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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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  • Doug Varney

    I have had the privilege of helping to restore a very old farmhouse in Tuscany. As we were removing the roof tiles, we frequently came across scorpions which we carefully carried down to a stone  wall where they could where they could continue their lives eating lots of harmful insects. I was never stung.  I did check my boots every morning when I woke up. I never found one in the boots but DID find one in my shorts one morning.  Needless to say, I was VERY careful to check from that point on. Love the show and  support trying to educate people about the REAL risks in life which RARELY involve insects and snakes.     

  • nancy miskam

     arressted for I would like to know, will the youth african americans be charged  with gang related hate crimes just as a white youth would!

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