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As we approach the rainy season, we thought it appropriate to chat about malaria; what it is and how it is spread. What does the word ‘malaria’ mean? The word ‘malaria’ comes from Medieval Italian – ‘Mal aria’ – meaning ‘bad air’. This description came from the early belief that bad-smelling air caused the disease....
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So, first of all – what is IPM? Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a knowledge-driven ecosystem approach to pest control that focuses on the long-term prevention of pests through a combination of control methods. This combination is physical, mechanical, cultural (working habits and processes), biological (using natural enemies), assessing pest behaviour and the cautious use...
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The word “rodent” comes from the Latin word “rodere”, which means “to gnaw”. This word is fitting since all rodents (which are 40% of all mammal species!) are characterised by large front teeth (incisors) that do not stop growing. This continuous growth forces them to constantly gnaw objects in the hope of grinding down their...
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