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  • Tue Sep 20 2016

    Bedbugs leave Garden City resident 'frustrated, paranoid'

    VIDEO Elizabeth Chernecki says she has been dealing with bedbugs in her Garden City apartment building for two years and is fed up with the pests and lack of action on the part of building management. The long-time homeowner-turned renter said that until she moved into the building at 1001 Sinclair St. just over two years ago, she didn't even know what a bedbug was. "[I'm] frustrated, paranoid, because any time you feel an itch you think it's a bedbug. I'm not sleeping well, I'm not eating well, just upset. I have to get out of here." Sixty-one-year-old Elizabeth Chernecki says ...

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  • Tue Sep 20 2016

    Insects with West Nile Virus found in Henry County, state says

    NAPOLEON — The Ohio Department of Health is confirming that mosquitoes with West Nile Virus have been found in Henry County. No human or animals have tested positive. The sample was collected from an undeveloped property on County Road S in Liberty Township, according to the Henry County Health Department, which was notified by the state health department on Friday. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, West Nile virus is commonly spread by infected mosquitoes. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms. Less than one percent o...

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  • Tue Sep 20 2016

    The call of the dung: How flies find their meal

    Like many other insects, vinegar flies produce pheromones to call their conspecifics to an interesting food source. A research team of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, demonstrated in a new study that the flies' frass also contains these pheromones. Fruits that have been covered by the insects' fecal excretions seem to be especially attractive to other flies. These fruits are probably a more easily digestible food after many flies have been feeding on them. The new results are a first step toward understanding the importance of feces in the communication of vi...

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  • Tue Sep 20 2016

    With One Area Cleared Of Zika, Focus Shifts To Miami Beach

    MIAMI — With health authorities declaring a win against Zika in Miami’s Wynwood arts district, their emphasis shifts to the remaining transmission zone on nearby Miami Beach, where residents have objected to the aerial pesticide spraying crediting with halting infections. No new cases of Zika have been reported in Wynwood since early August, and on Monday health officials declared it to be no longer a zone of active local transmission. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lifted a warning for pregnant women to stay out of Wynwood altogether, but continued to caution the...

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  • Mon Sep 19 2016

    Bell Introduces New P.C.Q.® PRO

    Bell Introduces New P.C.Q.® PRO Pest Management Professionals have a new weapon in the fight against meadow and pine voles, California ground squirrels and commensal rodents with new, P.C.Q.® PRO, from Bell Laboratories. With the active ingredient, Diphacinone, this proven, first generation anticoagulant rodenticide has a broad label for use against a wide variety of pests in industrial, commercial and residential accounts. A welcomed addition to Bell's line-up of rodenticides, P.C.Q.® PRO is a restricted-use pesticide that is approved for burrow baiting for meadow and pine voles. ...

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  • Mon Sep 19 2016

    Orient Mosquito District still battling pests a century later

    In April 1916, New York State approved a law allowing each town in Suffolk County to create a special district for the purpose of exterminating mosquitoes. Five months later, Southold Town adopted legislation forming the Orient Mosquito District. Exactly one century later, the special district — which met for the first time Sept. 30, 1916, and set a $220 budget for the following year — remains the only one of its kind in the entire state. Last Saturday at Poquatuck Hall on Skipper’s Lane, four of the district’s five commissioners gathered to approve the annual budget. Shortly after th...

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  • Sat Sep 17 2016

    From Pests To Puzzle Solvers, Scientists Study Laramie's Raccoons

    It’s a dark and damp Sunday morning in Laramie, and University of Wyoming Raccoon Project team members are climbing out of a big truck on the south end of town. Undergraduate student Emily Davis puts on a headlamp and speaks into a video camera to document the day’s work. “It’s 5:40 on August 21st and we’re trapping Davis Trap One.” Three members of the team walk up to a fence where a trap is hidden beneath brush and planks. Inside is what they’ve been hoping for: a big, fat, bandit-eyed raccoon. Rachel Fanelli, one of the team members, says he looks like is a new capture. “I...

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  • Sat Sep 17 2016

    Pest control issues prompt investigation at ETX healthcare facility

    VIDEO LINDALE - The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services is investigating a healthcare facility in Lindale following a report of field mice in the building. The investigation into the Lindale Healthcare Center began September 14 according to an official with the state agency. A complaint was filed, and the agency found there was a pest control issue that was a threat to the health and safety of the residents. The administrator of Lindale Healthcare said the facility took measures to address the issue, and says they will continue to monitor the situation. DADS...

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  • Fri Sep 16 2016

    Do Insects Sleep?

    VIDEO For scientists, sleep is such a rich area of research that entire institutes are dedicated to it. We know that humans sleep, of course. And pretty much every animal we've ever studied does, too. But what about insects? Julian Huguet investigates in today's DNews special report. In the year 2000, two separate research groups studied fruit flies to determine whether their periods of inactivity could be classified as sleep. The researchers documented some interesting observations. At night, the flies were immobile and displayed a higher arousal threshold, meaning that it took more ...

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  • Thu Sep 15 2016

    'Unusual' bee species drills apartment-style nests out of rock

    A newly discovered species of bee does things the hard way, gnawing its nests out of solid rock even when softer dirt is available. This hard work appears to pay off, however, by providing the bees greater protection from the vagaries of life in the desert Southwest. The species, dubbed , has been found in Utah, in southwest Colorado and in Death Valley in California, where it pocks vertical sandstone rock faces with tiny holes. Though the bees seem to be solitary nesters, they build these rocky alcoves next to one another, like insect apartment-dwellers. "The bee is very unusual," st...

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  • Thu Sep 15 2016

    When will the risk for Zika-carrying mosquitoes subside in the US?

    While mosquitoes are typically seen as a summertime pests in much of the country, continued warmth could mean that the insects hang around longer than usual into the fall season. According to Dr. Jim Fredericks, chief entomologist for the National Pest Management Association, as long it remains warm and humid, mosquitoes will remain a concern. "In general, warm, wet weather equals more mosquitoes," Fredericks said. A recent report on summer 2016 weather from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said that every state in the contiguous U.S. saw temperatures abov...

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  • Tue Sep 13 2016

    Customer finds bed bugs at Phoenix Walmart; store is investigating

    VIDEO PHOENIX - Don’t let the bed bugs bite — is not a saying that should ever apply to a grocery store, but one Valley man said he was bitten by bugs several times at a Valley Walmart. Jose Avalos de Leon and his wife, Lupita Cruz, said they went to a Walmart at 35th Avenue and Bethany Home Road this past weekend. Avalos had an injured leg so he decided to use one of the store's motorized shopping scooters. “Just riding down Walmart for a little bit, my back started getting itchy,” said Avalos. Avalos got off the scooter to look at the seat and saw tiny brown bugs crawling arou...

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  • Sun Sep 11 2016

    Florida starts aerial spraying for Zika virus in Miami Beach

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Aerial insecticide spraying to combat mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus started in Miami Beach on Friday. A plane carrying the insecticide naled released the spray over the targeted area before dawn. The next round is scheduled for 6 a.m. Sunday. Some residents oppose the spraying, citing the potential for harmful effects. But county officials say the low concentration of naled won’t harm them. “We are concerned that the naled actually has more of a potential risk of creating the problems we are trying to avert than the actual concern with Zika,” area resident...

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  • Thu Sep 8 2016

    Another Tyler mosquito sample tests positive for West Nile

    On Aug. 30, Tyler Mosquito Control sent routine samples to Austin of mosquitoes collected from areas located throughout the City of Tyler. Results were received on Sept. 7. One result showed positive for West Nile virus in the sample batch of mosquitoes taken from the 7000 block of Gatewood Drive. Tyler Mosquito Control treated the target area on Aug. 31, Sept. 2 and on Wednesday and is conducting a door-to-door campaign to inform and educate residents in the area about the virus and preventative measures. Mosquito samples that have also tested positive for West Nile in Tyler this s...

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  • Wed Sep 7 2016

    Why Are The Feds Blocking Technologies To Control The Mosquitoes That Spread Zika Virus?

    Zika virus infections, which in recent months have swept through South and Central America and the Caribbean, are typically mild and often go undetected, but infection can cause severe birth defects early in pregnancy and subtler ones later. It can also cause a progressive, usually temporary, paralysis called Guillain-Barré syndrome. There have been about 9,000 cases of Zika infection in U.S. territories (mostly in Puerto Rico) and more than three dozen locally-acquired cases in Florida. Women are increasingly terrified of having babies with severe birth defects, and public health officials...

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  • Tue Sep 6 2016

    Idaho’s Canyon County goes “Caddyshack” on gopher population

    Bounty paid for gopher tails The Canyon County Pest Control District pays a $1-per-tail bounty for gopher tails delivered to the district office in Caldwell, Idaho. The district also will provide a trapper for small lots at $20 an hour, or training is provided on request. The district also can install a barn owl house on a property, a tactic that’s more popular in rural areas. The cost is $150 for Canyon County residents. Total gopher bounties paid by the district in previous years: 2016 YTD: $28,437 2015: $46,629 2014: $32,774 2013: $32,184 2012: $42,622 Sourc...

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  • Mon Sep 5 2016

    Pest-control scam using city Health Department logo

    If you received a letter from “Vermin Control of New York,” call @nyc311. This is a scam: https://t.co/S2Nv3j2zxf pic.twitter.com/KFAkQPYr8a — nycHealthy (@nycHealthy) September 2, 2016 Those dirty rats. The latest scam New Yorkers have to worry about comes from “Vermin Control of New York” — a sham entity demanding that homeowners mail $120 checks for “assessment and eradication of vermin” to an address in Queens, city officials said Friday. The Health Department warned that fraudsters are using the agency’s logo to fool homeowners into coughing up a fee that doesn’t exist. ...

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  • Mon Sep 5 2016

    The buzz on cicada killers

    These insects do exactly what their name says—kill cicadas, a larger insect that has eyes set wide apart, thin wings and a unique song. The wasps are focused on the cicadas, leaving little threat to humans and other animals. We caught up with Rudy Mancke, naturalist-in-residence at the University of South Carolina, to learn more about the cicada killer wasps buzzing around the university's Horseshoe. What is the difference between the cicada killer wasps and regular wasps? "The cicada killer is not a social insect, meaning it does not instinctively protect a nest. Social wasps are ...

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  • Sun Sep 4 2016

    Bed bugs remain intractable problem in Montreal as new university year begins

    Melanie Sanche, head of sanitation for Montreal's public housing authority, stands at the threshold of a freezer room specially designed to kill the bedbugs on a resident's items, in Montreal on Monday, August 22, 2016. The freezer is kept at -22 degrees Celsius, which takes four days to kill all bed bugs on a person's belongings. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson MONTREAL – In the basement of a public housing complex on the outskirts of downtown Montreal is a large walk-in freezer used solely to kill bed bugs. The freezer is a local solution to a problem that has been haunting the cit...

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  • Fri Sep 2 2016

    Miami Beach mosquitoes prove insects help transmit Zika virus between people

    The Zika-carrying mosquitoes were trapped in a touristy area of Miami Beach that had been identified as a zone of active transmission of the virus. Photograph: LM Otero/AP Authorities in Florida said Thursday they have found the Zika virus in three groups of trapped mosquitoes in Miami Beach, the first time this has happened in the continental US. The Zika-carrying mosquitoes were trapped in a touristy 1.5-square-mile area of Miami Beach that had been identified as a zone of active transmission of the virus, the Florida department of agriculture and consumer services said in a news re...

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