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Pest Watch For Fall

Termites

This year has brought a longer termite swarming period of our native species Reticulitermes flavipes due to ideal weather conditions. Many areas are just now seeing the end of those swarms. R. virginicus and R. hageni , two other native species, should start swarming at any time. Hageni usually swarm sporadically through August. Conditions of high moisture and moderate extremes in temperature are ideal for termite colonies to thrive. While working around the yard be sure to watch for signs of termite activity. These include mud tubes on foundations and also damaged wood. Also look for small wings on window sills or doorway threshold. These are evidence of termite activity. Be sure to not allow any structural untreated-wood to come in contact with the soil. Even treated wood should be inspected periodically for signs of activity especially larger dimensional lumber used for support piers.

Mature termite colonies start new colonies by means of swarming, which is the colony's release of alates (winged reproductive termites) in great numbers. Colonies usually take several years of development before they will actually swarm. During this time before first swarms they focus on building their colony. An indoor swarm means that the termites are likely infesting the structure. It's a good idea to get the building inspected and make a determination of whether or not a treatment is necessary. While working around the house, keep an eye out for mud tubes on the foundation or hollow sounding wood, don't let your guard down just because you haven't had a swarm. Infestations can also start from roof areas where conditions permit alates (swarmers) to start a colony.

Unfortunately, in South Carolina we have a more damaging termite spreading through the state. This termite is the formosan (Coptotermes sp.) while our native species is the Eastern Subterranean (Reticulitermes sp.). In 2000 formosans were found in Rock Hill and they have been infesting structures in Charleston for many years causing millions of dollars in damage. These termites do considerably more damage in a shorter period of time. It's best to take action when these are found. Formosans can swarm year-round but they usually occur in the evening which sets them apart from our native species.

The best preventative measure is to have your home inspected annually by a professional. Today's termiticide treatments provide a shorter period of protection lasting only three to seven years but pest control companies have many new effective tools at their disposal to combat this menace that causes over $2 billion dollars in damage per year in the United States alone. In most cases it takes more than one approach to effectively protect a structure from termites as Dr. Brian Forschler at the University of Georgia stated in a recent article about termite baits:

"Termite baits are a valuable tool. However, any single termite treatment tactic used without proper attention to the details will run the risk of being 'surprised' by the resilient, adaptable subterranean termite."

Again, the most important measure for structural protection from termites is detection which simply involves having a professional annual inspection of your property.

Ants

All the rain we have received has ants looking for drier habitat in and around homes. Control of ant colonies requires knowledge of the biology of the specific species of pest ant. Each species has differing requirements for food and habitat. Simply spraying ant trails merely moves their "highways" to another location. Detecting colony location is necessary to be successful in eliminating these pests.

Roaches

Besides the normal structural roaches like the German and American roaches there is an increased reporting of Wood and Smokybrown roaches. Both these species are good fliers and will be of a particular nuisance near outside lights as they are attracted to these. These roaches can find their way inside but usually don't proliferate inside structures like the German and American roaches. Proper light placement can reduce the problem.

Spiders

These structural invaders are hiding in protected areas around homes looking to feast on the proliferation of insects that are being produced by the moderate temperatures and moist conditions. Knocking webs down alone won't deter their persistence.

Bedbugs

Bedbug infestations are on the rise. Pest control companies have reported a tenfold increase in bedbug service calls in Florida since 1999 and NC State also reports an increase in these insects being sent to them for identification. Bedbugs have been associated with filthy conditions but this isn't so and even upscale hotels can have infestations. The increased use of Integrated Pest Management techniques in pest management are thought to be the cause. Practices such as the use of baits, which target specific pests like the cockroaches, leave secondary pests in the ecosystem uncontrolled, allowing them to flourish.

Mosquito

The very wet weather has mosquito populations proliferating. Steps should be taken to reduce mosquito breeding areas and to impact the hatching of mosquitoes later. Here is a link to the Clemson information web site West Nile Virus Info . Also for those looking for controlling mosquitoes, here is a word of caution from the University of Florida which also holds true here, "Recently, there has been a number of products advertised as mosquito traps. One type generates carbon dioxide to lure the mosquito and then sucks it into a bag. Other derivations use octenol as an attractant. The devices range from a few hundred to fifteen hundred dollars in cost. Gas and octenol must be replaced at various intervals. Researchers are currently investigating the efficacy of these units. However, one might want to keep in mind that there are 77 different species of mosquito in a state like Florida, and each of these varies in what host they bite, the time of day they feed, and how far they can fly. One of the species which is a primary biting pest for homeowners is the Asian tiger mosquito. This species is not attracted by carbon dioxide or octenol. At this point, no evidence exists that these traps can play a noticeable role in the decline of mosquito populations".
Note: The FTC has something to say about these devices also --> FTC News Release

EPA Information on Outdoor Residential Misting Systems
 

 

 

 
 

   

Black widow spider sidelines Belding teen

MLive.com

BELDING -- Brad Gregory was happy to help his grandparents unpack their new Maytag dishwasher.

The reward for his efforts? A bite from the highly venomous southern black widow spider -- a rare visitor to Michigan. It has one of the most potent venoms secreted by an animal.

Gregory, 17, still was feeling pain Saturday after being bitten on his right forearm Sept. 7.

"It hurts in my back and abdominal area," he said in a tone made groggy by the pain and medication.

He was rushed to the hospital after discovering he had been bitten by one of the spiders that built a nest in the dishwasher's box.......
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First 2008 Case of West Nile Virus in Escambia County

Florida Dept of Health

ESCAMBIA COUNTY (FL) – The Escambia County Health Department is issuing a Health Alert for West Nile virus following the report of the first adult case of West Nile Virus since 2006.

Residents and visitors are urged to take the necessary precautions to avoid being bitten by an infected mosquito........
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Cockroaches 'Rain Down' On Officer, Cover Child In House Of Filth - Police Report Reads Like Horror Novel

Local6.com

LEESBURG, Fla. -- Thousands of cockroaches rained down on an officer and were spotted crawling over an infant inside a Central Florida house of filth.

Officers checking the home of Debra Chappell and James Seevers in Leesburg found the couple and a 2-year-old living in the home described as not being fit for animals.

The police report about the house reads like a horror novel, Local 6 reported.

The report described thousands of cockroaches swarming inside the structure. An officer wrote that he had to jump back when he opened a refrigerator because of the number of "roaches that rained down on him."

Roaches were also inside the cupboards and crawling all over the child in her crib.......
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500,000 bees infest three Florida homes

AP - Wed Sep 17, 2:30 PM ET

Residents of a neighborhood in North Miami, Florida were forced to call a bee expert when they discovered that their homes were infested with hundreds of thousands of bees.. ....
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Woman dies from Weil's disease after rat scratch in garden

scotsman.com - 14 September 2008, By Kate Foster

A WOMAN has died from a rare disease after she was scratched by a rat in her garden.

Carol Colburn was trying to free the rodent from her bird feeder when she suffered scratches and cuts to her fingers. Four days later she fell ill with flu-like symptoms and within 48 hours she had died.

Colburn, 56, had contracted Weil's disease, a severe form of leptospirosis which is caused by bacteria found in the urine of wild animals. Weil's disease, which affects around 10% of leptospirosis victims, causes jaundice and liver damage. ....
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Bee swarm kills six in car smash and sting

Reuters

BEIJING - Three people were stung to death after a truck carrying dozens of bee hives overturned in northeast China and three more were killed on the road as they tried to steer clear of the swarm, newspapers said on Thursday.

The bee-hive truck collided with a farm vehicle on Wednesday and overturned near Changchun, the capital of Jilin province, the China Daily said.

Pictures showed thousands of bees swarming around the accident site as workers, wearing protective clothing, cleared the debris.

The East Asia Economy and Trade News said three more people were killed hours later when two trucks collided as they tried to avoid the swarm ....
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Elderly Florida Man Killed by Fire Ants After Tropical Storm Fay

Thursday, August 28, 2008 Associated Press

CHULUOTA, Fla. — An elderly man was killed when a floating colony of fire ants washed into his home after Tropical Storm Fay and bit him multiple times.

Authorities said the man was bitten Tuesday and died at the hospital the next day. His name was not released. Seminole County officials said the man was allergic to the ant bites.
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Bed Bugs Move into Dorms

August 21, 2008 USA Today, by Greg Toppo

Just as they've made an itchy, scratchy comeback in hotel rooms, bed bugs increasingly are appearing in dorm rooms, say college officials and pest control experts, who are busy devising ways to eradicate the bloodsuckers.

Blame an increase in international travel, bigger bed bug populations worldwide, new protocols that discourage widespread spraying, and possibly even tougher bugs that are resistant to pesticides. ...
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Rodent control, cleanup and hantavirus

theolympian.com

Hantavirus has been in the news this week. It is the suspected c ause of death of Ellensburg police officer Nelson Ng, who died Aug. 15. His death has prompted a flurry of inquiries about hantavirus.  ...
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Two New Yorkers Test Positive For West Nile

emaxhealth.com By: New York City Health Department - Tue, 08/19/2008

The Health Department confirmed the season’s first human cases of West Nile virus in a 73-year-old Queens woman and a 60-year-old man from the Bronx. In response to the cases and the growing number of mosquitoes testing positive for the virus, the Health Department urged resident to take steps to prevent infection..   ...
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Hantavirus suspected in police officer's death

SeattlePI.com By LISA STIFFLER P-I REPORTER

It's unknown how Ellensburg man caught rare disease


Hantavirus, a virus carried by infected rodents, is the suspected cause of death for an Ellensburg police officer.

In Washington, the ailment most frequently comes from deer mice. People become sick after breathing dust or air contaminated with mouse droppings, urine or saliva. The associated human disease, hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, is rare, but often fatal.   ...
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Rat may be on menu in Indian canteens 

News.scotman.com   Published Date: 20 August 2008 By Ethan McNern

ONE of India's poorest states is considering adding rat meat to the menus of government-run canteens, to provide cheap protein amid rising food prices.

"People in different parts of the world eat lizards and dogs. Why not rats?" Jeetan Ram Manjhi, the tribal welfare minister in Bihar state, said yesterday.

While the suggestion – there are no firm plans to start marketing rat meat just yet – may seem repulsive to many inside and outside India, eating rats is not unheard of in Bihar, most of whose 80 million people live mainly off the land as tenant farmers.  ...
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Man Mistakes Gunshot Wound For Ant Bite 

KFOXtv.com - El Paso,TX,USA 

A man who woke up in the morning thinking he had been bitten by an ant had actually been shot. The 19-year-old Anthony, NM, resident went to ...
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Father and daughter bit by snake in Elon 

By Emily Hohenwarter/ Times-News

Snakes really bite.

Shae Joyce of Elon knows this first-hand. Her husband, Mark, and their 3-year-old daughter, Abigail, both were bitten by a copperhead July 12 on the sidewalk in front of their home. Mark and Abigail were taken to Alamance Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Joyce said she's heard of other copperhead sightings and bites in the Elon area. A child of one of her friends was bitten on the playground behind the Joyces' house in May. She thinks there's a snake problem in her neighborhood this year.

It's hard to say if Elon in particular has had more snakes this summer, but in North Carolina snakes are on the move because of the state's dry spell  ......
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Girl's death prompted focus on mosquito-borne illnesses 

By TERRY RINDFLEISCH | La Crosse Tribune

Most people didn’t know or won’t remember Dawn Lyn Torgerson.

But Dave Geske, La Crosse County’s mosquito control officer for 31 years, thinks about the 3-year-old girl all the time. It’s the reason he continues the all-out battle against disease-carrying mosquitoes that cause the La Crosse strain of encephalitis. David Geske, center talks over the daily strategy for the day.Dick Riniker photo “People need to remember this little girl,” Geske said. “She saved lives. Hundreds of people were spared from this trauma.” ......
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Woman finds black widow spider in grape bag

Jodie Sinnema, The Edmonton Journal

EDMONTON - All week, Amanda Hammond had been picking tiny clusters of grapes out of the bag in her fridge, washing them and popping them into her mouth.

On Tuesday, she set the last of the grapes in a bag on her desk at work, then saw something black and shiny crawling in the bag.

"I absolutely hit the roof," said Hammond, who found a live black widow spider in the red seedless grapes she bought at the Sobeys store on Victoria Trail and 135th Avenue. "I screamed." ......
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Mouse hunt: Mice, 1; shooter, 0

By Linda Williams/TWN Staff Writer Article Launched: 07/11/2008 12:20:58 PM PDT

An unidentified 43-year-old Potter Valley woman and a 42-year-old Clear Lake man were injured in the early morning hours of July 3 when a mouse hunt took a dangerous turn for the hunters.

The incident began when the woman, carrying a 44-caliber revolver in a shoulder holster, decided to use her weapon to eradicate some mice scurrying along the floor in a small travel trailer in Mendocino County on Highway 20 near the Lake County border, say police. When she attempted to draw her pistol, it apparently fell to the floor, accidentally discharging one round, according to Mendocino County sheriff's reports.

The bullet apparently went through her right kneecap, across the room, across the groin area of the Clear Lake man, striking a dangling set of keys on his belt loop, ricocheting downward into the man's pants, between his pants and underwear before coming to a stop in the pants coin pocket. Deputies recovered the bullet.

The woman had a through and through wound to her kneecap and was transported by ambulance to Ukiah Valley Medical Center and the man received a superficial groin area wound and refused treatment.

No arrests were made and the case has been forwarded to the Mendocino County district attorney for review. No information was released about the condition of the mice.
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Dead mouse found

Chicago Tribune - United States
By Mike Hughlett | Tribune staff reporter
- A Lincoln Park Whole Foods supermarket remained closed Friday after city health inspectors once again found mouse droppings, as well as a dead mouse in a  ...
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Utah woman says Mid East native spider made self at home

The Associated Press

OGDEN - This was no itsy-bitsy spider. An Ogden woman says she found a camel spider scurrying across her living room floor. If she's right, it would be unusual because that species is not native to Utah or even this hemisphere. Camel spiders can grow up to 6 inches long and are native to the Middle East.     Lynnelle Carson says she thought it was "kind of cool" at first when she saw the big spider, but that changed when the creature reared up at her as she tried to pick it up.     Carson did get a picture and sent it to an extension agent, who try to determine whether it really was a camel spider or just a big specimen from a more local arachnid family.
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Summer brings out the sting in bee colonies

AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) -- Experts warn bees can be more aggressive during the summer.  Bee removal experts are getting a lot of calls from Central Texas residents.

"Right now is when they're really hitting their peak," said expert Brandon Fehrenkamp.

Bees will do anything to protect and defend their hives, Fehrenkamp said.  The best thing to do if bees are attacking you is to go indoors, since the colony won't follow you inside your home.

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A Mendocino County woman who was trying to kill mice in her trailer with a gun ended up shooting herself and another person.

POTTER VALLEY, Calif. —  The 43-year-old woman pulled out her .44-caliber Magnum revolver after she saw the mice scurrying across the floor of her trailer on Highway 20 in Potter Valley, sheriff's officials said.

But she accidentally dropped the gun, which went off as it struck the floor. The bullet went through the woman's kneecap, bounced off the keys sitting on the belt loop of a 42-year-old man in the trailer and grazed the man's groin before ending up in his coin pocket.

Authorities did not release the shooting victims' names.

The mice escaped the shooting unharmed.

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$35,000 fine for serving 'cockroach pizza'
News.com.au  July 6, 2008
THE AMERICAN operator of a Brisbane Pizza Hut restaurant was last week fined $35,000 after a cooked cockroach was found in a barbecue meatlovers takeaway pizza.
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The Brisbane Magistrates Court was told a Brisbane City Council inspection of the Pizza Hut at Bellbowrie had found "a serious and extensive" cockroach infestation" ...
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Oh, honey! Couple find 60,000 bees in wall of home
Tenant saw honey ‘seeping out of the wall’ and got a swarm reception
MSNBC.com Published: June 19, 2008
Mark and Amy Jones discovered their home in Concord, N.C., had 60,000 clandestine tenants living rent-free — but instead of taking the squatters to court, they found them new accommodations. ...
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Uninvited skunk causes stink aboard airliner
Passengers flee, flight delayed after animal lets loose in cargo hold
AP Published: June 20, 2008
MIAMI - An uninvited passenger created a smelly situation on a plane in Miami.

American Airlines Flight 915 from Miami to Bogota, Colombia, was delayed Wednesday night after a skunk was found in the back of the cargo hold, discharging its foul odor throughout the aircraft, airline officials said. ...
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Ant Invasions On The Rise Following Floods
MyFoxKC.com Published: June 11, 2008
Kansas City KA  - Flooding isn't the only threat brought about by the recent heavy rains.  The oversaturated ground has also brought out record numbers of ants. ...
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Oregon Home Infested with Almost 800 Rats
KTVB.com Published: June 12, 2008
SUTHERLIN, Ore.  - Police Chief Tom Boggs informed the Sutherlin City Council this week that a pest-removal company has trapped and removed 788 rats from an infested house. .....One neighbor, Mary Pirkey, told the council the house needs to be burned down. But the chief told her the owner of the infested house has rights, too. ....
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Mom finds snake coiled on baby's leg in crib
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: June 10, 2008
BRENTWOOD, N.Y. - A Long Island animal shelter is a temporary home for a 1-foot-long snake that a mother found coiled on her 7-month-old daughter's leg as the baby slept in a crib.
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Pennsylvania: That Scratching Sound? Why, It’s Big Beetles in the Mail
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: May 15, 2008
Customs agents seized more than two dozen giant beetles from a package after postal workers heard the insects making scratching noises. The bugs arrived last week from Taiwan ...
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Subways' Blood-bug Invasion
May. 8, 2008 New York Post
Don't let the bedbugs swipe! The blood-sucking insects aren't just living with New Yorkers at home - they're on the subways, too, according to one of the city's leading bedbug authorities. At a recent Department of Housing, Preservation and Development forum on the subject, a city bedbug educator admitted to seeing the pests on benches in subway stations - in one case, catching a ride on an ...

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Cleveland airport officials want to keep dirty birds off passengers  
May 1, 2008 The Plain Dealer
Cleveland wants to keep certain air travelers from doing their business at Hopkins International Airport. Airport officials repeatedly have tried - and failed - to chase away starlings and other birds that roost beneath glass overhangs at drop-off and pickup areas and poop on passengers. Now, they want City Council to pay $110,000 to install nearly invisible nylon netting designed to keep the filthy frequent fliers away. 

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Paris rat-catchers tackle rodents
April 28, 2008 BBC News
The French capital has launched its annual effort to reduce the number of rodents roaming the streets. The city, with its canals, river and restaurants is something of a rodent paradise, experts say. There are four times as many rats as humans in Paris - perhaps eight million in total, according to the council.

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Rodents Caused Nevada Canal Flood, Report Says
PCTOnline March 31, 2008 FERNLEY, Nev. 
Burrowing rodents caused a century-old irrigation canal to fail and flood a rural Nevada town in January, a team of scientific experts concluded in a report for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation made public Thursday night. Muskrats, beavers, gophers and other rodents dug holes as deep as 25 feet into the earthen canal embankment over the years, according to the report.

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Flea Swarms Cover Neighbors Head To Toe In Central Fla. Community 
Local6.com February 19, 2008 FERNLEY, Nev. 
DELTONA, Fla. -- Swarms of fleas from an abandoned Central Florida home are spreading throughout a neighborhood, covering some homeowners' head to toe when they step outside.

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Giant Fossil Rodent Found in Uruguay Weighed More Than a Car
January 15, 2008 - By Bill Faries - Bloomberg News
A fossilized skull found at a beach in Uruguay belongs to a newly identified species of rodent that weighed more than a ton and roamed the estuaries of South America alongside saber-toothed tigers.

``Some of the living giants in Africa, the hippopotamus and the elephants, get this big, but there aren't many land creatures that are larger,'' said Ernesto Blanco, who teaches biomechanics at the Universidad de la Republica in Montevideo, Uruguay. .......
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Mite Bites Plague Fayetteville
Nov. 2, 2007 - Family Fayetteville — Imagine waking up to something biting you all over. That scenario was a reality for one local family, who said their house was infested with bugs that were hard to kill.

Piles of clothing, blankets and kids’ toys marked "contaminated" told of the nightmare that has plagued the Kounas family for the past five weeks. The problem started with birds.

“It’s gotten so bad, we were throwing things out,” said Michelle Kounas. “I felt like something was in my hair, and there was a burning sensation.”

Kounas said she and her two children were covered in bites......
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Enormous Spider Web Found In Texas
September 13, 2007 -- Science Daily —
An arachnaphobe’s worst nightmare, the gauzy, insect-laden web drew more than 3,300 curious visitors over the three-day holiday to this 376-acre park on the shore of Lake Tawakoni, 50 miles east of Dallas. On Labor Day, the park recorded 1,275 people visiting just to see the web.

“When I first saw it,” said Park Superintendent Donna Garde, “I was totally amazed. What ran through my mind was that this looked like something out of a low-budget horror movie, but I was looking at something five times as big as what you’d see on a Hollywood set.”......
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Snake Bites Toddler At Charlotte Park
July 31, 2007 CHARLOTTE, N.C. --
A 15-month-old boy was rushed to the hospital after being bitten by a python in a popular Charlotte park.

Christine Abdelmonem and her son, Adam, were picnicking in Freedom Park Monday afternoon when the toddler went to go play near some ducks. That's when Christine says she felt something tug on her son's leg.

She looked down and saw a 3-foot ball python grasped onto her son's right calf.......
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City Of Cincinnati Battling Bed Bug Problem
Jul 30, 2007 Cincinnati, OH --
The Society of St. Vincent DePaul successfully helps clients by providing food and help with things like utilities, but there's a problem that keeps bugging the agency . . . bedbugs.

The Cincinnati Health Department is trying to tackle the growing growing problem in the city.

The health department said it has received nearly 200 complaints from residents so far this year.

"We actually do home visits to people who need assistance and find people who basically are going into apartments that are empty," said the Society of St. Vincent DePaul's executive director, Liz Carter. "It's because people have bed bugs and they've just cleared out their apartment of all their upholstered furniture, sleeping on the floor. They don't have a couch to sit on." ......
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Woman Finds 3-Foot Python in Cabinet
Jul 25, 2007 FORREST CITY, Ark. — br> Firefighters helped remove a three-foot python from a home after a woman collecting plastic bags for a food pantry found it while cleaning a cabinet.

Lula Sain called a neighbor for help, but "when he came in and saw it, he almost jumped out of his skin." Fire Capt. Jimmy Sandage eventually collected the non-venomous snake.

"Once I walked in and saw it, I knew it was a python. It had wrapped itself up into a ball, and you could barely see the head. It never gave me any problems," Sandage said......
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Residents: Tree That Crushed Cars Was Termite-Infested
July 20, 2007 Los Angeles --
Workmen spent much of the night removing the remnants of a large tree that split apart in Panorama City, crushing two cars.

Residents say they were startled, but not surprised. The tree came down on Burton Street in Panorama City about 4 a.m. Friday morning.

Residents say the tree was infested with termites, and they had complained to City Councilman Tony Cardenas' office that it posed a danger to anyone living nearby.

While two cars were destroyed, no one was injured in the tree crash which also brought down power and telephone lines......
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A Hollywood man is in critical condition after being bitten by a venomous snake.
July 3, 2007 HOLLYWOOD, Fla.
Officials said they believe an eastern diamondback rattlesnake bit the man on Sunday evening.

But the man didn't receive treatment until family members took him to Hollywood Memorial Regional Hospital on Tuesday.

"He's got swelling, discoloration to his arm where he reported being bitten, and he is having some bleeding disorders," said Jeffrey Robb with Miami-Dade County's Venom Response Unit.

The man will be treated with anti-venom, but doctors said he could see some long-term effects, like kidney problems, because of the delay in treatment.....
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No Sign Of Large Killer Snake In Bucks Co.
Jun 16, 2007 (CBS 3) BRISTOL TOWNSHIP, Pa.
Although Bucks County officials spent Friday evening searching for a large snake, it is still on the loose. The snake is suspected of eating several small pets and has residents on edge.

Bristol Township officers caught a nine-and-half foot snake Wednesday, but another spotted Friday morning, remains on the loose.

Officers believe the roaming reptile, growing in length and legend, is either a Boa constrictor or a python.....
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Doctor Finds Spiders in Boy's Ear
May 5, 2007 ALBANY, Ore.
 --These guys weren't exactly Snap, Crackle and Pop. What began as a faint popping in a 9-year-old boy's ear -- "like Rice Krispies" -- ended up as an earache, and the doctor's diagnosis was that a pair of spiders made a home in the ear.....
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Bedbugs Are Biting In Some District 30 Schools
01/17/2007 BY RICHARD GENTILVISO - Queens, New York -
The first report of bedbugs in the district was on Oct. 5, 2006. Since then, an integrated pest management program recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Administration has been followed in classrooms where bedbugs have been found.....  
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Rats surface in toilets in one Midtown area
01/07/2007 By Andrea Kelly and Erica Meltzer - Tucson, Arizona
Residents in one Midtown neighborhood are learning to look before they sit.

You think roaches coming out of the sewer are a problem? For the past 10 years, small white rats have been swimming their way up into toilets in the Blenman-Elm Neighborhood, just east of the University of Arizona.... 

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School teacher Kate Poole called for help when she found her toilet was blocked – and couldn't work out why.
12/14/2006 The Daily Telegraph  By Nigel Adlam in Darwin
A plumber peered into the porcelain bowl – and found a huge snake looking back at him..... 
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Woman bitten by spider loses 10 lbs. of skin
12/12/2006 HERMISTON, Ore.
A small spider bite turned out to be a big problem for Cindy Pettey.....
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'SNL' star sues over bedbugs in her loft
11/3/2006 NEW YORK (AP)
When Saturday Night Live performer Maya Rudolph and her family moved into their new apartment, nobody warned, "Don't let the bedbugs bite." .....
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A 10-year-old girl who was diagnosed with Indiana's first confirmed case of rabies in nearly half a century died Thursday, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Nov 2, 2006  INDIANAPOLIS
Shannon Carroll had been bitten by a rabid bat in June and had been hospitalized since early October, said Riley Hospital for Children spokeswoman Jo Ann Klooz said.

More than 30 of the girl's relatives, friends and classmates were offered injections to prevent the spread of the disease. Some parents whose children attend the girl's school in Bourbon, 25 miles south of South Bend, worried about possible exposure since rabies can stay dormant for more than a year.

Rabies is a viral disease transmitted to humans and other animals through saliva, usually in a bite. It attacks the brain and nervous system and typically leads to death once symptoms appear.

Human-to-human transmission of rabies is possible through direct contact with saliva, health officials said.

State records show Indiana's last human rabies case was in 1959.

 

A western Iowa woman is recovering from the shock of finding a drowned bat in her tea mug — after she sipped from the cup all day.
Sept 25, 2006 CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa
The brown bat, about the size of two tea bags, was found a few weeks ago by a 60-year-old Woodbury County woman, said Chuck Cipperley, an environmental director for the Siouxland health office in Sioux City.
 

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