Quebec mayor, stung by wasps, dies
The mayor of a Montreal bedroom community has died after
being stung by wasps.
Lucie F. Roussel, the mayor of La Prairie, was out for a walk at her
cottage in the Eastern Townships Sunday when she stepped on a wasps’
nest, according to a statement by the city. Ms. Roussel, 51,
was transported to hospital in Thetford-Mines, Que., where she was
pronounced dead. It was not immediately clear if Ms. Roussel suffered
A Grover Beach woman is facing felony battery and child cruelty charges
after police say she sprayed a 7-year-old neighbor in the face with a
poisonous pesticide. Julie Wilhelmina Rodenhuis, 60, was booked into
the County Jail on Wednesday night on suspicion of assault with a deadly
weapon, battery with serious injury and child endangerment. Officers
responded to a condominium complex following a report of an assault on a
child. Investigators later determined the child was approached by
Rodenhuis and sprayed in the face with a poisonous weed killer. The
child was immediately treated by family members and emergency personnel
who responded to the scene, taken to a local hospital and later
For Rats In Subway
NEW YORK, NY
The MTA says it's
launching the first urban trial of pest-control bait that induces
permanent infertility in rats. The product has been successful in rural
areas, lowering rodent populations without harming other animals, crops
or humans. However, the bait used must taste better than the pizza
crusts, Chinesetakeout, cold French fries and other foods lying all over
the subway – otherwise the rodents won't eat it.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has canceled flea and tick pet
collars containing an insecticide. This decision was reached as a result
of EPA’s risk assessment showing risks to children from exposure to pet
collars containing propoxur, an insecticide registered for use to
control ticks, fleas and a variety of insects and is used in industrial,
commercial and residential facilities. “This action is another example
of EPA’s efforts to protect children from pesticide risks,” said Jim
Jones, assistant administrator of the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety
and Pollution Prevention. The action represents the solution to most
quickly remove the pet collars from the market. EPA’s risk assessment
found, in some but not all use scenarios, unacceptable risks to children
from exposure to propoxur pet collars
The pet collars are marketed by Sergeant's Pet Care Products, Inc. and
Wellmark International under the trade names including Bansect, Sentry,
Zodiac and Biospot. Flea and tick collars work by leaving a pesticide
residue on dogs' and cats' fur, which can be transferred to people by
hugging, petting or coming into contact with the pets. The major source
of exposure to these chemicals is from absorption through the skin after
directly touching the treated pet. Small children may ingest pesticide
residues when they touch a treated cat or dog and subsequently put their
hands in their mouth.
If you purchase a propoxur pet collar, read the label carefully and
follow all directions on the label to protect your family from exposure.
Do not allow children to play with the collar, and wash your hands
thoroughly with soap and water after handling.
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Garlic-Based Mosquito Repellent Registered for Use in Canada
TORONTO - Upper Canada Organic Products, Toronto, Ont., Canada
announced the issuance of the Canadian Pesticide Registration for
Mosquito Barrier. The active ingredient is 100% garlic juice. Mosquito
Barrier is labeled to repel mosquitoes from outside areas such as
backyards, parks and campgrounds.
Mosquito Barrier is made from the strongest non-GMO garlic commercially
available. The juice for this product is made by pressing hundreds of
pounds of garlic and extracting the juice. Adding less than one percent
of preservative, that comes from corn and citrus, makes Mosquito Barrier
as close to coming out of the garden as anything on the market today.
Mosquito Barrier also has a patent in Canada and the USA relating to the
method of repelling mosquitoes from recreational locations using a
One Pregnant Bed Bug
Could Produce a Family of Thousands
Genetic analysis has
shown that a single pregnant bed bug
that escapes detection can be
responsible for an entire
infestation, rapidly producing
generations of offspring.
It could create a
colony of thousands of bed bugs,
feeding on a single human.
The study was based on
London, which has seen a resurgence
in bed bugs.
A DNA study showed that
colonies of bed bugs in a house or
hotel could all come from a common
ancestor or a handful of female bed
rapid expansion in numbers could
take place over a matter of weeks -
at which point there is usually
human intervention to destroy the
Researchers say bed bugs'
ability to generate a new colony
from such small numbers might be a
"clue to their recent success".
If a single pregnant bed bug
manages to hide away, getting into a
traveler's luggage for example, it
is enough to begin a new infestation.
Automotive Wiring Attracting Rodents
years ago, automakers started using biodegradable, soy-based wiring
insulation. This was the manufacturers’ concession to going “green”
because the soy-based wiring degrades in landfills, unlike the older
petroleum-based, plastic-covered wiring. Unfortunately, the
manufacturers didn’t consider possible ramifications. Soy is food-based;
rodents are attracted to it, so they are even more likely to chew on
wiring that has a soy-based covering. Even worse, automakers are
starting to make other car parts, like seat padding, with soy-based
It's great for the environment but even better for hungry mice and
squirrels. They are drawn to it, therefore they are chewing and eating
it, And mechanics are also finding nests created in the upper plenums
(fresh air intakes).
What You Can Do
Some automakers are responding. Honda dealers now sell rolls of anti
rodent tape for wires, that can be used on any car, not just Hondas. If
you suspect a critter has gotten under the hood of your car, you need to
take action immediately, because he will be back. And he may bring his
friends and family next time.
Pesticides are regulated by Health Canada under
Did you know it's against the law...
- to use pesticides to control any pest
that is not listed
on the label.
- to use pesticides
in a manner that is not in compliance
with directions on the label.
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