Gone Batty!

It is a most unfortunate tendency of humans to not appreciate what we have till its gone. Seems like we are so focused on solving an immediate problem that we do not have the foresight to envision what effects that fix might have on things around it.

For instance, it wasn’t until honey bees started dying … » Read the rest

The Beauty of Fireflies

It is cold. I guess that isn’t news, its January after all, but it is much colder than normal. And, I hate the cold. Not just dislike it, I HATE it. Granted, this IS the deep south, so it’s not as cold, as say, New England, but still!

So, what am I thinking of this chilly … » Read the rest

After a While, Crocodile!

When you think of pests, what comes to mind? Ants, termites, cockroaches, rats? All of the above and many others? Where do crocodiles fit it, or do they? Hmmmmm, have to think about that one.

The American Crocodile

Take for instance the crocodiles that live in the Americas. They are found in warm, tropical waters, like … » Read the rest

The Spider House

Spiders are great. They eat harmful bugs. Spiders are our friends. Or not, if you find them bleeding out of the walls of your home. Venomous spiders, no less. Sounds like something out of Stephen King novel, but this is a true story – you just can’t make stuff like this up.

Perhaps you have heard … » Read the rest

Arachnophobia to Arachnophilia

Arachnophobia. Its not just the name of a scary movie that gave spiders a bad name, it is a pervasive feeling among many humans. Why are so many people afraid of spiders? You would think since Eency Weency (or Itsy Bitsy or Teenie Weenie) Spider was either taught to us as infants or by us as … » Read the rest

The Year of the Locust

One of the most amazing things in the world of insects is the 17 year locust or periodical cicadas, as they are more correctly known. By whatever name you wish to call them, if you have ever been in an area of infestation the sight and sound is something you will never forget.

An infestation hit … » Read the rest

The Effects of LED Lighting on Insects

LED light bulbs are quickly becoming a popular alternative to traditional incandescent bulbs, and new measures are underway to completely replace traditional bulbs with new LED options. LED light bulbs use 90% less energy than traditional bulbs, and are one effective method of reducing energy usage worldwide. However, according to new findings, LEDs also attract more … » Read the rest

“Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite.”

Many an adult can recall being sent to bed with the words “Sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite.” Just a cute thing to say, never giving a thought to an actual infestation of biting insects. While bed bugs may have been a problem long, long ago, by the middle of the 20th century … » Read the rest

Chocolate-Covered Insects: A Great Stocking Stuffer This Holiday Season

Chocolate and the holidays practically go hand in hand as many popular holiday gifts include rich, chocolaty goodness. Stockings are stuffed, presents are exchanged, and recipes are made that include the antioxidant-rich cacao. Some chocolatiers, while keeping in line with culinary holiday tradition, are seeking to add more flair to their season’s greetings—and it’s working. Chocolate-covered … » Read the rest

How to Maintain a Pest-Free Restaurant

A wetter than normal summer  caused an increased number of invasive, troublesome, and dangerous insects in homes and gardens all across the country. Restaurants are reporting a higher number of pests than last year, and the government’s health department is having to improve its measures against these insects.

Most restaurants are also revving up their forces » Read the rest