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The Tsetse Fly, and Why you Should be Afraid of Them!

May 31st, 2016

Trypanosomiasis is a disease spread by the Tsetse Fly.  These flies are dangerous and look almost exactly like regular houseflies.  The World Health Organization thinks that they pose no benefit to humans, and drastically reducing their numbers would be a good thing since it would clearly result in decreased disease transmission. One key difference between…

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Ants Attempt Daring Rescue of Trapped Relatives

May 27th, 2016

Scientists have discovered that ants will actually form rescue teams to go and save relatives that have become caught in traps. After hearing of reports about ants attempting these recue attempts, scientists put together their own study to test the theory. Researchers took one ant from a colony and tied it up with a nylon…

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You May Want to Think Again Before Buying a Pet Tarantula

May 26th, 2016

You May Want to Think Again Before Buying a Pet Tarantula If you happen to be one of those people who finds tarantulas cute, and think they would make great house pets, then I first want to say that I don’t understand you, and secondly, doing this can be more dangerous than you would think. …

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Bed Bug Prevention Tips

May 25th, 2016

At hotels, thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking, including behind the headboard and in furniture. Pull back the bed sheets and check the mattress seams for pepper-like stains that may be evidence of bed bug activity. Set your luggage away from walls and never place it on the bed. Use a large plastic trash…

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Zika Virus Q and A

May 24th, 2016

What is Zika virus? Zika is a disease that is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. According to the CDC, Zika was first discovered in 1947, and in 1952 the first human cases of Zika were detected. Since then, outbreaks of Zika have been reported in tropical Africa,…

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Mosquito Q and A

May 20th, 2016

Why are mosquitoes considered a dangerous pest? Mosquitoes are vectors of numerous diseases and are often described as one of the deadliest animals on earth. Some of the most common and well-known diseases transmitted by mosquitoes include Zika, West Nile virus, malaria, dengue and equine encephalitis (EEE). According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mosquito…

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You Would Not Believe How Crazy Insect Sex Can Be

May 19th, 2016

I would hate to see an insect version of the Kama Sutra since nearly all insects mate in seemingly torturous and overall unpleasant ways.  It would be reassuring to find at least one insect penis that does not look and act like a torture device, and why do all those female insects have to kill…

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Does Loud Bug Sex Attract Predators?

May 18th, 2016

Does Loud Bug Sex Attract Predators? The question posed above has NOT been baffling philosophers and scientists for ages, but we still want to know the answer.  And the answer is yes, according to researchers in Germany.  Well at least when it comes to flies. These German researchers, who clearly had too much time on…

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Ants Attempt Daring Rescue of Trapped Relatives

May 17th, 2016

Scientists have discovered that ants will actually form rescue teams to go and save relatives that have become caught in traps. After hearing of reports about ants attempting these recue attempts, scientists put together their own study to test the theory. Researchers took one ant from a colony and tied it up with a nylon…

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