Why the Difference Between Rats and Mice Matters

Besides the fact that rats and mice look different, there are quite a few other differences between them. Your rodent control efforts will be most successful when you understand each of these pests fully. Knowing things like their behavior, food preferences, and habitats will help aid your control efforts. What works to control mice will not necessarily work to control… Continue reading Why the Difference Between Rats and Mice Matters

How a Wasp Turns Cockroaches into Zombies

A special chemical blend injected into the brains of cockroaches makes them pawns in the jewel wasp’s control—and perfect live food for its offspring Adapted from Venomous: How Earth’s Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistry, by Christie Wilcox, by arrangement with Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC (US), Bungeishunju Ltd. (Japan). Copyright © 2016 by Christie Wilcox. I… Continue reading How a Wasp Turns Cockroaches into Zombies

There’s a Reason They Call Them ‘Crazy Ants’

The first time Mike the Hog-a-Nator noticed the ants, they were piled outside his cardiologist’s office. This was two summers ago, in Pearland, a suburb of Houston. There was a forbidding, fibrous heap of dead ants on either side of the building’s double doors, each a couple of feet long. And there were also legions… Continue reading There’s a Reason They Call Them ‘Crazy Ants’

A Buggy Thanksgiving: Insects Come to the Table

Mealworms, wax worms and crickets may not be obvious choices for Turkey Day, but at a special event this week, bug aficionados can taste new, insect-y twists on Thanksgiving staples such as pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce. The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium in New Orleans is cooking up insect-filled Thanksgiving treats at their cafe,… Continue reading A Buggy Thanksgiving: Insects Come to the Table

Another Reason to Be Spooked on Halloween

Great Article! http://www.pestworld.org/news-hub/pest-articles/another-reason-to-be-spooked-this-halloween-pests/ “They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re all together ooky.” They’re…spiders, bats and bed bugs? During Halloween, forget the typical haunted house! For most homeowners, just the thought of a spider building a web in the kitchen, a bat flying around in the attic, or bed bugs nesting between the sheets… Continue reading Another Reason to Be Spooked on Halloween

Bedbugs: Facts, Bites and Infestation

By Megan Gannon Bedbugs lurk in cracks and crevices and they’ve been living on human blood for centuries. Though they aren’t known to transmit disease or pose any serious medical risk, the stubborn parasites can leave itchy and unsightly bites. However, bedbugs don’t always leave marks. The best way to tell if you have a… Continue reading Bedbugs: Facts, Bites and Infestation

Planting Fall Vegetables

Make room for your fresh crop of fall vegetables by ripping out any varieties that are no longer performing well (such as tomatoes that have succumbed to disease or peas that have burned out from the heat) or you have already harvested (potatoes, onions, or sweet corn, for example). Pull any weeds so they don’t… Continue reading Planting Fall Vegetables