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July 4th 2018

Urgent warning as painful biting horseflies invade Britain

HORSEFLY bites are set to soar as a heatwave sparks an invasion of the painful biting insects.

Sizzling temperatures are set to bring a swarm of the bugs to Britain with a boom similar to those found in Mediterranean countries.

The flies are known for targeting horses but can also chomp down onto humans.

Horsefly bites can be extremely painful, leaving large swollen sores full of pus on the skin.

They can take a while to heal and other symptoms include a large rash, dizziness, weakness, wheezing and swelling.

Conservationists claim horsefly numbers are on the rise this summer.

Ben Keywood, of the Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust, told MailOnline:”This year Britain is seeing insect populations more like what you’d expect to see in a Mediterranean country.

“Unfortunately this means we have to put up with the less popular ones as well.”

Horseflies like warm weather and normally appear in June and July.

The bugs are often found around ponds, pools, woodlands, grass and livestock.

Some insect repellents will help keep the horseflies at bay and it’s a good idea to protect yourself if you’re going into rural areas.

Light coloured clothing will also make you less of a target for the flies, which are attracted to dark, moving objects.

The flies don’t normally head into dark areas – so you will be better protected in the shade.


April 29th 

Health warnings after toxic caterpillar outbreak in London

An infestation of caterpillars that can trigger asthma attacks, vomiting and skin rashes has appeared in south-east England.

Oak processionary moths, in their larval stage now, have been spotted in areas that include Croydon, Twickenham, Epping Forest, Watford, Ealing and several London suburbs. Other infestations have been spotted in Bracknell Forest, Slough and Guildford.

Hairs on the moths contain toxins that cause severe dizziness, fever and eye and throat irritations, health officials have warned. The caterpillars - which feed off oak trees - have distinctive extremely hairy bodies and should not be touched. Sightings should be reported to the Forestry Commission.

The species derives its common name from the fact it lives primarily on oak trees and moves about in nose-to-tail processions, while the first part of its scientific name – Thaumetopoea processionea – comes from thaumetopoein, the irritating protein found in its hairs.

Contact can cause itching, skin rashes and, less commonly, sore throats, breathing difficulties and eye problems which are triggered if people or pets touch the caterpillars or their nests, or if the hairs are blown into contact by the wind. Nests should not be touched without protective clothing, the commission has warned.

The commission said 150 hotspots had been identified and traps to kill off the caterpillars would be set up over the next few days. Hundreds of others spots around London are to be sprayed with insecticides.

The oak processionary moth is a native of southern Europe but its range has been expanding northwards over the past 20 years and it has become established as far north as the Netherlands and northern Germany. It was first introduced – accidentally – to Britain in 2005 from eggs that had been laid on live, imported oak plants. The current infestation has probably arisen from a similar source, the commission has stated.

Nov 24th 2017

A Finnish bakery is to offer bread made from crushed crickets in a move that is hoped will help tackle world hunger.

Fazer Bakery in Finland said the product, available in its stores from Friday, was the first of its kind.

Each loaf produced will contain about 70 crickets that have been dried and ground, and then mixed with flour, wheat and other seeds.

In 2013, the United Nations estimated that at least 2 billion people eat insects worldwide.

According to the UN, more than 1,900 species of insect are used for food.

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) began a programme in 2013 to encourage the breeding and consumption of insects.

Juhani Sibakov, head of innovation at Fazer, said the concept had been in development since last summer, but it could not be launched until approved by Finnish authorities.

§  Watch: Should we eat bugs like Angelina Jolie?

Earlier this month Finland lifted a ban on the sale of insects raised and marketed for food use.

Five other European countries - the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Denmark - already allow this.

Mr Sibakov said the bread contains more protein than normal wheat bread.

"It offers consumers a good protein source and also gives them an easy way to familiarise themselves with insect-based food," he said.

The bread will be rolled out initially in stores in the Finnish capital, Helsinki. Sara Koivisto, a student there, said she "couldn't taste the difference", adding: "It tastes like bread."

Fazer, which imports the cricket ingredients from the Netherlands, only has a limited supply. However it said it was working to find a local supplier.

In many parts of the world, insect-eating is common.

In the West, edible bugs are becoming more popular with those who want a gluten-free diet or to protect the environment. Farming insects may use less resources than farming animals.


May 24th 2017

Related: Deadly New Disease Coming This Summer (Provided by Wochit)

"Folklore remedies" only put you at greater risk for dangerous diseases.

Scientists already predict Lyme disease to surge this year, but a viral tick "trick" could put people even more at risk.

The popular Facebook video advises dousing the parasites in peppermint oil, causing them to float up and away from the skin. "Death to ticks!!" the caption exclaims. Almost a half million viewers have since shared the post, recommending it to their friends and family.

The only problem? The "tip" directly contradicts experts' advice and actually increases the likelihood of contracting tickborne illnesses, like Lyme and Powassan virus.

"Ticks carry all sorts of diseases," entomologist Dr. Neeta Connally recently told KFGO. "Those are actually salivated into the body when the tick attaches, and so we don't want to agitate the tick in any way that is going to make it salivate more and thereby be more likely to transmit anything." That includes drowning them in peppermint oil, of course.

The Centers for Disease Control also discourages "folklore remedies" like nail polish, petroleum jelly and heat that lift the tick away from the skin. "Your goal is to remove the tick as quickly as possible – not wait for it to detach," the CDC says.

Instead of wasting your essential oils, pull out a pair of fine-tipped tweezers. Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible, and pull straight up with steady pressure. Then thoroughly clean the bite (and your hands) with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.

To get rid of the pests, put them in a sealed bag or container, or just flush them down the toilet. Of course, if you develop a rash or fever soon afterwards, go to the doctor straight away.

Since the parasites transmit over 10 dangerous diseases to their human (and pet!) hosts, it's important to get immediate care. Early recognition and treatment can decrease the risk of serious complications later on.

Feb 24th 2017

A 10-year-old boy is lucky to be alive after surviving being bitten by one of the world's deadliest spiders.

Matthew Mitchell required what is believed to be the largest dose of antivenom ever administered in Australia - 12 vials in total - after experiencing numerous convulsions.

The youngster from Berkeley Vale in New South Wales was helping his father clear out a shed at their home when he was bitten on a finger by a funnel-web spider which was inside one of his shoes.

"It sort of clawed on to me and all the legs and everything crawled around my finger and I couldn't get it off," he told Australia's Daily Telegraph.

His family rushed him to hospital where he was given the antivenom - an unheard-of amount, according to the Australian Reptile Park, which runs a antivenom milking programme.

"I've never heard of it, it's incredible," the park's general manager Tim Faulkner told the Australian Associated Press on Friday.

"To walk out of hospital a day later with no effects is a testament to the antivenom."

The funnel-web spider is native to Australia and can kill a human in less than 15 minutes.

"It would have been a fatal bite (without antivenom) there's little to no doubt of that," said Mr Faulkner.

"A small child is more vulnerable - but that bite would have killed an adult."

The offending spider was captured and taken to the reptile park, located north of Sydney.

Last month the facility released a video showing people how to collect funnel-web spiders safely.

The park is the only supplier of venom to the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories, which provides medical professionals with the antivenom to cure snake and funnel-web spider bites.

To keep up the supply of venoms the staff regularly 'milk' more than 300 snakes and 500 spiders that are included in the programme.

And this picture is a fall of spider webs that happened a few days ago in mid May 2015 in America, harmless to humans in this case just a lot of money spiders.

Dec 20th 2016 Thailand

CHUMPHON: -- An 11 year old boy in Chumpon was hospitalized after he came into contact with rove beetles.

 The mother of the P5 (year six) boy said that he was sleeping with a neon light on last Saturday. She went into his room and saw he had a lot of the beetles (known as duang kon kradok in Thai) over him, reports Thai News Agency.

 The boy brushed some of the insects onto his genitals and also wiped his eye in a panic.

 Next day his penis and testicles had seriously swollen and so had his eye.

 He was admitted to Sawee Hospital. He was unable to urinate and was admitted to the emergency ward. He is now recovering.

 Health officials said that there was a lot of the insects about in at least five districts of the southern Thai town.

 People can spray to keep their numbers down. Spraying should be done where the insects gather, such as near lights, but the insects should not be sprayed on directly.

 Rove beetles are among the largest species of beetles in the world and have been around since the Triassic period 200 million years ago.

Dec 3rd 2016

Venomous spiders from Australia invade Britain

The black widow's cousin, the false widow, has been invading homes after a mild autumn has led to a Warmer weather has led to a surge in venomous spiders invading British homes.

surge in numbers.

The spider, whose bites are more akin to a bee sting compared to its deadly cousin, have been responsible for a number of hospital admissions.

In Devon a father-of-five almost died after being bitten at a holiday camp caravan.

Simon John, 45, and his five month old baby Harrison were bitten during the night by the spider as the family slept during the break in Breen, Somerset.

Two days after he returned home he developed a fever and noticed two nasty red marks on his leg which quickly began to swell.

It had caused an open hole to appear on his leg and the flesh began to rot.

"Doctors had to cut out the rotting flesh away from my leg to avoid me getting blood poisoning, they said I was lucky to be alive," he said.

"If the bite was any higher and reached above my groin, my organs would have shut down completely after two hours.

"Also luckily my baby didn't react in the same way and got better after seeing the doctors."

The spider's bite usually causes numbness and discomfort and only in severe cases causes victims to be hospitalised.

John Tweddle, of London's Natural History Museum, said: "We're expecting the species to continue to increase in its distribution within the UK.

In October an eight-year-old girl was left with a gaping wound after being bitten on her hand in Colchester, Essex.

The spiders are often spotted in autumn and winter when they reach their maximum size.

This week they were also spotted hiding in a lamp shade in Cheltenham.

The RSPCA says people should keep their distance from them.

Insect swarms can be very damaging to crops, locusts can strip a field in a few minutes, biting bugs can be very annoying to humans and stinging bugs are even worse and can prove fatal if the stings are too numerous, hornets have been known to kill an elephant and humans have little chance against a swarm, best advice is to shelter in a building as soon as you can, if you do have to go outside do not wear bright colored clothing as this attracts a variety of these little pests

One bite of a tiny fire ant is very painful and it is enough to make you run, but imagine a swarm, which refers to a group or a colony of insects together, there may be thousands of them, that is scary and they are damaging to human life and crops. The we will provide details and explain to you that you should be aware of the five most dangerous swarms.

 To start with the no.1 most dangerous form is the Africanised honey bee this

Deadly Swarm or to give them the best name that really describes them is killer bees they are more aggressive and venomous compared to average bees, extremely aggressive and the danger lies in their numbers.

Second, Army ants, they don’t have permanent home but they move constantly in colony and pretty much anything that they come across is ripped apart piece by tiny piece with their small but powerful jaws.

Third, Yellow jackets are often mistaken for bees, but they’re actually a species of wasp which means they can sting repeatedly without dying.

Fourth, consider yourself lucky if you live in colder climate then you are unlikely to face Angry Fire Ants, they get their name for their sting, which feels like being burned alive, they latch on with their jaws and inject alkaloid venom that causes the intense pain.

Fifth, locusts which are unlikely to bite humans but they will make you angry by eating or stripping your crops in just few minutes, wasting months of your hard work on your crops.

We will provide safety guidelines to minimize the risk of these swarms.

If a traveling swarm is sighted, then we advise you to leave the area as quick as you can.

Before working on a site then we suggest you TAKE A LOOK AROUND and if there are any visible signs of activity, like a hive or a nest of any sort.  You stay well clear until it is dealt with. Safety comes first, all the time.

WE advise you to wear long sleeve shirts, long pants, boots, and gloves or wear a bee-keepers style hat if you cannot avoid working near bees or wasps areas.

    You must be wise enough to NEVER PROVOKE OR DISTURB them.

 Especially in their hives, as you will have no fun for the pain it will give when you get stung.

Wear light coloured clothes such as khakis, beige, or blue and the we suggest you to avoid brightly coloured clothing as it will attracts the swarms.

If you have a long hair then we recommend you to TIE BACK YOUR LONG HAIR to avoid the bees or wasps from getting entangled in your hair.

A safety reminder from us to be careful when shaking out clothing or towels as the little devils could be inside the folds.

In a situation that you find a bee or wasp in your car, take a thick cloth and cover the threat and carefully let it back outside through an open window.

We also advise you not to startle or attack the pests.

Fortunately with modern communication systems these dangerous situations can be monitored easily and warnings issued by local government, civil defense, police, local radio and television.

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