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Our own Mr. T, Paul Tomasello has done it again, he won our February 2017 EHS cartoon contest for the second time. 

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Our own Mr. T, Paul Tomasello has done it again, he won our February 2017 EHS cartoon contest for the second time. Rats, Mice, Bedbugs, Ticks, Mosquitos, Ants, Termites, Squirrels, Cockroaches and all other pests we remove, prevent and protect our clients, cities and world from are subjects for future hand drawn masterpieces from Andertoons creator Mark Anderson. We have 3 gems pending from team members but to spice things up EHS has decided to expand our monthly $100 reward to our valued clients. Please keep them coming! Forward ideas to john@ehspest.com.

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Venom from the deadly funnel web spider can be used to protect the brain from devastating stroke damage, scientists have found. Australian researchers were sequencing the DNA of the venom when they discovered a compound, which they say could protect brain cells even when injected hours after a stroke has occurred. "We believe that we have, for the first time, found a way to minimise the effects of brain damage after a stroke," Professor Glenn King, from the UQ Institute for Molecular Bioscience, told AAP. The scientists at the University of Queensland and Monash University made the discovery when they were examining venom extracted from spiders found in Queensland's Orchid beach, 400 kilometres north of Brisbane. While the venom from these spiders can kill a human within 15 minutes, the protein they discovered, Hi1, is not only harmless, but could be a game-changer in treating strokes. It stood out for scientists because it looked like two copies of another chemical that can protect brain cells. However, “it proved to be even more potent,” Professor King said, according to the Guardian. A stroke is a brain attack that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off, depriving it of oxygen. When this happens, the brain burns glucose, producing acid, which can kill brain cells. During the tests on rats, the Hi1 molecule was found to block acid-sensing in channels in the brain. A dose of the protein two hours after the stroke cut down the brain damage in rats by 80%, Professor King wrote in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Even when it was given eight hours after the attack, it reduced damage to the brain by about 65%. "This world-first discovery will help us provide better outcomes for stroke survivors by limiting the brain damage and disability caused by this devastating injury," he said. To learn more about spiders, call EHS Pest. Source: telegraph.co.uk

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OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (AP) — Maine’s state fire marshal says a man burned down his parents’ house and killed three pets while trying to exterminate ants in his basement with matches. Investigators say 21-year-old Devon Doucette was trying to incinerate the ants with wooden matches when one of them ignited combustible materials. The fire quickly spread to the rest of the house. Authorities say Doucette was treated for smoke inhalation and burns after he carried some burning items out of the house. They say the house is owned by his parents, who were not home at the time. Authorities say the fire killed two cats and one dog. They say charges are not likely. If you want to exterminate ants safely, call EHS Pest. Source: Boston.com

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OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (AP) — Maine’s state fire marshal says a man burned down his parents’ house and killed three pets while trying to exterminate ants in his basement with matches. 

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Not all bed bugs are created equal, and some of the leading bed bug traps used by pest management professionals are ineffective against species with better climbing abilities than others. 

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Not all bed bugs are created equal, and some of the leading bed bug traps used by pest management professionals are ineffective against species with better climbing abilities than others. In a study published today in the Journal of Economic Entomology, a research team led by Dae-Yun Kim at the Universiti Sains Malaysia, has shown that the tropical bed bug (Cimex hemipterus) can readily climb out of smooth-walled pitfall traps. The researchers tested four leading traps, all designed in the United States, where the bed bug Cimex lectularius is more common. The traps were effective at trapping adult C. lectularius but not adult C. hemipterus. The tropical bed bugs, researchers found, are better able to use small pads on their legs to grip the surface of the trap and scale the inner wall. Taking a close look using a scanning electron microscope, Kim and colleagues found that the tibial pad of adult C. hemipterus bed bugs showed the presence of a greater number of hairs than on that of C. lectularius, as well as a more well-developed organ for glandular secretion at the base of the hairs. They observed the bed bugs using the tibial pad while climbing on the smooth surfaces, though they say further research is needed to understand exactly how the enhanced hairs and glands in the tibial pads enable C. hemipterus to grip a smooth vertical surface. Regardless of how tropical bed bugs do it, their ability to escape pitfall traps “has profound implications in the monitoring and potential management of bed bug infestations,” says Chow-Yang Lee, professor of entomology at Universiti Sains Malaysia, and a co-author on the study. C. lectularius is mainly found in temperate regions, and C. hemipterus is found primarily in tropical regions, but they often co-exist in regions such as Africa, Australia, Florida, Japan, Taiwan, and southern China. “Unfortunately, due to their close resemblance, most pest management professionals are unable to tell between C. lectularius and C. hemipterus,” Lee says. “Hence, if some of the pitfall traps used in this study, which otherwise could effectively contain C. lectularius, were used during the monitoring process, they would not be able to contain C. hemipterus, which may give a false impression that the monitored premises are free of bed bugs or having a low infestation rate. This may affect the decision-making process on the treatment type, and eventually lead to control failure.” Learn more about bedbugs and how to get rid of them safely, call EHS Pest. Source: entomologytoday.org

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The annual cost of termite damage and control measures in the U.S. is estimated at $5 billion dollars. The most robust termite season is just about to begin. There are two types of homes: Those that have termites, and those that could get them. The type of destruction termites can cause homes is immense. EHS Pest Control does free examinations to check for the pests. Signs like hollow-sounding wood or papery wings near windows mean termites could already be feasting on your home. Termites might swarm out in another area, but if the sun is shining through a particular window, they're going to that window. And a lot of times that's when you're going to see the dead swarmers or the wings laying there. Some preventative measures are as simple as where you store wood. People have fire places and they generally store wood near the house. That's the last thing you want to do. You want to get that wood away from the home, because that is termite food right there by the home. Homeowners can get termite bait systems set up around their homes; it’s best to get ahead of the problem. Call a professional, have them come in and do a good inspection of your home. If there is an issue, you can go ahead and address it before it gets out of hand. If left untreated, it can certainly get out of hand. For more information on termite control, contact EHS Pest in Norwood. Source: WALB

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For most, last summer's mouse plague in New York's Hudson River Valley was merely a nuisance. But for ecologists who study Lyme disease, it was a major cause for worry. "An individual mouse might have 50, 60, even 100 ticks covering its ears and face," Rick Ostfeld, an ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y, told NPR. In the 20 years that Ostfeld and his wife Felicia Keesing, who is an ecologist at Bard College, have studied Lyme disease they've been able to predict how bad a season will be by looking at the number of mice the year prior. While many associate the spread of infected ticks with deer, mice are one of the worst carriers in the Northeast since they infect 95 percent of ticks that feed on them. "We're anticipating 2017 to be a particularly risky year for Lyme," Ostfeld says. In the last few decades, Lyme disease has exploded in the Northeast and is now in 260 counties on the East Coast from Maine to Virginia and has made its way into the Midwest as well, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports from 2015. "In the Northeast, most people catch Lyme around their homes," epidemiologist Kiersten Kugeler at the CDC told NPR. "What's important for people to know is that the ticks are spreading to new areas — and tick-borne diseases are coming with them." So if you noticed a lot of mice around your house last summer in an area that Lyme exists, be sure to be extra vigilant this summer and follow this tips to keep them off you. To learn more about how to get rid of mice and ticks safely, call EHS Pest. Source: wcvb.com

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For most, last summer's mouse plague in New York's Hudson River Valley was merely a nuisance. But for ecologists who study Lyme disease, it was a major cause for worry. 
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