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If Insects Were Basketball Players

Bug Basketball

Basketball is a popular American pastime. In fact, it is so popular and makes so much money that a special National Basketball Association (NBA) was established to create rules to standardize the game. If we lived in a world where insects were also interested in basketball, the game would be very different. Let’s take a look at some of the key points of basketball to see just how it insect might play the game. The Basketball The NBA requires that basketballs be 30 inches around, and nine inches in diameter. This means that the basketball is about 12.5 percent the size of an average man standing at six feet tall.… Read More

5 Cool Bug Themed School Supplies

Back To School

It’s that time of year again where the little ones head back to school, and you know what that means: new school supplies! Why not send your tykes back to school in style, with fun bug-themed items? The following ideas are especially great for younger kids who are enthusiastic about insects, and are a great way to incorporate an educational topic your child enjoys learning about with fashion and accessories. Ladybug Backpack What better way to send your little bug off to kindergarten than with a cute Ladybug backpack? There are many adorable styles to choose from, whether you’re seeking to purchase a backpack with pictures of ladybugs (or some… Read More

Guide To Common Filth Flies

Fruit Flies

Flies are generally viewed as a nuisance at best, disgusting creatures of filth at worst. But how much do you really know about flies? Flies such as the common housefly are known as filth flies, and are separated into two categories: large and small. Both types of flies can spread diseases and bacteria based on their habits of feeding and laying eggs on things such as garbage piles, manure, and carcasses, then contaminating food which humans consume. Some types of filth flies, or Diptera, also bite and feed on the blood of humans and animals, spreading blood-borne diseases. Diptera, or true flies, only have two wings (or one pair) as… Read More

Stinging Insects Infographic

Stinging Insect Pests Infographic: Know The Difference Summer barbecues, pool parties, picnics, and other outdoor activities can be accompanied by stinging pests. Some of these stings are mild, and other can really pack a punch. Here’s an excellent infographic, brought to you by Eden Advanced Pest Technologies, informing us all on how we can distinguish among these stinging insects, and what steps to take to control and prevent them respectively. Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually. Related articles Picnic Invaders! Deadly Bugs of Summer The ‘sting-o-meter’ that tells you which insects are best avoided (developed by a researcher who was fed… Read More

Three Superheroes Inspired by Insects

Superheroes are a big part of our culture. Comic book and movie fans love to see someone come into the scene and just decimate the bad guys. Superheroes get their abilities from a number of different sources, including the insect world. These three superheroes are among the more widely known and popular of the bug-inspired superheroes of the comic world. The Human Fly Not well known by anyone other than long-term fans of the Marvel Comics Universe, the Human Fly is actually two characters. One is a super villain who paired off against Spiderman, and the other is a Superhero who starred in his own comic book series from 1977… Read More

Are Insect Stings Bad For Pregnant Women?

Insects sting for various reasons. They could become aggravated when they think that they’re territory is being invaded or when they are accidentally disturbed. Luckily, getting stung by a bee or wasp doesn’t necessarily spell disaster for someone who is pregnant. The danger, however, is if the victim is allergic to stings. If this is the case, then she should go to a hospital immediately or dial 911. Allergy to Sting Getting stung by any creature, especially wasps and carpenter bees which can sting more than once, is dangerous to some. Hypersensitive individuals or those with allergies to stings can experience life-threatening symptoms, like breathing difficulty, heart palpitations or loss… Read More

Use Your Smartphone To Help Eliminate Bugs

smartphone app

If you are fond of gardening and have a tendency to follow a ‘greener’ way of life, how do you deal with those pesky bugs that enjoy your garden even more than you do? Pesticides certainly do the trick but as well as affecting some of your non-invasive garden inhabitants, they also contribute to the ever spiralling greenhouse gas issues. Short of catching each one individually, there seems to be very few reasonable alternatives. But now we have found a new ally in this war of balances, namely – the smartphone! Both iOS and Android developers have released a number of apps that have been aimed at sorting out these… Read More

Saving The Bees: How EU’s Pesticide Ban Affects The US

Pollination plays a crucial role in food production, which means that bees are intricately tied to the success of the process. Over the last decade, however, concern for these small pests has grown increasingly urgent, as bee colonies continue to see huge hive losses. The EU took action recently decided to ban neonicotinoids, the most popular insecticide in the world, for two years. Many believe that neonicotinoids are linked to the hive losses, including the European Food Safety Agency. Beekeepers, charged with the task of moving hives into California to fertilize almond trees this year, scrambled to make that process happen. The situation on the west coast highlighted an issue that… Read More

Catch Negative Reviews Before They Happen – Why Customer Resolution Matters

Customer service is the cornerstone of any business. If your customers aren’t happy, then you don’t have any customers. Your employees should be trained on the best ways to resolve all different types of complaints or problems your customers could have. And, your employees need to know how important that customer resolution really is. In the past, one unresolved complaint could go unnoticed and not have a large effect. Now, one unresolved complaint can turn into an online rant that can reach all of your customers and potential customers. Customers Require Resolution When customers have problems with your company, their shopping experience, their purchase, etc., they want a resolution to… Read More

Carpenter Ants Versus Termites: Tips For Identifying Winged Pests

Do you have a swarm of pests outside your home? Chances are, you are dealing with either termites or carpenter ants; both of these bugs swarm during spring, which is their mating season. It is important to figure out exactly which pest you have, however, because termites can be very destructive and require treatment from professionals. Luckily, there are ways that you can determine the difference between these two bugs. Examine Their Bodies Do your best to capture one of the bugs, and examine it closely. If the body does not appear to be segmented, you probably have a termite. If, however, you notice a distinct waist, it is more… Read More