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, // Posted December 30, 2016

GMO Mosquitos – Could This Be the End of Zika?

Without a doubt, the Zika virus was one of the main topics of conversation and news reports this year. The mosquito borne virus can have devastating effects on unborn babies and can also cause severe problems in adults. We heard many different ideas on how to rid the world of this nasty virus, including of […]

, , // Posted December 7, 2016

A New Type of Tropical Bed Bug

Remember a few years ago when bed bugs were a theing of the past? It had been a long time, if ever that we had to worry about them. They were only found in the dirtiest places. But that is no longer the case. Now they are as common as houseflies, only much more annoying. […]

// Posted November 25, 2016

Australia, Land of Koalas, Kangaroos and Mouse eating Spiders

Florida is privy to many invasive species. One of these is a very impressive spider from Australia, big enough to carry a mouse up a refrigerator.

, , // Posted November 4, 2016

Will Zika EVER Go Away?

It’s November and we are finally at the end of mosquito season. At last. All the talk and worry of the Zika virus this year has made everyone paranoid about being bitten. Especially for those of child bearing age. It has been an epic battle. And not one being won by humans, unfortunately. The director […]

, , // Posted October 19, 2016

Pests Follow Hurricanes Whether You Like it Or Not

With hurricane Matthew in the books and not a threat anymore, we might think we can breathe a sigh of relief. Not quite so fast. Perhaps we have forgotten what happens to pest populations in the aftermath of a storm. All summer we have had to be vigilant about mosquitos, for fear of spreading the […]

, // Posted October 11, 2016

The Pros and Cons of Aerial Spraying

Zika has come to Florida. Well, it came a while ago, and hasn’t quite left yet. And with it has come the controversy of how to deal with it. After the authorities in South Carolina aerial sprayed the insecticide naled, intending to take care of any Zika carrying mosquitoes before they cause any problems. But […]

// Posted September 23, 2016

Unwanted Guests at Walmart

For being tiny little insects that cannot fly, bed bugs sure do get around. Now it seems that some of them wanted to go shopping at Walmart……or something. This happened in Phoenix, Arizona. A man with an injured leg decided to use one of the motorized carts at his local Walmart. Soon after he sat […]

, // Posted September 13, 2016

Keeping the Spiders and Mice Where They Belong

Autumn will soon be upon us. The cooler air and less humidity are very welcome. But it is also a time when spiders, mice and other pests will start to invade your home looking for a warm place to spend the winter. But there are things you can do to keep them out. Make sure […]

// Posted August 26, 2016

The Wasp Who Conquered Cancer

Wasps. Some of the most hated insects out there. Their sting is very painful. They build nests under your eaves or in your lawn. They swarm your backyard barbeque and chase the guests away. Not good for much, are they? Good Wasps??? Or are they? As it turns out, wasps may be on the cusp […]

, , // Posted August 12, 2016

Wealth and the Prevalence of Bugs

When you think of a neighborhood that is likely to be inundated with bugs, creatures of every sort, roaches, spiders, centipedes and other creepy crawly things, it is human nature to think of a dirty, poverty-ridden neighborhood. The slums, the tenements, places where bugs outnumber the humans. But that perception needs an update. Surprisingly enough, […]