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Bullsnake removed from car engine

August 15, 2017 By
A bullsnake shooed out of an Amarillo, Texas, McDonald’s was hit by a car, then made its way back to the restaurant’s parking lot and inside the engine of an employee’s SUV. Employees watched as the snake made its way... Read more»
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Abell Pest Control helps fund honey bee research

August 10, 2017 By
Abell Pest Control, based in Etobicoke, Ontario, will donate $25,000 over five years to the University of Guelph’s Honey Bee Research Centre to help fund graduate research. The company also intends to launch a website that would give those with... Read more»
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Homeowner’s walls leak honey after bee removal

August 8, 2017 By
The walls of a woman’s home in Spring, Texas, are dripping with honey thanks to the removal of a massive bee infestation. The infestation was discovered when the roof of the home was being replaced, and nearly 20 pounds of... Read more»
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Why do insect bites itch?

August 3, 2017 By
As summer continues and mosquito control applications increase, pest management customers may ask technicians this common question: “Why do bug bites itch?” It may serve your business’ reputation well to have the answer in your arsenal.   Spit! When a... Read more»
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New method produces accurate 3D images from live insects

August 1, 2017 By
Scientists have discovered a new method to create detailed 3-D scans of live insects.: By using carbon dioxide, insects remain in a state of suspended animation for several hours at a time, allowing for accurate results — and with no apparent side effects. Read more»
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Research: Nematodes secrete proteins to kill insects, use smell to select host

July 25, 2017 By
A new study published in PLOS Pathogens found that nematodes (Steinernema carpocapsae) secrete deadly proteins to kill insects that damage crops. S. carpocapsae kills more than 250 insect pests that attack plants, according to UCR Today. Prior to the study... Read more»
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English village hosts 50 years of snail racing

July 20, 2017 By
READY! SET! Snail? A small village near King’s Lynn, England, hosted the World Snail Racing Championships July 15, where “Larry the Snail” took home the gold. The village of Congham has been hosting the unconventional race for about 50 years.... Read more»

Headless bees still pack punch

July 18, 2017 By
The next time you’re working with a customer on a stinging insect account, consider Kathy Keatley Garvey’s recent blog post, “Why Dead Bees Can Sting,” on the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) website. Garvey, a communications... Read more»
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Australian Huntsman found in Michigan toddler’s room

July 13, 2017 By
A Michigan mother had a scary start to the summer when she found one of the worlds largest spiders resting in her son’s room in June. Jillian Duke walked into her son’s room and found what she thought was a ball... Read more»
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Study explores commonality of praying mantises feeding on birds

July 11, 2017 By
It is “ fairly common” for praying mantises to prey upon birds, researchers say. A new study found nearly 150 cases of “mantis-on-bird predation” on each continent except Antarctica. Researchers from Switzerland and the U.S. examined scientific literature and searched the... Read more»
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