Archive for October, 2010

West Nile Virus Confirmed in Lee County

October 29, 2010

West Nile Virus Confirmed in Lee County

LEE COUNTY: Health officials confirmed a case of West Nile virus in Lee County – the first case of the year. Now, they’re worried about your kids this Halloween weekend.

Dusk in Southwest Florida is a time when mosquitoes are the most active.

“It’s getting a little cooler and dryer but the mosquitoes are not gone,” said Judith Hartner with the Lee County Health Department.

The itchy, annoying bugs made one Fort Myers man very sick with West Nile virus.

“He’s had many opportunities to be exposed to mosquitoes,” Hartner said.

The man is an outdoorsman. He recently went on two hunting trips outside of Lee County. Because of that officials don’t know exactly where he contracted the virus, but they’re doing everything they can to find out.

The Lee County Mosquito Control District set up traps near the man’s home to catch the bugs and then test them for the virus.

Mosquito Control will also spray repellant near his home.

“We will probably have a truck in that area before the weekend just to take extra precautions for our trick-or-treaters,” said Shelly Redovan, with Mosquito Control.

And trick or treat is a concern because that’s when thousands of kids will be outside at dusk – when the mosquitoes like to eat.

So if you are going to be outside, the health department recommends using the 5 Ds:

Dusk and Dawn: Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are seeking blood.

Dress: Wear clothing that covers most of your skin.

DEET: When the potential exists for exposure to mosquitoes, repellents containing up to 30 percent DEET (N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) are recommended. Other effective mosquito repellents include picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535.

Drainage: Check around your home to rid the area of standing water, where mosquitoes lay eggs.

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The National Pest Management Association offers a guide to “spooky” pests and reminds Halloween party goers to check costumes for bed bugs

October 28, 2010

The National Pest Management Association offers a guide to “spooky” pests and
reminds Halloween party goers to check costumes for bed bugs

Spiders, bats, and bugs are all part of the typical Halloween décor, but finding the real thing inside a home usually elicits screams from residents. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) offers a guide to several “scary” pests.

Spiders – Arachnophobia aside, most spiders are mere annoyances, but the brown recluse and the black widow pose a danger to humans. Both species tend to bite when threatened. Their bites can be painful, cause allergic reactions and be fatal to small children. To prevent spiders from nesting, keep garages, attics and basements clean and clutter free.

Bats –These nocturnal mammals can cause alarm if they are found inside structures. Bat droppings pose a health concern as fungi which grow in the droppings can cause histoplasmosis, a lung infection. Because bats are protected by law in most states, homeowners should contact a licensed pest professional to remove the bat in order to comply with the law. Close off any entry points to prevent bats from coming into homes.

Rats – One of the most reviled pests, rats damage materials, contaminate food and carry a host of diseases. Rodents can enter homes through quarter-sized openings, so seal up holes and cracks on the outside of the house.

Bed Bugs – These blood-sucking pests are found in homes, apartments, hotels, retail stores, hospitals, and numerous other places where people live and gather. Bed bugs easily travel from place to place in bags, furniture, suitcases and on clothing. Vigilance is key in detecting and preventing bed bug infestations— and Halloween is no exception. Before wearing any clothing that came from a rental or a second-hand store, put it in the dryer on high for 20 minutes to kill bed bugs and their eggs.

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Ants create a lifeboat in the Amazon jungle – BBC wildlife

October 27, 2010

University of Florida, Bugs vs Books

October 25, 2010

University of Florida, Bugs vs Books

Enjoy! 🙂

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Horse tests positive for mosquito-borne illness

October 22, 2010

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — The Palm Beach County Health Department is monitoring mosquito-borne illnesses after a second horse tested positive for the West Nile virus.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Saturday that the latest case was found in Delray Beach. The health department confirmed the two cases of the virus and two cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in horses. Both viruses are spread by mosquitoes.

State officials are advising horse owners to vaccinate their animals or have booster shots up to date.

Several sentinel chickens have tested positive for mosquito-borne illnesses across Florida, including Hernado County.

To reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes, state health officials recommend wearing clothes that cover most of their skin and applying mosquito repellent.


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Florida Rasberry Crazy Ant Control

October 18, 2010

Latest Florida non-native invader: Rasberry Crazy Ants

By Barbara Hijek October 11, 2010 07:01 AM

We’ve got pythons, iguanas and boa constrictors.

We’ve got monitor lizards and even the brown anole.

And now…

It’s like something out of a bad 1950s-era horror movie: “The Attack of the Crazy Ants,” reports The Charlotte Sun.

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Johnny Georges’ ranch in Arcadia has millions, maybe even billions, of ants crawling on the ground, in trees, on every plant and on every piece of machinery and equipment out here. The carcasses of dead ants are so numerous, they look like piles of brown sawdust or mulch, reports The Charlotte Sun.

“It’s like a plague, like something out of the Bible,” Georges told The Charlotte Sun.

His property has been covered with “Crazy Ants” for almost two years now. They are called “Crazy Ants” because, unlike most ants, these don’t appear to march in any orderly fashion. Rather, they stumble around willy-nilly, zigging here and zagging there — hence the name, reports The Charlotte Sun.

Johnny Georges’ ants were identified officially as Rasberry Crazy Ants, he told The Charlotte Sun. They’re named after exterminator Tom Rasberry, who is credited with their discovery when they started to invade the Lone Star State about eight years ago.

These ants do not nest in the ground or in large mounds; rather, they find convenient spots such as under tree bark, in crevices in barns and houses, or under flower pots. A University of Florida IFAS Extension bulletin reports that a colony may have as many as 40 queens, reports The Charlotte Sun.

The good news, if there is any, is that Rasberry Crazy Ants destroy fire ants.

The bad news is that “after experiencing the Rasberry Crazy Ant, most residents prefer the fire ant,” according to a Texas Parks and Wildlife brochure.

Georges said he has tried any number of pesticides, both over-the-counter as well as professionally applied. “Nothing kills them,” he told The Charlotte Sun. “I spray, and they’re right back here the next day.”

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2010 West Nile Virus Human Infections in the United States

October 15, 2010

2010 West Nile Virus Human Infections
in the United States
(Reported to CDC as of October 5, 2010)

Human Cases Reported to CDC

Presumptive viremic donors*
State
Neuroinvasive disease cases
Nonneuroinvasive disease cases
Total cases
Deaths
Alabama
1
2
3
0
0
Arizona
67
47
114
7
29
Arkansas
5
0
5
0
0
California
37
23
60
1
17
Colorado
10
28
38
0
1
Connecticut
6
1
7
0
0
Florida
6
1
7
2
0
Georgia
4
7
11
0
0
Idaho
0
1
1
0
0
Illinois
14
4
18
1
0
Indiana
1
5
6
0
0
Iowa
1
2
3
0
1
Kansas
1
5
6
0
0
Kentucky
1
1
2
0
4
Louisiana
12
6
18
0
7
Maryland
8
1
9
0
0
Massachusetts
3
1
4
0
1
Michigan
17
4
21
2
2
Minnesota
3
2
5
0
1
Mississippi
2
3
5
0
2
Missouri
4
0
4
0
0
Nebraska
10
27
37
1
1
Nevada
0
2
2
0
0
New Jersey
12
8
20
2
0
New Mexico
9
3
12
0
5
New York
72
31
103
3
5
North Dakota
2
6
8
0
0
Ohio
1
1
2
0
0
Oklahoma
0
0
0
0
1
Pennsylvania
10
3
13
0
1
South Dakota
4
16
20
0
0
Tennessee
1
1
2
0
0
Texas
39
6
45
3
12
Virginia
2
0
2
1
0
Wisconsin
0
2
2
0
1
Wyoming
1
4
5
0
0
Totals 366 254 620 23 91

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