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Scientists are creating super soldier ants

Scientists are creating super soldier ants…a good idea?

Researchers and scientists from McGill University in Canada had discovered that the ant species Pheidole morrisi has all the tools needed to become a big headed monster. All the researchers had to do was dab an ant larvae with a hormone and like magic a regular worker ant became a super soldier. Pictured below. Read the full story on the Daily Mail.

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Do you think this is a good idea?

Hulett Kid’s Corner

Have you and your family seen the Hulett Kid’s Corner section of our website yet? We have informational games and riddles for the entire family to enjoy. The kid’s corner is designed to help teach your kids about our environment and how to manage the various pests we come across.  Some of the activities include Bug Coloring Pages, A Bug Word Search, Insect Riddles and more!

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon Released

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Hate bugs? Now is your chance to get revenge. Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon has been released for PC. Notice how every year bugs get bigger and new varieties come out of the woodwork? I’m convinced that the Insect Armageddon is close at hand. We’ve learned how to fight off the zombies, now it may be time to learn how to defend ourselves against the creepy crawlies. If you pick up Insect Armageddonyou’ll get 25% off, bringing the price down to $14.99 USD.

Thousands of giant insects and aliens once again ravage the earth, and only the Earth Defense Force can stop them. Defend the city of New Detroit against an infestation bigger and meaner than ever before. Destroy these monsters at all costs, even if it means turning entire city blocks into rubble! Enjoy raw arcade shooter satisfaction on a gigantic modern scale. Collect over 300 weapons: assault rifles, rocket launchers, energy weapons, sniper rifles, grenade launchers and more! Play with 4 upgradeable armor types: Jetpack, Battle, Tactical, and Trooper. Experience Massive replayability through arcade style scoring, tons of weapons to collect, and multiple difficulty levels in every game mode!

In addition, the game also features a six player Survival mode that pits a human squad against a nonstop onslaught of the largest enemies the aliens have to offer. New Detroit’s giant bug problem is unavoidable, and mankind’s last hope lies with the Earth Defense Force. Defend the world from the insect invasion, even if it means blowing up the entire city as part of the extermination process.

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon and the soldiers are equipped better than ever in the latest cult classic iteration that follows in the footsteps of Earth Defense Force 2017 (Japanese Title “Earth Defense Force 3” developed by Sandlot), and Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon continues the rich history and hardcore fun of the series.

Pest Control Links and Resources

Great Pest Links and Resources from The Blogosphere! Enjoy!

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What if theres bedbugs in my closet?

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon

BusinessInsider.com: 9 Tips for Pest Control this Winter

Science News: Scanning Technology for Bed Bugs

Bed Bug Facts & Statistics

Argiope aurantia the yellow & black Garden orb weaver spider

5 Disgusting Bugs That Could Invade Your Home

Preventing Flea Infestations

Verifi by FMC – Detects Bed Bugs

Don’t Let Pantry Pests Invade Your Holiday Recipes

Don’t Let Pantry Pests Invade Your Holiday Recipes

When the weather turns colder and the holiday season approaches, many opt to stay indoors and bake treats for friends and family. When digging through your cabinets and storage for baking necessities, like cookie cutters and containers of flour, make sure you are leaving unwanted “pantry pests” out of the mix. The National Pest Management Association offers consumers tips for keeping these pesky pests from spoiling your holiday baking traditions.

“Pantry pests” are insects that tend to gather around food often stored in pantries and cabinets such as flour, dry cereals, spices, candies and chocolate. Common pantry pests include Indian meal moths and Merchant Grain Beetles.

“Many families enjoy baking during the holiday season, and spotting a pest in your ingredients or supplies is a surefire way to ruin the fun,” says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. “By following a few helpful tips, homeowners can feel comfortable in their kitchens and safe when enjoying their fresh baked treats.”

The National Pest Management Association suggests the following steps to avoid pantry pests:

  • Immediately wipe up any crumbs or spills from countertops, tables, floors and shelves.
  • Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles.
  • Only purchase food in sealed packages that show no sign of damage.
  • Add a bay leaf to canisters and packages of dry goods like flour, rice and other grains- their pungent scent repels many pantry pests.
  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
  • Check expiration dates on baking ingredients before use.
  • Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains.

If you suspect a pest infestation, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect, identify

Win $3,000 For Your School!

Insects and animals are amazing and they are incredibly fun to learn about in the classroom. It’s when they come indoors—into our homes and schools— that they can become pests. Some pests are simply nuisances, while others including rodents, ants, termites, cockroaches, stinging insects and ticks can become dangerous health threats and destroy our property.

PestWorldForKids.org and the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) want to spread the word about the importance of protecting our health and property from household pests and we need your help! Using the Pest PSA lesson plan, students enrolled in grades 4-8 can create educational television public service announcements discussing the health risks posed by household pests.

Entries can focus on a single pest—i.e. cockroaches trigger asthma attacks, spread Salmonella and 33 different parasites, etc. Or, the TV PSA can focus on several pests such as rodents (contaminate food), mosquitoes (West Nile virus) and ticks (Lyme Disease). Videos can be up to 60 seconds in length.

Enter now for a chance to win $3,000 for your school!

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Spiraling whitefly needs to be treated

Spiraling whitefly needs to be treated

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Pest: The gumbo limbo whitefly spiraling infest southeast Florida.

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By Adrian Hunsberger dade@ifas.ufl.edu

Q. My plants are getting covered in white fluffy stuff and a black mold. Even my car is turning sticky. What can I do?

A: You sent me a sample of the gumbo limbo spiraling whitefly (the new name is the rugose spiraling whitefly). This pest has been in the Miami area for a few years and now infests much of southeast Florida. It is not a serious pest to most plants but it does create a mess.

You can treat infested plants yourself or hire a landscape pest control company. Use a soil applied systemic insecticide and always follow the label directions. This type of insecticide is available at garden centers, retail nurseries and agricultural supply companies. Many products last up to a year, so don’t apply them more often. They take a few weeks to work but they are long-lasting.

To learn more about whiteflies and other South Florida pests, visit this website: http://miami-dade.ifas.ufl.edu/ If you have questions, you can call your local University of Florida Extension office (Broward County 954-357-5270, Miami-Dade County 305-248-3311 x 228 or x 222, Monroe 305-292-4501, Palm Beach 561-233-1700).

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/11/13/2496088/spiraling-whitefly-needs-to-be.html#ixzz1dfMn00kV

Three Weird Insect Sports

Three Weird Insect Sports

By Maryam Louise

When it comes to the world of weird sports, there are certainly some offenders. As People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) states on their website concerning animals used for entertainment purposes: “There is nothing remotely “sporting” about sports that involve unwilling animal participants.” However, there are plenty of ways that insects display their athleticism without provocation. To fans sports that involve insects are viewed as on par with any major championship. But let’s be honest—to most they are still seen as weird.

Australian cockroach racing

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Who says cockroaches are good for nothing? In Queensland, Australia, the annual championships of theCockroach Races are held. Despite the fact that racing the world’s most unwelcome guest is strange, there are actually corporate viewing boxes at the event. Altogether over 5,000 cockroach fans participate, and have the option of bringing their own racer or buying one from the event’s bug ranch.

The refined sport of cricket spitting

A newcomer to the world of weird sports, spitting dead crickets as far as you can was developed in 1996. Created by Jonathan Neal the BugBowl is still popular at Purdue University, where Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology. On his blog, Neal lists several rules for the competition, including the species limitations, weight ranges of the dead crickets and a requirement that the Brown House Crickets are previously frozen.

Neal has gone on to publish “Living With Insects” and has watched his weird sport spread nationwide. Currently, Brian Johnsrud holds the world record for spitting a cricket: 22 feet and 8 inches.

Japanese bug fights

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In Asia, it is common to find plenty of prize winning insect owners for the purpose of bug fighting. In particular there is a type of rhinoceros beetle that is favored for competition, called the kabutomushi. Although it is not referenced academically, lovers of the popular Japanese Bug Fight website will tell you that this was once a performance exclusively for Asian kings.

While the origins are still disputed, this show has now grown to include different types of insects. Millipedes, grasshoppers and the praying mantis have all been featured in Japanese Bug Fighting videos. Despite the popularity, there is plenty of outcry from insect lovers all over the world. In the InsectGeeks.com forums, many people feel that insects fighting to the death is ethically inappropriate. Unlike other weird sports involving insects, this means that bug fighting might be locked into the weird category forever, since there may come a time when voters decide to ban it.

Hulett Environmental Services Blog Posts

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End Malaria

Ugly Bugs – Kids Corner

5 Supervillain Tactics Science Is Using to Kill Mosquitoes

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Ant Control Questions ~ Hulett Environmental Services

Why Giant Bugs Once Roamed the Earth

Carnivorous Clock Kills Insects to Tell Time

Animals: Flying Insects Captured in 3D

“Flydra,” a new multi-camera, real-time, three-dimensional method of recording multiple flying animals, shows the minutest details of airborne insects. Click link at right to get the whole story. This movie shows various 2-D cameras tracking…