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  • Thu Jul 31 2014

    Pest Control Specialists Work Overtime To Round Up Unwanted House Guests In Westchester

    NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — Pest control specialists are working overtime to round-up all kinds of creatures in Westchester. As CBS 2’s Vanessa Murdock reported, two particular pests are causing headaches for homeowners. “I come through the doorway and this squirrel is moving from countertop to countertop dropping apples on the floor. I’m just watching him contaminate my counters,” New Rochelle resident, Alprentice McCutchen, said. McCutchen said that the squirrels in New Rochelle have become brazen, eating through screens to nosh on food. It’s happened more than once. “My wife co...

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  • Thu Jul 31 2014

    Philadelphia Retains Top Spot in Fifth Annual Ranking of Most Bedbug-Infested Cities

    MEMPHIS, TN--(Marketwired - July 30, 2014) - Terminix®, the leading provider of termite and pest control services in the United States, today released its fifth annual ranking of the most bedbug infested cities in the United States, with Philadelphia, Penn. retaining the top spot for the third consecutive year. New York City topped the list for the first two years of the rankings in 2010 and 2011. The 2014 list of Most-Infested Bedbug Cities include: 1.Philadelphia, Penn. 2.Cincinnati, Ohio 3.New York City, N.Y. 4.Detroit, Mich. 5.Chicago, Ill. 6.Boston, Mass. 7.Dallas, Texas 8...

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  • Wed Jul 30 2014

    As backyard chickens grow in popularity, pests hitch ride to take a bite out of dogs and cats

    FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2012 file photo, Reno, owned by Karen Forester of Gardnerville, Nev., reacts to snake-avoidance training at Davis Creek Park in Washoe Valley, Nev. Dog trainers using electronic dog collars teach the dogs to avoid snakes based on sight, sound and smell of the rattlesnakes. Rattlesnakes are on the list of creatures, parasites, venomous insects and other bothersome pests that take big bites out of dogs and cats every summer, veterinarians said. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Cathleen Allison, File) LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The popular push for locally produced foo...

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  • Tue Jul 29 2014

    Peacocks becoming big pests

    Peacocks are a problem in a Riverview neighborhood.(Photo: WTSP) They shriek. They destroy. And some homeowners say enough. "I don't choose for them to be here. This is my property. I try to deter them for being here, but that's impossible," said Cecil Riddle of Riverview. Peacocks and female peahens have been in Tampa Bay for decades, but recently their numbers have exploded and are becoming pests. "Just like Muscovy ducks, you've got some people who love them and think they're gorgeous, blah, blah, blah. but you've got the other people who hate them," says Vernon Yates from Wi...

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  • Mon Jul 28 2014

    How Texas Man Survived 1,000 Killer Bees

    A municipal worker who got stung by an estimated 1,000 bees while mowing a park lawn on Thursday (July 24) was in stable condition. So how did he survive the buzzing attack? Turns out, the man's attackers — probably Africanized honeybees, according to the local fire department — are not as deadly as their name may suggest. To be lethal, the bees would likely have had to sting the man several hundred more times, experts say. In addition, the victim seems not to have been allergic to the bees. (The bees also stung two other workers who tried to help the man, according to Wichita Falls' New...

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  • Sun Jul 27 2014

    Wil-Kil's Shane McCoy stresses prevention, education over spraying to control creepy crawlies

    Shane McCoy, a senior executive at Sun Prairie-based Wil-Kil Pest Control, handles quality control and training for the company, the state's largest pest-control firm and one of the 100 biggest in the country. He is pictured here in his office with a poster showing different varieties of ants visible behind him and the microscope he uses to identify samples next to him. SHANE McCOY Quality control and technical training director at Wil-Kil Pest Control Age: 42 Residence: DeForest Family: Married, two children Education: Associate’s degree in environmental controls, bachelo...

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  • Sat Jul 26 2014

    LC Police ticket door-to-door sales people - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

    More concerns tonight about door-to-door salesmen in the area. Two men have been issued citations for selling door-to-door without a permit. The men claimed to be selling pest control services. It's one of those quiet streets in the University area where people tend to know and look out for each other. So, when Loraine Suarez received a knock at the door from someone selling pest control services she was concerned for herself and her neighbors. "When I opened the door, this young man kind of got in my face to show me. He introduced himself. He had on a white shirt with a company lo...

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  • Thu Jul 24 2014

    5 Things That Make You a Mosquito Magnet

    By GILLIAN MOHNEY Hot and humid summers mean mosquitoes. And the annoying insects spread more than just itchy welts – they can transmit painful and sometimes deadly diseases. At least 497 people in the continental U.S. as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have contracted the chikungunya virus so far this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- 140 of them in the past week alone. For most of us, mosquito bites are just a nuisance. And some people have it worse than others. What makes a person a mosquito magnet? Read on to learn how some ...

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  • Thu Jul 24 2014

    Bug Swarm So Big It Shows Up On Radar

    Anyone who’s easily creeped out by insects might want to skip this story. On Sunday, a massive swarm of mayflies exploded from the bottom of the Mississippi River and spread from the area near La Crosse, Wisconsin to breed. Yahoo! News reported that this year’s summer breeding season resulted in such an enormous spawn of insects that the cluster showed up on weather radar. You can see an animated radar image picked up by a local weather station below, courtesy of Yahoo. The fuzzy blue areas are actual swarms of insects flying out from the base of the river. The green and yellow areas of ...

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  • Tue Jul 22 2014

    Florida backyard beekeepers keep hope, and honey, alive

    Chuck Fletcher and Dorine Olive harvest honey from their backyard… (Tom Benitez, Orlando Sentinel ) In a Maitland backyard, there's an unusual buzz in the air. It's bees. Thousands and thousands of bees. Dorine Olive and Chuck Fletcher have a whole colony of the insects, and it's time for the honey harvest. Like backyard chickens, backyard beekeeping has become something of a trend. Motivated by a desire for natural, locally produced food and media coverage of the collapse of bee colonies worldwide, people are taking up backyard beekeeping around Florida in record numbers, said ...

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  • Tue Jul 22 2014

    New device based on fly's freakishly acute hearing may find applications in futuristic hearing aids

    Even within a phylum so full of mean little creatures, the yellow-colored Ormia ochracea fly is distinguished among other arthropods for its cruelty—at least to crickets. Native to the southeastern U.S. states and Central America, the fly is a most predatory sort of parasite. It swoops onto the back of a singing male cricket, deposits a smear of larvae, and leaves its wicked brood to invade, kill and consume the cricket from inside out. None of this would be possible without the fly's ability to find a cricket—the cornerstone of its parasitic lifestyle. The fly can pinpoint the location ...

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  • Tue Jul 22 2014

    Pest repellent sickens, kills NE Bend birds

    Published: July 22, 2014 10:00AM The roof of the Prestige Senior Living High Desert facility in northeast Bend is littered with Avitrol, a bird repellent used by licensed pest control agencies. The repellent can cause seizures to birds, often in mid-flight. And during last week's heat wave, it even led to deaths. "Many of the birds were found on the pavement, where temperatures were over 140 degrees," said Dr. Jeff Cooney, veterinarian with the High Desert Wildlife Rehab & Rehabilitation Center. "Their hearts were racing, they were seizing, and they were often dying of cardiac ar...

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  • Tue Jul 22 2014

    World's largest aquatic insect specimen found in China

    (CNN) -- The world's largest flying aquatic insect, with huge, nightmarish pincers, has been discovered in China's Sichuan province, experts say. According to the Insect Museum of West China, local villagers in the outskirts of Chengdu handed over "weird insects that resemble giant dragonflies with long teeth" earlier this month. Several of these odd critters were examined by the museum and found to be unusually large specimens of the giant dobsonfly, which is native to China and Vietnam. The largest one measured 21 centimeters (8.27 inches) when its wings were open, according to t...

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  • Mon Jul 21 2014

    Don't let them bite: Why bed bugs are worse than ever

    Josh Elliott, CTVNews.ca Canada's bed bug problem is worse than ever, as experts say the pesky little bloodsuckers are multiplying in record numbers in cities and smaller communities across the country. Pest control experts say the frequency of bed bug reports has shot up 20 per cent since last year, as the blood-sucking, rapidly-reproducing insects have continued to spread. Mike Heimbach of Abell Pest Control says that increase has been a steady, "compounding growth" in the last six years. And it shows no sign of letting up. "They've really got a good foothold in Canada and the Un...

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  • Sun Jul 20 2014

    BBB: How to find reliable pest control services

    During the Summer months the Better Business Bureau gets more calls and emails from people wanting to know about pest control services. Erin Dufner is the Senior VP of Communications at the BBB with all advice to help you find reliable service. KVUE

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  • Thu Jul 17 2014

    'Love Motel For Insects' Opens for Business In RTP

    There's a new establishment opening for one night only in Research Triangle Park. It's a Love Motel for Insects. Imagine several teepees lit up against the night sky - attracting area insects from far and wide. It's a voyeuristic space. Once the ultraviolet light attracts the insects, people can look closely at them. Brandon Ballengee is the scientist/artist behind the project. An article in American Scientist Magazine provides some background: Impressed with the biodiversity of the local tropical ecosystem during a trip to Costa Rica, Ballengee decided one evening to leave some bed-s...

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  • Thu Jul 17 2014

    For Bees, Tongue Size Matters: Insects Lap Nectar with Different Lengths

    Scientists have taken a closer look at the diet of the Western honey bee and have found that significant differences occur depending on what the bees eat. (Photo : Flickr/Jennifer C) Did you know that bees have tongues? Now, scientists have taken a closer look at them to see what determines the length of their tongues, which could be crucial to understanding bee species' resiliency to change. Like Us on Facebook A compatible tongue length is essential for bees to pollinate flowers. In fact, some insects and plants are closely matched, with bee tongues sized to the flower depth. Oth...

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  • Thu Jul 17 2014

    Pest Control: Gator caught in Katy was looking for feline dinner

    Pest controllers who captured a three foot alligater hiding out under a Katy car Tuesday say the reptile was probably hoping to find his next meal – neighborhood cats. The frightening idea comes from Gotcha Pest Control who were called out to the Oak Park Trails subdivision Tuesday to pick up the scaly beast. "They get under the cars because they like to snatch the cats out," said Claude Griffin, "He's hiding out there because he wants to eat." Calls to Texas Parks and Wildlife to confirm the theory were not immediately returned but don't panic yet cat owners. In the past at lea...

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  • Thu Jul 17 2014

    Stink Bug Chemical Language Decoded By Scientists

    The discovery may have agricultural applications right away The pheromones of the brown marmorated stink bug, scientifically known as Halyomorpha halys, have been decoded by scientists according to a new report. Research on the insects has found that they use their distinctive pheromones in order to attract other members of the species to various locations in order to point out areas with food and other useful resources. The research, which was led by Ashot Khrimian, of the Invasive Insect Biocontrol and Behavior Laboratory in Beltsville, shows that adult males of the stink bug specie...

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  • Tue Jul 15 2014

    Giant African Snails Stopped At Airport

    By Sky News US Team A shipment of several dozen live giant African snails, weighing some 2lb (0.9kg) each, has been seized by officials at Los Angeles International Airport. The 67 snails, measuring about six inches (15cm) in length, arrived from Lagos, Nigeria, in two plastic baskets with paperwork describing them as being for human consumption, custom inspectors said. The snails are considered a delicacy in Nigeria but are also voracious pests that eat not just plants, but paint and stucco off houses. It was the largest such shipment ever seized at LAX, the US Customs and Bord...

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