The Week in Pests for December 3, 2012
Here's what the web is bugging out about this week.
Can Taking A Pill Before Bed Get Rid Of Bed Bugs?
Researchers reported that an anti-parasite drug, ivermectin, is fatal to bed bugs. This drug is an active ingredient in heartworm medication for dogs, but in order to kill bed bugs, humans would have to take the drug for a couple of weeks. Ivermectin is generally prescribed as a single dose, so years of testing would be required before it hits the shelf.
In a bizarre contest, Edward Archbold died as a result of "asphyxia due to choking and aspiration of gastric contents." In laymen's terms, he choked to death after consuming dozens of live roaches. About 30 brave souls ate the roaches for a shot at winning a python.
Silicon Valley, California is home to the world's leggiest millipede. It set a world record for number of legs, coming in at a whopping 750 limbs. Most millipede species have 80 to 100 legs, not the 1000 that their name implies. The creature is only 3 centimeters long.
Floods can bring serious pest problems after a storm. Rats to mosquitoes suddenly appear everywhere. Knockout Pest Control is stepping up to help Long Beach residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. For the next 90 days, the company is offering free pest management for up to $100,000.
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