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Make a Vinegar Trap to Get Rid of Fruit Flies
Are you battling fruit flies in your kitchen? Once they get in, it's hard to get rid of fruit flies. This simple vinegar trap works wonders on a fruit fly infestation.
Help! What Are These Tiny Black Bugs in My House?
I keep finding tiny black bugs crawling on my floors and walls. What are they, and what do I do to get rid of them?!
10 Tips for Getting Rid of Fruit Flies
Are you waging a fruitless battle against fruit flies in your home (pun intended)? Try following these 10 tips for getting rid of fruit flies.
How to Avoid Bed Bugs in Hotel Rooms
Before you settle into your hotel room, take a few minutes to look for any signs of bed bugs. Learn what to look for, where to look, and what to do if you find bed bugs in your hotel room. Page 3.
Why Do Mosquito Bites Itch?
When it comes to mosquitoes, it's not the bite that's the problem. It's the annoying itch that persists for days after the mosquito has finished its meal. Why do mosquito bites itch, anyway?
10 Fascinating Facts About Fireflies
Fireflies are amazing insects! Learn 10 cool facts about fireflies.
Can I Get My Dog's Fleas?
Fleas live on cats, dogs, and other furry animals. But can fleas live on people?
What Are These Tiny Red Bugs in My House?
Help! I have hundreds of tiny red bugs on my windowsills and curtains. When I squash them, they leave nasty red stains on everything. What are they and how do I get rid of them?
What Good Are Mosquitoes, Anyway?
You probably can't think of one good thing to say about mosquitoes. They're annoying, they bite, and they carry deadly diseases. But they must be good for something, right? What good are mosquitoes?
Ground Bees
Ground bees may be a nuisance in the lawn or garden, but they're also an important beneficial insect. Learn to identify ground bees, and how to control ground bee nests.
What Good Are Wasps?
They build nests in our lawns and on our houses, they sneak into our soda cans, and worst of all they sting! Exactly what good are wasps? Do we really need them?
Where Do Fruit Flies Come From?
People once thought insects like fruit flies appeared by magic overnight, a theory called spontaneous generation. While it might seem like this is the case, fruit flies do come from somewhere. Learn what causes fruit flies.
Do Flies Really Vomit and Poop When They Land...
You've heard this before, haven't you - flies vomit and poop on you when they land on you. Do you want to know if it's true?
Where Do Bed Bugs Come From?
As bed bugs make headlines around the country, people are wondering what causes bed bugs. Here's what causes bed bugs, and what doesn't.
10 Ways to Guarantee You'll Get Mosquito Bites
We all know a human mosquito magnet – the one person in the group who seems to get all the mosquito bites. Want to know how they do it? Here are 10 ways to guarantee you'll get the most mosquito bites at your next outdoor party.
10 Tips to Avoid Chigger Bites
Ever had chigger bites? If you have, you'll never forget them. Chigger bites are probably the itchiest bug bites you'll ever experience. These 10 tips will help you avoid chigger bites.
10 Common Myths About How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
Before you wage war against bed bugs, be sure you know which bed bug treatments work, and which don't. This article outlines the top 10 myths about treating bed bugs.
How to Tell the Difference Between Wasps,...
The social wasps of the family Vespidae include paper wasps, yellowjackets, and hornets, all of which will defend their homes vigorously should you disturb them. Worse yet, they have a tendency to build their homes in the places we like to spend our time, so there's a good chance you'll encounter them.
How to Get Rid of Chiggers
Prime chigger habitat includes overgrown lawns, ground covers, leaf litter, weedy areas, and densely planted shrubs or trees.
Get Rid of Ants with Homemade Ant Bait
Are you battling ants in your kitchen? Learn how to make and use homemade ant baits that will get rid of those ants quickly.
10 Myths About Bed Bugs
There's a lot of misinformation about bed bugs out there. Make sure you know the facts about these blood-sucking pests.
10 Fascinating Facts About Pillbugs
A pillbug goes by many names -– roly poly, wood louse, armadillo bug, potato bug – but whatever you call it, it's a fascinating creature.
Venomous or Poisonous?
The terms venomous and poisonous are often used interchangeably, but incorrectly. There is, in fact, a difference between a venomous insect and a poisonous insect.
10 Fascinating Facts About Ladybugs
Is there a more adorable arthropod than the ladybug? From kindergartners to gardeners, everybody loves them. Here are 10 cool facts about ladybugs.
Effective Mosquito Control
Nothing takes the fun out of an evening barbecue outdoors like a bunch of bloodthirsty mosquitoes. In addition to inflicting a painful bite, mosquitoes can transmit diseases. You can keep your local mosquito population under control by limiting their habitat on your property, and avoid their annoying bites by using the right barriers and repellants. This article also teaches you what oft-touted mosquito controls do NOT work.
How to Control Paper Wasps
Paper wasps will defend their nest aggressively. When their nests are located in close proximity to people, some control measures may be required. Learn the safest time and method to remove problem paper wasp nests.
10 Fascinating Facts About Cockroaches
A few pest cockroaches have given these insects a bad reputation. Read these 10 facts about cockroaches, and I think you'll agree that they're actually amazing creatures.
10 Fascinating Facts About Mosquitoes
Here are 10 things you didn't know about mosquitoes.
What Are These Tiny, Black Bugs That Jump?
There are tiny, black bugs in my house and they jump when I get near them! What are they, and how do I get rid of them?
Are Daddy Longlegs Spiders, or Not?
People often mistake the daddy longlegs, also called the harvestman, for a spider. Though they are both arachnids, the daddy longlegs is quite different from a spider in several ways.
Do Bug Zappers Kill Mosquitoes?
People swear that bug zappers make a big difference in their backyard mosquito population, but research proves otherwise. Find out why bug zappers don't work to control mosquitoes.
What Do Termites Look Like?
Worried you might have a termite infestation in your home? This photo gallery will help you learn what termites look like, and how to recognize termite damage.
Do Bees Die After They Sting You?
You've probably heard that bees die after they sting you, but that isn't always true. Learn which bees can only sting once, and why bees die after stinging.
10 Tips for Attracting Butterflies to Your...
Thinking of turning your yard into a butterfly habitat? Here are 10 tips to help you attract the most butterflies to your backyard.
The Most Effective Ways to Get Rid of Fleas in...
Got fleas? If you find a flea on your dog or cat, don't despair. Flea control isn't impossible, it just takes the right flea treatment product and some persistent and thorough housekeeping. Here are my tips for getting rid of fleas.
How to Control Flies in Your Home and Yard
Flies are common pests in the home and yard, but they do pose a health risk. A single house fly can carry over one million bacteria on its body. Control of filth flies involves good sanitation practices supplemented with barriers and traps.
10 Simple Questions to Help You Identify Any...
Have an unknown insect that you want to identify? Use these questions to collect information about your specimen, before you try to use a key or field guide.
15 Ways to Bug Proof Your Home
Do you hate finding bugs in your house? You can't keep every insect or spider outdoors, but you can make it difficult for bugs to find their way into your home. Here are 15 ways to bug proof your home.
How to Keep a Caterpillar
Learn how to pick up a caterpillar without harming it, and which caterpillars you should avoid touching. Complete with photos. Page 1.
5 Lies About the Brown Recluse Spider
More lies are told about the brown recluse spider, Loxosceles reclusa, than any other arthropod in North America. Public hysteria about this shy spider has been fueled by media hype and medical misdiagnosis. It's time to set the record straight.
How to Know When to Use a Bug Bomb
Are you sure a bug bomb is the best choice for your pest problem? Bug bombs don't work well on all insects. When used incorrectly, these home pesticide products can be hazardous, too. Learn how to weigh the risks and rewards of using a bug bomb, before you choose to use one.
Is It a Mosquito...or Something Else?
Are you sure it's a mosquito? Some insects that look like mosquitoes don't bite at all. Learn to tell the difference between mosquitoes, midges, and crane flies.
10 Fascinating Facts About Butterflies
Everyone is familiar with butterflies, but how much do you really know about these insects? Here are 10 cool facts about butterflies.
10 Fascinating Facts About Ants
The complex, cooperative societies of ants enable them to survive and thrive in conditions that would challenge the individual. Here are 10 fascinating facts about ants that just might convince you they're superior to us.
How Wasps Build Wasp Nests
Paper wasps, yellowjackets, and hornets all make paper nests, though the size, shape, and location of their nests differ. Paper wasps build umbrella-shaped wasp nests suspended underneath eaves and overhangs. Hornets construct large, football-shaped nests. Yellowjackets make their nests underground. In general, though, the process of constructing all wasp nests is the same.
Do Bugs Really Crawl in People's Ears?
Feel something moving inside your ear and wonder if it's a bug? It just might be. Find out which bugs, and what you should do if a bug crawls into your ear.
How to Control Carpenter Bees
Carpenter bees are beneficial insects, but they can sometimes be a nuisance to homeowners. These large bees excavate tunnels in lumber, making holes in decks, porches, and other wood structures. Learn when it's time to take action, and how to control carpenter bees effectively.
How Do You Know Insects Feel Pain?
Scientists, animal rights activists, and biological ethicists have long debated this common question: do insects feel pain? It's not an easy question to answer. We can't know for certain what insects feel, so how do we know if insects feel pain?
How to Control Japanese Beetles
To effectively control Japanese beetles, you must control both the larval grubs and the adult beetles. This article explains the life cycle of Japanese beetles, and provides practical advice on controlling both the beetles and the grubs.
Why Is It So Hard to Get Rid of Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to eliminate once they've established themselves in a dwelling. What makes it so hard to get rid of bed bugs?
10 Fascinating Facts About Dragonflies
Have you ever spent a summer day watching dragonflies flying around a pond or lake? Learn more about the biology and behavior of these incredible insects. Here are 10 cool facts about dragonflies.
10 Fascinating Facts About Praying Mantids
People like praying mantids because they look a bit like humans, with their expressive faces and long arms. Here are 10 facts about praying mantids that you might not know.
Are Daddy Longlegs Venomous?
Myth or fact? A daddy longlegs has deadly venom, but cannot bite humans because its fangs are too short to penetrate the skin. Here's your answer.
10 Fascinating Facts About Tarantulas
Hollywood directors like to use tarantulas in horror flicks, because these huge, furry spiders look intimidating. But tarantulas have been given a bad rap. These 10 cool facts about tarantulas should make you think differently about these docile and fascinating spiders.
Do We Really Swallow Spiders While We Sleep?
True or false? The average person swallows 8 spiders per year while sleeping.
Why You Shouldn't Plant Butterfly Bush
Planting a butterfly garden? Don't plant butterfly bush! Learn why butterfly bush is bad, and what you can plant instead of butterfly bush.
10 Fascinating Facts About Stick Insects
Stick insects live on every continent except Antarctica, though most of the world's stick insects inhabit the tropics. You may know stick insects for their camouflage, but there's a lot more to Phasmids than that. Here are 10 cool facts about stick insects you might not know.
Does Nail Polish Kill Chiggers?
I've heard that if you get chigger bites, you should put clear nail polish on them to kill the chiggers. Is that you?
10 Tips to Avoid Getting Stung By a Bee
Being stung by a bee or wasp is never fun, and for people with bee venom allergies, it can be life-threatening. In most cases, bee stings are entirely avoidable - just don't attract them or put the bees on the defensive. Here's 10 tips to help you avoid bee stings.
10 Fascinating Facts About Caterpillars
How much do you really know about caterpillars? Here are 10 cool facts about caterpillars.
Internal Anatomy of an Insect (Color Diagrams)
Though tiny, an insect's body contains organs and structures that control its vital functions. In this article, learn the names and functions of each part.
Do We Really Have Bugs Living in Our Eyebrows?
Has anyone ever told you there are bugs living in your eyebrows and eyelashes? Did you believe it? Here's the truth about face mites.
How Do You Use a Bug Bomb Safely?
Before you use a bug bomb product to eliminate a pest problem in your home, read these important directions and safety precautions. Each year people misuse bug bombs, resulting in damage to property and serious health impacts for family members. Don't become a statistic.
12 Worst Vegetable Garden Pests
This group of garden pests are the stuff of nightmares for vegetable gardeners. This dirty dozen represents the 12 worst vegetable garden pests to combat. Along with pictures and descriptions, you'll find practical and effective ways to control these tiny terrors, without using chemical pesticides.
12 Flowers That Will Bring Butterflies to Your...
Want to bring butterflies to your backyard? Butterflies need good sources of nectar, and these twelve perennials are butterfly favorites. Choose a few of these easy-to-grow plants, and start a backyard butterfly garden this year.
10 Fascinating Facts About Centipedes
How much do you know about centipedes? Check out these 10 fascinating facts about centipedes.
Stinging Caterpillars
Stinging caterpillars use poison-filled bristles to defend themselves from predators. If you touch a stinging caterpillar, you'll know it by the burning, itching, or just plain painful sensation that follows. These pictures will help you learn to recognize stinging caterpillars - before you touch them.
What Are Chiggers?
I once endured chigger bites so itchy I would have given state secrets to the enemy to make the itching stop. So what are chiggers, and where do they hang out?
10 Fascinating Facts About Grasshoppers
Learn 10 fascinating facts about grasshoppers.
Why You Should Give Your Neighbor a Japanese...
If you have Japanese beetles in your yard or garden, the last thing you should do is hang a Japanese beetle trap. Here's why these traps are more hype than hope.
Life Cycle of Fireflies and Lightning Bugs
Learn about the life cycle of fireflies, also known as lightning bugs. There are about 2,000 species of fireflies - over 150 species in the U.S. and Canada.
10 Trees That Bees Love Best
Learn which trees are the most attractive to pollinating bees in North America.
Why Are Cicadas So Loud? How Do Cicadas Produce...
Cicadas calling for mates produce a deafening sound. How do cicadas produce such a loud sound? Male cicadas use their species-specific calls to attract female mates.
10 Native Bees Every Gardener Should Know
Though honeybees get all the credit, native pollen bees do the bulk of the pollination chores in many gardens, parks, and forests. Here are 10 native pollen bees every gardener should know.
10 Fascinating Facts About Honey Bees
No other insect has served the needs of man like the honey bee. Here are 10 facts about honey bees you might not know.
What Causes Insects to Go Towards the Light?
Did you ever wonder why so many insects circle around your porch light?
What Does Termite Damage Look Like?
Worried you might have a termite infestation in your home? This photo gallery will help you learn what termites look like, and how to recognize termite damage. Page 9.
How to Tell the Difference Between a Dragonfly...
Though both dragonflies and damselflies belong to the order Odonata, there are features that separate the two groups into suborders. Knowing whether a mystery odonate is a dragonfly or damselfly will help you identify it. This article outlines the differences between dragonflies and damselflies.
Bee or Wasp?
Bees and wasps belong to the order Hymenoptera, and are similar in many ways. However, there are some important differences. This article outlines the major distinctions between bees and wasps.
How Do Bees Make Honey?
Honey bees use their stores of energy-rich honey to get them through lean times, including winter. Worker bees gather nectar from flowers and convert it into enough honey to keep the colony alive. How do bees make honey from nectar?
9 Insects People Think Are the Most Annoying
Even for people who love insects, some bugs can be really annoying. Through a very unscientific poll, I have compiled this list of the nine most annoying insects of all.
Got Bed Bugs? Save Your Mattress with a Bed-Bug...
If you've got a bed bug infestation, it pays to install a bed bug mattress cover on both your mattress and box spring. Learn what a bed bug cover does, and how to use it.
Do Insects Have Brains?
How does an insect make sense of the world, move from place to place, or breathe, eat, and mate? Something must control all of these vital functions. Do insects have brains?
Where Do Mosquitoes Go in Winter?
Mosquitoes are nowhere to be found in winter, but reappear in force each spring as if by magic. Where do mosquitoes go in winter, and how do they reappear so quickly in spring?
How Do Ticks Get on You?
Learn the science behind how ticks sense and locate their hosts. Knowing how a tick gets on you can help you avoid them.
Important Facts About Bed Bugs (Including Where...
Bed bugs were thought to be a pest of the past, but these parasites have made a resurgence in recent years. Learn to recognize bed bugs, and understand their life cycle.
Schmidt Pain Index of Insect Stings
How much do insect stings hurt? Justin Schmidt, a researcher from the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center, can tell you from personal experience.
10 Insects That Are Great for Your Garden
Beneficial insects prey on the pests gardeners detest, keeping insect populations in check. You should learn to recognize these top 10 beneficial insects in your garden.
10 Fascinating Facts About Millipedes
Millipedes are ancient creatures. Learn fascinating facts about how millipede bodies, behaviors, and history.
How Dragonflies Mate
Have you ever seen two dragonflies entangled together, each one seeming to grab the other's tail? Find out just what was going on between those dragonflies.
How Do Insects Breathe?
Insects require oxygen to live, and produce carbon dioxide as a waste product, just as we do. Insects, don't have lungs, so how do insects breathe?
Aphids
In moderate numbers, aphids don't do as much harm to garden plants as one might think. But once you start seeing sooty mold or curled leaves, it's time to act. Page 5.
10 Fascinating Facts About Beetles
With over 350,000 species of beetles already described, the order Coleoptera is the largest insect group by far. How much do you know about these insects? Here are 10 fascinating facts about beetles.
10 Fascinating Facts About Spiders
From jumping spiders to tarantulas, spiders all share certain traits. These 10 facts about spiders will teach you what all spiders have in common.
How to Sample Your Yard for Chiggers
This quick and easy sampling method will help you determine if you have chiggers in your yard. Chiggers are parasites that feed on human tissues. Their bites cause extremely itchy skin reactions.
What Good Are Ticks?
Ticks drink our blood, and often transmit disease when they do. Did you ever wonder why we need ticks, or what purpose they serve? What good are ticks?
18 Kinds of Ants You May Not Know
Ants may be the most successful insects on Earth. They've evolved into sophisticated social insects that fill all kinds of unique niches. From thief ants that rob from other colonies to weaver ants that sew homes in the treetops, ants are a diverse insect group. This article will introduce you to all kinds of ants.
6 Ways to Make Your Yard Firefly-Friendly
Firefly populations are in decline, mainly due to human impacts. Here are 6 ways you can help fireflies.
10 Tips to Avoid Tick Bites
Finding an engorged tick on your body is never fun. Ticks do carry diseases, and your first line of defense is avoiding their bites. Follow these 10 tips to avoid ticks, and more importantly, tick bites, when you head outdoors.
If You Touch a Butterfly's Wings, Can It Still...
Many people believe that if you touch a butterfly's wings, it will no longer be able to fly, and will die. Is this true or not?
What Do Dragonflies Eat?
Learn what adult dragonflies and dragonfly nymphs eat, and how they catch their prey. Their flying maneuvers are truly impressive.
Tussock Moth Caterpillars
The Tussock Moth caterpillars, family Lymantriidae, are voracious eaters capable of defoliating entire forests. This photo gallery identifies and describes ten tussock moth caterpillars.
Why Are Bed Bugs Making a Comeback?
Bed bugs are making headlines, as a rise in bed bug infestations hits cities and towns all over the world. Why are bed bugs making a comeback?
Cucumber Beetles
Two kinds of cucumber beetles are poised to eat your seedlings. Worse yet, they transmit bacterial wilt. Page 6.
Is It Illegal to Kill a Praying Mantis?
At some point in your life, you've probably been told it's illegal to kill a praying mantis. Is this true or false? Are mantids really protected by law?
How to Tell the Difference Between a Centipede...
Centipedes and millipedes tend to get grouped together, but they're quite different creatures. Though both are arthropods, that's where the similarities end. Here's how to tell which is which.
Flea Beetles
Flea beetles are tiny pests that take tiny bites, but collectively they can do some damage to garden plants. Page 9.
Why Do Box Elder Bugs Invade My House Each Fall?
Box elder bugs are seldom noticed during the summer, but when cooler temperatures start to take hold, they aggregate for warmth. These red and black bugs often make their way indoors, where they can become a nuisance in the home.
Cowgirl Ants and Aphid Cattle
Ants and aphids have a mutualistic relationship. Ants feed on the honeydew excreted by the aphids, and in exchange, they protect the aphids. Some ants take their jobs as aphid caretakers pretty seriously.
Squash Bug
Squash bugs suck sap from squash, pumpkins, melons, and other cucurbits in the home garden. Page 8.
Grasshopper or Cricket?
Grasshoppers, crickets, locusts, and katydids all belong to the same order - Orthoptera. Within this group, the grasshoppers and locusts are separated from the crickets and katydids by certain characteristics. These are the major differences between the two suborders of Orthoptera.
Which Insect Has the Most Toxic Venom?
Among the venomous insects, some possess only mildly toxic venom, while others pack a serious punch capable of taking down a threat as large as a person. Which insect has the most toxic venom of all?
Puss Caterpillar
Stinging caterpillars use poison-filled bristles to defend themselves from predators. If you touch a stinging caterpillar, you'll know it by the burning, itching, or just plain painful sensation that follows. These pictures will help you learn to recognize stinging caterpillars - before you touch them. Page 6.
Types of Insect Metamorphosis
The physical transformation of an insect from one stage of its life cycle to another is called metamorphosis. Learn more about it here. Page 1.
Will the 17-Year Cicadas Damage My Trees?
Periodical cicadas, sometimes called 17-year locusts, emerge from the ground by the thousands every 13 or 17 years. The cicada nymphs cover trees, shrubs, and other plants, and then molt into adulthood. Adult males congregate in loud choruses, and fly together in search of females. Homeowners may be concerned about damage to their landscapes or gardens.
Ant or Termite?
People often confuse ants and termites. Both insects live in social colonies, and may take up residence in or near your home. Take a closer look - there are some distinct differences.
Do Insects Sleep?
It's hard to tell if insects sleep the way we do. They don't have eyelids, for one thing, so you'll never see a bug close its eyes for a quick nap. So what's the answer - do insects sleep?
Colorado Potato Beetle
Colorado potato beetles were once a pest of the west, but they migrated east by feeding on potato crops in the 1800's.
Squash Vine Borer
Squash vine borers can wipe out the entire year's harvest of squash, pumpkins, or zucchini. Page 7.
What Do Tarantulas Eat?
Tarantulas are carnivores. Here's more information on what they eat, and how they catch their prey.
10 Fascinating Facts About Dung Beetles
Dung beetles are some of the most fascinating critters on the planet. Learn how dung beetles navigate, care for their young, and cool off on hot summer days.
The Life Cycle of Ladybugs
Learn about the life cycle of ladybugs, and what happens in each stage of life - egg, larva, pupa, and adult.
Butterfly or Moth?
Butterfly or moth? Learn the 6 physical or behavioral traits that will help you tell the difference between butterflies and moths.
What Do Caterpillars Eat?
Caterpillars are the larvae of butterflies and moths. What do caterpillars eat?
Exploding Honey Bees (Sexual Suicide)
Honey bee mating involves one of the most dramatic examples of sexual suicide in the insect world.
Why Do Chirping Crickets Become Quiet When You...
At night, crickets chirp loudly. If you move toward them, however, they will instantly stop chirping and stay silent. Why do chirping crickets stop chirping when you move?
Tomato and Tobacco Hornworms
A late instar tomato hornworm can chew a good-sized tomato plant to the ground overnight. Page 12.
Which Caterpillar is Eating My Landscape Trees?
Caterpillars that defoliate trees in your home landscape can be reason for concern, and sometimes require control measures. Three well-known caterpillars – eastern tent caterpillars, gypsy moths, and fall webworm – are often misidentified by homeowners trying to solve defoliation problems.
What Are Sawflies?
If you've seen a sawfly, you might not know it. Adult sawflies look like flies, but aren't. Immature sawflies resemble caterpillars, but aren't. So what are sawflies?
The Flea Life Cycle
If you're battling a flea infestation, you'll never win the war until you find all the fleas. Learn the flea life cycle, and where fleas like to live in each stage of their lives, so you can choose the right flea treatment.
What Do Killer Bees Look Like?
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European Corn Borer
Though named for its impact on corn, the European corn borer will feed on a huge variety of crops, and has a particular preference for peppers. Page 10.
Brown Recluse Spider, Loxosceles reclusa
The brown recluse spider, Loxosceles reclusa, has a bad and largely undeserved reputation. Across the U.S., people fear the bite of this spider. In truth, the brown recluse is just that - a recluse. It's range is limited to one section of the country, and its bite is rarely life threatening.
Asparagus Beetles
Both the common and spotted asparagus beetles feed on asparagus plants, though the common variety does more damage. Page 11.
10 Fascinating Facts About Termites
Termites live in social colonies and are important decomposers and soil builders. How much do you know about termites? Learn more with these 10 cool facts about termites.
5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Getting a...
A tarantula can make a great pet, but it's not the pet for everyone. Please don't make an impulsive tarantula purchase at a pet store unless you understand your responsibilities as a tarantula owner. A tarantula is an animal, not a toy. Here are 5 questions you should ask yourself before you get a pet tarantula.
5 Worst Ways to Remove a Tick
If you find a tick on your skin, it's important to remove it as soon as possible to minimize your risk of contracting a tick-borne illness. Don't waste time trying these tick removal methods! These are the 5 worst ways to remove a tick.
12 Things You Can Do to Help Native Bees
Whether we know it or not, we've declared war on our native bees. Habitat destruction, overdevelopment, and shrinking plant diversity all impact native bee populations. Here are 12 things you can do to help native bees thrive.
Insect Larval Forms
If you need to identify an insect larva, you will first need to recognize its larval form. There are 5 types of insect larvae, differentiated by body form.
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Insect...
Insect poop, or frass, is pretty important stuff. It keeps ecosystems in balance, feeds insect young - even helps some bugs defend themselves.
How Insects Mate
Insect sex is, for the most part, similar to other animal sex. For most insects, mating requires direct contact between a male and a female. But for those of you who really want to know more about insect sex, here's a bit more information about how insects mate.
Buck Moth Caterpillar
Stinging caterpillars use poison-filled bristles to defend themselves from predators. If you touch a stinging caterpillar, you'll know it by the burning, itching, or just plain painful sensation that follows. These pictures will help you learn to recognize stinging caterpillars - before you touch them. Page 11.
Bean Leaf Beetle
Multiple generations of bean leaf beetles may attack snap beans and other legumes in the home garden. Page 4.
Springtails, Order Collembola
Learn the habits and traits of springtails (Order Collembola), as well as the major families in this order.
Bronzed Cutworm and Other Cutworms
Cutworms are so named for their annoying habit of cutting down seedlings, usually right at or near the soil surface. Page 3.
Cabbage Looper
The cabbage looper is primarily a pest of brassica crops, but will sometimes expand its smorgasbord to include everything from cantaloupe to tomatoes. Page 2.
Would Cockroaches Survive a Nuclear Bomb?
Can cockroaches really survive a nuclear blast? You might be surprised.
Dermestid Beetles, Family Dermestidae
Dermestid beetles have a nasty habit of eating museum specimens and preserved insect collections. But their ability to digest keratin also makes them valuable for cleaning bones and skulls for diplay. Learn the habits and traits of dermestid beetles.
How Do Crickets Chirp?
The word cricket comes from the French for
White Marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar
Stinging caterpillars use poison-filled bristles to defend themselves from predators. If you touch a stinging caterpillar, you'll know it by the burning, itching, or just plain painful sensation that follows. These pictures will help you learn to recognize stinging caterpillars - before you touch them. Page 13.
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