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Non-irrigated peanuts harmed by spider mites
Spider mites are typically found in non-irrigated peanuts because of the dry conditions. In fields that are watered or those that receive rainfall, spider mites are usually not a problem. However, they are a majorconcern for many of Georgia's peanut
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Cyclamen mites are killing her African violets
Using Sally's description, her accompanying photos and a few reliable resources, I believe what she has is cyclamen mites. Though similar to spider mites in appearance, cyclamen mites are tiny, difficult to see even when magnified and they don't spin webs.
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Itchy after being outside? This 'mite' help
There are several unknowns about the mites. Despite their itchy, painful bites, they're not considered medically or economically important enough (meaning they are not life-threatening and don't damage crops or buildings) to justify studies designed to …
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Tiny Mites Impress at Friendship Bowl
Tiny Mites Impress at Friendship Bowl. SPECIAL TO THE PCNR. Hyde Park – The Tiny Mites bundled up with gloves, hats, and layers of sweatshirts to take on the freezing Poughkeepsie wind and the formidable Ulster Jets in the 2014 Friendship Bowl.
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First Outing for Lola

Dogs are not allowed into the Palace de l’Europe in Menton but much depends on the security guys. On the day this Miniature Pinscher came to visit ‘PhotoMenton’ with her owners, they allowed small dogs in, provided they were carried.  So meet tiny Lola, only 4 months old and on her very first outing. She lives in Menton.

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pitbullbees-lgIn an incredible act of intuition and heroism, a pit bull named Hades dragged an 8-year-old boy to safety from an angry swarm of bees.

According to Fox 12 in Oregon City, Ore., a group of neighborhood kids were playing near a creek when one child stepped into a rotten log. They soon discovered the log contained a bees nest….and the bees weren’t happy to be disturbed.

The bees swarmed around the children, stinging each of them multiple times. All of the kids but one were able to run up the embankment to safety.

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Sarcoptic Mange Mite From A Stray Puppy

Microscopic mange mites identified in a skin scraping taken from an itchy pup.

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Hiring Social Media Consultants

If you are interested in a free year of membership to PetsitUSA, then you can become a new social media consultant!  There are varying options on what a pet sitter should contribute.  You could write blog posts about pet sitting or focus on Facebook and Twitter messages.  If you are interested, send an email to!

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LA Dog Chews Off Leg to Get Free

The LA Times and KTLA are reporting the story of Rocky, a German Shepherd pup who chewed off one of his feet to escape a chain that was too tight. Coastal German Shepherd Rescue picked him up from a shelter last Monday and took the dog straight to the vet where his hind foot was […] Dog Blog

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Did PETA Abduct and Kill a Virginia Family’s Dog?

It’s no secret that I have no love for PETA. Actually, it’s more like a deeply embedded loathing. PETA’s tactics have included fat-shaming, sexism, racism of various kinds, spreading pseudoscience about autism, and even exploiting the Detroit water crisis.

All of that is bad enough, but a Virginia man now alleges that PETA’s actions include abducting and killing his Chihuahua. Wilbur Cerate came home on a Saturday last month to find that his dog, Maya, was missing. When he checked the security camera he had installed on his front porch, it showed a van with “PETA” on the side pulling up in front of his house. Two women got out, took Maya, and put her in the van.

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Screenshot of the video showing PETA’s van pulling up in front of the house.

From the footage and the reporting by television station WAVY, there is no apparent reason that PETA needed to take Maya. According to the report, it had been authorized to pick up stray dogs in the trailer park where Cerate and his family live, but Maya was no stray. "I was angry," Cerate said. "I understand they pick up my dog, if it was in a tree or another place, but this is in my house."

Three days after Maya disappeared, the situation got worse. The women came back to Cerate's house bearing a fruit basket and bad news: Maya had been euthanized. They didn't explain why or offer confirmation, and PETA's leadership have yet to elaborate.

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Wilbur Cerate.

Euthanizing a dog after only three days may be shocking, but it's not inconsistent with PETA's philosophy. For years, while animal lovers across the country have pushed for more shelters to become "no-kill," PETA has opposed no-kill efforts, claiming that they are actually a form of cruelty. On their website, they claim that no-kill policies have "deadly consequences":

It’s appalling to contemplate, but when shelters give into pressure to go “no-kill” before they have overcome the breeding and selling of animals in their communities and before establishing sufficient spaying and neutering services, the results are often far worse for animals than a peaceful death through euthanasia.

PETA has a history of putting that argument into deadly action. According to figures from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, PETA has killed 87 percent of the animals that have come into its custody since 1998, while adopting out only 9 percent. (Note: is sponsored by a corporate lobbying group, however, the numbers collected by the State of Virginia seem pretty straightforward.)

Even if you agree with their philosophy on no-kill, it doesn't explain why they killed Maya -- if in fact they did -- in less than three days. If there were signs of abuse or illness that made euthanizing the only legitimate option, you would think that it would be straightforward and open about that. Instead, it has been dodging media scrutiny on the matter. Anyone who's watched PETA's activities knows that is something it hardly ever does, even under the most shocking of circumstances.


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Dog Hair Loss, Mange and Mites – Information about hair loss in dogs caused by mites and mange.

Sarcoptes scabiei mites found on a 3-mo old puppy with intense pruritis, alopecia, and lichenification of the skin. Normally skin scrapes are non-productive …
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AstridKreidl2Misi, a 4-month-old cheetah, and Cash, a 3-month-old yellow lab, were best friends from the start.

This adorable duo is being raised at the Columbus Zoo in Columbus, Ohio as part of the zoo’s commitment to cheetah conservation.

With only 10,000 cheetahs left in the world, the species is in “deep, deep trouble,” says Suzi Rapp, vice president of animal programs at the zoo.

Rapp and her team discovered some years ago that their resident cheetahs benefitted from having canine companions. Because cheetahs are naturally shy and skittish, pairing them with dogs increased their confidence and well-being.

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Fido’s Freebie Friday Stays Warm!

Brr…we have gone from sleeveless to sweaters literally overnight here in Texas! We’d planned to travel to Lost Maples State Park with Irie and Tiki this week and enjoy some fall…

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