5 Strange Parenting Habits From The Original Modern Family

Think your parents did weird? Well they are nothing compared to these guys! These creepy crawlies have some really strange ideas of how to take care of their babies. Here are five shocking habits insects perform on a regular basis to keep their kids safe and healthy:

1. Setting up the nursery

Dung Beetles

The dung beetle starts off our list with their strange habit: setting up the baby’s room. Dung beetles will roll up balls of dung and use them for nursery. Talk about one smelly room!

These insects get all of their nutrients from dung. When two beetles are ready to mate they will create a ball of dung, bury the ball underground, mate and then lay the eggs into the ball. The eggs will then hatch the larva safe inside the middle, providing nutrients until the larva mature and are ready to leave.

2. Lift with your legs not with your back

Wolf Spider Babies

The Wolf Spider takes the next spot on the list. This doting mother is very protective of her young. After mating, the spider will carry around her egg sac attached to their abdomen until the eggs are ready to hatch. The especially unusual thing about this is that the mother is still able to hunt her prey while toting around her unborn children.

After the eggs hatch, the baby spiders will crawl up onto their mother’s back and stay there until they mature enough to live on their own.

3. Dads who help out

Giant Water Bug With Eggs

Belostomatidae, or The Giant Water Bug, is, in itself, a very strange creature. Also known as Indian Toe Biters or Alligator Ticks these huge guys are famous for having the most painful bite and for attacking and eating things much bigger than themselves, like baby turtles and water snakes.

Why they are listed on this article, however, is not for their ferocious hunting skills, but for their caring parenting abilities, particularly with the males. Water bugs are extremely cautious and caring throughout the entire reproduction process and invest unusual amounts of time into making sure that the eggs hatch safely. Male Water Bugs will actually carry around eggs on the wings until they hatch, continually exposing the eggs to air and biting anything that comes too close.

4. Dangerous Nannies

treehopper

Treehoppers are another insect to exhibit some strange parenting behaviors. These guys will aggressively protect their eyes. As soon as the eggs hatch, the female will secret a sweet tasting substance called honeydew, which will attract ants. When a colony discovers the secretion, the mother will then completely abandon her young, who also feed on the secretion, into the care of the ants. The ants then serve as the babies’ protectors until they mature and can fend for themselves.

5. Farting Moms

stink bug

Harlequin Bugs are fierce protectors of their eggs. They will lay clusters of eggs, protected by twigs and leaves and stand guard until they hatch. As part of their defense, unusual bugs have glands that will release a smelly substance warding off potential attackers. When one bug releases their scent it will trigger other scent glands to release the smelly substance from other bugs nearby, making their area extremely unpleasant to be around. These bugs are so famous for their ‘farts’ they are also known as Stink Bugs.

Yup! These bugs are definitely weirdoes! Next time your parents do something unusual, just think of these strange parenting habits, and you’ll feel better in no time!

5 Fun Facts About Pillbugs

PillbugsPillbugs are known by many names, including wood louse, roly poly, potato bug, and armadillo bug. Whatever you call it, the pillbug is a fascinating insect – which is not even really an insect! Below you’ll find 5 fun facts about the pillbug that will make you have more respect for this little creature.

1. Pillbugs Aren’t Actually Bugs

Did you know that pillbugs – or roly polies as you might call them – aren’t actually bugs? It’s true – they are actually crustaceans, not insects! This makes them related to crayfish and shrimp – more so, in fact, than they are related to any insect! In fact, pillbugs are cousins to the giant isopod, a deep sea dweller that feeds at the bottom of the ocean. Isopods even roll up to protect themselves the way their smaller terrestrial counterparts do – who would have ever guessed?

2. Pillbugs Breathe Through Gills

Terrestrial pillbugs breathe through gills, just like their marine counterparts. Their gill-like structures enable them to exchange gases, which mean they require a moist environment to dwell in. However, they can NOT survive being fully submerged in water.

3. Pillbugs Don’t Urinate

Pillbugs have an amazing ability to tolerate ammonia gas, which means they have no need to convert their wastes, which are high in ammonia, into urine. The ammonia gas simply passes through their exoskeleton, entirely eliminating the need for these critters to urinate.

4. Pillbugs Can Drink From Their Anus

Pillbugs have the ability to drink the old fashioned way, using their mouthparts, but they can also use their anus to take in water. Their rears contain special tube-shaped structures called uropods, which have the ability to wick up water whenever it’s needed.

5. Pillbugs Eat Their Own Feces

A pillbug’s diet consists of lots of feces – including its own. You see, when a pillbug poops, it loses a little bit of copper, which is an essential element it needs in order to live. Rather than let all that copper go to waste, the pillbug recycles it by ingesting its own poop. This ecological method is known as coprophagy.

As you can see, this little bug – or crustacean, if you will! – is a unique and interesting creature. Not only does it curl up in a ball when it feels threatened, but it’s larger marine cousin, the isopod, also does this. It makes one marvel at the wonders of evolution, that this critter crawled up from the depth of the cold sea to dwell on land, shrinking to the size of a pill in the process. The pillbug is definitely an intriguing creature!

About the author: Chris is writer for Fox Pest Control, a Virginia Beach based pest control company.

 

Bug Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas will soon be here, and if you have a bug lover in your life, it can be a little challenging to be creative with gift ideas. However, you can rest assured that there are plenty of bug gifts to choose from that will keep your little bug-lover satisfied. Below is a list of five bug ideas you can give to your own little bug this holiday season.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

 

Front cover

This children’s classic by Eric Carle has been a staple in children’s book collections for decades. Your little one will love the adorable illustrations, as well as the timeless story about the caterpillar that was so hungry he ate everything he came across. This is a great story to add to your child’s book shelf, and books always make a great Christmas present. This book would be an appropriate gift for younger children who are still reading picture books.

Charlotte’s Web

 

Charlotte's Web

For your child who has moved on to chapter books, E.B. White’s classic tale “Charlotte’s Web” is sure to become a favorite. This story tells the tale of the spider who saved her pig friend’s life by writing messages in her web. You could even buy a copy of the old cartoon or the more modern live-action movie starring Dakota Fanning on DVD to accompany the book, making it two gifts in one.

A Bug’s Life

 

Cover of "A Bug's Life [Blu-ray]"

Disney and Pixar’s animated film “A Bug’s Life” is a great choice if your little one enjoys movies. This cute computer animated movie tells the story of an ant leading his colony against a gang of wicked grasshoppers; he hires a troupe of bugs to help him in his colony’s fight against the grasshoppers, only to discover that he hired circus performers. Your little bug-lover is sure to love this exciting cartoon.

Pet Scorpion or Tarantula

Pet scorpion

If you’re feeling really daring, you might consider buying your child their own pet scorpion or tarantula. Both make great pets, although you should be sure that your child is old enough and responsible enough to take care of these arachnids. If you’re squeamish and don’t like the thought of live critters living in a tank in your house, then this gift is probably not a good choice for you.

Stuffed Bug

stuffed ladybug

Instead of a stuffed animal, why not give your little one a stuffed bug? A stuffed bug is just as cute as a teddy bear, is soft and comforting, providing your little bug something to cuddle with while she or he falls asleep. A stuffed caterpillar, ladybug, or beetle would make a cute and original Christmas gift idea.

These are just a few gift ideas to get your creative juices flowing. There are a lot of interesting outlets you can invest in to encourage your child’s interest in the bug world around him. Whether you thing books, movies, toys, or actual pet bugs themselves would best suit your child’s interest depends entirely on your child and what you’re comfortable wrapping up and putting under your tree this holiday season.

Chris is a blogger for Fox Pest Control a Connecticut based pest control company.

Published by Thomas Ballantyne

Bug Dishes You Can Serve This Thanksgiving

Are you growing tired of the same old Thanksgiving dinner? You know the typical turkey with cranberry sauce, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and pumpkin pie!

Well, me neither. My stomach’s growling and my mouth watering just thinking about the savory meal!

But for those adventurous types out there, do you want to mix things up this turkey day? Why not try a “buggy Thanksgiving!”

It’s called entomophagy, or the art of eating insects, and it can offer a rather nutritional twist to your Thanksgiving dinner.

Here are a few bug dishes you can serve this Thanksgiving:

Main Dish: Deep Fried Scorpion On A Stick

 

Scorpions on stickscorpion noodles

We eat turkeys for Thanksgiving; turkeys love eating scorpions; thus we eat scorpions for Thanksgiving. Why not skip the middle man (or middle turkey), and go straight for the scorpions. If you want to get really technical, scorpions are not bugs. They are, however, equally as delicious!

***WARNING: Consuming scorpions can be dangerous. High heat is supposed to de-nature the proteins that compose the scorpion venom, but still, ingest at your own risk.

Ingredients:

  • 20-30 large scorpions
  • 5 skewers
  • 2-3 cups frying oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup cornmeal

Directions:

  1. Freeze scorpions for 30 minutes prior to cooking to euthanize them (warning: some scorpions have been known to re-animate once thawed.)
  2. Remove tips of scorpion stingers to avoid some venom
  3. Thread scorpions on skewers, about 6 per
  4. Beat eggs
  5. Put cornmeal in paper bag
  6. Heat oil in large deep skillet
  7. Coat scorpion skewers in the egg wash
  8. Next, toss the skewers in a paper bag w/ cornmeal and shake gently until coated
  9. Toss coated scorpion skewers in skillet and flip occasionally
  10. Cook 5-7 minutes, completely submerging scorpions, until crispy
  11. Serve hot and crispy

Side Dish: Mealworm & Cornbread Stuffing

 

fried mealwormscornbread stuffing

The quintessential Thanksgiving side dish is of course, stuffing. For a delicious insect option, mix mealworms in with your stuffing. Mealworms have an earthy taste, and will add a unique depth and texture to your holiday favorite.

***Note: If you have an old box of stuffing in your cupboard; I’m talking older than three years, then you may already be set. Their may be insects crawling inside already. Yum!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups dried crumbled corn bread pieces
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup mealworms
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons dried sage
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and sauté the celery and onion until soft.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the mealworms, celery, onions, 3 cups crumbled corn bread, eggs, chicken stock, sage and salt and pepper to taste; mix well.Place into prepared dish and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.

Veggie Side Dish: Stir Fry Crickets, Veggies & Peas

 

Fried Cricketsveggie stir fry

 

I’m not that big of a veggie guy, but we do need some color to our plate. Why not crickets, veggies, and peas for our veggie side?

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup crickets
  • 1 cup chopped snap peas
  • 1 cup veggies of your choice
  • 1 cup chopped red cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 crushed clove of garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Chop snap peas and cabbage.
  2. Heat oil in frying pan or small wok.
  3. Begin stir-frying veggies and crickets. After 1 minute or so, add crushed garlic.
  4. Once cooked to desired level of crunchiness, add salt and pepper.

Dessert: Cricket Pecan Pie

 

crispy cricketPecan Pie

The final element of the perfect “buggy” Thanksgiving meal is of course pie… cricket pecan pie! Because crickets are pan roasted, they taste a lot like the toasted pecans used in pecan pie; and have a similar crunch! They really are the perfect buggy substitute.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) toasted crickets
  • 1 (9-inch) unbaked or frozen deep-dish pie crust

Directions:

  1. Mix corn syrup, eggs, sugar, butter and vanilla using a spoon.
  2. Stir in toasted crickets.
  3. Pour filling into pie crust.
  4. Bake on center rack of oven at 350 degrees F, for 60 to 70 minutes
  5. Cool for 2 hours on wire rack before serving. Enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Thanksgiving Family

Whether you’ll be eating a traditional turkey dinner for Thanksgiving, or looking to try something a little more adventurous like cricket pecan pie; may your day be filled with family, friends, good food, and football. Happy Thanksgiving!

Bug Themed Halloween Snacks

Sharing Halloween Treats

Halloween is the time to get all buggy – quite literally. Bugs are a common theme associated with the holiday that embraces all things creepy and crawly. A fun way to incorporate bugs into your Halloween plans is by making bug-themed snacks. No, this does not require the use of actual bugs (although technically you CAN eat most bugs if you really want to…) Below are some fun Halloween bug-themed snack ideas that not only will your children love, but adults will love as well.

Chocolate Chip & Spider Cookies

Spider CookiesGot your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe on hand? Good. Now gather the ingredients and make your cookies the way you always do. To create a “spider” effect, take a toothpick and drag it through the chocolate chips when the cookies are fresh out of the oven and the chocolate is nice and melty. Simply drag eight lines from each chip throughout the surface of the cookie, and voila – instant spiders. These are a fun, creepy, and delicious snack to serve to your family and friends on Halloween.

Spider Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are easy to make – simply boil eggs, let them cool (you can speed up this process by running them under cold water), cut them in half, scoop the yolks out into a bowl, add mayo, salt, pepper, and any other seasonings that you prefer (some people prefer adding mustard to the “deviled” part of the egg) and scoop back into the egg whites. To give them a Halloween twist, use olives to craft a spider’s body. Place a whole olive in the center of the deviled eggs, and slivers cut from another olive to craft as “legs.” (Alternately, you can cut one olive in half and use half as the spider’s body and cut the other half into the legs.) These snacks are fun, healthy, and tasty to boot.

Bug Juice

What is a Halloween party without some nice, refreshing bug juice? This creepy crawly beverage is easy to make and fun to drink. You will need 2 10-ounce packages of frozen strawberries, 1 6-ounce can of lemon concentrate, 1 quart ginger ale, 2 cups raisins, and 6 gummy worms. Got all that? Good. Now, you’re going to mix the strawberries and Ants On A Loglemonade concentrate in a blender until smooth and thick. Gradually add in the ginger ale. You will then transfer the drink to a punch bowl, where you will stir in any remaining ginger ale and the raisins, The gummy worms go around the edge of the bowl for a “swampy” effect. This delicious refreshment serves 10, and is the perfect beverage for your Halloween party.

Ants On A Log

Celery sticks spread with peanut butter and covered with raisins make for a delightful and healthy snack. This classic snack-food has been around for quite the while and is a long-time favorite among children.

If you’re planning the menu for your Halloween party, consider bug-themed snack foods. These recipes are all easy to make, are loads of fun, and are kid-friendly. In fact, your kids can even help with their preparation.

About the author: Chris is a blogger for an NJ pest control company. When he isn’t working he enjoys cooking or baking with his little boys.

Published by Thomas Ballantyne

Ten Insect Dishes You Must Try

Spicy herb fried insect wings in food dish and blue fork.

Entomophagists are people who include bugs in their diet. While consuming insects is not for the faint of heart, there are some interesting recipes out there from various cultures which regularly incorporate bugs in their diet. Below is a list of ten unique insect dishes that you might want to try if you’re ever feeling adventurous or are simply looking for an additional source of protein.

1. BBQ Silkworm Chrysalises 

 

Fried silk worms

These hard shelled pupa are a byproduct of the silk industry and are canned or sold by street vendors throughout Asia. They can be enjoyed deep-fried or barbecued. This Asian delicacy can be eaten whole or you can just enjoy the yellow meat inside, which smells like raw meat and tastes like tofu.

2. Mosquito Eggs and Tortillas

 

Culex quinquefasciatus Ovipositing 

This Mexican delicacy involves drying and then roasting mosquito eggs prior to being served on a tortilla with a squeeze of lemon or lime. A small bottle of mosquito eggs is comparable to caviar at $50 a pop.

3. Katydid Texas & Thai Fusion 

 

notorious bug eating of asia

This dish combines Texas katydids with coconut oil, green onions, and Thai seasonings, with the concoction stuffed into mushroom caps to complete the exotic meal. Many people recommend removing the katydids’ legs, as they can be tough.

4. Cockroach Sushi 

 

Eggs, (cooked) bacon and hashbrown potatoes, s... 

Cockroaches can be clean and completely edible as long as they’re fed fruit and veggies before being toasted. These common household pests can be toasted, sautéed, or boiled, but must not be eaten raw. One dish you can incorporate cockroaches into is sushi – these critters go great with rice. It is said that large, hissing cockroaches taste like and have a similar texture to greasy chicken.

5. Centipede or Millipede on a Stick 

 

Centipedes on a stick

This snack is commonly sold by street vendors in China. While centipedes taste better, millipedes are more commonly used. Centipedes have to have their heads removed before cooking, since they use their pincers to bite, but the millipedes can be cooked with their heads intact. Millipedes on a stick are known to have a bland flavor, similar to a dry spaghetti noodle.

6. Waterbug Noodle Soup

 

Mang Da Na -- Giant Waterbugs
Mang Da Na — Giant Waterbugs (Photo credit: oschene) 

Waterbugs and udon noodle soup is a popular dish in Taiwan, taking precedence over the traditional chicken noodle soup we enjoy in the U.S. Apparently waterbugs taste like a mixture of clams and potatoes. Who knew?

7. Chocolate Cricket Chip Cookies

 

"Chocolate chirp cookies" with crickets
“Chocolate chirp cookies” with crickets (Photo credit: Mills Baker)

This unique spin on chocolate chip cookies adds in crickets for a nutty flavor and crunchy texture. Crickets are enjoyed by people all over the world, and are known to have a roasted nut flavor, which makes them the perfect addition to chocolate chip cookies.

8. Fried Hornworms

 

fried worms

Tomato and tobacco worms, also known as hornworms, have the distinct flavor of shrimp, crab, and green tomatoes when fried in oil. Although they must be put on a starvation diet for a few days prior to being eaten, since the plants they live off of are toxic for people to eat.

9. Tofu Grasshopper

 

Grasshopper special

Grasshoppers are a delicacy popular in Japan, Uganda, and Mexico, and are especially tasty when paired with tofu. Not all grasshoppers are edible, however – only solid colored ones can be eaten.

10. Chocolate Covered Scorpions

 

Chocolate-covered Scorpion 

It’s hard to resist any treat that’s been dipped in chocolate – even scorpions. The toxins from these pests are rendered harmless once the creatures have been stir-fried or just plain fried in hot oil. It is said that scorpions taste like shrimp, and are extra tasty when dipped in chocolate.

It takes someone with a lot of courage to try these dishes, but if you have an adventurous spirit you may just discover that you love them!

About the author: Chris is a blogger for a el paso pest control company. He hasn’t tried eating insects yet, other than the occasional fly from a too-wide yawn, but he’d really like to try. Especially chocolate covered ones.

Published by Thomas Ballantyne

Top 10 Edible Bugs

Most people agree that insects are unappetizing, but did you know that some people actually enjoy munching on them? It’s true- people who consume insects are practicing entomophagy, which is actually more common that you would think. Many insects are actually a good (and cheap) source of protein, and while most people eat bugs out of necessity, nowadays they are also considered a delicacy.

Below you will find a list of the top 10 edible insects, based on taste and popularity.

10. Weaver Ants Eggs 

 

Ant eggs for salad - Market outside Chiang Mai

Weaver ants eggs are used as a tasty dip or topping for salad and tortilla chips in Thailand. However, they can only be collected one month out of the year, which is a very tedious and painful process. Weaver ants’ eggs are squishy and must be fully cooked before being enjoyed.

9. Giant Water Beetles 

 

Fried Giant Water Beetles

Also a popular delicacy in Thailand are Giant Water Beetles. These huge beetles are deshelled and then roasted or fried. Supposedly they taste like scallops.

8. Larvets Worm Snacks 

 

Larvets Worm Snax

These worms are baked so they have a crunchy texture. They come in a variety of flavors such as BBQ, cheese and Mexican spice.

7. Witchetty Grubs 

 

Witchetty Grub

These large, fleshy, white wood eating moths or beetle larvae are a principal source of protein in the Australian Aboriginal diets. They can either be eaten raw or lightly baked (typically over fire coals.)

6. Crickets 

 

Fried Crickets

Crickets (along with grasshoppers) are a pretty common bug to be eaten. The general consensus seems to be that they have a nutty flavor, although you can buy them seasoned (such as Crick-ettes brand Cricket snacks, which come in three flavors: Salt and Vinegar, Bacon and Cheese, and Sour Cream and Onion.) In the Northeast area of Thailand, egg-laden crickets (in other words, “pregnant” crickets) are considered a popular and tasty snack.

5. Oven Baked Tarantula 

 

Oven Baked

Despite the fact that tarantula’s are arachnids, not insects, they are being included on this list simply because they are so closely related and commonly confused as being part of the insect family. At any rate, oven roasted tarantula is a popular menu item in Cambodia. The fangs must be removed before consuming; simply warm and enjoy. (Or not.)

4. Casu Marzu 

 

Casu Marzu, a type of cheese. This image was m...

Casu Marzu is a type of cheese made from sheep’s milk that is crawling with insect larvae, which is popular in Sardinia, Italy. The soft cheese has been fermented to the point of decomposition, inviting insect larvae to develop. Some people choose to pick off the translucent little worms crawling on the cheese surface, while others enjoy the maggots.

3. Termites

 

Deep Fried Bugs

Eating termites is a way of life in Africa and some parts of Indonesia. They’re commonly collected at the beginning of the rainy season (when other protein sources are scarce.) Termites taste best after being slightly roasted.

2. Chocolate Covered Giant Ants 

 

Chocolate Covered Insects

Ants are another commonly consumed insect, although they taste best encased in decadent Belgian chocolate. Giant Queen Leafcutter ants bathed in chocolate are said to have a nutty flavor, boost the immune system and give the consumer extra energy.

1. Bug Suckers

 

Bug Suckers

We’ve all (probably) seen the suckers housing insects at one time or another. These are a common treat sold across America in shopping malls and candy stores. Examples of insects which you can find encased in hard candy include scorpions (ok, these are arachnids,) worms, grasshoppers and crickets.

While eating insects is pretty much a novelty in our culture, in some places throughout the world it is a necessity. Just about any insect can be eaten, as long as it’s given a good, long boiling first. Although calling an exterminator is still recommended when you discover an outbreak of bugs in your house- technically you “go green” and eat them.

 

About the author: Chris is writer for a New Jersey pest control company.

 

Published By Thomas Ballantyne

If Insects Were Basketball Players

Bug BasketballBasketball 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. Let’s assume the average insect is one inch tall. Using NBA rules regarding the size of a basketball, this means that the regulation basketball for the average insect would have to be 0.125 of an inch in diameter. In metric, that is just three point one millimeters (3.1 mm) in diameter.

The Basket

Let’s take a look at the basket used for this ball. The NBA requires that regulation hoops be 18 inches in diameter with a net that is 15 to 18 inches long. Using the above information for our insect basketball players, this means that a regulation hoop for insect basketball is just .25 inches in diameter. The net for this hoop would be .2075 to .25 inches long.

In addition, the NBA hoop has to be 10 feet off the ground. Using the average of one inch height of and an insect as a reference, the basketball hoop would only be 1.6 inches off the ground.

However, the average person can only jump vertically about 20 inches in height which is only 27.7 percent of his or her own height. An insect, like the cricket, can jump up to 20 to 30 times its own body length. If we were to go by jump height, a one inch cricket jumping 20 times its height can go 20 inches. So, if we add this potential height to the true average height of a one inch cricket, the hoop would actually need to be about 35 inches off the ground to be a real challenge for the cricket.

Dribbling and Traveling

The rules of insect basketball would also be slightly different compared to human basketball. For instance, insects have six legs compared to the average human’s two legs. When a human dribbles the ball he can only use one hand at a time to bounce the ball to the floor as he moves around the court. Since insects have so many legs would they be allowed to use more than one hand to dribble, or would this count as double dribbling? The issue of traveling also comes into question for insects. Traveling is when the player walks more than a step and a half without dribbling the ball. However, insects always have multiple legs on the floor. How many steps should the insect be able to take before having to dribble? Flying insects would also have trouble with the game of basketball. They might be tempted to use their wings to fly to the hoop rather than jump. It also makes blocking these insects very difficult.

However, a good game of insect basketball is hard to find. First of all, you have to get several different species of insect to come together. Secondly, you’d have to find a regulation basketball that was 0.125 inches in diameter to play!

About the author: Chris is writer for a San Jose pest control company.

Published by Thomas Ballantyne

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 other insects) on it, or a backpack that resembles a ladybug itself. Your child will be the talk of the classroom when she sports a fashionable ladybug backpack – not to mention that it doubles as a functional item that will hold all her schoolwork.

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IMG_1291 (Photo credit: TwinMama0809)

Bug Buddy Calculator

If you’re into DIY projects, why not dress up your little one’s calculator so it looks like a bug? There are fun DIY project ideas on the web for doing this, and the results are absolutely adorable. If you’re not into DIY projects, you can always buy a calculator in the shape of a bug – there are plenty flip-open bug calculators on the market. Who says learning can’t be fun?

Bug Binder

If your child has an interest in bugs, getting them a bug-themed binder to keep their schoolwork in would be a great idea. You could even find one with an educational theme, which lists bug facts along with pictures of our six-legged friends.

Bug Pen or Pencil Topper

A bug pen or pencil topper is another clever and simple way to incorporate your child’s love for bugs with school. A fun pencil or pen topper makes writing fun, and encourages your child to do their homework so they can enjoy their pencil buddy. Pencil toppers are fairly inexpensive and easy to find – most places that sell school supplies should carry some.

Bug Pencil Holder Pouch

Your child will want someplace to store his pencil with its fancy bug topper, and what better way to keep it safe than inside a bug-themed pencil pouch? These zippered pouches are a convenient way for your child to carry his writing utensils while keeping them safe. If you can’t find any bug-themed pencil holder pouches in your local stores, look online – there are lots available.

The end of the summer can be a real drag for your kids; livening up their back-to-school experience with school supplies that they’ll enjoy eases the transition. Of course, as much as your little one may love bugs, you’ll want to make sure there are no actual bugs getting a free lift to school with your child via his or her backpack! If your child’s homework is crawling with actual insects, call a pest control professional – and make sure your child’s back-to-school experience is bug free – aside from the ones on the school supplies, that is!

About the author: Chris is writer for a sacramento pest control company.

Published by Thomas Ballantyne

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.

Stinging Insects Pest Control: Know the Difference - Comparing Wasps, Yellow Jackets, Hornets and Honey Bees

Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.