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DIY Bug Costumes for Halloween

10-01-2018

DIY Bug Costumes for Halloween

It's almost here, that one night a year when kids and adults alike dress up in silly, funny or scary costumes and wander the streets in search of candy and other more sinister types readily give kids enough candy to last a year. Yes, Halloween's...

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Hide and Go Seek, Cockroach Style

09-05-2018

Hide and Go Seek, Cockroach Style

While spiders can terrify some people, cockroaches illicit a more basic survival response in humans - like scream, shutter, conquer and destroy. However, as most Florida homeowners know, it's just not that easy to get rid of these persistent,...

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Lyme Disease from Ticks Shows Dramatic Growth in all 50 States

08-27-2018

Lyme Disease from Ticks Shows Dramatic Growth in all 50 States

Earlier this May, the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) study, published in Vital Signs revealed that reports of vector-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and West Nile had tripled from 2004 to 2016. Now, in August,...

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New Mosquito Virus: UF Researchers Closely Monitoring Mayaro Virus

08-16-2018

New Mosquito Virus: UF Researchers Closely Monitoring Mayaro Virus

If mosquitoes had read the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) May report, they would have been proud of the dramatic increase in the reporting of vector-borne diseases from 2004 to 2016. Unfortunately for us humans, new mosquito viruses that may...

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Wasp News: New Species Found in the Amazon Has Very Large Stinger

07-23-2018

Wasp News: New Species Found in the Amazon Has Very Large Stinger

Move over Tarantula hawk wasps, you too jewel wasps, your status on the top 10 list of scary insects is being challenged. On July 6, United Press International (UPI) reported that a group of Finnish researchers have discovered several new Amazonian...

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Florida Ants Making a Grand Entrance This Summer

07-17-2018

Florida Ants Making a Grand Entrance This Summer

Not exactly the event you might expect, with red carpets, camera, celebrities, and the like - ants are nonetheless making a grand entrance in Florida homes this summer. Parading across your kitchen floor, helping themselves to your sweets and greasy...

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World Cup vs. Bugs

06-26-2018

World Cup vs. Bugs

It's summer and as most South Florida residents and vacationers know, the outdoors is teeming with flying insects, including gnats, midges, flies, and mosquitos.  Soccer matches were not unscathed, swarms of bugs have teamed up for the 2018 Fifa...

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Termite Spotlight: Drywood Termites in South Florida

06-25-2018

Termite Spotlight: Drywood Termites in South Florida

While invasive subterranean termites gain the attention of South Florida due to their quick ability to cause significant structural damage, the slower action of drywood termites can often go undetected within walls, floors and attic spaces,...

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Termites Weakening Trees as we Enter Hurricane Season

06-22-2018

Termites Weakening Trees as we Enter Hurricane Season

Asian subterranean termites are at it again. Last year, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) published a study predicting that invasive Asian and Formosan subterranean termites were on track to threaten...

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Jurassic Park Ticks Plaguing Dinosaurs? Never Before Found: Mummified Tick Wrapped in Spider Silk and Trapped in Amber

06-18-2018

Jurassic Park Ticks Plaguing Dinosaurs? Never Before Found: Mummified Tick Wrapped in Spider Silk and Trapped in Amber

Back in the prehistoric day, a hapless tick, probably clinging to a hairy-legged, tree-climbing dinosaur met its untimely demise in the snare of a spider's web. Wrapped in silk, as a precaution or to save as a snack, the tick's attempt to escape...

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