Posts Tagged ‘blood’
“Neglected Tropical Diseases: An unfolding Tragedy of Chagas Disease in North America.” As many know this is my favorite looking bug, the one I think has the patterns and artistic shape that just looks cool for a bug. If you read the blog you also know that this little bug is a biter and transmits a nasty little disease called Chagas.
The data shows that incidents in Mexico could be in the area of 1-6 million cases, USA 300,000 – 1 million and Canada less than 100,000.
Tips for keeping them out of your home:
- Repair screens and make sure they are in place.
- If your spending time outside, wear some type of repellent.
- If you live near horses or cattle, pay particular attention – they prefer these animals but given the chance will come after us.
- Close doors and install thresholds and door sweeps.
- Repair weep screens on attic rooflines.
Insects are incredibly adaptable creatures and have evolved to live successfully in most environments on earth, including deserts and even the Antarctic. The only place where insects are not commonly found is in the oceans.
The blood of insects is yellow.
A botfly is known to fly at a speed of 1300 km/hr, which makes it faster then an aircraft.
A large swarm of locusts can eat 80,000 tons of corn in a day.
The oldest known insect on Earth is the cockroach. Cockroaches date back 350 million years ago.
- Not reacting to their presence or hiding your head in the sand won’t help.
- They are excellent travelers, they are excellent at hiding and these days they are everywhere.
- Bed Bugs don’t care who you are – rich/poor, old/young, Republican/Democrat – they will suck your blood.
- Bed Bugs don’t care how clean or dirty your home is.
- Bed Bugs carry 28 different pathogens, but so far nothing proven on transmitting them to humans.
- Probably came from Europe in the 17th century.
I did a Google and Bing search for “Do It Yourself (DIY) products for Bed Bugs” (About 5,710,000 results (0.35 seconds) and Bing 8,900,000 results. There is so much information out there and I want to know who is right and who is wrong? Everybody is an expert these days, well I have to tell you – do your homework and if you need an opinion find someone knowledgable. Remember the adage “If it sounds to good to be true”. Don’t fall for all these claims, make sure you get all the facts and don’t use things that could hurt you worse.
http://www.pestworld.org this is the site for the National Pest Management Association and is a wealth of useful information.
In the old days these would have been gone in 2 shakes… but not now!
I remember those days as if they were only a year or so ago, wait they were. This Bed Bug problem in continuing and doesn’t look like it is going to let up very soon. These little biters are showing up in houses across the U.S. at alarming rates and the controversy continues on repellency against pyrethrins. No more are people grabbing up old mattresses from the curbside and many places are requiring mattresses to be marked and encased before going to the curb. These mattresses have been here for 3 days and it doesn’t look like they are going anywhere except the dump.