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The deer tick and the American dog tick, shown here, are two of the five most common tick species found in Mississippi. The state is home to about 19 tick species. (File photos by MSU Extension Service/Blake Layton)
June 9, 2017 - Filed Under: Insects-Human Pests, Insects-Pet Pests, Insects-Home Lawns

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- While hunting, working in the yard or garden, taking early morning walks or hikes, or just cruising around the property on all-terrain vehicles, people are likely to pick up ticks in some fashion.

Ticks are typically found in areas of dense vegetation and along game or human trails. Contrary to popular belief, they do not typically live in trees.

Eliminating clutter is one way to prevent bed bugs from becoming a problem. Once these parasites are introduced into a home, extermination requires professionals. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Blake Layton)
February 15, 2017 - Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting, Healthy Homes Initiative, Health, Insects-Human Pests

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Housecleaning and decluttering efforts can go a long way in preventing home-invading bed bugs from setting up residence where they can feed at night on human hosts.

Bed bugs are nuisance pests that often live, as their name suggests, in beds. Once the bugs are introduced into a home, their extermination requires professional services. The Mississippi State University Extension Service, through the Healthy Homes Initiative, is equipping residents with the knowledge to keep this problem out of their houses.

Gail Moraru, a research associate with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, collects mosquito larvae in water from a vase in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Starkville, Mississippi, on Aug. 10, 2016. Moraru and others workers with MSU Extension are collecting samples in 41 north Mississippi counties in an effort to pinpoint potential Zika-affected areas. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kat Lawrence)
August 11, 2016 - Filed Under: Insects-Human Pests

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State University Extension Service entomologists and others are scouring the state for the mosquito species that carry the Zika virus.

March 11, 2016 - Filed Under: Insects-Human Pests

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Spring-cleaning is bad news for dust, mildew and spiders, which may explain why the majority of American adults plan to get out the mops and buckets this season.

A good house cleaning involves washing windows and window dressing, moving furniture to reach dust and grime that accumulates, and airing out rooms and closets that are kept closed. It is an important step in preventing houses from becoming home to spiders, such as the venomous brown recluse.

February 5, 2016 - Filed Under: Insects-Human Pests

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Zika virus is now among the list of mosquito-borne viruses Mississippians should guard against, but standard defenses can help prevent spread of the disease.

A suspected link between the infection and certain birth defects, including microcephaly, prompted the World Health Organization to declare a public health emergency of international concern on Feb. 1. Babies with microcephaly are born with smaller-than-usual heads due to interrupted brain development.

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