Honey Bee identification is not always simple and it does take some practice. For one thing, not only do some of the different bee species look very similar to each other, but they may also be confused with other insects which, for a variety of reasons, mimic particular bees. Keep in mind that Honey Bees often move from flower to flower in a bouncing pattern. While Honey Bees are collecting pollen, they often make it easy to observe the process. A few quick tips and Honey Bee features are circled in red to compare. The most common misidentification locally is between the Honey Bee and the Yellow Jacket. This should help you in the process of protecting Honey Bees. If you suspect a Honey Bee hive or swarm is on your property it can be relocated. Please make every effort to protect Honey Bees. Contact us about our $25 Off Any New Service Coupon
The recent mosquito EEE and West Nile virus threat in the news has caused some concerns. Please keep us in mind for your Mosquito, Flea and Tick lawn, shrub and yard treatments. We can minimize your exposure to Mosquito, Flea & Tick related illnesses. This information is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Per CDC ~ West Nile Virus Activity by State – (as of August 6, 2019) Per CDC ~ Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE Virus) Contact us about our $25 Off Any New Service Coupon
The incidence of rabies in the wild bat population is relatively low, and the spread of rabies within individual colonies appears to be rare. However, of the sick, dead, or suspect bats submitted for testing in Pennsylvania, roughly 5 percent test positive for rabies. It is important to take precautions when handling grounded bats. If you are trying to get bats out of your home or outbuilding, mid summer and early fall is the time of year to do so. Unfortunately, because this is the best time of year, bat colonies are on the move. Colonies can combine and make a small colony significantly larger and you could become their next accidental landlord. Bats of all sizes will bite in self-defense, but they almost never attack people. If you must handle a bat, take the following precautions to minimize the chance of being bitten. Wear leather gloves and scoop the grounded bat into a container to prevent the bat from biting you. If you are bitten by a bat, immediately wash the bite with hot, soapy water and call a physician. If there is any possibility that you have been infected, the physician will recommend rabies shots. Today, [...]
Epidemiology & Risk Factors Español (Spanish) Chagas disease, or American trypanosomiasis, is caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. Infection is most commonly spread through contact with the poop of an infected triatomine bug (or “kissing bug”), a blood-sucking insect that feeds on humans and animals. What are the signs and symptoms of Chagas disease? Romaña’s sign, the swelling of the child’s eyelid (pictured above), is a marker of acute Chagas disease. Swelling is due to Trypanosoma cruzi infecting the eyelid when bug feces are accidentally rubbed into the eye, or because the bite wound was on the same side of the child’s face as the swelling. Credit: WHO/TDR Acute phase: During this phase, which lasts for the first few weeks or months infection, a person may have no symptoms or mild ones, such as fever, fatigue, body aches, headache, rash, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and vomiting. Because these symptoms are similar to those of other illnesses, most people do not know their illness is from infection with the T. cruzi parasite. However, a doctor may be able to pick up other signs of infection, including mild enlargement of the liver or spleen, swollen glands, or swelling at the site of the bite (called a chagoma), [...]
Haemaphysalis longicornis is a tick indigenous to Asia, where it is an important vector of human and animal disease agents, which can result in human hemorrhagic fever and substantive reduction in dairy production. Read full CDC report here: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/67/wr/mm6747a3.htm?s_cid=mm6747a3_e
This season has been intense for ticks and fleas. Please be aware that the Powassan (POW) virus is transmitted to humans by infected ticks.
These maps show The new estimated range maps have been updated from a variety of published and unpublished sources. These maps show CDC’s best estimate of the potential range of Aedes aegypti andAedes albopictus in the United States. These maps include areas where mosquitoes are or have been previously found. Maps are not meant to represent risk for spread of disease. These maps DO NOT show Likelihood that these mosquitoes will spread viruses. Shaded areas on the map do not necessarily mean that there are infected mosquitoes in that area. Numbers of mosquitoes: These maps do not show how many mosquitoes are living in an area. Mosquito population numbers vary widely across the shaded areas on the map, from high numbers of mosquitoes in some parts of Florida and Texas to rare reports of mosquitoes further north. Exact locations of mosquitoes: These maps are our best estimate of where mosquitoes could potentially live. Actual mosquito populations will vary by state and county. Mosquito populations may be found in an area that is not shaded on the maps and may not be found in all shaded areas. Find the Insect Repellent that is Right for You [...]
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A 55-year-old woman tested positive for the virus after traveling outside of the United States to a country where the Zika virus has been found, the Montgomery County Health Department (MCHD) said.
Mud dauber (sometimes called "dirt dauber," "dirt digger," "dirt dobber," "dirt diver", or "mud wasp") is a name commonly applied to a number of wasps from either the family Sphecidae or Crabronidae that build their nests from mud. Mud daubers are long, slender wasps about 1-inch (25 mm) in length; the latter two species above have thread-like waists. The name of this wasp group comes from the nests that are made by the females, which consist of mud molded into place by the wasp's mandibles.