average of three genetic mutations that make these bugs imper...

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  • Tue Aug 9 2016

    Get Up & Grow: Insect repellent can harm your lawn

    Doing yardwork this time of the year comes with its many challenges. Working through heat and humidity, and dealing with insects such as mosquitoes and chiggers, are just some of the challenges the Minnetrista grounds crew and gardeners face each day. Working smarter and drinking plenty of water are ways to survive the heat. The use of a good insect repellent works wonders for keeping insects at bay. But something else became more evident this week. When we solve one problem, oftentimes we bring about another problem, and the use of insect repellent is an example of that. Let me ex...

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  • Sun Aug 7 2016

    FDA OKs first GM mosquito trial in U.S. but hurdles remain

    FDA OK'S GM TEST The first test release of GM mosquitoes in the United States (adult males grown from larvae like these) will probably have no significant impact on the environment in Key Haven, Fla., the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced. ~~ Oxitec For the first time in the United States, free-flying genetically modified mosquitoes have federal approval to take wing in Florida. But when, and if, that will happen is still up in the air. Local officials will make the final decision — possibly not until after the November elections. The World Health Organization has recogn...

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  • Sat Aug 6 2016

    'A horror house': Port Union woman takes matters into own hands after bat infestation

    A Port Union woman says her comfortable home became a "horror house" after bats moved into the attic, and she had to get rid of the nocturnal pests herself because she couldn't afford to pay an exterminator. Barb Humby discovered the bats in mid-July after she returned home from working at the Bull Arm construction site in Trinity Bay. "I was hearing noises. First, I thought it might be just siding cracking and that but then after I heard noises up in my attic so I figured it was a squirrel," she told CBC's On the Go on Friday. Humby called her brother, who went up with a flashligh...

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  • Fri Aug 5 2016

    Ukiah Unified School District apologizes about handling of cockroach problem

    Anyone who has visited Ukiah High School during lunch breaks has seen how quickly hundreds of teenagers can fill the common areas with food containers, wrappers and scraps. And with so much food available to them on a daily basis, it likely comes as no surprise to anyone familiar with cockroaches that the campus has struggled with an infestation of the pests for the last few years. “An empty can, an apple core, a dropped French fry or even a spilled drink can all represent life-sustaining food sources to many roaches,” explained Gabe Sherman, the director of Maintenance, Operations an...

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