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Monday, August 15, 2011

‘Wicked Bugs:’ Those You Should Fear, And A Few You Shouldn’t

Did you know that a tarantula was once used in a murder attempt? (It failed.) That though bedbugs get the lion’s share of media attention, mosquitoes and deer ticks cause far more harm? That there’s a brand new treatment for scorpion stings?

Author Amy Stewart has collected a host of stories about bad bugs in her new book, “Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon’s Army & Other Diabolical Insects.”

Amy says that researching the book hasn’t increased her fear of bugs. Instead, it made her more aware of which bugs could pose a possible threat.

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