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  • Sun Apr 20 2014

    In weird Brazilian cave insects, male-female sex organs reversed

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - This may be the role reversal to end all role reversals. Scientists on Thursday described four insect species that dwell in extremely dry caves in Brazil, feed on bat guano and possess what the researchers called an "evolutionary novelty." . The females have an elaborate, penis-like organ while the males have a vagina-like opening into which females insert their organ during mating sessions that last 40 to 70 hours, the scientists reported in the journal Current Biology. The researchers said these attributes make the four species of the insect genus Neotrogl...

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  • Sat Apr 19 2014

    Savvy Consumer: How to check out pest control companies

    1. The Texas Department of Agriculture lists all licensed pesticide providers. To see if your technician is licensed, go to www.texasagriculture.gov and click on “structure pest control services” under the Regulatory Programs menu. On the resources part of that page, click on “Find a Licensed Pest Control Company.” Enter your ZIP code and a map and list of companies will come up. 2. Find a local professional through the Greater Tarrant County Pest Control Association at www.gtcpca.org. The website also features a $75 coupon for termite services costing more than $700. 3. Check the For...

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  • Sat Apr 19 2014

    Why Were There So Many Giant Insects in the 1950s?

    Hollywood produced some 500 science fiction movies during the 1950s, and the stars of many of them were colossal mutant insects. Why were people in the mid-twentieth century obsessed with giant bugs? One economist sums up the dominant theories. In some ways, this debate echoes the current discussion over what makes the zombie genre so popular. (A statement on consumerism? Distrust of government? The growing fear of pandemics?) But, the bug films were a product of the Cold War, and many of the interpretations are based upon the events of that era. Some of the movies were box office hits. ...

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  • Tue Apr 15 2014

    Prof discusses collective animal, insect behavior

    A researcher from Princeton University spoke about the behavior of organisms as individual units and as groups Monday in SAS Auditorium. Iain Couzin, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Princeton University, spoke at the third annual Kwangil Koh lecture. Koh was a professor of mathematics at N.C. State from 1968 until 2009. In the lecture, Couzin discussed behavioral characteristics of animals that primarily move in groups including birds, ants, other insects and fish. In recent years, Couzin said his research has led him through the subconscious aspect of social behavi...

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  • Sun Apr 13 2014

    New to nature No 114: Hydrophylita emporos

    About 800 species of parasitic wasps of the family Trichogrammatidae have been named to date but, as with most species-rich groups of small-sized insects, there are no doubt many yet to come. If you are not an entomologist and the name sounds familiar it may be because species of the genus Trichogramma are among agriculture's success stories in searching for biological control agents for crop pests. Of the more than 80 genera in the family, three include parasites of eggs of various aquatic insects. Only four species of the genus Hydrophylita have been described, all from the new world a...

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  • Sat Apr 12 2014

    'Sects In The City: Brooklyn Woman Moonlights Making Elaborate Insect Dioramas

    By day, Daisy Tainton spends hours at her desk in the American Museum of Natural History, hunched over a jewelry box sized display case, meticulously cataloging the dozens of tiny insects pinned into neat rows. By night, she works with dead insects as large as her thumb, arranging them into fantastical dioramas that evoke fairy tales or strange dreams. In one of her works, a horned beetle rocks in a chair, knitting with its spindly front legs, while two iridescent beetles play at its feet like kittens. They are in a room decorated with floral wallpaper and memorabilia you might find at y...

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  • Fri Apr 11 2014

    Bank Hard! Flies Fly Like Fighter Jets to Evade Predators

    Catching a fly isn't easy, as anyone who's ever tried to swat one knows. Why are they so hard to catch? It could be because they maneuver like fighter jets, a new study shows. Using high-speed video cameras, a team of researchers captured the lightning-fast wing and body motion of fruit flies as the insects performed rapid, banked turns to avoid a looming threat. The team also used giant, robotic flies to understand how the sprightly pests performed these aerobatics. The species of fruit flies in the study, Drosophila hydei, is known for its excellent flying ability. Scientists have s...

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  • Thu Apr 10 2014

    Admiral Pest Control Owner Loses Arm to Cancer, Will Throw First Pitch at Dodger/Giants Game

    Jeff Jones is the co-owner of Admiral Pest Control. He is a cancer survivor and has been selected by the American Cancer Society to throw the first pitch at a Dodgers/Giants game Fighting cancer was the hardest thing I ever had to do. This is just throwing a ball. I’m just proud to say that by doing this, we are able to raise almost $4000 for the American Cancer Society. That’s $4000 that goes towards stopping cancer.” Admiral Pest Control today announced that one of its owners, Jeff Jones, has been awarded the American Cancer Society’s 2013 Statewide Patient Courage Award. As a part ...

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  • Thu Apr 10 2014

    Pest Control in Canada Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

    The proliferation of bed bugs will spur high demand from the residential market. For this reason, industry research firm IBISWorld has updated a report on the Pest Control industry in its growing industry report collection. The Pest Control industry has experienced robust growth over the past five years, led by the increasing presence of bed bugs. According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Stephen Morea, “The rising ubiquity of these nighttime critters has fuelled demand for pest extermination professionals, underpinning robust revenue growth.” From 2009 through 2014, revenue for the Pest C...

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  • Wed Apr 9 2014

    As Swarm Season Intensifies, New Terminix Research Highlights Misconceptions About Termites and Damage They Can Cause

    MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Terminix®, the world's largest pest control provider, recently collaborated with Harris Interactive® to gauge U.S. homeowners' sentiment around common pests, including termites. While many respondents had a basic understanding of the damage termites can cause, several startling misconceptions also emerged. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/7168251-terminix-termites-damage-homeowners-pest-control Of the more than 2,000 respondents, 94% believe termites can cause thousands ...

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  • Wed Apr 9 2014

    EU study finds honey bee death rates are lower than feared

    BRUSSELS — A pioneering European Union survey into the impact of pests and diseases on honey bees found death rates were lower than feared, in part countering concerns about the collapse of colonies of the crop-pollinating insects. The study of 32,000 bee colonies across 17 EU member states from late 2012 until summer 2013 found winter mortality rates ranged from 3.5 percent to 33.6 percent. The winter of 2012-13 was particularly cold and the highest mortality rates were in northern countries with harsher climates. During the beekeeping season, when the insects are active, mortalit...

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  • Wed Apr 9 2014

    Pests vanquished on Macquarie Island

    After a $25 million operation, Macquarie Island in the subantarcticis now free of environmentally damaging pests like rabbits, rats and mice. Finn is one of the dogs that helped confirm the pest-free status, as Keiren McLeonard writes. It's a dogs life. Finn has spent two years with the run of Macquarie Island, 1500 kilometres south-east of Tasmania in the subantarctic. But while he has enjoyed hundreds of days on the hunt, his super-sensitive nose and inquisitive nature have failed to detect any rabbits lurking in the environment. There's an enormous amount of training that goes i...

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  • Tue Apr 8 2014

    Creepy but curious: Entomophobia, the fear of insects

    Are you scared of cockroaches? spiders? bees? slugs? ..... there's a couple of reasons why: It's a creepy and curious world out there, and in this episode we explore why we poor humans develop phobias about our six and eight legged friends. Entomophobia is the fear of insects and broadly includes spiders as well. Associate Professor, Dr Nigel Andrew consider our fears and explains the six great fears of six legged creatures ... And he says remember they are more scared of us (?)

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  • Tue Apr 8 2014

    New York Real Estate Journal

    Company of the Month: Knockout Pest Control: Green pest control is effective pest control - saving building managers money Uniondale, NY According to Knockout Pest Control, going green isn't just about doing the right thing; it is about profit. Building managers in the New York metro area have realized they can gain financial and competitive benefits from adopting green building management practices, including ongoing measures like green pest control. Improving quality of life doesn't require you sacrifice pest control effectiveness. Contrary to the perception that it is expensive, green...

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  • Fri Apr 4 2014

    Orkin Establishes Franchise in Uruguay

    ATLANTA, April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Rollins Inc., a leading consumer services company (ROL), announced today that the company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Orkin, established a franchise in Montevideo, Uruguay. Orkin Uruguay will offer commercial and residential pest control and termite services. "We are proud to expand Orkin's services to Uruguay," said Tom Luczynski, Orkin group vice president of global development and franchising. "This is a great opportunity for Orkin to bring our science-based services to a new country and provide customers in Uruguay with Orkin's custo...

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  • Fri Apr 4 2014

    The Pest Management Partnership

    Pest management is rather unique in comparison to the other services offered to a food facility because cooperation between the pest management provider and client is so critical to the program’s success. Both client and pest management professionals (PMPs) play an important role in pest elimination. The program works best when there is a shared role and responsibility on the part of both teams. I often wished we had a McCloud Services partnership award for our clients who partner well when it comes to pest management. Perhaps the benefits in food safety are award enough. There are three...

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  • Fri Apr 4 2014

    Tiny Insects Cause Lock Down Of High School

    At 1:30 p.m. on Friday the normally bustling Payson High School campus had only breezes blowing through the hallways, while faces of students peeked through classroom windows. Over the intercom, administration admonished teachers to keep their students in the classrooms on lockdown because of — bees. The tiny insects had decided to take a rest, en masse, on a rock outside of the cafeteria. Numerous students at the school have a deathly anaphylactic allergic response to a bee sting. If stung, symptoms may show immediately or take a few minutes to show. Allergic reactions include ski...

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  • Thu Apr 3 2014

    Pest control worker robbed at apartment complex

    STOCKTON – Two armed, masked men robbed a pest control operator working at an apartment complex Monday evening just west of San Joaquin Delta College, police reported. The 31-year-old victim was sitting in his company truck around 8:40 p.m. in the 1500 block of Mosaic Way when the two men, wearing black ski masks and black clothing, approached the driver’s door brandishing handguns, according to police. One of the robbers opened the door and put his gun to the victim’s head, then forced him to the ground and demanded his wallet. The victim complied and turned over his wallet and truck...

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  • Thu Apr 3 2014

    Study: Zebras Have Stripes to Ward Off Insects

    The mystery of why zebras have stripes may have been solved, National Geographic reported. There is solid statistical evidence to conclude that the reason is to keep insects away. Biologist Tim Caro of the University of California, Davis, who led a team of researchers reported, "We found again and again and again [that] the only factor which is highly associated with striping is to ban biting flies." Scientists had been working with five theories to explain the stripes: that they fend off insects, afford camouflage, bewilder predators, decrease body temperature, or have some social va...

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  • Wed Apr 2 2014

    Remote Temperature Recording Kit verifies thermal sterilization.

    New Thermal Sterilization Verification Kit for Remote Monitoring Wireless Temperature Data Loggers Document Your Best Practices - Addressing needs of exterminators and pest control companies, Thermal Sterilization Verification Kit validates temperature was reached and held to specification as to ensure complete eradication. Solution enables multi-point remote monitoring with wireless communication (500 ft), probes, and documentation software. Suitable for work up to 175°F, kit includes 6 wireless ambient temperature dataloggers and units with 10 ft probe to monitor temperature in narr...

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