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Reining in antimicrobial resistance

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Mounting evidence that food systems may be major conduits of anti-microbial resistance (AMR) point to the need for greater vigilance over the way antibiotics are used on farms. While antimicrobial resistance was first described in 1940, scientific understanding of the myriad of pathways by which resistance emerges and spreads remains in its infancy. The global […]

Scientists Suggest Re-Thinking Which Flea-Borne Bacterium Causes Fevers in Humans

Monday, November 14th, 2016

In Southern California over the past five years, there have been nearly 500 cases of flea-borne rickettsioses, more commonly known as flea-borne typhus. Rickettsia felis has become the presumed bacterium causing the fevers, but scientists from the California Department of Public Health think the presumption might be unfounded. Instead, in an article recently published in […]

USDA Confirms New World Screwworm Cases in Big Pine Key

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of New World screwworm in Key deer from a wildlife refuge in Big Pine Key, Florida. USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, confirms this is a local infestation of New World screwworm. This is the first […]

Dust Baths and Longer Beaks Can Make Cage-free Chickens into Mite-free Chickens

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

Life is improving for America’s chickens. Due to consumers’ increasing interest in animal welfare, large portions of the poultry industry are shifting towards less restrictive housing. Many poultry farmers are replacing the conventional conjoined small wire cages, called “battery cages,” with cage-free housing in large open poultry houses.  Read more:  dust baths and untrimmed beaks

Bed Bugs can be problematic in free-range chicken farms

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

In this episode of Bed Bug TV, Jeff (of Bed Bug Central) visits a bed bug infested chicken farm and explains the situation and possible solutions moving forward. Watch video here:  bed bugs in poultry facility  

Greater insect biodiversity in grasslands leads to higher levels of ecosystem services

Friday, August 19th, 2016

The more it swarms, crawls and flies the better it is for humans. This is the finding of a study published in “Nature“. More than 60 researchers from a number of universities were involved, including the Technical University of Munich, the Institute of Plant Sciences at the University of Bern and the Senckenberg Biodiversity and […]

Fighting the mosquito that spreads Zika

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

The UC Mosquito Research Laboratory in Parlier is the epicenter of California research on the Aedes aegypti mosquito, a tiny, black and white mosquito that can spread the Zika virus. Aedes aegypti were first identified in California in June 2013, when they were found in the San Joaquin Valley communities of Clovis and Madera. They […]

Edward Knipling and Raymond Bushland Win Award for the Sterile Insect Technique

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Two prominent members of the Entomological Society of America were posthumously selected as winners of the Golden Goose Award, which honors scientists whose federally funded work may have been considered silly, odd, or obscure when first conducted but has resulted in significant benefits to society. Dr. Edward F. Knipling and Dr. Raymond C. Bushland are […]

VetPestX – a searchable database of pesticides to control animal ectoparasites

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

Interested in managing insect pests of animals?  While management should focus first on breaking the life cycle of insect pests, in some cases management options may include use of insecticides. The VetPestX searchable database of pesticides registered by state for use to manage ectoparasites of animals has been expanded over the last few months to […]

The Integrated Tick Management Symposium kicks off next Monday!

Monday, May 9th, 2016

The Integrated Tick Management Symposium kicks off next Monday! Join us in Washington, D.C. for the two-day symposium on topics from personal protection, to deer-targeted methods, to funding and federal initiatives. The symposium will cover a variety of important topics on the problem that ticks present and how we can achieve an effective integrated tick/pathogen […]

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