Tag: “public health”

How Dangerous Are Bat Droppings?

Bat droppings are a bad thing to have around, because they are a source of diseases that will affect other animals, pets, and people. At the same time, because bat droppings have such mineral and vitamin content, it makes the perfect stuff to fertilize your garden with ... Except, you might not... more
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Insects Wings Found to Have Natural Antibiotics

Scientists have discovered that cicadas, a locust-like insect, have wings that naturally kill some bacteria on contact. This could potentially be used to keep public surfaces, like handrails, clean. The clanger cicada keeps bacteria away because of the small spikes that kill bacteria by ripping... more
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Hiker Attacked by Rabid Raccoon

The raccoon attacked a hiker who was in a restroom at Wissahickon Valley Park, Philadelphia on Thursday, May 10th, near the Valley Green Inn. The animal was trapped and tested positive for rabies. The victim is undergoing treatment to prevent rabies infection, the Health Dept. said. Officials are... more
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Bedbugs Have Been Around For Thousands Of Years And Aren’t Going Anywhere!

Haven’t heard too much on the bedbug front lately have we… but let’s not forget, those disgusting little bugs chomping away are still out there. They have been around for thousands of years and I imagine they will be for thousands more. Bedbugs are a parasitic insect that prefer to feed on... more
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Boston struggles with growing bed bug infestations

Boston struggles with growing bed bug infestations: Updated: Thursday, 17 Nov 2011, 6:18 AM EST Published : Wednesday, 16 Nov 2011, 6:57 PM EST Mike Beaudet www.twitter.com/channel_mike BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) - A growing epidemic of bed bug infestations has left the city of Boston... more
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Genetically Mutated Mosquitoes Fighting Dengue Fever

By Reg Gale Scientists, attempting to halt Dengue fever, for the first time released mosquitoes into the wild that had been genetically modified to pass on deadly DNA that kills their offspring. About 19,000 lab-altered insects were released into 25 acres on Grand Cayman Island in 2009, according... more
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Termites 101: A Primer for Homeowners

Want to protect your house? It's as simple as following a few easy steps. By Jim Morrison Termites. Simply mentioning the word makes people cringe. Termites live in nearly every state in the union, they are very difficult to spot, and they want to eat your house. So what is a homeowner to do? First... more
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Natural Insect Repellants You Could Find In Your Kitchen

By Susan Billings For centuries garlic has been used in a variety of ways. But, did you know garlic can also be used as an insect repellent? Instead of using harsh chemicals on pets, try using garlic as a safer alternative. Simply add a clove or  two drops of garlic oil to a small dog or cat's... more
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Don't Let Bedbugs Keep You From Traveling This Summer

Does all this talk about bedbugs make you hesitant to travel? The constant news coverage of the spreading infestations of bedbugs in major cities could keep you at home this summer. But you could plan your vacation wisely and steer clear of the bugs! First, decide where you would like to take a... more
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4 Nastiest Summer Bugs: How to Avoid the Creepy-Crawly Inevitable

By Amy Paturel We're not the only ones heading outside this summer. A slew of critters are buzzing about just waiting for an opportunity to sink their teeth into us. And while most bites and stings are just minor annoyances that itch like crazy and produce ugly, little welts that go away in a few... more
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