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Some areas in the U.S. have seen a lot of rain this summer. Add warm temperatures to moisture and you have the perfect environment for mold and mildew. For people with allergies, mold can be life-threatening. However, even if you don't suffer from allergies, mold can cause headaches and make you feel generally uncomfortable.
They come out at night to suck your blood. No, I'm not referring to Van Helsing's foe. I'm talking about bed bugs, brown, flat fly-sized parasites that wait until your sleeping to feed on you. Their numbers are rapidly growing out of control. In cities like New York, Columbus and Toronto these creepy-crawlies have shut down clothing stores, libraries, movie theaters and even dentist offices. After nearly eliminating them in the 60s, bed bugs are back with a vengeance. Click Play to Listen:
There are about 7000 species of dung beetles in the world. They're divided into three groups: Rollers, Tunnellers and Dwellers. While it might be unpleasant to think about what they eat, dung beetles are very vital insect recyclers. Photo by Rafael Brix
Chili peppers have been eaten in the Americas since at least 7500 BC. Christopher Columbus was the first to call them "peppers." In India, hot peppers are used to ward off evil. Jalapenos, cayenne and habanero are just a few of the varieties of hot peppers available for the hot-and-spicy connoisseur. Photo by Miguel Saavedra
The Japanese beetle invasion is underway. Any plant that we find fragrant and pretty,will be a dinner bell for this voracious beetle. In large numbers, they can strip a plant of its leaves in no time. Photo by: D. Gordon E. Robertson