Cyborg Beetle Lets Scientists Understand Flying Insects Better

April 24th, 2015

Tiny Electric Backpack Helps Scientists Understand How Beetles Fly

Scientists are interested in finding out how bugs can fly. So much so that a group of researchers from the University of California Berkeley and Nanyang Technology University in Singapore are conducting experiments.

According to Tech Times, these researchers are attaching tiny electric backpacks to learn how beetles take off, steer, and more. The tiny backpack contains a wireless transmitter, battery and electrodes that are connected to the optic lobes and flight muscles of the beetle.

So far, the experiment shows that a muscle used to control the folding of wings plays an important role in steering.

Scientists hope to use wireless sensors similar to the beetle’s tiny backpack to answer other, larger questions in the scientific community.

Read more: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/40214/20150317/cyborg-beetle-lets-scientists-understand-flying-insects-better-video.htm

 

Scientists use Fish to Take on Mosquitoes

April 22nd, 2015

Scientists use Fish to Take on Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are out in full-force this time of year, and Sarasota County Mosquito Control has come up with a unique plan to get rid of them.

They are breeding mosquito-eating fish, called “Gambusia Holbrooki.” Inside a huge tank, scientists are breeding thousands of these fish that feed off of mosquito larvae, which grow in standing water and pools.

According to Channel 8 WFLA, if there is a problem area with a lot of mosquitoes, the fish will be released to help eradicate the problem, all without the use of chemicals or pesticides.

Environmental biologist, Eesa Ali, said: “”We’re trying to reduce our environmental footprint and use less pesticides total. We’re also trying to save time for our technicians who go out into the field and trap fish, because it is an important part of our program to have fish. And we also want this as an outreach to the public, we want them to come here and get fish.”

What do you think? Will these fish solve the mosquito madness in the south?

Why You Don’t Want to Be An Armadillo in the South

April 21st, 2015

Why You Don’t Want to Be An Armadillo in the South

Did you know that Armadillos are treated as pests in the American South?

This is why a man in Georgia tried to shoot one. His approach, however, was all wrong.

According to Israel National News, Larry McElroy decided to use his handgun to shoot an armadillo that was about 100 yards from his mother-in-law’s mobile home.

The bullet bounced off the Armadillo’s plated shell, hit a fence, entered the back door of the mobile home, and struck McElroy’s elderly mother-in-law in the back as she was sitting in a recliner. Thankfully, she is expected to make a full recovery.

This story goes to show: no matter what the “pest” may be, it’s always best to call in a professional!

Read more @ http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/194062

 

Don’t Try This at Home: New York Man Burned Trying to Kill Bed Bugs

April 20th, 2015

Don’t Try This at Home: New York Man Burned Trying to Kill Bed Bugs

Bedbugs can be one of the trickiest types of pests to terminate and calling in a professional exterminator to do the job is key.

A man in Eastport, NY learned this the hard way when trying to kill bed bugs inside of a rental car.

According to ABC News, Scott Kemery soaked the interior of the car with alcohol after someone told him this would kill the bedbugs.

After pouring the alcohol he sat inside the car and lit a cigarette, which started the blaze.

Kemery fled, abandoning the flame-engulfed car, the heat from which also damaged several other cars parked nearby.

It’s been reported Kemery suffered burns from the event.

Do not try this at home! Calling an expert is always the best option for pest control needs. Read More: http://abcnews.go.com/Weird/wireStory/police-man-burned-kill-bedbugs-inside-rental-car-30327784

Atlanta Spider Control Experts

April 17th, 2015

 

5. Redback Spider

The Redback Spider resides in the same family as the Black Widow, and is very toxic as well. It normally resides in Australia, and can easily be noticed from the dark red stripe running down its back. Serious symptoms of the bite are known to include seizures, comas, or even respiratory failure.

4. Black Widow

When thinking of venomous spiders, most of us imagine this as the first thing that comes to our mind. However, a quite unknown fact about the Black Widow is that it actually eats its male partner after having intercourse. The Black Widow’s Bite is known to cause lactrodectism, or muscle spasms, throughout the body. It only needs a dosage of 0.0002mg/kg of venom in order to kill its prey.

3. Sydney Funnel-web Spider

This is known as one of the most venomous spiders on Earth. Instead of giving smaller bites, a Sydney Funnel-web Spider is known to always inject a full amount of venom into their victim. Atracotoxin, a chemical in its venom compound, is very dangerous to primates, including humans. One child died within 15 minutes of receiving a bite from this hazardous spider.

2. Six-eyed Sand Spider

Although still very dangerous, this spider is known to not usually live near humans. It’s not very aggressive either, meaning that bites are mostly uncommon. It’s a cousin of recluses, another species of spider, although the venom is much more potent. Their bite is known to cause necrosis, blood clots, and extreme bleeding which may even result in death.

1. Brazilian Wandering Spider

In 2010, the Guinness World Records named this as the most venomous spider on Earth. It is extremely aggressive, and its vicious bite causes breathing problems and eventually asphyxiation. Oddly, its venom also causes priapism, which causes males to have long-lasting erections. Because of this, its venom is being studied in order to possibly combat Erectile Dysfunction Syndrome. Even after receiving an antidote, humans have still been known to perish after being bitten by this dangerous creature.

Article: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EaZTxQeQMQ

What’s Bugging you?

April 16th, 2015

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Bug Busters USA offers tick bite prevention advice for the season

April 14th, 2015

Bug Busters USA offers tick bite prevention advice for the summer season

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As people venture outside to enjoy the sunshine and warmer weather Bug Busters USA, a pest management company servicing the Southeast encourages increased public awareness of ticks and their numerous health risks.

“Certain species of ticks are capable of transmitting serious diseases to humans when they bite, including Lyme disease, babesiosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever,” said Court Parker, COO at Bug Busters USA. “We encourage people to take steps to protect themselves and their pets from ticks when outdoors this summer and decrease the chances of contracting one of these tick-borne illnesses.”

The most effective ways to prevent a tick encounter include:

  • Landscape your yard. Keep grass cut low and remove weeds, woodpiles and debris. Ticks are found in high grass, and yards with shrubbery.
  • Protect your skin. Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and closed-toe shoes when outdoors, especially in wooded areas or tall grasses. Choose light colored clothing that makes it easier to spot ticks and other insects.
  • Use an effective bug repellant. Always apply an insect repellant containing at least 20% DEET to protect against ticks when spending time outdoors, and reapply as directed on the label.
  • Regularly check for ticks. Most ticks require 24-48 hours of feeding before they can successfully transmit infections, so it’s crucial to perform a thorough tick check immediately after spending time outdoors. Be sure to check all areas of the body, including the hair.
  • Don’t forget about pets. Check pets frequently for ticks, especially after the animal has been outside. Consult with a veterinarian about prevention and treatment options available to pets and wash pet bedding and toys frequently.
  • Brush up on proper removal techniques. Use fine-tipped tweezers to remove a tick, using a slow, steady pulling motion. Wash hands and the bite site thoroughly with soap and water, and flush the tick down a toilet or wrap it in tissue before disposing in a closed receptacle.
  • Contact a professional. Anyone suspecting a tick bite or experiencing symptoms, including a skin rash, joint pain or fever, should seek prompt medical attention. If ticks are a problem on your property, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect and implement a treatment plan to reduce tick populations.

For more information on ticks, please visit www.bugbustersusa.com

TAP Pest Control Insulation

April 13th, 2015

TAP Pest Control Insulation

Bug Busters offers T*A*P insulation to help keep your family and environment safe for your family and loved ones!

T*A*P Pest Control Insulation is made principally from recycled paper that is diverted from landfills.  The paper is reduced in size and then fed through a

disc-mill ,whose exceedingly fine tolerances explode the fibers into a soft, gray, cotton-boll-like substance. The product is infused with borates through a proprietary process.  The result is a thermally and acoustically superior insulation product that is environmentally sensitive and also helps control pests!

T*A*P is a “loose-fill” insulation, so it is installed by blowing the product into attics on top of existing insulation (it can also be installed in attics and walls of new homes) with specialized machines.  While reducing your energy bills by keeping your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer, T*A*P also controls common household pests that nest in attics and walls like roaches, ants, termites, and silverfish. T*A*P therefore provides a long-term, preventative approach to reducing energy consumption while protecting your home from many common household insects that come in contact with the insulation.

THE BENEFITS OF T*A*P:

T*A*P saves money!  When added to existing insulation or installed on its own, T*A*P helps keep comfortable air in the living area of your home.  This reduces the required energy needed to heat or cool your home and, in turn, reduces your heating and cooling bills.

T*A*P reduces noise!  T*A*P reduces unwelcome noise from outside and helps create a peaceful environment inside the home. Insulated interior walls reduce annoying noises (such as toilets flushing and appliances running) inside a house.

T*A*P controls pests!  In addition to conserving energy and reducing unwanted sound, T*A*P also responsibly eliminates many common household pests.

T*A*P is Green!  With so many products claiming to be “green” these days, it is often difficult to discern which products truly are environmentally responsible.  When viewed in the context of the entire product life-cycle (from production to operation to disposal), cellulose insulation is one of the greenest building products in the world.  Cellulose insulation takes less energy to make than other insulation products, is made from 80%+ recycled paper, reduces a home’s carbon footprint by saving energy, and provides no post-installation waste.
T*A*P is the only product labeled by EPA to control insects that also bears an Energy Star label!

Call 1-800-210-6262  to learn more!

Unwelcomed Guests | Fly Control

April 10th, 2015

Unwelcomed Guests

The common house fly is never welcome by homeowners. Not only are they annoying, they can carry diseases such as cholera and typhoid fever, tuberculosis, salmonella,  dysentery and more.  Flies land on exposed food ingesting it and vomiting it up to break it down for digestion. Through this process they can easily pass diseases. .

There are some things that you can do to get rid of these pests.

  1. Get rid of their source. If you notice an unusually large number of flies buzzing through your home, find out where they are coming from such as outdoor compost piles, carcasses of wild animals, garbage, pet feces, etc.
  2. Put up screens on all your windows and doors, be sure to keep them closed and patched. If you do not want to invest a lot of money in window screens, buy inexpensive wire mesh at the hardware store and tack it in the window frames to control flies and other insects.
  3. Keep your house clean. Consistent and effective house cleaning important especially in the kitchen and bathroom. Close all indoor garbage cans and compost bins and empty them frequently.  Avoid leaving leftovers or pet food uncovered.
  4. Plant herbs such as basil, mint, and rosemary as they are easy to grow indoors or out. These plants are pleasant-smelling to us humans, but not flies. The best herb of all for house fly control seems to be lavender. It is versatile and may also be used to relieve a number of physical and emotional woes and add flavor to your cooking.
  5. The fragrance of cinnamon and cloves may be pleasing to most people, but a fly would disagree.
  6. Flies have an innate tendency to head towards the light so darken you rooms.  So if you’re sitting down for a quiet supper or conversation with friends, consider dimming your bulbs or using candles.

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/8-natural-ways-to-get-rid-of-house-flies.html

Bug Busters USA encourages ongoing vigilance against mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases

April 8th, 2015
  • Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and closed-toe shoes to protect the skin
  • Minimize outside activity between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active
  • Eliminate areas of standing water around the home, such as flowerpots, birdbaths and baby pools. Mosquitoes only need about ½ inch of water to breed
  • Screen all windows and doors, repairing even the smallest holes that could serve as entry points for pests