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The Best of Both Worlds

The Best of Both Worlds Most insects that live on the surface of water have to choose to either travel through the air to get around or in the water. However, scientists have discovered an insect, the lily pad beetle that has evolved to use both air and water to get itself from one place…

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A New Better Mosquito Repellent on the Horizon | Waco Mosquito Control

A New Better Mosquito Repellent on the Horizon You’re probably familiar with mosquito repellents that contain concentrations of DEET or Picaridin. They’re the most common on the market. But, scientists have recently created a different chemical combination that works even better shielding you against mosquito bites than the already impressive DEET. The way DEET products,…

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GGA Pest management offers tips to keep allergy-inducing household pests outdoors

GGA Pest management offers tips to keep allergy-inducing household pests outdoors With the welcome arrival of spring comes some universally unpopular side effects: asthma and allergy symptoms. Every year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) designates May as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, coinciding with the peak season for allergy-related symptoms. GGA…

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Stopping the Spread

Stopping the Spread As crazy as it sounds (or maybe not crazy at all) invasive insects cost the U.S. an estimated $120 billion a year in damages to our environment, agriculture and native species. Below I will list out 5 invasive pests, and how you can stop their spread! Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP): A disease-infected…

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Debugging Airplanes

Debugging Airplanes What is one of the main problems airplanes face when it comes to saving on fuel and stay sustainable? Would you believe it’s insects? Yep, insect splatting on the windshield and body of aircraft when they take off and are increasing their elevation causes a major disruption of the plane’s ability to fly…

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The WHO Increases Warning to Pregnant Women

The WHO Increases Warning to Pregnant Women The Zika virus is continuing to spread, and things aren’t looking too good right now for people all over the world. In reaction to the increased cases of the Zika virus as well as cases of microcephaly as well as other birth disorders, the WHO released another statement…

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Spider Toxin Could Help Treat Pain and Disease

Spider Toxin Could Help Treat Pain and Disease A new spider toxin was discovered that could lead scientists to new ways of treating different human diseases. Spider venom toxins are already used in this manner, as they help demonstrate how ion channels operate in the body. Controlling the flow of ions across cell membranes is…

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The Doctor Is In

The Doctor Is In What do insects do when they get sick? Do they have special things they eat that they know can help them heal? Do they just lie down and die? In the case of honeybee, it appears as if they may just have their own special bees that act as doctors to…

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The End of Insect Bites!?

The End of Insect Bites We try everything to avoid getting bitten by insects. We wear long sleeves and pants when it’s scorching outside. We wear smelly, sticky insect repellent that only seems to work half of the time. We burn insect repellent candles that don’t apparently protect much of anything from insect bites. Now…

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The Latest on the Zika Virus

The Latest on the Zika Virus 107 cases of the Zika virus have now been reported among U.S. travelers returning from Zika infected areas. Our own Puerto Rico is now suffering from the spread of the virus. They have reported 35 locally transmitted cases of the virus so far. There are another 117 diagnosed cases…

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