Japan working hard to douse fire ant invasion

| Aug 7, 2017

Japan working hard to douse fire ant invasion

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Fire ants, a venomous, highly invasive nonnative pest, have been spotted over the past few months in various parts of Japan, prompting the Environment Ministry to both warn the public to seek immediate treatment for stings and take measures to prevent further infestation. First detected ...

Japan to launch large-scale fire ant control measures

Jul 11, 2017

Japan to launch large-scale fire ant control measures

The government said Tuesday it will launch large-scale control measures against fire ants at 68 ports that regularly receive containers from nations where the venomous, invasive species is commonly found. The measures were adopted at a liaison meeting after fire ants were discovered mainly at ...

Vinegar offers hope in Barrier Reef starfish battle

/ Apr 27, 2017

Vinegar offers hope in Barrier Reef starfish battle

Coral-munching crown-of-thorns starfish can be safely killed by common household vinegar, scientists revealed Thursday in a discovery that offers hope for Australia's struggling Great Barrier Reef. The predatory starfish is naturally occurring but has proliferated due to pollution and runoff at the World Heritage-listed ecosystem, ...

/ Feb 9, 2017

Indian doctor pulls live cockroach from woman's skull

It is the stuff of nightmares — a cockroach crawls up your nose in the middle of the night, burrows in and drives you mad with scratching behind your eyes. But for one Indian woman, this horror story proved all too real. The 42-year-old had ...

Catraband: Kitty smuggler caught in Auckland

/ Dec 22, 2016

Catraband: Kitty smuggler caught in Auckland

A cat-crazy Canadian woman who tried to smuggle her pet into New Zealand in a handbag was immediately sent home after being caught at Auckland airport, officials said Thursday, calling her attempt "very stupid." Officials condemned the hapless bid to circumvent strict biosecurity laws after ...

106 Burmese pythons captured in Florida

/ Feb 28, 2016

106 Burmese pythons captured in Florida

The 106 Burmese pythons captured over a monthlong hunt won't help control Florida's invasive snake population, but wildlife officials said Saturday that doesn't matter as much as the awareness they bring to the state's environmental concerns. Thousands of pythons, far from their natural habitat in ...

/ Feb 11, 2016

Genome offers clues on thwarting disease-carrying ticks

Scientists have unlocked the genetic secrets of one of the least-loved creatures around, the tick species that spreads Lyme disease. The research may lead to new methods to control these diminutive arachnids that dine on blood. The researchers said on Tuesday they have sequenced the ...