Scientists Work on LED Lights that Attract Fewer Insects

Almost everyone has observed insects being attracted to lights at some point or another. Everything from moths to mosquitoes to a wide variety of other flying insects are quickly attracted to lights hanging above doors, in hallways, or even on the other side of a window. Scientists have discovered, however, that not all lights attract as many insects or in …

Pests Pose Hazards for Outdoor Workers

Every day, millions of employees go to work in occupations that involve the outdoors to some degree or another. Whether they’re neighborhood technicians, sanitation workers, engineers, transportation managers, or even just regular office employees seeking to enjoy a change of scenery in warmer weather–all of these  risk exposing themselves to a number of pest threats, not only negatively impacting their …

Pests Threaten Valuable Museum Displays

For decades, museums all over the world have combated a serious pest management issue–numerous displays formed of everything from wood to feathers to cloth to leather have suffered or been completely destroyed by a wide variety of insects munching on the materials. In olden days, museums used to employ toxic metals, such as mercury or arsenic, as preservative that would …

Woman Lets 200,000 Bedbugs Bite Her for Study

For years, scientists have been trying to perfect a chemical lure that would act like bedbug pheromones, drawing them out of mattresses or other infested areas and into traps. However, biologists at Simon Fraser University realized that the real trick wasn’t necessarily creating the traps themselves–it was keeping enough bedbugs alive for the study and chemical development to progress. The …

National Bee Survey Released

For a number of years now, attention has been given to bee populations across the country, which have been steadily declining or disappearing altogether. While an undesirable presence during a hike or picnic, bees play a vital part in our ecosystems (not to mention honey production), and the lessening of their numbers is a serious concern. A number of factors …

Scientists Look to Fire Ants for Rescue Robot Design

Despite being so tiny, fire ants have gained a fearsome reputation for their stinging bite. Anyone who has ever stepped in a nest or had a summer outing interrupted by these painful pests can attest to their undesired presence. It’s difficult, if not impossible to wholly eradicate fire ants in an area, simply because they are able to tunnel and …

Book Doctor Helps Kids Overcome Fear of Bees and Wasps

Many children, sooner or later, have a fearful (perhaps painful) encounter with bees or wasps. In fact, if a child is allergic to such stings, it can be quite logical as to why they’d be afraid of the  buzzing, flying pests. While it is smart to safeguard against unfortunate encounters with bees and wasps, it’s unnecessary to live in fear …

NPMA releases it’s annual Bug Barometer

Every year, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) performs an extensive review of seasonal changes, nationwide ecosystems, and pest management reports to give a fuller idea of what the upcoming pest-filled months will be like. The hope is to help people know what’s likely in store and prepare for pest threats more comprehensively. Here is the official statement made by …

Experts Predict Large Summer Tick Population

As we move from spring to summer, seasonal pest populations reawaken and begin to cause new problems and frustrations. In warmer weather, the temptation is to get outside and enjoy local hikes, camping, or just a stroll through the city park. You should be warned that health experts are predicting a higher-than-normal tick population, and make proper preparations for when …

Mosquito Bites May be Genetically Pre-Disposed

In the past, people have complained about feeling targeted by mosquitoes, suffering from dozens (if not hundreds) of bites in an evening while friends or family go relatively untouched by the blood-sucking pests. Recent scientific studies have now shown there may be truth to this pest persecution, and that the nefarious mosquito may, in fact, be drawn to certain genetic …