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Protect Your Family from the Chikungunya Virus This Summer

Summertime brings many things: cookouts, trips to the beach, great weather, and, unfortunately — mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are not only annoying pests that leave itchy bites on your skin, but they can also carry diseases that are potentially harmful to humans. A mosquito-borne disease that has been spreading this summer is the chikungunya virus. In May, [...]

Mosquitoes Carrying West Nile Virus Discovered in Rockland County

NewCityPatch is reporting that Rockland County has distributed a press release warning residents that West Nile Virus has been discovered in mosquitoes in their county. The New York Department of Health made this discovery and relayed the information to Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, Rockland County Commissioner of Health. This is the first reported instance of [...]

Scientists Use Weather Conditions to Track West Nile Virus

West Nile virus is a very serious and deadly disease, killing 114 people in the United States last year and sickening 2,374 people. However, there’s good news in the fight against West Nile virus –– some scientists have been able to use weather to predict where and when West Nile virus will hit. A team [...]

New Jersey: A Hot Spot for Ticks & Lyme Disease

Summer is a great time to be outside with your family and friends, whether you’re grilling out or just enjoying the sun. Be warned –– if you’re living in New Jersey, you’re at a higher risk of contracting an illness like Lyme disease after getting bit by a blacklegged or deer tick. In 2012, the [...]

Common NY, NJ & CT Types of Wasps

Did you know that wasps benefit the environment by serving as organic pest control for crops, gardens and plants? Did you also know that there are a handful of different wasp types that are found in NY, NJ & CT? One difference in wasps is that some are social and some are solitary wasps. Social [...]

Detector Canines Uncover New Information on Natural Overwintering Sites of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Recently, PLOS One conducted a study on the overwintering of the Halyomorpha halys, an invasive species of stink bug from Asia. The Halyomorpha halys, commonly known as the brown marmorated stink bug, has caused major economic losses in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. The Halyomorpha halys is known for overwintering, or waiting through [...]

Spring Tips For Your Yard

We saw this great article with tips in Westchester Magazine and wanted to share it with you. Here are some of their suggestions on snow mold: “1. Aerate your lawn (with mechanical core aeration) to improve air circulation, dry out the turf and stimulate root growth. 2. Over-seed with a high-quality seed that is disease-resistant and drought-tolerant. [...]

New York City Experiments with Rat Birth Control

We’ve come a long way from using cheese to catch mice and rats—so far that the New York City subway system is trying out a bait called ContraPest that permanently sterilizes female rats instead of killing them outright. Scientists in Arizona, who have worked with preventing rats on rice farms in Asia, have been testing [...]