Heartland Virus, A New Tick-Born Disease


(image via Tm at Wikimedia) I freakin’ hate parasites.  They completely skeeve me out and now I have even more reason to detest them.  Scientists have found a virus, previously unknown, found in the nymph form of Lone Star Ticks called the Heartland Virus.  (Heartland Virus study report in New England Journal of Medicine.) The virus causes… Continue Reading

EPA Evaluates Spot-On Flea & Tick Treatment

Reports of adverse reactions to spot-on pesticides increased 53% from 2007-2008.  That’s a big increase and the EPA launched a study.  Spot-on pesticides are those flea & tick treatments you apply between pet’s shoulder blades or down their spine like Defend ExSpot, Sergent’s Squeeze-On, Hartz Flea & Tick Drops, Bio Spot, Advantage, Frontline, etc.  Spot-on… Continue Reading