Officials: Tickborne illness likely to increase

Tickborne illness has been on a sharp rise in the U.S., and now experts say it’s only likely to increase in the years to come.

Ticks are small arachnids that carry all kinds of pathogens that impact both humans and animals. Most common among these is Lyme disease, but others include, for example, Powassan virus, […]

Oh, rats! Chicago considered ‘rat capital’ of U.S.

On the farm or in the big city, rats are obnoxious wherever they go. Now, a recent study has pinpointed where in the U.S. they seem to be most prominent: Chicago, with the highest number of rat-related public health complaints at 50,963 in 2017.

Not only that, but Chicago’s rat problem seems to be growing. […]

A unique approach to pest control: Mechanical monsters

Is this the latest in pest control?

A farmer in a rural town in Kyushu, one of the main islands of Japan, has resorted to his own special way to drive pests away from his fields: a robotic “monster wolf” that literally scares them away.

The machine, smaller than a real wolf, has long gray […]

How insect control helps livestock producers

Ticks and mosquitoes are typical warm-weather nuisances for the average person, but livestock producers and other animal caretakers have a whole other host of insect pests to worry about. Don’t even get us started on the variety of flies alone there are: stable flies, horn flies, house flies, horse flies, deer flies, face flies, not […]

Neogen launches DeciMax® Soft Bait

Neogen is excited to announce the launch of DeciMax® Soft Bait, an effective rodenticide bait that combines superior palatability with the flexibility to use in extreme weather conditions.

DeciMax Soft Bait uses the active ingredient bromadiolone, a second generation anticoagulant, to effectively control rats and mice. The new rodenticide has been shown to be very […]

Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest animal science, food safety, and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Food Safety

U.S. bans import of Brazilian beef over safety concerns — CNN Money The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the immediate suspension of fresh beef imports from Brazil after inspections uncovered public […]

New Zealand goes to war against invasive pests

The New Zealand government is going where no government has gone before by taking steps to eliminate each and every rat, stoat and possum nation-wide in order to create a predator-free country by 2050.

According to one article, the government believes introduced species kill 25 million native New Zealand birds a year, including the iconic […]

Protecting your pets from rodenticides

Rodenticides are necessary tools for the control of rodent infestations. Although commonly used in agricultural settings to keep mice and rats from infesting feed and produce storage, they are also often needed in and around homes. Unfortunately, the products used for pest control can harm unintended animals who consume the bait, or those who eat […]

Sanitation and pest control for floor-mounted platform scales

Electronic scales are used throughout the food processing industry and in various steps in the production process to help ensure accuracy and safety of the final product. While they are crucial tools in the success of a company, they can also be difficult to clean, adding to a facility’s sanitation concerns.

For example, electronic scales […]

Keep cattle healthy by shooing flies

We all get annoyed by flies, but for cattle the annoyance could have more tangible side effects.

When flies flit around cattle, they often cause the animals to huddle into groups to avoid the pesky insects, according to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension. As the cattle group together, the temperature around them goes up because […]