Friday Link Round-Up: Weekly Pest Control Information

termitesHow Do Termite Colonies Begin?

New subterranean termite colonies can begin in one of two ways, through a swarm, and by budding a new colony… Read More

Pest-Proof Your Home

April is National Pest Management Month and with the advent of spring, Leonard Douglen, the Executive Director of the New Jersey Pest Management Association, reminds homeowners that pest-proofing one’s home protects against threats to health and, importantly, damage to one’s greatest investment… Read More

What Does Pest Exclusion Really Mean?

Exclusion is a major component of an integrated pest management system. Use of the term “management” indicates a proactive approach involving prevention. This tactic is the most efficient, cost-effective way of preventing invaders from gaining a foothold in your home, office or business… Read More

Is Your Natural Scent Repelling Mosquitoes?

Forty-eight males volunteered to illustrate how different skin microbes can be more or less attractive to mosquitoes. They were asked not to shower for two days and to refrain from certain types of food and beverages like alcohol, garlic, etc. To increase the number of microbes to be tested, the men had to wear socks for 24 hours. The results are interesting… Read More

Tips To Protect Your Home From Termites: Termite Awareness Week

It’s the kickoff of Termite Awareness Week, seven days dedicated to everything termite, from prevention tips to signs of an infestation. In honor of this week, here are a few termite prevention tips… Read More

Pest Of The Week: Predaceous Stink Bug

Florida Predatory Stink-bug

While most species of stink bug are harmful to the plants in your garden, the predatory stink bug or Predaceous Stink bug is actually a very beneficial insect. These bugs love to munch on the caterpillars, beetles, and other bugs that damage your garden plants. They are known to eat over 100 different types of insects, with their favorite being leaf beetle larvae.

Predaceous Stink Bugs are found in the southeast United States and are very prominent in Florida. They have stout, short beaks, and are a dark blue and orange color. They very rarely pose serious pest control problems for homeowners.

 

Friday Links Round-Up: Pest Control News

Bull Ants JawsWhat Should You Do If You Suspect You Have Bedbugs?

Bedbugs can be a problem for anyone, no matter how careful and clean you are. You may keep a spotless household, but then your child comes home from a sleepover or you get back from a vacation or business trip, and suddenly, you have an infestation. All it takes is just a few of the creepy little bugs hitching a ride on luggage and this can turn into a full-blown infestation in your home. So now you have them… What do you do? More…

Tell Tail Signs of Rat Problems!

There are a number of tell tale signs which are worth staying vigilant for which can prove to accurately indicate the presence of rats. More…

Infertility Is The Latest Weapon Against Pests

Researchers have pioneered a way to use infertility to control pest populations. More…

Avoid Bed Bugs While Traveling

Traveling is a part of many people’s holiday plans and that often means staying in hotels. Whether you stay in a five-star hotel or a no star motel you could be visited at night by bed bugs. More…

Winter Pest Control Tips

Mice, rats, winged carpenter ants, fruit flies, spiders can all decide to move into your warm and cozy home when the weather outside turns frightful. Here are a few tips to help you keep them away this winter. More…

 

Geocoris lineola lineola
Geocoris lineola lineola (Photo credit: J. Coelho)

Pest Of The Week: The Big-Eyed Bug

The Big-eyed Bug is one of the many beneficial insects that we find in our gardens. Sometimes confused with the True Chinch bug, the Big-Eyed bug devours all sorts of harmful pests. Mites, insect eggs, and small pests like pink bollworm, cabbage loopers and whiteflies are the Big-eyed bug’s most favorite meal options. When these pests are scarce, the Big-eyed bug will also eat the honeydew and nectar of certain types of flowers and plants.

Adult Big-eyed bugs are relatively tiny; measuring a mere about 3 millimeters. They are also black, gray, or tan in color; and have with huge eyes in which this insect gets its own name. Like other true bugs, these bugs have piercing-sucking mouthparts, feeding by stabbing their prey and sucking out the juices.

Look for big-eyed bugs in fields, gardens, gardens, and turf grass. They are considered an important predator in many agricultural systems

Pest Control News: Weekly Links Round-Up

Pest Control News: Weekly Links Round-Up

 

Green Lacewing
Green Lacewing

What is that little red bug? Is it a spider? An Ant?

If you have little red bugs all over your side walk, or on the side of your house, you could possibly have Clover Mites. More…

A Different Approach to Pest Control

Smart pest control begins with prevention. There are a lot of ways you can make small changes to your home that will help keep pests out. More…

Masonry Bees

Here is some information from Graham Pest Control about Masonry bees; including appearance, biology, and importance. More…

How to Keep Cicada Killers or Digger Wasps Away

Here’s a great video on digger wasps of Cicada killers that includes the best ways to prevent them. More…

How Did I Get Fleas And What Can I Do So I Don’t Get Them Again?

The most common way you get fleas is from stray cats and opossums. As they run through your yard, they drop off fleas and flea eggs. Then while spending time in your yard the fleas jump on you or your pet, and are unwittingly brought into your home. More…

Brown Recluse Infestation: Extreme Spiders Require Extreme Measures

Brown recluse spider bites are well documented to be very horrific. There are treatment methods that exterminate these dangerous spiders. They include: direct contact treatment, exterior treatments, crack and void treatments, and spot treatments. More…

Pest Of The Week: The Green Lacewing

 

Green Lacewing
Green Lacewing

This week’s pest of the week is not actually a pest at all, but a very beneficial insect. The green lacewing is an all natural exterminator that feeds on garden pests like mites, aphids, and lace bugs; exterminating as many as 100 a week. In addition, these beautiful flying insects also feed on plant nectar, pollen, and honeydew. Gardeners prefer green lacewings because they offer a safe, non-chemical alternative for naturally controlling garden and plant pests.

Green lacewings are usually bright green to greenish-brown in color, with compound eyes that are noticeably golden in most species. The wings of the green lacewing are translucent, with a slight iridescence. Some may have green wing veins, or a cloudy brownish wing pattern. These insects are also nocturnal; extremely active at night.

 

Pest Control- Your Links For The Week

Pest Control- Your Links For The Week

 

Pest Control Links Round-Up
Pest Control Links Round-Up

Killer Bees Swarm Killing Texas Farmer

Imagine working on a tractor, when you happen to disturb a nest of bees in an old chicken coup. Before you know it 40,000 of these bees swarm and vigorously sting you too many times to count. More…

Honey Bees – Bumble Bees – Solitary Bees

Here’s a breakdown of several different types of bees and wasps that might make your summer an unpleasant one. More…

Using Wasps For Pest Control

Here is one of the best pest control articles I’ve come across in a while. There are a lot of beneficial insects out there, and parasitic wasps happen to be one of the more intriguing ones. You can even watch a wasp attack a caterpillar. More…

Pest Control: All You Ever Wanted To Know About Slugs & Snails

Although snails and slugs look harmless enough (just kind of gross and slimy, maybe), they are actually quite destructive to domestic and commercial gardens. More…

Top 10 Pre-Summer Tips to Pest Proof Your Home

Here’s a compiled list of the Top 10 pre-summer maintenance tips to pest-proof your home from Clark Pest Control. More…

 

Pest Of The Week: The Pharaoh Ant (Sugar Ant)

 

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IMG_5570 (Photo credit: Kurt Komoda)

Pharaoh ants (sugar ants) are very tiny ants, measuring only 1/16th of an inch. They are a pale yellow in appearance, with red bodies, and darker shading near the rear of the abdomen. They are common in 49 of the 50 states; the exception being Alaska. These ant pests are found almost anywhere; infesting schools, hospitals, stores, restaurants, and of course residential and commercial properties. Pharaoh ants look to build there nest near sources of water and sugary food sources. These nests can consist of just a few ants, or as many as 2,000 members.

Pharaoh ants are notorious for being a significant pest control problem, especially in areas of Las Vegas, NV. One of the reasons they are so problematic, is because they are very challenging to control. Over-the- counter contact pesticide sprays do not work for Pharaoh ants. In fact, these sprays simply make the problem worse. After being sprayed, the ants will divide themselves into smaller colonies and make more nests around your yard. Professional ant control methods are needed to exterminate these ant pests.

 

5 For Friday: This Week’s Links Round-Up

5 For Friday: This Week’s Links Round-Up 

 

Rasberry_AntClearwater Crazy Ants 

Crazy Rasberry ants are becoming more and more of an invasive pest throughout much of the south and in Texas. They are even driving out the much dreaded fire ants. These ants go everywhere, invading homes and nesting in walls and crawlspaces, even damaging electrical equipment by swarming inside appliances. More…

Mobile Pest Control Software 

With a huge demand for pest control software right now, here is mobile pest app by Beevio that is worth looking into. More…

The History of Pest Control 

Here is an interesting read about the history of pest control; from the 1800’s until today. More…

Gear Up For A Busy Tick Season In Maine 

Ticks will be in full force this summer throughout much of New England. Here are a few deer tick prevention tips from the pest control professionals at Modern Pest Services. More…

Bugs are Pretty Too! 

Not all bugs are creepy, crawly, ugly, and slimy. They can be beautiful creatures. They can be works of art. More…

 

Pest Of The Week: The Soldier Beetle 

A soldier beetle (Cantharis livida). The soldi...

Extremely sought after by gardeners as a natural pest exterminator, adult Soldier beetles are an effective natural predator of garden pest insects; like aphids.

The Soldier beetle is sometimes referred to as a leatherwing, and is found worldwide. The insect got it’s name from it’s resemblance to a British soldier or “red coat.” Species in Britain are bright red. Typically, soldier beetles are black in color with orange highlights.

This beneficial insect will also eat nectar and pollen, along with it’s diet of aphids. If homeowners would like a healthy population of Soldier beetles to feed on aphids, just plant some nectar and pollen producing plants into your garden.

 

Could Bees Hold The Cure To HIV?

Western Honey Bee
Western Honey Bee (Photo credit: Aditi-the-Stargazer)

A recent study by St. Louis’ Washington University School of Medicine has indicated that we are one step closer to a cure for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This news gives hope to the 34 million people worldwide, who are currently living with HIV or AIDS.

Bee Venom Can Destroy HIV

A study conducted at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and published in the journal Antiviral Therapy, claims that the common bee may be the answer to killing off HIV; the virus that leads to the development of AIDS.

Bee venom carries a toxin called melittin, which has been proven to destroy the human immunodeficiency virus. The toxin works by poking holes in the virus’s outer layer. This outer layer envelope protects the virus; and without it, the virus eventually dies. Furthermore, this toxin found in bee venom kills HIV while leaving the other cells in the body unharmed.

Because the bee venom toxin attacks the virus’ outer layer, the virus is likely unable to develop a resistance to the melittin. Researches believe that this development may make it more effective than other HIV drugs, which the virus eventually develops a resistance to. Current HIV drugs only prevent the virus from replicating and do nothing to kill it off like the bee toxin does.

How The Process Works

Nanoparticles that are smaller than HIV are infused with the bee venom toxin, melittin. These melittin infused nanoparticles then fuse with the HIV’s viral envelope. The melittin forms little pore-like attack complexes and ruptures the envelope, stripping it off the virus, attacking a natural physical property of HIV. Hypothetically, there isn’t any way for the virus to acclimatize to that. The virus has to have a protective coat, a double-layered membrane that encompasses the virus.

Molecular bumpers prevent the nanoparticles from harming the body’s normal cells, which are much larger in size.

HIV Particle
HIV Particle (Photo credit: AJC1)

How The Bee Venom Toxin Is Administered

If you are living with HIV or AIDS, the solution won’t be as simple as getting stung a couple dozen times by a honey bee. Remember, the melittin, or bee venom toxin must be in the form of a nanoparticle; and it needs to be in a highly concentrated form.

Currently, scientists and researchers are looking at implementing the bee toxin in the form of a topical gel, and also administering it intravenously. The gel is for HIV prevention, while intravenous injections will treat those already infected with HIV or AIDS.

Potential Cures To Other Diseases

Since melittin attacks double-layered membranes arbitrarily, this concept is not limited to HIV alone. Many viruses, including hepatitis C and B, rely on the same kind of protective envelope and would be vulnerable to melittin-loaded nanoparticles.

Additionally, research has revealed melittin-loaded nanoparticles to be successful in killing tumor cells. This is potentially a huge step in cancer research, with almost unlimited medical adaptations.

Bee venom has been used to treat arthritis and other painful conditions as well.

Honey bee with tongue partially extended
Honey bee with tongue partially extended (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bees & Their Venom

Bees are a very valuable group of insects that still have much to teach us as a society. They play key roles in pollinating flowering plants, and help in controlling the numbers of many other species of pests.

While being beneficial insects, bees do carry toxic venom. The main component of bee venom responsible for pain is the toxin melittin. Histamine may also contribute to pain and itching after a bee sting.

Out of the 54 reported insect deaths each year, 14 are caused by bee stings. Bee sting deaths are usually only common when the victim has an allergic reaction to a bee sting.

HIV & AIDS

HIV destroys T-cells, which are the white blood cells vital to sustaining the functionality of the immune system. As HIV attacks these cells, the person infected with the virus is less equipped to fight off infection and disease, ultimately resulting in the development of AIDS. Most people who are infected with HIV can carry the virus for years before developing any serious or deadly symptoms. Over time, HIV levels increase in the blood while the number of T-cells decreases. It’s about this time an individual living with HIV becomes very ill, and can eventually die.

According to recent data, more than 34 million people are living with HIV/AIDS worldwide. Of these 34 million, some 3.3 million are under the age of 15 years old. Each day, almost 7,000 people contract HIV around the globe.

Let’s hope this bee venom research is a solution to a disease that is affecting so many worldwide.

 

Weekly Links Round-Up: Valentine’s Edition

Valentine's day.
Valentine’s day. (Photo credit: MalinStrandvall)

Weekly Links Round-Up: Valentine’s Edition

Valentine’s – Moles, Roaches and Roses

Here is a three pronged approach in dealing with pests like moles and roaches this Valentine’s. More…

A Word Of Valentine’s Day Advice

If you are living near or around the San Antonio, TX area, here was a step-by-step guide for a successful Valentine’s Day… Complete with pest control! More…

Logo Design Tips For Pest Management Companies

If you are a pest control operator who’s just starting out, or and existing PCO looking to re-brand your image, here are some excellent tips on designing your new logo. More…

Springtails Are Crawling!

With Valentine’s Day over, and the warmer spring months just around the corner, springtails are making their presence known across much of the South. More…

Valentine’s Day Roaches- A Bad Idea

Here is more anecdotal proof that creepy crawlies like roaches, and romance, don’t mix. More…

Assassin bug (Reduviidae)

Pest Of The Week: Kissing Bugs

Kissing bugs, or more commonly known as Assassin bugs, are insect predators. These cone-nosed bugs will wait patiently for the opportunity to ambush other pests like termites and spiders. Exercising speed and accuracy, the Kissing bug uses its long beak to stab it’s victim and inject a deadly toxin. This ability has given the kissing bug the reputation of being a natural pest exterminator.

Kissing bugs are usually found from late June to early August, but are seen year-round in Central California. These beneficial insects are approximately 3/4 of an inch in length, with a long narrow head, long segmented beak, long slender and an abdomen often widened at the center.

Kissing bugs are not afraid to attack almost anything; even if a victim is much larger than itself. In fact, if not handled with care and caution, kissing bugs have been known to attack humans. Their bites can be very painful and cause a severe reaction.