Update of Human Health Benchmarks for Pesticides in Water

The EPA has updated its list of human health benchmarks for pesticides. The EPA develops these benchmarks as screening levels for use by states and water systems in determining whether the detection of a pesticide in drinking water or a drinking water source may indicate a potential health risk. This year, the EPA added 11 new benchmarks to the list, revised 10 of the benchmarks published in 2012 to reflect new scientific information and added cancer effects benchmarks for 40 of the pesticides. To view the revised list of human health benchmarks for pesticides, visit www.epa.gov/pesticides/hhbp.

Busting Bugs: USDA Creates Online Tools to ID Pests

from the USDA blog

by Natalie Loggins, USDA

Do you work at a port or international border where identifying potentially destructive agricultural pests is part of your job? Are you a student or teacher interested in learning more about potential and existing agricultural pests? Have you ever seen a creepy crawly thing in your backyard and wondered if it might be an invasive species? If you fit any of these descriptions, then ID Tools may be just what you need.

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NYC Officials use weevil for biological control for invasive vine

In the New York Times

By Keith Mulvihill

In many people’s minds, the weevil is associated with ravaged crops, ruined farmers and vast, forsaken fields, but New York City is about to unleash some 5,000 Asian weevils in several parks to attack a prolific vine that poses a threat to native plants and trees.

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Rabies awareness

We don’t typically think of bats and cats as “pests,” but they are two carriers of rabies, a disease that can be fatal if not treated immediately. The following text is from three news articles concerning rabies in the past year. Animals most likely to carry rabies are raccoons, skunks, foxes, bats, dogs and cats. The disease is fatal once it reaches the brain, so quick treatment is imperative. In addition, pets who have not been vaccinated against rabies, or whose vaccination is out of date, can develop rabies. There is no cure for an unvaccinated animal who is bitten by a rabid animal.

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