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What is an effective method for obliterating white pine weevils?

I planted a number of native (to Michigan) white pine trees only to see them bedeviled by evil weevils. Specifically, the cause of the damage is white pine weevils and 100% of my trees were affected. Two part question: first, what are tried and true "natural" methods for controlling this pest, and second, what are its most effective pesticides, placing a high importance on minimizing collateral damage to people, flora, and fauna? [more inside]
posted by tempestuoso on Mar 1, 2016 - 3 answers

Parasite or disease that resembles centipede?

So there is a local myth in my part of the US (New Mexico) -- usually told by the hispanic people whose families lived in the region for ages -- that centipedes burrow into your skin and live parasitically, and that if not caught they will get all the way into your heart and eat it. Any idea what these people are talking about? [more inside]
posted by Peregrine Pickle on Nov 1, 2015 - 9 answers

Fish In A Fish

Can sardines get smaller fish growing inside them? [more inside]
posted by Kevin Street on Jan 4, 2015 - 8 answers

Can you get parasitic worm infections from packaged Smoked Salmon?

I'm a lover of seafood. So much so that I eat fish almost daily. Lately, I've been consuming a lot of smoked salmon -- the packaged ("ready-to-eat") kind that you find in the frozen food section of grocery stores. However, today as I was going through one package of smoked trout, I spotted several white dots buried in the flesh of several of the slices. These small white dots (approx. 1mm in diameter) were mostly concentrated on the edge of the trout slices, although there were a few white dots in the middle of the slices too. [more inside]
posted by vanizorc on Sep 23, 2014 - 15 answers

This isn't a lice egg... so what is it?

Here's a picture. Found on the head. Have been checked for headlice professionally very carefully and given the all clear... but still some itching and finding this which looks like an egg. Scale is about 1/3 of a millimetre. What do you think it is? They're egg shaped. Just a fatty deposit? I have the feeling like I need to scratch. Could be imagining it?
posted by jago25_98 on Aug 5, 2013 - 13 answers

Cats having GI problems, vets are not helping

Cats suffering from blood in poop, diarrhea, vomiting for the past month. Vets keep telling me there's nothing wrong, all of their treatment suggestions haven't worked. Can't keep spending money on vets, please advise. Cat poop discussion inside! [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Dec 8, 2012 - 13 answers

Please help my girlfriend before bloodsuckers drive her completely crazy.

Can you help me identify/fight back the bloodsuckers in our apartment? [more inside]
posted by SpicyMustard on May 14, 2012 - 6 answers

Deworming for humans

[Grossness warning] I accidentally ate food that was tainted with a small amount of feces. I am concerned about parasites. How do I take care of the fallout, and what are my best human deworming options? Everything I can find on this topic (information and, annoyingly, worming tablets too) seems to be geared towards deworming dogs, cats, and horses. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 16, 2012 - 11 answers

Help me help my kittehs.

My two kittens have ear mites, for which they were treated today at the vet, by the vet, with Revolution. They also received their first vaccines today. This evening, one of them coughed up a two inch thin, worm-like thing which scared the crap out of me as it coiled up around itself. Is the worm perhaps die-off from the Revolution? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on Jun 13, 2011 - 19 answers

Do Bedbugs have parasites?

Are there parasites that live ON bed bugs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 20, 2011 - 11 answers

And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so, ad infinitum

After my six-year-old read What's Eating You?, a kid's book about parasites, we had the question: Which animal has the most recursive number of parasites, and how many levels deep can it go?
posted by ShooBoo on Apr 10, 2011 - 4 answers


ParasiteFilter: Could I have tapeworms hiding in my body 10 years later? Grossish details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 12, 2010 - 9 answers

Did my cat's tapeworm medicine fail?

Did my cat's tapeworm medicine fail? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on Mar 22, 2010 - 19 answers

The truth about freezing salmon to kill parasites, please.

I am seeking science-based answers (i.e., not dubious factoids passed along from one food blogger to the next) to the following questions: When making gravlax, 1) at what temperature and for how long must it be frozen in order to kill parasites, and 2) what is the risk of consuming gravlax that has never been frozen, both in terms of likelihood of getting parasites and what they'll do to you. [more inside]
posted by HotToddy on Jan 20, 2010 - 5 answers

Kittens tracked worm-laden poop clumps

CuteANDGrossFilter: kittens zooming around the house + mushy poop stuck to tail area & feet + newly-discovered roundworm (re)infestation + carpet = OMG what do I do now to make sure it's really clean in here? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Jan 7, 2010 - 13 answers

Moving, don't want to take parasites with me.

I'm itchy at night. I'm worried that my apartment is infested with some sort of parasite. I'm moving in the next few days. How should I proceed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 28, 2009 - 12 answers

How bad can an insect bite be?

I was thinking of hiking in New England for three weeks this May. Was that is, until everyone started pitching in with scare stories of blackflies and other insects. Am I going to die? [more inside]
posted by godawful on Apr 25, 2007 - 17 answers

Remember that movie where a bunch of parasites took over the world?

I'm looking for titles of any movies [besides Alien] that feature parasites attacking pets, humans or other animals. I can't recall any names but I definitely recall seeing hilarious ones from the 50's as a kid. Bonus for ones that are old [but still rentable from Netflix], cheesy and gross [in a somewhat humorous way]
posted by special-k on Apr 25, 2007 - 47 answers

How would you categorize pregnancy?

Is human pregnancy symbiotic or parasitic? Contribute to this heated debate among my coworkers.
posted by archimago on Feb 17, 2006 - 24 answers

I want my worm early!

Where/how can I get myself some pig whipworm eggs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 25, 2005 - 3 answers

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