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7 Amazing Insect Ninja Skills

7 Amazing Insect Ninja Skills

If insects were ninjas… well… they’d be pretty good at it. Many of the advanced technologies humans have developed for combat purposes, insects possess naturally. In some cases, their nature has our tech beat.

 

Earth’s Most Extreme Insects

Entomologists at the University of Florida scoured the literature to come up with a list of insects that were the coolest, fastest, largest, longest, loudest and brightest. They also chose more unusual champions: best imitator, least specific vertebrate bloodsucker and most spectacular mating just to name a few of them. Wired Science put together a list of 40 of their favorites, all which have their own allure to them: Earth’s Most Extreme Insects.

App Store – Bug Heroes

App Store – Bug Heroes

From the creators of N.Y.Zombies comes an all new blend of action, adventure, castle defense, and role playing elements! Master up to nine legendary Bug Heroes, including a sword wielding Spider assassin, an armored Beetle warrior, a machine gun toting Ant engineer, and more! Shoot, slice, dice, and bash your enemies with a variety of skills, abilities and equipment. Stockpile food, fortify your base, and defend it from hordes of hungry bugs. Explore a variety of familiar landscapes from an all new miniature perspective, collecting food, coins and other items. Enter Bug Heroes, an epic fantasy world you never knew existed!

Mosquito Control

Mosquito-borne illnesses continue to plague communities throughout the United States. With recent outbreaks of mosquito-borne illnesses in Florida, homeowners everywhere should take steps to protect their family.

Homeowners should consider employing a pest professional to help them control this pest.

As evidenced by the increasing incidence of West Nile Virus, mosquito infestations continue well into the year.

The National Pest Management Association and Hulett Environmental offer the following advice on keeping mosquitoes out of homes:

  • Eliminate potential mosquito breading grounds like birdbaths and baby pools by changing the water at least once per week.
  • Remove excess vegetation around any standing water sources that cannot be changed, dumped or removed.
  • Check your screens for any holes to keep them out of your house.

To learn more about mosquito-transmitted diseases, please visit www.pestworld.org and www.bugs.com

One giAnt leap: Incredible insects bridge gap over water with their own bodies

One giAnt leap: Incredible insects bridge gap over water with their own bodies

By Damien Gayle

This set of striking images show the difficulties faced by a group tiny ants who are making a journey across a small stretch of water.

The river reflects their bright orange bodies in a stunning mirror image as they make their way from one stone to another.

In one photo the first pioneering ant stretches out almost his entire body length to reach the other side. Another shot shows one rescuing his friend from a watery grave.

A third shot shows an ant as he appears to be peacefully taking a drink from the river.

All together now: The three ants after making it to the other sideAll together now: The three ants after making it to the other side
Stretch! An ant reaches out for the other sideStretch! An ant reaches out for the other side

Photographer Vincentius Ferdinand, 39, captured these amazing pictures the insects in Kepulauan Riau, Indonesia, in December.

‘These pictures were taken near to where I live,’ he said.

‘I have always been interested in ants because I find their behaviour so fascinating. The way they can all work together to produce a force for the good of the colony is inspiring.

‘I started photographing them back in 2009. I enjoy macro photography and these snaps are among my favourite because the colours are so interesting.

‘I think the orange of ant looks stunning against the grey and green background.

‘I also like the way the picture is reflected in the water below. I think this certainly adds a different dimension and I always find that I feel more tranquil when I look at the images.’

Ants have colonised almost every landmass on Earth. The only places lacking indigenous ants are Antarctica and a few remote or inhospitable islands.

Their success in so many environments has been attributed to their social organisation and their ability to modify habitats, tap resources, and defend themselves.

Don't worry, I got you: An ant helps his friend across

Don’t worry, I got you: An ant helps his friend across

Thirsty work: One of the ants stops to take a drinkThirsty work: One of the ants stops to take a drink

West Nile Virus reported in Hernando County

West Nile Virus reported in Hernando County

Mosquito-borne illnesses continue to plague communities throughout the United States. With recent outbreaks of mosquito-borne illnesses in Florida, homeowners everywhere should take steps to protect their family.

As evidenced by the increasing incidence of West Nile Virus, mosquito infestations continue well into the fall months.

Hulett Environmental offers the following advice on keeping mosquitoes out of homes:

  • Eliminate potential mosquito breading grounds like birdbaths and baby pools by changing the water at least once per week.
  • Remove excess vegetation around any standing water sources that cannot be changed, dumped or removed.
  • Check your screens for any holes to keep them out of your house.

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To learn more about mosquito-transmitted diseases, please visit www.bugs.com.

Hulett Environmental Gives Tips to Avoid Fleas

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) warns that flea populations are on the rise, especially during warmer months.

“Fleas are parasites that feast on any warm-blooded body, including humans,” said Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. “Fleas and flea-infested animals were the cause of the Bubonic Plague, which wiped out much of Europe during the Middle Ages.” While the plague is an extremely rare disease today, fleas also transmit a bacterial disease, murine typhus, to humans through infected rats. Most commonly, homeowners with flea infestations will find themselves with itchy, painful red bumps resulting from fleabites.

“If a person has a flea infestation, it is time to call a professional pest control company to treat the problem quickly and effectively. If someone has a severe reaction to flea bites, they should take precaution and seek immediate medical attention,” said Henriksen.

Hulett Environemntal offers these tips to help avoid flea infestations:

  • Clean and vacuum frequently to help remove flea populations already in existence and discourage egg laying
  • Keep your lawn groomed. Untended lawns provide hiding spots and food sources for rodents and other animals that may harbor fleas.
  • Fleas hitch rides with mammals on the move, including rodents. If you have a rodent problem in your home or on your property, fleas may be soon to follow. Call a pest professional to rid your home of both.
  • If you have pets, keep them leashed when outside. Visit a veterinarian annually, bathe and groom your pets regularly, and use flea treatments according to direction.

For more information, visit www.pestworld.org and www.bugs.com

Homeowner Advice on Keeping Ants Away

Homeowner Advice on Keeping Ants Away

As of 2006 there are 9,000 to 10,000 known ant species and researchers believe that there may be more than 20,000 species worldwide. With this fact in mind it is no surprise that 25% of homeowners listed ants as their main pest concern according to research conducted in 2005 by the National Pest Management Association.  This same study revealed that more than half of all homeowners have had problems with ants – making them the most prevalent pest nationwide.

Ants are social insects and form highly organized colonies with up to millions of members each having a role. Spotting one ant unfortunately signifies that the troops are somewhere close by.

Homeowners should particularly watch out for fire and carpenter ants. Fire ants, found mainly in the south, are vicious and can sting repeatedly if disturbed. Carpenter ants attack wood that is or has been wet or damaged by mold and can build tunnels through dry, undamaged wood causing costly property damage.

Hulett Environmental Services offers the following tips for minimizing invasion by ants:

  • Keep wood and debris away from exterior siding
  • Keep kitchen clean: seal containers, wipe counters frequently, empty the garbage religiously, and avoid leaving pet food dishes out for long periods of time.
  • Eliminate sources of moisture or standing water.
  • Keep tree branches and other plants cut back from the house.
  • Seal up cracks and small openings along bottom of the house.
  • Store sugar, syrup, honey, baked goods, and other sweets in closed containers that have been washed to remove residues from their exterior surfaces.

For more information on other ant species and preventative tips visit www.bugs.com