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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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  • 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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  • 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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