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2009-04-14 08:00:00

87 Percent of Adults Polled About Pests and the Economy Agree "There Is Still No Room for Bugs in My Home" ATLANTA, April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- While many Americans have slashed home maintenance budgets in this economy, a recent independent survey by Atlanta-based pest control leader Orkin, Inc. reports nearly nine in ten adults (87 percent) still refuse to tolerate pests in their homes. More than half of respondents (57 percent) also agreed that, unlike services like house cleaning, pest...

2008-12-01 16:46:02

Florida scientists have warned that exotic roaches purchased on the Internet to feed pet lizards could lead to the non-native species infesting U.S. homes. University of Florida entomologists said insects including the Madagascar hissing roach, a 3-inch-long horned roach that hisses like a snake, could gain a foothold in Florida homes if specimens purchased via the Internet as pet food escape and mate, The St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reported Monday. It's not that they're any harder to kill...

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2008-11-25 14:05:00

The vacancy sign is on, but the lowlifes who check in never check out.Scientists at the University of Florida and the University of New Mexico have created tiny microscopic spheres that trap and kill harmful bacteria in a manner the scientists liken to "roach motels" snaring and killing cockroaches. The research could lead to new coatings that will disinfect common surfaces, combat bioterrorism or sterilize medical devices, reducing the devices' responsibility for an estimated 1.4 million...

2008-09-12 12:00:35

By Andrew Picken RATS, beetles and cockroaches are among the pests which have been discovered in Lothian hospitals and health centres, it emerged today. Figures released by NHS Lothian under freedom of information laws reveal there have been a total of 657 call-outs for pest controllers since 2005, with 126 visits to the Royal Edinburgh Hospital alone. The majority of call-outs related to mice and ants with pest controllers using a variety of insecticidal sprays or traps to get rid of...

2008-06-28 09:02:19

By Susan M. Green, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Jun. 28--RUSKIN -- The idea of banning outboard motors in the Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve has not gathered steam on a local task force considering the possibility of Hillsborough County designating its first pole-or-troll zone. In fact, a proposal to limit boaters to push poles or trolling motors in Little Cockroach Bay, a much smaller target, drew outcry from boaters and fishermen when county scientists broached the proposal more than a year...

2008-06-27 12:02:44

By Mal Vincent, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jun. 27--THE FIRST THING we see is a panorama of stars -- tiny pinpoints of light that suggest infinity, points of wonder even in a world in which so much has been explained. A bigger surprise is what we hear: Broadway star Michael Crawford ("The Phantom of the Opera") singing about how there is hope "out there." The song is "Put on Your Sunday Clothes" from the 1969 movie version of the Broadway musical "Hello, Dolly!" Who would have...

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2008-06-24 11:08:01

One dose of an insecticide can kill three generations of cockroaches as they feed off of each other and transfer the poison, according to Purdue University entomologists who tested the effectiveness of a specific gel bait. It is the first time that scientists have shown that a pest control bait will remain effective when it's transferred twice after the first killing dose, said Grzegorz "Grzesiek" Buczkowski, assistant professor of entomology. Passing the insecticide from one cockroach to the...

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2008-03-17 14:25:00

Their gentle nature, large size, odd sounds and low-maintenance care have made Madagascar hissing cockroaches popular educational tools and pets for years. But the giant insects also have one unfortunate characteristic: Their hard bodies and feces are home to many mold species that could be triggering allergies in the kids and adults who handle the bugs, according to a new study.Researchers have identified 14 different types of mold on and around this species of cockroach, including several...

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2006-05-15 13:45:00

A pet dog sits on command, but nobody expects an insect to follow human instructions. So it may come as a surprise to learn that researchers recently succeeded in controlling cockroaches with tiny mobile robots. The results hint at a future where we can interact and communicate with many different kinds of animals. Little larger than a thumbnail, the cubic insect-like robots or 'insbots' are technological marvels. Developed under the European Commission's Future and Emerging Technologies...

2005-12-07 15:15:00

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Indoor allergens can contaminate asthmatic children's nebulizer equipment, with potentially serious consequences for sensitive individuals, according to Maryland-based researchers. Dr. Mary E. Bollinger of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore and colleagues previously reported two cases of life-threatening asthma episodes in patients who used nebulizers contaminated with cockroach allergen. To investigate if levels of cockroach allergen or...


Latest Cockroach Reference Libraries

Darwin Termite, Mastotermes darwiniensis
2013-08-13 11:55:09

The Darwin termite (Mastotermes darwiniensis), also known as the giant northern termite, is a species of termite that can only be found in northern areas of Australia. This species is the only member of its genus and the only living member of the family Mastotermitidae. It does not typically occur in large groups, but if food, water, and space are adequate, populations can number in the millions. This typically occurs in areas where natural conditions have been altered including near piles of...

Scutigera coleoptrata
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Image Caption: House Centipede, Scutigera coleoptrata. Credit: Bruce Marlin/Wikipedia  (CC BY 3.0) Scutigera coleoptrata is one of many species of house centipedes. This species is native to the Mediterranean, but it is capable of moving to other region of the world including most of Europe, South America, North America, and Asia. It is thought to have first ventured from its native range into Mexico and Guatemala, and its range has now stretched into Argentina in the south and Canada in...

Moniliformis moniliformis
2014-01-05 00:00:00

Moniliformis moniliformis is a species of acanthocephalan parasite that can infect humans, though it rarely does. Human infections have been reported in the United States, Iran, Iraq, and Nigeria. It has been found in rats all over the world, and usually is found in cats, dogs and, in Poland, red foxes. Intermediate hosts are usually beetles and cockroaches. This parasite, like other acanthocephalans, does not have a digestive tract. It absorbs nutrients through the tegument (external...

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2005-08-25 11:23:00

Cockroaches are insects of the order Blattodea. The names of the order are derived from Greek blatta, meaning "cockroach". There are roughly 3,500 species in 6 families. Cockroaches exist worldwide, with the exception of the polar regions and in elevations above 6,500 ft (2,000 m). Among the most well-known species are the American cockroach (Periplaneta Americana) which is about 3 cm long, and the German cockroach (Blattella germanica) about 1.5 cm long. Tropical cockroaches are often...

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2005-08-25 11:19:50

The Madagascar hissing cockroach (Gromphadorhina portentosa) is a large cockroach which is originally from the island of Madagascar off the African coast. They are large and wingless and grow up to 2.5" in length and are brown to black in color. The insect makes a hissing sound for communication. They can live up to two years. It is a very popular pet because of its hissing sound and large size, and interesting appearance. It has become a popular insect in Hollywood movies, featured...

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