Summer 2018: How to Protect Your Family from West Nile Virus

Origin of the Virus

West Nile virus was first identified in 1937 in Uganda in eastern Africa. It was first discovered in the United States in the summer of 1999 in New York. Since then, the virus has spread throughout the US. Researchers believe West Nile virus is spread when a mosquito bites an infected bird and then bites a person.

Symptoms onset

If you have West Nile virus, you will typically show the first virus symptoms within 3-14 days of being bitten.

How do you know if you have West Nile virus?

Symptoms and signs of West Nile virus include fever, headache, body aches, skin rash, and swollen lymph nodes. Severe symptoms and signs may include stiff neck, sleepiness, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, and paralysis. Most cases ofWest Nile virus infection are mild and go unreported

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4 Stinging, Venomous or Biting Insects You Might be Surprised Live in Florida

4 Stinging, Venomous or Biting Insects You Might be Surprised Live in Florida

 

Scorpion

Scorpions vary in size from 1-4 inches long. They normally live outdoors, although they will invade homes and buildings. Scorpions will sting, but usually only when provoked or disturbed. Scorpion venom is a neurotoxin, but the dose injected usually is insufficient to prove fatal to an adult human. None of the several species of scorpions that occur in Florida is capable of inflicting a lethal sting. However, the site of the sting may be sore and swollen for some time.

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Scorpion
Photo: UF EDIS

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Blister Beetle

Blister beetles are narrow beetles with a neck that is more slender than the head and wings. Adult beetles can release a fluid that causes blisters on human skin. The adult beetles feed on foliage, and people often come into contact with them, when moving through infested vegetation. The only suitable control of blister beetles is avoidance of individual beetles or chemical application to plants. It is necessary to check recommendations for the crop to determine the chemical to be used.

 

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Florida Blister Beetle
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Bright Green Blister Beetle

The Wheel Bug aka Assasin Bug

The wheel bug  is a bug with a coglike crest on its thorax. They feed on insects; however, humans can get bitten by accidental contact. The bug penetrates the skin with its beak and injects a salivary fluid used to kill its prey. Mostly caterpillars and other soft tissue insects. The fluid causes an immediate intense pain that lasts three to six hours. The best way to prevent wheel bug bites is to avoid the insect. Because most of their prey are pests, wheel bugs are considered as beneficial to the garden as ladybugs.

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Wheel Bug on a slide at an amusement park.

 

The Velvet Ant

Velvet ants are wingless antlike wasps. The females are solitary with an efficient, large stinger. Most species live on solitary bees and wasps. Humans are usually stung by velvet ants when the female is accidentally stepped on with bare feet or trapped against the body in clothes or bedding. Since the velvet ant is solitary and roaming, it is difficult to control. Their name velvet ant refers to their rather large amount of hair, which most often is bright scarlet or orange, but may also be black, white, silver, or gold. Black and white specimens are sometimes known as panda ants.  Their bright colors serve as aposematic signals. They are known for their extremely painful stings, hence the common name cow killer or cow ant. Any wasp like ant creature with hair is suspect of being this type as their colors range even into many variations and patterns of the below colors and more.

Image result for colors velvet antsThe Panda Ant is actually a wingless wasp and is related to the Red Velvet Ant or "cow killer" because it's sting is strong enough to subdue a cow.: Image result for orange velvet ants

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