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Practical Uses For Spiders

Spider advancing - arachnophobia nightmare

Spiders have eight legs and aren’t technically considered insects, but are arachnids. However, these fast creepy crawlies give people the heebie jeebies just as well as any bug. Rather than living in fear of spiders, try to think of them as a positive creature. Spiders eat a lot of other insects, helping to keep us from being overwhelmed. Science is also drawing on the spider for inspiration in a number of practical applications which benefit humans. Muscular Dystrophy Researcher Frederick Sachs, a biophysicist at the University of Buffalo, is using the venom of the Chilean Rose Tarantula to treat muscular dystrophy. The use of the venom is still in trial… Read More

Identify Troublesome Pests And Critters With These Four Cool Apps

Smartphone

That moment when you see a cockroach scurrying across the floor or a rat running alongside the wall is a disgusting moment indeed, but at least we can identify these common critters and make the appropriate arrangements for their removal. In many cases, however, bugs and insects may venture inside the home that are not easily discernible, leaving home owners pondering whether it is a stray bug or if there is a potential infestation problem. Fortunately, an array of mobile applications has emerged to help make this process easier. In the following article, we will detail four apps that help users identify pests, insects and critters without having to first… Read More

Top 3 Biggest Insect Swarms In Recent History

Cicada Swarm

There are more insects on Earth than there are human beings. Billions more. In fact, there are so many insects that they can sometimes swarm in the millions and devastate the landscape. Swarms are large numbers of insects that get together for a collective purpose. This purpose can be migration, mating, or eating. Swarming is a behavior that occurs more often than most people realize. Sometimes these swarms get so massive that they are positively biblical, as in the swarm of locusts that destroyed ancient Egypt’s crops. Here are a few massive swarms that have appeared in recent memory. 1931 Grasshoppers in the Midwest Grasshoppers are famous for swarming and… Read More

Happy Independence day! Live Pest Free.

by Thomas B. Have a pest free holiday! While I am sure that there are pest control guys out there that are reminiscing about blowing up little bugs with fireworks, I have never done so myself. Most firework damage that I have caused was inflicted upon myself. And as entertaining as it may seem to stick a M80 into a volcanic Texas fire ant mound, I wouldn’t advise it. Where do think all those flying red ants are going to end up? And do you think they are going to be kind to your arms and legs when they land there? No there are much better ways to get rid… Read More

Grasshoppers for Dinner in San Jose – Ryan Jones Eats Bugs

I was recently in San Jose, speaking a bit on the finer points of Local Pest Control Companies online. Well, sadly I was informed of a little San Jose Restaurant serving up a plate of bugs a little too late for me to partake. Lucky for me one of my SMX conference friends, Ryan Jones, did sample the Grasshopper Dinner and lived to tell about it: Ryan Jones Show Us How to Eat Grasshoppers! The other day I ended up at MezCal Mexican restaurant a few blocks from SMX with 3 lovely ladies from 352 Media (@erinever, @kellikimpton, and @jdallis) and some random British guy we found on the street.… Read More

Does Bug Repellent Work for Bed Bugs?

Bulwark Exterminating created this video with K-9BedbugInspectors.com testing bug repellent against bed bugs. Could the solution to the EPA spending $550,000 on research be that simple? Does bug repellent prevent bed bugs? 1st test is in and the results look promising. Bedbug repellent just might solve the nation’s woes of the spreading bedbug epidemic. From [...]