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Why Are Cockroaches So Hard To Get Rid Of On Your Own?

May 1st, 2017

Anybody who has ever dealt with an infestation of cockroaches can tell you that they are not easy to get rid of once you have them in your home. Even if you have never experienced a roach infestation, you have probably still gathered that roaches are unusually durable and resilient, even for insects. There are all sorts of factoids about roaches that people enjoy spreading around. One of the most popular “facts” regarding roaches is their apparent indestructibility in the face of nuclear blast. However, there are lesser-known reasons as to why roach populations are particularly difficult to destroy. It turns out that female roaches are capable of reproducing asexually.

According to researchers, roaches, along with sharks, snakes and termites, are capable of reproduction without fertilization. However, researchers are still unclear as to how this process occurs on a physiological level in roaches. Researchers do not yet know if this asexual reproduction occurs in female roaches only when males are not present, or if asexual reproduction can occur even when male roaches are present.

Researchers found that female roaches tend to reproduce faster asexually when they are grouped with other female cockroaches. This could result from the synchronization of the female roaches reproductive processes. Curiously, researchers also housed castrated male roaches with fertile female roaches. Theoretically, you may think that female roaches would reproduce asexually faster when they are in the presence of castrated male roaches. However, strangely enough, this is not the case, and female asexual reproduction remained steady even under these circumstances.

One of the more important finds involved the viability of the eggs produced asexually. Not surprisingly, the eggs produced asexually did not hatch nearly as often as eggs produced sexually. Researchers have many more questions concerning this phenomenon, but one thing is for sure, females can make more roaches even when no males are present.

Have you ever been victimized by a roach infestation that would not go away?

 

 

April 2017 Newsletter

April 28th, 2017
Mosquito Season is Here – Public Urged to Take Precautions
Bug Busters USA offers tips to prevent mosquito bites when outdoors this summer
 
Warmer weather is finally here and Southeast residents are no doubt spending more time outdoors. However, with increased outdoor activity, the public is at risk of becoming a meal for summer’s most dangerous and pesky pest – the mosquito. As such, BugBusters USA, a pest management company servicing the Southeastern is urging the public to take preventative measures to protect themselves and their families.

Take Back Your Yard This Summer

“Mosquitoes are emerging early across the country due to recent rainfall and an increase in temperatures,” said Court Parker, COO  at Bug Busters USA. “With the threat of West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases, it’s important for people to take the necessary precautions to prevent mosquito bites when spending time outdoors in the coming months.”
Bug Busters USA  offers the following tips to avoid becoming a mosquito meal:
· Eliminate areas of standing water around the home such as flowerpots, birdbaths, baby pools, grill covers and other objects where water collects. Mosquitoes need only about a ½ inch of water to breed.
· Screen all windows and doors. Repair even the smallest tear or hole.
· Minimize outside activity between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.If you must be outside during those times, consider staying inside a screened-in porch or dressing in clothing that leaves very little exposed skin.
· Avoid wearing dark colors, loose-fitting garments, and open-toe shoes.
· Always use an insect repellant containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus when spending time outdoors or traveling, especially in areas known to have increased mosquito populations.
· If you are concerned about mosquito activity in your area, contact a pest management company or your local mosquito abatement district.
 
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Squirrels Steal Easter Eggs From Excited Children On Easter Sunday | Squirrel Control

April 27th, 2017

When it comes to the damaging excesses caused by wildlife, people typically don’t look beyond their own front yards and gardens. Naturally, most people are concerned with avoiding wildlife-induced damage to their property. Whether it is squirrels, groundhogs, moles or voles that are responsible, people are mainly concerned with sparing damage to their own gardens and lawns. Sadly squirrels perpetrated the latest wildlife attack, and they did the unthinkable—they stole hidden Easter eggs before the local children had a chance to search for them.

It looks like squirrels ruined Easter Sunday for many kids. Some of the hidden eggs even contained money. About ten minutes after one couple sent their kids out on an Easter egg hunt, they received a call from their neighbors. The neighbors wanted to show them a video that they had just made with their cellphone. Sure enough, the video showed a squirrel cracking open a pink plastic egg that the man’s wife had just hidden. As the video was playing the neighbors pointed to an area on a tree-branch where two squirrels were sharing the contents of a plastic Easter egg. That Easter egg was also meant for the couples kids. Luckily the children arrived in time to find many of the eggs before the pesky squirrels got to them, they even found the egg with the money inside.

As the Easter Sunday was winding down for this recently robbed family. An empty plastic eggshell fell from a tree and landed on the mother’s head. Thus revealing to the children that more eggs were available, if only those squirrels could have left them alone.

Have you ever found yourself a part of an activity that was hijacked by wildlife? If you have, what was the activity, and what type/s of wildlife were you dealing with?

Infected Bat May Have Spread Rabies

April 26th, 2017

It is not too often that you hear about rabies. You have probably never even heard of someone you know having rabies, but it is still possible to become infected. This is especially true for a few people that may have come into contact with a rabies-infected bat at the San Diego Zoo. County officials are doing everything that they can to ensure the rabies infection stays contained. At around three o’clock PM on April 15th the staff at the zoo managed to catch the rabies-infected bat while it was still within the zoo. Luckily for the zoo this bat was wild, and not a part of the zoo’s collection.

The bat was captured in a part of the San Diego Zoo that sees a lot of human traffic, but it seems as though nobody had made contact with the bat before it was captured. County officials have also confirmed that no other human or animal came into contact with the infected bat. Even though city officials seem nearly certain that nobody had sustained a bite from the infected bat, the San Diego Health Department is taking every precaution because rabies is almost always fatal in humans unless it is treated promptly. Strangely enough, last summer there were two other bats infected with rabies that had become loose within the zoo. It is believed that the infected bats did not harm anyone then either.

Bats can easily pass on rabies to humans through a bite, or if the bat’s saliva comes into contact with a bodily opening or wound. The best way to avoid a rabies infection would be to avoid contact with wild and/or stray animals. It is also important to be sure that your pets are up to date on their rabies vaccinations. Bats are the most common animals to contract rabies in San Diego County.

Have you ever noticed that there is a heavier bat population in the Southwest United States? Why is that?

 

This Is Why Bats Are The Most Diverse Mammalian Species In History

April 24th, 2017

Bats are well known for falling victim to many falsehoods and myths that have been making the rounds among the public for a long time now. Bats are fascinating creatures, and if you study up on bats just a bit, then you will find that bats are not deserving of the spite that so many people show for them. In fact, the small groups of blood-sucking bats that do exist are not interested in humans at all. However, there are many different bat species; experts estimate the number of different bat species in the world now at being well over one thousand. Next to rodents, this high number of bat species living in the world today makes bats the most diverse mammals known to mankind, next to rodents that is.

When considering all of the different mammalian animals alive in the world today, bat species make up twenty percent of this group. Bats differ incredibly in size too. For example, the bumblebee bat is the smallest species of bat that scientists are aware of and they weigh, on average, a bit less than an ounce. On the other hand, the largest bat known to science is the golden-crowned flying fox. The diversity of bats also finds expression in what they like to eat. Some bats prefer to eat seeds and plants, while others, as mentioned earlier, like to feed on blood.

Despite bats being among the most successful of mammals living today, much is still unknown about the evolutionary origins of the bat species. The earliest living bat known to science is referred to as Icaronycteris. This bat is thought to have inhabited what is now modern-day Wyoming. This bat fossil does not help researchers uncover the origins of the bat because the fossilized bat looks too similar to modern day bats. It seems that scientists do not yet know which animals the bat species branched off from.

 

Have you ever touched a bat in you life? If you have, then how did the bat respond to your touch?

 

 

 

 

 

Scientists Create A New Type Of Ant

April 21st, 2017

Science can do a lot these days, but it is hard to believe that entirely new “mutant” organisms are created everyday. In order to prove that gene splicing can create new organisms, a team of researchers from Oregon set out to do just that. Wasps have an unusual biology, and gene-splicing technology will make studying wasp biology much simpler.

For example, gene splicing can allow researchers to better understand how male wasps convert their progeny into males. So far it is unknown to science how a selfish genetic element can change the sex of wasp offspring. Apparently, male wasps are somehow able to kill female embryos, therefore ensuring a progeny of males.

According to the researcher heading up the study, Dr Akbari, the point of all of this genetic tinkering is to develop a better understanding of wasp and all insect biology. Perhaps in the future science can use this technology to control populations of invasive insect-pests. Accomplishing this degree of genetic manipulation on an entire population of insects can help to better protect our farmland from insect-pests, and protect against insect-borne disease, like malaria.

This genetic manipulation process involves carefully peeling back an egg membrane in order to inject DNA into the embryo. After the egg has been altered, it is then put back together and allowed to grow into an entirely new organism with a never-before seen genetic makeup. In order to properly test the efficacy of this gene splicing technology, Dr. Akbar and his associates chose to alter a feature on an insect that would be noticeable, such as the eyes. The researchers already knew that if one gene for pigmentation were knocked out, then the eyes would turn out red. Sure enough, the experiment worked, which means we are now living in an age when bringing dinosaurs back to life seems possible.

Do you think that this technology will be used in the farming industry in order to keep pests away?

 

 

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April 20th, 2017

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First Mother In Nebraska With The Zika Virus

April 19th, 2017

Zika is still around, and it is making its way into states that are located farther north. The first pregnant woman from the state of Nebraska has contracted the Zika virus. Luckily, the woman did not contract the virus while in Nebraska, nor any region of the United States. The woman had contracted the virus while vacationing in Mexico.

The woman is from Omaha, and while she was in Mexico she started feeling ill. The woman was experiencing all of the symptoms that are associated with the Zika virus. These symptoms include fever, joint pain and rash. To top it all off, at some point during the woman’s vacation she had learned that she was pregnant.

The woman’s regular obstetrician conducted her first screening for the virus, which had confirmed that she did indeed have the Zika virus. Her regular doctor then followed protocol by letting authorities with the CDC know about the woman’s case of Zika.

So far, doctors don’t believe that there is good reason to become alarmed over the state of her unborn child. According to data collected from the mother’s most recent ultrasound, her results gave the indication that her baby was fine, and free of malformations. The CDC is also forcing the woman to have her baby submitted for testing once she gives birth.

In the aftermath of Zika’s initial jolt, in America, ten percent of women delivered babies that had birth defects. Of course, babies may wind up having birth defects despite the defects not being visible on the ultrasound monitor. At the moment, health officials and lawmakers are focusing on education as the primary tool to prevent the spread of Zika. Whatever you do, don’t travel to Mexico or farther south this winter.

Have you traveled to Mexico or farther south since Zika became an issue?