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LA continues to battle flea-borne Typhus outbreak

February 13, 2019 By
As we recently shared from Buzzfeed, a Typhus outbreak began in downtown Los Angeles in October. It has continued, and made its way to City Hall, according to local CBS Los Angeles. City Hall removed carpets and called a pest control... Read more»
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Barbie to bond with bugs this fall

February 7, 2019 By
On Jan. 31, Mattel Inc. announced a worldwide licensing agreement between its Barbie brand and National Geographic to create a product line and content centered around exploration, science, conservation and research. The Barbie and National Geographic product line features career dolls and... Read more»
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‘Little cat’ town deals with rats

February 5, 2019 By
According to The Guardian, Gattolino is a small Italian village whose name translates roughly “little cat.” Interestingly enough, it is battling an infestation of “crazy white rats.” The rats behave strangely, “jumping in front of cars and killing each other,” The... Read more»
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Jazz Bear plays Batman

January 31, 2019 By
On Jan. 25, NBA fans were treated to an unusual sight at Vivint Smart Home Arena shortly before tipoff of the Utah Jazz vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves. A bat flew around the arena, eluding “several security guards and an on-court... Read more»
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Why termites are important in rainforests during drought

January 24, 2019 By
What are termites doing when they’re not pests? Turns out they have a pretty important role in rainforest ecosystems. A group of researchers revealed that termites were particularly beneficial to rainforests during periods of drought. The new termite research was... Read more»
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DeepSqueak decodes rodent speak

January 22, 2019 By
We know that mice and rats socialize and vocalize, but what are they really saying? Read more»
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NYC: Mandatory bed bug inspections at the movies?

January 17, 2019 By
Last month, New York City Councilman Mark Levine introduced Bill No. 1289, “A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to inspections for bed bugs in theaters.” Levine also is the Council’s... Read more»
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How spiders find their mate

January 10, 2019 By
Engagement season is upon us. The holidays bring about a lot of engagements, weddings and even baby announcements. Well, to mix it up, here’s some insight into the courting habits of spiders. Spiders also have a romantic side according to... Read more»
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A killer (ant) movie coming to theaters Jan. 25

January 7, 2019 By
Mark Jan. 25 on your calendars. Nope, not a training day, but an entertaining one: That’s when the movie “Dead Ant” debuts, in theaters, on-demand and digital HD. It was made in 2017, which honestly, doesn’t bode well when it’s... Read more»
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Falconer turns hobby into second career

December 20, 2018 By
The old saw about “when life closes a door, a window opens” is quite true for Lori Prichard of HawkEye Predators, based in Long Beach, Calif. A recent profile by Spectrum News 1 So Cal explains how, after she was... Read more»
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