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FL ag commissioner urges protection against mosquito-borne diseases

TALLAHASSEE – Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson says two cases of West Nile Virus have now been detected in horses in the state and the number of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) cases continues to rise. Bronson is reminding horse owners to get the animals vaccinated. He is also urging the public to follow Florida Department of Health guidelines to help prevent mosquito borne illnesses in people. DOH is reporting that two people in Florida have died after contracting EEE this summer. Mosquitoes carry the viruses and can transmit it to horses and humans, however, horses do not transmit the viruses to people.

The West Nile cases affected horses in Jefferson and Osceola counties. There are also now 60 reported cases of EEE in horses in several dozen counties in Florida this year, including southern counties such as Miami-Dade, Okeechobee and Collier where EEE cases are much less frequent.

EEE and West Nile are viral diseases that affect the central nervous system and are transmitted to horses by infected mosquitoes. Signs of the viruses include fever, listlessness, stumbling, circling, coma and usually death. EEE is fatal in horses in 90 percent of the cases. West Nile virus has a mortality rate in horses of about 30 percent. Studies show that in horses that do recover, anywhere from 20-40 percent show residual effects even after six months.

Bronson says there are vaccinations for both diseases but horse owners need to be diligent in not only getting their animals vaccinated, but also ensuring the vaccinations are kept up to date each year and booster shots are given.

“In the vast majority of cases we have seen this year, the horses either had no vaccinations at all or they were not current,” Bronson said. “We are seeing increases in mosquito populations and since mosquitoes are the carriers of both these diseases, it’s likely the situation is going to get worse before it gets better. I can’t stress enough the need for people to get these readily available vaccinations for their horses.”

While the incidence of EEE and West Nile is down in horses from what the state experienced earlier this decade, the cases continue to rise in 2010.

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What’s under your house?

We were called to perform a termite inspection for a realestate deal. Everything looked ok inside and in the attic. Yes the house was old and yes the house was in dis-repair but all in all it was in good shape and with some good old fashioned elbow grease, it would shape up well.

The last place to look was underneath in the crawl area. As we approached the crawl space opening (no door) we noticed that it appeared the water had been freely running underneath due to the moist soil and the river bed appearance. Excessive water is never very good under a home, it will bring all kinds of problems for the home owner.

Just as soon as we were under the home we were greated by subterranean mudtubes hanging from the floor supports.

Subterranean termites use mudtubes as their super highway into your home, it protects them and them cool. Brandon Beucher took pictures of the subterranean termite evidence with our TMO HTC-HD2 cell phone.

In this case, the subteranean termite are trying to build their mudtubes downard  to reach the soil.

We checked the discovered that the home WAS treated prior at some time for subterranean termites by locating drill holes in the foundation wall (in the crawl area), but whomever treated this house (there was no treatment sticker) did NOT treat the supports. That created a great oppurtunity for the sub termites to regain entry.

HOG Hunting Florida Style



The trick is teaching your retriever to let go of the Hog

once they’ve caught it !

Brevard mosquito battle comes with costs

A million acres — and arms — will get sprayed to fight the pests

An insect that weighs .00008 of an ounce and is less than an inch long costs the county an estimated $9 million a year to control. It also bugs the economy and tourism in other ways.

 Aircraft technician Michael Matthews inspects a helicopter before doing some aerial spraying for Brevard County’s Mosquito Control at its facility in Titusville. The county spends $9 million annually on the service, covering more than 1 million acres each for the ground and for the air. (Rik Jesse, FLORIDA TODAY)

The humble yet annoying mosquito will re-enter the environment in all of its glory soon with the coming heat and rain. This will not only drive consumers to stores to seek relief with favored repellents and the latest gadgets, but may even have an effect on tourism in the county. It’s too early to tell how bad the mosquitoes will be just yet, according to Peter Taylor, operations manager of the Brevard County Mosquito Control District.

They are at their worst when there are lots of them, and much of the population growth of the insects depends on warmer weather — which we’re now getting in a major way. “The mosquito season changes from year to year,” he said.

 “Their activities are governed by temperature and humidity, and as the year goes into the summer, you start getting rain patterns; but (in the summer) they reproduce at faster rates, and they get out to get blood meals to get the nutrients so that they can reproduce. As it gets warmer, they actually go through their life cycling faster, and that’s the reason it picks up when it’s warmer.”

The types of mosquitoes in Brevard County are of the salt marsh variety, using wet soil to lay their eggs. The county will spray about 1.2 million ground acres this year, at a cost of about $2.63 per acre, and another 1.1 million aerial acres at $1.56 per acre. Derek Helms, owner of the Pest Control Depot in Palm Bay, said a rise in purchasing anti-mosquito supplies tends to come with the summer rains.

 Usually, April and May are drier, he said. “It depends on how heavy the rains are, and then people start coming in,” he said. Overall, he said, mosquito repellants play a relatively small role in his sales, because most people understand that they are just a natural part of the environment. When they do need items, they usually go for sprays containing DEET, which is not as expensive as the alternative — a fog machine to keep the critters away.

“Homeowners realize when they have to spend $250, $300 for a (fog) machine, they generally back down,” he said. “They work really well, but it’s usually not an investment most people are willing to make.”

Yard-wide sprays are sold around town and can work for several days, said Stacey Hewatt, floor manager at Ace Hardware at Pineda, but the most popular item last year was a clip-on, battery operated repellent from Off! The item, similar in size to a cell phone, is on sale for $7.99, and Hewatt figures they will be popular again this year. “I think people buy according to what they are doing,” she said. “If at a baseball field, they might buy the spray. We sell something you can do to your yard, spray your own yard down prior to a barbecue, and it works for a couple of days.” And the buggers even affect tourism.

 Integrated Mosquito Management and the University of Florida teamed up for one of the few official studies on how mosquitoes affect tourism in the state in 1998. The study showed that areas with a high population of mosquitoes tend to have fewer tourists. “It showed a relationship between the number of mosquitoes that were trapped and the tourist dollars that were taken in. And there’s definitely a relationship there,” said he county’s Taylor. “If it gets really bad, people are just not going to get out and enjoy and spend money.”

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Art and Lice

15th C.              A walrus ivory, double-sided comb from 15th century France, called the “King David” comb, resides in the Hunt Museum. The ‘H’ shaped comb is 16 cm wide and 12 cm high. It has one row of coarse teeth and one row of fine teeth. “It is decorated on both sides in low relief with carved scenes depicting the story of King David and Bathsheba. One side shows King David sitting by a fountain and playing a harp with three women, this is surrounded by floral decoration. The other side shows David, Bathsheba and her husband, Uriah the Hittite, and two female attendants.” The Hunt Museum is located in Limerick, Ireland. [Anon., 2005a]

c. 1400             A ivory double-sided comb from northern Italy is located in the Victoria and Albert Museum. The center panel of the comb has a bass relief carving. [Anon., 2009a]

 c. 1450            A painted and engraved, ivory, double-sided comb, the “Fountain of Youth,” was found in the upper Rhine region of Germany. It depicts  medieval adults, and a fountain. The comb is held in the Victoria and Albert Museum (no. 231-1867). [Anon., 2009b]  

1491                 The earliest known representation of human lice is from a woodcut in the first edition of ‘Hortus sanitatis’ (The Garden of Health), which was compiled and published in 1491 by Jacob Meydenbach, Mainz. [Mumcuoglu, 2002] The drawing shows a kneeling man being de-loused by a standing woman using a brush. A crude cartoon-like representation of three oversized lice, each an oval with legs, are seen running around the water bowl. [Anon., 2005b]

c. 1500            Two intricately carved openwork, double-sided combs of boxwood, one with ivory inlays, were made in northern France in c. 1500. They now reside in the French Musee National du Moyen Age, Paris, France. [Anon., 2009c] 

1546                 Bhatkal (North Kanara District), India was in ruins by 1720, except for ten small temples covered with copper and stone. Khetappayya Narayana Temple, which was built in 1546, contains sculptures depicting the social life of the period.  In one panel, a man relaxes on a cot while his wife caresses him and picks lice from his long hair. In another panel, a child is being fondled by his father, while the mother is busy picking the lice from the husband’s head. [Kamat, 1987] 

c. 1555             Tintoretto (1518-1594) painted “Susanna and the Elders” in c. 1555. The painting shows a ivory double-sided comb among Susana’s luxury items. The painting is held by the Kunsthistoriches Museum, Vienna. [Kren & Marx, 2009] 

c. 1598             Caravaggio (1571-1610) painted “Martha and Mary Magdalene,” in c. 1596. The painting, which shows a double-side comb, is held at the Institute of Arts, Detroit. [Kren & Marx, 2009] 

17th Cent.        17th century physicians still followed Aristotle’s dictum that lice were born from sweat by a “spontaneous generation” phenomenon. [Aristotle, 350 BC]  However, their patients continued to treat themselves by delousing. This is often shown in 17th century paintings, especially in Dutch “genre painting”. [Cabotin, 1994] [Mumcuoglu, 2002] [Johansen, 2007] 

17th C.             Sculptures representing trained monkeys delousing humans can be found in Lisbon, Portugal. [Anon., 2004]  

1631                 Dirck Hals (1591-1656) painted Moederzorg (Mother’s Care), which shows a mother grooming a child’s hair by lamplight. This was one of the earliest Dutch paintings using this theme. [Wheelock, 2004] 

1648                 Quiringh Gerritsz van Brekelenkam (1622-1679) painted “Woman Combing a Child’s Hair” in 1648. The picture shows the use of a delousing comb. [Wheelock, 2004] 

1651                 Gerard ter Borch (1617-1681) painted “The Stone Grinder’s Family” in 1651. The painting shows a woman delousing her daughter while her husband grinds a steel blade under the eye of her son. [Johansen, 2007] 

1652                 Gerard ter Borch (1617-1681) painted “Woman Combing a Child’s Hair” in 1652. The picture shows the use of a delousing comb. [EID, 1999] [Anon., 2008]           

1658-60           Pieter de Hooch (1629-1684) painted “A Mother’s Duty,” which shows a seated mother delousing the hair of her kneeling child. The painting is located in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. [Johansen, 2007]

1669                 Caspar Netscher (1639-1684) painted “Woman Combing a Child’s Hair,” which now resides in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The painting shows a woman combing a young boy’s hair, while (nearby) his sister makes faces in a mirror. [Dunder, 2009]

1670-1675       Bartolome Murillo (1617-1682) painted “The Toilette” in 1670-1675. The painting depicts an old woman searching for lice in the hair of a seated young boy who is petting a dog. [Kren & Marx, 2009] 

1673                 A tortoiseshell double-sided comb and engraved case made in Jamaica in 1673 are now located in the Victoria and Albert Museum (no.  524-1877). [Anon., 2009d] 

1690                 In 1857, the British Museum acquired an elaborately engraved tortoise shell comb with two rows of teeth, from the Bernal Collection. The comb was engraved “Port Royall in Jamaica, 1690” [Bohn, 1857]

Handmade oil painting reproduction of Looking for Lice, a painting by Jules Pascin.

An ex-voto shows a mother intent on picking lice from her daughter’s head as her sister sits nearby. Outside the door, a boy — perhaps their brother — falls from a tree. The ex-voto thanks the Virgin Mary because, despite his mother being distracted, the boy escaped serious injury.

Me #1 Lice Farma 

Bed Bugs Are Back

Florida Agriculture & Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson urges steps to keep bed bugs out of homes.

Sunday May 2nd, 2010

TALLAHASSEE — The small, reddish brown insects are popping up in places all over the country.  While often presumed to indicate poor sanitation or bad housekeeping practices, bed bugs can show up anywhere, from the best kept house to a five-star hotel.  Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson says people can take steps to ensure they don’t bring the pests into their houses.

“Bed bugs infest places where people sleep and live, and all they need is to get in the door to get established,” Bronson said.  “We want people to be aware that they are out there and be careful while traveling so that they don’t bring them back home.”

Once established, bed bugs can be hard to control and can cause a lot of emotional distress to their victims.  Bed bugs are not known to carry or spread disease, but the fact that their only food is blood means they need to be avoided and controlled when present.

“They attack people when they are the most vulnerable and where people usually feel the safest, while at home trying to enjoy a restful night’s sleep,” Bronson said.  “They make people feel uncomfortable, and the fact that they can be difficult to control makes it worse.”

To avoid bringing bed bugs home, the Department recommends the following:
— Do a quick check for bed bugs when you are traveling and staying in hotels or other guest accommodations.

— Adult bed bugs are between the size of a matchhead and a pencil eraser.  Nymphal (immature) stages are smaller (about the size of a pencil tip).  Live bed bugs can move quickly, making them difficult to detect.

— Check hotel or guest beds for signs of bed bugs by removing the mattress cover before using.  Typical signs are dark spots on the edges or sides of mattresses, or the bed bugs themselves hiding there.

— Look for them around furniture near the bed, headboards, and nearby couches and chairs.  Bed bugs may also be found harboring in dresser drawers.

— Don’t put luggage on or near the bed.  Put luggage in the closet or bathroom to avoid bed bugs climbing into luggage and coming home.

— Report any findings of bed bugs to the hotel operator or guest house manager. 

— When returning home from a trip, do not take luggage directly into the bedroom, immediately remove clothes from luggage and place in washer or dryer.

If you sustain any bed bug bites, don’t panic.  Bed bugs don’t transmit disease and allergic reactions are relatively rare.  Check your luggage to make sure you don’t bring any home and report to the property manager.  Laundering your clothes when you get home with hot soapy water kills bed bugs and drying on high temperature for 15-20 minutes kills bed bugs.

If you find bed bugs in your home, call a licensed pest control company to inspect and provide a written estimate of control costs.  Depending on the extent of the infestation, bed bug control can be labor intensive, so get a good idea of how the company will do the job and how much it will cost before agreeing.  Get estimates from more than one company.  You can cooperate with pest control by removing all sheets, blankets, mattress covers, pillowcases, etc., from beds and wash and dry them.  Wash and dry washable clothing, towels, and other linens.  If clothes or fabrics require dry cleaning, inform the cleaner about the bed bug risk.  Provide access for the pest control technician and, if possible, move furniture away from wall so there is a three foot space between the furniture and the walls.

If you have any concerns about the license status of the company or how the control is done contact the Department at 1-800-HELPFLA (1-800-435-7352).

Beucher & Son have great track record for the treatment of Bedbugs!