Flies

Bonus fact: House flies flap their wings about 190 times per second; to humans, the frequency sounds like a pitch along the F major scale.
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House flies can transmit 65 diseases

May 16, 2017 By
Sure, Musca domestica can be annoying as they buzz past your head and around your food. But what’s worse, these filthy, unwanted houseguests may be responsible for transmitting to humans 65 diseases, including typhoid fever, gastroenteritis dysentery, cholera, anthrax, leprosy... Read more»
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Q&A: Security systems, phorid flies and a flea infestation

April 7, 2017 By
Q: A commercial customer just installed a new security system with cameras under the eaves of his building. This system also includes high-intensity lights under the eaves. Now he is complaining about the flying insects attracted to the building at... Read more»
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Caption This: St. Patty’s Day

March 23, 2017 By
You know you have a funny quip for this Leo Michael panel. Why not share it with the industry? Send us an email with your idea to pmpeditor@northcoastmedia.net by March 24, 2017. We’ll print our favorite in the May issue.... Read more»
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Caption This: Valentine’s Day gift gone wrong

February 14, 2017 By
You know you have a funny quip for this Leo Michael panel. Why not share it with the industry? Send us an email with your idea to pmpeditor@northcoastmedia.net by Feb. 24, 2017. We’ll print our favorite in the April issue.... Read more»
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Shore fly (Scatela stagnalis)Photo:  © Malcolm Storey / Discover Life

Flying insect infesting Florida’s Marco Island identified

February 7, 2017 By
Scientists have identified the shore fly (Scatella tenuicosta) as the flying insect that has been infesting Marco Island, Florida, beaches over the last few weeks. The flies were originally suspected to be black flies (Simulium spp.),  but Chadd Chustz, Marco Island’s environmental... Read more»
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‘Zombie’ ants video: Phorid flies used to combat fire ants

November 3, 2016 By
The University of Texas at Austin invasive species research program is attempting to control invasive fire ant populations in Texas with South American phorid flies. PBS showcased this process in its “SuperNature – Wild Flyers” documentary this summer, made with... Read more»

‘Spidey’ gene might unlock mystery of waxy insects

August 25, 2016 By
An international team of scientists, led by University of Hawaii at Mānoa researcher Dr. Joanne Yew, has identified a gene in fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster, also known as vinegar flies) responsible for the insect’s waterproof coating, which provides protection from... Read more»
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Quick updates on fireflies, mice and mosquitoes

August 25, 2016 By
Did you know? Fireflies (lampyridae) are on the decline, magnets make mice happy and a new lotion that smells good to humans repels Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Read more»
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A multi-pronged approach worked at a tough stable fly (Stomoxys calcitrans) account.
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How to identify flying insects

June 24, 2016 By
To successfully identify flying insects, try a little detective work. Some flying insects come from 10 miles away or more, depending upon how the wind is blowing. Others breed on the exterior of a property, and still others breed indoors... Read more»
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What happens when a mouse trap is lost?

June 17, 2016 By
The photo here is a grisly image, but it shows what can happen when we lose track of our traps. Although these mice are no longer active, they now constitute conditions conducive to other pests. The obvious pest would be... Read more»
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