Posted on December 20, 2012 by rhallberg
The following post is taken from a North Carolina pest alert written by Dr. Steven Frank.
Christmas trees like other crops have many pests that feed on them. Also like other crops, they are grown outside. Thus, many insect species may be unfortunate enough to stop for a rest just as the tree is bundled up and trucked to your local box store. Every year people report arthropods that have hitchhiked into their house on a Christmas tree. Here are a few of the most common.
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Posted on December 7, 2012 by rhallberg
Since writing the post on bed bugs and ticks in April, I have noticed that “bed bugs vs ticks” seems to be the top search term every day, and that post has been the top rated one every day since that date. Since many of us will travel over the holidays or have travelers in our homes, I’m going to give you a list of resources that have photos and contact information, so if you wake up one night and find something crawling on the back of your neck, you will be able to know whether you need to go to the doctor the next day, or to start washing everything you have in hot water.
Filed under: Insects, Invasive species, Urban IPM | Tagged: bed bugs, bed bugs and ticks, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, snakes, TickApp, TickID, ticks | 1 Comment »
Posted on June 19, 2012 by rhallberg
For those of you still wondering how to tell a bed bug from a tick, I have good news for you: if you’re in the South, you now have at least two phone apps to help you identify ticks. So even if you still don’t know what a bed bug is, you’ll be able to tell that it isn’t a tick.
Filed under: Insects, Urban IPM | Tagged: difference between bed bugs and ticks, how to tell a tick from a bed bug, lone star tick, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, STARI, tick apps, TickApp, TickID, ticks | 1 Comment »
Posted on April 16, 2012 by rhallberg
When I check out the stats on our blog, I often look at the search terms that people use to find our blog. A couple of days ago, I noticed that someone searched for “the difference between bed bugs and ticks,” and I thought, that’s a great question! So I’m going to try to answer it.
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Posted on July 20, 2011 by rhallberg
There’s an app for everything nowadays. You can pay for your lunch with an app, check-in for a flight with an app, and even find out what species of tick is attached to your dog.
Yes, you read that correctly. You can now download a “tick app.” For free. Just go to http://tickapp.tamu.edu.
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