Fact vs. Fiction

Fact vs. Fiction: Termites

May 15, 2014 By
Fiction: Subterranean termites only eat wood. Fact: The bulk of their diet is cellulose, but they get it from eating plant materials and fungi as well as wood. To break this down in their gut, they need microorganisms, which they... Read more»
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Fact vs. Fiction: Sawtoothed Grain Beetles

April 27, 2014 By
Fiction: Sawtoothed grain beetles and merchant beetles are different names for the same thing. Fact: Although closely related and occupying the same roles in the environment, sawtoothed grain beetles (Oryzaephilus surinamensis) and merchant grain beetles (Oryzaephilus mercator) are two different... Read more»
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Fact vs. Fiction: Formosan Termites

April 17, 2014 By
Fiction: Formosan termites chew through everything, including steel and concrete. Fact: Formosan termites (Coptotermes formosanus) will attack non-wood substances such as plastics, foam insulation, plaster, asphalt, sealant between water pipes, thin copper or lead sheeting while searching for cellulose to... Read more»

Fact vs. Fiction: Yellow Jacket

March 20, 2014 By
Fiction: Yellow Jackets are a type of bee. Fact: Yellow Jacket is a common name that refers to predatory North American wasps belonging to either genus Vespula or Dolichovespula. They are often mistaken for bees or confused with other wasps,... Read more»
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Fact vs. Fiction: Northern Yellow Sac Spiders

February 21, 2014 By
Fiction: Most spider bites are from brown recluse spiders. Fact: Northern yellow sac spiders (Cheiracanthium mildei) are responsible for more bites than any other spider and are frequently misdiagnosed as brown recluse spider bites. Fiction: It’s almost impossible to tell... Read more»
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Fact vs. Fiction: Cat Fleas

February 20, 2014 By
Fiction: Dogs only get dog fleas, and cats only get cat fleas. Fact: Dog fleas (Ctenocephalides canis) are uncommon in North America. Most dog infestations are actually cat fleas (C. felis). Cat flea hosts include dogs, cats, humans, rabbits, squirrels,... Read more»
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Fact vs. Fiction: Fruit Flies

January 20, 2014 By
Fiction: I have a bunch of fruit flies, but they all look different. Fact: Not all small flies are fruit flies. Many flies are found in the same environment and are similar in size and appearance. Drain flies are fuzzy... Read more»

Fact vs. Fiction: Indianmeal Moths

January 17, 2014 By
Fiction: I found worms in my cake mix. Fact: Chances are those weren’t worms, but Indianmeal moth (Plodia interpunctata or IMM) larvae. Adults lay eggs in the cracks and crevices of packaged food or directly on to the food. When... Read more»
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Fact vs. Fiction: Voles

August 10, 2013 By
Fiction: Vole is just another name for field mouse. Fact: Voles are frequently called field mice or meadow mice, but they occupy a different branch of the taxonomic family tree than mice. They’re from the family Cricetidae (North American species... Read more»

Fact vs. Fiction: Drywood Termites

July 10, 2013 By
Fiction: Termites are ants. Fact: Ants belong to the order Hymenoptera and termites are classified with cockroaches in the order Blattodea. Winged ants and termites are called alates, which refer to the stage in their respective reproduction cycles when they... Read more»
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