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Don’t forget to declare your…Insects?

A man crossing into the United States from Mexico forgot to declare his bugs as food at the port of entry. The unidentified driver told agents he forgot to declare the bags as food items. He was given a $175 fine and the insects were seized. Agents sent the bugs to the U.S.  Department of Agriculture where they were identified as a type of stink bug. Pests must be reported when brought into the country because they feed on plants, CBP officials said in a release.

Moral of the story is don’t forget to report pests when crossing the border since they feed on plants!

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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

Cockroach exhibition race in Washington.
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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

En Garde!
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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.

Florida Termite Renewals

It is estimated that termites annually cause more damage to Florida homes than all fires, tornadoes and hurricanes combined. That is why it is so important to renew your Annual Termite Protection with Hulett.

Here are a few steps you can take to help prevent termites from attacking your home:

  • Remember to maintain your termite contract and renew it annually.
  • Maintain gutters and downspouts so that rain water is discharged 18 to 24 inches away from the foundation.
  • Channel air conditioning drainage away from the house.
  • Keep roof in good repair; stop leaks immediately.
  • Keep mulch and landscaping away from the siding.
  • Keep irrigation away from the siding and the foundation.
  • Don’t pile wood against the house or in the garage.

Eat Bugs, Save The World

Allow me to introduce you to Daniella Martin. She is the host of Girl Meets Bug, the insect cooking show. Her website explains, “She is passionate about teaching people that insects are fabulous food –in addition to being the most environmentally-efficient animal protein source on the planet!” She makes some valid arguments on her site noting that “insects require up to 20 times less food than cattle, meaning that per pound of food they are given, they produce several times the amount of protein.” The bottom line is if you want to help save the world then get on the insect diet. Although she brings some valid arguments to the table I don’t foresee insect diets catching on in the near future. Considering many people have fear of such insects is just the beginning, I have been around bugs my entire life and I wouldn’t for one second dream of letting this yummy “cuisine” anywhere near my mouth. Just check out the clip below, looking at it just makes me wonder how many organisms may be growing out of her. None the less we bid her good luck in the insect eating quest, but please be sure to save some for Hulett.

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GPS Ants Raid Termite Stronghold

The same ants that use dirt particles as natural GPS units are caught on video raiding a termite mound.

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