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A government test has determined that a red dye used in many lipsticks is a powerful herbicide capable of killing marijuana plants, prompting some Bush Administration officials to propose using the dye in an airborne offensive against domestic marijuana cultivation.
January 25, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
In the market for a hot-water-dispensing refrigerator? That was just one of the innovative and unusual products on display this week at the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas. The annual event, put on by the National Assn. of Home Builders, serves as a massive showcase for new ideas and technology for the home. Here's a roundup of some that are vying for “how did we ever live without it” distinction: In one of the notable kitchen offerings, General Electric Co. brings hot water to the refrigerator door.
May 9, 1988 | KEITH BRADSHER
Monthly preventive sprayings and dustings for cockroaches and ants are among the pest control industry's biggest businesses. Experts agree that ridding homes and restaurants of cockroaches would cut down the incidence of food poisoning. "If (cockroaches) were to walk over a sewer or over a dead animal, and they were to walk into your house, they would carry certain organisms" on their feet, said Frank Hall, a vermin expert with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.
September 15, 2011 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
It started when an El Monte woman called to report an unusual pest: tiny mosquitoes that she said were biting her in the middle of the day. The complaint last week raised red flags for technicians at the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District, who know that common mosquitoes typically attack during morning and evening hours. When a worker arrived at Dodson Street, one of the insects landed on his partner, so he trapped it in a plastic jar. "He took a close look at it, and he realized we might have a problem," said Kelly Middleton, a district spokeswoman.
October 17, 1999 | KAREN LINDELL
About 2,300 companies are registered and 22,000 individuals are licensed to perform pest control in California, according to the Structural Pest Control Board in Sacramento. The board, which keeps records of consumer complaints against pest-control companies, receives about 1,200 complaints a year, most related to "undercalling" (missing an infestation). In 1997 and 1998, 46 licenses were revoked, mainly for undercalling and pesticide misapplication.
November 3, 1985
Many thanks for publishing Mary Fisher's fine article about my book, "Bugbusters: Getting Rid of Household Pests Without Dangerous Chemicals," on Oct. 4. It was a significant contribution to home safety. May I clarify one point? I would be very careful when putting boric acid in a cupboard. It should never be in contact with food or dishes and utensils. The safest way is to drill holes about six or eight inches apart in the kick plate of your kitchen or bathroom cabinets and blow the powder into that dead space.
June 30, 1990 | JULIE BAWDEN DAVIS, Julie Bawden Davis is a regular contributor to Home Design
Sharon Whatley likes to know what her family is eating. And it's not always easy to find out. "There is no way to tell what is sprayed on vegetables and fruit before they get to the supermarket, and I wanted to have control over that," said the Tustin resident. She started a garden in her back yard six years ago to ensure that her family ate only naturally grown, chemical-free produce. Then the bugs invaded her pure environment.
May 26, 2001 | U.C. MASTER GARDENERS
Question: I'm a new home gardener trying to maintain a pest-free environment to the extent possible for my plants and shrubs. Besides chemical applications, what recommendations can you make to help me achieve this objective? J.B., ORANGE Answer: The notion of pest control through pest eradication has largely been replaced in recent years by a multi-pronged ecological approach called integrated pest management (IPM).
January 10, 1987 | CLAUDIA PUIG, Times Staff Writer
The operator of a Granada Hills pest-control business was sentenced Friday to five years' probation and four days in County Jail after pleading no contest to 10 misdemeanor counts stemming from an incident last summer that caused the hospitalization of seven employees of a Beverly Hills department store.
May 30, 2003 | From Associated Press
Thomas R. Odhiambo, the Kenyan scientist who founded an international insect research center renowned for giving African farmers low-cost solutions for pest control, has died. He was 72. Odhiambo's physician, G.B.A. Okelo, said he was hospitalized three weeks ago, feeling tired and weak, and then diagnosed with liver cancer. He died Monday. "Before that, he was perfect. No complaints of any sort," Okelo said.
May 23, 2011 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Creative-writing instructor Dick Wimmer's best lesson for would-be authors may have had more to do with persistence than prose. His first novel, the well-reviewed "Irish Wine," was published in 1989 after being turned down by publishers and agents 162 times over more than 25 years. He once laid claim to being history's most-rejected published novelist. At the time, his closest official competition was Steven Goldberg's "The Inevitability of Patriarchy," which sold after 69 rejections, the Guinness Book of World Records told The Times in 1989.
July 26, 2010
Another season, another press release from a pest-control association warning us that bedbugs are baaack in the United States! (We can’t think what they have to stand to gain by reminding us of this.)  Bedbugs are more common than they used to be: Read this L.A. Times article about bedbugs   from 2007, for example. That article quotes a fellow from the National Pest Management Assn., the same organization that just saw fit to alert the press today. And here’s another article we ran on the topic, last year—about bedbug-sniffing dogs , of all things.
June 6, 2010 | Kathy M. Kristof, Personal Finance
If you're even slightly concerned about the privacy of your personal information, Jim Stickley is your worst nightmare. The chief technology officer of TraceSecurity, a risk management firm based in Louisiana, breaks into banks and steals their customers' most confidential information such as Social Security numbers and the details of their banking transactions. He could take your cash too, but says you probably have less money in your account than he could get by starting new credit in your name.
May 16, 2009 | Thomas H. Maugh II
Texas may soon experience swarms of zombie fire ants, but that is a good thing. Really. Turning the invasive ants into addle-brained wanderers is the latest attempt to control the non-native species, which has afflicted the South for half a century and causes an estimated $1 billion in damage in Texas each year. The insects swarm on circuit breakers and other electrical equipment, damaging them severely.
March 2, 2008 | Janet Portman, Inman News
Question: I'm considering breaking my lease because of bedbugs -- not in my unit but next door. The building owner exterminated the unit, but not the adjoining ones. I've read that these pests are extremely hard to eradicate and travel easily. Is the fact that my neighbor has them a legal basis for me to break my lease? Answer: Bedbugs are very difficult to control.
January 23, 2008 | Jay A. Fernandez, Special to The Times
You can't throw a skim latte in L.A. without hitting a writer who has a screenplay that's been stuck in the system since grunge was breaking. But there are very few who can say that in the intervening years they've turned the same story into a well-reviewed novel, a German radio play and a potential Broadway musical.
With killer bees swarming for an invasion from Arizona and rats a persistent problem, the last thing county vector control manager Gil Challet expected was an old-fashioned revolt propagated by humans. Every day for a few weeks, letters have been streaming into his Garden Grove office from angry residents protesting a proposed $2 increase in annual pest control fees.
Libby Ouellette poked delicately at a cobweb covered with clumps resembling bird droppings. Nearby, hundreds of furry white larvae wiggled along a moldy-looking plant stalk. With a cheerful grin, she scooped up a mature red and black ladybug and deposited it in a ventilated test tube. One down, 300 million to go.
October 26, 2007 | Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
SACRAMENTO -- One of the Golden State's most notorious invasive pests -- the crop-devouring Medfly -- has reappeared in Los Angeles County for the first time in half a dozen years, state officials announced Thursday. Authorities said they expected to soon establish a quarantine zone on the Palos Verdes Peninsula -- the site of the discovery -- and begin stepped-up treatment to kill a pest long feared as among the most worrisome threats to the state's agricultural economy.
September 23, 2007 | From Associated Press
It's estimated that about 2 million homes will need termite treatment this year. Unfortunately, there is no insurance policy that covers termite damage. But there are things you can do to spot and correct this problem quickly. First, don't confuse termites with winged ants. Although similar in size and color, flying ants have a slim waist, hard body and double wings that are unequal in length; termites have a soft round body and two pairs of wings equal in length.
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