The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed deceptive advertising charges against two marketing companies for allegedly failing to support their claims that their products could prevent and eliminate infestations using natural ingredients.Continue reading
A Vanderbuilt University research team has discovered that ants have four to five times more odor receptors than most other insects. The team completed the first full map of the ant olfactory system, resulting in the discovery of about 400 distinct odorant receptors.Continue reading
Termites are important ecologically in nature. Claire Fuller of Murray State University, studies termites to learn about disease ecology. It all started when she discovered a termite that had changed color after being attacked by a parasite. Now, Professor Fuller is studying what makes some organisms susceptible or resistant to disease.Continue reading
The hantavirus outbreak in Yosemite is a good reminder to New Mexican residents that it is important to use precautions if you see evidence of mice. Six visitors to Yosemite National Park have been become ill with hantavirus over the past three weeks after staying in cabins at the park in June or July, according to California state health officials. Two of the visitors have died as a result of the syndrome.Continue reading
A new spider is making headlines. The Trogloraptor, which is Latin for “cave robber,” was discovered by amateur cave explorers in the Siskiyou Mountains in Oregon. The discovery is so unique that entomologists need a new taxonomic family – a first in North America since the 1870s.Continue reading
West Texas residents are reporting increased numbers of black widow spiders, and some experts say the drought may be the cause. Black widows are also common in New Mexico, and residents here should take note of health advice from our neighbors to the east.Continue reading
New Mexico state health officials announced in the Albuquerque Journal on September 4, 2012 that there were six new cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) in the state, with a total of 14 cases for the year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says this year the nation has recorded the highest number of WNV cases since 2004. As of September 4, 2012, the CDC website lists 1,993 cases nationwide.Continue reading
We found these bed bugs in a home right here in Albuquerque.
Bed Bug Detection & Prevention Tips for Homeowners
A new poll of National Pest Management Association (NPMA) members shows that bed bugs remain a serious problem for Americans. Bed bug control professionals across the country are seeing more bed bug infestations this summer compared to last year, with some reporting increases of up to 25 percent.
“For anyone who may think bed bugs have come and gone, these reports will make them think twice,” said Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. “Our members are seeing an overwhelming increase in bed bug calls, with some reporting double digit growth, especially during the past few months when most Americans took their summer vacations.” Read more….