Bees Kill More Workers Bees are a crucial part of our ecological system, and yet are more dangerous to workers than the more commonly feared creatures like spiders.  A recent report from the U.S. Department of Labor indicates that fatalities due to bee encounters far outnumber any other biting insect or arachnid.  Although bees are…

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Some mammals have mastered the art of adapting to the urban world, and among these are coyotes, raccoons, and rats. Coyotes tend to range mainly in the warmer climates of the southwestern U.S., but have also successfully adapted in places like New York City.  Rats live in almost any climate, all over the world.  Raccoons,…

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Fire Ants: Can You Dig It? They’ve taken over most of the southern part of the U.S. and they probably live in your backyard. The fire ant is the most common type of ant in the U.S. and you will remember them well if you’ve received a stinging bite. But their real power is in…

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In the United States, mosquitoes are known to spread West Nile virus, eastern equine encephalitis and, in recent months, chikungunya virus. These illnesses do not have specific vaccines or treatments, so prevention of mosquito bites throughout the fall months is crucial. It’s still important for people to apply bug spray containing DEET, picaridin or oil…

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