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  • Tue Mar 21 2017

    Pest service ranks Mobile No. 1 in nation ... for termites

    Turn out the lights, shutter the windows, bar the doors and try, as much as possible, to separate your house from contact with the planet: Terminix has ranked Mobile No. 1 on a new list of termite-troubled cities. Suddenly spring doesn't seem so attractive, does it? Not as one remembers that the swarms are coming. Actually, though, the Terminix study doesn't focus on Formosan termites' annual aerial diaspora. And calling it a "study" might be giving it a scientific sheen it doesn't deserve. The company says the results are based on "termite-specific data from more than 300 Terminix br...

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  • Sun Mar 19 2017

    Do Bugs Poop?

    Don't think too hard about this on your next picnic, but yes, bugs poop. Insect poop is called "frass," and it can actually be a useful source of information for entomologists and biologists. New species have even been found in frass. And insects themselves use their poop for some pretty strange things, from inoculating their babies with symbiotic organisms to signaling others in their species to come hang out. So first, the frass basics. Insect guts are roughly similar to human guts, inasmuch as they usually start with a mouth and end with an anus. The insect digestive system is divi...

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  • Thu Mar 16 2017

    Why bed bugs traps may be useless: Some of the creatures have special leg pads that help them climb out

    Some bed bugs are better at getting between your sheets than others, reveals new research. The study suggests many leading traps used by pest management firms are ineffective at getting rid of the little critters. Researchers found that tropical bed bugs are better able to use small pads on their legs to grip the surface of the trap and scale the inner wall. The study, published in the Journal of Economic Entomology, has shown that the tropical bed bug, Cimex hemipterus, can readily climb out of smooth-walled pitfall traps. The researchers tested four leading traps, all designed...

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  • Wed Mar 15 2017

    Why Are Some Insects Attracted Towards Light?

    The old saying “like a moth to a flame” describes someone with an unswerving yet self-destructive attraction. We all know that bugs are even worse at night when the street lamps come on or the front porch light. So why are bugs attracted to light? Unfortunately, scientists haven’t been able to pin down one simple explanation for this behavior in moths, flies, and many other insects. They have, however, developed several theories that might provide some insight into why certain insects seem to be attracted to lights. A phenomenon called phototaxis explains how organisms respond to ligh...

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  • Wed Mar 8 2017

    Mouse Arrest: Pest Control No Better Than Do-It-Yourself Allergen Reduction Efforts

    In a study, the findings of which were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on March 6, the researchers found that a professional pest management intervention was no better in decreasing asthma symptoms in children allergic to mice than teaching families how to reduce the level of allergens shed by mice in the home on their own. Researchers compared professional pest management treatments In the study, the researchers compared professional pest management treatments plus education with education alone and found no significant differences in asthma symptoms or m...

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  • Sat Feb 25 2017

    Pests! is a fun new light strategy tabletop game that launched on Kickstarter this week.

    At a glance: In Pests!, players take the role of an exterminator who specializes in one particular type of pest. They are among several who have been hired by a homeowner to rid a large house of vermin, but the homeowner is only going to pay the first exterminator to get rid of their particular type of pest. The game is for 2-6 players. The box says that it’s for ages 14 and up. The prototype I was sent definitely had some small pieces, but I plan to play the game with my 11-year-old when he gets back from visiting his grandparents and I’m not worried that he might not be able to handle ...

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  • Fri Feb 24 2017

    Don't bother petting these cats -- they're working

    About five years ago, Chicago resident Paul Nickerson turned to a trio of cats to deal with a rodent infestation after higher-tech pest-control methods failed. He figured he had nothing to lose. “It got to the point where my neighbors and I couldn’t walk out of our back doors to throw the garbage out at night because rats would be running over our feet,” Nickerson said. The cats came from a Tree House Humane Society program that places animals that aren’t suited for life as house pets in places where their native talents as hunters are needed, such as warehouses and breweries. In N...

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  • Wed Feb 22 2017

    Health Canada to Ban On-line Sales of Unregistered Pest Control Products Blog Environmental Law Insights

    In a move which will affect international on-line retailers of various types of personal pest control products such as common insect repellants, Health Canada formally given notice of its intention to prohibit the importation of even limited quantity pest control products through regulatory changes to Canada’s Pest Control Products Act (PCPA). Unregulated Small Quantity Imports Targeted Currently, consumers in Canada may import limited quantities of pest control products for personal use without their registration under PCPA, which requires assessment, approval and ongoing reporting o...

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  • Mon Feb 20 2017

    Pest ant control improved with water-resistant bait

    Annapolis, MD; Feb. 13, 2017 — Pest ants like the red imported fire ant could be controlled more effectively with insecticide baits that can withstand moisture, say researchers with the United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS). A comparison study soon to be published in Journal of Economic Entomology shows a water-resistant ant bait offers a significant advantage over currently available baits, which break down when wet. The red imported fire ant and the little fire ant are just two species of invasive ants that have thrived since their introduct...

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  • Fri Feb 17 2017

    California Will Label Roundup a Carcinogen

    Using pesticides and other chemicals in your garden is controversial. Some want to be organic, others want to eliminate weeds and other pests. Roundup, a heavy duty weed killer made by Monsanto is a product that many have had concerns about. The chemicals it contains have long been suspected of being carcinogenic. It's main ingredient, glyphosate, is definitely good at killing weeds but there is an increasing amount of research to suggest that it could cause cancer. The most recent research, was a report issued by the World Health Organization that reported the substance is "Probably carcin...

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  • Wed Feb 15 2017

    Letting bedbugs bite -- because science

    When the very mention of your work causes people to recoil in horror, you develop coping mechanisms. “Sometimes I lie,” concedes Brittany Campbell, a doctoral student of entomology at the University of Florida. “Depending on the day, whether I feel like talking about it, I might be a manager at Target.” In reality, her job is bedbug research, a topic some can’t discuss without “freaking out.” “People don’t even want to talk to me,” she says. “I scare them.” Campbell’s work is an essential part of fighting the country’s decade-long bedbug resurgence. Once nearly eradicated in the...

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  • Thu Feb 9 2017

    Unusual conditions: delusional infestation with insects or spiders

    Insects often scare or disgust us. But a small proportion of people don’t just experience normal fear. They live with the terrifying and unshakeable belief that insects have invaded their body despite medical evidence suggesting otherwise. This is called a delusion of infestation, or delusional infestation. Delusions of infestation feature in popular films like Bug and A Scanner Darkly. These detail the extreme emotional distress, preoccupation and conviction with which the characters believe insects have infested them. Although delusional infestations of insects are most commonly rep...

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  • Wed Feb 8 2017

    West Nile Outbreaks Driven by Drought: Study

    Logic might lead you to believe that a mosquito-borne illness like West Nile virus would spread during rainy conditions, as the bugs need water to breed. But a new study demonstrates the opposite is true. Researchers found that the severity of West Nile virus outbreaks spike during dry times. This came as a surprise to researchers at UC Santa Cruz, Stanford University and the New York State Department of Health, who thought other climate variables like precipitation and temperature, including days below freezing, played a more significant role. “But we found that the primary driver...

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  • Sat Feb 4 2017

    Indoor insects are the focus of a new documentary

    Philip and Cynamin Vettese were bug-eyed when long-time friend, Toronto director and filmmaker Roberto Verdecchia, asked for a favour. Verdecchia wanted to use their century-old, newly renovated, three-bedroom house in the St. Clair West neighbourhood for a documentary exploring the hidden world of wildlife — including insects and spiders — that lives in our homes. “They were hesitant and slightly squeamish. But I explained what we were going to find is in everyone’s home and it’s not about how clean or tidy they are, and it would be fun,” says Verdecchia. His idea for the project was...

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  • Wed Feb 1 2017

    How To Upgrade Pest Control Programs In Food Plants

    With the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) enforcement era well under way, food and beverage companies are intensifying efforts to upgrade their food safety defenses, with more rigorous worker training topping the list, Food Processing’s 16th annual Manufacturing Outlook Survey found. Three out of four food professionals who participated in the survey indicated a greater emphasis on training as a food safety priority in 2017. Most of those respondents — and 41.4 percent of all survey participants — also say their companies are taking a hard look at pest control as an area for improvem...

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  • Wed Feb 1 2017

    Parents irked about bed bug problem at Savoy Elementary School in DC

    WASHINGTON - Some parents at Savoy Elementary School in Southeast D.C. are fuming over a bed bug and rodent problem at their children’s school. The school told FOX 5 that they sent a letter home with students saying professionals were hired to get rid of the pests. But some parents told us that the problem is still persisting. On Tuesday, one parent wrote to us and said: "This is not how you should notify parents of rats and bed bugs. I had to see it on the news. Then, the school doesn't notify the parents until 4 days later." The school district said they are working on the pro...

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  • Tue Jan 31 2017

    Arizona bill could allow use of ‘rat shot’ for urban pest control

    Residents in Arizona cities who spot a rat or snake in their yard will be able to shoot the animals using a small-caliber gun loaded with tiny pellets under a Republican legislation set for debate Tuesday. A group of scientists opposed to state Rep. Jay Lawrence's proposal say it endangers people by encouraging firearm use in populated areas and puts them at risk as they approach venomous snakes. In Phoenix and other cities in Arizona, neighborhoods are commonly built on or near the desert. Lawrence says it's about gun rights. Gun-rights advocates back House Bill 2022, which drew ...

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  • Mon Jan 9 2017

    New concerns about rat poison at the Breakers/TAVA Waters apartments

    VIDEO DENVER – Residents at the Breakers Resort apartment complex are expressing new concerns about a rat infestation and the attempts to control it. On Friday, Denver7 first reported on numerous dead rats that had been found on the grounds of the complex, near East Mississippi Avenue and South Alton Street. Residents said they first complained about the rats to management weeks ago, after noticing the rodents had been chewing on electrical wiring in several of their cars. On Saturday, some of those residents told Denver7 that pest control crews were scrambling to pick up the de...

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  • Fri Jan 6 2017

    Texas A&M institute sends up ‘bat signal’ for help from Texas landowners

    COLLEGE STATION — The Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources bat research team is asking Texas residents to help document bat species and populations throughout the state. The institute’s Bat and Hibernacula Surveys team is conducting surveys statewide to determine the location of wintering bats and their roosts. The primary investigator for the project is Dr. Mike Morrison, a professor in the wildlife and fisheries sciences department of Texas A&M’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College Station. “We are trying to get baseline numbers in anticipation of white-n...

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  • Wed Jan 4 2017

    An Oncoming Plague? Five Little-Known Diseases to Know About in 2017

    The phrase “emerging disease,” to describe an infectious disease that is new to humans or which is suddenly increasing its geographical range or number of cases, dates back to the 1960s. But it was the realization in the late 1970s and early 1980s that the world was in the throes of previously unrecognized pandemics of genital herpes and AIDS, that really propelled the term into the mainstream. The causative agent of genital herpes was type 2 herpes simplex virus (HSV-2), a pathogen that was reasonably well-known at the time, but whose capacity for explosive spread had been underestimate...

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