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
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
The northeastern half of the United States is beginning to see a surge in “zombie bee” populations. These bees have been infected with parasites that make them act out of character and then spontaneously die, and that have been spreading to bee colonies all over the country.
New England Zombie Bees
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The autumn months bring cooler weather, pumpkins, and changing leaf colors. Unfortunately, these months also bring insects that crawl into homes and buildings to escape the change in outside weather conditions. Stink bugs are just one of the many pests making their way into homes throughout the southern United States this fall. As a result, home … » Read the rest
Also known as silverfish and firebrats, bristletails frequently invade homes, and will eat cereals, grains, breads, books, paper, wallpaper, and rotting organic material. They frequently live on the undersides of wood furnishings, in floors, or in walls, and prefer to be near kitchens or food sources such as garbage cans.
These insects prefer humid environments, and … » Read the rest
A new species of water-loving insect has been discovered in China recently, and its size has astounded entomologists. This insect is so large, it now reigns as the largest known aquatic insect in the world, surpassing the 7.5 inch South American helicopter damselfly found decades earlier. While it only lives a few days and poses no … » Read the rest
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.