Spined soldier bugs are unusual insects, with their hard exoskeletons and their efficient ability to reproduce. Since they attack and destroy a variety of common devastating agricultural pests, spined soldier bugs are beneficial insects, and many farms across North America work hard to attract these bugs in order to protect their crops from other insects.
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While many people find the idea eating insects rather disturbing, others are jumping on the insect-eating bandwagon at ever-increasing rates. True, insect eating is not the most popular fad out there, but it’s slowly starting to gain momentum in many developed countries. The plethora of nutrients that insects contain is almost mind-boggling; bugs are protein-rich foods … » Read the rest
Locally-grown, organic food has become increasingly popular over the past few years, and some homeowners have even decided to raise chickens in their backyards so that they have fresh, free-range eggs. If you’re one of the many Americans raising hens, however, you may have noticed a new pest plaguing your chickens this year: the poultry flea.… » Read the rest
Gardens are a fun way to relax, get fresh air and sunshine, and grow nutritious, wholesome food.While tending a garden can certainly be enjoyable, it can also become a stressful chore if the garden is infested with insects. Here are some of the most common garden pests, and how to eradicate them from your property.
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Corn is one of the most popular foods in North America, and one of the most common ingredients in foods. It’s subsidized and very inexpensive, and many people even grow it in their home gardens. Corn is also one of the most heavily genetically-modified foods on the planet. However, some research is showing that genetically modified, … » Read the rest
A wasp sting can be very painful, and many people who are stung by wasps take it personally, seeking to eradicate nests in an attempt to take revenge. Nevertheless, wasps play a valuable part in our ecosystems, just as do bees, so eliminating them altogether could be disastrous indeed.
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The giant African land snail is continuing its invasion of south Florida, carrying with it disease and agricultural devastation. This snail is extremely large and slimy, and can reproduce quickly. Over the last three years, giant African land snails, or GALS for short, have reached epidemic population levels, causing damage to lawns and homes all over … » Read the rest
New research has shown that cockroach populations have risen by as much as 75% over the last ten years, and the summer months are when most people see the greatest increases cockroach populations. Hotels and restaurants constantly work to keep facilities clear of these dangerous pests, which can carry dysentery, salmonella, and typhoid. Fortunately, there … » Read the rest
Essential oils have for centuries been used as a natural pest control method, aiding in keeping insects away from shrubs, perennials, and vegetation. In a world where chemical sprays are all the norm and are very effective, why would one decide to use essential oils for insect control?
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While you might not crave a dinner of grasshoppers and ants, insects are in fact excellent sources of protein, iron, and vitamins, and are low in carbohydrates and dietary fat. A new flour, called Power Flour, made primarily from ground, dried insects is currently in development, and scientists hope that it will help in the … » Read the rest