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2011-08-04 13:49:15

New study demonstrates trade-off between development of defensive organs and regression of mouth parts during termite evolution Researchers demonstrate for the first time that programmed cell death - a process by which cells deliberately destroy themselves - is involved in mandibular regression in termites. And it appears this regression may be the price to pay for the formation of termites' defensive organs, according to Kouhei Toga and Kiyoto Maekawa from the University of Toyama, and...

2011-08-03 07:03:00

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Progressive pest exterminators are abandoning the practice of filling homes with toxic chemicals and, instead, are using a handheld instrument straight out of a CSI television episode. The new Termatrac® T3i tracks termites through walls, enabling pest control experts to attack the bugs directly. The device, now being introduced progressively into the United States, looks like a futuristic spaceship. It communicates using...

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2011-07-06 14:02:55

One of the peskiest household pests, while disastrous to homes, could prove to be a boon for cars, according to a Purdue University study. Mike Scharf, the O. Wayne Rollins/Orkin Chair in Molecular Physiology and Urban Entomology, said his laboratory has discovered a cocktail of enzymes from the guts of termites that may be better at getting around the barriers that inhibit fuel production from woody biomass. The Scharf Laboratory found that enzymes in termite guts are instrumental in the...

2011-07-06 08:00:00

VISTA, Calif., July 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- EcoBlu Products, Inc., (OTCBB: ECOB) announced today the company has received an order to supply all framing wood components coated with Red Shield(TM) protection to build a custom home located in Litchfield County, Connecticut. Home being designed and built by Gregory Artura and Patricia D'Alessio, employs many green aspects leveraging todays technically advanced building materials. This advanced project will consist of approximately 15,000...

2011-07-01 00:17:45

If It's Summer, It's Time for Carpenter Ants. July is the month of peak activity for carpenter ants. These ants are known to forage up to 100 yards, establishing colonies inside your home. Carpenter ants seek out moist, decaying wood to establish and expand their nest. Homeowners can take proactive steps to remove the likelihood of an infestation. But if there is an infestation,contact contact a pest control professional immediately. Otherwise, the colony will continue to expand and...

2011-06-30 08:00:00

VISTA, Calif., June 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- EcoBlu Products, Inc. (OTCBB: ECOB) announced today it has been awarded a contract to supply Red Shield(TM) coated lumber and trusses for 88 home developments being built by a prominent national homebuilder in Ontario, California. Frame Right Construction was awarded the framing contract with the inclusion of Red Shield lumber and truss package for all 88 homes. These two-story homes range from 1828 to 2054 square feet and the contract...

2011-06-01 04:42:00

TEL-AVIV, Israel, June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Makhteshim Agan Group (MAI) (TASE:MAIN) today announced the launch of a number of products containing the active ingredient fipronil, a broad spectrum insecticide and the world's leading product against termites in structural pest control and fleas and tick control on companion animals. This is the first major generic version of fipronil in the US. The launch follows grant of EPA registrations obtained by MAI and its...

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2011-04-14 14:24:03

On Friday, scientists will join together at Yale University for a forum that could overturn the three century old method for naming newly discovered nature. Adventurous scientists who capture previously unknown fish, birds and other creatures, and others who work with fossils and microorganisms, say that they have an increasing problem in assigning accurate names to their subjects. Evolutionary biologists, naturalists and other thinkers from Yale and the Smithsonian Institution in...

2011-04-02 01:59:05

Ants and termites have a significant positive impact on crop yields in dryland agriculture, according to a paper published today in the journal 'Nature Communications' by scientists at CSIRO and the University of Sydney. "Ants and termites perform the same ecosystem service functions in dryland agriculture that earthworms perform in cooler and wetter areas, but the potential for ants and termites to provide these benefits has received little attention until now," said CSIRO's Dr Theo Evans....

2011-03-09 18:19:00

DALLAS and MEMPHIS, Tenn., March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Terminix, the nation's largest pest-control provider, announced the launch of their 2011 "Seeing Is Believing" integrated ad campaign. Taking dramatic center stage is a 30-second TV commercial entitled 'Flying Monster' created by Publicis Dallas. The TV spot brings to cinematic life the havoc pests can wreak on homeowners, comparing pests to monsters. The Publicis creative team went through an extensive character development process...


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Numbat, Myrmecobius fasciatus
2014-05-24 17:24:24

The numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus), also known as the marsupial anteater, banded anteater, or the walpurti, is a marsupial that can be found in Western Australia. This species once held a large range but it is now fragmented and limited to only a few small spots in Australia. It once resided in many habitats, but now it can only be found in eucalypt forests. Europeans first discovered this species in 1831, when Robert Dale led an expedition through the Avon Valley. George Robert Waterhouse...

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2007-06-25 07:54:33

The Aardvark, Orycteropus afer, sometimes called the "˜antbear', is a medium-sized mammal native to Africa. It lives south of the Sahara desert where there is suitable habitat for them to live. It prefers savannas, grasslands, woodlands and bush. They are not found in deserts but are found in areas where there is a good supply of ants and termites. The most distinctive characteristic of the Aardvark is their teeth. Instead of having a pulp cavity, they have a number of thin tubes of...

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2007-01-19 20:40:01

The aardwolf (Proteles cristatus) is a small insectivorous hyena, native to Eastern and Southern Africa. The name means "earth wolf" in Afrikaans. Unlike other hyenas, the aardwolf is a defenseless animal whose diet almost completely consists of termites. The natural enemies are deterred by the superficial resemblance to the more aggressive hyena species. The aardwolf is the only surviving species of the subfamily Protelinae. Physical characteristics The aardwolf looks most like the...

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2006-12-12 13:58:15

Southern Tamandua or Lesser Anteater, Tamandua tetradactyla, is a species of anteater from South America. It is a solitary animal, found in many habitats from mature to highly disturbed secondary forests and arid savannas. It feeds on ants, termites and bees. It has very strong fore claws that can be used to break insect nests or to defend. Geographic Range Tamandua tetradactyla is found in South America from Venezuela and Trinidad to northern Argentina, southern Brazil, and Uruguay...

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Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.