February 15, 2010
From the Guardian
By Suzanne Goldenberg
Comatose iguanas have been dropping from the trees and pythons have frozen to death in their tracks in Florida's unusually harsh winter, wildlife officials said today.
Parts of the Sunshine State saw their second snowfall of the season this weekend, with the extended cold spells killing off a host of tropical intruders, including iguanas, Burmese and African pythons and invasive fish.
State wildlife officials said more than half of the green iguanas, which are native to South America, could have been killed off. "The iguanas up in the trees just got so cold, they kind of went very, very sluggish, and just fell down," said Jenny Tinnell, a biologist with Florida's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
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February 09, 2010
Bedbug infestations are on the rise across the United States. Putting in the term 'Bedbugs' in a news search engine and you will find literally hundreds or reports filed on these parasites daily. The reason they have become so prevalent is tied into the rise of international travel over the past 2 decades. Living in Central Florida, it shouldn't be difficult to see how they spread so easily. A family traveling from overseas may have just a few bedbugs in their luggage, they come to Orlando, visits a local shopping mall, and suddenly a storefront has an infestation. Maybe their stay at a hotel causes the infestation, and then a maid brings a few home with her, and so the cycle continues.
A big shock that comes to people when they experience or learn about Bedbugs is that what they heard about them is in fact true. They are like very much like tiny vampires, they latch onto our bodies and suck blood out of us. They do come out in the dead of night to feast. They do multiply in population at an alarmingly fast rate. Bedbugs are truly a disturbing parasite and living with them is an absolute nightmare. The good news is they are highly treatable and a professional pest control company can eradicate a bedbug population from a building of just about any kind.
Through the use of Bedbug detecting canines (yes you read that right) and a proper fumigation, these pests can be eliminated. A bedbug detecting canine is important because they can find these bloodsuckers in places a human inspector simply can't. A fumigation will kill Bedbugs deader than a doornail, much like a proper vampire hunter - a pest professional can truly wipe these suckers out.