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Backyard Chickens Harbor Greater Diversity of Ticks, Mites, and Lice than Farm-raised Chickens


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Backyard Chickens Harbor Greater Diversity of Ticks, Mites, and Lice than Farm-raised Chickens

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Today’s backyard chickens are not your grandmother’s birds — they sport jaunty sweaters, go for walks on leashes, and dine on treats like “chunky chicken caviar.” As keeping chickens has become more popular, the bird’s status has been elevated from practical livestock to pampered pet. And though they may indulge in whimsy, the new generation […]

The Dung Beetle Dance: An Orientation Behaviour?

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Here is an interesting article describing dung beetle behaviors (“dance”) when rolling a dung ball away from the dung pile. It appears that dung beetles use visual cues to keep rolling their dung ball in a straight line as they away from the dung pile (and all the other dung beetles that presumably might try to steal their […]

APHIS issues fall avian flu preparedness, response plan

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

US agency preparing for possible return of virus in the fall The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has issued a report on planning and preparations for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in advance of a potential recurrence of the disease when birds migrate south this fall. The HPAI outbreak that devastated poultry […]

Open-access Article Offers Horse Owners Advice on How to Control Flies with Parasitoid Wasps

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Horses need help when it comes to insect pests, particularly the house flies and stable flies that can be a near-constant source of annoyance and even disease. Unfortunately, horse farm managers and horse owners are in the dark about how best to tackle the issue because the research just hasn’t been done, according to a […]

Insect honeydew on food crops could attract filth flies

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

House flies are of major concern as vectors of food-borne pathogens to food crops. House flies are common pests on cattle feedlots and dairies, where they develop in and feed on animal waste. By contacting animal waste, house flies can acquire human pathogenic bacteria such as Escherichia coli and Salmonella spp., in addition to other […]

How close to fly pupae do you need to release parasitoid wasps?

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Release of parasitic wasps (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae) as biological control agents for house flies and stable flies in livestock confinements has had variable success. In part, this may reflect a lack of knowledge regarding the optimal distance to be used between parasitoid release stations. In the current study, we assessed the effect of linear distance on […]

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