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2014-09-17 23:06:18

Local mosquito control franchise will treat football fields for upcoming season. Hanover, MA (PRWEB) September 17, 2014 In a continuing effort to protect local athletes from potential EEE and West Nile virus threats, Mosquito Shield of the South Shore has partnered for the second year in a row with the Hanover Youth Athletic Association to treat area fields in preparation for the upcoming season. With daily practices going until dusk, prime mosquito feeding time, the exposure to...

2014-09-09 23:03:10

Franchise Corporation brings innovative mosquito and tick control solution to the Southeast Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) September 09, 2014 Mosquito Shield Franchise Corporation will introduce its innovative mosquito and tick control franchise opportunity to prospective franchisees at the two-day Atlanta Franchise and Business Expo at the Cobb Galleria Center. The regional event, which offers prospective entrepreneurs a chance to meet face to face with businesses offering expansion opportunities,...

2014-08-29 23:04:47

The authors of an article in The Journal of Parasitology argue that parasitic manipulations do not just target one area, such as growth or reproduction, but many parasites directly affect the overall form and function of their hosts. (PRWEB) August 29, 2014 Journal of Parasitology — Parasites are among the most successful organisms on our planet, and scientists need to know more about how they manipulate their hosts. To boost their chances of survival, parasites may slow the growth of a...

2014-08-28 23:17:24

CombFirst!, the National Pediculosis Association’s national head lice prevention campaign urges communities to be informed, prepared and cooperative. Boston, MA (PRWEB) August 28, 2014 On September 1st, the National Pediculosis Association (NPA) kicks off its annual CombFirst! Back-to-School campaign. The goal is to help families and entire communities work together to control head lice calmly and effectively and without exposures to risky pesticides. The NPA and the American Academy...

2014-08-27 08:22:32

INNISFIL, ON, Aug. 27, 2014 /CNW/ - When families call Lice Squad Canada, they typically begin with the story about how they tried various pesticide based treatments, spent time and money, and are still finding bugs crawling in their children's hair. The head lice removal industry is thriving in Canada due in part to pesticide resistance and a shift in the mindset of parents who want pesticide free options. The Journal of Medical Entomology reported in March of 2014 that most lice...

2014-08-19 23:00:39

More than 300 parasitologists gathered for the American Society of Parasitologists annual meeting to celebrate the 100th anniversary of The Journal of Parasitology. The conference took place in New Orleans, LA and featured a special Centennial Symposium focused on the journal and its contributions to the science. New Orleans, LA (PRWEB) August 19, 2014 September 2014 marks 100 years since publication of the first issue of The Journal of Parasitology. To celebrate, more than 300...

Galápagos Hawks Hand Down Lice Like Family Heirlooms
2014-08-11 03:08:49

By Daniel Stolte, University of Arizona Study provides some of the first evidence for the hypothesis of co-divergence between parasites and hosts acting as a major driver of biodiversity Say what you will about the parasitic lifestyle, but in the evolution of life on Earth, it's a winner. Given that about half of all known species are parasites, biologists have long hypothesized that the strategy of leeching off other organisms is a major driver of biodiversity. Studying populations...

2014-07-25 16:23:02

STILLWATER, Okla., July 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The world's battle against parasites has a young, aggressive ally. Launched in 2009, the National Center for Veterinary Parasitology (NCVP) at Oklahoma State University's Center for Veterinary Health Sciences is helping carry the fight against parasites and vectors, such as mosquitoes, ticks, and the organisms they transmit. These foes attack humans, animals and our food supply. The National Center for Veterinary...

2014-07-24 23:10:23

Is that mosquito on your arm just a pest, or could it be carrying a deadly disease? CCSU professor Dr. Alicia Bray is conducting two studies will help determine just how widespread disease-carrying mosquitoes are in Connecticut and how manmade ponds may be helping these mosquitoes spread. New Britain, CT (PRWEB) July 24, 2014 Dr. Alicia Bray, assistant professor of biology at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), is conducting two studies to determine the prevalence of certain...

2014-07-22 16:22:46

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Central Life Sciences, whose founders invented insect growth regulator technology more than 35 years ago, recently announced that Zenivex(®) adulticide has received approval in California from the EPA for mosquito control efforts over cropland and pastureland. "Our California mosquito control customers have been anxiously awaiting this crop clearance for Zenivex(® )adulticide, and we're excited that they can now rely on it for an even...


Latest Parasitology Reference Libraries

Pork Tapeworm, Taenia solium
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The pork tapeworm (Taenia solium), also known simply as a tapeworm, is a species of parasitic worm that is classified within the Platyhelminthes phylum. This species infects pigs and humans in many areas of the world including Africa, Southern Europe, Asia, South America, and some areas of North America. This species can cause cysticercosis in its larval stage, which is one of the major causes of seizures in humans. The pork tapeworm can reach an average body length between 2 to 3 meters, but...

Paragonimus westermani
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Paragonimus westermani is a species of fluke, or flatworm that is classified within the Platyhelminthes phylum. This species is abundant in South America and Asia and affects the lungs of humans and other hosts. It was first discovered in 1878 in Europe after two Bengal tigers died. In 1879, Ringer found this species in the lungs of a human. Manson and Erwin von Baelz identified the sputum and eggs separately in 1880, after which Manson asserted that a snail was most likely the worm's...

Echinococcus multilocularis
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Echinococcus multilocularis is a species of tapeworm that is classified within the Platyhelminthes phylum. It is one of a few worms that cause echinococcosis, a disease that affects many canid species including wolves, coyotes, foxes, jackals, domesticated dogs. Humans can also contract this disease. Adult members of this species can reach an average length of .2 inches, and like other species of tapeworm, its body is segmented by three proglottids. Its head, or scolex, is equipped with...

Trichinella spiralis
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Trichinella spiralis, sometimes known as the pork worm, is a parasite within the Nematoda class. It can be found in pigs, rats, humans, and bears. This worm causes trichinosis in humans, most often from consuming undercooked pork. This species is the smallest within its class, reaching an average body length of .16 centimeters. Females are twice as large as males, displaying a sexual dimorphism. The reproductive organs of females are unique to the species in that the front end holds developed...

Guinea Worm, Dracunculus medinensis
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The Guinea worm (Dracunculus medinensis) is a species of roundworm with the Nematoda phylum. This species is once ranged throughout Asia and Africa, including the west coasts of Africa in Guinea. Although it is not present in this range anymore, the species retains its common name. It was identified in this area by Carl Linnaeus, who discovered the parasite in many merchants along the coast. Its scientific name was also given due to a large population in one area, called Medina. Dracunculus...

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