The milkweed bug is a colorful beetle that feeds mainly on grains. Its distinguishing characteristics are its long mouth part and its red and black outer colors. Although especially abundant in the south-eastern part of the United States, the milkweed bug has also been seen as far north as Ontario, Canada. Some treatments are available to … » Read the rest
Imagine grabbing a piece of wood to build your next log fire, only to find that the log crumbles in your hands, disintegrating into nothing but wood fragments and powdery dust. This is often a symptom of powderpost beetle damage.
Common Signs of Powderpost Beetle Damage
Powderpost beetles mostly damage wood, including wood house walls, … » Read the rest
Sooty mold is a thin, black layer of film found on the underside of fruit tree leaves, on the skin of fresh fruit, and also on many surfaces in and around the home. This mold grows rapidly following an insect’s attack on a plant, especially after the insect has fed on the leaves of fruit. … » Read the rest
The red scale, also known as the California red scale, is a citrus pest native to southern China. Although especially fond of citrus trees, red scales can also be found on more than 70 other types of plants, most notably pumpkin and potato plants. These insects can significantly decrease fruit production, causing trouble for … » Read the rest
Bugs, bats, toads, and other creepy-crawlies are creatures most people avoid at all costs. The sneaky natures and offensive exteriors of these pests often elicit great fear in people. In actuality however, these creatures are not only beneficial to human and environmental health, but they are also highly sought after by some gardeners and homeowners. As … » Read the rest
The hemlock, a popular pine tree located in many parts of North America and Asia, faces a serious threat according to ecological scientists. One would imagine that the threat to these large, ancient trees must come from giant predators or perhaps from disease. However, the truth is that these trees are threatened by bugs so tiny … » Read the rest
Farmers are battling an ever-growing rootworm problem, one that is becoming more difficult to handle with pesticides and other conventional methods. Is there a solution to the problem? Many farmers are turning to killer crops. More specifically, they are attempting to use newly genetically-engineered crops to target the genes in rootworms in the hope that … » Read the rest
Little importance is sometimes placed upon aquatic insects, tiny water-loving critters that feed on leaf litter and provide rich nutrients for fish and other mammals. A biologist from a university in Sweden has recently found that aquatic insects such as stoneflies and caddis flies play a large role in keeping streams healthy, which in turn, helps … » Read the rest
A researcher-turned-chef has recently revealed a new cookbook featuring one special ingredient: insects. Although eating insects isn’t anything new to Asian cultures (and isn’t completely unheard of in the western world, either), having a cookbook that features insects in every recipe is something unique!
While most react with horror and disgust when they notice a cockroach … » Read the rest
The hamburger is a classic American food item, popularized in the beginning of the 20th century. Of late, however, many restaurants and chefs have been creating different modifications of the burger, from veggie burgers made with beans and tofu to raw food burgers made with marinated portobello mushrooms. One recent modification that has been making … » Read the rest