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Mosquitoes and Malaria

It’s the summer vacation and lots of us will be jetting off to exotic places.  You’ve packed your swimming gear and sunscreen but have you considered the bugs? According to Malaria No More, the disease causes 216 million illnesses per year and 655,00 deaths. Approximately 1,500 cases of malaria are diagnosed in the United States [...]

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Rats, Fleas and The Plague

The media widely reported that a man in Oregon had contracted the plague after being bitten by a mouse. The Plague is a bacterial disease carried by rodents. It is spread from one rodent to another by fleas. Humans bitten by an infected flea usually develop a bubonic form of plague which is characterized by a swelling of [...]

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Sweet Dreams About Mice

I have been experiencing some surreal dreams lately about pests, but then I guess that’s what writing about pests all day long does to you. Deep in my subconscious lives a talking mouse and a talking pigeon. Last night I dreamt that I had a very pretty pet mouse living in my Christmas tree. The [...]

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Reasons To Read The Instructions

Stories have been circulating in the press over the past week regarding the number of acute illnesses arising from misuse of pesticides. From 2003-2010 the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) in the US recorded 111 cases of acute illness, and one death, after DIY bed bug exterminations. A North Carolina woman, who was suffering [...]

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Mutant Mosquitoes

Their whine may be irritating, but it is the bite of a mosquito which can prove deadly. Although all mosquitoes will bite humans and cause those horrible itchy wealds, not all mosquitoes carry disease. The Anopheles species of mosquito carries malaria. According to the WHO, in 2008 malaria caused nearly one million deaths, mostly among [...]

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