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  • Wed Jan 4 2017

    Many poor asthma sufferers stuck in settings that make their disease worse

    (HealthDay)—Poor Americans with asthma face constant challenges in managing their respiratory disease—from dilapidated housing to neighborhood violence to depression, new research shows. The study offers a snapshot of the lives of asthma patients living in inner-city Philadelphia, from the point of view of community health workers who visited them at home. It's a bleak picture, and asthma experts called it "eye-opening." The home visits revealed that most patients were unemployed and often lived in overcrowded homes in a state of disrepair: Major water leaks, mold, rodents and cock...

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  • Wed Jan 4 2017

    Science of winter: Why are there tiny insects in the snow?

    This winter, Postmedia’s Tom Spears looks at what makes our coldest season tick. It’s a series we call The Science of Winter, and today we grab a magnifying glass to find out why those tiny black dots on top of the snow are moving. Yup, even snow has bugs. Winter, the insect-free season, is nothing of the kind. It was the end of November when biologist Michael Runtz went to Algonquin Park to find an eagle, a few otters on a partly-frozen lake, a lot of animal tracks in the snow — and a lot of “tiny dark objects moving slowly across the snow.” A closer look revealed several types of...

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  • Tue Jan 3 2017

    Updated: Four minors dead, five Amarillo family members stable, one transported to Lubbock after pest control chemical in home creates lethal gas

    AFD says children were residents of home, call came in from somebody who stopped by and saw everyone sick Four minors are confirmed dead in what Amarillo fire officials are describing as an accidental poisoning at a northeast Amarillo home. Baptist St. Anthony’s Hospital confirmed that five patients from the incident are in “stable” condition and one patient has been transferred to a hospital in Lubbock. Amarillo Fire Department Capt. Larry Davis said emergency responders were called out to a carbon monoxide poisoning call at a home located at 1301 Carolyn at about 5 a.m. Monday bu...

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  • Thu Dec 22 2016

    Robbery Attempt By Fake Pest Control Worker Foiled In San Francisco

    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A man disguised as a pest control worker was apparently in the process of robbing a business he had been let into in San Francisco when a security guard chased him away. San Francisco Police on Wednesday released security camera video of the incident from December 12 at the SF Jazz Center at 201 Franklin St. In the video, a man who is fully covered in a white hazmat suit, including a surgical-type mask and gloves, shows a card that says “ORTHO” and gains entry after signing in at a security desk at 6:20 in the morning. Ortho is the brand name of a line of c...

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  • Tue Dec 20 2016

    Safe, Potent Chikungunya Vaccine Developed

    Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne virus that is characterised by fever and severe joint pain. Houston: Scientists have developed the first vaccine for chikungunya fever made from an insect-specific virus that does not have any effect on people, making it safe and effective. The newly developed vaccine quickly produces a strong immune defence and completely protects mice and nonhuman primates from disease when exposed to the chikungunya virus, researchers said. "This vaccine offers efficient, safe and affordable protection against chikungunya and builds the foundation for using viruse...

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  • Tue Dec 20 2016

    Thankfully, There Are Actual Biological Limits On How Large Insects Can Get

    How does having an exoskeleton limit growth in arthropods? originally appeared on Quora: the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answer by Adriana Heguy, Professor of Pathology at NYU Langone Medical Center, on Quora: I'm going to make abstraction of anything else that limits growth (such as the respiratory and circulatory system) in arthropods, for the sake of speculation, but obviously what ultimately limits growth of one type of animal is not just one factor, it's a series of factors, as organisms are not a collection of...

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  • Sun Nov 20 2016

    Parents halt pesticide spraying at Outdoor School

    Spraying for ants and wasps didn’t take place as planned Nov. 11 at the Talent Elementary Outdoor Discovery School after parents protested against a pesticide application that appeared to conflict with ongoing practices. Concerns were voiced that the application was contrary to procedures to reduce spraying on Talent Elementary School grounds. A plan developed in 2014 has eliminated most spraying for vegetation control at Talent Elementary, but does not cover spraying for insects and other pests. Spraying did take place at the main school and at the Phoenix-Talent School District’s fo...

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  • Sat Nov 19 2016

    ACE Crosses the 1,000 Mark

    On Nov. 16, 2016, Rudy Ayala, owner and operator of Spearhead Pest Control in Ventura, CA, passed his Associate Certified Entomologist exam, becoming the 1,000th ACE. Ayala, a U.S. Army veteran and Vice Chair of Pest Control Operators of California in his district, said he pursued ACE as part of his drive toward excellence. “The ACE is special to me because this industry isn’t just a job for me. I’m a believer. I’m constantly seeking new challenges and ways to prove to myself and my customers that I’m the best choice,” said Ayala when ESA informed him that he was the 1,000th ACE. Zia ...

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  • Sat Nov 19 2016

    Pest control companies see spike in bedbug calls

    Residents of a senior housing complex say a bedbug infestation spread to a number of apartments in their building and they question whether the building's management took the appropriate steps to control the outbreak. But local pest control providers say the situation at Mercy Village, 1148 W. 28th St., is an example of an explosive increase that is being seen in local cases and the difficulties that can be encountered in trying to eradicate the pests. And while officials with the owner of the complex and the Joplin Health Department believe the problem is close to being resolved, som...

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  • Wed Nov 16 2016

    K9 Piper has the coolest job of any dog — he chases pests off runways

    VIDEO K9 Piper is the local pest controller at Michigan airport and his dedication is unparalleled. His role is to keep birds, rabbits, and squirrels off the runways so they are clear for planes taking off and landing. The clever pooch was trained by his owner and handler Brian Edwards who keeps his fans updated with regular videos on YouTube.

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  • Tue Nov 15 2016

    Bats take up residence in UCF building

    VIDEO ORLANDO, Fla. - A colony of bats decided to take up residence in the College of Sciences building on the campus of the University of Central Florida. About 50 bats were removed from the building Monday afternoon, according to UCF communications coordinator Rachel Williams. Workers said the bats became trapped in the building while repairs were being done over the weekend. One-way exit cages will be installed by Wednesday to allow any remaining bats to leave the building while preventing them from entering back inside. "The bats did not pose a threat to building patrons, an...

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  • Mon Nov 14 2016

    Florida Facing Invasion of Tropical Bed Bugs Not Seen Since World War II

    VIDEO The United States is facing an invasion threat that the country hasn’t seen since World War II. Researchers in Florida have discovered a case of rare tropical bed bugs, which are larger and more prolific breeders than common bed bugs, on Merritt Island near the Ulumay Wildlife Sanctuary, Florida Today reports. Common female bed bugs can lay 200 eggs; tropicals lay 500, Ivan Starkey of Fort Myers Pest Control told NBC-2. "They multiply at a faster rate, they lay more eggs than are common bed bugs that we are dealing with today," he said. Though common bed bugs are, well,...

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  • Mon Nov 14 2016

    New pests, elm seed bugs, found in Utah homes

    There’s a new bug in town. Since July 2014, Utah State University Extension’s Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Lab has received numerous calls about a small brown-and-black insect gathering in and on homes. The elm seed bug, a native of Europe, was first identified in the United States in Idaho in 2012 and in Oregon in 2013. While the first samples from Utah come from Salt Lake County, the insect is likely well established along the Wasatch Front and Cache County. Elm seed bugs feed mostly on elm seeds but can be found on other trees, such as the linden. Luckily, the bugs are not a concern for...

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  • Mon Nov 14 2016

    Peacocks are terrorizing Wayne Newton’s Vegas neighborhood

    Feathers are flying in the neighborhood around Wayne Newton‘s estate, where residents are complaining that peafowl like the ones on the Las Vegas showman’s 40-acre ranch have become roosting, roaming pests. Residents who live near Casa de Shenandoah claim peafowl from the ranch wander the neighborhood — squawking, scratching family cars and creating a traffic hazard. “We heard something on our roof that scared us to death,” April Juelke told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “We thought a burglar was breaking in, but it was a bunch of peacocks.” The Juelkes and others say the birds roo...

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  • Tue Nov 8 2016

    Children in NYC shelter are being attacked by pests, parents say

    VIDEO THE BRONX — A mother and father say their children are being attacked by fleas and rodents while they sleep. They live in a homeless shelter on Southern Boulevard in the Bronx and said they have complained multiple times but nothing has been done. "My 5-year-old can't go to school, attacked by fleas from the mice in our room. The entire building is infested," said the children's father, who did not want to be identified. They have three boys, ages 7, 4, and 3. "I see a mouse at night," their 7-year-old boy said. The father was laid off and the mother is a full-time s...

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  • Tue Nov 8 2016

    Rats! Seattle’s new regulation to ward off the pests

    Seattle is set to impose a new rat regulation aimed at the local construction industry. “Seattle is a port city, we definitely have a lot of rats,” said Leah Helms with King County’s Environment Health Rodent Program. How Seattle plans to get rid of homes with squatters That’s right, King County has its own rodent department. Seattle tops the list of American cities with the most rats, KIRO 7 reports. Seattle ranks no. 11 out of 50 on the list. “In the City of Seattle, and in King County, it’s the property owner’s responsibility to deal with their rat problems,” she said. ...

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  • Tue Nov 8 2016

    Why Do Raccoons Flourish As Urban Pests?

    In Wisconsin, like most of the country, raccoons are practically omnipresent. Their adaptability has allowed them to move from the country landscape as a wildlife creature to an urban life in cities and towns across the state. There are a few factors that make the raccoon especially adept at finding the food and shelter they need living among people, said University of Wisconsin-Madison professor David Drake. First, he explained, raccoons are cavity nesters in the wild, meaning they would typically cozy up inside old trees and similar small spaces. The tremendous number of cavities av...

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  • Mon Nov 7 2016

    FDA warning letters: Pests, debris, seafood HACCP problems

    One of the two most recently posted food-related warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration went to The Smoked Goat Co. Inc. in Havre de Grace, MD. The warning letter from the agency’s Baltimore District Office, dated Oct. 24, told the company that an inspection of its facility from Aug. 12-17 found “significant violations” of Current Good Manufacturing Practices regulations. These violations consisted of failure to store foods under conditions and controls necessary to minimize contamination, the warning letter stated. “During the current inspection, your firm was ...

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  • Fri Nov 4 2016

    DNA in dust reveals truth about bugs lurking in our homes

    Here’s a new finding that suggests no amount of housecleaning will turn your home into a bug-free oasis: More than 600 types of insects, spiders and centipedes live in most American homes. Researchers arrived at that startling number after analyzing bug DNA in dust samples collected from more than 700 homes across the continental United States. Study participants swabbed some dust from the top of a doorway inside their house or apartment. The sealed swab was sent to the researchers, who then used DNA analysis to identify every genus of bug DNA found in the samples. “That’s an incre...

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  • Fri Nov 4 2016

    Entomology expert talks pest genetics, control leading up to 2016 Whitney and Anna Harris Conservation Forum

    The bug theme continues at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Earlier this week an entomology class donned their insect costumes for Halloween. But now the scientists and friends of the Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center are on to more serious insect issues bugging society – mosquitoes and other pests. Raul Medina, an associate professor of entomology at Texas A&M University, will present on pest genetics and control at the 2016 Whitney and Anna Harris Conservation Forum. The topic of the upcoming 2016 Whitney and Anna Harris Conservation Forum, pests will be discussed particu...

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