The Kissing Bug and Chagas Disease State health officials tell NBC 5 Investigates that kissing bugs have infected at least one dozen Texans with a parasite that causes Chagas disease. Chagas disease is typically found in the tropics, which makes the connection a hidden threat. You can recognize a kissing bug by its cone-shaped head,…

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Hybrid termites It’s not science fiction, it is actually happening. Two of the most invasive species of termites have decided to mate creating a new termite hybrid. This version of the termite is considered to be a “super” pest because they have the ability to reproduce even faster than either species of termites who were…

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Fruit Flies, Spiders and Genetic Iron-Knee Scientists searching for an explanation for why some spiders have longer legs than others have stumbled upon a gene they believe explains how knees developed in Earth’s earliest creatures. Even more interesting is the fact that the knee gene, comically labeled the dachshund gene, did not produce knees in…

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Christmas Tree Critters What would Christmas be without a Christmas tree? You can’t possibly celebrate this holiday without going through the ritual of stringing lights around your tree and hanging decorative bulbs and perhaps some popcorn. But resting at the very center of this happy holiday tradition are thousands of insect. Researchers have found that…

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Award for Insect Repellent Clothing and Blankets Insect Repellent Shield Technology recently won the Do It Best Members Choice Award for their insect repellent technology used in clothes as well as blankets. The Insect Shield Repellent blankets and bandanas were chosen among hundreds of other contenders for this coveted award. The award gets Insect Repellent…

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