Bed Bugs and the Bottom Line

Bed bugs have become an ever growing problem. No one wants to have bed bugs in their house. But how would you feel about finding bed bugs in your hotel room?

Well, thanks to the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, we now know that most people would switch hotels or not ... » Read the rest

No See Ums……No Thank you

Sand gnats, sand flies, sand fleas, biting midges, biting gnats, punkies, no see ums; these are all names for the same bug. A tiny little Ceratopogonidae (latin name) that sucks blood from a host animal. A bug so small that you can’t see um. Or feel um bite. They are so small they can pass through ... » Read the rest

The Bug Who Ate The Kudzu

Kudzu: the bane of the South. Once upon a time some enterprising person saw some kudzu somewhere in Asia, probably Japan, since the name is Japanese in origin, and this person thought, “My, wouldn’t that make a fine ground cover for my garden? I think I will take some home to Philadelphia”. Wait, Phillie may be ... » Read the rest

The Maggots That Came to Lunch

Spoiler: Take care not to read this while eating, unless you want a reason to spoil your appetite.

When I was in school, no one but the most intrepid of eaters, would partake of lunch prepared in the school cafeteria. Being among the last of the baby boomers, it seemed that everyone in my class had ... » Read the rest

Here Come The Bugs!

“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy”……or so the song goes. And indeed, after the harsh winter most of the country experienced it does feel good to go outside without wearing the entire contents of your closet.

But summertime is also bug time and then the living can be a bit more itchy. Mosquitoes, fleas, no see ... » Read the rest

Crazy Ants vs. Crazy Aunts

Move over fire ants, there’s a new kid in town. The tawny crazy ant, also knows as the Caribbean crazy ant, hairy crazy ant (although you need a microscope to see the hair) and Rasberry crazy ant, after the man who identified the species. The crazy part comes with their erratic patterns, they seem to ... » Read the rest

Droning on About Drones

Drones, or pilot-less radio controlled aircraft are often in the news. They are now a big part of warfare, targeting certain people or groups, to annihilate only the recipient, while the delivering party is unharmed. But as they become less expensive, they are seen more and more in business and personal use.

Eagle Drones

One good ... » Read the rest

Spider Rain

In all the time mankind has occupied this planet, there have been many rain phenomena, strange things falling from the sky. As early as the first century AD there was a report of frogs and fish falling from the sky. In 1794 French soldiers reported seeing toads come raining down from above. In 1861 sugar crystals ... » Read the rest

Oh, Rats!

Rats. Everyones favorite rodent to hate. They are ugly, buck-toothed, garbage eating … well, rats, that seems to be the strongest euphemism there is. Rats have become synonymous with unscrupulous humans. Jimmy Cagney made that popular when he called his nemesis a “dirty, yellow-bellied rat” in the 1932 film, Taxi.

Black Death

Their reputation goes way ... » Read the rest

Radiation and Insects – A Life’s Work

Cornelia Hesse-Honegger is an amazing artist, even if her preferred subject matter may be a little out of the norm. Born in 1944 in Zurich, Switzerland, she worked as a scientific illustrator for the science department at the University of Zurich Natural History Museum. Her work was at an entomology lab where she drew insects that ... » Read the rest