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2009-04-15 18:26:00

AUSTIN, Texas, April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- With the arrival of late spring, homeowners need to be on guard for an annual menace that threatens their homes: termites. April and May are the height of termite season - the time when the temperature is just right for termites to begin swarming out of their nests to build new colonies in another location. These "swarmers" look a lot like flying ants - but the damage they can do in the long run is much more serious. Homeowners who see flying termites...

2009-04-15 09:35:00

Dinotefuran and Pyriproxyfen Combination Delivers Safe and Effective Control of All Stages of Fleas on Dogs FORT LEE, N.J., April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Summit VetPharm announces the introduction of Vectra for Dogs & Puppies(TM), a new monthly, topical, flea control product containing dinotefuran and pyriproxyfen in combination to deliver a complete single dose monthly applied product that protects your dog from all stages of fleas -- adults, eggs, larvae and pupae. Vectra for Dogs &...

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...

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2009-03-27 09:43:01

Asexual reproduction results in more babies, less inbreeding Scientists at North Carolina State University and three universities in Japan have shown for the first time that it is possible for certain female termite "primary queens" to reproduce both sexually and asexually during their lifetimes. The asexually produced babies mostly grow to be queen successors "“ so-called "secondary queens" "“ that remain in the termite colony and mate with the king. This produces large broods of...

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2008-12-02 11:05:00

California Academy of Sciences entomologist finds beetles moving to higher ground In the summer of 1968, Dave Kavanaugh set off on a hike that would change the course of his life. As a second-year medical student at the University of Colorado, he had joined a climbing club with a few members of the biophysics department, and the group had set their sights on Gray's Peak "” the ninth highest mountain in Colorado. Kavanaugh, who has never been able to do anything slowly, scampered up to...

2008-11-25 14:15:06

A bop on the head by a Panamanian termite using its mandible is enough to kill a would-be invader, said U.S. researchers studying the insect's brain evolution. Moving faster than the human eye can see, the termite soldier's jaws can strike so fast that it takes a high-speed camera filming at 40,000 frames per second to capture the blow, researchers from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama and the University of Florida said in a news release. Ultimately, we're interested in...

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2008-11-25 09:52:25

A single hit on the head by the termite Termes panamensis (Snyder), which possesses the fastest mandible strike ever recorded, is sufficient to kill a would-be nest invader, report Marc Seid and Jeremy Niven, post-doctoral fellows at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Rudolf Scheffrahn from the University of Florida. Niven and Seid conducted the study at the Smithsonian's new neurobiology laboratory in Panama, established by a donation from the Frank Levinson Family Foundation....

2008-09-08 21:00:27

What you should know Many "bugs" in and around your house are harmless. In some countries, people even eat bugs. However, insects can take over your pantry, kitchen, your bathroom, or beds. Many bugs are so tiny you cannot see them. Some are seasonal while others are problems throughout the entire year. Many bugs can be harmful. Common bugs in and around your house can include dust mites, roaches, fleas, ticks, lice, ants, weevils, moths, beetles, spiders and stinging insects. Many pests...

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2008-08-19 10:20:00

A little known fungus tucked away in the gut of Asian longhorned beetles helps the insect munch through the hardest of woods according to a team of entomologists and biochemists. Researchers say the discovery could lead to innovative methods of controlling the invasive pest, and potentially offer more efficient ways of breaking down plant biomass for generating biofuels. Microbes in the gut of insects are known to break down cellulose, but little is known about how, or whether, insects...

2008-07-11 12:00:31

By Chris Hubbuch, La Crosse Tribune, Wis. Jul. 11--La Crosse sidewalks had an extra crunch Thursday after the summer's first big mayfly hatch the night before. The National Weather Service in La Crosse captured the hatch on radar about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday as millions of the insects emerged from their underwater burrows. The Hexagenia flies native to this area spend most of their lives as larvae under the Mississippi River, rise to the surface when the water temperature is warm enough --...


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2005-09-09 09:12:45

A caterpillar is the larval form of a lepidopteran (a member of the insect order comprising butterflies and moths). Caterpillars are characterized by their long segmented bodies and many sets of "legs". They eat voracious leaf eaters and grow rapidly, During growth the caterpillar will shed its skin four to five times before pupating into its adult form. Caterpillars have six true legs (being hexapods) on the thorax, up to four pairs of prolegs on the middle segments of the abdomen, and...

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2005-09-08 14:31:33

The Dragonfly is an insect belonging to the Order Odonata and suborder Anisoptera. It is characterized by large multi-faceted eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, and an elongated body. The dragonfly's diet consists typically of mosquitoes, midges and other small insects like flies, bees, and butterflies. They can be found around lakes, ponds, streams, and wetlands because their larvae (known as nymphs) are aquatic. Dragonflies do not bite or sting humans. Instead they are valued...

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2005-09-08 12:23:38

PHOTO CAPTION: Eriothrix rufomaculata (Photo taken by Keith Edkins) The tachinid flies (family Tachinidae) are by far the largest and most important group of insect parasitic flies, with over 1300 species in North America. It is a diverse group with some resembling drab houseflies and others brilliantly colored. All species are parasitic in the larval stage, and many are important natural enemies of major pests. Many species of tachinids have been introduced into North America from...

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2005-09-08 11:45:51

PHOTO CAPTION: Scanning Electron Micrograph of a Flea (photo by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) / Janice Carr) Flea is the common name for any of the small wingless insects of the order Siphonaptera. Fleas are external parasites, living by hematophagy off the blood of mammals and birds. Some well known flea species include: Cat Flea (Ctenocephalides felis), Dog Flea (Ctenocephalides canis), Northern Rat Flea (Nosopsyllus fasciatus), Oriental Rat Flea (Xenopsylla...

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2005-09-08 11:11:08

PHOTO CAPTION: Goliath Beetle Beetles are one of the main groups of insects. Their order, Coleoptera (meaning "sheathed wing"), has more species than any other order in the entire animal kingdom. Forty percent of all described insect species are beetles (about 350,000 species), and new species are regularly discovered. Estimates put the total number of species at between 5 and 8 million. When J. B. S. Haldane, a British geneticist, was asked what his studies of nature revealed about...

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Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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