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// Posted May 23, 2016

Fleas and the Indoor Cat

I have a kitten. Well, she was a kitten. I have had her about 9 months now and she’s probably her adult size. She stays inside and never, ever goes out. She chases the squirrels from window to window and never has to worry about what she would do if she actually caught one. Ah, […]

// Posted May 13, 2016

The Return of the Cicadas

It has been 17 years since parts of the country have been subjected to the deafening cacophony of cicada song. But, it is about to return. They’re Baaaaaacckk! It was 1999 when we heard it last, and the cicadas have been burrowed underground, just waiting for the right time to ascend to the surface and […]

// Posted April 28, 2016

The Squirrel Hunt Gone Wrong

Things didn’t go exactly as planned for several different people the other day in Arkansas. It sounds more like a comedy of errors, to tell the truth. It seems that an apartment complex in Hot Springs, Arkansas has some issues with squirrels. The exact problem wasn’t specified, but, for whatever reason, they hired a pest […]

// Posted April 11, 2016

Rodents, Disease and You

Rodents are nasty. Well, not all of them, some of them can be quite cute, like guinea pigs or prairie dogs. Certainly no one would accuse Punxsutawney Phil of being nasty, unless there really is six more weeks of winter. There are even some strange individuals who make pets out of rats. But in general, […]

// Posted March 25, 2016

Just How Hungry Are You?

Bugs for dinner? Lunch? Anyone? It really depends on what we are used to, but bugs are a delicacy in many cultures. In Oaxaca, and other parts of Mexico, chapulines, or grasshoppers are eaten with regularity and enjoyed by diners at some of the finest restaurants. In Thailand you can find entire buffets composed of […]

// Posted March 15, 2016

Bird Brain – It’s a Good Thing!

The Black Widow Spider is very poisonous and birds know this because of the red violin shape on its underside. But what about insects?

// Posted February 26, 2016

The Verdict on Zika Virus: Guilty or Not Guilty?

The Zika virus. Six months ago very few people had even heard of this virus. Now it seems you would be hard pressed to find anyone who hasn’t heard of it. Zika has raced to the top of the “Things to Be Scared Of” list, causing even the Zombie Apocalypse to fall out of the […]

// Posted February 12, 2016

The Florida Deep Diggers

These beautiful beetles can hardly be labeled a pest. Sometimes bugs can actually be a help to us and should be left alone.

// Posted February 12, 2016

The Florida Deep Diggers

Some people around Florida have noticed unusual mounds in their yards. Smaller than gopher mounds, these sandy piles have left residents scratching their heads as to what could be making these little mounds. But wonder no more, the mounds are being made by Florida Deep Diggers, or scarab beetles. Deep Diggers in Florida There are […]

// Posted January 28, 2016

A Scary New Virus

Move over chikungunya, malaria, dengue fever and all other mosquito borne illnesses, there is a new kid in town. A new and much more fearsome member to the family, the Zika virus. This virus carried by mosquitos is possibly the scariest of them all, not because of the illness, that in itself is usually not that […]