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2014-03-14 23:26:55

The bed bugs in Petersburg have invaded a high-rise apartment complex, said a report. In response to it, My Cleaning Products recommended a pesticide-exempt bed bug spray to help anyone dealing with the same pests. Richmond, VA (PRWEB) March 14, 2014 Bed bugs have invaded an apartment complex in Petersburg, Virginia. A report from wric.com dated March 10, 2014, related the details of the incident. Meanwhile, wanting to help anyone dealing with the critters, My Cleaning Products suggested...

2014-03-14 23:02:31

Tick-borne disease expert Dr. Thomas Mather conducts tests that determine frigid temps not likely to reduce Spring/Summer tick abundance. Greensboro, NC and Seattle, WA (PRWEB) March 14, 2014 Have you been wondering (or hoping) that these brutal polar vortex weather episodes sweeping the nation are freezing off ticks? Tick-borne disease expert, Dr. Thomas Mather, the Director of the University of Rhode Island’s Center for Vector-Borne Disease and TickEncounter Resource Center was asked...

Specialization By Insect Species Is The Key
2014-03-14 14:54:57

University of Iowa Most of us already imagine the tropics as a place of diversity—a lush region of the globe teeming with a wide variety of exotic plants and animals. But for researchers Andrew Forbes and Marty Condon, there's even more diversity than meets the eye. In a paper published in the March 14 issue of the journal Science, Forbes and Condon report the discovery of extraordinary diversity and specialization in the tropics. The paper builds upon previous research conducted...

Jumping Spider Uses Ant As Bodyguard
2014-03-12 09:31:54

Springer Ants are the unlikely guardians of jumping spiders in their battle against aggressive spitting spiders A timid jumping spider uses the scent of ants as a secret weapon to save itself from becoming the somewhat soggy prey of the predatory spitting spider. The downside to this plan is that jumping spiders are also a favorite snack of its very own saviors. To overcome this additional hazard, the spider has made yet another plan in the form of an ant-proof nest, writes Ximena...

2014-03-11 23:27:34

Infestation of bed bugs in a Michigan apartment complex reportedly led to the trashing of the residents' furniture. My Cleaning Products suggested the use of a pesticide-exempt spray to help the public kill bed bugs safe and avoid the same incident. Holland, MI (PRWEB) March 11, 2014 A subsidized-housing in Holland, Michigan was infested by the pesky bed bugs. In connection with it, My Cleaning Products recommended the use of pesticide-exempt Bed Bug Bully to help the public kill bed...

Synthetic Spider Silk Has Superhero Strength
2014-03-06 12:43:18

American Chemical Society Spider silk of fantastical, superhero strength is finally speeding toward commercial reality — at least a synthetic version of it is. The material, which is five times stronger than steel, could be used in products from bulletproof vests to medical implants, according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN). C&EN is the weekly news magazine of the American Chemical Society. Alex Scott, a senior editor at C&EN, notes that spider...

A Single Gene Controls Wing Mimicry In Butterflies
2014-03-05 14:04:36

University of Chicago A single gene regulates the complex wing patterns, colors and structures required for mimicry in swallowtail butterflies, report scientists from the University of Chicago, March 5 in Nature. Surprisingly, the gene described, doublesex, is already well-known for its critical role in sexual differentiation in insects. "Conventional wisdom says that it should be multiple genes working together to control the whole wing pattern of a butterfly," said Marcus Kronforst,...

2014-03-04 23:29:40

Issue of bed bugs in Yonkers school reportedly left the parents dismayed. In order to help the public kill bed bugs quick, My Cleaning Products shared a simple trick. New York, NY (PRWEB) March 04, 2014 Bed bugs were found in one Yonkers school last week. But according to a report from cbslocal.com, the way the incident was handled left the parents dismayed. Meanwhile, in order to help anyone kill bed bugs fast, My Cleaning Products shared a simple trick. The report, which was posted on...

2014-03-04 08:32:22

Bed Bug Attorney Files Suit Over Bed Bug Infestation Against Student Housing Complex For USF Students TAMPA, Fla., March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Nationwide bed bug lawyer Craig Dell filed suit against Campus Advantage, Inc. and CCAL 4050 Rocky Circle Road LLC. The lawsuit alleges that employees and management took ineffective actions in detecting and treating a bedbug infestation at one of their properties known as 4050 Lofts- a 196-unit, 722-bed off-campus apartment community for...

Osperalycus tenerphagus face
2014-03-02 05:24:52

[ Watch the Video: Digging Up A New Mite Species ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It may resemble a worm, but it's actually a previously undiscovered microscopic species of mite discovered on The Ohio State University campus. Discovered by Samuel Bolton, a graduate student at Ohio State, the mite was officially named Osperalycus tenerphagus (or as it is affectionately known - the "Buckeye Dragon Mite"). Osperalycus tenerphagus is Latin for “mouth purse” and...


Latest Phyla Reference Libraries

Silky Anteater, Cyclopes didactylus
2014-04-14 10:24:36

The silky anteater (Cyclopes didactylus), also known as the pygmy anteater, is a species of anteater that can be found in South and Central America in a rage that extends from southern Veracruz and  Oaxaca, through most of Central America, to Ecuador, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, and on the island of Trinidad. This species prefers to reside in a number of forested habitats including semi deciduous forests, mangrove forests, and tropical rainforests. It can be found at elevations between sea level...

Vernal Pool Tadpole Shrimp, Lepidurus packardi
2014-04-11 11:50:16

The vernal pool tadpole shrimp (Lepidurus packardi) is a species of shrimp that can be found in California and southern areas of Oregon. Its range includes the Agate Desert in Oregon and many areas in California including the Central Coast, the San Joaquin and Sacramento Valleys, and the southern foothills of the Sierra Nevada. This species prefers to reside in vernal pools, which are now rare, but it can be found in other freshwater habitats including ditches, reservoirs, and ponds. The...

False Potto, Pseudopotto martini
2014-04-10 15:04:58

The false potto (Pseudopotto martini) is a primate that is thought to occur in Equatorial Africa. It is the only species classified within the genus Pseudopotto and has been studied using only the skeletal remains of two specimens. These were previously classified with the potto (Perodicticus potto) but were found to have enough distinctions to be classified as a species, although some argue that it could actually part of the West African potto species. Currently, the false potto is listed...

Southern House Spider, Kukulcania hibernalis
2014-04-08 10:12:47

The Southern House Spider (Kukulcania hibernalis) is a species of large North American spider which display strong sexual dimorphism. The males may be mistaken for the Brown Recluse due to the similar coloration and body structure. However, compared to the Brown Recluse, male Southern House Spiders are usually larger in size, lack the distinctive violin shape on their cephalothorax, and have abnormally long and slender pedipalps. The females are a dark brown or black color and more compact....

Eastern Mouse Spider, Missulena bradleyi
2014-04-07 16:16:36

The Eastern Mouse Spider (Missulena bradleyi) is a species of spider belonging to the Actinopodidae family. The spider is native to the east coast of Australia. The common name of the mouse spider comes from the mistaken belief that this spider excavates a deep mouse-like burrow. The females are black overall and are larger in size than the males. The males are black with a bluish-white colored patch on the front of their abdomen. Mouse spiders vary from 10 to 35 millimeters long and...

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