Are you concerned about bed bugs when you travel and when students come home from college? If you said yes, you need to take precautions. Bed bugs “hitch-a-ride” on clothing, luggage, furniture etc. and are unknowingly carried into your home.
Arrow’s bed bug detection dog, Polly, has been professionally trained to detect live bed bugs and eggs in clothing, luggage, furniture and other items.
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Ticks have been active throughout the winter months because of the mild temperatures. People are visiting our office with live ticks they have found around their homes. Mild winter temperatures have had an impact on tick populations on Long Island. So much so that the CDC is predicting an increase in the number of cases of Lyme disease in the northeast. The reasons are complex, however, we do know that the mild temperatures likely caused more ticks to survive the winter. In fact, we have received many calls inquiring about our tick service. With a larger tick population the likelihood of humans contracting ticks is greater. Lyme disease is carried by the Deer tick, however, not every Deer tick is infected with the Lyme disease bacteria. With larger tick populations there is an increased risk of disease.
Much scientific research is being done regarding the bed bug problem in the United States and around the world. Among the questions needing to be answered, our biggest question is, “Why are bed bugs so difficult to manage?” There are a number of answers to this question. Increasing public awareness and education regarding bed bugs would certainly help. However, in the laboratory scientists have turned their attention to studying the genetics of bed bugs in hope that they may uncover more answers, and they have. Scientists at NC State University have discovered that inbreeding among bed bugs is advantageous. Because of inbreeding, a single pregnant female introduced into a multiple dwelling unit can result in an infestation in a relatively short time. The population never needs to leave the building for mating because they can inbreed. Scientists are trying to understand why inbreeding in bed bugs results in enhancing their “fitness.” In most instances, the act of inbreeding usually results in the off-spring being “less fit.” Finally, it has been shown that bed bugs are “resistant” to the pesticides used to try to kill them. Scientists are trying to figure out how to overcome this and make them susceptible.
This photo supplied by the University of Cape Town shows a Cape Cockroach that can actually jump. The "leaproach," which can grow up to 1cm in length, was discovered... in the Table Mountain National Park by scientists from the University of Cape Town. (AP Photo/ Mike Picker University of Cape Town JOHANNESBURG) South African scientists say they’ve found a new species of cockroach in a popular tourist destination. Cape Town's Table Mountain National Park is home to the world's only jumping cockroach, which has been named as one of the top 10 species discoveries of the year by an international panel of experts. Mike Picker, a co-author of the Field Guide to Insects of South Africa, said Thursday his discovery shows how little is known about the world's insects and other animals. Quentin Wheeler, whose International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University oversees the annual list, says some 10 million species are waiting to be described, named and classified. This year’s list includes a glow-in-the-dark mushroom, a leech with enormous teeth and a spider that weaves giant webs.
Compounding the risk is the fact that the Deer Mouse population will not be as large as in past years. This is due to lower amounts of acorns available for mice to eat and store. Without plentiful food the Deer Mouse population has declined. With fewer mice for ticks to feed on, other animals must act as "hosts." Hungry ticks seek alternative hosts to feed on such as humans and other animals. What can we do to lower our risk? A person must become educated regarding ticks and Lyme disease. The federal CDC and state health departments have websites with information. You can also look at Cornell University’s website and the Connecticut State Health Department’s website. Both have extensive information about tick borne diseases. Information on the use of repellent sprays is also presented on these websites. Once you have the information you can take steps to lower your risk when hiking, camping and enjoying other outdoor activities.