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January 5, 1997
My African violets are becoming distorted and gnarly. What's going on?Cyclamen mites are the likely culprit.The mites attack a variety of houseplants. Besides African violets and cyclamens, these include begonias and kalanchoes. Leaves on infected plants often become brittle and change from green to bronze, gray or tan. Buds will often fail to open, and when they do, flowers will be small and distorted.Isolate infested plants immediately and throw out any that are badly damaged. Spray salvageable plants with a miticide or insecticide that is labeled for use on cyclamen mites and houseplants.
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By Sue Van Essen, svanessen2@hotmail.com | April 25, 2014
Ever wonder which room in the house has the most dust?  Anthony Zverev  did. So he used dust distribution as the subject of his recent STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) project. Triggered on by his own bout of sneezing and coughing in the fall, the Villa Cresta Elementary School fourth-grader was driven to research dust mites and dust allergens. He then made the hypothesis the living room would have the greatest concentration of dust and outside would have the lowest.
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NEWS
By KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | June 13, 1996
PHILADELPHIA -- In 30 years of beekeeping, Bob Berthold had seen nothing like it.In August, he was quietly tending 20 healthy bee colonies on the Doylestown, Pa., campus of Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture, where he teaches. The colonies were home to about 1.2 million honeybees.Three months later, a million of those bees were gone."It's like someone just sucked them out with a vacuum," said Berthold.Evidently they were wiped out by a plague of mites that has decimated the nation's honeybee population.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Dave Gilmore | July 31, 2012
“Jurassic Park Builder” Ludia Available on iOS devices Score: 4 out of 4 “Jurassic Park,” a film now 20 years gone by, is well-trodden territory for video game adaptations. The original concept, brilliantly adapted from Michael Crichton's novel, has become so familiar that it almost feels like someone should've created a real-life dinosaur park by now. In that timespan, nobody has successfully extracted dinosaur DNA from fossilized amber, but several attempts have been made to simulate the experience, the best of which is “Jurassic Park Builder” for iOS . The genre of park-building “Tycoon”-style games rarely needs another entry.
NEWS
By William Wan and William Wan,SUN STAFF | August 25, 2005
Armed with pictures of mold, stories of rats and descriptions of pungent odors permeating their workplace, Baltimore Circuit Court employees unloaded a long list of complaints last night to City Council members at a hearing on conditions in the two courthouse buildings on Calvert Street. Angel Thomas, one of about 35 employees who turned out for the hearing, said she had developed asthma during her eight years working in the 73-year-old Courthouse East building -- the old main post office and federal court.
FEATURES
By Baltimore Sun reporter | January 14, 2010
Question: When I brought my dwarf citrus trees indoors for the winter, the leaf color changed. Now they are spotty and have little red dots, plus something like spider webs. How can I treat the problem? Answer: Citrus trees are highly susceptible to mites. The first control tactic is to give them a good hard shower in a bathtub or other suitable place to dislodge the mites. You can also spray your trees with horticultural oil or insecticidal soap. Read the label and dilute the product appropriately for indoor plants.
FEATURES
July 20, 1997
I just bought an old house, and I have no clue as to the names of the dozens of shrubs, trees and flowers I inherited. How can I become more knowledgeable?Knowing your plants is the first step toward providing proper care and trouble-shooting problems. Consider buying some good plant-identification books or borrowing some from your local library. Talk with and learn from your new neighbors. Take leaves into local garden centers and ask employees there to identify them for you. Ask for help from master gardeners, if you know any, or call the toll-free number listed at the end of this column.
NEWS
By Nicole Fuller and Nicole Fuller,sun reporter | June 8, 2007
First, there were mites. Now asbestos in gym tiles. And some parents at Violetville Elementary School are frustrated. Rene Rodriguez, who dropped off his son, a fourth-grader, at the school yesterday morning, said he first heard about the asbestos from his son, not the school. "These people don't communicate anything," Rodriguez said. "My son called me and said, `Dad, pick me up.' When I went over there, I noticed the kids were sitting 10 to 15 feet away from [the asbestos]." His son attends the after-school program in the recreation center where the asbestos was discovered.
NEWS
By Tom Horton and Tom Horton,Staff Writer | December 27, 1993
SMITH ISLAND -- The bell peppers in Hoss Parks' backyard garden grew bigger and tastier this summer than anyone could recall.That signals good news for agriculture across North America. And for struggling watermen, it could mean the first new industry since crab pots were invented 50 years ago.Mr. Parks, a crabber on this soggy archipelago nine miles west of Crisfield, has been tending a species of wildlife unknown on Smith since the Chesapeake Bay rose to isolate it from the mainland 10,000 years ago.They are honeybees, whose pollinating habits are critical to the nation's fruit, nut and vegetable industry, worth $10 billion to $20 billion.
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By Dolly Merritt | May 18, 1991
Around the houselTC* Dust outdoor furniture and repair where necessary. If wicker furniture is wobbly, wash with hot, soapy water. Rinse with a hose and let air dry. The wood and cane will swell and tighten. Wax leg bottoms of wooden furniture to protect against moisture that might be soaked up from puddles.* Perk up ruffles on pillowcases and curtains easily. Lay item flaon a table; spray ruffles with extra-hold hair spray and let dry.* Turn mattress over every three months. Turn end to end eversix months.
EXPLORE
By Mike Giuliano | August 23, 2011
"Conan the Barbarian" is a juvenile fantasy, but it has so much sword-swinging violence that the movie merits its "R" rating. Although the muscular title character survives intact, he often finds himself stepping over the severed limbs of warriors who did not fare as well on the battlefield. The combat almost never stops in a movie that really does not have anything else on its Dark Ages mind. As mindless entertainment goes, "Conan the Barbarian" stays so strictly within its fighting formula that its moment-to-moment thrills quickly prove tiresome.
NEWS
By LAURA VOZZELLA | January 14, 2010
Good thing the verdict in Sheila Dixon's case "speaks for itself," as Stephanie Rawlings-Blake put it the other day. Dixon's fellow Dems haven't said boo on the topic. At a meeting with The Baltimore Sun's editorial board this week, Rawlings-Blake was asked about the mayor's behavior. "I think it's pretty obvious," she said. "A jury of her peers felt strongly that she acted outside the law. That speaks for itself." Rawlings-Blake's response elicited a cheer from The Sun's editorial page, which credited her for being "clearer than just about any elected Democrat in the state in condemning the actions that led to Mayor Dixon's resignation."
FEATURES
By Baltimore Sun reporter | January 14, 2010
Question: When I brought my dwarf citrus trees indoors for the winter, the leaf color changed. Now they are spotty and have little red dots, plus something like spider webs. How can I treat the problem? Answer: Citrus trees are highly susceptible to mites. The first control tactic is to give them a good hard shower in a bathtub or other suitable place to dislodge the mites. You can also spray your trees with horticultural oil or insecticidal soap. Read the label and dilute the product appropriately for indoor plants.
SPORTS
By Los Angeles Times | August 16, 2008
BEIJING - Over this year of monthly training camps and small meets, of national championships and Olympic trials, Martha Karolyi watched Nastia Liukin do double duty. Liukin had become an international star on uneven bars and balance beam. She has won world titles in those events, where her elegant long lines and training from her mother, Anna, who was a world champion rhythmic gymnast, are best displayed. But on the vault and floor exercise, Liukin had been at a disadvantage in major international meets, especially against her fellow American Shawn Johnson.
NEWS
By Mark Sachs and Mark Sachs,Los Angeles Times | September 16, 2007
You are not alone. Right there, in the sanctuary of your home, any number of tiny uninvited guests have set up residence, with no plans of leaving any time soon. In "A Field Guide to Household Bugs," a paperback due in stores this month from Plume Books, authors Joshua Abarbanel and Jeff Swimmer bring this disgusting reality home with 115 pages of humorous factoids and skin-crawling photographs of earwigs, silverfish and other freeloading domestic varmints. In the meantime, Abarbanel offers insights into the bug versus homeowner mismatch: What's the most common household pest included in the book?
FEATURES
By Ellen Nibali and David Clement and Ellen Nibali and David Clement,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 9, 2007
Tiny red bugs are crawling on my window sill. When I wipe them up, they smush red. Now what? Clover mites often show up in spring in buildings and homes until the natural checks and balances of predator insects in a healthy landscape keep their numbers under control. This year, their numbers seem to be up generally. They do not warrant pesticides. You can tape around the window until they disappear. Ellen Nibali, horticulture consultant, works at Maryland Cooperative Extension's Home and Garden Information Center, and David Clement is the regional specialist.
NEWS
By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | April 28, 1996
Net in hand, Dr. Suzanne Batra is in the woods, looking for the perfect pollinator.The honeybee, the nation's top gun when it comes to crop-dusting, is in trouble. Attacked by other bugs, its numbers are decreasing.In Maryland, this is serious business. Honeybees pollinate $38 million worth of crops each year. Without pollination, the fruits would be smaller and misshapen.Dr. Batra, an entomologist at the U.S. Agricultural Research Service's Bee Research Lab in Beltsville, hopes to find a replacement from the 20,000 species that buzz worldwide.
FEATURES
By Nancy Ross-Flanigan and Nancy Ross-Flanigan,Knight-Ridder Newspapers | May 21, 1992
Really now, what would you expect from a guy who once wrote an article called "Plants in Heat" and is best known for his first book, "Flattened Fauna: A Field Guide to Common Animals of Roads, Streets and Highways"?Roger Knutson has again stretched biological boundaries with his latest book, "Furtive Fauna" (Penguin Books, $8). This one's a guide to fleas, ticks, face mites, body lice, tooth amoebas and the whole collection of critters that live on or around people.Polite society may prefer not to know that squiggly mites spend most of their lives face down in our follicles or that fungus grows on nearly everyone's hair nearly all the time.
NEWS
By Nicole Fuller and Nicole Fuller,sun reporter | June 8, 2007
First, there were mites. Now asbestos in gym tiles. And some parents at Violetville Elementary School are frustrated. Rene Rodriguez, who dropped off his son, a fourth-grader, at the school yesterday morning, said he first heard about the asbestos from his son, not the school. "These people don't communicate anything," Rodriguez said. "My son called me and said, `Dad, pick me up.' When I went over there, I noticed the kids were sitting 10 to 15 feet away from [the asbestos]." His son attends the after-school program in the recreation center where the asbestos was discovered.
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