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Archive for the ‘Health and Environment’ Category

Bed Bugs on the Rise in Tucson

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

We’ve all heard the expression, “Snug as a bug in a rug.”  For those of us who reside in Tucson, the phrase takes on totally different connotations. If the bug that’s made itself comfortable in your home is red, and it’s not alone, you may have a problem on your hands. (more…)

Lyme Disease – Making Inroads Into Arizona

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

What do bedbugs, hantavirus, Zika virus and Lyme disease have in common for somebody who lives in Arizona?  One answer to this is, “stuff you never used to have to worry about, but now you do.” (more…)

Bed Bugs – The One Hitchhiker Nobody Ever Wants To Pick Up

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Bed bugs are notorious hitchhikers. There are countless stories of people who spend the night, just once, at a friend’s house and bring them back home. There are call centers that report bed bugs crawling over somebody’s arm, and movie theaters who all of a sudden have to fumigate the property because of a bed bug issue. (more…)

From Zika With Love

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

With the 2016 Olympics in Brazil just getting started we are increasingly being asked, “What can I do to protect myself against the Zika Virus and how is it spread?”  Zika Virus is principally spread by infected Aedes mosquitoes when they bite. There are however other ways it is spread that are important to keep in mind when trying to avoid this nasty virus. (more…)

Nine Ways to Protect Yourself from Mosquito Bites

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

It may surprise you to learn that the deadliest creature in the world is a little, teeny-tiny mosquito! According to the World Health Organization mosquitos are responsible for several million deaths each year. Bill Gates released this interesting infographic of “World’s Deadliest Animals” with humans sadly being the second leading cause of death to the human race, but mosquitos still coming in at number one by a landslide! (more…)

Zika Virus: What We Know So Far

Friday, June 17th, 2016

The once relatively unknown Zika virus was first identified in 1947 in Uganda by researchers studying yellow fever in monkeys. The first known human infection was detected in 1952. For the next 55 years, it remained quietly confined to Africa and Southeast Asia. Infections were rare – less than 15 known cases during this period – and symptoms were mild in nature. The virus simply wasn’t a cause for concern. (more…)

Infographic: Ten Tips to Prevent Bee Stings

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Enjoy being outdoors with the family by following these ten tips to prevent bee stings. If you do get stung then remove the stinger immediately and know the normal reaction to a bee sting versus an allergic reaction. Only about 1 in 1000 experience an allergic reaction to bees, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Read more about types of reactions and what to do if you are stung by a bee here: (http://www.ars.usda.gov/Research/docs.htm?docid=11067). Check out this informative infographic, created by University Termite & Pest Control, to help prevent bee stings all together with these simple tips. (more…)

Hantavirus – Causes and Prevention

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Hantavirus infections are caused by human contact with hantavirus infected rodents, or their urine and droppings. The Hantavirus has numerous strains. The most common strain, found in the southwestern U.S., is called Sin Nombres. The infection can progress to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS), which currently has a mortality rate of 36%. (more…)

Mosquitoes in Arizona

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

 

Mosquitoes and their Nasty Hitchhikers

Nothing can ruin a sunny day outdoors faster than any kind of pest. Intoxicated relatives or obnoxious neighbors aside, the mosquito often ranks as the most unwelcome visitor to just about every type of gathering. Not only are they equal opportunity hunters, their venom leaves an itchy and lasting impression. People, pets, even wild animals are vulnerable to the bite of this pesky predator. For years, mosquitoes have been treated more as an annoyance than a pest to be truly concerned about. With the introduction of new and a resurgence of older, familiar diseases, some of them deadly, being directly attributed to mosquitoes as their sole source of distribution and carriers, there is a new cause for concern circulating through our state. Despite the scientific and technological advances in the eradication processes of this pest, mosquitoes somehow seem to maintain an advantage. Not only are these pests becoming more dangerous to leave untreated and untouched, but it appears they are increasing in numbers. From a human population standpoint, this seems to be true.  As our communities expand, the increased water usage creates new breeding grounds for this pest, allowing their populations to keep pace right alongside our housing developments.  (more…)

The Big Sneeze

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Many of us have heard the old stories of families moving here to Arizona to escape the humidity, pollen, and pollution found in other parts of the country—all in an effort to find relief from allergies.  We either have first-hand knowledge of this great escape, growing up as one of the “transplants,” or have friends who ended up in the Desert Southwest hoping to find an allergy-free haven.

What exactly were the “triggers” of those allergy attacks– the triggers that could cause such desperation?  In the past, we often focused placing blame on plant pollens, dust, animals and stinging insects (wasps, bees, hornets).  A closer look at the science, however, reveals that cockroaches, in fact, are shown to be major triggers of allergies and asthma attacks, too.

History

As far back as 1943, allergies linked to cockroaches were identified. Tests were confirming the link between irritations of the skin and the roaches that had just crawled over test subjects’ hands and arms.  (more…)

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