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, , // Posted December 31, 2012

Snake Protection Techniques for Your Home

Rat snake at Mysore zoo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Snakes are annoying and sometimes dangerous pests that can inhabit many different areas inside and outside your home, posing a threat to you, your family, and your pets. The best snake protection methods anyone can employ are preventative … Read the rest

, // Posted December 26, 2012

An Interesting Way to Repel Insects: Use Spiders’ Webs

 

Female argiope bruennichi spider wrapping its prey in silk in Pisa, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New research suggests that there may be a new, interesting way to use silk – spider silk, that is. Scientists reported in the Journal of Biology Letters that spiders’ webs … Read the rest

, , // Posted December 21, 2012

Protect Your Home from Winter Ants

Carpenter ants prefer dead, damp wood in which to build nests, and will sometimes hollow out sections of trees. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Winter is a time when insects have very little activity, both outside and inside the home. However, there are certain winter pests that do … Read the rest

, // Posted December 13, 2012

Insects That Walk on Water

Did you know that there are insects that can walk on water? No, these aren’t holy or in any way miraculous; these insects actually have the ability to land on water without being caught, and propel themselves off the surface to dryer areas. Not only do … Read the rest

, // Posted December 4, 2012

Amazing Plants That Eat Bugs

The bright leaves of the Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) attract insects in the same way that flowers do. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nature is truly amazing. Many different types of plants exist that derive most of their nutrients not from the soil, but from insects and small … Read the rest

, , // Posted November 30, 2012

Boxelder Bug Control: What You Can Do to Remove This Pest from Your Property

Eastern Boxelder Bug (Boisea trivittata) (Photo credit: Futureman1)

The boxelder bug derives its name from the boxelder tree, as this is the main plant around which this particular species of insect likes to congregate. Although not normally thought of as agricultural enemies, boxelder bugs are nonetheless … Read the rest

, , // Posted November 27, 2012

Five Plants That Repel Insects

Mint leaves may be helpful in deterring certain pests, including mosquitoes, from invading your garden. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The USDA has recently discovered certain compounds in the J. curcas seed that repel mosquitoes, a finding that is leading to a new, natural way of preventing … Read the rest

, // Posted November 19, 2012

Lab Wars: The Rise of Genetically Modified Insects

Diamondback Moth (Plutella xylostella) is one of the genetically modified insects currently being studied. (Photo credit: sankax)

TWEET SUGGESTION: (Genetically Modified Insects – A Pesticide Alternative or Harmful Experiment?)

With many concerned over the use of genetically modified organisms in our food, there is something else … Read the rest

, , // Posted November 9, 2012

Biting Midges: Insects That Can Threaten Your Animal’s Health

Negatively stained bluetongue virus caused by biting midges

We all know that tiny insects can be annoying. They flutter near our hair, eyelashes, and faces, causing us to flap our arms violently. Although relatively harmless to humans, such biting midges may be carriers of diseases that … Read the rest

, , // Posted November 7, 2012

Top Five Ways to Get Rid of Grasshoppers

Grasshopper in Panama (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Grasshoppers in the Garden

Grasshoppers may look innocuous, but they can be particularly troublesome in gardens, and can wreak havoc on foliage and flowers, causing easily visible damage.

If you find grasshoppers munching their way throughout your garden, you’ll … Read the rest