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Fungi could be the answer to winter ticks, new research shows

October 10, 2019 By
Back in 2015, we featured the horrific plight of so-called “ghost moose,” so named “for the light patches of skin showing as a result of their attempts to remove tens of thousands of ticks attached to their skin by rubbing... Read more»
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Welsh researchers unveil insect-based meat substitute

September 25, 2019 By
The Welsh government approved an insect- and plant-based protein called VEXo that can be used as a substitute for minced meat. Read more»
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Historian argues mosquitoes are more than mere pests

August 20, 2019 By
In his book The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator, historian Timothy Winegard examines how mosquitoes have shaped human history. Read more»
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USF study finds link between WNV, light pollution

August 14, 2019 By
A recent study from the University of South Florida found that light pollution — the kind found in parking lots, for example — could be a factor in the transmission of West Nile virus (WNV). The study conducted by Meredith... Read more»
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Verizon Connect reports South as top region for pest management activity

August 1, 2019 By
Verizon Connect reported pest management activity data, collected from 5.5 million vehicles throughout the U.S., over the course of a year. Read more»
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Bee expert completes two more large extractions in July

July 30, 2019 By
Eric “Critter” McCool makes an appearance again. The pest management professional recently launched Bee Nation, a stinging insect research and training facility near Erie, Pa. And what better timing than right before a massive honey bee colony is found in... Read more»
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Termites serve as inspiration for building HVAC

July 16, 2019 By
Termites might have the answer to better-designed HVAC systems and building ventilation, according to a new study. Read more»
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Drop, drop, fizz, fizz…

June 28, 2019 By
As we keep an eye on random pest-related stories for our Crawling the Web series on this very blog, three recent articles in particular “jumped” out at us this week: Rat falls from ceiling onto bar patron’s menu. This took... Read more»
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Grab a beer in San Fran with your favorite rat

June 13, 2019 By
A rat-themed pop-up bar opens in San Francisco this week, where guests can enjoy the company of rodents and maybe even adopt one. Read more»
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New tick-borne virus discovered in China

June 7, 2019 By
A new virus has been discovered in China that can be transmitted by the tiny arthropods, ticks. Read more»
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