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Your real Christmas tree could cause a bug infestation in your home

Your real Christmas tree could cause a bug infestation in your home

Make sure the only thing you’re spreading this year is festive cheer. For many families, it doesn’t truly feel like Christmas until the scent of pine from a freshly-cut tree fills the air. However, in many areas with warmer climates, when you choose a real Christmas tree to grace your home, you may also be bringing in some unwanted house guests. The thought of critters hitching a ride on a Christmas tree is definitely a little scary, so we’re breaking down everything you need to know about not-so-festive pests. There are a number of bugs that live in these trees. ...

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Dress as the world's scariest animal this Halloween

Dress as the world's scariest animal this Halloween

You may be wanting to dress up as one of the world’s scariest animals this Halloween. Perhaps you’re looking for a set of sharp teeth and some fur to wrap around you like a lion, or a large fin so that you can mimic being a shark? Maybe you want to find some long tubes to replicate legs and go as a spider? Or looking for some snakeskin and something you can fashion into a forked tongue to be a snake? However, if you truly want to go as one of the world’s deadliest animals, the reality is that the...

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What does global warming mean for mosquito-borne diseases?

What does global warming mean for mosquito-borne diseases?

    It’s one of the biggest topics in the news at the moment: climate change. The term, used to describe the changes in weather patterns that Earth has undergone over the course of history, is now part of our everyday lives as experts work to reduce the impact of global warming. Each of the last three decades have been successively warmer at the Earth’s surface than any decade since 1850, and there have also been changes in things such as rainfall and humidity - all of which can affect the life-cycle of mosquitoes and, as a result, mosquito-borne diseases....

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Mosquitoes are hitch-hiking across sub-tropical regions, according to scientists at the Smithsonian

Mosquitoes are hitch-hiking across sub-tropical regions, according to scientists at the Smithsonian

When it comes to travelling, it’s key that you remember to take with you all of your travel documents, your currency, your essential items and of course your suitcase. However, it may also be the case that you are bringing an unwelcome invader with you - in the form of a mosquito. Scientists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute have found that mosquitoes are spreading to new places in the world, via a type of ‘hitch-hiking’. The scientists have discovered that several species of mosquitoes are actually successful at sneaking into luggage, cars, trains and even planes - and ultimately...

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