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HANTAVIRUS – Part 3

HEPAVIRUS continued HEPA filter respirators are required when working in potentially affected areas. Standard face respirators used to protect against organic vapors, dusts, and other pesticide particles are not sufficient protection against the hantavirus. For standard house mouse (M. musculus!domesticus) control programs (inspecting and handling multiple catch mouse traps, exterior bait stations, routine inspections, etc.) in…

HANTAVIRUS – Part 1

What is Hantaviruse? Hantaviruses are enzootic viruses that maintain persistent infections in their rodent hosts without apparent disease symptoms. The spillover of these viruses to humans can lead to one of two serious i.llnesses: hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) and hemor­rhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) (Jonsson et al. 2010). Viruses in the genus Bunyaviridaeare the…

Recently Discovered Spider Named After Spider from Harry Potter

Recently Discovered Spider Named After Spider from Harry Potter

A recently-discovered wolf spider species has been named after a spider from the bestselling Harry Potter franchise, Aragog. CNN reports that University of Tehran researchers found the species while searching for butterflies in Iran. After realizing it was an unknown species, they drew parallels with the features of this […] Click here to view original…

What Makes Mosquito Control Different?

What Makes Mosquito Control Different?

PCT talked to several PMPs to get their perspective and recommendations on offering mosquito control services. Combined, they represent more than 700 technicians conducting services. They’ve been offering mosquito services anywhere from 1 to 8 years, with one offering mosquito knockdown fogging services for more than 20 years. All […] Click here to view original…

NYC Announces $32 Million Neighborhood Rat Reduction Plan

NYC Announces $32 Million Neighborhood Rat Reduction Plan

NEW YORK — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on July 12 a $32 million, multi-agency plan to reduce the city’s rat population that targets the three most infested parts of city: the Grand Concourse area, Chinatown/East Village/Lower East Side and Bushwick/Bedford-Stuyvesant. This interagency initiative aims to reduce […] Click here to view original…