York City rat study illuminates very real public health threat.
A decade-long study of
Norway rats has yielded some astounding and unsettling results. Rats
were trapped and evaluated to determine what disease-causing pathogens
were present. A host of bacterial, protozoan, and viral pathogens were
identified, several of which are threats to human health. Among the most
noteworthy pathogens were food poisoning triggers (E. coli,
Salmonella, Clostridium) and illness/disease causing agents like
Bartonella, Streptobacillus, Leptospira, and even the
causative agent of Seoul hantavirus, which had yet to be found in NYC.
Rodents spread hundreds of pathogens through their
urine, droppings and bites that can cause deadly neurological and
respiratory diseases like lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV)
and Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome.
Ticks, mites and fleas can feed on infected rodents,
then transmit diseases like pox, plague and typhus.
Rodent droppings can trigger asthma and allergic
reactions, especially in children.
Rodents will eat human or pet food, and cause damage
by chewing and gnawing furniture, clothing, wiring, insulation and
It's Spider Season
Arachnophobia spreading like a virus
As summer days get
shorter, and dusk brings dampness that clings
to every surface by dawn, natures most prolific insect predator is
showing up for photo opportunities.
More than half the recent photos sent to this web site for
identification include some of the thousands of species of Arachnids.
We receive so many spider photos we
publish only the best and most unusual.
Most submissions include the question: "Are they
Dangerous"? The most common example of an animal-based phobia
is fear of spiders, or Arachnophobia. This fear prompts many to scurry
for their digital cameras and snap a picture before the little creature
bites them and runs away.
Most of these fears are unfounded. Humans are not a food
source for spiders.
How to get rid of
More information on
spiders can be found at the links below:
Spider Identification photos and descriptions
New Pesticide Tested for Medical
Marijuana Grow Ops.
Enterprises Inc. has
announced they have approval to
commence testing of
GlobalEx effervescent chlorine dioxide tablets for
use in the Canadian and U.S. horticultural and
agricultural industries. Matica intends to utilize
these cutting-edge chlorine dioxide tablets in the
quickly expanding medical marijuana and industrial
hemp industries for the elimination of mold,
bio-film and pests in controlled growing facilities,
eliminating the need for harmful or Health
According to Health Canada (MMPR) guidelines,
medical marijuana must not be treated before, during
or after the drying process with a pest control
product that has not been approved. Matica and
ChroniCare Canada Corp. have acquired medical
marijuana plants that have been specifically
infected with spider mites, a common pest associated
with marijuana plants, for the purposes of
conducting controlled trials using the chlorine
Canada's Bed Bug Problem Worsening, Experts Say
Bed bugs are multiplying in record numbers in cities and
smaller communities across Canada,
CTV News reports. 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.
Quebec mayor, stung by wasps, dies
The mayor of a Montreal bedroom community has died after
being stung by wasps.
Lucie F. Roussel, the mayor of La Prairie, was out for a walk at her
cottage in the Eastern Townships Sunday when she stepped on a wasps’
nest, according to a statement by the city. Ms. Roussel, 51,
was transported to hospital in Thetford-Mines, Que., where she was
pronounced dead. It was not immediately clear if Ms. Roussel suffered
A Grover Beach woman is facing felony battery and child cruelty charges
after police say she sprayed a 7-year-old neighbor in the face with a
poisonous pesticide. Julie Wilhelmina Rodenhuis, 60, was booked into
the County Jail on Wednesday night on suspicion of assault with a deadly
weapon, battery with serious injury and child endangerment. Officers
responded to a condominium complex following a report of an assault on a
child. Investigators later determined the child was approached by
Rodenhuis and sprayed in the face with a poisonous weed killer. The
child was immediately treated by family members and emergency personnel
who responded to the scene, taken to a local hospital and later
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has canceled flea and tick pet
collars containing an insecticide. This decision was reached as a result
of EPA’s risk assessment showing risks to children from exposure to pet
collars containing propoxur, an insecticide registered for use to
control ticks, fleas and a variety of insects and is used in industrial,
commercial and residential facilities. “This action is another example
of EPA’s efforts to protect children from pesticide risks,” said Jim
Jones, assistant administrator of the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety
and Pollution Prevention. The action represents the solution to most
quickly remove the pet collars from the market. EPA’s risk assessment
found, in some but not all use scenarios, unacceptable risks to children
from exposure to propoxur pet collars
The pet collars are marketed by Sergeant's Pet Care Products, Inc. and
Wellmark International under the trade names including Bansect, Sentry,
Zodiac and Biospot. Flea and tick collars work by leaving a pesticide
residue on dogs' and cats' fur, which can be transferred to people by
hugging, petting or coming into contact with the pets. The major source
of exposure to these chemicals is from absorption through the skin after
directly touching the treated pet. Small children may ingest pesticide
residues when they touch a treated cat or dog and subsequently put their
hands in their mouth.
If you purchase a propoxur pet collar, read the label carefully and
follow all directions on the label to protect your family from exposure.
Do not allow children to play with the collar, and wash your hands
thoroughly with soap and water after handling.
Bug bite identification video
Automotive Wiring Attracting Rodents
years ago, automakers started using biodegradable, soy-based wiring
insulation. This was the manufacturers’ concession to going “green”
because the soy-based wiring degrades in landfills, unlike the older
petroleum-based, plastic-covered wiring. Unfortunately, the
manufacturers didn’t consider possible ramifications. Soy is food-based;
rodents are attracted to it, so they are even more likely to chew on
wiring that has a soy-based covering. Even worse, automakers are
starting to make other car parts, like seat padding, with soy-based
It's great for the environment but even better for hungry mice and
squirrels. They are drawn to it, therefore they are chewing and eating
it, And mechanics are also finding nests created in the upper plenums
(fresh air intakes).
What You Can Do
Some automakers are responding. Honda dealers now sell rolls of anti
rodent tape for wires, that can be used on any car, not just Hondas. If
you suspect a critter has gotten under the hood of your car, you need to
take action immediately, because he will be back. And he may bring his
friends and family next time.
Pesticides are regulated by Health Canada under
Did you know it's against the law...
- to use pesticides to control any pest
that is not listed
on the label.
- to use pesticides
in a manner that is not in compliance
with directions on the label.
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This bug was found in Rosedale, Chilliwack, BC. Angela..
is a giant water bug (Hemiptera: Belostomatidae), a.k.a. toe biter or
electric light bug. They are voracious predators on aquatic invertebrates as
well as the occasional tadpole or small fish, and can deliver quite a
painful ‘bite’ if mishandled. See nos. 1498, 1457, and 1378 for other
examples. Ed Saugstad, retired
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