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The name for dollar weed originated from its similarity in size and shape to a silver dollar. That, of course, was back when we actually had silver dollars in our pockets. Today, as much as anything else, the name refers to the vast amount of money people are willing to spend to get rid of it.
Ticks often become attached to us. Not emotionally -- they are not our friends. Next to mosquitoes, they are the most common vector for human diseases.
They're big enough to notice now, about halfway grown. They hatched out over a month or two ago and have been continuously feeding ever since. I'm talking about the eastern lubber grasshopper (Romalea microptera). Although some people (me included) think they're rather pretty, these lubberly creatures...
Fleas have been around for a long time. There were fleas on dinosaurs. They were about the size of the last joint of your thumb. Today, there are more than 2,500 species of fleas around the world. Of these, 95 percent parasitize mammals and 5 percent feed on birds. Fleas, as you can imagine, ...