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Clemson Extension agent identifies new invasive pest in South Carolina

October 12th, 2012

A new invasive pest has been identified in South Carolina. “A homeowner brought it into the Lexington Extension office from West Columbia. I knew it was a tortoise beetle; it was just a matter of finding out what kind it was,” said Vicky Bertagnolli. “Eucalyptus typically doesn’t have that many pests, so it was pretty…

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South Carolina Exterminator Finds Man Under Church

January 20th, 2012

A South Carolina exterminator found more than he bargained for while treating a church in South Carolina. According to WYFF4.COM, “A member of the church told police an exterminator had come to spray under the crawl space and found a homeless man living there. He said there was also food and clothing in the space.”…

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Bugs of Death May Help Solve Murder Cases

November 14th, 2011

Bugs of Death May Help Solve Murder Cases By Wynne Parry | When investigators exhumed the body of 33-year-old Jonathan Blackwell, they found something they didn’t expect: insect larva on his remains. Insects attracted by a decomposing body can prove to be important evidence, because they can help investigators establish a crime’s timeline. But…

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With a Little Genetic Reprogramming, Blood-Sucking Can Be Deadly for Mosquitoes

July 20th, 2011

With a Little Genetic Reprogramming, Blood-Sucking Can Be Deadly for Mosquitoes What’s the News: Biochemists at the University of Arizona have found a promising new way to fight disease-carrying mosquitoes. In their research project, published in the journal PNAS, the scientists blocked mosquitoes’ ability to digest blood, making blood-sucking deadly to the winged pests. This…

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Scientists looking for tree-killing pests

April 15th, 2011

Scientists looking for tree-killing pests BY JOEL DAVIS Something unusual has been spotted sprouting from local trees. Residents may have noticed the appearance of purple boxes hanging in branches of trees throughout Blount County. They’re part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture project to track the possible spread of the non-native emerald ash borer,…

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What’s all that noise? Cicadas!

March 15th, 2011

Millions of those red-eyed bugs will come out of the ground this spring, but don’t worry A swarm of critters that emerges from underground every 13 years will fill the air over much of the Southeast with their ear-splitting mating calls. Scientist call them periodical cicadas, Brood 19. Writers often mislabel the red-eyed, 11/2-inch-long insects…

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Newly deciphered ant genomes offer clues on ant social life, pest control

February 1st, 2011

An international team of scientists has decoded the genome of a persistent household pest — the Argentine ant, an invasive species that is threatening native insects across the world. The newly sequenced genomes of the Argentine ant (Linepithema humile) and the red harvester ant (Pogonomyrmex barbatus) could provide new insights on how embryos with the…

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Find bedbugs with new iPhone app

December 8th, 2010

Track bed bugs with new iPhone app The new Bed Bug Alert app for the Apple iPhone enables users to input data about bedbug incidents and see where others have reported sightings anywhere in the nation. The $1.99 app was developed by Adam Kotkin, CEO of Apps Genius, who lives in the bed bug capital,…

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Stink bug numbers ‘explode’ along East Coast

November 15th, 2010

This summer as the first, major population explosion of a new, invasive insect hit the middle Atlantic region, researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture were busily trying to find a natural enemy to fight it. The sudden blossoming of brown marmorated stink bug numbers signaled the arrival of a major agricultural pest and a…

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‘Pest Quest’ Children’s Show Brings Fascinating World of Bugs, Rodents and Wildlife to Kids of All Ages

August 2nd, 2010

(Fairfax, VA) – The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) announced the creation of a new children’s show that teaches kids about the fascinating world of insects, rodents and small wildlife. The entertaining and educational show, aptly named “Pest Quest,” will deliver buggy factoids to junior scientists and is available on NPMA’s websites, and…

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