Archive for May, 2017
This Insect’s Defensive Fluid Could Have Medical Applications
You may have heard of the insects known as “blister beetles.” Like so many insects, blister beetles produce a substance that has defensive purposes. This substance is very bitter to the taste. Researchers believe that this bitter substance, called cantharidin, has anti-cancer properties. This substance is found in two different organisms. One of these organisms…Read More
Frightened Woman Found Opossums Sleeping In Her Dresser Drawers
Most people do not respond well to the presence of an opossum. Unlike the occasional deer, you never hear anyone embrace the majesty of a wild opossum while whispering in a parked car on the shoulder of the road. Opossums often repel people, even when people are outdoors and far away from the critters. Opossums…Read More
Do Spiders Seek Shelter In My Home During The Fall?
You have all heard about spiders moving into your home during the fall months. This seems like a sensible idea, after all, the weather is getting colder, so where are all those spiders going to go in order to keep from perishing in the cold? And of course you have spotted many spiders in your…Read More
Are Cicadas Coming Out Of Their Long Sleep Early?
Anybody who lives in the Southeastern region of the United States is definitely acquainted with the humming sounds of numerous cicadas. Some find their humming to be relaxing; while others cannot tolerate the sounds they make. Typically cicadas are supposed to remain underground for seventeen years before surfacing. However, one species of cicada, brood X,…Read More
Where Do Captured Bats Wind Up?
Maybe you have experienced the horror of having a wild bat flying around your house. If you have, then there is a good chance that you called animal control officials to have the bat/s removed from your home. This is not at all uncommon, and wildlife rehabilitation organizations can collect hundreds or even thousands of…Read More
More Dogs Are Being Diagnosed With Lyme Disease
You may have heard that more and more people are being diagnosed with Lyme disease each year. In fact, Lyme disease is the most common insect-borne illness in the United States. Mosquitoes do not even come close to matching ticks when it comes to spreading disease. This increase in Lyme disease cases also means that…Read More
Bats Are Wreaking Havoc In An Old Church | Wildlife Control
You may have experienced a bat flying around your home at some point during your life. The situation is never pleasant; it is hard to imagine anybody not being repulsed by them when viewed up close. If you have dealt with a loose bat inside of your home, and I hope it was just one,…Read More
Vampire Bats Can Donate Blood To Others Of Its Kind
Vampire Bats Can Donate Blood To Others Of Its Kind A recent study has shown that female vampire bats can share blood with their friends. Bats are amazingly altruistic creatures. Bats are known for being socially sophisticated mammals, but they are probably even more generous to those in need than you are. Vampire bats have…Read More
Don’t Try To Rescue Baby Raccoons!
If there is anything more adorable than a raccoon, then it would be a baby raccoon. During the spring and summer months the Department of Natural Resources gets many phone calls related to baby raccoons, or kits. Many of these calls involve people who have spotted abandon baby raccoons. It is not at all uncommon…Read More
Smuggler Tries Importing Unidentified Spiders
Smuggler Tries Importing Unidentified Spiders You may have already heard about those rare occasions when excited consumers open up their new play stations only to find dead spiders inside of the console. A recent incident at a Mexican airport tells a similar story, only this time the spiders were physically placed within video-game cartridges. Customs…Read More