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    • How to Keep Bed Bugs From Coming Home With Your College Student Created: Sunday, November 14, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Bed bugs are a problem on many college campuses. Try these tips to keep bed bugs from coming home with your college student.
    • Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Insect Poop Created: Thursday, January 01, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      Insect poop, or frass, is pretty important stuff. It keeps ecosystems in balance, feeds insect young - even helps some bugs defend themselves.
    • How Do Insects Breathe? Created: Thursday, October 30, 2008 Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014
      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?
    • How Many Spiders Are Swallowed Per Year by the Average Person? Created: Thursday, September 24, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      True or false? The average person swallows 8 spiders per year while sleeping.
    • What Are These Tiny Red Bugs in My House? Created: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      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 Are These Tiny Black Bugs in My House? Created: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 Updated: Thursday, April 10, 2014
      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?!
    • Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) Created: Wednesday, March 26, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      The Painted Lady inhabits backyards and meadows throughout most of the world, and is the most widespread butterfly species.
    • Orb Weaver Spiders - Family Araneidae Created: Monday, September 29, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      To most people, spiders are creatures that spin large, round webs around our homes and gardens. These webs are the work of the orb weaver spiders.
    • How Dragonflies Mate Created: Monday, February 20, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      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.
    • Internal Anatomy of an Insect Created: Monday, June 02, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      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.
    • How Honey Bees Make Beeswax Created: Tuesday, December 28, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Beeswax is one of the most versatile products made by an insect. It's used in everything from varnishes to medicines. Learn how honey bees make beeswax.
    • How to Get Rid of Chiggers Created: Monday, September 06, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
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    • Can Fleas Live on People? Created: Sunday, February 14, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
      Fleas live on cats, dogs, and other furry animals. But can fleas live on people?
    • 5 Lies About the Brown Recluse Spider Created: Monday, August 17, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
      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 mis...
    • Where Do Fruit Flies Come From? Created: Thursday, June 09, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
      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. Lear...
    • What Good Are Mosquitoes? Created: Saturday, April 03, 2010 Updated: Monday, April 07, 2014
      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?
    • Braconid Wasps, Family Braconidae Created: Sunday, April 06, 2014 Updated: Sunday, April 06, 2014
      Braconid wasps (family Braconidae) are parasitoids of other insects. Learn the habits and traits of these tiny wasps, and how they help control pest populations.
    • Why Are Insects Attracted to Lights? Created: Sunday, June 14, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 02, 2014
      Did you ever wonder why so many insects circle around your porch light?
    • What Are Spittlebugs? Created: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, April 01, 2014
      Ever wonder who has been spitting on your garden plants? You probably have spittlebugs! Learn what spittlebugs are, and how they make that frothy spittle mass on your plants.
    • 10 Facts About Cockroaches Created: Tuesday, November 01, 2011 Updated: Sunday, March 30, 2014
      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." !--#if expr="$zTP='t3'" -...
    • 10 Cool Facts About Termites Created: Monday, March 07, 2011 Updated: Friday, March 28, 2014
      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.
    • 10 Facts About Centipedes Created: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 Updated: Thursday, March 27, 2014
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    • 9 Most Annoying Insects Created: Friday, July 25, 2008 Updated: Thursday, March 27, 2014
      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.
    • Make a Vinegar Trap for Fruit Flies Created: Monday, June 13, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
      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.
    • 10 Cool Facts About Caterpillars Created: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 Updated: Saturday, March 22, 2014
      How much do you really know about caterpillars? Here are 10 cool facts about caterpillars.
    • How to Get Rid of Stink Bugs Created: Thursday, October 14, 2010 Updated: Friday, March 21, 2014
      Got stink bugs? Brown marmorated stink bugs from Asia were accidentally introduced in North America. These exotic, invasive insects can be a real problem for homeowners, as the stink bugs like to s...
    • 10 Tips for Getting Rid of Fruit Flies Created: Thursday, June 09, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
      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." itemprop="description" Tuesday, March 11, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
      Are you weary of winter? Get outside and look for butterflies! Believe it or not, you can find these 6 butterfly species during the winter months, even if you live in the northern reaches of their ...
    • What Are Camel Spiders? Created: Tuesday, June 01, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, March 04, 2014
      Camel spiders inhabit deserts and other arid environments, including areas of the Middle East where U.S. soldiers are stationed. What are camel spiders, exactly, and can they do harm to people?
    • Did a Florida Man Really Die From a Brown Recluse Bite? Created: Monday, March 03, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 03, 2014
      When the news media reports a man in Florida died from a brown recluse spider bite, should you believe it? Read such stories with a healthy dose of skepticism, and question the "facts." Here's my analysis of one recent new story.
    • List of the 50 U.S. State Insects Created: Monday, February 17, 2014 Updated: Monday, February 17, 2014
      Which of the 50 states have designated official state insects to represent them? Many states established state insects at the request of children, who learned to lobby their representatives and get...
    • 5 Things You Can Do To Help Monarchs Make a Comeback Created: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 Updated: Thursday, February 13, 2014
      The monarch butterfly's North American migration is at risk, thanks to habitat loss, pesticide use, and other human impacts. Here are 5 things you can do to help monarchs make a comeback.

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