Public Health Pests

Amid Zika Concerns, Mosquito Sessions Take Center Stage at Purdue

Amid Zika Concerns, Mosquito Sessions Take Center Stage at Purdue

January 11, 2017

Mosquito control is a different type of service that involves learning new equipment, products and regulations, in addition to having a thorough understanding of mosquito biology and behavior. To help PMPs navigate mosquito control better, this year’s Purdue Pest Management Conference included sessions on mosquito management from leading experts. Read More

Lyme Disease Found in Nine U.S. National Parks

Lyme Disease Found in Nine U.S. National Parks

January 6, 2017

The disease has been spreading across the United States over the past several decades, and a new study has confirmed that ticks carrying the disease are present in eastern national parks, ESA reported. Read More

Zika Surfaces in Texas

Zika Surfaces in Texas

November 30, 2016

Texas has become the second state in the continental United States to confirm a locally-transmitted case of the Zika virus, state and federal health officials reported last week. Read More

Zika No Longer a Global Emergency, WHO Says

Zika No Longer a Global Emergency, WHO Says

November 22, 2016

A WHO advisory panel said that while the spread of Zika remains of great importance, it should now be classified with other mosquito-borne maladies such as malaria or yellow fever, The New York Times reported. Read More

First Zika Birth Defect Reported in Puerto Rico

First Zika Birth Defect Reported in Puerto Rico

October 31, 2016

Puerto Rico on Friday reported its first case of a baby born with microcephaly as a result of a Zika infection, raising concerns because officials said the medical condition wasn't identified until the mother was nearly eight months pregnant, NBC News reported. Read More

Late Fall Means Tick Season. Are You Ready?

Late Fall Means Tick Season. Are You Ready?

October 14, 2016

In many areas of the country, late fall is peak season for the adult deer tick population and resulting cases of tick-borne illnesses. Bob Maurais, president of resource center Mainely Ticks, discusses how PMPs can expand their role as protectors of public health by increasing their focus on tick education and prevention. Read More

Funding Approved to Combat Zika With Drones

Funding Approved to Combat Zika With Drones

October 12, 2016

Two groups that want to deploy drones to fight Zika won support from the federal government Wednesday, NBC News reported. The funding will go to helping them develop drones that could drop off Zika-fighting mosquitoes or ferry lab samples from remote regions. Read More