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  • Fri Oct 17 2014

    Are eco-friendly bulbs BAD for the environment? LEDs attract 50% more insects and could damage ecosystems

    LED bulbs use around 90 per cent less energy than incandescent lights But insects are more strongly attracted to the LED spectrum of light Scientists caught and labelled around 20,000 insects attracted to LEDs The attraction can be fatal, causing more flies to be eaten by predators Scientists say this can disrupt food chains and damage local ecosystems Another concern is that LED lights near ports could attract flying pests, such as the gypsy moth, that are accidentally transported by ships | Updated: 09:37 EST, 17 October 2014 Blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have bee...

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  • Fri Oct 17 2014

    CCSO: Pest-control worker stole, pawned jewelry

    CCSO Clay County Sheriff's Office booking photo of James Forys A Jacksonville pest control worker was arrested in Clay County on Wednesday for stealing jewelry while on the job and cashing in at local pawn shops. James Forys, 33, is charged with two counts of grand theft, one count of dealing in stolen property, and one count of false verification to a second-hand owner. Clay deputies say Forys stole jewelry from at least four different homes while he was performing services as a technician for Florida Pest Control. WOKV News obtained three arrest reports. One says that a wom...

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  • Fri Oct 17 2014

    Stinkbugs Have Spread to 41 States; Can We Stop Them?

    If you don't yet know what a brown marmorated stinkbug (Halyomorpha halys) is, consider yourself lucky. These invasive insects are marching their way across more and more of the United States, spoiling fruit harvests and driving homeowners crazy. The stinkbug species seems to have hitched a ride to the U.S. in the mid-1990s in a shipment of Asian goods. The earliest sightings occurred in Allentown, Pennsylvania, but in just two decades the hardy pests have spread to at least 41 states. (See a map of where stinkbugs have been detected.) Though the epicenter of the invasion still rad...

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  • Thu Oct 16 2014

    Bed Bug Madness: The Psychological Toll of the Blood Suckers

    Researchers are starting to explain the anxiety many victims feel. Right now, everything I own is in garbage bags piled up in the middle of my kitchen and bathroom and filling my shower. It's been that way for a week and a half and will continue to be so for at least another week on top of that. If you live in a major city, you might know what’s coming. If not, welcome to the hell that is bed bugs. This isn't the first time I've had bed bugs. Nor the second. It's the third, and this time it’s taken two visits from the exterminators to (hopefully) rid our apartment of the tiny beasts. ...

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  • Thu Oct 16 2014

    Follow the leader: Insects benefit from good leadership too

    Scientists have shown for the first time that when insect larvae follow a leader to forage for food, both leaders and followers benefit, growing much faster than if they are in a group of only leaders or only followers. The work gives new insight into why such social relationships evolve in insects, and why they are maintained. The study looked at larvae of the iconic Australian steel-blue sawfly Perga affinis often known as 'spitfires'. Sawfly larvae can grow to 7cm long and forage nocturnally in Australian Eucalyptus trees, forming large groups that can strip all of the leaves from a t...

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  • Thu Oct 16 2014

    Portland has a toilet rat season. Seriously.

    October 16, 2014 at 7:41 AM The Associated Press Pest control experts say this is the time of year when dwindling food sources outside send rats into Portland homes, and sudden rains may force sewer rats up the pipes into toilets. Multnomah County Vector Control says it receives 10 to 15 calls a year from people in Portland who find rats in their toilets, dead or alive. Manager Chris Wirth told The Oregonian it’s usually a ground level or basement toilet and it’s usually a young rat because alpha male rats are too large to fit through all the pipes. “It’s not too common, but ...

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  • Thu Oct 16 2014

    The Price Of Public Health: $20k Pest Control Services At DSS

    FORSYTH COUNTY, NC -- When bed bugs are found in a public place where hundreds and hundreds of people visit-- you would consider it a health concern and Forsyth County did. A Department of Social Services employee spotted a bed bug in the DSS building last week. Ryan Harrison works in the Vector Control office at the Health Department. He says it was one bed bug-- on one desk in one office. But in an effort to make sure there wasn't an infestation later, the entire building was treated. No other evidence of bed bugs was found, but Harrison says pest control did find a flea problem and...

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  • Wed Oct 15 2014

    Facilities Services sees uptick in pest control requests

    Every morning she teaches, Mary Klayder, a professor in the English Department, experiences unwelcome guests in Wescoe Hall. “There are definitely cockroaches in the bathroom in the morning,” Klayder said. Caitlyn Sutherlin, a freshman from Shawnee, has also seen pests in Lewis and Hashinger Halls, including a cockroach and a centipede. On-campus pest control, a service managed by Facilities Services, is on the rise during the fall, according to information provided by FS. In September, 61 pest control reports were filed, as opposed to 60 in July and August combined. FS said ...

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  • Wed Oct 15 2014

    How to handle pest control companies on the phone - CBS 5 - KPHO

    CHANDLER, AZ (CBS5) - A Chandler man with bees on his property said he got stung pretty bad. However, he wasn't talking about the bees, but about the bee removal company he hired to get rid of them. Over the years, consumers have told CBS 5 News that when they have a pest emergency, especially bees, they often can't get a lot of information from companies over the phone regarding price and time to complete. Not getting at least a rough estimate before technicians come out, can lead to a bad experience. "They should do it right the first time," Glenn Shupe said. This past June, S...

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  • Wed Oct 15 2014

    McDonald's customers find dead mouse, worm inside their beverages

    Ron Morais of Fredericton, New Brunswick, said he discovered a small, dead mouse in the bottom of his McDonald's coffee cup on Monday. (Catherine Harrop/CBC News) In this 2008 file photo, a family looks for seating inside a McDonald's restaurant in Springfield, Ill. McDonald's is investigating two separate complaints in which customers have found a dead mouse and a worm inside their beverages.Associated Press/Seth Perlman The last thing anyone wants when drinking a beverage is a surprise ending, but that's exactly what two McDonald's customers this month have received in separate inci...

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  • Tue Oct 14 2014

    House fly genome could reveal insights into insecticide resistance

    A global team of researchers, led by Jeffrey Scott at Cornell University, have successfully sequenced the house fly genome, published today in Genome Biology. In this guest post, Professor Scott tells us more about why the research represents a significant scientific advance. An optimist is a fellow who believes a housefly is looking for a way to get out George Jean Nathan House flies are responsible for a great deal of human misery. They transmit over one hundred human diseases, including antibiotic resistance strains. Fly transmitted trachoma alone causes 6 million cases of child...

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  • Tue Oct 14 2014

    Non-synthetic pesticides fail to kill bed bugs: Study

    In lab settings, researchers put 11 over-the-counter bed bug sprays to the test to see if essential oils can do more than make your bedroom smell nice. The results were shocking. Seven of the natural products tested did not manage to kill even 50 percent of the bed bugs sprayed, measured by dead bugs 10 days later. "None of the non-synthetic insecticides had any noticeable effect against bed bug eggs except for EcoRaider that killed 87 percent of them," authors noted. Under field conditions, bed bugs hide in cracks, crevices, creases and many other places where insecticide applicat...

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  • Tue Oct 14 2014

    Oh, rats: Chicago tops rodent-treatment list

    The city proves to be attractive to visitors again and again, though this time, to unwelcome guests. Orkin, a pest control company, today released its first list of the top 20 cities for rodent treatments. Chicago topped the list, followed by Los Angeles, Washington and New York. Midwest cities on the list included Detroit, Cleveland/Akron/Canton and Indianapolis. The rattiest cities were ranked based on rodent treatments the Atlanta-based Orkin performed in 2013. The top 10: 1. Chicago 2. Los Angeles 3. Washington/Hagerstown 4. New York 5. San Francisco/Oak/San Jose...

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  • Tue Oct 14 2014

    Protein Found in Insect Blood That Helps Power Pests' Immune Responses

    Citations Journal of Biological Chemistry Newswise — MANHATTAN, Kansas — Pest insects may be sickened to learn to that researchers at Kansas State University have discovered a genetic mechanism that helps compromise their immune system. Michael Kanost, university distinguished professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics, led a study by Kansas State University researchers that looked at how protein molecules in the blood of insects function in insects' immune system. Insects use proteins that bind to the surface of pathogens to detect infections in their body. "For example, w...

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  • Tue Oct 14 2014

    Rats! D.C. calls pest company about rodents more often than New York

    Pest control company Orkin released a list on Monday of what it termed the “top 20 rattiest cities” — the cities where the company performed the most rodent treatments in 2013. The Washington region came in third place, behind only Chicago and Los Angeles. (See Orkin’s complete list at the bottom of this post.) Rikin S. Mehta, a senior deputy director of the city’s Department of Health, told the Post earlier this fall that Washington has “one of the most comprehensive rodent-control programs in the country,” geared toward understanding patterns of rodent behavior, not just exterminati...

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  • Mon Oct 13 2014

    Oh, Rats! NYC official says health dept. is failing to manage pest population effectively

    FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2005 file photo, a rat comes briefly out of its hole at a subway stop in the Brooklyn borough of New York, before retreating at the arrival of the F train. City Comptroller Scott Stringer said Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014 that New York is losing the rat race. He said citizen complaints about pests to the 311 hotline plus online reports went from 22,300 in fiscal year 2012 to 24,586 the next year. (AP Photo Photo/Julie Jacobson, File) (The Associated Press) NEW YORK – New York is losing the rat race. Citizen complaints about pests to the 311 hotline plus online reports...

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  • Mon Oct 13 2014

    UD researchers track fall migratory patterns of insects

    9:50 a.m., Oct. 13, 2014--To study the nocturnal flight patterns of migrating insects during the fall, researchers at the University of Delaware have been spending their nights on the Newark Farm launching a balloon equipped with a tow net to try to catalogue insect species. Jeff Buler, assistant professor, and Charles Mason, professor, both in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, have teamed up for a pilot study on migrating insects during the fall, something that has not been well researched in the United States. The professors are being assisted on the project by Matt...

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  • Sat Oct 11 2014

    Insects in the Ear

    Insects may fly into the ear and become trapped when a child is playing outdoors. Sometimes, the insect dies after entering the ear; other times, it may remain alive and attempt to work its way back out of the ear. In either case, the insect can cause fear and discomfort for a child and the insect should be removed immediately. First-aid for insects in the ear: Calm your child and let him or her know you can help. Do not attempt to remove the insect by poking it with a cotton swab or similar probe. This may push the insect farther into the ear or cause damage to the middle ear and ...

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  • Sat Oct 11 2014

    Researchers Say Beavers Are More Than Simple Pests

    Most people think of beavers as pests — they cause floods and block irrigation. But as Mel Babik tells NPR's Scott Simon, she's finding a new use for the buck-toothed critters in the Yakima Basin. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Leave it to beavers. Residents and farmers of the Pacific Northwest might sometimes call them (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Damn beavers. SIMON: And worse because beavers can block irrigation and cause flooding. But it turns out that beavers can be real troopers when it comes to rebuilding endangered fish populations and revitalizing ecosyste...

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  • Sat Oct 11 2014

    Westfield firm uses science in global bug battle

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - In the simplest terms, Dave Mueller is a bug guy. He studied entomology and environmental science at Purdue, then moved to central Indiana to launch two companies: commercial pest-control provider Fumigation Service & Supply and the firm he hopes will put it out of business someday, pheromone maker Insects Limited Inc. Rather than using pesticides to treat infestations, Insects Limited does battle in its Westfield laboratory, developing synthetic versions of the chemicals bugs emit to attract one another. Its pheromone lures and traps target the creepy crawlers ...

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