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  • Tue Aug 23 2016

    Those red bites on your arm might be Oak Mites

    CLEVELAND, Ohio - If you have ever woken up with an itchy, red bite mark, the culprit might be the Oak Mite. Many fear it could be a disease carrying mosquito or sleep-invading bed bugs. But from time-to-time, the oak mites become an accidental predator. This summer the small welt-causing, itch-inducing, predator is proliferating across Ohio. The oak mites, which come from the Pyemotes genus, prefer to feed on insects but occasionally fall on humans, according to the Los Angeles Times . The outbreaks became documented in Europe in 1936, but have occasionally made an impact primaril...

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  • Sat Aug 20 2016

    Mosquito control fighting equipment failure as much as insects

    [VIDEO] AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Richmond County has a new way to battle mosquitoes, and they say it's more effective than the typical spray. The only problem? The one machine they have to do it has been broken for a week and a half. With frequent afternoon showers leaving a lot of standing water around the county, they're gearing up for the next big crop. So, Richmond County Mosquito Control is using every tool in their belt to keep the numbers under control. They roll out like Ghostbusters to blast these strange looking insects in your neighborhood. "Last month we did 85...

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  • Wed Aug 17 2016

    Flying Cockroaches! Heat Sends Your Favorite Pests Soaring

    Summer weather can make for hot, sticky and uncomfortable days. And if staying cool and keeping hydrated aren't enough to worry about, heat waves could cause cockroaches to take to the skies. Yes, you read that right. Flying cockroaches. "Cockroaches, like all insects, are cold-blooded, meaning their activity rate increases with temperature," said Jules Silverman, an entomologist and professor at North Carolina State University, in an interview with Live Science. (Cold-blooded creatures are ectothermic, which means they depend on external heat to keep their bodies warm.) This also mea...

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  • Mon Aug 15 2016

    Zika virus: Floridians fear 'Pandora's box' of genetically altered mosquitos

    The prospect of getting rid of the disease-carrying pest is not enough to ease neighborhood’s concerns as ‘No consent’ signs are everywhere in Key West, Florida. Photograph: Jessica Glenza for the Guardian The Florida Keys are three months away from a straw poll vote on whether to release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes on an island just east of Key West, and the tourist destination is awash in lawn signs. Alongside the typical signs to vote for court clerk, judge, sheriff or school board are signs that showcase the overhead view of a mosquito and read: “NO CONSENT to rele...

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  • Sun Aug 14 2016

    Watch out, mosquitoes: These guys have a blast spraying you with pesticide

    [VIDEO] The man in the tan flight suit arrived just before dawn, the sound of his footsteps muffled by the rubber soles of his Sperry boat shoes. He entered the hangar, green coffee cup in hand, and headed toward the mechanic. “No socks today, I see,” the mechanic said to him. “You know I don’t like to wear socks when I fly,” Russ Appleton replied. Appleton, chief pilot for Beaufort County Mosquito Control, proceeded to joke with the agency’s aircraft mechanic, Gary Davy. The men stood in front of the sleek airplane Davy had just finished inspecting. The OV-10 Bronco had a la...

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  • Thu Aug 11 2016

    Insects sting camp kids; three hospitalized

    [VIDEO] A dozen children on a day camp visit to Rockwood Park were were stung by some sort of hornet Wednesday morning. 8/10/16

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  • Thu Aug 11 2016

    UPDATE: Pest control company removes hive after man stung 200 times

    [VIDEO] LATEST: Neighbors are saying the bees are gone but they are worried the bees will return. Delcon Pest Control confirmed they went into the home this past weekend and took care of the bees. A pest control company went into the attic of the home this past weekend and killed the last of the bees and removed the hive. UPDATE: Bees are still a problem in a neighborhood more than 24 hours after an exterminator was swarmed and stung a hundred times. Bees are still swarming the home near Fort Apache and Russell roads, and some neighbors say the bees are still trying to attack pe...

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  • Wed Aug 10 2016

    EPA Approves SenesTech's Humane Pest Control for Rodent Population through Fertility Control

    ContraPest targets the reproductive capabilities of both sexes, inducing egg loss in female rodents and impairing sperm development in males. "ContraPest® has the ability to revolutionize how we control rodent pest populations in the United States by focusing on the root cause of the problem - reproduction," commented Dr. Loretta Mayer, CEO of SenesTech. "Municipalities are perpetually faced with the constant harm caused by rodent overpopulation, including the transmission of diseases, damage to public infrastructure, as well as destruction and contamination of food supplies. ContraPest®...

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  • Tue Aug 9 2016

    Abell Pest Control Lures New Recruits with Pokémon Go

    "There are a lot of similarities between the virtual world of Pokemon Go and pest control, including searching, tracking, using lures and pheromones," said Sara Cromwell, Human Resources Manager at Abell Pest Control. "This popular gaming app was a great way for us to reach out to potential applicants who may have the qualities we're looking for." Abell, a company known for its tracking prowess, is hiring candidates who are keen to apply the same tenacity to searching out and capturing pests as they are to snaring the virtual Pokemon. "It was a fun, creative approach to recruitment th...

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  • Tue Aug 9 2016

    Almost All Lice Are Now Resistant to Over-the-Counter Treatment

    The red dots on the map show lice samples with total resistance, on average, to over-the-counter treatments. The orange dots show populations of lice with about half of the three genetic mutations related to rMore The vast majority of head lice in the United States are now resistant to most over-the-counter treatments, meaning that it's now especially difficult to vanquish the tiny blood-sucking parasites, a new study finds. Researchers found that head lice (Pediculus humanus capitis) in 42 of the 48 states studied carry an average of three genetic mutations that make these bugs imper...

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  • Tue Aug 9 2016

    Get Up & Grow: Insect repellent can harm your lawn

    Doing yardwork this time of the year comes with its many challenges. Working through heat and humidity, and dealing with insects such as mosquitoes and chiggers, are just some of the challenges the Minnetrista grounds crew and gardeners face each day. Working smarter and drinking plenty of water are ways to survive the heat. The use of a good insect repellent works wonders for keeping insects at bay. But something else became more evident this week. When we solve one problem, oftentimes we bring about another problem, and the use of insect repellent is an example of that. Let me ex...

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  • Sun Aug 7 2016

    FDA OKs first GM mosquito trial in U.S. but hurdles remain

    FDA OK'S GM TEST The first test release of GM mosquitoes in the United States (adult males grown from larvae like these) will probably have no significant impact on the environment in Key Haven, Fla., the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced. ~~ Oxitec For the first time in the United States, free-flying genetically modified mosquitoes have federal approval to take wing in Florida. But when, and if, that will happen is still up in the air. Local officials will make the final decision — possibly not until after the November elections. The World Health Organization has recogn...

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  • Sat Aug 6 2016

    'A horror house': Port Union woman takes matters into own hands after bat infestation

    A Port Union woman says her comfortable home became a "horror house" after bats moved into the attic, and she had to get rid of the nocturnal pests herself because she couldn't afford to pay an exterminator. Barb Humby discovered the bats in mid-July after she returned home from working at the Bull Arm construction site in Trinity Bay. "I was hearing noises. First, I thought it might be just siding cracking and that but then after I heard noises up in my attic so I figured it was a squirrel," she told CBC's On the Go on Friday. Humby called her brother, who went up with a flashligh...

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  • Fri Aug 5 2016

    Ukiah Unified School District apologizes about handling of cockroach problem

    Anyone who has visited Ukiah High School during lunch breaks has seen how quickly hundreds of teenagers can fill the common areas with food containers, wrappers and scraps. And with so much food available to them on a daily basis, it likely comes as no surprise to anyone familiar with cockroaches that the campus has struggled with an infestation of the pests for the last few years. “An empty can, an apple core, a dropped French fry or even a spilled drink can all represent life-sustaining food sources to many roaches,” explained Gabe Sherman, the director of Maintenance, Operations an...

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  • Thu Aug 4 2016

    Pesticide Workers Finding It Tricky To Spray For Mosquitoes Amid Swarms Of Pokémon Go Players

    Pokemon Go players have basically one job: catch Pokemon. Pesticide workers also have a job to do: kill bugs. Those two occupations are getting a bit tangled up in Texas, where truck drivers trying to spray for mosquitoes are happening upon swarms of Pokemon Go fans at all hours of the day and night. Pesticide workers spraying North Texas neighborhoods for mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus say the human pests are abundant this time of year. “Everywhere. They’re everywhere,” the Texas Operations Manager for Vector Disease Control International told CBS Dallas-Fort Worth. His c...

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  • Wed Aug 3 2016

    Homes in Wealthier Neighborhoods Tend to Have More Bugs

    A few years ago, a team of scientists swept 50 homes in Raleigh, North Carolina for bugs—not the surveillance kind, but the biological one. Armed with headlamps, forceps, nets, and aspirators, they collected every arthropod they could find—every creature with jointed legs and a hard external skeleton, every insect, spider, centipede, springtail, and woodlouse. It was the first systematic census of its kind. And, as I wrote in January, it unveiled a startling amount of diversity. “Each home had between 32 and 211 species, belonging to between 24 and 128 families. Most are not pests. Many ...

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  • Wed Aug 3 2016

    Pest Control Company Sells Elderly Woman a Plan She Didn’t Need

    A pest control company sold an elderly Maryland woman a plan her daughter said she didn't need, and when she couldn't get her money back, she called NBC4 Responds. Phyllis Harris said her mother wanted a routine termite inspection because she planned to sell her house. “This really was something that I thought would be really easy,” Harris said. She made an appointment for her mother with a well-known company. “I spoke specifically on what I wanted, so the representative was very aware that we just needed an inspection and to get an inspection report,” Harris said. The compan...

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  • Fri Jul 29 2016

    McDuffie now president of North Carolina Pest Management Association

    WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — Hundreds of pest management professionals from across the Southeast convened in Wrightsville Beach recently for the 2016 Carolinas/Mid-Atlantic Summer Conference. Throughout the three-day event, professionals from North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia attended classes concerning the latest research in pest management including sessions about the Zika Virus and invasive ant species. In addition, the North Carolina Pest Management Association welcomed its new slate of executive officers for the 2016-2017 year. The new officers include President Dana McDuffi...

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  • Wed Jul 27 2016

    Pest-control company sues Macedonia over door-to-door sales ban

    AKRON, Ohio — A pest-control company is suing the city of Macedonia, claiming an ordinance forbidding door-to-door sales is adversely affecting its business. Aptive Environmental says in a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Akron that the Macedonia ordinance is unconstitutional because it violates the free-speech and due process rights. The lawsuit is one of two the Utah-based company filed in Ohio on Monday, with the other being against a township in southwestern Ohio. Jeremy Fielding, a Dallas attorney representing the company, said Tuesday that the lawsuits are a last reso...

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  • Wed Jul 27 2016

    Waukesha Police Solve Case of Suspicious Pest Control Solicitor

    WAUKESHA -- Waukesha police made contact with a door-to-door pest control solicitor on Monday, after the worker was reported as suspicious by multiple Waukesha residents earlier in the month. According to the report, police responded to the 2700 block of Chatsworth Circle just after 6 p.m. Monday, on a report of the pest control solicitor in the area. Within 20 minutes of the reported incident, police made contact with the man, a 30-year-old male with a white shirt, black shorts and shoulder-length hair. According to police, the man works for Adaptive Pest Control out of New Berlin...

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