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Expert View: Let’s talk about ticks

Ticks are arachnids that feed on animal blood in order to grow and reproduce. Compared to insects, which have six legs, ticks and other arachnids have eight legs. They are hematophages, meaning they meet all their nutritional needs through eating blood, and need a blood meal to grow from one life stage to another. This…

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Expert View: Let’s Talk Bats

Bats are an important part of our ecology. They eat thousands of insects every night – yes, they eat mosquitos!  They also benefit us by eating insects that are pests to farmers. But bats are wild animals that can carry the fatal rabies virus.   How do we live in harmony with bats? Half of…